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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 chateaux and cellars, taste 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 and pastries and wines produced from ancient vines
Land in the Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport and meet our friendly Travel Director in the arrivals area. 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.
Spend the morning in Bordeaux’s storied old town with an expert local guide. Experience the blend of historic and modern, thanks to the addition of pedestrian walkways, avant-garde art spaces, and innovative architecture. Stroll along the revitalized Garonne riverbank with your guide, visit outdoor markets, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. End the tour with a delicious local lunch.
The afternoon is yours to explore Bordeaux at your own pace. Choose to wander through the impressive collections housed at the Musée des Beaux Arts or tour La Cité du Vin, France’s premier wine museum that provides an immersive journey through the culture and history of wine. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.
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 at a local chateau where we will 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 to Sauternes or Barsac for another estate visit and tasting.
Return to Bordeaux for a free evening.
This morning, head north to the picturesque Médoc region, situated on the banks of the Gironde estuary. Home to around 15,000 vineyards, Médoc is known to produce many of the finest wines in the world and is especially famous for its full-bodied red wines. Here, visit one of the region's prominent wineries for a tour and tasting.
Mid-day, head to a hidden gem of a restaurant to savor a delicious lunch of classic French fare. Afterwards, head to another chateau to continue your survey of this fabled region. This evening will be at your leisure.
Today, you can continue to explore the many offerings of Bordeaux. If seasonally available, join your Travel Director for a visit to the World War II submarine base “BETASOM” that is currently being converted into the world’s largest digital art center. The project is slated to open in Spring of 2020 and will provide 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 specialities or sit down for lunch at a local cafe. For the evening, you are free to explore the town - perhaps visit a theatre, wine bar, or entertainment hall?
This morning, journey to Saint-Émilion, one of the most beautiful parts of the Bordeaux region. The small medieval village is filled with Romanesque churches, limestone ruins, and old world architecture and surrounded by vineyards first planted by the Romans. An expert local guide will share the history of the town and the background of the monolithic church constructed in the early 12th century. Together, explore the hermitage of Émilion, the Trinity Chapel and its medieval paintings, the catacombs, and the underground church.
After the tour, enjoy free time to wander the charming village and stop for lunch at one of the many eateries. If feeling energetic, climb the 196 steps of the church bell tower for an unparalleled view over Saint-Émilion and the vineyards beyond. Later, you will have the option to meet up at a wine shop in town for a comparative tasting of local vintages.
Afterwards, head back to Bordeaux, to enjoy an evening of leisure time on your own.
For our final day in Bordeaux, you will have a chance ample free time to shop along the pedestrian rue Sainte-Catherine, visit a museum or local distillery, or wander through the Marché des Capucins, the largest market in Bordeaux. Late morning, we will meet for a French cooking class and enjoy lunch together. Tonight, gather to toast our journey and share a special 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.
Hôtel de Tourny (or similar)
Situated on a quiet street in the heart of the Bordeaux historic district, this stylish boutique hotel provides a welcoming and cozy atmosphere in a central location with easy access to many of the sites in Bordeaux. Contemporary rooms feature air conditioning, free WiFi, coffee and tea set, 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 serves as a comfortable and luxe retreat. The property features three gourmet restaurants, a lounge and smoking room, a garden, a terrace, and an outdoor swimming pool.
Relax in one of its 25 spacious rooms. Each room combines old-world style with modern touches highlighted by contemporary fabrics and period furniture. Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom with bathtub, air conditioning, cable TV, WiFi, minibar, and hairdryer.
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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 email@example.com 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, 4 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
Extension Rates From*
*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars. Call to discuss availability and rates for triple accommodations.