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Bay of Arcachon: Guided Food Tour

1. Bay of Arcachon: Guided Food Tour

Over 2,5 hours, your local guide takes you on a walk to discover the secret places of the villages. Visit an oyster farm, ask everything you want to know about oysters and taste.  Listen to your guide tell you many anecdotes, in French or English, as they introduce you to the local producers. Each tasting will be accompanied by a drink, a glass of wine, coffee, or tea. You can choose to have the food tour in Cap Ferret village of Le Canon village.  Enjoy one sweet tasting with a famous specialty of the Cap Ferret peninsula, and an oyster tasting. Your guide will be happy to share their knowledge about the region and its people and will give you tips regarding the best places to visit on the peninsula of Cap Ferret.

From Bordeaux: Arcachon Bay Morning Tour and oyster tasting

2. From Bordeaux: Arcachon Bay Morning Tour and oyster tasting

Depart Bordeaux at 8:30 AM and take a 50-minutes drive to the majestic Dune of Pilat at Pyla-sur-Mer in Arcachon Bay. Climb the highest sand dune in Europe for a panoramic view (known locally as the “Bassin”) of an inland sea open to the Atlantic Ocean. You will be rewarded by a glass of white wine! Marvel at the splendid colors of the lagoon, and take in the views of the Landes Forest from the summit. Famous for its oysters, Arcachon Bay is known for its mild climate and exceptional natural beauty. Enjoy a tasting session of some fresh oysters served with a glass of white wine from a local producer of the “Bassin.” Drive back to Bordeaux and get dropped off in the city center at approximately 1:00 PM.

Arcachon: Guided City Walking Tour

3. Arcachon: Guided City Walking Tour

The city of Arcachon is divided into 4 districts: the summer city including the center, the winter city with 19th-century villas, autumn city with ports and spring city with its sandy beaches. Take a walk in the summer city and enjoy the lively atmosphere of streets full of restaurants, painters and cafés. Contemplate the stunning facade of the Casino and the gorgeous square "Place des Marquises". Climb to the Parc Mauresque for a beautiful panoramic view of the city. The park will take you to Arcachon's winter district, which has been designated as the most beautiful. Admire the wonderful facades of the huge eccentric villas from the 19th century. Stroll down the calm, green streets that contrast with the animated city center. Learn about the history of Arcachon from your guide and customize this private tour according to your own preferences.

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4.7 / 5

based on 68 reviews

Nice visit. Small tasting on the beach of the famous white dunes, kinds of local chouquettes, very famous. Then walk to the oyster farming huts. We received explanations on oysters and farming. Then we went to the 44 hectare district. At the end of the visit, we stopped at the Roux cabin to taste oysters and large prawns with a glass of wine. The guide Alain is at the top. He tells well and is varied in his anecdotes. I recommend this excursion.

There is no hesitation, we recommend it 100%! Alain, our guide is a source of knowledge. He is smiling, pleasant and pedagogical. This walk at the beginning of our stay gave us an overview of the region, the gastronomy (slurp!) and the activities to come. Benevolence, good humor and lightness are the key words of this little getaway. Thank you very much for everything Alain

We had a lovely time on this trip! The dunes are well worth a visit. The oyster tasting also brilliant! We had a very knowledgeable and friendly guide! (So sorry, forgot the lady’s name but she was so lovely!). A must go!

C’était génial! Alain est un excellent guide. L’expérience est parfaite pour découvrir le cap ferret et apprendre sur les huîtres du bassin

Discovery of 2 small Authentic oyster farming villages with a great guide Tasting of oysters from the basin To recommend