Wines of Bordeaux

September 28th-October 6th, 2018

Itinerary Highlights

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Friday, September 28th – Departure from your chosen US gateway. Overnight: Plane

Saturday, September 29th – Your morning arrival at Bordeaux Airport will be met for the short drive to our château hotel in the Saint-Émilion region where we will stay throughout the tour. After time to check in, we will gather for a two-hour wine tasting workshop. This includes an introduction to aromas, a tasting of four vintages, and a discussion on wine & food pairing, followed by a sumptuous welcome dinner. Overnight: Saint-Émilion

Sunday, September 30th – Our excursion today takes us to the ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Abbey of Sauve-Majeure and the Château de Mongenan. You will have a free evening in town. Overnight: Saint-Émilion

Monday, October 1st –A full day exploring Saint-Émilion. We will visit the Maison du Vin, and the Château du Roy, before we head underground to explore the galleries, church, catacombs and other mysteries beneath the city streets. You are free to dine this evening on your own. Overnight: Saint-Émilion

Tuesday, October 2nd – Today we explore Bordeaux, with a walking tour of the old town with a local guide after which you’ll have free time to explore. This evening we’ll return to our hotel for dinner. Overnight: Saint-Émilion

Wednesday, October 3rd – Today we head west to the coastal town of Arcachon, famed for its spectacular oysters. On the way, we will stop for a wine tasting. On arrival in Arcachon we will visit the towns four distinct districts, known by the seasons; summer (Ville d’Été), autumn (Ville de’Automne), winter (Ville d’Hiver) and spring (Ville de Printemps). We will also see the Dune De Pilat, the largest sand dune in France, before we enjoy a lovely seafood dinner, accompanied by some local wine, and then head back to our hotel. Overnight: Saint-Émilion

Thursday, October 4th – Today we head to the town of Sauternes, known for its dessert wine. Here, we will visit a local vineyard to try a variety of whites and have lunch among the freshly harvested grapes. This afternoon we visit the magnificent medieval castle of Roquetaillade. We return to Saint-Émilion for a free evening. Overnight: Saint-Émilion

Friday, October 5th -  Heading east along the Dore Valley into the heart of the Dordogne, we will visit the town Montcaret and the remains of a Roman Villa, excavated here in the 1920’s. Next we visit the charming medieval “bastide” (fortified town) of Sainte-Foy-la-Grande. We’ll stop here for lunch and have free time to explore the town before we return to our hotel for a farewell dinner. Overnight: Saint-Émilion

Saturday, October 6th - Transfers this morning back to the airport in Bordeaux for returning flights to the US. Overnight: Home

Quick Facts

  • $3,980 per person based on double occupancy
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a first-class hotel in Saint-Émilion
  • All ground transportation and arrival and departure airport transfers included
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 4 dinners, and all wine tastings included on on the itinerary
  • Discover Europe tour guide throughout