|Type of Tour:||Self Drive|
|Guide Price:||From £2531 to £3409 per person|
|Number of Meals:||6 breakfasts + 3 lunches + 3 dinners|
|Number of Winery Visits:||8 wineries|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 29|
|Tour Transport:||2 full day guided and transported tours + e-bike hire to your visits in the Médoc|
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year|
France self-drive holiday to Bordeaux
In response to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on tourism, we have introduced a flexible range of self-drive breaks, with our clients’ maximum comfort and safety in mind. On this exciting France self-drive holiday, we take you through the premium wines of the entire Bordeaux region; starting with the Médoc, and moving on to Saint-Emilion, Pomerol and finally, Graves and Sauternes. By the end of your stay, you will be a true Bordeaux expert!
On day one of your trip, drive from the UK to the Bordeaux region, taking the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais. You have the complete freedom to choose your preferred crossing time, and then drive from Calais at your leisure. If you would like to spend a night en route to break up the nine hour drive, we would be very pleased to arrange this for you.
Upon arrival, check into a Superior room with its own private terrace at the beautiful Château Cordeillan-Bages, located in the Médoc countryside. In the evening, a three course dinner will be served in the Château’s Michelin-starred restaurant. Please note that drinks have not been included as part of the package, and can be ordered and paid for locally.
After breakfast on day two, e-bikes will be provided for the day (if you would prefer a private driver instead, just let us know and we will provide you with the relevant supplement). Take a scenic 10km ride along the pretty riverside to the famous village of Saint-Estèphe. Here, you will be welcomed at a Grand Cru Classé Château where following a tour of the estate, a grand three course lunch will be served in the opulent surroundings of the Château’s dining room. Your meal will be served alongside a selection of the Château’s vintages. After lunch, cycle back to the hotel and en route, stop at a second Château for a private tour and tastings. As well as the Michelin-starred restaurant, the Château also has a more informal brasserie, and we would be pleased to reserve you a table for dinner this evening.
After a leisurely breakfast and check out on day three, make your way cross country to Saint-Emilion. Here, check into a Deluxe room at the magnificent 5* Château Grand Barrail, a unique 19th Century Château with a charming fairy-tale feel. The afternoon will be free to relax and luxuriate in your stunning surroundings. With its spacious bedrooms, luxurious spa, delightful outdoor pool and pretty gardens, Château Grand Barrail has a lot to offer. In the evening, a four course dinner (excluding drinks) will be served in the Château’s elegant and traditionally-French dining room.
On the morning of day four, you will be met at the Château by an English-speaking specialist driver/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day on a private basis. You will be transported in a spacious Mercedes Viano-style vehicle and your guide will follow the necessary safety procedures.
Merlot is the predominant grape variety in Saint-Emilion, and you will firstly be taken to a highly-regarded winery for a private tour and tastings. You will then visit a second Château located just outside of Saint-Emilion. Here, the experience will include a private tour of the estate, vineyards and technical facilities, followed by tastings of two wines. Following the tour, a delicious light lunch with a refreshing glass of rosé will be served next to the Château’s swimming pool, overlooking the vineyards and park. In the afternoon, enjoy a private tour and tastings at a winery in the sought-after Pomerol appellation.
After breakfast and check out on day four, drive to Sauternes, the home of the world’s most prestigious sweet wines. Here, check into a Superior room at the 5* Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey. After settling in, you will be taken on a private tour of the on-site Grand Cru Classé winery, concluding with a vertical tasting of four different vintages. In the evening, a seven course gourmet dinner paired with more of the Château’s wines will be served in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.
On day five, your driver/guide will return and accompany you on a second day of transported tours. The morning will be spent at Château Pape-Clément, a historical Grand Cru Classé Château in the nearby Graves appellation. A representative will lead you on a fascinating private tour of the estate, vineyards, vat-house and barrel cellars. You will then have the unique opportunity to try your hand at being a wine-maker, creating nine different blends and bottling and labelling your favourite to take home with you. An unforgettable picnic lunch will then be served in the Château’s picturesque gardens. In the afternoon, you will be welcomed at the iconic 400 year old Château d’Yquem, where you will taste the most celebrated sweet wine in the world, and discover the secrets of how these botrytised wines are made. The evening will then be yours to relax and unwind after a hard day’s tasting.
On your final morning, check out and make your way back to Calais for your return Eurotunnel crossing. The driving time will be just over nine hours, and we would be very pleased to arrange an overnight stay en route if you would like to break up the journey.
France self-drive holiday to Bordeaux
(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.
"A very enjoyable and memorable experience."
Elaine- Lancashire, UK
Bring friends and spend less!
A £600 per person discount applies for four or more people travelling together (and sharing a vehicle on the Eurotunnel).
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 the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
The price of this package includes Flexiplus Folkestone to Calais Eurotunnel crossings. Please see our travel page for Bordeaux for other travel options and further information about travelling to our self-drive holidays France.
For more information on our Self-Drive breaks please see our Self-Drive page.
To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the price of your trip exceeds £500 per person). Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or email email@example.com to request a booking form.
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