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.


  • Half-day trip to Arcachon from Bordeaux
  • Climb to the top of Europe’s largest sand dune, Pyla Dune (Dune du Pyla)
  • Sample fresh oysters at a local oyster farm
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

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

Enjoy a complimentary tasting of fresh Arcachon oysters

To begin your small-group tour, leave Bordeaux in the morning and travel by air-conditioned minivan to the beautiful Bay of Arcachon. During your 55-minute journey, your knowledgeable guide will recount some interesting facts about the region.

The tour starts with a visit to Pyla Dune (Dune du Pyla), the largest sand dune in Europe. Hike to the top of the dune and enjoy fantastic views of the Landes forest, the Bay of Arcachon and the Atlantic Ocean.

Your guide will drive you to one of the many local oyster farms, for which this area is famous. Meet the oyster producer and learn more about the traditional methods of oyster cultivation while enjoying a complimentary tasting of six fresh Arcachon oysters accompanied by a glass of white wine.

Customer Reviews

Hiu Kwong L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The guide was very friendly and helpful. I like the wine at the top of the dune.

Sven A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Excellent tour guide. Fascinating tour of dunes. Wonderful oysters. Loved this tour.

Lillian L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

This was sooo much fun and the oysters was super yummy. A must do tour on a sunny day!

Janet C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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!

Kristina H

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

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.

Michael D

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

Loved this - the only problem was the traffic...it took so,long to get to the sand dunes we only had 30 minutes there. The oysters were wonderful!


3 star rating: Worth doing September 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.

5397diana USA

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2014

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.


1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2015

I feel sorry that I was missleaded by the title.
I know Arcachon very well, walked on here wonderful seahore, I liked to show it to my family....
But the trip was for Pyla Dune to climp the hill....

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