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BORDEAUX

Sip by sip, Bordeaux unfolds its history, a timeless dance of vines, sun, and savoir-faire

2 - 12

Guest limits

8 / 7

Days / Nights

 $9,995

Starting Rate Per Person
(Minimum 2)

Embark on a wine and food journey through one of the world’s most celebrated wine regions. Situated along the Garonne River, Bordeaux offers a landscape of sprawling vineyards and chateaux that have defined the art of winemaking for centuries. From tasting local vintages to indulging in traditional dishes, this immersive week-long journey offers an unforgettable experience for wine and food lovers.

"The first famous winemaking consultant was the late professor Emile Peynaud, who reigned over Bordeaux throughout the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s." - Robert M. Parker, Jr., a retired US wine critic

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

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    DAY 1. ARRIVE BORDEAUX

    Land at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport and transfer to accommodations in the heart of the city. This evening, enjoy a wine-paired welcome dinner at a nearby local restaurant

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    DAY 2. SAINT-ÉMILION

    Morning cooking class with a local chef, winery visit and tasting, and free time to explore the medieval village of Saint-Émilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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    DAY 3. BORDEAUX

    Explore the city of Bordeaux during a gourmet walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide that covers the historical and gastronomic highlights of the city

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    DAY 4. MÉDOC

    Spend a full day in the prestigious Médoc region, enjoying cellar tours and tastings at two distinguished estates with a wine-paired lunch in between

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    DAY 5. PESSAC

    Head west to a château in the Pessac-Léognan appellation for a unique experience creating your own wine blend followed by a picnic lunch

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    DAY 6. GRAVES & SAUTERNES

    Venture to two historic estates in the Graves and Sauternes appellations to learn about their terroirs and taste their wines with a stop in between for a memorable gourmet lunch

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    DAY 7. BORDEAUX

    After a relaxing morning, enjoy an afternoon tour of the grand Bordeaux Opera House and toast your journey this evening during a wine-paired Farewell Dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant

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    DAY 8. DEPART BORDEAUX

    Transfer to the Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport for return flights

Accommodations

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HOTEL LE PALAIS GALLIEN

This luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Bordeaux is housed in a restored 19th-century mansion that originally served as a private residence and was later transformed into the elegant hotel that it is today. The hotel offers a restaurant and bar, coffee shop, outdoor pool, full-service spa, fitness center, and courtyard with a lovely garden. Rooms and suites are individually designed and decorated with a mix of antique and contemporary furnishings. Each room features plush bedding, flat-screen TV, minibar, and coffee/tea makers while bathrooms have toiletries, bathrobe, slippers, and a hair dryer.

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"Our trip was perfect. We could leave tomorrow for a repeat excursion. Experi assembled an incredible collection of experiences at all levels" - Jim B. [April 2023]

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Fun Facts

We need to thank the Dutch merchants for the Médoc


The Médoc has not always been the land of famous Châteaux and world-renowned wines. In fact for years, the Médoc was a swamp. In the 17th century, Dutch merchants were looking for large parts of land to plant vines and satisfy the large demand for claret wines, they started to drain the marshes and the Médoc we know today came to life. The soil turned out to be ideal for growing top quality grapes and producing celebrated wines.

The most-photographed site in Bordeaux is the “Miroir d'Eau”


The “Mirroir d’Eau” or water mirror is large reflective pool designed by landscape artist Michel Corajoud and listed as a contemporary World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Not only does it offers magical reflective views of the 18th Century facades of the stunning Place de la Bourse, it is also a favorite amongst the Bordelais who enjoy putting their feet into the cool water on a hot summer day or evening.

Strategic location in World War II


During World War II, Bordeaux played a significant role as a vital port for the German-occupied zone in France. Notably, the city served as a key point for the German U-boat fleet stationed in the Atlantic, and a massive submarine base was constructed there, which became a primary target of Allied bombings. Today, a part of the bunker is accessible to the public and contains spaces dedicated to art and cultural exhibitions.

Underground Secrets


Saint-Émilion is a charming medieval village known for its red wine and surrounding vineyards. But it also has a unique subterranean heritage, with a network of ancient underground tunnels and chambers. This hidden world contains many different spaces including cellars for storing and aging wine, a vast underground church, and spaces used as a refuge during various conflicts throughout history. Today, visitors can explore this underground world, discovering the historical layers beneath the town's cobbled streets.

Details

Included

  • Accommodations during program dates, including all taxes and fees
  • All activities and private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local guides, entrance fees, and private transportation
  • Meals as detailed in your itinerary, including pre-arranged drink pairings
  • Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program

Not Included

  • Airfare to/from arrival and departure cities
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals
  • Gratuities for drivers, local guides, porters, and included meals

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Reservation process

Step 1:

Complete the form above indicating:

  • the number of travelers in your group
  • your preferred travel dates
  • the best way to reach you

Step 2:

We will contact you to discuss your preferences.

Step 3:

Based on our conversation, we will check availability, confirm pricing, and provide you with a detailed proposal.

Step 4:

To confirm the services and accommodations for your private departure, a non-refundable 50% deposit of the total trip fee is required.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How a Private Departure Works:

A Private Departure is a program that our destination specialists have meticulously crafted and curated to highlight the best of a particular destination. While we offer a few options to personalize your journey, the main framework of a Private Departure itinerary has been set. If you are seeking to make changes in the schedule or activities, a Custom Program may better suit your needs.

Destination-Specific Information - BORDEAUX:

This trip appeals to wine lovers seeking to explore the world-renowned Bordeaux Châteaux and their vineyards as well as sampling their iconic wines.

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