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, a blending workshop, 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

 

Arrival at Bordeaux airport and make your own way to your four star hotel in the center of Bordeaux. (If you chose the option with private transport, you will bet met by your private driver and be transferred to the hotel, as well as picked up for each excursion as described below. If not, as stated above you may choose to hire a car for your stay).

 

Private guided visit of Bordeaux (walking tour)

 

Discovery of the historical center, listed as 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 panoramic restaurant situated in La Cité du Vin

 

Located on the 7th floor of La Cité du Vin, the restaurant offers a stunning view of the city and the river. The cuisine is created from fresh local and seasonal products using the flavors of the world, as a journey through the culinary traditions. The restaurant offers not less than 500 wines from 50 countries and a selection of 32 wines by the glass.

 

Visit of the permanent tour of La Cité du Vin (with an audio-guide)

 

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 while 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. Enjoy a refined dish in an cozy and intimate atmosphere and a large choice of wine. 

 

Overnight at your hotel.

 

Day two - MEDOC: FRENCH ART DE VIVRE

 

Breakfast at your hotel - Transfer to the Médoc with your private driver (only if you choose transportation option - see below)

 

Cooking class, followed by a private lunch at a Château, Saint-Estèphe Appellation

 

Novices or experts, you will spend an unforgettable time behind the ovens in the Château’s kitchen, in the company of a private Chef, who will reveal some of his secrets. 

 

At lunchtime, you taste the dishes that you have just prepared and share your culinary experience. Here you will discover the spirit of a family passionate about heritage and involved in great French gastronomy. You will appreciate the direct contact with the estate staff. 

 

A personalized journey at the heart of exceptional wines and gastronomy! (3-course menu, drinks included).

 

Cellar visit and tasting at a Château, Grand Cru Classé, Pauillac Appellation

 

Enjoy a getaway in the famous Bordeaux vineyards and meet its prestigious appellations of the Medoc!

 

With these great vines of the nineteenth century, the left bank of the Medoc enjoys an outstanding reputation. The quality of its soils and, by extension, of its wines, the majesty of its properties and its legendary wine route make Médoc an essential.

 

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

 

This traditional restaurant is located in the heart of the prestigious Golden Triangle district, just a few steps from the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux.

 

You will find elegant decor, with wood paneling, Art Nouveau touches and mirrors. The 19th century inspired room will delight your dinner, based on local produce.

 

Overnight at your hotel.

 

Day Three - arcachon bay and local produce

 

Breakfast at your hotel - Transfer to Arcachon with your private driver. (only if you choose transportation option - see below)

 

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, 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. Shrimps will be offered for people who do not eat oysters.

 

Lunch on a restaurant with a stunning view over the Sea

 

Between Dune du Pyla and pine forest, The Coorniche 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.

 

Visit of sturgeon farm and caviar tasting

 

Discover the history of this sturgeon farm, sturgeon breeding and the secrets of the elaboration of Aquitaine Caviar through a guided visit. 

 

You will then enjoy a commented tasting of the farm’s natural caviar.

 

Dinner at your leisure

 

Overnight at your hotel

 

Day Four - great wines of saint-emilion

 

Breakfast at your hotel - Transfer to Saint-Emilion with your private driver  (only if you choose transportation option - see below)

 

Blending workshop followed by a lunch in a Château, Grand Cru Classé of St-Emilion

 

Blending Workshop: You will be welcomed by the sommelier of this Grand Cru Château, who will give you a private tour of the wine making facilities. You will then enjoy a blending workshop directly in the vat room. You will learn all about the differences between the main grape varieties used in Bordeaux wines, realize your own blend and be able to compare the result with the “real” blend along with a selection of charcuteries.

 

Winemaker Lunch: Tables will be laid in the château’s reception room where you will enjoy some typical Southwest of France produce: A fillet of beef grilled on vine shoots, a selection of local cheeses and a “Gourmet coffee”: a coffee served with different sweet delicacies. The property’s wine will be served with lunch and commented by the sommelier.

 

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

 

Discover the long history and taste the wines of one of the most prestigious properties in Saint-Emilion during a private commented visit. Let yourself be led by a knowledgeable professional.

 

During this vist you will discover the spectacular vats room, the beautiful barrel cellar and the orangery, wher you could taste the property’s wines. This unmissing itinerary will be the occasion to discover Château Soutard modern facilities, from the vines to the cellar, as well as understand the wine making process.

 

Guided visit of Saint-Emilion and its underground monuments

 

Your 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 the Chapon Fin. 

 

Today, the Chapon Fin is still up to its reputation. Young Chef Nicolas Nguyen Van Hai 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.

 

Overnight at your hotel****

 

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

 

2019 Fees Per Person

 

Double Room/US$2295
Single Supplement/US$2850
  

*These prices above do not include transfers/transportation throughout the tour/private driver. Please inquire about pricing for having a private chauffeur with luxury transportation (Mercedes E Class, Minivan V Class or minibus, depending on group size). 

 

*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation and availability of hotels.

Deposit

 

After availability is confirmed, a 30% non-refundable deposit per person and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due no later than 75 days before your arrival date.

2019 Dates

 

Available year round based on availability. 

 

Included

 

*Four (4) nights in a 4* hotel in Bordeaux and the local tax
*Four (4) lunches (2 private lunches in Châteaux with drinks included, 1 lunch in Arcachon with drinks included)
*Three (3) dinners (drinks not included)
*One (1) private guided visit of Bordeaux & St Emilion and its underground monuments
*One (1) entrance ticket to La Cité du Vin (audio-guide and 1 wine tasting included)
*One (1) boat trip on Arcachon Bay (3 hours maximum)
*Six (6) private visits and tastings mentioned in the program: oysters, caviar, wines…
*One (1) private cooking class
*One (1) private wine blending workshop
*One (1) unlimited daily tram pass (Day 1) 

 

*Please inquire about alternate pricing that includes private driver/transportation 

 

Airfare, Dinner on Day 3 - drinks for lunch on day 1- drinks for the dinners - the service of a guide – transportation - any extras and personal expenses are not included.



 

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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*

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