Wine Tasting in France- Credits Stevens Fremont ADT

At a glance

Region: Multi Region
Type of Tour: ,
Duration: 5 Days
Guide Price: From £906 to £945 per person
Number of Meals: 4 breakfasts + 1 picnic lunch
Number of Winery Visits: 4 wineries + 1 tasting boutique
Number of Wines Tasted: Approximately 17
Tour Transport: 1 visit on foot, 1 full day transported tour, 2 half day transported tours, rail transfer to Tours + 1 taxi transfer in the Loire.
Dates / Availability: Available mid-week from May to September. Day 2 activities cannot start on a Wednesday for logistical reasons.

Trip Summary

This package is perfect for those looking to explore two of the premium wine regions of France. This five day package allows guests to discover the world-renowned wines of Bordeaux and the Loire Valley with rail travel included between the regions. During this trip, guests will learn all about the reds that Bordeaux is famous for, the whites of the Loire and even enjoy the splendour of one of the historic Châteaux of the Loire.

Your trip will start in Bordeaux, with a tasting session of five wines in a quaint wine bar, located within walking distance of your hotel. The tasting will be accompanied by a platter of cheeses and meats. On day two you will meet your guide at a central departure point for a full day transported and guided tour through the internationally famed left-bank Médoc.  During your tour of 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 revered.

wine tasting in France - Credits Deepix and CIVB
Wine tasting in France - Credits Pape Clément

On day three, check out of your hotel and meet your guide and begin your journey to the UNESCO Classified appellation of Saint-Emilion.  The wines of Saint-Emilion are predominantly made from the Merlot grape and over the course of your tastings at two carefully selected Châteaux, you will discover the singularities of these softer wines.  During both days, 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 Classé estate.

After an enjoyable morning, you will be dropped back into Bordeaux, where you will have free time to enjoy a light lunch before boarding a train to Tours in the Loire Valley. The journey time is approximately two hours. Upon your arrival in Tours, check into your room at the 4* Oceania L’Univers. The evening is yours to spend as you wish, and the city of Tours, has lots to offer.  Vieux Tours, the original medieval district is worth a visit, to view the well-preserved half-timbered buildings, bustling squares and gothic-style cathedral.  Perhaps stop to have dinner in one of the tempting brasseries?  We are always happy to provide recommendations!

wine tasting in France - credits Chateau Pavie
wine tasting in France- crédit Heurisko

On day four, meet your guide at a central point in Tours, to begin your fully transported morning tour.  The Loire Valley is famous for its magnificent historical Châteaux and today you will visit a stunning Renaissance property, lovingly restored in the 19th Century.  Step inside the opulent interior of the Château, and walk through the myriad of gardens, from the kitchen garden to the ornamental garden, to the Sun garden through to the Maze, on a guided tour. Then find yourself a quiet little spot to tuck into your picnic lunch, accompanied by a local wine, which will be waiting for you at the Château.  After your lunch, a pre-paid taxi will take you to a highly respected Cave, producing sparkling Vouvray as well as a whole range of still and sweet wines. On this private tour, you will be guided through the cellars which have been hollowed out of the cliff face and learn how the wine is made, from vine to glass. Finish the experience with a tasting of five wines, accompanied by local specialities. After your tour, your taxi will take you back to your hotel, where the rest of the evening is at leisure.

On day five, after a leisurely breakfast, check out of your hotel and begin your homeward journey.

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Outline Itinerary

Wine tasting in France- Day One

  • Upon arrival in Bordeaux, check into your chosen room at the 4* Hotel de Sèze.
  • Free afternoon to explore the city and relax.
  • Enjoy an early evening tasting session of five wines from across France and Bordeaux. Your wines will be accompanied by a platter of cheeses and meats.

Wine tasting in France- Day Two

  • After breakfast, meet your English-speaking guide at a central departure point for a full day guided and transported tour of the Médoc, visiting three Châteaux
  • The evening is free for you to explore the city, we would be happy to offer recommendations for dinner.
Wine tasting in France - credits Villa Quaranta
Wine tasting in France- credits Chateau Lynch-Bages

Wine tasting in France- Day Three

  • After breakfast, you will be taken on a fully transported half day tour in Saint-Emilion and enjoy tastings at two Châteaux.
  • You will be taken back to Bordeaux, where you will have free time before boarding your pre-booked train to Tours.
  • On arrival in Tours, check into the 4* Oceania L’Univers.
  • The evening is at leisure.

Wine tasting in France- Day Four

  • After breakfast, meet your English-speaking guide at a central departure point for a half day, fully guided and transported tour to a Château for a guided tour and picnic lunch.
  • A pre-booked and pre-paid taxi will take you to a top Vouvray winery, for a tour and tasting, alongside local delicacies.
  • At the end of the tasting, your taxi will take you back to your hotel, where the evening is yours to enjoy
Wine tasting in France- Credits Stevens Fremont Restaurant La Maison
Wine tasting in France © 2006 - CDT Touraine - ADT Touraine

Wine tasting in France- Day Five

  • After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, check out and begin your homeward journey.

 

(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.

 

Accommodation

Package Prices

These prices are per person excluding any discounts and include all of the package elements detailed.

Due to market volatility following the UK’s decision to exit the EU, these guide prices are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.

  • 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.
  • This package has been priced based on Monday to Saturday rail fares. Please bear in mind that rail travel on a Sunday can sometimes incur a supplement.
Hotel Name Room Grade Star Rating Duration Price Per Person
Bordeaux and Loire Hotels Classic 4* 5 Days £945 Book Now
Wine tasting in France © A. Benoît
Wine tasting in France- credits Duriez

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.
Wine Tasting in France credits Château d'Amboise L. De Serres
Wine tasting in France- Credits Pape Clement

Further Information

Travel to your  wine tasting in France

Given the wide range of travel options, the package prices do not include travel to Bordeaux and from the Loire Valley. Please contact us for further information.

About Multi Region Breaks

For more information about our Multi Region breaks please see our Multi Region Breaks page.

Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a 20% per person 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 info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

wine tasting in France - credits Bodegas Bilbainas

The wine trip Grape Escapes put together for our party of eight in Bordeaux was just the best, most organized, custom wine trip possible. Our whole group was impressed with the amazing flexibility of the Grape Escapes team in handling numerous itinerary changes. Thank you so much!

Al- Washington, USA

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