Start you amazing journey into the world of wine by visiting the amazing Bordeaux! You will reach the train station of Saint-Jean (it takes around 3 hours from Paris-Gare de Lyon) and, after some time to relax in your hotel, get ready to spend your day around the city!
Your Bordeaux Wine Trip will begin on the left bank quay of the Garonne river, in the Old Town – the famous district of Saint-Pierre. In this village-like part of the city, you can walk through narrow old streets and take a look at some old medieval and Roman squares. All the buildings and the historic monuments in this area were built with Gothic and Roman architectural styles and evoke the beauty of past centuries.
In this district, you will find one of the icons of the town: the impressive Water Mirror, right next to Place de la Bourse. It is a reflecting pool which alternates mirror effects and artificial misting in a magical way. Close to Place de la Bourse, you can find the famous Roman Cathedral dedicated to Saint Andrew. Next to the church, you can find the monumental Tower Pey-Berland, built with a Gothic style. You can talk a walk and relax, enjoying the charm of cozy bistros and village-like streets. Then, from there, you will walk towards the CAPC – Museum of Contemporary Art: there, you can find many masterpieces of the main contemporary artists. Don’t worry, the visit won’t take too long!
From the Old Town, you can move towards one of the most important sights in the town: the so-called City of Wine. This recent and innovative building houses many exhibitions about wine and its aim is to spread the ‘wine culture’ all over the world. You can learn how and where wine was made and taste different varieties of Bordeaux wine. From the top of the building, you can also enjoy a breathtaking view over the city in an elegant Belvedere.
After this, you can have lunch in one of the intimate restaurants along the left bank and take a break in the public gardens. After lunch, you wil move back towards the Old Town, where you can have some more tastings at the CIVB (the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux).
In the afternoon, we will move by train towards the Arcanchon Bay: it takes around 45 minutes from Bordeaux and you will have the chance to see one of the most magnificent natural sights in the world, the Dune of Pilat. It is the tallest sand dune in Europe (110 metres above the Ocean level) and, from the top of the hill, you can enjoy amazing views while relaxing or while having a picnic.
Once back in Bordeaux, you can start to plan a typical dinner: try some local food and choose among all the options that Bordeaux has to offer!
Later, you can have a drink on the terrace on the top of the City of Wine or a last glass of wine in Quai des Marques or Place du Parlement.
On the second day of your Bordeaux Wine Trip, you will take one of the most famous ‘wine roads’ in the world: the road to Saint-Emilion and Pomerol.
The driver of a private minivan will pick you up in front of the Tourism Office in the very center of the city and will lead you through the best vineyards and chateaux of the region. Along the way, you will see some high quality vineyards which date back since Roman age and you will taste some different varieties of classified Bordeaux wine. The region is the most particular in the Bordeaux area because of the village of Saint-Emilion, a small commune with dozens of historical monuments: there, you can find the largest monolithic church in Europe, a Roman church, some ancient walls, a great number of medieval streets, as well as squares and buildings. With Médoc, Graves and Pomerol, Saint-Emilion is one of the main area of Bordeaux red wine and it houses 4 Premier Grand Cru Classé A estates, the highest level of the classification of Bordeaux wines.
Taste some different varieties around the village and enjoy the view of this UNESCO World Heritage Site from a top position. You will visit other 2 chateaux in the region and you will try other different Bordeaux varieties, along with some typical food. Then, your driver will bring you to Pomerol, a small ‘satellite’ commune which offers high quality wines made with Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
You will spend the night in one of the typical hotels of the region, in the middle of the vineyards, chateaux and producers’ estates.
If you wish, you can also choose the option to visit the vineyards of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol by bike: it can be the most spectacular way to experience the region, though probably the most tiring!
On the third day of your Bordeaux Wine Trip, you will be guided through the most impressive ‘wine road’ in the Bordeaux region: the so-called ‘castle road’, or D2 (Départementale 2) in the Médoc area. The driver of a private minivan will pick you up in front of the Tourism Office in the very center of the city and will lead you through the highest quality vineyards and chateaux of the region.
Across this area, you will find and visit some of the most famous and renowned winery villages and chateaux of France, such as Pauillac and Saint-Julien, and you will try the top wine appellations, like Moulis or Sainte-Estèphe. You will pass by and visit some magnificent and charming French chateaux and, there, you will taste different varieties of Bordeaux, along with some food tastings. Just to tell how important this region is, in the area there are over 500 viticultural properties and 5,700 hectares of vineyards!
All the red wines of the famous 1855 Classification are from Médoc: one of the most famous ‘appellations d’origine’ (controlled designation of origine) is the Margaux AOC. In Margaux, you can visit the beautiful chateau and the vineyards, whose wine has been awarded (one of only 4 wines) the Premier Cru status.
After the visits and the tastings, your driver will bring you to your hotel within the area, in the vineyards. The day after, you will reach the train station in Bordeaux to go back to Paris.
Situated in Civrac-en-Médoc, the hotel features air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TV. Each room comes with a private bathroom equipped with a bathtub or shower. A number of activities are available in the area, such as biking and fishing.
La Maison Bord’eaux is a boutique hotel located in central Bordeaux. Every room at the Bord’eaux has a private bathroom, satellite TV and tea and coffee making facilities. Within the hotel, you can have a continental breakfast and you can enjoy regional wines.
Situated next to the Dordogne River, this hotel is 3.2 km from Saint-Emilion. It has an outdoor swimming pool, a spa center aand every room includes air conditioning and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some rooms also have a view of the surrounding vineyards. The hotel also features a gourmet restaurant that serves regional cuisine.
Note: the name of the hotel selected will be confirmed once the payment is processed. You will be accommodated in hotels equivalent to the ones listed above, according to availability at the time of booking.
✓ Plan your trip in advance
✓ On Mondays, many museums are closed
✓ Wear good shoes, you have so many things to see!
✓ When you want some ‘pain au chocolat’, ask for a ‘chocolatine’!
✓ On Sundays, you will find amazing and crowded markets, such as the Capuchins Market.