|Type of Tour:||Self Drive|
|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.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
France Self-Drive Holiday
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.
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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).
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.
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.
For more information on our Self-Drive breaks please see our Self-Drive page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
"Our trip was very smooth, with pleasant surprises along the way. It felt familiar yet unexpected!"
Joan- Pebble Beach, USA