Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Bordeaux, France - 4 nights
Available year round

 

Bordeaux invites you to experience the best that the city has to offer - and in luxury style. Stay at a wonderful four star hotel, enjoy private visits, partake in a cooking class with a chef at a beautiful chateau and of course Bordeaux wouldn't be Bordeaux without learning about and tasting the fine wines for which this region is famous. 

During your four night stay, you will have a private wine cellar visit and tasting, a hands-on cooking class with a professional chef, an exciting boat trip, delicious meals, guided visits of Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion and much more.

 

You can choose between having a private chauffeur for your entire stay that will provide transfers and transportation or you can choose to hire a car and arrive on your own to the hotel and the various destinations. Please inquire.  

   

ITINERARY



Day One - WELCOME TO BORDEAUX

 

Morning arrival at Bordeaux airport - Meet your private driver and transfer to your 4-star hotel in the center of Bordeaux

 

Private guided visit of Bordeaux (walking tour, can be organized in the afternoon, according to your arrival time)

 

Discovery of the historical center, listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site with your private English-speaking guide. Through this visit, you will have the opportunity to discover one of the largest examples of 18th and 19th century architecture and sumptuous stone facades decorated with mascarons and sculpted arches.

 

Lunch at a little bistro located in a lively area, in the center of Bordeaux

 

Enjoy a nice lunch made of seasonal and local fresh produce. 

 

Optional visit of the permanent tour of La Cité du Vin 

 

Embark on an immersive, sensory adventure to discover the cultures and civilizations of wine. In an open exhibition space occupying more than 3,000 m², nearly twenty different themed areas invite you to take a voyage of discovery and enjoy a unique experience exploring the many and varied facets of wine across time and space. 

 

A visit to the permanent tour also includes the travel companion, a free, innovative tool available in eight languages and the access to La Cité du Vin’s Belvedere, where you will discover a 360° view of Bordeaux whilst tasting a glass of world wine. 

 

Discover a magical location, a ‘library cellar’ with more than 14,000 bottles, 800 wines from more than 70 countries across the globe!

 

Dinner at a trendy Bordeaux restaurant (within walking distance from your hotel)

 

Located in the heart of the golden triangle, near the Grand Théâtre, this elegant and modern restaurant offers an upscale cuisine with a touch of exoticism. 

 

Night at your hotel**** in Superior room

 

 

Day two - MEDOC: FRENCH ART DE VIVRE

 

Breakfast at your hotel - Transfer to the Médoc with your private driver 

 

Cooking class, followed by a private wine paired lunch at the Château

 

The cooking class conducted by the Chef, is one of the most popular activities of the property. Everyone, whether professional or amateur, can extend its culinary knowledge while having a wonderful and entertaining time with the chef. The cuisine is simple but very original and always made of seasonal and local produce. 

 

Cellar visit and tasting at a Château, Grand Cru Classé, Pauillac or Saint-Julien Appellation

 

Follow your guide through a presentation of the Château’s history and the vineyard. Enjoy a unique “total immersion” experience in the winery and cellars.

 

Dinner at a local Brasserie (within walking distance from your hotel)

 

This simple, yet elegant, brasserie is located in the heart of the lively historical centre of Bordeaux. This is a place where locals and tourists alike meet in a trendy and friendly atmosphere. The traditional but not standard South-west cuisine is made from excellent local produce, meticulously selected in a farm-to-fork system. 

 

Night at your hotel**** in Superior room

 

Day Three - arcachon bay and local produce

 

Breakfast at your hotel - Transfer to Arcachon with your private driver and your guide. 

 

Boat trip on the Arcachon Bay on a traditional Pinasse & stop over to taste oyster (3h)

 

Enjoy a boat ride on the Bassin d’Arcachon on a Pinasse, a traditional local boat. Discover the beautiful « île aux Oiseaux » (birds’ island) between sky and sea, the majestic “cabanes tchanquées”, build on stilts in the middle of the sea, the oyster beds, the Cap-Ferret peninsula and his picturesque fishermen villages, the Pyla Dune, the highest of Europe…

 

Spending a day in Arcachon, oyster tasting is a must-do! In a small traditional oyster farm, meet producers passionate about their work and taste the oysters freshly outputs of the Arcachon bay. 

 

6 oysters, bread, butter and a glass of white wine. 

 
Lunch at a restaurant offering a stunning view over the Sea

 

Between Dune du Pyla and pine forest, La Coorniche restaurant enjoys an exceptional location, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Arcachon, with direct access to a beautiful sandy beach.

This panoramic restaurant, designed by Philippe Stark, invites you to enjoy delicious regional dishes, between sky and sea, while admiring the beautiful landscape.

 

Free time to climb the Pyla Sand Dune

 

Climb the Pyla’s Sand Dune, the highest Sand Dune in Europe. Enjoy its amazing views on the ocean, the bay and the forest! Be brave enough to walk down the dune and put one foot (or more!) into the water…

 

Dinner at your leisure

 

Night at your hotel**** in Superior room 

 

Day Four - great wines of saint-emilion

 

Breakfast at your hotel - Transfer to Saint-Emilion with your private driver

 

Private visit of a Grand Cru winery followed by a blending workshop (available on week days only) OR by a Vertical Tasting (available every day, week-end included)

 

Upon your arrival, you will walk towards the vineyard with a member of the property to see the ancient dry stone terraces and appreciate the breathtaking view of the northern clay and limestone hills of Saint-Emilion. In the cellars, you will learn about the château’s winemaking particularities while visiting the vat facility, barrel fermenting room and the underground aging cellar. 

 

Your visit will be ended by a wine blending workshop: Varietals tasting from different terroirs of Saint Emilion and Pomerol.

OR

Taste a series of 5 vintages of different Saint-Emilion Grands Crus and experience how unique every year can be.

 

Picnic at the Château

On the terrace or in the park, you will then enjoy a picnic with fresh seasonal produce (such as charcuterie, salad, cheese, fruit, bread and sweets), while admiring vineyards all around you. Lunch includes 1 glass of wine and soft drinks. You can also select a bottle of your favorite wine to pair with your plate from the château’s wine list (extra charge).

  

Cellar visit and tasting at a Château, Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Emilion Appellation

 

Discover the long history and taste the wines of this prestigious château during a private commented visit. You will discover the spectacular vat room and the beautiful barrel cellar, allying tradition and modernity.

 

Private guided visit of Saint-Emilion’s underground monuments

 

A local guide will take you through the medieval cobblestone’s streets, from the city’s ramparts to the heart of the ancient monasteries. 

 

He will explain the background of Saint-Emilion’s unique underground monuments. The tour covers several centuries of history and legend from the time of the monk Emilion to the carving out of the amazing monolithic church. You will be able to see paintings in the Chapelle de la Trinité and learn the secrets of the catacombs. This visit to four major monuments amounts to a condensed history of Saint Emilion!

 

Dinner at Le Chapon Fin, gastronomic restaurant (within walking distance from your hotel)

 

Set up in 1825 in the golden triangle of Bordeaux, Le Chapon Fin was one of the first restaurants to receive a Michelin award in 1933. At the beginning of the 20th century, Bordeaux merchants or wealthy transatlantic travellers, en route to their holiday resorts on the Basque coast – all those from the high society - stopped off in Bordeaux at Le Chapon Fin. 

 

Today, Le Chapon Fin is still up to its reputation. Young Chef Cédric Bobinet shows his creativity and modernity through the best local produce. The restaurant’s amazing rockery decor is shown off to its best by the use of modern tones and contemporary furniture.

 

Night at your hotel**** in Superior room

 

 

DAY FIVE - departure

 

Breakfast at your hotel.

 

Transfer to Bordeaux airport (with your private driver if you have chosen transportation option). End of services.

 

 

 

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 6 participants.

 

(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)

 

 

 

HOW TO ARRIVE

 

Closest Airports: Bordeaux Airport (Bordeaux Merignac) - 30 minutes from accommodation
Closest Train Station: Bordeaux St. Jean (15 minutes from accommodation), Libourne (50 minutes from accommodation)

 

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.

 

 

 

 BOOKING INFORMATION

 

 

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CANCELLATION POLICY

 

Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

 

 

 

CLIENT REMARKS

 

Furnished upon request.

 

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MAP*

This exciting region is depicted below. You can also access Google MapsTM by clicking HERE

 

 

*In some cases mapping may give clients a general sense of location due to changes in venue. Please inquire about specific location.

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