La Vélodyssée: from Bordeaux to Biarritz (or Hendaye)

from 1 025 € / pers.
(on the minimum basis of 6 pers.)
Reference : ODYS8
9 days / 7 days riding
Difficulty : Moderate
Linear trip
From March to October 2019
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your bike tour on La Vélodyssée, from Bordeaux to Biarritz (or Hendaye):

From Bordeaux, go up the estuary of the Garonne and cross the vineyards of Bordeaux. Then join the Ocean, the Bay of Arcachon by bike paths. Enjoy the lively resorts (Biscarrosse, Mimizan, Capbreton) and wild beaches, renowned for surfing then arrive in the Basque Country, with the prestigious Biarritz. The extension to Hendaye by the wild ledge offers magnificent views.

Day 1 : Arrival in Bordeaux


Take your time to visit Bordeaux, World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Take a walk along the Garonne docks, meander in the lively streets of St Pierre quarter, bargain-hunt in the Chartrons quarters, have fun on the reflecting water’s mirror of water …

Day 2 : Bordeaux – Margaux | 34 km


On this first, leave Bordeaux following the secured cycling paths then proceed to reach the vineyards of Margaux, one of the most famous vineyards in France. As you approach Margaux, you will be surrounded by vineyards. You won’t know where to turn for a wine tasting or winery visit.

Day 3 : Margaux – Lacanau Océan | 58 km


Enjoy the vineyards landscapes for some kilometers before reaching the cycle paths. This will softly lead you, toward Lacanau-Océan, by the pines of the greatest France forest: the Landes forest. Then reach directly your hotel where a swimming pool is waiting for you.

Day 4 : Lacanau Océan – Arcachon | 45 km


Follow the Ocean until Arcachon. This stage is a subtle mix of pines and fines sands’ dunes. Leave your bikes, wherever you wish, to enjoy the beaches. Arriving at the Cap Ferret, take the ferry, with your bikes, to reach Arcachon. The hotel will welcome you, not far from the beaches, to have fun in the Bay waves!

Day 5 : Arcachon – Biscarrosse | 30 km


Take advantage of this small stage to appreciate the discovery of a must: the Pilat Dune. You will be rewarded with the ascent: at the top, enjoy a panoramic view, impregnable on the Ocean and the Bay of Arcachon.

Day 6 : Biscarrosse – Mimizan Plage (or Contis les Bains) | 55 km (or 70 km)


The course now distances itself from the ocean and “La Vélodyssée” makes you discover the interior of the Landes and its ponds. The more sinuous and more hilly route winds between the dunes and the big lakes (Biscarrosse, Parentis, Aureilhan) to arrive at the seaside resort of Mimizan-Plage, animated and charming with its Belle-Epoque villas.

Day 7 : Mimizan Plage (or Contis les Bains) – Vieux Boucau (or Capbreton) | 55 km (or 65 km)


“La Vélodyssée” finds a peaceful route along the coast, in the heart of the pine forest. Contis les Bains is an ideal first stop. A small unusual detour for a superb point of view? the visit of the lighthouse of Contis with the ascent of its 183 steps. After Saint Girons Plage, the route slowly departs from the ocean by a cycle path that alternates between forest and small roads. Leon lake invites you to swim before returning to the coast and reach Vieux Boucau, original with its marine lake.

Day 8 : Vieux Boucau (or Capbreton) – Biarritz | 65 km (or 45 km)


A great last stage in apotheosis with a beautiful bike path that leaves the Landes to get where the surf is king. You ride along the longest sandy beach in Europe to the famous resorts of Hossegorand Capbreton. Here, do not miss the inevitable walk on the Estacade, a wooden pier built by Napoleon III in the 19th century.

Day 9 : Departure during the day


Option Extra bike stage to Hendaye (35 km) + extra night in Hendaye
Hendaye
OT Hendaye

For an integral Vélodyssée, this last stage more sportive will fill you. The views of the ocean are wonderful and you discover the soul of the Basque country. You cross pretty villages and old fishing ports such as Guétary and Saint Jean de Luz. Then the route ends with the cliffside road between Ciboure (do not miss the Socoa Fort) and Hendaye.

The little extra with Biking France:


Private return transfer from Biarritz (or Hendaye) to Bordeaux – optional.

Select your category

standard category
Reference: ODYS8 STD
superior category
Reference: ODYS8 SUP
Low season
  • from March 1st to June 30th 2019
    from September 1st to October 31st 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
1 095 € / pers.
445 € / pers.*
1 515 € / pers.
595 € / pers.*
4 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
1 055 € / pers.
445 € / pers.*
1 475 € / pers.
595 € / pers.*
6 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
1 025 € / pers.
445 € / pers.*
1 445 € / pers.
595 € / pers.*
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
1 225 € / pers.
490 € / pers.*
1 750 € / pers.
720 € / pers.*
4 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
1 185 € / pers.
490 € / pers.*
1 710 € / pers.
720 € / pers.*
6 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
1 155 € / pers.
490 € / pers.*
1 680 € / pers.
720 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 8 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 7 days with helmet
• Boat transfer from Cap Ferret to Arcachon on Day 4
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps, detailed route directions in French or English and tourist brochures
• City taxes
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (8 nights included)
• Transfer from Biarritz (or Hendaye) to Bordeaux and personal bike repatriation

Including :

• 8 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 7 days with helmet
• Boat transfer from Cap Ferret to Arcachon on Day 4
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps, detailed route directions in French or English and tourist brochures
• City taxes
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (8 nights included)
• Transfer from Biarritz (or Hendaye) to Bordeaux and personal bike repatriation

Children discount :from 0 to 2 years old : free
from 3 to 11 years old : - 50%
from 12 to 17 years old : - 20%

(Only if the triple or quadruple rooms are occupied by 2 adults minimum )

'Bike extra' & various

• Bike discount
If you bring your own bike.
-75 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 125 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 250 € / pers.

According to the category(price per person)

standard category
Reference: ODYS8 STD
superior category
Reference: ODYS8 SUP
Extra night in Bordeaux
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 80 € / pers.
+ 75 € / pers.*
Low season
+ 100 € / pers.
+ 80 € / pers.*
High season
+ 110 € / pers.
+ 90 € / pers.*
Extra night in Biarritz
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Low season
+ 65 € / pers.
+ 55 € / pers.*
High season
+ 75 € / pers.
+ 60 € / pers.*
Low season
+ 125 € / pers.
+ 55 € / pers.*
High season
+ 160 € / pers.
+ 65 € / pers.*
Extra bike stage to Hendaye (35 km) + extra night in Hendaye

including: 1 night with breakfast (accommodation in a two-person bedroom) / map & detailed route / 1 day cycle rental (classic VTC bike)

* Single supplement
Low season
+ 135 € / pers.
+ 25 € / pers.*High season
+ 155 € / pers.
+ 25 € / pers.*

Low season
+ 180 € / pers.
+ 80 € / pers.*High season
+ 190 € / pers.
+ 85 € / pers.*

Children discount :
from 0 to 2 years old : free / from 3 to 11 years old : - 50% / from 12 to 17 years old : - 20%
(Only if the triple or quadruple rooms are occupied by 2 adults minimum )

Extras

• Private return transfer Biarritz >Bordeaux
(up to 5 persons)
+ 500 € (package)

• Private return transfer Hendaye >Bordeaux
(up to 5 persons)
+ 540 € (package)

Your accommodation


standard category


These hotels offer all the comfort and well-earned rest after a cycling day (private bathroom). A perfect place to enjoy all the centres of interest around.
superior category


These hotels provide charming services on high quality as well as a great location.
Pictures for indicative purposes. Depending on the availability.

Your cycle hire

ARCADE hybrid bike - 21 speed gears

Man or Lady frame

  • Double back saddlebags
  • 1 front bag
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 lock
  • 1 helmet
Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :

LEADER FOX e-bike

E-bike

Universal frame

  • Double back saddlebags
  • 1 front bag
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 lock
  • 1 helmet
  • 1 counter

Practical details

  • Bikes will be delivered at the 1st hotel.
  • At the end of the tour, leave the rental bikes at your hotel, we will pick them up.
> Your journey
> How to arrive in Bordeaux
> Return

Your journey

Tour description:

Mix of cycling paths (90%) or signposted routes for cyclists and small traffic roads.

GPX files:

Besides the maps and detailed itinerary, we can provide on request the GPX files of your bike stages, as well as a suggestion of free mobile application.

How to arrive in Bordeaux

By car:
From A10 then A630 highways >> Exit n°4 direction « Bordeaux centre ».

By train:
From Paris Montparnasse station >> Bordeaux St Jean station (by TGV train).
For more information, do not hesitate to visit : www.sncf.com/en

By plane:

  • From Orly airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Montparnasse train station >> Bordeaux St-Jean train station (by TGV train).

– Bus shuttle (Le Bus Direct) : from Orly Sud or Ouest – Line 1 >> Montparnasse train station >> Bordeaux St Jean train station (by TGV train).
www.lebusdirect.com/en/lines-and-schedules/orly-airport-paris-etoile-champs-elysees-line.html

  • From Beauvais airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Montparnasse train station >> Bordeaux St-Jean train station (by TGV train).

– Bus shuttle >> Paris – stop ‘Porte Maillot’ >> Metro line 1 + line 13 >> Montparnasse train station >> Bordeaux St Jean train station (by TGV train).
www.aeroportparisbeauvais.com/en/acces-et-transports/navettes

Return

If you have to come back to the start point:

  • This return can be carry out by RandoVelo/Biking France: please contact us!
  • A return transfer by train is possible and organised on your own. Please visit: www.sncf.com/en
    Plan to go to the train station with your luggage (and your potential own bike)
    (Personal bike return costs are on your responsibility).
    – Biarritz Station >> Bordeaux St Jean Station (by train or TGV train).
    – Biarritz >> Bordeaux (by taxi).
    or
    – Hendaye Station >> Bordeaux St Jean Station (by TGV train).
    – Hendaye >> Bordeaux (by taxi).

If you have to return to Paris (city centre) / Paris Airports :

  • This return can be carry out by RandoVelo/Biking France: please contact us!
  • A return transfer by train is possible and organised on your own. Please visit: www.sncf.com/en
    Plan to go to the train station with your luggage (and your potential own bike)
    (Personal bike return costs are on your responsibility).
    – Biarritz Station >> Paris Montparnasse Station (by TGV train).
    – Biarritz Station >> Bordeaux St Jean Station (by train or TGV train) >> Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 Station (by TGV train).
    or
    – Hendaye Station >> Paris Montparnasse Station (by TGV train).
    – Hendaye  Station >> Bordeaux St Jean Station (by TGV train) >> Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 Station (by TGV train).

Close Airports:
– Biarritz airport: http://biarritz.aeroport.fr/en
– Bordeaux airport: www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr/en