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  • Atlantic Coast 

The Atlantic Coast by bike

La Vélodyssée from Arcachon to Hendaye

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495€/person

Presentation of your trip

Departing from Arcachon, set off for a trip following the Atlantic coast along the longest cycle route in France: La Vélodyssée, to Hendaye where the Basque Country awaits you.

Discover the Dune du Pilat, the most beautiful beaches in the Landes region, pine forests, the Basque coast… In the heart of perfectly preserved nature, ride at your own pace along stunning cycle paths, between dunes, beaches and forts. It is equally an opportunity to take in the renowned seaside resorts of the Atlantic coast, to taste local specialties and take a deep breath of sea air ! 

  • DestinationAtlantic Coast
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip6 days and 5 nights
  • ActivitiesCycling/All Terrain Biking
  • Physical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • March
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • Jul.
  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
Description of the tripProgramTravel conditionsDates and price

Trip details

Highlights

  • Cycling along the longest cycle route in France: la Vélodyssée.
  • The beaches of the Landes region, the Basque coast, the Dune du Pilat, pine forests, saltwater ponds and the ocean horizon.
  • Renowned seaside resorts on the Atlantic coast.
  • Arrival in beautiful Hendaye !

Complementary informations

  • Accommodation in hotels with ‘Selected’ or ‘High-end’ option
  • 6 days 5 nights including 5 days of cycling

Program

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Arcachon

    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Free day in the town. Take the opportunity to discover the iconic landscape of the Dune du Pilat , the highest dune in Europe. Don’t hesitate to climb to its peak to take in the view over the Bassin d’Arcachon, the ocean and the forests. Settle in to your hotel in Arcachon.

  • Day 2

    Arcachon – Biscarrosse

    • Distance : 50 km

    Today, you set off on a great crossing of the Landaise forest; playing leapfrog with the dunes along the way. Shortly before Biscarosse beach, the Vélodyssée passes seamlessly from the Gironde into Les Landes. Warm and welcoming, gastronomy remains central to landaise traditions. Let yourself be tempted by these delights in Biscarrosse. 
    Night in the town of Biscarosse.

  • Day 3

    Biscarrosse - Mimizan Plage

    • Distance : 40.5 km

    This stage takes you along the banks of the Lac de Biscarrosse: a base for the assembly and testing of the largest French seaplanes. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to see some? You will also cycle between the ‘étangs’ (saltwater ponds) whose blue hue gradually replaces that of the sea. These are key reserves for biodiversity: protected plant, bird and mammal species. You eventually arrive at the seafront resort of Mimizan Plage.

  • Day 4

    Mimizan Plage – Vieux Boucau

    • Distance : 62 km

    After the liveliness of Mimizan Plage, find peace in the pine forests. Wood cut from the forest near the town is used to produce Kraft paper and packaging. This connecting stage towards the ocean provides you with the chance to take a relaxed ride in the shade of the forest whilst enjoying the odor of the pine trees. And for a change from the ocean, why not take a dip in the Lac de Léon ? After, you take a gentle ride along the old Léon to Soustons railway line to arrive at Vieux Boucau.
    Night in Vieux-Boucau-les-Bains

  • Day 5

    Vieux Boucau – Biarritz

    • Distance : 59 km

    Vieux Boucau stands at the former mouth of the River Adour and it is from here that you climb back in the saddle to follow the coast and what constitutes the longest sandy beach in Europe (106 km), ideal for lovers of sun, dips in the sea and drama ! Because this is the kingdom of surf and waves ! You are welcomed into the Basque country with, as always, an ocean backdrop. You reach the iconic sunshine resorts of Hossegor and Capbreton, the only fishing port in the Landes region. As you cross Bayonne, allow yourself to get lost in its streets before reaching Biarritz and its large beach.
    Night in Biarritz.

  • Day 6

    Biarritz – Hendaye

    • Distance : 37 km

    Biarritz - one of the most prestigious seaside resorts on the Atlantic coast: with its huge beach, casino, clifftops and the Esplanade de la Vierge…head to the Marché dans les Halles where piment d’Espelette, foie gras and landaise asparagus await you. You then head south. This final stage requires a little more sporting effort, but you will be handsomely rewarded with exceptional ocean views. Cross the towns of Bidart, Guéthary (an old fishing port)…in St-Jean-de-Luz don’t miss out on a walk along the lively fishing port (sardines, anchovies, tuna…). Then, the final stretch towards Hendaye. End your trip surrounded by beauty, following a superb route on the Basque corniche, taking you down into the town and to the beachfront. 
    End of trip in Hendaye.

  • End of trip

Travel conditions

  • Attendees

    From 2 people.

  • Formalities

    • A valid official ID.
    • We recommend travel insurance with repatriation included. 
       
  • Accompanying

    Free Ride:
    Equipped with the orientation material we give you: maps with highlighted route and detailed topoguide, you go alone to discover circuits designed by our team. You are guided by carefully prepared directions, for maximum precision.

  • Food

    For each step, we have established a qualitative selection of restaurants of different categories with their contact details. We chose them according to different criteria, such as, the kitchen, of course, but also the quality of service, the quality/ price ratio and the atmosphere.
    For reservations, there are two options:

    You select and make the reservation yourself in the restaurant of your choice.
    You send us this list with the restaurants you have chosen and we make the reservations for you free of charge.

    Picnics and dinners are not planned.

  • Accommodation

    Nights in double room in hotels, in Bed and Breakfast formula (night and breakfast included).
    We have selected our accommodations for their quality of welcome and comfort: to enjoy, thank you to book as soon as possible.

    You can choose your accommodation category:

    • Version hotels Selection: you sleep in comfortable rooms for 2 people in hotels or guest rooms, category ** or ***. Sheets and towels are provided. A bathroom is reserved for you.
      Extra night in B&B, selection version in Arcachon or Hendaye: contact us
    • Upscale hotel version: we have selected our accommodations for the quality of their welcome and comfort in the category charm and upscale character *** or ****. Places are very limited, in order to enjoy it we invite you to book as soon as possible. You sleep in rooms of 2 people upscale hotels with bathroom and private bathroom. Sheets and towels are provided. At Mimizan Plage and Vieux Boucau, few choices in the High End category, we have selected hotels ** (in superior room).
      Extra night in B&B, upscale version in Arcachon or Hendaye: contact us.
  • Difficulty level

    You have a good physical condition and regularly practice cycling or another sports activity. Stages of 37 to 62 km per day, some stages (J2 and J6) have some good climbs. Very good pavement of bike paths.

  • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

    Departure from Arcachon (33).

    How to get there:
    By car: Highway of the south of France.
    By train: Arcachon SNCF train station
    By plane: Bordeaux airport then train to Arcachon

  • Options

    • Bike rental + equipment,
    • Free restaurant reservation (if requested),
    • Extra night accommodation before or after the stay.

Dates and price

Information

Free departure dates: you choose your own departure dates according to your availability.
For constituted groups, we adapt the level, duration, price and program on demand.

Free departure from

Price TTC per person

Version hotels Sélection
Registration at 2 people610
Registration at 3 people570
Registration at 4 people540
Registration at 6 people495
Premium hotel version
Registration at 2 people770
Registration at 3 people730
Registration at 4 people700
Registration at 6 people660

Options

Select version:
Supp. single room: +145€/pers
Supp. July/August: +100€/pers

Premium version:
Supp. single room: +240€/pers
Supp. July/August: +140€/pers

Rental of standard bikes and bikes with electric assistance.

The price includes

  • Accommodation and their reservation,
  • The topoguide with extracts of official maps La Vélodyssée,
  • Accommodation in bed and breakfast formula (according to the formula chosen Selection or Upscale),
  • The transport of luggage,
  • Delivery and repatriation of rental bikes by LaRébenne,
  • Free restaurant reservation (if requested).

The price does not include

  • Dinners and picnics,
  • Accommodation on return to Arcachon or Hendaye,
  • Drinks,
  • Personal expenses,
  • Personal bike equipment (helmets, gloves),
  • Bicycles,
  • Transportation to the meeting point,
  • The return to Arcachon by train with your luggage and your bikes www.voyages-sncf.com (in general, TER trains, with change to Facture – Biganos, about 3 hours journey, ~35 to 60€/person)
  • Entries in the tourist sites,
  • The parking lot
  • Insurance.

The destination

  • Atlantic Coast

    Take a map of the region, put your index finger on Pointe de Grave, where the Gironde estuary melts into the Atlantic Ocean and draw a straight line 270 kilometers long to Spain! Under your fingers, the fine sand, the oyats, the steep cliffs of the Basque coast, protected nature, space…

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