Skip to content

An exclusive journey

Nota Bene Cellars

ESSENCE OF BORDEAUX

May 25 - June 1, 2021

12-24

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

14

Meals

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.

Meet

passionate winemakers, food artisans, and expert local guides

Explore

the historic town of Bordeaux and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saint-Émilion

Taste

local cheeses, pastries, and wines produced from ancient vines

Day 1

Bordeaux

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.

Dinner

Overnight at Grand Hôtel Français or similar

Day 2

Vieux Bordeaux

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. 

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Grand Hôtel Français or similar

Day 3

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.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Grand Hôtel Français or similar

Day 4

Médoc

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.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Grand Hôtel Français or similar

Day 5

Bordeaux

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.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Grand Hôtel Français or similar

Day 6

Saint-Émilion

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.

Breakfast

Overnight at Grand Hôtel Français or similar

Day 7

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.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Grand Hôtel Français or similar

Day 8

Mérignac

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.

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days in Dordogne

Day 8

Following a private transfer from your main program destination, check in to your luxe property located next to the Dordogne River. Settle in and take advantage of the wonderful amenities offered at the property, including an outdoor swimming pool, a lovely garden, and a cozy lounge and smoking room. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the hotel’s gourmet restaurants.

Breakfast

Overnight at Le Vieux Logis Relais & Châteaux

Day 9

A private car arrives at the hotel this morning and takes you to the food market in the charming village of Sarlat. Explore on your own and enjoy local products. Next, your driver takes you to the Bouyssou farm where ducks are raised for foie gras, a delicacy for which this region is known. Tour the farm and indulge in tastes of the rich foie gras. Spend the remainder of the afternoon and evening on your own at the hotel.

Breakfast

Overnight at Le Vieux Logis Relais & Châteaux

Day 10

Head to the Dordogne Vézère Valley and view some of the world’s oldest and most beautiful works of art. There are 15 caves in the Vézère Valley — all have been rated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Tour the complex cave of Lascaux with an expert guide and see the rock paintings of animals once native to the region — a truly stunning experience. In the afternoon, head back to the property and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Breakfast

Overnight at Le Vieux Logis Relais & Châteaux

Day 11

Savor an early breakfast, then check out and take a private transfer to the Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport for flights home.

Breakfast

Accommodations

Toggle Directions

The Fine Print

Questions? Get in touch.


Details

Dates

Main Program: May 25 - June 1, 2021
Extension: June 1 - 4, 2021

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, contact us at guestservices@experi.com, and we can refer you to an air ticket travel agency.

Activity Level

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 guestservices@experi.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.


Included

  • 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

Not Included

  • 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

Rates From*

Superior: $4,995

Single: $5,995

Extension Rates From*

Classic: $2,995 

Single: $4,195

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars. Call to discuss availability and rates for triple accommodations.


Deposits

A $1,000 non-refundable deposit per person reserves your space for this program. An additional $500 deposit is required for extension reservations.
NOTE: Deposits are refundable until December 1, 2020, at which time, deposits, and any final payments become non-refundable. Final payments are due no later than 90 days prior to departure.

Travel Insurance

Learn more about travel insurance and how it can help you prepare for the unexpected at https://experi.com/travelinsurance/

Travel Terms & Conditions

View our complete terms and conditions at https://experi.com/terms.
Scroll To Top