Hidden Gem – Grand Barrail

Saint-Emilion wine tour based at the stunning Château Grand Barrail

Saint-Emilion wine tour - credits Grand Barrail

At a glance

Type of Tour:
Duration:3/4 Days
Guide Price:From £925 to £2145 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.

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Trip Summary

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.

Saint-Emilion Wine tour - credit Grand Barrail

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.

Saint-Emilion wine tour - credits Chateau Pavie
Saint-Emilion wine tour Credits Pape Clément

Region Map

Saint-Emilion wine tour- Credits Pape Clement
Bordeaux Winery Tour Credits Deepix and CIVB

Outline Itinerary

Day One

  • Upon arrival in Saint-Emilion, check into your preferred room grade at Château Grand Barrail.
  • Free afternoon and evening to explore the village and relax at the hotel.
  • We will provide you with a list of recommended restaurants in Saint-Emilion and we would be pleased to reserve you a table at any of these for dinner.
France self-drive holiday- Credit Grand Barrail
France self-drive holiday - Credit Deepix

Day Two

  • After breakfast, you will be met at the hotel by an Engish-speaking driver/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day in a luxurious vehicle. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • Tours and tastings at your two preferred Châteaux in Saint-Emilion.
  • A tour and tastings with a picnic lunch at a prestigious Château.
  • In the evening, a four course wine tasting dinner will be served in the hotel’s gourmet restaurant.

Day Three (Optional)

  • After breakfast, your guide will return and accompany you on a second day of tours. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • Tours and tastings at your two preferred Châteaux in the Médoc.
  • A three course lunch with drinks in a gastronomic restaurant in Pauillac.
  • As always we would be pleased to reserve you a table for dinner if required.
Saint-Emilion wine tour credit CDT Gironde (2)
France self-drive holiday - credit Heurisko

Final Day

  • 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.

Bordeaux wine tour- Credits Cafe Lavinale
Saint-Emilion wine tour- Credits Office de Tourisme de Saint-Emilion


The trip organized by Grape Escapes was very enjoyable. All the arrangements - hotels, trains, tours - went like 'clockwork'.

Ron- Ontario, Canada

Saint-Emilion wine tour Credits D007 Lucky Studio
Saint-Emilion wine tour credits Chateau Lynch-Bages

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
Château Grand Barrail - Saint-ÉmilionSuperior room5*3 Days£1294Book Now
Château Grand Barrail - Saint-ÉmilionSuperior room5*4 Days£2145Book Now

Special Offers

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.

Saint-Emilion wine tour - Credits A Benoit
Saint-Emilion wine tour - Credit Vincent Bengold

Enhance your Experience/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 the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.

  • Stay longer! Just let us know your preferred hotel and room grade, and we will provide you with the relevant supplement for extra nights with breakfast.
  • Additional tours and activities! We would be delighted to provide inspiration for more wine tours and cultural activities. The possibilities are endless!
  • Experience the region’s gastronomy. The wine regions are brimming with unique gastronomic dining opportunities and what better way to enjoy a glass than with a mouth-watering meal? We offer a variety of menus to suit every budget. Contact us for prices.
  • Tailor-made tour extensions. The team at Grape Escapes have travelled extensively in Europe, not just in the wine regions and can therefore recommend and arrange tailor-made tour extensions to other regions and cities, for example Paris in France or Bilbao in Spain.
Saint-Emilion wine tour © Deepix
Saint-Emilion wine tour Credits Office de Tourisme Saint Emilion and Steve LECLECH

Further Information


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 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.


France self-drive holiday - credit Grand Barrail

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

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