This is only an example of a wine holiday package in the Bordeaux wine region. Our wine tours are entirely tailor-made to suit visitors' preferences, they can be shorter or longer depending on their needs. Please contact us to design your own bespoke wine tour. These are just some ideas to help you get inspired:
Day 1: Arrive in Bordeaux and Unwind at your Beautiful Hotel
For this incredible Bordeaux wine adventure, you can make your way to the city by car, plane, train and even by boat. Once you have reached the magnificent city, we will whisk you away in a chaperoned car to your lovely residence for the next few days: the stunning 5-star hotel of Saint Émilion, Hostellerie de Plaisance awaits you in all its grandeur.
Wine enthusiasts will instantly recognise the name Saint Émilion as one of the principal appellations of Bordeaux. Savour some great wines at the Hostellerie de Plaisance with stunning views of the vineyards and the medieval village, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The interiors are an excellent blend of sophistication and comfort. For dinner at La Table de Plaisance, their 2 Michelin-starred restaurant, be spoiled by the cuisine of the chef, who draws inspiration from the fresh food markets and the treasures of local farmers.
Day 2: Discover the Village of Saint Émilion
After you meet your guide at your hotel, you will spend the morning exploring the enchanting medieval village of Saint Émilion, classified by UNESCO in 1999. The steep and narrow cobblestone streets are lined with remnants of monasteries and convents dating from the 11th to 18th centuries that tell the story of the village. We will also include a visit to the very impressive underground monuments such as the monolithic church – the largest of its kind in Europe.
Enjoy exclusive French gastronomy and wines at the gourmet restaurant of your hotel for dinner that night.
Day 3: Visit the Historic Sites in Dordogne
This morning, drive from Saint Émilion to Dordogne, where you will connect with your local guide. Start the day with a visit of the cave of Lascaux.
Set near the village of Montignac-sur-Vézère in the heart of the Périgord Noir (Black Périgord) Lascaux is the finest of the region’s prehistoric caves with its famous paintings. The Périgord Noir region is home to more than 60 prehistoric sites and has one of the densest concentrations of prehistoric sites in the world. Many of these sites are on the UNESCO World Heritage listing, including several prehistoric caves adorned with cave paintings. In the afternoon, you will drive along the Dordogne River and discover the charming town of La Roque Gageac. During the drive, you will also see impressive views of the Château de Beynac and Castelnaud – the fortresses dating back to the 100 years’ war.
Day 4: A Day of Fine Wine Tastings
This morning your private driver-guide will meet you at your hotel and you will depart for a full day tour of the iconic Medoc Wine Region.
First, you will enjoy a private visit and tasting at Château Pichon Baron, Pauillac Appellation. Designed for connoisseurs and collectors of fine wines, Château Pichon Baron is a wine to be enjoyed in moments when pleasure is paramount – the property offers the opportunity to reconnect with the great historic traditions much loved by royal courts of bygone days.
After this, you can have lunch at Café Lavinal, a Parisian-style bistro with a relaxed ambiance and an excellent wine list with choices from Argentina, California, Portugal and, of course, Bordeaux.
You can continue your private visit and tasting at Château Beychevelle in the Saint Julien appellation. This outstanding 90-hectare vineyard, planted on deep, Garonne gravel soil, has a winegrowing tradition dating from the Middle Ages. Château Beychevelle is a Saint-Julien Great Growth and has recently inaugurated their ultra-modern cellar and tasting room – a real contrast to the traditional properties in the Medoc region.
If you and your palate are not tired, you can opt to go for a private visit and tasting at Château Kirwan in the Margaux Appellation. This guided tour includes the decanting and tasting of the old vintage of your choice at the chateau’s brand-new wine cellar.
Day 5: Private Cooking Class in Bouliac
Under the expert guidance of Célia Girard, Sous-Chef to Nicolas Magie from Le Saint James restaurant, you will take part in a cooking class for all ages and abilities. Meet your chef at the Côté Cours Cooking School in Bouliac -the perfect place to learn how to be a great chef in your own home. The service includes a hands-on class with preparation of a starter, a main course, on-site tasting of the two dishes, a dessert, a glass of wine and coffee.
Day 6: Arcachon Bay
This morning drive from your hotel to Arcachon Bay (approx. 1hour 15mins).
Upon arrival, you will meet with your skipper at a designated location and board a Pinasse – a typical wooden boat - and enjoy a tour of the Arcachon bay including a close-up view of the Oyster Parks. With your skipper you will discover the area ‘like a local’ and learn all there is to know about traditions and treasures from this beautiful part of France! You will make a stop at the Cap Ferret to taste their celebrated oysters with a glass of white wine and an unbeatable view of the Dune du Pyla – Europe’s highest sand dune that rises to some 110m over sea level.
Before you leave, you can make a stop for a cocktail at Philippe Starck’s trendy hotel La Coorniche, from where the view over the Cap Ferret peninsula is breath-taking.
Day 7: Visit a Prestigious Château and a Historic Wine Shop
This morning, your private driver-guide will meet you at your hotel and you will depart for a morning in the iconic Medoc Wine Region.
You will then enjoy a visit and tasting at Château Mouton Rothschild – Premier Grand Cru Classé, Pauillac
The Château Mouton Rothschild, 1st Growth winery is world-renowned for its wines. In the original 1855 Classification, Château Mouton Rothschild was awarded the Second Growth status, but the young Baron Philippe Rothschild made it his mission to earn the coveted First Growth status for Mouton Rothschild in 1973. During this visit you will discover how they combine traditional methods and cutting-edge technology to produce this wine considered one of the best in the world today. At the end of the tour you will enjoy a tasting of 3 wines.
From here, head for a private wine tasting at l’Intendant in Bordeaux. This wine shop, housed in a hotel particulier, is located in the heart of Bordeaux in the elegant Allées de Tourny, and just next to the 18th century style Grand Theatre. The inside of the building has been entirely hollowed out and reconstructed by French architect Jean Michel Rousseau, with one 12-metre high spiral staircase, with the most prestigious appellations of Bordeaux curling up alongside the walls. Over 15,000 bottles are prepared in an artistic way, out of which you will be tasting 3 exclusive vintages from some of the highest growths in Bordeaux.
Day 8: Explore the City of Bordeaux
For this day, you will make your way to the heart of Bordeaux. Explore the old neighbourhood of the wine merchants in the city. The Chartrons neighbourhood got it names from the ‘Chartreux’ that created a convent at this location in the XIV century. Located along the Garonne River, you will see some of the most beautiful XVIII century town houses built by the rich merchants. With your guide, explore the history of wine in Bordeaux and discover this neighbourhood which is itself a town within the town!
During the tour, you will make stops to discover some of France’s gourmet specialties: cheese, wine and the local ‘puits d’amour’! We will give you suggestions for lunch at a local bistro.
After having enjoyed the local cuisine, you can explore Millesima, the wine merchant’s cellars where 2,500,000 bottles (including a library of about 10,000 large formats of 6 litres Imperials, 5 litres Jeroboams, 3 litres Double-magnums and 1.5 litres Magnums) of ‘Grands Crus’ are stored.
Millesima is one of the leading Bordeaux wine traders and the last to still have its wine cellars near the river Garonne and the docks, largely associated with the growing of the Bordeaux wine trade in the past centuries. After a visit of the historic wine cellars you will indulge in an exclusive tasting of 3 Bordeaux vintages.
This marks the end of our suggested 8-day wine holiday package in Bordeaux. Contact our local travel expert in Bordeaux to customize a wine holiday for yourself and take inspiration from the activities we have offered above.