Arcachon Bay Discovery

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

Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts

Trip Details


Low Season: 390€ per group of 2 to 8 persons.
1 Dec 2017 to 14 March 2018

High Season: 510€ per group of 2 to 8 persons.
15 Mar 2018 to 31 Oct 2018


Available all year round, on request, except May 1st, Dec. 25th, Jan. 1st


8 hours.

Trip Style:

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

Meeting Point:

Pick up in centrally located Bordeaux hotels.
Tour returns to departure point.


Pick up and drop off at hotel
Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped Mercedes minivans
English speaking driver guide
Bottled water in the minivan
Free Wifi access on board


Personal expenses
Meals and drinks
Entrance fees, wine tasting fees
Oyster tasting fees
Boat rental & ride

Arcachon Bay - Home to Europe’s Largest Dune

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.

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

Good to Know

  • Confirmation of the tour will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability.
  • Maximum 8 persons, for larger groups contact us.
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.

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

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