Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux Including Pyla Dune and Oyster Tasting

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Arcachon Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux Including Pyla Dune and Oyster Tasting
from USD $83.59
Spend a morning away from Bordeaux on this half-day trip to the Bay of Arcachon. On this small-group tour, visit Pyla Dune (Dune du Pyla), the largest sand dune in Europe, and admire the spectacular views from the top, before visiting an oyster farm for a sample of fresh oysters. Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.
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In Brief

Bordeaux, France
4 hours 30 minutes
April to October
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Dune du Pilat, route de Biscarrosse Pyla sur Mer, 33115, La Teste-de-Buch France

Climb the beautiful Pyla Sand Dune

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Bordovino Wine Tasting Day Tours, 3 rue d Enghien, 33000, Bordeaux France

Enjoy a tour with Bordovino à la francaise


  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Professional guide
  • Oyster tastings or shrimps (no other food alternative)
  • Climbing the Sand Dune
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Dune du Pilat


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Departure Point

12 Cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Returns To

3 Rue d'Enghien, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Additional Information

  • 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 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

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

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!!!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
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.
• Submitted 19 Aug 2018
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!!!
• Submitted 07 Sep 2017
Great tour led by a fantastic guide. It was a memorable experience!!!!
• Submitted 13 Aug 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.
• Submitted 05 May 2017
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.
• Submitted 14 Nov 2016
Nice guide, very helpfull. Interesting tour, excellent organized.
• Submitted 25 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!
• Submitted 24 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!
• Submitted 22 Jun 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.
• Submitted 28 May 2016
The guide was very friendly and helpful. I like the wine at the top of the dune.
• Submitted 14 Apr 2016
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!!
• Submitted 11 Oct 2015
Excellent tour guide. Fascinating tour of dunes. Wonderful oysters. Loved this tour.
• Submitted 27 May 2015
This was sooo much fun and the oysters was super yummy. A must do tour on a sunny day!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2013
Professional tour guide. Stunned by the Dune and the oyster tasting session at the oyster farm was a real good experience, we had some of the best oysters we have ever had!
• Submitted 10 Jun 2013
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.
• Submitted 05 Nov 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!
• Submitted 01 Oct 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.
• Submitted 28 Jul 2017
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 :-
• Submitted 16 May 2016
Was very happy with this tour. My only disappointment was that we did not drive through the town of Arcachon or relax on a scenic beach as indicated in the Overview which states - "Explore the town of Arcachon before a visit to an oyster farm for a sample of fresh oysters. Relax on a scenic beach before heading back to Bordeaux". I asked the tour guide and she said there would not be enough time to visit the dune, visit Arcachon and the oyster farm in the half day tour. My problem is that my expectation was set by what your overview stated. But even so the trip to the dune was fantastic.
• Submitted 05 Sep 2014
Loved this - the only problem was the took so,long to get to the sand dunes we only had 30 minutes there. The oysters were wonderful!
• Submitted 25 Aug 2014
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.
• Submitted 15 Aug 2019
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.
• Submitted 16 Sep 2015
I was on the fence about booking this tour before our trip, but am glad we did. You can't really appreciate how amazing the Dune du Pilat is until you're standing at the foot of it looking up. Unfortunately, the day was drizzly and by the time we had climbed to the top, the view was obscured so we ended up buying a postcard at one of the conveniently located souvenir stands on the way back to the parking lot. Because of the weather, and perhaps the time of year, we also did not visit an oyster farm as no one was working that morning along the stretch where our guide took us. We, along with others, were also under the impression that we would be driving past the picturesque over-water cabanes tchanquées, but that was not the case, a disappointment as I am an avid photographer. We were, however, treated to fresh oysters (twice as many as advertised) along with a glass of white wine and fresh baguette. Compared to our wineries tour guide, our guide on this tour, Julie, was not as chatty although she was equally friendly. I deducted stars for this tour, not for the weather, but because I feel the tour agency should have made note in the tour description of what may not be available so that it is a little more accurate.
• Submitted 14 May 2014

In Brief

Bordeaux, France
4 hours 30 minutes
April to October
Monday, Wednesday and Friday