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  • Ophorus Tours - 2 HOUR TRADITIONAL  PINASSE BOAT RIDE - ARCAHON BAY

    2 HOUR TRADITIONAL PINASSE BOAT RIDE - ARCAHON BAY

    € 360.00

    - fixed price
    Enjoy a fantastic 2 hour ride on the Bay of Arcachon aboard a local “Pinasse”, the traditional boats of the Bay. 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.

  • Ophorus Tours - 3 HOUR TRADITIONAL PINASSE BOAT RIDE - ARCACHON BAY

    3 HOUR TRADITIONAL PINASSE BOAT RIDE - ARCACHON BAY

    € 490.00

    - fixed price
    Enjoy a fantastic 3 hour ride on the Bay of Arcachon aboard a local “Pinasse”, the traditional boats of the Bay. 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.
  • OYSTER TASTING IN ARCACHON

    € 15.00

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    Participate in an Oyster Tasting in one of the local Oyster bars that board the Arcachon Bay. All Oyster tastings are accompanied with a glass of white wine. Price is per person / tasting
  • OYSTER TASTING INCLUDING WINE DURING ARCACHON BOAT RIDE

    € 17.00

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    Enjoy an Oyster tasting session including a glass of white wine during your Pinasse Boat ride on the Bay of Arcachon.
    Tasting includes: 9 oysters, bread, butter, lemon and a glass of white wine. Price is per tasting / per person.
    Additional drinks can be purchased on board the boat.
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Ophorus Tours - Arcachon Bay & Pilat Dune Small Group Private Shore Excursion From Bordeaux

Bordeaux Arcachon

Arcachon Bay & Pilat Dune Small Group Private Shore Excursion From Bordeaux

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  • 08 hours

  • Small Groups ( 2~8 )

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Arcachon Bay - Home to Europe’s Largest Dune

Highlights

  • A Pleasant Day-Trip to the Seaside Near Bordeaux
  • Taste Fresh Oysters Directly From the Local Oyster Sheds
  • Lunch At Any One of the Local High Quality Seafood Restaurants
  • English speaking guides, experts of Arcachon
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests

Program & Itinerary

Arcachon is a popular bathing location on the Atlantic coast 55 kilometers (34 miles) Southwest of Bordeaux and makes for a perfect day trip as a private custom tour. It has fine sandy beaches 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 ...

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 and makes for a perfect day trip as a private custom tour. It has fine sandy beaches 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 the largest sand dune in Europe, the Dune de Pyla (or Dune du Pilat), nearly 3 kilometres long, 500 metres wide, reaching 107 metres in height, and moving inland at rate of 5 metres a year.

Begin your private small group day trip from Bordeaux to Arcachon

Today leave the bustle of Bordeaux on this astonishing day tour and head towards this land locked sea known as “The Arcachon bay” where fresh oysters and the Dune of Pilat will be on your program. In the morning, we will come and pick you up directly at your Cruise ship in Bordeaux. Meet your English-speaking driver/ tour guide who will go over the itinerary and program of the day.

Travel in a spacious, premium minivan

Your private Bordeaux Shore Excursion to Arcachon will take place in one of our very spacious Mercedes Minivans. This vehicle can take up to 8 persons. All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system that allows you to hear the commentary of your driver/guide no matter where you are seated. Also, there is free Wi-Fi access on all tour vehicles. Bottled water is also available in all our vehicles.

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 we will organize an oyster tasting session. To taste fresh Arguin Banc oysters surrounded by the bay on one side and the pine forest on the other is quite an experience.

Typically, the oysters are accompanied with fresh baguette, lightly salted butter and a glass of white wine. For those who do not appreciate oysters or seafood there is always an opportunity to taste other local dishes including cold meats or grilled sausages. Wine tasting is always available in any case as you are close to one of the most famous wine regions of the world. 

For lunch, your guide will certainly suggest one of the many high-quality sea food restaurants located along the shore. Of course, it will be time to pair your food with local Bordeaux wines.

In the afternoon a number of options are possible:

Option 1 - Head to Pilat and climb Europe's largest sand dune.

After a short drive from Arcachon town, reach the highest sand dune of Europe located in the small town of Pilat sur Mer. During the summer season, a staircase is put in place so that it is easier to climb the Dune without damaging the area. 

This means you will have to make some effort to reach the top as there are 170 stairs to climb. Once at the top, discover the natural beauty of the landscape and admire one of the most stunning views of the Bay, the sand beaches and the pine forest in the back.

Option 2 - A traditional Private Pinasse Boat Tour on the Bay

Book 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. You can also include some oyster tasting, picnic & wine to enhance your experience.

Option 3 - Enjoy some free time in Arcachon and shop for local arts & crafts that make for great souvenirs

Any of these options can be chosen during the booking process. Tour returns to your Cruise Ship at the end of our services.

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  • Pick up at Your Ship in Bordeaux or Bassens Cruise Port

  • Discover the Oyster Sheds and Oyster tasting

  • Panoramic Tour of Arcachon

  • Free time for lunch in Arcachon City or along the Sea Side

  • Climb the Pilat Sand Dune or enjoy a relaxing Boat Ride

  • Return to Cruise Ship in Bordeaux or Bassens

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Ophorus Tours - Arcachon Bay & Pilat Dune Small Group Private Shore Excursion From Bordeaux
Ophorus Tours - Arcachon Bay & Pilat Dune Small Group Private Shore Excursion From Bordeaux
Ophorus Tours - Arcachon Bay & Pilat Dune Small Group Private Shore Excursion From Bordeaux

Know before you book

  • Tour available all year round (except May 1st, Dec 25th and Jan 1st)
  • 8 hour private Arcachon Bay tour from Bordeaux
  • Oyster Tasting experience can be included during the booking process
  • Pinasse Boat Ride can be included during the booking process
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 8 persons - Larger groups please contact us
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Currency is in Euro

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Quai Louis XVIII Cruise Berth Bordeaux

Departure

Pick up at Cruise Ship – Bordeaux or Bassens Ports of Call.
Please proceed to exit where your guide will be waiting for you with a sign bearing lead traveler name.

Return

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

Included / excluded

Included

  • Reservation for oyster tasting, boat ride
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Travel in premium, spacious vehicles
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Free WiFi access on board

Excluded

  • Entrance fees to monuments or attractions
  • Boat Rental
  • Oyster tastings 
  • Meals & drinks
  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

FAQ

  • What should I expect on a Shore Excursion with Ophorus?

    As a specialized France Tour Operator and tours & activities provider, we organize worry free shore excursions departing from all cruise ports in France. Our professional team of travel advisors, drivers and guides speak fluent English, are experts in the destination and all our shore excursions take place on board premium vehicles.

    All our shore excursions in France include pick up and drop off at your ship, once you have exited the Cruise Port terminal. We will always indicate where your driver/guide will be waiting for you. Our itineraries and programs are customized to suit your needs and never include side visits or stops that you had not confirmed. We guarantee your return to ship on time and have a very flexible cancellation policy. All tours can be cancelled up to 48 hours before the tour.

    All our shore excursions are for small groups only, we do not cater for groups larger than 20 persons. Typically, we use premium minivans that will take up to 7 or 8 persons maximum. If your group is larger, then we will provide a small minibus but no larger than 20 passenger seats.
  • What type of vehicles are used during a Bordeaux private tour?

    Our company uses only premium cars & minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows and large leg space.
  • Who conducts this private tour from Bordeaux to Arcachon?

    This private tour from Bordeaux is conducted by one of our local guides that speaks impeccable English.
  • What is there to see & do in Arcachon?

    The town of Arcachon is a lovely small resort town on the Bay of Arcachon. This is where many families from Bordeaux come for week-ends to enjoy the sandy beaches and the mild climate. If you are not interested in oyster tasting or climbing the Pilat Sand Dune, ask your guide to show you around in Arcachon.

    One of the most interesting features of here is the Winter Town. Overlooking the town itself and the Bay, the Winter Town district is composed of more than 300 villas that were built during the 19th century. As Arcachon was a 'new town' all architectural styles were allowed and a stroll through the district will reveal some extravagant ones.

    Another great option in Arcachon is to walk along the Promenade facing the Bay. Then, enter the town itself and shop for local souvenirs. The town is also filled with great arts & crafts shops as well for those looking for authentic gifts.
  • How difficult is it to climb up the Pilat Sand Dune?

    Every year during the summer season between April and November, a special built staircase is installed so as to make the top of the Dune accessible to as many persons as possible. However, this represents a climb of 170 stairs that can be strenuous especially on a hot, sunny day. This activity is not recommended for persons with walking difficulties. Good walking shoes are recommended for the climb of the stairs.
  • Is lunch included on this Shore Excursion from Bordeaux?

    No, we never include lunch on our private tours. If you would like to include lunch then just let us know and our team of travel designers will be happy to select a local restaurant for you and make the necessary arrangements. It is also possible for you to ask your guide for suggestions in the morning, on the day of the tour.
  • What is a Pinasse Boat and how long is the tour?

    A Pinasse is the traditional fishing boat that was used on the Bay of Arcachon for both fishing but also for oyster farming. Today, the oyster farmers use more modern boats. Many Pinasse are now being completely renovated and are used for sightseeing boat rides on the Bay of Arcachon. The boats can take small groups of 2 to 12/15 persons depending on the size of the Pinasse.

    For the boat tour on the Bay you have several options - 2 or 3 hours or a complete half day that will allow you to reach the Banc D'Arguin. You can include oyster & wine tasting during the tour and it is also possible to have you disembark in the Cap Ferret area for a unique lunch in a local restaurant.
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