Bordeaux Wine & Lifestyle

cooking vacations

5 days / 4 nights

Luxury boutique-hotel accommodation

Breakfasts & Gourmet lunches

Private Expert-led “Premium” wine Tours

Cultural & Food Tours

Transportation by private van

2,980 /pers.

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Welcome to the Bordeaux region featuring its world heritage city, and legendary vineyards producing the world's best wines!

Bordeaux is the fifth largest city in France but also one of the most elegant and picturesque town reputed for its unique lifestyle. You will enjoy its alive shopping streets, historic quarters, food markets, cafés, wine bars, traditional and gourmet restaurants. The city gave its name to the vineyard and its legendary chateaux of Saint-Emilion, Margaux, Pauillac, and more. Ideally located at the Gironde river estuary, about 30 miles (50 km) from the Atlantic coast, the city of Bordeaux was the largest port in France before the 1789 Revolution. The wine business contributed to make merchants fortunate and to create a fabulous architectural heritage dating from the 18th century: private mansions, theaters and museums, tree-shaded thoroughfares and large avenues that invite to walks, beautifully designed river banks facing classified buildings such as Hotel de la Bourse, Grand Pavilion and fountains…

Program Highlights

Our Premium wine tours are private, based on 2 to 6 people. Gourmet lunches are included in our expert-led tours featuring Grand Cru Classée chateaux and boutique estates among the most prestigious ones. Tours depart from Bordeaux city, centrally located to explore Médoc, Saint-Emilion, Sauternes and Graves prestigious vineyards.

Our selection of luxury boutique-hotels in Bordeaux in historic entirely renovated historic buildings offer comfort with all modern amenities. Hotels are set in quiet and safe residential quarters, walking distance to the Opera house and Unesco listed Place de la Bourse overlooking the Garonne river banks.

A peaceful walk and resting time in Bordeaux manicured Public Garden is always appreciated after a busy touring day...

You will enjoy our cultural and food walking tour, as well as a city tour for a better understanding of Bordeaux city, historically and geographically.

We or the concierge at your hotel are delighted to recommend the best restaurants in Bordeaux city from casual and traditional to Michelin starred ones. We also hold your reservations in hands upon request.


Premium Wine Tours at a glance…

From the Médoc to Saint-Emilion, Entre-Deux-Mers, Graves and Sauternes, the vineyard of Bordeaux spreads over 295.000 acres and encompasses 65 appellations and more than 7000 individual estates.
Yet Bordeaux gained international recognition thanks to the prestigious chateaux such as Mouton Rothschild, Margaux, Cheval Blanc, Latour, Pavie, Yquem, etc.
In Médoc, Graves and Sauternes wine regions, you will learn about the 1855 classifications relaying to Paris Universal Exhibition. In 1855, Napoleon III asked a panel to break the region's wines down by price (therefore, hopefully, quality as well). These 1855 classifications were never meant to be an official quality roster but remain mostly unchanged at today.

Our original and luxury Bordeaux Wine & Lifestyle program features full-day Premium wine tours to the Médoc (Saint Julien, Pauillac, Margaux…) and to Saint-Emilion, featuring expert-led visits to Grand Cru Classé chateaux (ie: Trolong-Mondot, Beauséjour, Pavie, Cos d'Estournel, Léoville Poyferré, Lascombes…) and to a family-run boutique winery. Each visit is followed by finest wines tasting.
In booking this tour, you experience the best that legendary Bordeaux region has to offer and enjoy Grand Cru Classé wines among the world's best ones.


ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Bordeaux
Afternoon check-in at the hotel. Time free at your leisure.
Dinner on your own.
Overnight.

Day 2: Bordeaux food & cultural tour
Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet your tour guide at Porte Dijeaux at 10am
Bordeaux is a foodie destination with a long history and great lifestyle. You will taste your way through the city most picturesque quarters, sampling all of the famous specialties, while visiting historic shops and landmarks. The tour lasts 4h30.
Afternoon tour of Bordeaux by open-air small coach for one hour. Tour departs from the Visitors Bureau, steps to the Opera House. You will enjoy an exceptional view of both Garonne riverbanks, historic quarters and its emblematic monuments. More than 25 must-seeing sites including the Chaban-Delmas lift bridge and La Cité du Vin. Tour is guided by an art historian. Individual earphones are provided. Tickets are included in the tour price. You will receive it by email, and you will have to print it.
Late afternoon free at your leisure.
Dinner on your own.
Overnight.

Day 3: Full-day private Premium Wine tour to Saint-Emilion
Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet your driver-guide at 9:30am at the hotel.
Guided tour through Saint-Emilion breathtaking vineyards and landscape (my favorite one!!)?
Morning visit to Grand-Cru Classé chateau for about 2 hours.
Gourmet Michelin-starred lunch in Saint-Emilion.
Afternoon walking tour through Saint-Emilion medieval village (and time free for shopping), followed by an exclusive boutique winery followed by tastings.
Transfer to your hotel in Bordeaux.
Dinner on your own.
Overnight.

Day 4: Full-day private Premium Wine tour to the Médoc
Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet your driver-guide at 9am at the hotel.
You will visit two "Grand Cru Classé" Chateaux (one in the morning and one in the afternoon, in Margaux, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, and/or Saint-Estèphe). Each visit is upon reservation only, and it lasts about two hours.
Lunch in a traditional restaurant.
Transfer to Bordeaux end afternoon. Time free to relax.
Dinner on your own.
Overnight.

Day 5: Check-out – End of the Tour
Breakfast at your hotel.
Check-out before 11am. End of the tour.


PROGRAM PRICE

US$ 2,980 per person (DBL occupancy)
US$ 810 single supplement

Price includes:
4-night luxury boutique-hotel accommodation,
Daily breakfasts, and 2 gourmet lunches in Saint-Emilion and in the Médoc
Two expert-led private wine tours departing from your hotel,
Entrance fees to Grand Cru Classé premium and boutique wineries followed by tastings
Half-day Food walking tour,
Cultural tour of Bordeaux by open-air coach,
Transportation by private luxury van.

NOT INCLUDED: international airfare to/from your country, airport or train station transfers, drinks at restaurants, personal expenses and personal insurance, and all which is not mentioned in “price includes".


2020 TOUR DATES

Bordeaux Wine and Lifestyle tour is confirmed with 2 people and it's limited to 6 people, and it's available March to November, upon request. Please contact us.

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