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From Bordeaux: Arcachon Bay Morning Tour and oyster tasting

1. From Bordeaux: Arcachon Bay Morning Tour and oyster tasting

Depart Bordeaux at 8:30 AM and take a 50-minutes drive to the majestic Dune of Pilat at Pyla-sur-Mer in Arcachon Bay. Climb the highest sand dune in Europe for a panoramic view (known locally as the “Bassin”) of an inland sea open to the Atlantic Ocean. You will be rewarded by a glass of white wine! Marvel at the splendid colors of the lagoon, and take in the views of the Landes Forest from the summit. Famous for its oysters, Arcachon Bay is known for its mild climate and exceptional natural beauty. Enjoy a tasting session of some fresh oysters served with a glass of white wine from a local producer of the “Bassin.” Drive back to Bordeaux and get dropped off in the city center at approximately 1:00 PM.

Arcachon: Guided City Walking Tour

2. Arcachon: Guided City Walking Tour

The city of Arcachon is divided into 4 districts: the summer city including the center, the winter city with 19th-century villas, autumn city with ports and spring city with its sandy beaches. Take a walk in the summer city and enjoy the lively atmosphere of streets full of restaurants, painters and cafés. Contemplate the stunning facade of the Casino and the gorgeous square "Place des Marquises". Climb to the Parc Mauresque for a beautiful panoramic view of the city. The park will take you to Arcachon's winter district, which has been designated as the most beautiful. Admire the wonderful facades of the huge eccentric villas from the 19th century. Stroll down the calm, green streets that contrast with the animated city center. Learn about the history of Arcachon from your guide and customize this private tour according to your own preferences.

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4.7 / 5

based on 68 reviews

Great fun with a great guide, thanks Hugo.

This was a fun morning with Hugo travelling to a beautiful location and enjoying a tasty treat of prawns, as the option to oysters. Climbing the sand dune was great and it was a magnificent day to see the Atlantic and Arcachon Bay. We traveled with 3 others which made it very personal and everyone was able to have a chat.

Very friendly guide, the transfer from Bordeaux to Arcachon and back was well-organized. The Dune de Pyla is a memorable landmark: If you like the ocean, it’s well worth the visit. Service at the included oyster tasting was prompt, with both seafood and wine fulfilling high expectations.

We had a lovely time on this trip! The dunes are well worth a visit. The oyster tasting also brilliant! We had a very knowledgeable and friendly guide! (So sorry, forgot the lady’s name but she was so lovely!). A must go!

Beautiful day! A special experience that everyone should do... Everything is Perfect thanks to our guide Hugo :) I would do it thousand times. Greetings from Calabria

We had a great morning visiting Arcachon with Quentin. Informative, professionally organised & a charming guide. Would definitely recommend!