VINEYARDS OF BORDEAUX

8 day Independent tour Self-guided, firt class hiking tour across some of the most famous vineyards of the world-Bordeaux. From the vineyards of St Emilion, no doubt the most famous, to the vineyards of Sauternes, famous for its high-class wines, you will also cross the Entre-Deux-Mers area to discover charming villages which astonish with their […]

8 day Independent tour

Self-guided, firt class hiking tour across some of the most famous vineyards of the world-Bordeaux.
From the vineyards of St Emilion, no doubt the most famous, to the vineyards of Sauternes, famous for its high-class wines, you will also cross the Entre-Deux-Mers area to discover charming villages which astonish with their marvellously preserved heritage… and by many wine châteaux and wine storehouses which decorate the landscape with their sumptuous architectures.
You will accommodated each evening in charming guesthouses, hotels***, and sumptuous castles or wine châteaux in the heart of the vineyards.

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Bordeaux and transfer to St Emilion

Arrival in the train station or Bordeaux Airport, where you’ll take a taxi transfer to the guest house “Moulin de Palat”. The owner will accommodate you in this old mill surrounded by a park with a swimming pool, located at the heart of one of the most prestigious vineyards of the world.
Delivery of the route notes.
Dinner in a restaurant in the medieval city, 400 meters far from your host, in a remarkable house of the XIV 2nd.  

Day 2

Saint Emilion vineyards – UNESCO World Heritage

You will begin your week with a hiking day in the jurisdiction of St-Emilion. All around the city extends the vineyards, châteaux and wine properties, like Petrus or Château La Clotte or Beau Séjour, proud of their history and the men who set them up.
This landscape was the first “non architectural” site, classified by the world inheritance of UNESCO.
Depending on your will, you may visit and taste the Château du Clos de la Madeleine (great classified vintage), located on your route.
Back to your guesthouse and dinner in a restaurant located in the heart of the village

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Day 3

Saint Emilion : Exceptional medieval village

The morning, you’ll take part in a wine tasting initiation animated in English.
An oenologist will show you the technical and specific characteristics of the vineyards of St. Emilion, as well as the principles of development of the wine. He will help you discover various visual, olfactive and gustatory feelings…. around 1h30 minutes duration.
After a picnic in one of the many magic places of this small city, you will have a guided tour of the city and of its underground monuments. (in English). Built in amphitheatre and true museum in the open air, the town of Saint-Emilion will astonish you.
Dinner and hotel in the “Bacchus” guesthouses, in the old cattle sheds of a smallholding of the XVIIe century, renovated and arranged in bedrooms within a framework of old stone and wood.
The host table will accommodate you in the evening, to discover a regional kitchen and local wines.day2

Day 4

 The Entre-deux-Mers area

The Entre-Deux-Mers area, between the Dordogne and the Garonne rivers, surprises by its cultural variety.
In the morning, your circuit will pass along the Domaine de Bouillerot (Bordeaux, Red Bordeaux supérieur, Côtes of Bordeaux Blanc and St-Macaire, sweetened white wines and red wines). If you want, you will be welcomed by the producer for a visit and tasting.
At the end of the afternoon, you will arrive at your destination in the Garonne Valley and will be accommodated in a fully restored old house, within a 3 hectare park.
Dinner in your guesthouse.

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Day 5

From Caudrot to St Macaire

You will walk in a landscape of greenery, along the vines and estuary of the river Gironde. Castles, fishermen huts offer astonishing sights. You will be able to make a halt in the small port and its locks marking the start of famous “Canal du Midi”, linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.
The footpath lead you directly to gate of the medieval city of St Macaire. Take time to explore on your own. Dinner and night in hotel*** in the heart of the city.

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Day 6

Loop from St Macaire to Sainte Croix du Mont

Above Saint-Macaire, the hills offer splendid scenic views of the tobacco drying sheds. One discovers many mills and castles, opening broad sights over changing reliefs.
This circuit will carry out you to the “Domaine de Malagar”, residence of the writer François Mauriac, whom you will be able to visit, and to the tomb of the famous painter Toulouse Lautrec.
You will be able to visit the Château Laurette (Sweet white wine producer) or the Château Loubens before reaching the village of Sainte Croix du Mont, perched on a slope, offering a spectacular view on the Garonne Valley.
At the end of the afternoon, return to the hotel at St Macaire and transfer in the taxi to Sauternes.
Accommodation in a vineyard castle of “Great Classified Vintage” of Sauternes. Very beautiful chateau of the 17th century located in the heart of the vineyard.
Visit and tasting in the property.
Dinner in a restaurant in the Sauternes village, 5 minutes from the Château.

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Day 7

The famous Sauternes vineyards area

Located on left bank of the Garonne, the high-class wines of Sauternes are yours to discover!. Throughout your route, you will walk along well-known wine producer like Château La Tour Blanche and château Rayne Vigneau and will be able to appreciate the local heritage (churches, mills, etc.) but also landscapes of vines, forest and the Ciron river, a wild small river formerly used for the transport of wood.
Once accommodated in your Castle-hotel, you’ll finish the day with an “aperitif tasting” in the Château Gravas. Like other high-class wines of Sauternes, the fame of the Château Gravas dates to the time of Richard Coeur de Lion (XII century).
Lodging and dinner in the castle which knew how to preserve the elegance of the 18th century and its vast rooms having views on the vines or the park.
Please do not hesitate to relax inside the Jacuzzi. After a week of hiking, it is a real pleasure. 

Day 8

End of tour

Breakfast and transfer to the Train station of Barsac or Langon

 

Tour Rating Easy to Moderate

 Relaxed walking on good walking trails. Daily distances of up to 5 hours and gentle hills only. We presume that you are in good health and have enough endurance for distances of up to 15 km.

 

Schedule & Price

Daily from April through September – minimum two persons required

Price per person CAD $1660
Single Room Surcharge $400

 

This tour includes:
  • 7 overnights in excellent quality guest houses, 3 star hotels, and vineyard castles. All have private facilities.
  • Breakfast buffet style AND multi-course dinner each day
  • Taxi transfers from Bordeaux (+2 transfers)
  • Drinks (wine and coffee for the dinners)
  • Guided visit and the tasting initiation in Saint Emilion
  • Detailed documentation (route book and maps)
  • Luggage transfers as required
    7 day service hotline