8 days in Gironde Itinerary

8 days in Gironde Itinerary

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Saint-Emilion
— 2 nights
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Vendays Montalivet
— 2 nights
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Arcachon
— 3 nights
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Saint-Emilion

— 2 nights

Gem of the Dordogne Valley

Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion and La Tour du Chateau du Roy. You'll explore and learn at Vesunna and Galerie d'Art Contemporain L'Orange Bleue. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Emilion side-trips: Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux) and Chateau de Bourdeilles (in Bourdeilles). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Chateau Cantenac, stop by Vitrail Color, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, and don't miss a visit to Clocher de l'Eglise Monolithe.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Saint-Emilion online travel route planner.

Paris to Saint-Emilion is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In August in Saint-Emilion, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vendays Montalivet.

Things to do in Saint-Emilion

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Vendays Montalivet

— 2 nights
On the 18th (Wed), browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche de Vendays-Montalivet, tour the pleasant surroundings at Montalivet Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Centrale. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Via-Vinum, then kick back and relax at La Plage Oceane, and then kick back and relax at Plage du Pin Sec.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Vendays Montalivet tour website.

Drive from Saint-Emilion to Vendays Montalivet in 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Saint-Emilion in August: highs in Vendays Montalivet hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Arcachon.

Things to do in Vendays Montalivet

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Arcachon

— 3 nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Banc D'arguin and Plage du Petit Nice. Visiting La Grande Dune du Pilat and Plage La Salie Sud will get you outdoors. Explore Arcachon's surroundings by going to Glisse en Herbe (in Lege-Cap-Ferret) and Cap-Ferret (Plage de l'Horizon & Le Phare du Cap Ferret). The adventure continues: stroll through Plage de la Lagune and kick back and relax at Plage de la Hume.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Arcachon road trip website.

Drive from Vendays Montalivet to Arcachon in 2 hours. In August in Arcachon, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Arcachon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.