Bordeaux and Biarritz

Bordeaux Wine Tour & Biarritz

panoramic view of Biarritz

At a glance

Region:Bordeaux
Type of Tour:,
Duration:8 Days
Guide Price:From £3250 to £3965 per person
Number of Meals:7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
Number of Winery Visits:6 Châteaux
Number of Wines Tasted:Approximately 20-25
Tour Transport:Private chauffeured vehicle for 3 full days (Including transfer from Bordeaux to Biarritz)
Dates / Availability:Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year.

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Bordeaux & Biarritz Luxury Wine & Beach Break

This exceptional tour combines the buzz of Bordeaux city, time in the world famous vineyards of the Médoc and Saint-Emilion, and time to simply relax by the beach in trendy Biarritz. It offers both unique wine tasting experiences and two sumptuous 5* settings. Staying at the 5* Intercontinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel in Bordeaux and the iconic 5*Hyatt – Hotel de Palais in Biarritz, guests can expect an exceptional level of service and access to both hotels’ first-rate facilities. The exceptional wines and hotels would not be complete without fine dining of course, and the package includes two gastronomic dinners to indulge your culinary desires.

You will start your tour in Bordeaux, at the finest hotel in the city. Le Grand Hotel is located in the very centre of Bordeaux, facing the opera house and once you have checked in, you will be free to explore the pedestrianised centre of this historic city. On day two, you will be met at the hotel by an English-speaking Grape Escapes chauffeur/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day on a private tour of the famous vineyards of the Médoc (or Graves and Sauternes if you would prefer) in a Mercedes E Class vehicle (or similar). Guests are free to choose their preferred three Châteaux for tours and tastings. Options include many of the top, Cru Classé estates and the Grape Escapes Bordeaux specialists are happy to offer advice and make suggestions if you would prefer. Please note that a number of the more exclusive estates do not tend to receive visitors at weekends and some of them need to be booked many months ahead or do not receive visitors at all. We would, of course, be pleased to discuss the various options with you and contact the individual estates accordingly.

Luxury Wine Tour
Bordeaux tasting - credits Pape Clement

In the evening a four course dinner accompanied by a selection of fine wines, water and coffee will be served in La Tupina, a very special authentic restaurant, which was rated the second best brasserie in the world by the New York Times. Chef Jean Pierre Xiradakis’ typical south western cuisine has been renowned for decades.

After a busy day of visits and tastings, day three will be more relaxed, allowing you time to explore the vibrant city of Bordeaux. One of our guides will meet you at your hotel after breakfast to introduce you to the city and and its sights. As this will be an exclusive tour for you, we would be delighted to pass on any particular passions and preferences that you have, so that your guide can make your tour even more perfect. From music to commerce and history to wine, Bordeaux has something for everyone! After your tour, the remainder of your day will be free to continue to explore the city independently.

Your third day will conclude with another jewel in Bordeaux’s crown; dinner in the Pressoir d’Argent. Fronted by world-famous celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay, enjoy a splendid six course dinner in the opulent dining room of the Grand Hotel’s double Michelin-starred restaurant. Each course will be perfectly paired with a premium wine by the restaurant’s expert sommelier. Please note that the restaurant is closed Sunday and Monday but with four nights in Bordeaux, the meal can be moved to another night if required due to your arrival day.

On your final full day in Bordeaux, your driver/guide will return to take you out of the city again. This time to the vineyards and villages of the right bank, in particular, Pomerol and Saint-Emilion. In addition to visits and tastings at two world class producers, you will enjoy lunch at a restaurant located on the roof of the barrel cellar of one of the the prestigious wineries of Saint-Emilion, overlooking the vineyards of both Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. Your guide will also take you into the delightful medieval village which gives the appellation of Saint-Emilion its name. Here, you will have a little free time to explore the narrow cobbled streets and grab a coffee (or another glass of wine!) at one of the lovely pavement cafés.

On the fifth day of your trip, the focus moves from wine to the sea. After checking out of the Grand Hotel, your chauffeur will take you out of Bordeaux, to the Atlantic coast. Firstly, you will enjoy a visit to the Pilat Dune; crafted by wind and ocean over many centuries, this is Europe’s largest sand dune. Standing over 100 metres tall and containing over 60 million cubic metres of sand, the sight is spectacular and well worth a visit.

Oyster beds at Arcachon

Before heading south to Biarritz, your guide will take you to Arcachon bay, home to some of the best oysters in France. You will have the opportunity to sample fresh oysters at one of the traditional oyster farmer’s cabanes, overlooking one of the ports around the bay.

The city of Biarritz is located just over 20 miles from the Spanish border, and on a clear day, you can see both the Pyrenees mountains as they rise up from the Atlantic, and San Sebastián across the bay on the Spanish coast. The city offers a mix of Basque country flair and a laid back surfing vibe, whilst retaining its aristocratic links to the past. The Grand Hotel du Palais was originally built for Empress Eugenie over 150 years ago, and it is here that you will be based for the rest of the trip.

On day six, you will be met at your hotel by a private guide, who will take you on a walking tour of Biarritz to introduce you to the city and its delights, including the Eglise Saint Eugenie, the Port des Pecheurs and, of course, the beaches. In the heyday of the European monarchies, Biarritz was known as the queen of beaches and the beach of kings, and these beaches are still just as beautiful today.

The remainder of your stay will be free for you to relax, whether that be in the boutiques by day and the casino by night, or by the poolside overlooking the Grand Plage, or on one of these beaches for which Biarritz is so renowned.

Biarritz

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Outline Itinerary

Day One of your Bordeaux and Biarritz Wine Tour

  • Upon arrival, check into your preferred room grade at the 5*Intercontinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel.
  • The remainder of the afternoon and evening will be free for you to relax and explore the city independently.
  • We will provide you with a list of recommended restaurants, and we would be delighted to reserve you a table at any of these for dinner.

Day Two of your Bordeaux and Biarritz Wine Tour

  • After breakfast, you will be met at the hotel by an English-speaking driver/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day on a private basis.
  • During the course of the day, tours and tastings will be arranged for you at your three preferred Châteaux in the Médoc, Graves or Sauternes.
  • In the evening, a four course dinner, with wine, water and coffee will be served at La Tupina.

Day Three of your Bordeaux and Biarritz Wine Tour

  • After breakfast, your Bordeaux city guide will meet you at the hotel for a two hour private walking tour. Please do let us know your personal interests and passions so that we can fully tailor this tour to you.
  • In the evening, a six course dinner with drinks will be served in Gordon Ramsay’s double Michelin-starred restaurant at the hotel.
Luxury Bordeaux Wine Tour- Credits Deepix and CIVB
Luxury Bordeaux Wine Tour

Day Four of your Bordeaux and Biarritz Wine Tour

  • After breakfast, your driver/guide will meet you at the hotel and accompany you throughout the day.
  • The tour will include tours and tastings at another two of your preferred Châteaux in Saint-Emilion and Pomérol.
  • A three course lunch paired with wines will be served at a Saint-Emilion winery
  • You will also have some free time to explore the village of Saint-Emilion

Day Five of your Bordeaux and Biarritz Wine Tour

  • After breakfast, check out of  your hotel in Bordeaux.
  • Your driver/guide will meet you at the hotel for your transfer to Biarritz and en-route stops.
  • You will firstly have time at the Pilat Dune to admire the spectacular views.
  • A mouth watering light lunch of oysters and other local delicacies will then be served at an authentic oyster cabane.
  • At the end of the day, check into your preferred room grade at the 5* Hotel Grand Palais Biarritz .
boat on Arcachon bay

Day Six of your Bordeaux and Biarritz Wine Tour

  • After breakfast, your local guide will meet you at the hotel for a short walking tour of the city.
  • The remainder of the day will be free for you to spend as you wish.

Day Seven of your Bordeaux and Biarritz Wine Tour

  • Free day to enjoy the city and beaches of Biarritz

Day Eight of your Bordeaux and Biarritz Wine Tour

  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel.

 

  • (ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.
Bordeaux winery tour credits Chateau Lynch-Bages

Accommodation

A charming, opulent and sophisticated hotel. We were treated like royalty!

Sian- Cambridgeshire, UK

Package Prices

  • The below prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • These prices are realistic guide prices, based on travel in standard season (usually April to the end of October). Discounts often apply for travel during out of season (usually November to the end of March) or if there are more than two of you travelling together. Please let us know your preferred travel dates for a definitive price.
  • Although we propose specific hotels as part of our standard packages, we enjoy excellent relationships and preferential rates at the majority of the hotels in each of our featured destinations. Therefore if you would prefer to
  • Stay in a different hotel, this can be arranged. Please contact us for the relevant supplements/discounts.
  • Other room grades are available at most of the hotels that we work with. Just let us know which hotel you prefer and we will send you the relevant supplements for the various room grades.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.
Hotel NameRoom GradeStar RatingDurationPrice Per Person
Bordeaux and Biarritz HotelsSuperior5*8 Days£3965Book Now

Special Offers

Bring friends and spend less! A discount of £680 per person applies to groups of four people or more who are travelling together.

Luxury Bordeaux Wine Tour

Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

Enhance your Luxury Bordeaux Wine Tour

Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades.

If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of France! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.

  • Stay longer! Just let us know your preferred room grade and we would be more than happy to provide you with the supplement for an additional night in Bordeaux.
  • Stay in the vineyards. Why not stay a little longer in Bordeaux and indulge yourself in a stay in one of our unique rural hotels?
  • Fall in love with Paris. Let us put together an itinerary for you in the city of love!
  • Discover more French wine regions. As well as trips to Bordeaux, we also arrange holidays to Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Champagne, the Rhône Valley, Alsace, Provence, Cognac and the Languedoc-Roussillon.
Luxury Bordeaux Wine Tour
Wine Club Tour in Bordeaux- Credits Deepix-CIVB

Further Information

Travel

The price of this package does not include travel to Bordeaux. Please see our Bordeaux Travel page for detailed information.

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Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a deposit of 20% of the booking value is required. Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

Prosecco Wine Holiday- Credits Stevens Fremont

"We were completely happy with the selection of venues and the experiences involved. It has been my wife's dream of a lifetime come true and the settings were amazing."

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