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Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux with Pyla Sand Dune Climb & Oyster Tasting

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Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux with Pyla Sand Dune Climb & Oyster Tasting

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Overview

Escape the bustle of Bordeaux for some seaside therapy on this half-day trip to the Bay of Arcachon. With your local guide and small group, journey southwest by mini-coach to the white-sand beaches of Arcachon, famous for oyster-harvesting. Hike to the top of Pyla Dune—the highest sand dune in Europe—stroll the beach, get splendid ocean and forest views, and sample fresh oysters at a local oyster farm.
  • Guided Pyla Dune and oyster-tasting tour from Bordeaux
  • Marvel at panoramic views of Arcachon, the Atlantic Ocean and the Landes Forest from the top of Pyla Dune
  • Indulge in fresh oysters or shrimp at a local oyster farm
  • Small-group format ensures personalized experience
  • Roundtrip travel by comfortable minivan included
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Professional guide
Oyster tastings or shrimps (no other food alternative)
Climbing the Sand Dune
Coffee and/or Tea
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
12 Cr du 30 Juillet , 12 Cr du 30 Juillet, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux Tourist Office Please be there 5 min before tour departure (8.25am)

8:30 AM
3 Rue d'Enghien , 3 Rue d'Enghien, 33000 Bordeaux, France
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Must be 18 years of age to drink alcohol
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY BORDOVINO
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux with Pyla Sand Dune Climb & Oyster Tasting?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux with Pyla Sand Dune Climb & Oyster Tasting?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux with Pyla Sand Dune Climb & Oyster Tasting?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "If you have enough time you can go to the Pyla dune by train and spend more time there." See review

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star-3
Pleasant day out but rushed and overcharged
Fatima_C
, Aug 2019
It was a pleasant day out. The guide was friendly. I enjoyed climbing the dune and the oyster tasting. However, I found this activity overcharged (€69) for what it offers. They drive you to the Pyla Dune, you have 20 mins on the top and then drive you to the oyster farms where you get half dozen of number 5 oyster and a glass of wine. If you want more oyster you pay for it. You don't get to visit the farm itself or learn about it. You just go, eat and then leave in a rush. I think that this is an activity for people who have a very short time in Bordeaux. If you have enough time you can go to the Pyla dune by train and spend more time there. At Chez Jean Mi in the market Marche des Capucins in Bordeaux you can eat same quality oysters and seafood with glass of wine for lower price.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
sand dune tour to remember
james_w
, Jun 2019
Thrilling walk up and across dunes with magnificent views. Host was both informative and charming. Topped off with wonderful oysters and prawns.
star-5
Extraordinary Oysters
SWOBODA4
, May 2019
The excursion was excellent. Our guide, Vincent, provided thorough and interesting background information on the region. He took us to Le Pilat, the largest sand dune in Europe. He brought coffee for us and was helpful throughout the tour. The highlight for me was the opportunity to taste the Arcachon oysters.....the best in the world!!!
star-4
Nice
shrikantpangarkar
, Sep 2018
Good guide quick trip and nice viewIt was not too far and the car was goodCould be good to add some more item in the food
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great small group tour
Roula_B
, Aug 2018
Great tour led by a fanatastic guide. the sand dune was Very impressive and the glass of wine at the top of the dune was a great idea! After that we went to a local oyster village where we enjoyed the oysters with a glass of wine.
star-4
The guide was professional, and we...
LionKing
, Nov 2017
The guide was professional, and we first stop at the sand dunes. We have a glass of wine on top of the dunes, which was magical. there after we went directly for the oyster tasting with a glass of wine or prawns. The oysters were fresh but a bit small. We had greater expectation as they we directly from the farm.
star-4
Ann was our tour guide for the...
Kelly K
, Oct 2017
Ann was our tour guide for the morning - we went and climbed the big sand dune and went to a local oyster village. Ann was a FABULOUS guide, very relaxed and kind and the small group tour format is great. If you have 4-5 days in Bordeaux, its a great tour for something a little different aside from 100 wine tasting!
star-5
I highly recommend this tour. The...
Lainey O
, Sep 2017
I highly recommend this tour. The dune was an unusual and fun point of interest during my stay in Bordeaux. The view at the top was spectacular. Our guide was fun and knowledgeable. And the oysters were really delicious!!!
star-5
Great tour led by a fantastic guide...
Marla W
, Aug 2017
Great tour led by a fantastic guide. It was a memorable experience!!!!
star-4
The dune itself is really cool but...
Robin K
, Jul 2017
The dune itself is really cool but we only got about 20 minutes up top before going to the oyster tasting. The oyster bay was quite different then I thought, it was low tide or as I was calling it no tide. The bay was just boats sitting in mud, the oysters were kind of warm and it was summer which is not the best season for oysters. They all had egg sacks which were creamy and just ok tasting. Most of this trip is spent driving since Arcachon Bay is about 1.5 hours from Bordeaux. It was an ok trip, I would maybe rent my own car next time and go.
star-5
A great trip! Who would have...
David B
, May 2017
A great trip! Who would have guessed a huge sand dune is sitting there on the coast of France, and that Napoleon stopped it from further invading the country by planting forests. Lots of great picture-taking opportunities from the top of the dune. The sand is incredibly fine, making for a fun walk down the dune after taking the stairs up. Our guide was excellent, and even arranged for shrimp tasting for those of us not keen on oysters.
star-5
Excellent tour with very good guide...
Beverley G
, Nov 2016
Excellent tour with very good guide with excellent English. Most enjoyable and a good way to see the dune particularly if time poor as it was a half day tour. Would recommend.
star-5
Nice guide, very helpfull. Interesting...
RENATA K
, Jun 2016
Nice guide, very helpfull. Interesting tour, excellent organized.
star-5
This tour was really worthwhile...
Orla R
, Jun 2016
This tour was really worthwhile. Out tour guide was great v knowledgeable. The sand dune was better than expected and the glass of white wine at the top was a nice touch Oysters were amazing. Defintely recommend!
star-5
Amazing Place! Wonderful oyster and...
Olivia_C
, Jun 2016
Amazing Place! Wonderful oyster and wine! Super nice guide, her name is Beatrice. Just love this tour, It's funnier than wine tour although it's kind of tired to climb up to Pyla Dune!
star-5
This is a half-day tour well worth...
Margaret A
, May 2016
This is a half-day tour well worth taking. The dune is impressive and the visit to the oyster bay and tasting we had shrimp, which was excellent, and those that had oysters said they were good also was a good complement. Our guide was excellent and provided great commentary both going and coming back to Bordeaux and answered lots of questions and provided great information and suggestions for our stay in Bordeaux.
star-4
I love this tour! We were a small...
Marina J
, May 2016
I love this tour! We were a small group of three people, which made the dune walk and the oyster tasting very easy and totally enjoyable. I loved the little suprise when we arrived on top of the dune. Only negative thing was that the guide seemed a little insecure in terms of driving but we made it :-
star-5
The guide was very friendly and...
HiuKwong_L
, Apr 2016
The guide was very friendly and helpful. I like the wine at the top of the dune.
star-5
It was a fantastic tour and an...
Sven A
, Oct 2015
It was a fantastic tour and an excellent guide. The Oyster tasting was really a good experience and it was a good idea to eat with the group, which ment that everybody was talking with each other. The Pyla Dune was amacing. Thank you for a fantastic and exciting tour!!
star-3
We visited here years ago wanted to...
Ann
, Sep 2015
We visited here years ago wanted to see it again. The sand dune is most impressive and quite a climb. My husband adores oysters and was a bit disappointed in their quality compared to oysters from Normandy and Brittany. I had shrimp as I'm allergic to oysters, and they were delicious. Unfortunately, we sat in the back of the van and had trouble hearing the guide even tho' we asked her to talk loudly -- I don't think she even provided us with her name. It would have been useful if she had a sound system, similar to what was used on our St. Emilion tour.

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