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

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Lainey O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 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!!!

Marla W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Great tour led by a fantastic guide. It was a memorable experience!!!!

David B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
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.

Beverley G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Nice guide, very helpfull. Interesting tour, excellent organized.

Orla R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 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!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 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!

Margaret A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
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.

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!

LionKing Singapore

4 star rating: Recommended
November 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.

Kelly K

4 star rating: Recommended
October 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!

Robin K

4 star rating: Recommended
July 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.

Marina J

4 star rating: Recommended
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 :-

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 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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