Self-Drive Bordeaux and Loire Valley

France self-drive holiday to Bordeaux and the Loire Valley

France self-drive holiday

At a glance

Region:Multi Region
Type of Tour:,
Duration:5 Days
Guide Price:From £1096 to £1388 per person
Number of Meals:4 breakfasts + 2 lunches
Number of Winery Visits:5 wineries
Number of Wines Tasted:Approximately 19
Tour Transport:Full day private transported tour in the Loire Valley + e-bike hire to your visits in Bordeaux
Dates / Availability:Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year. The Bordeaux day tour needs to take place on a week day.

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France Self-Drive Holiday

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. Our self-drive Bordeaux and Loire Valley break offers the perfect opportunity to explore two iconic French regions, with accommodation at two charming boutique hotels, located in peaceful settings, away from the busy towns and cities.

On day one of your France self-drive holiday, drive from the UK to the Loire Valley, taking the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais. You have the complete freedom to choose your preferred crossing time, and then drive from Calais to the Loire Valley at your leisure. If you would prefer to spend a night en route to break up the five hour drive, we would be pleased to arrange this for you.

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After checking into your Superior room at Château de Beaulieu, located around 15 minutes from Tours city centre, the remainder of the afternoon and evening will be free to settle in and enjoy your pleasant surroundings. This evening, we would be very pleased to reserve you a table for dinner in the hotel’s gourmet restaurant.

After breakfast on day two, 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.

Loire wine tour- Tours Loire Valley

The morning will be spent sampling the best wines from Vouvray appellation. You will be taken on a private tour of the estate and cellars of a highly-regarded producer, and your visit will conclude with tastings of a selection of the estate’s wines alongside local delicacies such as cheese and rillettes. Your journey of discovery will continue and take you to a 15th Century wine-making Château in the Chinon appellation, where you will be welcomed by the Count and Countess of the estate. Following a private visit to the Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc vineyards and a tour of the cellars, a tasting session will take place in the Château’s historic tasting room. A picnic lunch with a bottle of wine will then be served in the stunning grounds of the Château. Your day will conclude with a private tour at a second winery in the Chinon appellation.

After breakfast and check out on day three, make your way to the Bordeaux region. The driving time will be around 3 ¾ hours, and we would be pleased to recommend a suitable place to stop en-route for lunch. Upon arrival, check into a Superior room with its own private terrace at the 4* Château Cordeillan-Bages, located in the Médoc countryside. The afternoon and evening will be free for you to relax and enjoy your beautiful home for the next few days. The Château boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant as well as a more informal brasserie. We would be very pleased to reserve you a table at either of these for dinner this evening.

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France self-drive holiday - Credits Cordeillan Bages

On day four, 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.

On your final morning, check out and make your way back to Calais for your return Eurotunnel crossing. The driving time will be just under nine hours, and we would be very pleased to arrange an overnight stay en route if you would like to break up the journey.

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Region Map

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France self-drive holiday

Outline Itinerary

France Self-Drive Holiday

Day One

  • Drive from the UK to the Loire Valley, taking the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais. You are free to choose your crossing time.
  • Upon arrival, check into your Superior room at the charming Château de Beaulieu, located close to Tours city centre.
  • We would be very pleased to reserve you a table for dinner in the Château’s gourmet restaurant this evening.

Day Two

  • After breakfast, you will be met at the hotel by an English-speaking specialist/driver guide, who will accompany you throughout the day in a spacious Mercedes Viano-style vehicle on a private basis. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • A private tour and tasting at one of the best producers of Vouvray wines, with local delicacies served to accompany your wines.
  • A private tour and tasting at a 15th Century wine-making Château located just outside of Chinon, with a picnic served in the picturesque grounds.
  • Your day will conclude with a private tour and tasting at another Chinon winery.
  • Again, we would be very pleased to reserve you a table at the Château for dinner this evening.

 

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Wine tours in Alsace- Credits Stevens Frémont

Day Three

  • After breakfast and check out, drive to the Bordeaux region.
  • Here, check into a Superior room with its own private terrace at the beautiful Château Cordeillan-Bages, located in the famous village of Pauillac in the heart of the Médoc vineyards.
  • The afternoon and evening will be free for you to relax and enjoy your pleasant surroundings.
  • The Château boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant as well as a more informal brasserie. We would be very pleased to reserve you a table at either of these for dinner this evening.

Day Four

  • After breakfast, e-bikes will be provided for the day. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • A tour and tasting with a three course lunch as the guests of a Grand Cru Classé Château in the village of Saint-Estèphe.
  • A private tour and tastings at a second Château.
Wine and Spa- credits Chateau Pavie
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Final Day

  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel and make your way back to the UK, taking the Eurotunnel from Calais to Folkestone.

 

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 Golf Holiday credits Chateau Lynch-Bages
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Accommodation

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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). 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
Self-Drive Bordeaux and Loire HotelsSuperior4*5 Days£1388Book Now

Special Offers

Bring friends and spend less!

A discount of £200 per person applies for groups of four people or more travelling together (and sharing a vehicle on the Eurotunnel).

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Saint-Emilion wine tour Credits Cafe Lavinale

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.
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Further Information

Travel to your France self-drive holiday

The price of this package includes Folkestone to Calais Eurotunnel crossings. Please see our travel pages for Bordeaux and the Loire Valley for other travel options and further information about travelling to our self-drive holidays France.

Self-Drive Breaks

For more information on our Self-Drive breaks please see our Self-Drive 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 travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or email info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

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