|Type of Tour:||Exclusive|
|Guide Price:||from £1183 to £2226 per person|
|Number of Meals:||2 breakfasts, 1 lunch + 1 dinner (3 days)|
3 breakfasts, 2 lunches + 1 dinner (4 days)
|Number of Winery Visits:||3 Châteaux (3 days)|
5 Châteaux (4 days)
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 10 (3 days)|
Approximately 17 (4 days)
|Tour Transport:||Full day guided and transported tour in a luxury vehicle (Mercedes S Class) (3 days)|
2 Full day guided and transported tours in a luxury vehicle (Mercedes S Class) (4 days)
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends from Mid-February to Mid-December|
If you are looking for a decadent short break which encompasses an unforgettable location and world-class wines, look no further than Exclusive Saint-Emilion! Based at the luxurious 5* Hostellerie de Plaisance in the heart of the UNESCO classified village of Saint-Emilion, Grape Escapes guests are accommodated in the hotel’s main building and there are five different room grades to choose from.
After checking in on day one and spending a relaxing evening admiring the breath-taking views of the village and vineyards from the hotel’s panoramic terrace, 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 gastronomic eight course dinner will be served in the hotel’s double Michelin-starred restaurant. The Chef, Ronan Kervarrec, originally from Britany, was trained by the most famous French Chefs including Georges Blanc, Joël Robuchon and Yannick Alléno. His cuisine perfectly combines an impressive technique and a lot of passion. Please note that the hotel’s restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Wine pairing can be arranged on request, please let us know if this would be of interest to you.
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.
(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.
Nic and I really loved Hostellerie de Plaisance. Having our own balcony overlooking the village was such a treat. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend the hotel to our friends and family, and our stay was very special.
Josh- Cape Town, SA
A discount of £200 per person applies to groups of four people or more who are travelling together on the three day break. This discount increases to £450 per person on the four day break.
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.
Please contact us to request a more detailed information sheet about travelling to Saint-Emilion.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
About Exclusive Breaks
We have introduced Exclusive Tours to accommodate our clients who are looking for the ultimate luxury break in their wine region of choice. These tours are available over a wide range of dates throughout the year, mid-week and weekends, and offer wine lovers the opportunity to visit their favourite Châteaux, wineries and Champagne Houses. Please note that securing visits for individual clients at some top estates can be difficult and many of the most exclusive estates do not receive visitors on weekends, or even at all. Our expert team are always very happy to discuss the specific wineries and Châteaux with you and advise/recommend accordingly.
The hotels proposed are Grape Escapes Luxury grade hotels (predominantly 5* properties) and guests are met at and returned to their hotels for all-off site visits. The tour transport is completely private and the tours offered at each winery include the opportunity to sample Prestige Cuvées and superlative wines. Where meals are included, these will usually be prepared by a Michelin starred Chef. Exclusive tour guests usually prefer to discuss wines with the sommelier and select themselves from the extensive wine list and we therefore do not generally include drinks as part of the meal packages (unless detailed in the tour description).
Services Included as part of your Grape Escapes Package
At Grape Escapes we offer a range of different services to meet all budgets and customer expectations.
Our Exclusive packages include our premium level of service. Your sales representative will continue to work with you in order to create your perfect trip, and additional services (including travel to and around the region, restaurant reservations, additional winery visits including assistance with securing visits at your preferred estates where possible, and managing special requests etc.) can be built into your package during the sales process as required. We will also continue to provide the same assistance with arranging any additional services that you require once your booking has been confirmed. Our premium service also includes access to our 24hr emergency duty manager during your trip.
Having just returned yesterday evening from our trip to the vineyards of Bordeaux, this is just a quick note to thank you and your team at Grape Escapes Ltd. for helping to make this trip absolutely first class. Everything went so smoothly and you and your team made my job, as trip co-ordinator and leader, stress-free and thoroughly enjoyable.
Ken- Buckinghamshire, UK