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Bordeaux Immersion Experience

from

USD

3,798

/ person
  • 7 Days

Bordeaux Immersion Experience

The Bordeaux area of south west France is rich in culture and history, incredible gastronomy and exceptional wine. On this tailor made trip, you'll discover vineyard estates with expert local guides, explore the Saint Emilion area by e-bike, visit oyster beds in the Arcachon Bay on board a traditional boat, discover local food specialities on a gastronomic walking tour of Bordeaux, enjoy a hot air ballon flight over the vineyards and much more

Arrive in Bordeaux

Your stay in Bordeaux starts with a private transfer to your hotel in the beautiful city centre. Described by Queen Elizabeth II on her 1992 visit as “the very essence of elegance”, Bordeaux is a city in which there is so much to discover. So why not start your stay with an evening stroll along 'les Quais', the pedestrian way which runs alongside the mighty river Garonne and soak up some of the atmosphere of this fabulous city. Read more

Bordeaux 6 nights

A gastronomic walking tour

MORNING - After an easy start to the day you'll meet the lovely Virginie mid morning for a fascinating day visiting her favourite food outlets in the centre of Bordeaux. You'll visit 6 speciality addresses which feature the traditional bordelais canelé, wine, duck, coffee and also chocolate. You'll be immersed into the heart of Bordeaux life on this original and very tasty local experience. At midday, you can look forward to a delicious lunch at a Gault et Millau restaurant which is included in package. This gastronomic experience in Bordeaux take place between 10h15 and 14h30 Read more

Private tour of the Médoc vineyards

MORNING - On this private, guided half day tour, your expert local guide will collect you from your hotel and drive you to the renowned Médoc vineyard area of the Bordeaux region. During the tour you'll be given exclusive access to a couple of the most distinguished wineries of the Médoc region, one a Grand Cru classified estate and the other a smaller family run estate. You'll be immersed in the history of each estate, taste their wines and get an up-close and intimate experience with the winemakers in the very heart of the chateau, wine cellars and vines. At the end of the second visit, you'll have tastings if the estate’s wines accompanied by an aperitif of fresh bread, cheeses and charcuterie. At the end of the experience you'll be transferred back to your hotel in Bordeaux. EVENING - Bordeaux by night walking tour. The monuments, plazas, bridges and quays in the heart of downtown Bordeaux are beautifully illuminated at night and come alive with the historical descriptions given by your expert local guide. On this 2 hour private walking tour, the amateur photographer will have endless opportunities to capture the beauty of the city at night. Read more

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Oysters and sand dunes in Arcachon Bay

Today, you head to the coast west of Bordeaux. Your private guide will collect you from your hotel and take you to the beautiful Arcachon Bay. There, you'll marvel at the Dunes du Pilat, which at over 100m high, are the largest sandunes in Europe! If you've got the legs then you'll have the opportunity to climb to the top and take in the incredible views of the sea in one direction and the forest in the other. Your day will continue with a beautiful trip out into the bay aboard a pinasse which is a traditional boat from the Arcachon bay. You'll enjoying lunch on board before you head to a local oyster farm to taste what Arcachon Bay is most famous for. At the end of the day you'll be transferred back to Bordeaux. Read more

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Saint Emilion private e-bike tour

This morning, you'll be collected from your hotel by your private guide and taken to the renowned and charming village of Saint-Emilion. There, you will have a scenic electric bike ride to look forward to as you explore the countryside around Saint-Emilion and discover along the way beautiful vineyards, awe-inspiring chateaux and darned fine wine too! Thanks to your expert local guide, you'll learn about the region’s history and heritage and meet passionate winemakers who will give you a private tour of their chateau and enjoy a picnic with a view overlooking the vineyards. You will have the exclusive chance of tasting some of the best wines of the region, both directly at the chateaux as well as at a local wine cellar. You can look forward to up to nine wine tastings and enjoy numerous local food delights. At the end of the day you'll be transferred back to your hotel in Bordeaux. Read more

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Hot air ballon and evening river cruise

Today you have an early start to get to your RDV point for a beautiful 4-5 hour hot air ballon experience over some of some of the most prestigious vineyard estates in the Bordeaux region. The pilot for your 1h-1h30 flight is a vineyard owner himself who has expert knowledge of this rich wine-producing area. Guests will assist with the preparation of the balloon which will land at a vineyard estate where you will visit the vineyards, enjoy wine tastings and a bite to eat too. You'll return to Bordeaux and have a relaxed afternoon to explore this beautiful city at your leisure and prepare for the evening ahead. At around 8pm, you'll step on board the Sicambre for an evening's cruise to experience the full beauty of Bordeaux from the river. During the 2 hour cruise you'll discover the UNESCO façades and illuminated bridges of Bordeaux, whilst enjoying a delicious dinner prepared on board, using fresh local products. Menus vary according to the seasons, but the meal will include an apéritif, starter, the season’s main course and a dessert. Wine, coffee and cheese "à la carte" are available for a supplement payable on board. Read more

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Departure

A sad day today as your stay in beautiful Bordeaux has come to an end. We'll arrange for a private transfer from your hotel back to the railway station or airport for your onward journey home.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Bordeaux
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Bordeaux city centre

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Private transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fees

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Additional journeys and transfers

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