Hidden Gem – Le Saint James

Luxury Bordeaux Food Tour and Wine Tour

Le Saint-James credits Jerome Mondiere

At a glance

Type of Tour:
Duration:3/4 Days
Guide Price:From £1096 to £1876 per person
Number of Meals:2 breakfasts and 1 dinner (3 Days)
3 breakfasts, 1 dinner and 1 picnic lunch (4 Days)
Number of Winery Visits:3 Châteaux (3 Days)
4 Châteaux (4 Days)
Number of Wines Tasted:Approximately 10 (3 Days)
Approximately 13 (4 Days)
Tour Transport:Full day private transported tour (3 Days)
Full day private transported tour and pre-paid taxi transfers to Pessac (3 Days)
Dates / Availability:Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year (except January, when the hotel is closed)

Trip Summary

Location location location! This trip is based at the architecturally astonishing le Saint James, a luxurious 5* hotel located 20 minutes from the centre of Bordeaux. A true haven of peace and tranquillity, the hotel boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, and we have included a five course dinner here as part of the Grape Escapes package.

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 Saint Emilion. Guests are free to choose their preferred three Châteaux for tours and tastings. 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 do not receive visitors at all. We would be pleased to discuss the various options with you and contact the individual estates accordingly.

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For those opting for the four day/three night break, we will arrange for a pre-booked and pre-paid taxi to collect you from the hotel on the morning of day three and take you to the Graves appellation, more specifically the highly-regarded village of Pessac-Léognan to focus on the region’s white wines made from Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc together with their world renowned red wines. You will be welcomed as the guests of the Grand Cru Classé Château Pape Clément, where following a tour, a gourmet picnic lunch with a selection of three of the Château’s wines will be served in the stunning gardens. For the remainder of the afternoon, choose between exploring the village further or relaxing at the hotel, perhaps taking a dip in the pool.

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Outline Itinerary

Day One

  • If you would like us to arrange private transfers for you to and from Bordeaux airport, this costs £96 per person (return).
  • Upon arrival in Bouliac, check into your preferred room grade at the 5* le Saint James.
  • The remainder of the afternoon and evening will be free for you to relax and enjoy your pleasant surroundings.
  • We will provide you with a list of recommended restaurants in Bordeaux, and we would be delighted to reserve you a table at any of these for dinner.

Day Two

  • Your tour day will comprise of:
  • Full day private chauffeured vehicle and English-speaking driver/guide.
  • Tours and tastings at your three preferred Châteaux.
  • In the evening, a five course gastronomic dinner with wines, water and coffee will be served in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant (please note that the restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays).
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Day Three (Optional)

  • Your tour day will comprise of:
  • Return pre-booked and pre-paid taxi transfers between the hotel and Pessac-Léognan.
  • A tour and tastings with a gourmet picnic lunch at Grand Cru Classé Château Pape Clément.

Final Day

  • 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.


Laying on the bed and looking across the vineyards was a perfect moment!

Joanna- Surrey, UK

Package Prices

  • These prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • These are realistic guide prices, based on travel in standard season (usually April to the end of October). Considerable discounts often apply for travel 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
Le Saint-James - BouliacDeluxe room5*3 Days£1737Book Now
Le Saint-James - BouliacDeluxe room5*4 Days£2577Book Now
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Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

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! If you would like to spend a few more nights at the hotel please contact us for extra night prices.
  • Stay in the city. Why not stay a little longer in Bordeaux and indulge yourself in a stay in one the fabulous city centre 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.
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Further Information


Given the wide range of travel options to Bordeaux, the package price does not include travel. Please contact us or see our Bordeaux travel page for further information.

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Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a 20% deposit 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.

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Our best holiday ever...thank you! We will come back again soon

Graeme - Hampshire, UK

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