8 days in Bordeaux, Arcachon Bay & Chalais Itinerary

8 days in Bordeaux, Arcachon Bay & Chalais Itinerary

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8 days in Bordeaux, Arcachon Bay & Chalais Itinerary

Start: Ferney-Voltaire
Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Bordeaux
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Arcachon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Chalais
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
End: Ferney-Voltaire

1
night
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): see the interesting displays at La Cite du Vin, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

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Ferney-Voltaire to Bordeaux is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. July in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Arcachon.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums Historic Sites
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Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)
St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral
La Cite du Vin
La Cite du Vin

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Arcachon

Arcachon ©
A popular beach resort town on the Atlantic coast, Arcachon offers you fine, sandy beaches and a particularly mild climate said to be favorable to people suffering from pulmonary diseases.
On the 29th (Mon), take a leisurely stroll along Jetée Thiers, contemplate the long history of La ville d'Hiver, and then stroll around Parc Mauresque. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Parc de la Cheneraie, examine the collection at Ecomuseum Marquèze, kick back and relax at La Plage, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Bassin d'Arcachon, then get outside with Arcajet Marine, and finally take some stellar pictures from Observatoire Sainte-Cecile.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Arcachon day trip site .

Traveling by train from Bordeaux to Arcachon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Arcachon can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Chalais.

Things to do in Arcachon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gujan-Mestras, La Teste-de-Buch, Plage de l'Horizon, La Plage, Banc D'arguin
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Parc Mauresque ©
Parc Mauresque
La ville d'Hiver ©
La ville d'Hiver
Eglise Saint Ferdinand ©
Eglise Saint Ferdinand

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Chalais

Chalais ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau de Puyguilhem and Andre Voulgre's museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Bourdeilles and Abbaye Notre Dame de Bonne Esperance. Change things up with these side-trips from Chalais: Foret du Vignoble (in Mussidan), Vignobles Dubard (in Saint-Meard-de-Gurcon) and Plage des Bardoulets (in Port Sainte Foy et Ponchapt).

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Chalais trip planner .

Getting from Arcachon to Chalais by car takes about 2 hours. In August in Chalais, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 16°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Chalais

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Villars, Mussidan, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Plage des Bardoulets, Chateau de Bourdeilles
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Chateau de Bourdeilles ©
Chateau de Bourdeilles
Chateau de Puyguilhem ©
Chateau de Puyguilhem
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Château de Montréal

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