South West France Culinary and Wine Tour -

South West France Culinary and Wine Tour

8 Days | Wine & Food

Culinary Wonders and Scenic Splendors: A Gastronomic Tour from Biarritz to Bordeaux

Luxury | From $8,299 pp

Immerse yourself in the charm of the South West of France and discover its rich gastronomy. Explore Biarritz, its exquisite cuisine, and historic architecture. Enjoy a tour of the Basque vineyards, where you’ll savor local wines and delicacies. You will discover the picturesque village of Saint Jean de Luz and its scenic surroundings. Day four includes a scenic transfer to Bordeaux, with a stop in Hossegor for fresh oysters. While in Bordeaux, enjoy a gourmet food tour of the city, sampling the city's finest treats. In Saint Emilion, enjoy a unique chocolate-making workshop and exclusive wine tastings. Explore the renowned Graves and Sauternes wine regions, visiting prestigious châteaux.

Day by day


Day 1: Biarritz - Anglet

Luxury transfer from Biarritz Airport (BIQ) to your hotel

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer in a luxury vehicle from Biarritz Airport (BIQ) to your hotel

Welcome to Biarritz!

You will explore the city that has so much to offer, where you will enjoy France’s charm, history, and fabulous food scene. Biarritz is popular with the Spanish since it is located a few miles from the border of Spain. Packed with important historic architecture, full of imperial villas and palaces from the 19th century.

Enjoy the beaches, surf spots, golf courses, thalassotherapy centers, and gastronomy. The famous food you can try here is oysters, available almost everywhere, from classy restaurants to more-than-affordable markets.

Day 2: Biarritz - Espelette - Saint Jean Pied de Port - Irouléguy - Anglet

Private guided driving tour of Basque vineyards

Your driver-guide will pick you up from your accommodation. You will start with a visit to Espelette, a lovely village on the border of the province of Labourd & Basse Navarre. You will be introduced to the history of Basque country and its provinces. It is famous for its variety of capsicum (dried red peppers). You can see them hanging outside many of the houses and shops in the village during summer. Navarre. This is not just a historical boundary but also a geological one, as the landscape changes and we enter a mountainous area.

You will then visit an orchard and Basque cider maker, who will explain the secrets of this immemorial beverage made from the oldest breeds of apples known as Sagarnoa. Known as the secret weapon of sailors, it has been a tradition since antiquity. You can savor this bitter and dry flavor, consumed more like a wine than a refreshing beverage.

Next, you will explore the city and visit Domaine Brana, a veritable institution among Irouléguy PDO estates. You will learn more about this wine’s particularities and history and participate in a tasting session. A visit to Saint Jean Pied de Port, a magnificent 12th-century bastide town, capital of Lower Navarre, and a landmark pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela will allow you to stroll its steep pedestrian streets.

Stop in one of the multiple restaurants to enjoy some of the local specialties: Tapas, Pintxos, Anchovies, Charcuterie and Txakoli, your guide will introduce you to Basque gastronomy and culinary traditions

You will continue to the village of Irouléguy, renowned for its vineyards and estates. They were initially dedicated to the monks of the Spanish monastery of Roncesvalles and the pilgrims of Santiago de Compostela. Between history and tasting, this stopover will delight the curious and gourmets alike.

Finally, you will stop by Saint Etienne de Baïgorry, a splendid village in Lower Navarre, where you will admire this province’s changing landscapes and architecture nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Your guide will explain the history of Navarre, the Wars of Religion, and, more locally, the Cagots.

At the end of this mesmerizing tour, your driver-guide will drop you back at your accommodation.


Day 3: Biarritz - Saint Jean de Luz - Sare - Etxalar (SE of Biarritz) - Fontarrabie - Anglet

Private guided driving tour to Basque vineyards

Your driver-guide will pick you up from your accommodation. You will start this splendid day of discovery with a walk up a hill overlooking this magnificent bay, offering breathtaking views. If walking isn’t for you, there’s a viewpoint within easy reach.

You will visit Saint Jean de Luz, a charming village renowned for its fishing port and 17th-century shipowners’ houses. The tour of the town center also includes the beach, pedestrian, and shopping streets. Your guide will reveal many themes: whaling, wealthy shipowners, the era of privateers, the marriage of Louis XIV, Naploéon III’s reorganization of the town, the development of tourism, and Art Deco treasures.

Next, you will take the van to the nearby village of Socoa and visit the Egiategia winery, a pioneer of underwater winemaking since 2012. Following the tour, we’ll taste their various wines. All the while enjoying the sumptuous setting of this beautiful bay!

You will take the course along the Rhune mountain range, where you will surely come across vultures, sheep and pottoks (miniature Basque horses). On the way, you will visit the isolated village of Sare, where the serene atmosphere contrasts with the heavy history of its border location.

You will then cross the border via the Lizarrieta pass, known as the “col des palombières.” This is a unique way of hunting wood pigeons caught in nets. A short walk will allow you to learn more about this hunt and enjoy the exceptional views. While going on the way back to the mountain, you will see the lovely Spanish village of Etchalar, famous for its asadors, or barbecue restaurants!

You will continue along the southern slopes of the Pyrenees to visit a unique vineyard. A few hills face the ocean between Fontarrabie and Getaria, where green grape vines are grown. This slightly acidic white wine is integral to the local gastronomic culture and originates in the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. A tasting is a must!

Finally, you will visit the charming border village of Fontarrabie, which faces France and whose walls and fortified castle recall the quarrelsome past of these two nations. We’ll visit the old quarter with its cobbled streets and magnificent mansions and finish on the banks of the Bidasoa, the border river, with the fishermen’s quarter and its famous pintxo bars!

At the end of the magnificent tour, your driver-guide will drop you back at the hotel.

Day 4: Bordeaux

Private transfer from Basque country to Bordeaux with a stop in Hossegor

Hossegor is world-renowned for its seaside resort and surfing competitions. The village center has a uniquely relaxed atmosphere, and a stroll around its lake offers magical views of pine forests and designer villas. It’s an easy stopover on the way to Bordeaux.

While in Hossegor, your driver-guide will help you find the perfect spot to enjoy the local oysters with a glass of white wine

oyesters and white wine

Day 5: Bordeaux

Bordeaux food gourmet old city and market morning private walking tour

In this gourmet food tour, you will delve into the culinary wonderland of Bordeaux. Your knowledgeable foodie guide will take you for a walking tour of the city, stopping in beloved local shops to sample the best things in the city.

The culinary stroll will start from Place Saint-Pierre. There, you can discover the history of the port and its merchandise. Here, you will have your first taste of the city’s finest coffee and chocolate.

Your journey through this district will be punctuated by three sweet gourmet stops, where you will be introduced to an innovative grocery store, then to one of the city’s emblematic specialties, and finally to a fascinating subject: bread.

After a short stroll through the streets of the Old Town, you will arrive at the Covered Market, an intriguing old market in octagonal shape, built in the middle of the 19th century. There, you can savor cheese with wine and charcuterie.

You will end the tour with a meal at a local bistronomic restaurant. It will be accompanied by wine and/or followed by a small dessert.

Bordeaux food market

Day 6: Bordeaux - Saint Emilion - Bordeaux

Full-day private driver in Saint Emilion

A private driver-guide will pick you up at your accommodation and accompany you for a day full of discoveries and tastings.

Private Visit and Chocolate Workshop in a Saint Emilion vineyard

You will visit the vast domain and discover the process and intricacies of wine-making and its stages of production. Later, you will get to immerse yourself in a chocolate-making workshop made by a local chocolate maker who will share with you her passion for this delicacy.

After the workshop, you can sip and taste different regional wines paired with three chocolates. You will also be surprised to find out the familiar ingredients found in the preparation of wine and chocolates.

chocolate factory

Discover 5 of Bordeaux’s Grands Crus in a private tasting room in Saint Emilion
Established in Bordeaux in 1840, Dourthe soon became recognized as a reliable, innovative wine producer in Bordeaux, who provides the benchmark in winemaking. This pioneering spirit can be witnessed at every stage of our history
In this domain, discover the secrets of the wines, grape varieties, wine assembly and wine classification of the vineyard through a unique and complete experience with a technical tour followed by a themed tasting workshop to discover the most prestigious wine producers of the Bordeaux region, in the private tasting room.
Discover different terroirs, and aromas along with the tasting of 2 classified growth of Saint Emilion, 2 Red wines from Pomerol, and 1 White wine confidential Cuvée.
Saint Emilion

Day 7: Bordeaux - Sauternes - Bordeaux

Private Guided Tour of Graves and Sauternes Wine Regions

During this tour, you will enjoy visiting two wonderful châteaux!

Enjoy a warm welcome in a prestigious Grand Cru Classé Château steeped in history. Wander through the vineyards, tour around the vat room and the cellar, and listen to an explanation of the winemaking process, all the way from the vine to the bottle. Finish by tasting the estate’s wines.

Meet and discuss with people from a charming family-run estate of the region, visit the property, listen to an explanation of the main varietals of the region, and finish by tasting the estate’s wines.

Day 8: Bordeaux

Luxury Transfer from your accommodation to the airport

A private driver will pick you up in a luxury vehicle from your hotel and drive you safely to the airport in Bordeaux.

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About This Trip:

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    • 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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