Road trip in a rental van to discover the Gironde

Road Trip in a Rental Van to Discover the Gironde

A superb region, the Gironde is full of places and cities to visit. For your road trip, choosing to travel in a converted van means enjoying great freedom without ever sacrificing your comfort. Our Bordeaux rental agency is the ideal starting point for setting off to conquer this region that will make you fall in love!

Day 1: Bordeaux

Start your road trip in the Gironde, in a rental converted van, by discovering the city of Bordeaux, right next to your rental agency. You can go to the Water Mirror, near the port, but also go shopping on Rue Sainte Catherine. For a little gourmet break, head to the Darwin area. It's an old barracks, where there are now cafes and small shops with a very vintage style. For the night, the Parking Stade Jules Ladoumègue welcomes your van.

Day 2: The Dune of Pilat

An essential stop on your stay in the Gironde, the Dune of Pilat will leave you speechless. Its dimensions? 106.6 meters high and 3 kilometers long... enough to make beautiful walks! The Dune of Pilat can be visited all year round and offers very beautiful landscapes. Access is free, but parking for your converted van is paid. For the price, count 6 euros per vehicle for 4 hours on site.

Day 3: Arcachon

Then head to Arcachon for the 3rd day of your journey in a rental van in the Gironde. Stroll through the streets of the city and walk through the districts named after the 4 seasons. Of course, a mandatory stop at the Sainte-Cécile observatory to admire the Arcachon basin. There are many fish and seafood restaurants there. For camping, head to the Hutopia campsite in Arcachon. Thanks to our partnership and the Huttopia Camping card, you will benefit from a discount on the price of your pitch of up to 25%.

Day 4: Cap Ferret

The next day, departure aboard your van for Cap Ferret, right next door. It is one of the most emblematic seaside resorts of Aquitaine. You will enjoy a breathtaking view of the Dune of Pilat and can also go to the lighthouse, visible from afar thanks to its red color. To continue your discovery of unique places in the Gironde, pass through the village of l'Herbe: you can admire small fishermen's huts typical of the region.

Day 5: Blaye

Take advantage of your road trip in a van to meet a UNESCO World Heritage site: Blaye and its fabulous citadel. The city is very pleasant for a little stroll and to enjoy the specialties of Bordeaux and its region in the various restaurants. For the night, the Blaye motorhome area offers pitches for your converted van.

Day 6: Château Margaux

A grand cru recognized worldwide, Château Margaux is produced in the region and its castle can be visited. It was even classified as a historic monument in 1965. To learn all about this exceptional wine, think to book a little in advance. The greatest castles of the Bordeaux region are indeed very popular. If you want to leave with something to delight in, we prefer to warn you: the house does not do in the small prices!

Day 7: Saint-Émilion

Before returning to Bordeaux and concluding your road trip in a van, we advise you a last stop by the town of Saint-Émilion. Located high up, it allows you to enjoy a very beautiful panorama. You can discover its rich history and visit its monuments.

Then, it will be time to prepare your return to our Bordeaux rental agency, in order to return your converted van, with memories full of your head...

Discover the Gironde in a Rental Van - Your Adventure Begins in Bordeaux

Historical monuments, vineyards, renowned seaside resorts... the Gironde and Bordeaux have everything you need to make your stay in a van memorable. Set off to conquer this unique region while enjoying the comfort and equipment of your AVIS explore rental van.

Why Choose the Gironde for Your Van Road Trip?

The Gironde is already breathtaking natural landscapes: beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see, dune cords, the Arcachon basin, the Dune of Pilat... Also expect to fall for the vineyards of Bordeaux and their harmoniously ordered vines. They stretch as far as the eye can see and seem to guide you to their mythical castles. Not only can they be visited, but in a certain way, they can be tasted: Château Margaux, Château Pape Clément in Pessac, Château Pressac in Saint-Emilion... But the Gironde is not just about wine! There are plenty of other delicious specialties to enjoy during your van rental in the Gironde, such as Bordeaux cannelés, Arcachon oysters, or Saint-Emilion macarons.

Our Van Rental Offers in Bordeaux

For your van rental in Bordeaux to go perfectly, the step of choosing the model is important. A quick overview of the converted vans that our Bordeaux rental agency offers:

  • 2-seater adventure van: this van can accommodate two people for the night thanks to its 2 beds. With its 4-seat dining area and 4 seats for trips, it allows two additional campers and their tent to be accommodated.
  • 4-seater adventure van with pop-up roof: this van offers 4 beds, 4 seats for travel and 4 dining places. In terms of equipment, it also includes a cabin with WC and shower, as well as a refrigerator.
  • 4-seater Combi Adventure Van: 4 beds (including a double bed in the pop-up roof), 4 seats, dining area for 4 people, a kitchen area, etc. No cabin with WC and shower here, but an outdoor shower, for lovers of adventure and nature.

Itineraries and Tips for a Successful Road Trip in the Gironde

There are many things to see during your road trip in the Gironde in a rental van. To start, explore the Bordeaux wine route and its appellations that make wine lovers from around the world dream. Then, head to the Atlantic coast of Aquitaine, starting from the north and the wild beaches of the Médoc. Then, further south, taste the relaxed atmosphere of Lacanau, a surfing hotspot in France. To fully enjoy the region, do not miss two essentials: Arcachon and its basin and, of course, the Dune of Pilat, a real local curiosity!


1. What is the best time for a van road trip in the Gironde?

Going on a road trip to Bordeaux and the Gironde in summer is the assurance of super sunny vacations. If you want to avoid the high season, autumn and spring are also recommended.

2. Can you rent a van in Bordeaux and return it elsewhere?

Yes, AVIS explore offers this option, depending on the availability of vans. To know the rates and destinations available from Bordeaux, please contact the teams of our Mérignac agency.

Discover our selection of van travel destinations

Decided to go on a van trip but lacking ideas for your next road-trip or looking for the best itinerary to make your van road-trip unforgettable ? Discover our selection of van travel destinations and detailed itineraries throughout France and Europe. Explore !

France South West in motorhome

France South West in motorhome

Go to the Atlantic coast in a nomadic home from Toulouse and Bordeaux

Read more

Travel diary : the Landes by motorhome

Travel diary : the Landes by motorhome

Discover the Landes through the journey of Camille and Illiès, a couple of French vanlifers

Read more

Motorhome rental in Gironde

Motorhome rental in Gironde

Discover the Gironde in a motorhome: all our advice and itinerary!