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Visit Bordeaux First Growths with us in June or September

Bordeaux first growths - Credits Gironde Tourisme lr

At a glance

Region: Bordeaux
Type of Tour:
Duration: 5 Days
Guide Price: from £1593 to £2049 per person
Number of Meals: 4 breakfasts and 3 lunches
Number of Winery Visits: 9 premium Châteaux
Number of Wines Tasted: Approximately 30
Tour Transport: 3 full day guided and transported tours
Dates / Availability: 2019
Tues 4th to Sat 8th June
Tues 10th to Sat 14th September
Tues 15th to Sat 19th October

Trip Summary

Bordeaux First Growths

The Premium Bordeaux tour is the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime trip for any Bordeaux wine lover! Across three full days of transported tours with a specialist guide, nine of the region’s top Châteaux (including five First Growth estates) will be visited and many of these estates are opening their doors exclusively for the Grape Escapes tour. You will see what goes on behind the scenes at each of these famous estates, allowing a unique insight into how some of the world’s best wines are made.

Bordeaux first growths credits Chateau Lynch-Bages
Bordeaux first growths credits Chateau Lynch-Bages

The first day will start in true style with a tour of the Premier Cru Classé Château Mouton Rothschild. Not only will you be taken on a VIP tour of the opulent estate and cellars, you will also taste the 2014 vintages of Châteaux d’Armailhac, Clerc Milon and Mouton Rothschild. A three course lunch with drinks will then be served in one of the best restaurants in the region, a Michelin-starred establishment in the heart of the Pauillac vineyards, owned by Château Lynch-Bages. In the afternoon, you will be taken for full tours and tastings at two Grand Cru Classé Châteaux, Gruaud-Larose in the Saint-Julien appellation and Giscours in Margaux. By visiting three estates in different sub-regions on the Médoc, you will have the opportunity to taste Cabernet Sauvignons made from a variety of different terroirs.

Bordeaux first growths - credits Chateau Petit Village

On Thursday, we will be focusing primarily on Bordeaux’s white wines made from Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Starting in the highly-regarded village of Pessac-Léognan in the Graves appellation, you will firstly be welcomed as VIP guests of the second First Growth Château of the trip, the revered Haut-Brion estate. A representative of the estate will accompany you on a tour of the Château and its cellars and a tasting will conclude your unforgettable experience.

Next stop will be Grand Cru Classé Château Pape Clément, also in Pessac-Léognan, where following a tour, a gourmet picnic lunch with a selection of the Château’s wines will be served in the stunning gardens. After lunch, we will be truly spoiling you with the final visit of the day, an exclusive tour of yet another Premier Cru Classé, Château d’Yquem. Here, you will taste the world’s most prestigious sweet wine and discover the secrets of how these highly sought-after botrytised wines are made.

Bordeaux First Growths
Bordeaux First Growths- Credits HEURISKO

And if you thought that the Bordeaux First Growths trip couldn’t possibly get any more magical, Friday will be spent in the true home of the Merlot grape, Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. The wines here are smooth and velvety and this will be illustrated perfectly at Château Canon la Gaffeliere, a Premier Grand Cru Classé Château. After a tasting of some of Saint-Emilion’s very best wines, we will then move on to the neighbouring Pomerol appellation and more specifically to the estate of the esteemed Château Petit Village, where you will enjoy a tour and tastings at the estate. A delightful four course lunch with wines, water and coffee will then be served in a fantastic rooftop restaurant which offers breath-taking views across the vineyards.

The final visit of our Bordeaux wine odyssey will be the majestic Château Canon, the fifth First Growth of the trip. After a tour of the beautiful estate and cellars, you will of course taste these celebrated wines. Before heading back to Bordeaux, your guide will accompany you on a short tour of the village of Saint-Emilion, which is a UNESCO world heritage site.

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Outline Itinerary

Bordeaux First Growths- Tuesday

  • Upon arrival in Bordeaux, check into your chosen hotel in the city centre.
  • Free afternoon to explore the city and relax.
  • In your travel pack will be a comprehensive list of recommended restaurants in the city. We would be pleased to reserve you a table at any of these for dinner.

Bordeaux First Growths- Wednesday

  • After breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel by a chauffeured mini-coach and an English-speaking Grape Escapes guide. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • A VIP tour and tastings at Premier Cru Classé Château Mouton Rothschild.
  • A three course lunch with drinks in a Michelin-starred restaurant in Pauillac.
  • A tour and tastings at Grand Cru Classé Château Gruaud-Larose in Saint-Julien.
  • A tour and tastings at Grand Cru Classe Château Giscours in Margaux.
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Bordeaux First Growths © A. Benoit

Bordeaux First Growths- Thursday

  • In the morning, your chauffeur and guide will return and accompany you on a second day of tours. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • A VIP tour and tastings at Premier Cru Classé Château Haut-Brion in Pessac-Léognan.
  • A tour and tastings with a picnic lunch at Grand Cru Classé Château Pape Clément, also in Pessac-Léognan.
  • An exclusive tour and tastings as the guests of Premier Cru Classé Château d’Yquem.

 Bordeaux First Growths- Friday

  • After breakfast, your chauffeur and guide will return and accompany you on the final day of tours. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • A VIP tour and tastings at Premier Grand Cru Classé Canon la Gaffelière in Saint-Emilion.
  • A tour and tastings at the prestigious Château Petit Village in Pomerol.
  • A four course lunch with drinks will then be served in a local restaurant.
  • An exclusive tour and tastings as the guests of Premier Grand Cru Classé Château Canon in Saint-Emilion.
  • A short guided tour on foot of the UNESCO Classified village of Saint-Emilion.

 Bordeaux First Growths- Saturday

  • After 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.


Package Prices

These prices are per person excluding any discounts and include all of the package elements detailed.

Due to market volatility following the UK’s decision to exit the EU, these guide prices are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.

  • These are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • These are realistic guide prices. Please let us know your preferred tour 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.
  • A £35 per person early bird discount applies to bookings confirmed and paid over 60 days before travel.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.
Hotel Name Room Grade Star Rating Duration Price Per Person
Hotel de Sèze - Bordeaux Classic 4* 5 Days £1628 Book Now
Le Boutique Hotel - Bordeaux Elegance 4* 5 Days £1670 Book Now
Intercontinental Bordeaux - Le Grand Hotel Superior 5* 5 Days £2049 Book Now
Bordeaux First Growths © V. Bengold
Bordeaux First Growths- Credits Office de Tourisme de Saint-Emilion

Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades for the Bordeaux First Growths tour.

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.

  • First Growth tasting session in Bordeaux: Stroll through the quaint side streets to a city centre wine bar, where an experienced sommelier will lead a prestige tasting session of two First Growth and one Cru Classé wines.
  • Stay longer! Just let us know which of the hotels you prefer and we would be delighted to arrange an additional night’s stay.
  • 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!
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To secure your booking, a deposit of 20% 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 to request a booking form.

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