Arcachon Bay Discovery
Private Shore Excursion From Bordeaux

Pick up and drop off at Bordeaux Cruise Port

Arcachon Bay is crowned by Europe’s largest sand dune

Taste delicious Oysters with local white wine

Trip Details

Prices:

700€ per group of 2 to 8 persons

  • If you want to share your tour with others, you can put it on Cruise Critic. Most of the time this gives good results. You must do this yourself as we are not accepted on their site as a professional business.
  • For larger groups don’t hesitate to contact us we can accommodate groups of up to 19 persons with transportation in a VIP Mercedes Minibus.

When:

Daily departures

Departure time will depend on Cruise Ship timing – TBC at time of booking.


Duration:

8 Hours (approx.)

 


Trip Style:

Full Day Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8. Larger groups please contact us.


Meeting Point:

Pick up & Drop off at Cruise Ship – Bordeaux or Bassens Ports of Call


Inclusions:
  • Pick up and drop off at Cruise Ship
  • English speaking driver wine/guide
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Travel in fully equipped A/C minivans
  • Wifi on board the vehicle

Exclusions:
  • Oyster & Wine Tasting (unless booked as extra)
  • Boat ride on the Bay in a traditional Pinasse (unless booked as extra)
  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums attractions
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide

*Please note that it will be possible for you to book the desired extras adapted to this tour during the booking process. 

Embark on a vibrant Shore Excursion from Bordeaux Port of Call to beautiful Sea side resort of Arcachon

Arcachon is a popular bathing location on the Atlantic coast 55 kilometers (34 miles) southwest of Bordeaux. It has a fine beach and a mild climate said to be favorable for invalids suffering from pulmonary complaints. The town of Arcachon is only 150 years old. Not long before 2 May 1857, when Emperor Napoleon III signed its official “birth certificate”, it was just a forest of pine trees, oaks and strawberry trees (arbutus), with no road links, and home – mostly when the weather was expected to be warm, and more in wood huts than in real houses – to fewer than 400 people, mostly fishermen, and peasants. In earlier years, when some hygienists began to recommend sea bathing, three sea establishments were laid out by some entrepreneurs, especially for the Bordeaux bourgeoisie. At its southern entrance from the Atlantic ocean, Arcachon Bay is crowned by Europe’s largest sand dune, the Dune de Pyla (or du Pilat), nearly 3 kilometers long, 500 meters wide, reaching 107 meters in height, and moving inland at a rate of 5 meters a year. Today depart from Bordeaux and head towards this landlocked sea known as “The Arcachon bay”.

Today, we will come and pick you up directly at your Cruise ship in Bordeaux. Meet your English speaking driver/guide who will go over the itinerary and program of the day. Then, board your comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and begin to make your way to the Arcachon Bay area. Upon arrival, discover the oyster sheds that are laid in rows one next to each other and that belong to the local oyster farmers that make this destination so well known to all French oyster aficionados. Here you will have the opportunity to taste some oysters accompanied with fresh baguette, lightly salted butter and white wine of course. For lunch, your guide will certainly suggest one of the many high-quality seafood restaurants located along the shore. Finally, why not indulge yourself to a unique boat ride onboard a local “Pinasse”, the traditional boats of the Bay of Arcachon. All built out of wood, mention of the boats date back to the 1500s at a time when they were used only for fishing. This pleasant ride will have you see the numerous oyster farms and admire ‘Birds Island’ with its “Tchanqués” huts built on wooden piles. This private tour ensures you enjoy full attention from your guide.

Good to Know

As we have limited space on board the vehicles we use for this tour, we are sorry, but it is not possible to carry in our vehicles any of the following:

Wheelchairs (including fold up types)
Mobility scooters
Walking frames

English speaking shore excursion. Other languages on request.

  • Minimum number of 2 participants applies.
  • Prices are per group of 2 to 8 persons.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.

The Ophorus Difference

Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)

Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’  Paul C. (UK)

Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)

Read more about the Ophorus experience.