The Essential Bordeaux

6 Days | Wine & Food

Enjoy the best that Bordeaux has to offer in 6 days and 5 nights.

from $2,249 pp

Enjoy the best that Bordeaux has to offer in 6 days and 5 nights. Bordeaux is a charming city brimming with beautiful 17th-century architecture, great food, and world-class wine. Just outside of the city the natural beauty impresses from the seaside Arcachon and the Dune of Pilat to the vineyards. This tour highlights this enchanting destination. Wine tours help develop your palate and expand your knowledge of the region's wonderful whites and reds.

Day by day

Day 1: Bordeaux

Private Transfer

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between the airport in Bordeaux and your lodging.

Suggestion: Free Day in Bordeaux

Bordeaux is one of France’s most fascinating cities. It lends its name to the renowned Bordeaux wines and is praised for its exquisite cuisine. There is no need to go to a fancy restaurant to find an excellent meal. You’ll find them in cozy inns or small romantic taverns. Not only is Bordeaux France’s uncontested capital of good food and wine, but it also boasts splendid monuments, mansions, and architecture.

Bordeaux is an ideal starting point for exciting excursions into the surrounding countryside and beaches. Wide Atlantic beaches, imposing sand dunes, lush vineyards, and dense fragrant pinewoods dominate the landscape. There are well-marked hiking and biking trails, making this region a paradise for nature lovers.

bordeaux at night, city lights

Day 2: Bordeaux

Two-Hour Private Walking Tour of Bordeaux

It is truly exciting to stroll through a city with as rich a history as Bordeaux. Your private guide takes you to Bordeaux’s essential sites and its most impressive monuments, churches, and squares. Continue your tour with a walk along the river banks to admire the unique panorama over the Garonne River. Nearby, Old Bordeaux features charming squares and restaurants.

A visit to the Bordeaux Patrimoine Mondial center explains Bordeaux’s architectural heritage and the dynamic Bordeaux of tomorrow. The tour ends at Place de la Bourse, where the reflecting pond has become emblematic of the city.

Guided Cruise Along on Garonne River

The most charming and comfortable way to discover the historic heart of Bordeaux is on a Bateau Mouche. This tourist boat cruises along the Garonne River which traverses Bordeaux before flowing into the Atlantic.

Glide along the river while taking in the panorama of the city’s landmarks and the beautiful Aquitaine, Jacques Chaban-Delmas, and Eiffel stone bridges. Discover the city’s history from the Middle Ages to the 18th century.

bordeaux with a sunset

Day 3: Arcachon

Private Tour of Arcachon and the Dune of Pilat

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your lodging and the day’s activities.

Arcachon is one of the most popular seaside destinations in all of France. You can find miles and miles of sandy beaches. South towards Biscarrosse the waves are ideal for surfing or body-boarding. The town center’s features variations of neoclassical, neo-gothic, old-colonial and Swiss-chalet architecture, making it very vibrant with plenty of markets.

This winter town (the ville d’hiver) is home to grand villas dating to the 1860s when the town was promoted as a sanitarium because of its natural beauty and fresh air.

If you crave a tasty treat, try the moules frites (mussels and fries). You’ll find them in any of the beachside restaurants. And just a short walk away from the beachfront you will find more restaurants offering fine great at reasonable prices.

France is famous for its oysters. The Oyster House in Arcachon gives insight into oyster farming techniques. All of that learned will certainly whet your appetite for an oyster tasting. The Gujan-Mestras Port is a perfect spot for that!

Interested in seeing the tallest sand dune in Europe? The Dune of Pilat is almost 360 feet (100 m) high and its top invites you to admire the view over the Atlantic Ocean.

archachon beach in france

Day 4: Saint Emilion

Private Full-Day Tour Saint-Émilion and Pomerol

Your day begins with a visit and tasting at the Pomerol appellation Château Beauregard. The Beauregard family built this impressive villa in the 17th century. The vineyards are in an ideal location on the southern side of Pomerol’s Catusseau plateau with a magnificent gravel and clay terroir.

Next visit Château Soutard, a producer of Saint-Émilion grand cru classé. The wines reflect a long tradition and a spirit of modernity with a unique terroir from the limestone plateau.

Lunch in a local restaurant in downtown Saint-Émilion.

Following lunch, enjoy a guided visit of medieval Saint-Émilion. Learn the local legend of the monk who gave his name to the village. You will have free time to explore the town on your own and visit its charming boutiques.

This tour and tasting of Château Guadet is led by the owner, and the vineyard has earned the prestigious Saint-Émilion Grand Cru classé label. The vast limestone cellars were dug in the 17th and 18th centuries in the heart of the Saint-Émilion. At a constant temperature of 55°F (13°C), they offer optimal conditions for storing wine.

Man holding a glass of wine in vineyard

 

Day 5: Ludon-Médoc

Private Full-Day Tour of the Médoc Wine Subregion of the Bordeaux Wine Region

Spend a day getting to know Bordeaux wines, the Médoc appellation, and the profound effect of terroir on your wine.

The first visit is to Château Lascombes, a producer of Margaux deuxième grand cru. The estate is lovely with architecture dating to the 17th through the 19th centuries. The cellars are decidedly more modern with fluorescent blue lights and Oxoline barrel racks. The château marries the best of the traditional and the high tech to create fine wines of great complexity. You’ll get a chance to taste two reds: Château Lascombes and Chevalier de Lascombes.

Lunch follows in the town of Paulliac.

Next is a visit to Château Pichon Baron, a Pauillac deuxième grand cru. The estate dates to the end of the 17th century. The terroir is exceptional and marked by the oceanic climate along the estuary. The visit includes the vineyard and cellars. Sample three wines presented by one of the estate’s sommeliers.

The day ends with a stop at Château Gruaud Larose, a Saint-Julien deuxième grand cru. Enjoy a private visit to the cellars to see the old vintages. The new visitors center contains a tasting area, lounge, and shop. A panorama overlooking the vineyards and the Gironde estuary awaits from the tower.

Two men on Wine Tour in a Bordeaux Vineyard

Day 6: Bordeaux

Private Transfer

Unfortunately, it’s already time to say goodbye! A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your lodging and the airport.

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    • Price is in USD per person, assuming double occupancy. Note that prices and availability are subject to change.

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