Aside from its wealth of world renown wineries, Bordeaux boasts a vast amount historical sites with all of its 18th-century architecture, the largest following Saint Petersburg. The city, with 350 ranked or listed monuments unveils its French architecture and finely crafted facades that catch the sun’s rays. Refurbished quays, renovated wine storehouses, 18th-century facades and contemporary architecture, wine, culture, heritage, history are plentiful in this quintessential French countryside region.
Sunday July 29th – Travel to Bordeaux (D)
This morning meet with your driver at your boat.
Private transfer to Paris Montparnasse Station where you will board the high-speed train to Bordeaux.
Arrival in Bordeaux after just a 2hour 04 mins ride.
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel: Les Sources de Caudalie 5*
Check in & enjoy the amenities of the hotel.
Late afternoon, head over to the neighbor wine property, visit & tasting at The visit will take you through the impressive installations and wine cellar & will end with a visit of the owner’s private collection.
At the end of the visit, head back to the hotel & enjoy a casual welcome dinner at the wine & tapas bar, Le Rouge.
Sample the cuisine of Nicolas Masse, which represents wonderfully the South West of France, in a relaxed ambiance – if weather permits, the vast terrace will allow you to relax in the shade of the trees.
Monday July 30th – Full Day Tour of Saint Emilion (B,L,D)
This morning your driver & guide will meet you at your hotel & you will depart for a full day tour of Saint Emilion.
We will also include a visit of the very impressive underground monuments.
Lunch at the restaurant La Terrasse Rouge It is to share a unique view over the vineyard of Saint Emilion and enjoy the Bordeaux art of living that the restaurant La Terrasse Rouge of Château La Dominique was designed. This restaurant is a « chic » brasserie built upon the high tech cellar designed by Jean Nouvel. The building, with glass windows on each side, combines the brasserie style with high level of service. This place is both simple, relaxed and modern. Elegant and design wooden tables, a large assortment of wines to enhance the most refined meals.
Visit & tasting at Chateau Pavie – Premier Grand Cru Classé A, Saint Emilion
Château Pavie, Premier Grand Cru Classé Saint-Emilion, is located on the southern slope of the hill of Saint-Emilion. The first vines dates back from the 4th century. The name comes from small vine peaches called “pavies” that grew there. The magnificent cellar designed in 2013 by the famous architect and decorator Alberto Pinto. A reception area built of stone and glass overlooking the cellar fits in perfectly with the magnificent vine-covered slope of Château Pavie.
Back to your hotel at the end of the visit.
This evening, enjoy dinner along the Garonne River at the Café du Port.
Located a stone’s throw from the “Pont de Pierre” (stone bridge), on the right bank of the Garonne River, this restaurant offers a cosy atmosphere.
It is largely open onto the exceptional view over the quays’ façade of Bordeaux with the Saint Michel basilica and the “Pont de Pierre”.
The cuisine, with fresh products only, will make you discover local dishes: a great mix of relax and smart conviviality in a unique setting.
Tuesday July 31st: Full Day Tour in the Medoc Wine Region (B,L,D)
This morning your private driver-guide will meet you at your hotel & you will depart for a full day tour of the iconic Medoc Wine Region.
There is nothing than wine lovers enjoy more than driving along France’s D2 highway, the route des châteaux just north of Bordeaux on the Médoc peninsula, hemmed in on both sides by row upon row of vineyards as far as the eye can see. The names on road signs tick off a fabulous list: Latour, Lafite and Mouton Rothschild, Palmer, Léoville Barton, Pichon Longueville, Cos d’Estournel.
Private visit & tasting at Chateau Beychevelle – Grand Cru Classé Saint Julien
Château Beychevelle, the "Versailles of the Médoc", could only be expected to produce excellent wine. This outstanding 90-hectare vineyard, planted on deep, Garonne gravel soil, has a winegrowing tradition dating from the Middle Ages. More modern selection, winemaking, and ageing techniques also contribute towards the finished wine's perfection.
Château Beychevelle is a Saint-Julien Great Growth, combining elegance with character and finesse with balance.
The property recently inaugurated their ultra-modern cellar & tasting room – a real contrast to the traditional properties in the Medoc region.
Visit & tasting followed by lunch at Château Phelan Segur – Saint Estèphe With its unique architecture and its stunning view over the Gironde, the nobility of its terroir, Château Phélan Ségur is a great classic benchmark. From the vineyard to the cellar, the visit allows you to discover the spirit of a family, the terroir of Saint-Estèphe and the secrets of the vinification of Phélan Ségur.
The tasting, led by a member of staff, comprises a vertical of 3 vintages.
After the tasting, we will take you for a private lunch in the Chateau or, if weather permits, in the pristine park. The chef revisits the great classics of French gastronomy – champagne aperitif, 3-course lunch (wines included).
Private visit & tasting at Chateau Pichon Baron – Grand Cru Classé Pauillac The estate was founded in the late 17th Century, also known as the Grand Siècle, or “great century”, in reference to Louis XIV’s accession to the French throne in 1661. The Sun King was to enhance the reputation of French culture, including its wines, throughout Europe 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 offer the opportunity to reconnect with the great historic traditions much loved by royal courts of bygone days.
Back to your hotel at the end of the day.
Dinner at La Table du Lavoir, on property brasserie
Table du Lavoir serves delicious, unusual, bistro-style food with the finest seasonal products.
In the center of the room, the wash house, that has since been rebuilt stone by stone, pay tribute to the winegrower's wives who used to come here to do the washing in the 19th century.
The roof structure was built with 18th century beams recovered from cellars at Château Lafite-Rothschild, and the glass door can be opened, weather permitting to enjoy meals on the covered terrace. The unmatched cutlery, purchased by weight, sits atop traditional and antique tablecloths
Wednesday August 1st: Bordeaux (B,L,D)
This morning, head into the city of Bordeaux.
Part of the world heritage since 2007, Bordeaux is a jewel of 18th-century architecture with a rich past starting in the Gallo roman period. Bordeaux is known to have the second largest patrimony of the 18th century after St Petersburg. This tour is the occasion to discover most of these treasures along the waterfront: Palais de la Bourse, in the Triangle d’Or the Grand Theatre and some private mansions. Have the chance to visit “les quais” the docks in French, inhabited by wine merchant warehouses.
Lunch at La Brasserie Bordelaise
A unique place in Bordeaux dedicated to South West cooking and the biggest range of good Bordeaux wines.
Enjoy a great ‘entrecôte à la bordelaise’, or a roast chicken and the famous French fries followed by homemade desserts: a typical French brasserie run by a young and professional team in a friendly atmosphere
After lunch, a possibility for some free time in the city to explore the shopping options or head back to the hotel to enjoy the onsite amenities – we recommend that you try the very unique Caudalie spa.
Enjoy dinner at Château Pape Clément
Thursday August 2: Departure (B)
Meet with your private driver in the lobby of your hotel.
Private transfer to Bordeaux Airport for your ongoing journey.