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France A Gourmand's Tour of Bordeaux

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Spend six days and five nights on a gastronomic adventure in Bordeaux. The city and surrounding Gironde department are seductive places famed for their food and world-class wine. Shop in the Capuchin Market, the “Belly of Bordeaux”, then go behind the scenes in a fine restaurant for a cooking class and an unexpected meal. Tour famous Saint-Emilion and Ludon-Médoc vineyards to taste their grand cru...

Spend six days and five nights on a gastronomic adventure in Bordeaux. The city and surrounding Gironde department are seductive places famed for their food and world-class wine. Shop in the Capuchin Market, the “Belly of Bordeaux”, then go behind the scenes in a fine restaurant for a cooking class and an unexpected meal. Tour famous Saint-Emilion and Ludon-Médoc vineyards to taste their grand crus. Round out your trip with a day at the Dune du Pilat, Europe’s tallest sand dune, and the coastal town of Arcachon. The town is one of the world's best places to taste oysters.

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This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Private transfer to your lodging

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between the airport and your lodging.


Suggestion: Free Day in Bordeaux


Bordeaux is perhaps France’s most fascinating metropolis. It gives its name to its region's renowned Bordeaux wines and is praised worldwide for its exquisite cuisine. To enjoy an excellent meal no need to go to a fancy restaurant, great food can be found even in humble bistros. Aside from its gastronomic reputation, it also boasts numerous cultural monuments, magnificent townhouses, and mansions, as well as splendid chateaux set amid a scenery full of contrasts.


Bordeaux is an ideal starting point for exciting excursions to the countryside and beaches. Wide beaches on the Atlantic Sea, gigantic sand dunes, lovely lush vineyards, and dense fragrant pinewoods characterize the landscape. In each direction, you will find open nature with well-posted hiking and biking trails, a pure El Dorado for nature lovers!


Overnight stay including breakfast in a superior room at a historic boutique hotel in the heart of Bordeaux.


Included:  transfer arrival.

Visited:
Bordeaux
Accommodation
Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux (Bordeaux)

Day 2: Guided Tour of "Le Marché des Capucins” and Gourmet Oenological Brunch

In the historic Saint-Michel district, you'll visit "Le Marché des Capucins”, the largest and older market in the South of France. Upon conclusion of your guided visit, join your guide for a gourmet oenological brunch with wine tasting and a friendly atmosphere.


Meet Lénaïc, a local passionate wine-lover in the heart of Bordeaux, in one of the most emblematic neighborhoods of the Gironde capital. Your guide will explain the fascinating history of the place while guiding you through the colorful markets. You will stop at three different stalls, where the producers will talk about their work and techniques, and where you will have the first chance to taste some local wines and fresh produce (depending on the season: cheese, oyster, stuffed cod, and more).


Your tour will end in a nearby wine cellar; join your guide for a brunch where wine and other local products still play the starring role! You will taste six different wines matched with food previously purchased at the markets. In a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of the city above, you will exchange your experience with wine and learn more about Bordeaux.


Guided Riverboat Cruise on the Garonne River


Choose one of the most charming and comfortable ways to discover the vestiges of the historic heart of Bordeaux from the Middle Ages to the 18th century: take a trip on the famous French “Bateau Mouche”, a tourist boat cruising along the Garonne, a river crossing Bordeaux from where it flows into the Atlantic.


You will glide smoothly along the river while taking in the panorama of the city's landmarks and passing the beautiful stone bridges Aquitaine, Jacques Chaban-Delmas and Eiffel.


Duration: around 1.5 hours – boarding 30 minutes before departure – commentaries in French and English. Meeting at 3 pm at ponton d'Honneur Quai Richelieu, behind the Maison Ècocitoyenne, Passerelle Garonne, departure 3:30 pm, return around 5:00 pm.


Overnight stay including breakfast in a superior room at a historic boutique hotel in the heart of Bordeaux.


Included:  drinks , tasting , guide , visit.

Visited:
Bordeaux
Accommodation
Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux (Bordeaux)

Day 3: Full day private guided tour of the prestigious vineyards of the Saint-Emilion wine region

Discover the prestigious wines of the Saint-Emilion region. You will be charmed by the beauty of the village and the deep fruity Merlot.


Drive along the Chateau Route of the Saint-Emilion Region, pass by mythical appellations such as Pomerol, Lalande de Pomerol, and Fronsac which made the reputation of the Bordeaux wines. This specific terroir produces delicate and fruity red wines. The guide will provide you with all the information about the Bordeaux & Saint-Emilion wine regions.


Enjoy visits and tastings at 2 prestigious Grand Cru Classé and at one family-run estate, full of charm and authenticity. If you have any specific châteaux you wish to visit, they will be included in the itinerary pending availability. Chateaux include Château Pavie, Château Canon, Château Beauséjour-Bécot, Château Clos Fourtet, Château Soutard, Château de Pressac, and Château de Ferrand.


Explore the charming village of Saint-Emilion, classified to the Unesco World Heritage. Experience a French aperitif in the middle of the vineyards made of French delicacies from the market place. In the afternoon, participate in a blending session in our tasting room in Bordeaux: taste different grapes varietals and create your own wine!


Lunch is at own expense. A nice option is a casual and chic lunch at a chateau. If the weather allows, the lunch will be served on the terrace or in the garden of the chateau.


Bordeaux hotel pick-up and drop-off.


Minimum: 2 people.


Duration: full day.


Overnight stay including breakfast in a superior room at a historic boutique hotel in the heart of Bordeaux.


Included:  snack , tasting , excursion , transportation.

Visited:
Bordeaux, Saint Emilion
Accommodation
Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux (Bordeaux)

Day 4: Private tour of Arcachon and visit of the Dune du Pilat

An English-speaking chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your lodging and the day's tour.


The resort town of Arcachon is a very popular coastal destination in southwest France. Born as a destination for people from Bordeaux to escape to on weekends, it has now developed into one of the best-known and most-attractive seaside destinations in France.


The principal attractions in Arcachon include several kilometers of beautifully maintained sandy beaches, the town center with its markets and vibrant atmosphere, and the 'winter town' (the "ville d'hiver") with its extensive number of grand villas built in the 1860's - the most complete 'belle epoque' town you will find anywhere in France.


The beach in the center of Arcachon is not exposed to the full might of the Atlantic waves, being on the edge of a large inlet, the Arcachon Basin, rather than facing the sea directly. This makes the beaches particularly good for children. If you are looking for something further afield then there are literally miles of white sandy beaches as you continue south towards Biscarrosse, backed by pine forests and with plenty of waves for surfing and body-boarding.


The winter town grew in the second half of the 19th century, particularly around 1860 when a group of businessmen decided to prolong Arcachon's popular summer season into winter by promoting it as a rival to the Swiss mountains as a 'cure' for tuberculosis. The “ville d'hiver” contains numerous grand villas dating from the last two decades of the 19th century. The 'Mode Pittoresque' was fashionable at this time and is a wonderfully eccentric mix of a number of architectural styles and building materials. In Arcachon, you can see a mix of neoclassical, neo-gothic, old-colonial and Swiss chalet styles. A lack of symmetry is key and the styles incorporate mixes of chalet style roofs with brick facades and bay windows.


The seafood restaurants in Arcachon are of course particularly popular and if you are looking for a cheap but tasty treat, 'moules frites' (mussels and chips) are offered in many of the restaurants along the beach. Head a short distance away from the beach front and it is easier to find restaurants offering fine food at decent prices.


The Oyster House invites you to discover the art of oyster farming, rearing techniques and the history of the French oysters over the centuries. With 7 ports along its coastline, the many oyster farms, the high school of the sea, traditional huts and oyster tastings, Gujan-Mestras is the capital of the oysters in Arcachon Bay. After visiting the Oyster House, oyster tasting is a must! Visit one of the 12 tasting cabins present in the various ports of Gujan-Mestras (at your own expense) and indulge in an authentic local culinary experience.


Make the best of your afternoon and visit the Dune of Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe, an exceptional natural site near Arcachon. The dune is 360-feet high (110-meters). From the top, you can admire the splendid views over the Atlantic ocean.


Pick up and drop off in Bordeaux - Lunch at own expenses - Entrance fees to be paid directly on site.


Duration: 8 hours.


Overnight stay including breakfast in a superior room at a historic boutique hotel in the heart of Bordeaux.


Included:  driver/guide , transportation.

Visited:
Bordeaux, Arcachon
Accommodation
Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux (Bordeaux)

Day 5: Full-day private guided tour of the prestigious vineyards of the Medoc wine region

Discover the prestigious wines of the Medoc Region. Spend a day tasting amazing Cabernet Sauvignon and visiting mythical chateaux.


Drive along the Château Route of the Medoc Region, pass by mythical appellations such as Margaux, Saint-Julien, Pauillac... which made the reputation of the Bordeaux wines. This specific terroir produces powerful red wines. The guide will provide you with all the information about the Bordeaux & Medoc wine regions.


Enjoy visits and tastings at 2 prestigious Grand Cru Classé and at one family-run estate, full of charm and authenticity. If you have any specific châteaux you wish to visit, they will be included in the itinerary pending availability. Chateaux include Château Montrose, Château Pontet Canet, Château Pichon-Longueville, Château Mouton-Rothschild, Château Lynches-Bages, Château Lagrange, Château Gruaud-Larose, Château Giscours, Château Cantenac-Brown, and Château du Tertre.


Experience a French aperitif in the middle of the vineyards made of French delicacies from the market place. In the afternoon, participate in a blending session in our tasting room in Bordeaux: taste different grapes varietals and create your own wine!


Lunch is at your own expense. A nice option is a casual and chic lunch at a chateau. If the weather allows, the lunch will be served on the terrace or in the garden of the chateau.


Bordeaux hotel pick-up and drop-off.


Minimum: 2 people.


Duration: full day.


Overnight stay including breakfast in a superior room at a historic boutique hotel in the heart of Bordeaux.


Included:  snack , tasting , excursion , transportation.

Visited:
Bordeaux, Ludon-Médoc
Accommodation
Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux (Bordeaux)

Day 6: Transfer from Bordeaux to the airport in Bordeaux

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your lodging and the airport.


Included:  transportation.

Visited:
Bordeaux

Bordeaux Saint Emilion Arcachon Ludon-Médoc

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $2,910 / 6 days
Excluding international flights
2 pax4 pax
Price per person$2,910$2,050

Included in price:

  • All services set out under “included in the program”
  • A travel folder with the reservation vouchers
  • A phone contact in case of an emergency during your trip

Not included in price:

  • The suggestions (can be booked on demand)
  • Transport (unless indicated otherwise)
  • Cancellation and repatriation insurances, all-risks coverage
  • Meals (unless indicated otherwise)
  • Personal expenses (drinks, tips etc.)
  • The tourist tax has to be paid on the spot
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