|Type of Tour:||Multi Region|
|Guide Price:||From £7438 to £8672 per person|
|Number of Meals:||10 breakfasts + 2 lunches + 5 dinners|
|Number of Winery Visits:||9 wineries + 1 tasting session|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 45|
|Tour Transport:||5 full day guided and transported tours and transfers to airports and stations as well as flights between Paris and Nice.|
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year.|
This Luxury Wine Tour combines the ultimate wine tasting experience in the most popular French destinations. This package is a haven of decadence, and will take you on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of France with accommodation in the very best 5* hotels, tastings at premium, world-famous estates and gourmet dining in renowned restaurants.
Guests will enjoy an exceptional level of service. Upon arrival in Bordeaux, you will be met at the airport or train station by a luxury chauffeured vehicle, which will escort you to the sumptuous 5* Intercontinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel. Grape Escapes guests will stay in Executive Opera View rooms.
On day two, you will be met at the hotel by an English-speaking specialist chauffeur/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day on a private tour of the famous vineyards of the Médoc in a Mercedes S Class vehicle. Guests are free to choose their preferred three 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. Newly opened and fronted by none other than world-famous celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay, enjoy a splendid six course dinner in the opulent dining room of the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant in the evening. Drinks have not been included as part of the package and can be ordered directly with the sommelier. Please note that this restaurant is closed Sunday and Monday and shall be substituted with a suitable alternative.
On day three, you will enjoy three further tours and tastings at your selected Châteaux in Saint-Emilion. You will again be met at your hotel by your private luxury Mercedes S Class vehicle and English-speaking driver/guide. In the evening a four course dinner with a selection of fine wines, water and coffee will be served in La Tupina, a very special authentic restaurant, which was rated the second best brasserie in the world by the New York Times. Chef Jean Pierre Xiradakis’ typical south western cuisine has been renowned for decades.
On day four, we will arrange First Class high-speed rail travel for you between Bordeaux and Paris. Here, check in into a Junior Suite at the prestigious 5* Hotel Napoleon which is located very close to the Arc de Triomphe, at the top of the famous Champs-Elysées Avenue. Your Junior Suite will boast breathtaking views across the romantic Parisian skyline.
On day five, you will be taken on a private transported tour of the enchanting city of Paris in an executive vehicle. You will be taken to the must-see sights of the city, including Place de la Bastille (the iconic square of the French revolution), the stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, the characterful and romantic Montmartre district and its Sacré Coeur Cathedral, but also the impressive Eiffel Tower and the renowned Avenue des Champs Elysées! In the afternoon, you will be given the great opportunity to visit the impressive Château de Versailles and its breath-taking gardens, home of the magnificent Sun King and a true symbol of the French monarchy. In the evening, your time in Paris will end in style with a gala dinner with drinks followed by a spectacular French cabaret show at the world-famous Moulin Rouge.
After checking out of your hotel in Paris on day six, you will again be transported throughout the day in the Champagne region. Your tour will start at Moët and Chandon in Epernay, where you will be welcomed as VIP guests. Here, you will be taken on a private Dom Pérignon tour, visiting some of the oldest areas of the cellars which are seldom visited by the public. A tasting of Dom Pérignon will conclude the visit in an elegant reception room at the Moët mansion. During the course of the day, you will also be taken to the beautiful village of Hautvillers, where Dom Pérignon lived and is buried. Here, you will enjoy a comparative tasting session of three single varietal Champagnes, accompanied by a platter of gourmet local delicacies. In the afternoon, you will visit a small, family-run Grand Cru Champagne House for a tour of the fascinating Champagne-making process from press to bottle and the opportunity to learn the Napoleonic art of Sabrage (opening a bottle with a sabre). You will be taken to the 5* Château les Crayères at the end of the day, where you will be spending the night in a Superior room. In the evening, a gastronomic six course tasting dinner will be served at the Château’s Michelin starred restaurant, “Le Parc”. Dinner will be accompanied by a bottle of premium Champagne, a half bottle of Bordeaux AOC wine, water and coffee.
On day seven, you will be privately transferred to Paris in time for your Air France flight to Nice. Upon arrival in Provence, you will be met at the airport by a chauffeur, who will escort you to the stunning Château Saint-Martin. The remainder of the day as well as the next day will be free for you to relax and enjoy the hotel’s superb facilities.
After breakfast on day nine, you will be met at the hotel by a luxury chauffeured vehicle, which will accompany you throughout the day on a private basis. You will firstly be welcomed as the guests of a local family-run winery. Following a full tour of the estate, seeing first-hand the fascinating wine-making process from vine to bottle, an extensive tasting session will ensue. A picnic lunch will have been prepared for you here, and this can be enjoyed in a picturesque spot in the Château’s grounds.
You will then be taken to the city of your choice for an afternoon of sight-seeing. We particularly recommend visiting Saint Tropez, the destination of the international jet set, where you can marvel at the biggest and most luxurious Yachts you will ever see, and enjoy a spot of people-watching on the bustling beaches. You will be taken back to the hotel at the end of the day. In the evening, a gourmet dinner (excluding drinks) will be served at the Château’s gastronomic restaurant.
Day ten will be free for you to explore your charming surrounding independently, and you will be transferred to Nice airport or train station on day eleven after checking out of the hotel.
Outline Itinerary (ii)
(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.
The hotel was very good and in a great location!
Carol- West Yorkshire, UK
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.
The price of this package does not include travel to Bordeaux. Please contact us for further information.
For more information on our Multi Region Tours please see our Multi Region page
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The whole trip was well organised, well executed and great fun.
Matthew - London, UK
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