15 days in Gironde Itinerary

15 days in Gironde Itinerary

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Bordeaux
— 8 nights
Drive
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Lacanau-Ocean
— 2 nights
Drive
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Soulac-sur-Mer
— 4 nights
Drive to La Rochelle-Île de Ré Airport, Fly to Dublin

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Bordeaux

— 8 nights

The Port of the Moon

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Saint-Emilion (Vitrail Color, Clocher de l'Eglise Monolithe, &more), La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer) and La Serre o Delices (in Biganos). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, make a trip to The Water Mirror, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of La Cite du Vin.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bordeaux online trip itinerary planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Bordeaux is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Dublin in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Bordeaux: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lacanau-Ocean.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Lacanau-Ocean

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): do a tasting at Chateau Pontet-Canet, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron, learn about winemaking at Chateau Larose Trintaudon, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bieres Nauera, and finally do a tasting at Chateau Balac. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Chateau Malescasse, savor the flavors at Pheeric Wine Tours, then get outside with Club de Plage Les Acrobates, and finally identify plant and animal life at Réserve naturelle nationale de l'étang de Cousseau.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lacanau-Ocean route website.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Lacanau-Ocean in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Lacanau-Ocean, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Soulac-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Lacanau-Ocean

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Soulac-sur-Mer

— 4 nights
Soulac-sur-Mer is a commune in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Soulac-sur-Mer: Motor Evasion 33 (in Naujac-sur-Mer), Jau-Dignac-et-Loirac (Phare de Richard & Chateau Poitevin) and La Ferme Aux Chevaux (in Vensac). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-fin-des-Terres, visit a coastal fixture at Cordouan Lighthouse Phare de Cordouan, grab your bike and head to Pistes Cyclables en Gironde, and learn about winemaking at Chateau Saint-Hilaire.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Soulac-sur-Mer travel route planning site.

You can drive from Lacanau-Ocean to Soulac-sur-Mer in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Lacanau-Ocean, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Soulac-sur-Mer, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Soulac-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Gironde travel guide

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Landmarks · Wineries & Vineyards · Architectural Buildings
Gironde is a department of the Aquitaine region well known for its Bordeaux wine, its holiday resorts on Arcachon Bay, and as the home of Europe's longest beach, the Côte d'Argent, which attracts many surfers each year. The department is also the birthplace of Jacques-Yves Cousteau who studied all forms of aquatic life. The Great Dune of Pilat in Arcachon Bay near Bordeaux is the tallest sand dune in Europe and a mecca for hiking and windsurfing. The Gironde estuary, with the same name as the department, is where the mouths of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers merge. Gastronomy is important here, with diverse oyster flavors ranging from the delicate aroma of fresh vegetables and citrus fruits to sweet milkiness. Arcachon oyster varieties owe their flavorful reputation to the high quality of plankton they consume during their growth, and are popular attractions in their own right.