A Luxury Escape to Bordeaux

6 Days | History & Culture, Wine & Food

Six luxurious days wine and gastronomy paradise

from $3,999 pp

Enjoy a luxurious six days and five nights in Bordeaux. Based in an intimate 5-star hotel just off the Place des Quinconces, you are well-placed to take advantage of this wine and gastronomy paradise. Your private local guide leads two days of tasting the best wines that Saint-Emilion and Medoc have to offer. Another day takes you along the Atlantic coastline to the tallest sand dunes in Europe and the seductive Arcachon Bay. This is a place with spectacular sandy beaches and some of France's best oysters.

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.

girl traveling in bordeaux, france

Day 2: Saint Emilion

Full-Day Private Guided Tour of Prestigious Saint-Emilion Vineyards

Spend a day exploring the Saint-Émilion, Fronsac, and Pomerol appellations, their prestigious domains, and tasting sessions of grands crus.

Pick up is at your hotel in Bordeaux with a scenic drive as you make your way through the rolling hill and enchanting vineyards of the Saint-Émilion region.

Your first visit is to Château Beau-Sejour Becot in Saint-Émilion grand cru classé producer. The château is located on a privileged position on a clay and limestone plateau. The Becot family has run this outstanding vineyard, for six generations. Their grand crus wines rank among the very best in the world, earning the premier grand cru classé B label.

You’ll experience a Vertical Tasting and a full private tour of the property and learn about the terroir, the vineyard, the history of the family, the technical facilities, and the underground cellars. It is followed by a vertical private tasting led by one of our sommeliers. Taste 3 vintages to better understand the impact of weather on the final product.

Next up is Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac, a producer of Saint-Émilion grand cru. Discover the secrets of their wines, grape varieties, and wine assembly with a technical tour followed by “ Grand Cru Classé Rive Droite” themed tastings in a private tasting room at La Cave Dourthe. Explore different terroirs, aromas, and try two Saint-Émilion grand crus, two reds from Pomerol, and one white confidential cuvée.

Lunch follows in downtown Saint-Émilion looking out over a sea of vines and the Dordogne valley. Enjoy an à la carte selection of seasonal dishes.

Following lunch, is an exclusive visit of Château Clinet Pomerol. This château is one of the most prestigious producers in the famed Pomerol appellation and responsible for some of the world’s greatest merlots. Tour of the vineyard and cellars and learn about Pomerol wines from our experts. Taste the 2013 vintages of Château Clinet, Fleur de Clinet, and Ronan by Clinet. (One bottle of each vintage is presented)

End your day with free time for a stroll through medieval Saint-Émilion where you can visit its charming boutiques.

saint-emilion, france vineyards and landscapes

Day 3: Bordeaux - Garonne River

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 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.

Dinner at Michelin-starred restaurant the Pressoir d’Argent

Le Pressoir d’Argent Gordon Ramsay, Michelin-starred restaurant seduces by its special atmosphere and its delectable and creative cuisine. From his deep respect of authenticity, Gordon Ramsay has created a menu on which local products take pride of place. Gironde black truffles, foie gras from Charente region or the iconic Brittany Lobster « A la Presse » pay tribute to the richness of French culinary heritage.

bordeaux at night with lights

Day 4: Arcachon

Private Tour of Arcachon and the Dune of Pilat

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 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.

beach in arcachon france

Day 5: Ludon-Médoc

Full-Day Private Guided Tour of the Medoc Wine Region

Your guide will pick you up at your lodging for a day on the Medoc wine trail through the mythical Margaux, Saint-Julien, and Pauillac appellations. These wines made Bordeaux world-famous. This terroir produces powerful red wines heavy on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot varietals. The guide will provide you all the information about the Bordeaux & Medoc wine regions.

Experience intimate visits and tastings at two prestigious Grand Cru Classé wineries and a third family-owned winery. Pending availability specific châteaux can be added to the itinerary. Some fine options include Château Montrose, Château Pontet Canet, Château Pichon-Longueville, Château Mouton-Rothschild, Château Lynches-Bages, Château Lagrange, Château Gruaud-Larose, Château Giscours, Château Cantenac-Brown, and Château du Tertre.

Taste local French specialties in the vineyards. In the afternoon experience a blending session. This is an opportunity to taste different grapes varieties, blend them, and create your own wine!

Lunch is at your own expense. Eating at one of the châteaux is a nice option. Weather-permitting, you can have lunch outside on the terrace or in the garden.

two poeple in ludon-medoc vineyards, france

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.

people in bordeaux at night, france

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About This Trip:

    • Enjoy 24/7 English-spoken telephone assistance while traveling
    • This itinerary includes transport, activities, guides, accommodations with breakfasts, and other listed services
    • Price is in USD per person, assuming double occupancy. Note that prices and availability are subject to change.

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