Guided Tours

TOUR 9: Bordeaux, France (Wine and Gourmet Tour)

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Tour Description:

On this 6 day – 5 Night Bordeaux Wine Vacation, we will experience the best France has to offer as we visit and taste the rich history of the most prestigious wine region in the world, Bordeaux. See first-hand what it means to be a Bordeaux winemaker during exclusive Chateaux tours, tailored wine tastings and Michelin Star meals. Our small group of wine lovers will tour wine estates in each of the three regions that make up the Bordeaux wine industry. Learn about what makes the Left Bank and Right Bank wines so
unique, and see first-hand why the French classification system of 1855 is so historically important and still relevant.

Take in the world famous vineyards of Médoc, Pessac, Graves, Blaye, Fronsac, Pomerol, as well as the picturesque medieval village of Saint Emilion, as we visit leading Chateaux estates and drink Grand Cru wines. Each day trip is a new experience, just a short ride from Bordeaux, paired with gourmet lunches and local history, not to mention great company. On the free day and free evenings, shop around the historic city center, try a few wine bars or visit the famous Cité du Vin, Bordeaux’s new interactive wine museum. The beautiful city of Bordeaux boasts a perfect blend of classic French architecture and
modern city amenities, making every stroll a memorable experience with something to see. In addition to your stay at one of the top hotels in Bordeaux, all of your day trips include a gourmet meal, some noted by their Michelin star(s), and always served with wines adapted to the tours of the day.

Tour Cost:

$3495 / Single Supplement : $495

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    May 15 – May 20, 2022 - 5 Nights

    Base Villages: Bordeaux, France

    Wine and Gourmet Tour

    • May 15: Meet guides in Bordeaux by 2 p.m. and shuttle to the hotel, (more information available upon request for traveling to and from Bordeaux), early evening walking tour of Bordeaux, wine tasting class with local gourmet meats and cheeses pairing
    • May 16: Day-trip to Médoc & Margaux, 2 Chateaux visits, gourmet lunch, artisan chocolate tasting, free evening in Bordeaux
    • May 17: Free morning to explore the local Fresh Markets, afternoon-trip to Chateaux visit in Pessac-Leognan (Graves) and Arcachon Bay with a sunset seafood dinner
    • May 18: Day-trip to Blayes & Fronsac, 2 Chateaux visits, gourmet lunch, tour the medieval historic Citadel, free evening in Bordeaux
    • May 19: Day-trip to Pomerol & Saint Emilion, 2 Chateaux visits, gourmet lunch, tour the world famous medieval village, gourmet farewell dinner
    • May 20: Depart Bordeaux by train or plane.

    Tour Highlights & Details:

    – Bordeaux, France : Intercontinental Grand Hotel de Bordeaux

    Highlights – Bordeaux: For centuries it has been a destination for wine lovers, lately the world has been noticing what Bordeaux has to offer as a metropolitan city. LonelyPlanet describes it as “An intoxicating cocktail of 18th-century savoir-faire, millennial hi-tech and urban street life, France’s sixth largest city is among Europe’s most exciting and gutsy players.” If you ask us, it’s because once you’ve caught a glimpse of the Garonne riverfront, or some of the incredible architecture that spans a millennium (in one case nearly two), it’s not hard to understand why everyone loves it so much. Immerse yourself in the unique wine heritage and take in the many sights and monuments that make the city so unique.

    Highlights – Médoc & Margaux: Some of the most prestigious Châteaux in the world can be found here just north of Bordeaux, including the eponymous Château Margaux. The famous ‘Route des Châteaux’ (The Chateaux Road) takes you past many lavish properties, each with unique histories dating back many generations. The picturesque vineyards cover the landscapes surrounding small villages that have been producing the worlds most sought-after wines for many centuries. Although the Médoc name is world renowned, most Châteaux prefer to use their more geographically specific and much smaller appellation names that make up the region such as Margaux, Saint-Estèphe and Saint-Julien that carry much more prestige.

    Highlights – Pessac & Graves: A large area south of Bordeaux on the left bank of the Garonne river, that contains many wine producing appellations. The Graves region is named for its soil (gravel), left behind from the glaciers of the Ice Age. The region is home to Château Pape Clément, as well as Château Haut-Brion, the only Château outside of the Médoc area to be given the top ranking in the Official Classification of 1855. At one point Graves was the only region in which Châteaux produced red and white wines, and is also home to the Sauternes and Barsac regions, famous for their sweet white wines. The most famous appellations are Graves AOC, Pessac-Léognan and Sauternes.

    Highlights – Blayes & Fronsac: Two different regions both on the right bank of the Garonne, Blayes and Fronsac are often mistakenly overlooked. Across the river from the Medoc, Blayes is one of the oldest wine producing regions of the area. There you will also find the Citadel of Blayes, a 17th century stronghold that protected France from naval attacks. Fronsac on the other hand has only gained momentum over the last few decades and is still growing in reputation. Located next to St-Emilion, it shares a similar “terroir” which gives their wines a similar grape profile, only with a more  rustic and edgy taste.

    Highlights – Arcachon Bay: The Bay of Arcachon is probably most famous for being the heart of oyster farming in the South West of France and over the centuries the surrounding area has become a prime destination for local and international visitors alike. With sites such as the Dune of Pyla (the tallest sand dune in Europe) and the Isle of Birds (an island sanctuary for migrating birds surrounded by oyster farms and cabanes tchanquées – fishermen huts on stilts), the picturesque coastline can’t be missed.

    Highlights – Pomerol & Saint Emilion: Saint Emilion is a small, fortress-like medieval village that was carved out of limestone by monks over 2000 years ago and has become one of the most prestigious and renown wine regions in the world. These days, the village is a tourist hotspot with many wine merchants, artisanal shops and fine dining. Michelin-starred restaurants are dotted around the area, while artists, knife makers, carpenters and macaroon bakers line the charming old streets and the rocky paths that connect the lower and higher parts of town. In addition to seeing some chateaux, visiting underground wine cellars and meeting merchants, Saint Emilion is a wonderful place to just take a stroll and indulge the senses. Next door however is Pomerol, Bordeaux’s smallest wine region that nevertheless creates elegant yet intense wines. Despite their stature in the world of fine wines, it is a very modest region that doesn’t boast elegant châteaux but more often rural farm houses.

    Guides: Andrew Cummins and Shannon Harris

    Call 478/714-0829 to book your vacation or for more details.