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Bordeaux City Tour, Wine Tasting in the Medoc, Garonne Villages
Departure Point: City of Bordeaux or anywhere in Bordeaux region. Or from Paris via train.
Bordeaux tour package includes: private guided tours and guide service, wine tasting, transportation to train station in Paris.
Accommodations: We recommend staying in the city of Bordeaux. We make all the necessary arrangements on your behalf.
BORDEAUX TOUR PACKAGE
Day 1 – Arrive in Bordeaux, Day in Bordeaux: Walking tour & Leisure Time, Overnight in Bordeaux
Your Bordeaux tour package starts with a leisurely first day in Bordeaux, your first stop on your three-day tour of this historic wine-making region. The historic center of Bordeaux, recently declared an UNESCO World Heritage site, is a delight to explore. Thanks to the bold and ambitious urban planning imposed by 18th century royal courtiers, Bordeaux boasts a number of fine examples of Renaissance architecture. You will discover the most important of those buildings on an afternoon walking tour, including the Grand Theatre, the Tourny alleys and fountain, Quinconces Square (Europe’s second large city square), St. Andrews Cathedral, the Town Hall and more. Time permitting, you may also visit the Grand Theatre and wine museum.
Day 2 – All-Day Wine Tour in Medoc, Overnight in Bordeaux
This Bordeaux tour package includes a day in the region of Medoc, which produces some of the most renowned reds in Bordeaux. Today, you will get to sample wines in some of the region’s cru classé (classified growth) wineries and castles. The cru classé designation is reserved for top-ranked vineyards in the Bordeaux area.
In the morning, we will follow the castle route, encountering such architectural beauties as Mouton Rothschild or Château Margaux. Your guide will select a few choice “cru classé” wineries for you to visit. Chateau Agassac offers a range of imaginative tours, from wine and chocolate pairing to an open-air tour designed to teach visitors about wine making and the property’s history in a fun and interactive way. There is also the lovely Pontet Canet with its 18th century vat room and horses that help cultivate the vines.
Our day concludes with a tasting session at La Winery to discover your “Wine sign.” La Winery offers some 2,000 different products from all over France so you don’t have to travel to taste them. You can enter your favorites into a computer to find out your wine sign –whether Trendy, Senßsual, Aesthetic or Forceful.
Return to Bordeaux, where we will overnight.
Day 3 – Morning in St. Macaire OR St. Emilion of BOTH, Late Afternoon Return to Paris
This Bordeaux tour package also includes an exploration of the charming villages of Garonne and some of the most interesting architecture in the area. After a drive along the Garonne River, lined with mansions and chateaus, you will arrive in the medieval village of St. Macaire. This village stands apart from its neighbors for having carefully preserved its architectural heritage — city walls, gates, and houses. After a guided visit of St. Macaire, you will continue to the hill town of La Sauve Majeure to discover one of the most spectacular monuments of the region. Founded in 1079, its Benedictine abbey is considered of the most beautiful Romanesque landmarks in southwestern France. You will have time to explore the Abbey and soak up its picturesque views before the return journey to Paris by train.
You will also enjoy a private day trip to St. Emilion, the beautiful medieval town originally founded by a 8th century Breton monk. You will have a chance to walk along the original city walls and climb the steep cobblestone streets exploring wine cellars, artisan studios, and art galleries. You can also visit to St. Emilion’s famous underground church carved out of solid limestone, whose volume makes it Europe’s largest. The town’s founding monk lived in a small hermitage carved from a nearby natural cave.
Next, you will have wine tasting in one of St. Emilion’s underground cellars. Several wineries right in town are built atop underground caves perfect for temperature-controlled oak-barrel aging. You also will a little free time to explore the beautiful town on your own. You will return to your hotel in Bordeaux around lunch time.
This is the end of your Bordeaux tour from Paris. You will return to Paris via train in the late afternoon.
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NOTE: Inquire about a customized Bordeaux tour package so you can be sure to include what interest you.
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