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Join your hosts from Nota Bene Cellars as you discover the history, culture, and gastronomic traditions of the acclaimed wine region of Bordeaux during this eight-day journey. While in Bordeaux, stroll the graceful streets in the city center, admire the 18th-century architecture, and explore the boutiques and cafes along the thriving riverfront. In the countryside, visit historic châteaux and cellars, taste their wines, and learn about the vineyards, production methods, and appellations of the Bordeaux region.
passionate winemakers, food artisans, and expert local guides
the historic town of Bordeaux and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saint-Émilion
local cheeses, pastries, and wines produced from ancient vines
Land in the Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport and take a private transfer to the hotel located in the heart of the Bordeaux historic district where we will have time to settle in, unwind, and explore our surroundings before gathering for an aperitif and welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant.
Spend the morning in Bordeaux’s storied old town with an expert local guide. Start your tour at the Place des Quinconces, the most emblematic square of the town and one of the largest in Europe. Move on to the heart of the city, nicknamed the ‘Golden Triangle.’ Other highlights include the Place de la Bourse (Stock Exchange) located next to the Garonne River, where the iconic water mirror lies, and the bustling Rue Sainte Catherine, one of the longest shopping streets of Europe.
The afternoon and evening are yours to explore Bordeaux at your own pace. Choose to wander through the impressive collections housed at the Musée des Beaux Arts or visit La Cité du Vin, France’s premier wine museum that provides an immersive journey through the culture and history of wine.
Graves & Sauternes
This morning, head to the historic region of Graves where grapes have been cultivated since the Middle Ages. Enjoy an insider’s tour and tasting of red and white wines at a local château where we learn about the terroir and the philosophy that has guided their approach to growing grapes and making wine. For lunch, sit down to a traditional French meal paired with local wines. Then continue on through the rolling hills for another estate visit and tasting in the wine-producing region of Sauternes, a subregion of Graves known for its sweet, white, dessert wines. Return to Bordeaux for a free evening. Our Travel Director is available to provide advice and recommendations.
This morning, head north to the picturesque Médoc region, situated on the banks of the Gironde estuary where we will discover delicious red wines with cabernet sauvignon blends in the heart of this celebrated Bordeaux wine region. Home to around 15,000 vineyards, Médoc is known to produce many of the finest wines in the world, and we will visit two carefully selected wine estates that are ranked as Grand Cru, classified growth Château, or cru bourgeois estates.
For lunch, enjoy a food and wine pairing in a local restaurant where you will sample some of the local delicacies paired with Médoc wines. Return to Bordeaux this evening to relax and enjoy the offerings of the city.
This morning, enjoy a guided visit to Bordeaux's main farmer's market dating back to the 18th century. At the Marché des Capucins, known as les Capus to the locals, we will feast our eyes on fresh local fruits and vegetables, meats, fish, cheeses, breads, and pastries. Our guide will help us navigate between the stalls and vendors, sharing the experience similar to that of local chefs doing their morning shopping!
After lunch, join your Travel Director for a visit to the World War II submarine base that has been converted into the world’s largest digital art center, now called Bassins de Lumière. The gallery provides visitors the chance to experience immersive digital installations by influential artists projected onto the building’s towering walls, with artworks reflecting off the enormous submarine basins. Later, stop into artisan food shops to enjoy local specialties or sit down for refreshments at a local cafe. This evening is free to explore the town - perhaps visit a theatre, wine bar, or entertainment hall.
This morning, journey to the small medieval village of Saint-Émilion, filled with Romanesque churches, limestone ruins, and old-world architecture and surrounded by vineyards first planted by the Romans. First, we visit a Grand Cru winery and enjoy a guided cellar tour and tasting. Next, we roll up our sleeves and join a chef for a hands-on cooking class, featuring seasonal regional products paired with wines of the château.
After lunch, join our guide for a walking tour of Saint-Émilion as we discover the significant landmarks of the village including the underground monolithic church. Stroll through the quaint, cobbled streets while our guide shares local history, from the days of the 8th-century hermit Émilion to the 19th-century mining galleries, which still lie beneath the village. Following the tour, enjoy free time to explore on your own before returning to Bordeaux.
For our last full day in Bordeaux, enjoy a chance to immerse yourself in the area with ample free time to shop along the pedestrian rue Sainte-Catherine, visit a museum, a local distillery, or a “cheese cellar,” or wander back through the Marché des Capucins. Your Travel Director is available for advice. Tonight, we gather as a group to toast the journey and share a memorable farewell dinner.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before taking a private transfer to the Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport. Still hungry for more food-and-wine adventures? Continue your journey with an optional four-day extension in Dordogne.
Grand Hôtel Français (or similar)
Situated in the heart of Bordeaux, this fully renovated 18th century mansion provides a welcoming atmosphere in a central location with easy access to many of the sites in Bordeaux. Contemporary rooms feature air conditioning, WiFi Internet access, coffee/tea maker, private bathroom, toiletries, and hairdryer.
Le Vieux Logis Relais & Châteaux (Dordogne Extension)
Enjoy three nights in this charming and elegant residence — a former family estate complete with a farm building and renovated tobacco drying house, now a Michelin-rated restaurant. Ideally located in the village of Trémolat near the Dordogne River, the property features three gourmet restaurants, a lounge and smoking room, a garden, a terrace, and an outdoor swimming pool. Guest rooms combine old-world style with modern touches and are equipped with a private bathroom with bathtub, air conditioning, cable TV, WiFi, minibar, and hairdryer.
Main Program: May 25 - June 1, 2021
Extension: June 1 - 4, 2021
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This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Each day, whether touring a city or winery, guests should be prepared to be on their feet for multiple continuous hours. Guests should feel comfortable strolling along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Europe tends to have Old World infrastructure (narrow cobblestone streets, lack of elevators, etc.) which can leave some areas inaccessible — if you require any walking assistance, please inquire with our guest services team. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Note: Group maximum is based on double occupancy. The itinerary is subject to change or substitution at any time. You can learn more at experi.com/terms.
- Seven nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
- Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 2 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
- All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, and transportation
- Gratuities for travel director, local guides, drivers, porters, and included meals
- Full guiding services of a dedicated Travel Director
- Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities
- All types of personal insurance
- Personal expenses
- Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals
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