Bordeaux and Cognac

Cognac and Bordeaux wine tours

Hall Meukow (5)

At a glance

Region:Multi Region
Type of Tour:
Duration:5 Days
Guide Price:From £1082 to £1166 per person
Number of Meals:4 breakfasts + 1 lunch + 1 dinner
Number of Winery Visits:5 wineries
Number of Wines Tasted:Approximately 16
Tour Transport:1 full day guided and transported tour + visits in Cognac, tasting session and dinner on foot
Dates / Availability:Available mid-week and weekends from March to the end of November.

Trip Summary

This break has been designed to give guests a great introduction to the iconic wines of Bordeaux and to the fascinating Cognac-making process.

 Bordeaux is a vibrant UNESCO-listed city and Cognac is a charming town located on the river Charente. Both places have a rich and captivating history.

Your trip will start with a tutored tasting session of five French red wines (including three Bordeaux wines), in a quaint wine bar, located within walking distance of your hotel. The tasting will be accompanied by a platter or cheeses and meats.

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Restaurant L'Estacade- Credits Deepix and CIVB

On day two, you will meet your guide at a central departure point, where you will begin your full day journey of discovery in either the internationally famed left-bank Médoc or the UNESCO classified appellation of Saint-Emilion and its satellite appellation, Pomerol. If you choose to visit the Médoc, you will visit three Châteaux, learning particularly about the Cabernet Sauvignon grape and gaining an insight into what makes those big, bold reds so renowned. If you choose to visit Saint-Emilion, you will discover the singularities of the softer wines, predominantly made from the Merlot grape. On this tour you will also visit three Châteaux. During the day, you will learn all about the fascinating wine-making process from press to bottle, and each tour will conclude with a tasting of the Château’s wine. There will be a maximum of sixteen guests on the tour and each Château that you visit will be a Cru Classified estate. You will have free time for lunch on the tour, and your guide will be more than happy to make recommendations depending on how hungry you are feeling on the day. In the evening a three course gourmet dinner will be served in a premium city centre restaurant. Your dinner will be accompanied by a ½ bottle of wine, water and tea or coffee.

On day three, after a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel. Board the 15.08 train to Cognac, arriving at 17.10. The train goes via Angoulême and the journey time is approximately 2 hours.


Upon arrival in Cognac, check into your preferred room grade at the 4* Hotel François Premier. The remainder of the day will be free for you to relax at your hotel or explore your lovely surroundings independently.

On the morning of day four, walk five minutes to the prestigious Maison Meukow. Here, you will enjoy a full tour of the Maison, learning all about the Cognac-making process and the history of the estate. Following your tour, a three course lunch will be served at the Maison. Michel Coste and the architect Pascale de Redon completely refurbished the estate three years ago and in this impressive setting, lunch will be served alongside a selection of Meukow Cognacs. You will then walk ten minutes to the riverside, where you will be welcomed as the VIP guests of Cognac Hennessy.

You will be taken across the river by boat and en route, your guide will introduce you to Hennessy’s history, savoir-faire and international standing. In the traditional ageing cellars, you will learn about the Cognac-making process from vine to bottle by way of an immersive 360o experience, which will conclude with a visit to the legendary Paradis cellar. After taking the boat back across the river, a technical tasting session of Hennessy X.O and Paradis will take place in a special room, laid out in a lecture theatre style with individual professional tasting tables.

Region Map

Outline Itinerary

Day One

  • Upon arrival in Bordeaux, check into your Classic room at the 4* Hotel de Sèze, ideally located in the city centre.
  • Free afternoon to explore the city and relax.
  • Enjoy an early evening tutored tasting session of five French red wines including Médoc, Saint-Emilion and Graves. Your wine will be accompanied by a platter of cheeses and meats.

Day Two

  • After breakfast, meet your English-speaking guide at a central departure point for a full day guided and transported tour of your choice of the Médoc or Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, visiting three Châteaux.
  • You will have free time for lunch on the tour, and your guide will be more than happy to make recommendations depending on how hungry you are feeling on the day.
  • In the evening, a three course gourmet dinner will be served in a premium city centre restaurant, accompanied by wine, water and coffee.
Place de la Bourse - T Sanson
Bordeaux Winery Tour - creditsF Poincet

Day Three

  • After breakfast, check out of the hotel.
  • Board the 15.08 train, arriving in Cognac at 17.10, via Angoulême.
  • Upon arrival in Cognac, check into your Standard room at the 4* Hotel François Premier, ideally located in Cognac city centre.
  • In your travel pack there will be a comprehensive list of recommended restaurants. We would be pleased to reserve you a table at any of these for dinner.

Day Four

  • After breakfast, make your way to your first visit (approximately 5 minutes’ walk).
  • Starting the day in style, you will be taken on a full tour of Maison Meukow.
  • Following your tour, you will enjoy a three course lunch served at the Maison alongside a selection of Meukow Cognacs.
  • After lunch, make your way to your second visit (approximately 10 minutes’ walk).
  • In the afternoon, you will visit the Maison Hennessy. The unique visit includes a boat crossing, a tour of the ageing cellars and Paradis cellar, as well as a tasting session of several Hennessy Cognacs.
  • After such an enlightening day, the evening will be free for you to do as you please.
Hennessy estate- JJ
Baron Otard

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.


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
Bordeaux and Cognac HotelsElegant4*5 Days£1166Book Now
Chateau Giscours- Ophorus
river cruise- JJ

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.
Château Pontet-Canet- Credits Conseil des Cru Classes en 1855

Further Information


Given the wide range of travel options to Bordeaux and Cognac, the package price does not include travel. Please see our Bordeaux travel page for detailed information about how best to travel to the region.

About Essential Breaks

For more information on our essential tours please see our Essential tours page.

Further Information / To Book

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 you travel. Please call us on +44(0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail to request a booking form.

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