|Type of Tour:||Hidden Gems|
|Guide Price:||from £719 to £1666 per person|
|Number of Meals:||2 breakfasts + 1 picnic lunch + 1 dinner (3 days)
3 breakfasts + 2 lunches + 1 dinner (4 days)
|Number of Winery Visits:||3 Châteaux (3 days)
4 Châteaux (4 days)
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 10 (3 days)
Approximately 16 (4 days)
|Tour Transport:||Private chauffeured vehicle for 1 full day (3 days)
Private chauffeured vehicle for 2 full days (4 days)
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year. Please note that the hotel's restaurant is closed in January.
At the heart of the Saint-Emilion appellation, the Château Grand Barrail is a unique 19th Century Château with a charming fairy-tale feel. The luxurious property is a true haven of tranquillity and offers the ideal base to explore the world famous Bordeaux vineyards of both Saint-Emilion and the Médoc appellations.
After checking in on day one, enjoy a relaxing afternoon and evening at the Château. With its spacious bedrooms, luxurious spa, delightful outdoor pool and gardens as well as its fine dining restaurant, Château Grand Barrail has a lot to offer. Alternatively you may prefer to explore your lovely surroundings independently and particularly the picturesque UNESCO Classified village of Saint-Emilion with its cobbled streets and charming boutiques.
You will be met on the morning of day two by a luxury chauffeured vehicle, which will accompany you throughout the day on a private basis. Merlot is the predominant grape variety in Saint-Emilion. and guests are free to choose their preferred two 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. Your driver/guide will also take you to another estate, where a picnic lunch alongside a range of the Château’s smooth and velvety wines will be served. In the evening, a four course wine tasting dinner will be served in the hotel’s gourmet restaurant. The Chef, Romain Gondras offers a modern and innovative cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients and served in the elegant and traditionally-French dining room.
For those booking the four day break, your guide will return on the morning of day three and accompany you on a second day of tours, this time focusing on the Médoc and its majestic Châteaux with powerful Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Again, you are free to let us know your two favourite Châteaux and we will contact the estates on your behalf to arrange a visit for you. A three course lunch with drinks will be served on the tour in one of the best restaurants in the region, a renowned establishment in the heart of the Pauillac vineyards, owned by Château Lynch-Bages. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, and will be substituted with a premium restaurant of equal standard in the event that your tour falls on these days.
Day Three (Optional)
(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.
The trip organized by Grape Escapes was very enjoyable. All the arrangements - hotels, trains, tours - went like 'clockwork'.
Ron- Ontario, Canada
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.
Bring friends and spend less! A discount of £160 per person applies to groups of four people or more who are travelling together on the three day break. This discount increases to £300 per person on the four day break.
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.
I would like to record my appreciation at the perfect arrangements that we experienced on the recent trip to France. Both my son and I had an excellent experience and the hotel was superb.
Ken- Hertfordshire, UK
The price of this package does not include travel to Bordeaux. Please see our Bordeaux Travel page for detailed information.
For more information on our Hidden Gems, please see our Hidden Gems page
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 email@example.com to request a booking form.