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Arcachon Bay Discovery Private Tour (9 Hours)

Arcachon Bay Discovery Private Tour (9 Hours)

9 hours From
AU$816 Per Minivan
 
  • Tour Type
    Private tour Private tour
  • Duration
    9 hours
  • Tour Code
    OPHBOR192016
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
9 hours From
AU$816 Per Minivan
 
  • Tour Type
    Private tour Private tour
  • Duration
    9 hours
  • Tour Code
    OPHBOR192016
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
Description 

Summary

After a panoramic tour of the area, why not head towards Pilat where the largest sand dune of Europe is located? A climb to the top will be rewarded by an exceptional view over the entire land locked sea. Another option could be the visit of a traditional oyster farm followed by a tasting paired with a fresh and fruity dry white wine.

Itinerary

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 kilometres long, 500 metres wide, reaching 107 metres in height, and moving inland at rate of 5 metres a year.
Today depart from Bordeaux and head towards this land locked sea known as The Arcachon bay.

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 sea food restaurants located along the shore. Finally, why not indulge yourself to a unique boat ride on board a local "Pinasse", the traditional boats of the Bay of Arcachon. All built out of wood, mention of the boats date back to the 1500's 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.After the tour return to Bordeaux and to your ship, end of our services.

This private tour ensures you enjoy full attention from your guide.

Inclusions

  • Pick up and drop off at ship
  • Arcachon oyster discovery
  • Arcachon walking tour
  • Optional tour to Pyla sand Dune
  • Optional boat ride on the bay
  • English speaking driver guide 
  • Travel in recent, comfortable and fully equipped minivans
  • Bottled water in the minivan

Exclusions

  • Tasting fees, entrance fees
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

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