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Wine Round Trip Bordeaux

8 days and 7 nights

  • Keywords : Art of living, France, Gironde,
  • Category : Art de vivre
  • Duration : 8 Days
  • Valid days : 7 Days

Discover the renowned vineyards and fine regional specialties of Bordeaux, the pride of the local craftspeople. During your stay in the guestroom of a local winery, the wine growers will let you in on the secrets of their savoir-faire, and the refining of grands crus. Throughout your whole trip you will enjoy the hospitality of the local people. They are happy to open their homes for you and will let you take part in their lifestyle. Obviously, you will have the pleasure of a tasting of wine, oysters and other local delicacies !

Itinerary map

Itinerary map

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Bordeaux

Rental car at your disposal from Bordeaux Airport.

Upon arrival in Bordeaux Airport, an automatic compact class rental with navigation system car will be available for a period of 6 days. This will allow you to move freely.



Night at the Hotel 3* in the Bordeaux centre.


Included : bedroom and breakfast

Day 2: Bordeaux


Guided Stroll through the Old Town of Bordeaux



Marie, your local guide, will show you around her hometown with expertise and good humor. Her tour through the old town revolves around the fashion style and favorite boutiques of the typical Bordelaise, in the past and today.



During your stroll through markets, along small boutiques and shopping malls to the famous flee market Saint-Michel, you will learn a great deal about the style and shopping habits over the centuries.



The guided visit starts at the Place des Quinconces under the cock of the “Monument aux Girodins” and ends at the flea market Saint-Michel.



Duration: around 3 hours - Marie speaks French, English and German – in groups up to 20 participants


Dinner at a Local Home


This is the perfect occasion for a moment of gastronomic pleasure together with your local hosts.


Helena and her husband live in a pretty house not far from the Bordeaux city center. They have recently renovated their home.


While her husband - a wine expert - will take care of the wine, Helena, a passionate cook, will serve you a lovely homemade dinner.


Around a nicely laid table in a convivial atmosphere, you will enjoy a top-quality home-cooked regional menu made from fresh ingredients.



Helena and her husband speak English, French and Italian – Service arising from sharing economy.

 





Night at the Hotel 3* in the Bordeaux centre.


Included : guide , visit, drinks, dinner, bedroom and breakfast

Day 3: Saint-Léon - Bordeaux

Discover the History of a Family-Owned Vineyard of the Appellation Côte de Buzet


Jacques is a winegrower and an enologist. Through the history of the vineyard his family has owned for five hundred years, he will let you in on the finesses of winegrowing.


From the estate he will take you for a stroll through the woods to the vineyards where you can discover the soul of wine, praised by Charles Baudelaire in his famous poem. You will also learn a great deal about the history of the Lot-de-Garonne, cultivation methods, the soils and the region’s special micro climate.


The stroll will finish in style in the family-owned wine cellar with a tasting of the organically grown wine. Savor the fine wine!


You will walk along a six-kilometer long stretch with sloping paths, clayey and sandy soil.


Duration: around 3 hours - guided tour in French or English – in groups up to 14 participants.






Night at the Hotel 3* in the Bordeaux centre.


Included : guide , drinks, visit, bedroom and breakfast

Day 4: Pessac - Montagne


Enology-Workshop : create your own grand cru

The rapid expansion of the wine production is closely linked to the history of the wine-growing districts such as Médoc, Saint-Emillion or Graves, the best example being the Bordeaux area, where vine was introduced by the Romans. Pierre, an enologist, is aware of this fact and its historic significance. In his workshop he will let you slip into the skin of a wine-grower and teach you how to make your own “grand cru.”

Your immersion in the world of a wine-grower will begin with an introduction to the proper wine tasting technique. Pierre will familiarize you with the vine varieties, the “body” of the wine (the general weight or ‘fullness’), the tannins and the balance of the various components. You will learn about traditional manufacturing processes used in the production of great vintages.

Eventually, equipped with a pair of tweezers and a test glass, you can give free reins to your creativity and make your own grand cru – up to nine compositions - from the grapes of the vineyard. The bottling will take place in the cellar, with help of a software you can even create your own personalized label.

Back at the castle, your workshop will finish in style with a wine tasting and a comparison between “your own creation” and a grand cru from the domain. Of course you can take “your” bottle back home, enjoy it together with your loved-ones!

Duration : around 2.5 hours – commentaries : in english or french – in groups up to 14 participants.

"Table d'hôtes" Diner at the Clos de la Barbanne

Before sunset, the tables of the two dining rooms will be laid with cloth and illuminated by warm flickering candle light. On warm days, a table will be set in the garden for an intimate setting under a romantic sky. You will be offered an enchanting refined gastronomy accompanied by Grands Crus of the region.

The table d'hôtes is open from Monday to Sunday – please make you diner reservation at the Clos de la Barbanne in advance.



Night in an elegant Bordeaux style mansion

Included : guide , drinks, visit, dinner, bedroom and breakfast

Day 5: Ludon-Médoc - Montagne

Visit of a hundred-year-old Cooperage and Gourmet Lunch in the Médoc Region


Christine is proud to carry on the traditional craft of a cooper, mastered by her family since 1902. Happy to share her love of wine and its aromas, she will open her cooperage for you.

She will introduce you to the manufacturing of barrels, the adequate choice of staves, the heating technique and long-established working methods.

Follow the beguiling scent of the heated oak barrels and learn about a craft practiced since antiquity!


Your visit will end in style in the family-owned restaurant where you will be served a revisited traditional meal accompanied by a choice of wines from the property.

Duration: around 3 hours – commentaries in English – in groups up to 15 participants

 


Night in an elegant Bordeaux style mansion

Included : guide , drinks, visit, bedroom and breakfast

Day 6: Cap-Ferret - Montagne

Guided visit with oyster farmer along the Arcachon Bay with a tasting of oysters.


Christian, the oyster farmer, embarks you on board of his “plate” (a special boat for shallow shoals used in this part of France) and lets you in on the secrets of his craft. Discover the tools he uses and watch him perform his daily tasks! If you so wish, you are welcome to join in and lend a hand!


Stop near the bird island where you can admire one of the last wooden shacks on stilts in the bay region.


Departure time will depend on the tides.


Duration: 3.5 hours. Maximum participants: 8 persons




Night in an elegant Bordeaux style mansion

Included : guide , excursion, bedroom and breakfast

Day 7: Cadaujac - Montagne


Bike Tour through a Vineyard in the South-West of Bordeaux

Pascale is a passionate enologist and organizes workshops on the theme: “an encounter of a wine and its history.” She will welcome you on her vineyard from the 14th century producing the appellation Pessac-Léognan.

The two-hour long bike tour will take you through the terroir of the Graves and the Bordeaux. All along your stroll, Pascale will be happy to show you the grape varieties and tell you about the history of the region.

Back at the Chateau, you will visit the wine cellars where the wine is aging in oak barrels. After the outdoor activity, you deserve a tasting. You can trust Pascale for giving you good advice, she will serve you a fine wine!

For Pascale, wine tasting is an art de vivre – but it needs a terroir, the sweat of the wine-makers and their employees, as well as a special climate.

Duration: around 3 hours – commentaries in English or French – in groups up to 10 participants.


Night in an elegant Bordeaux style mansion

Included : guide , drinks, visit, bedroom and breakfast

Day 8: Marseille Airport

End of your trip


You will drop off your rental car at Marseille Aiport

HOTELS

Hotel Qualys la Tour Intendance - Bordeaux

Level : Hotel 3*

The Hotel is situated in the heart of Bordeaux, next to Place Gambetta and a 2-minute walk from the Grand Theatre. It offers free WiFi and air-conditioned rooms. Guest rooms at the Hotel are equipped with flat-screen TV, telephone, safe and en suite facilities. They are accessible by lift. The Hotel is a short walk from Saint-Pierre, where there are many restaurants, cafes and boutiques. It is also close to Mériadeck business district. At Gambetta as well as at the Grand Theatre, guests can find a tram stop. This hotel's locations makes it an excellent base to discover Bordeaux. Bordeaux City-Centre is a great choice for travellers interested in food, shopping and wine.

Night in hotel Clos de la Barbanne - Montagne

Level : Guesthouse

Offering a sun terrace, sauna and indoor swimming pool, The house is situated in Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes in the Aquitaine Region. Guests can enjoy evening meals on site with prior reservation. All rooms have a private bathroom with bathrobes and free toiletries. They also have terrace or patio. Certain units feature a seating area where you can relax. A number of activities are offered in the area, such as golfing and horse riding. The bed and breakfast also offers free use of bicycles. Bordeaux is 38 km from Clos De La Barbanne, while the centre of Saint-Émilion is 4.2 km from the property. The nearest airport is Mérignac Airport, 60 km from the property and the nearest train station is in Libourne, 12 km away. The city tax is to be paid directly at the hotel

Base 1 people : price from 2263.00 EUROS
Base 2 persons : price from 1725.00 EUROS
Base 3 persons : price from 1645.00 EUROS
Base 4 persons : price from 1604.00 EUROS