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Taste your way through the world-renowned wine region of Bordeaux. Travel through the bucolic countryside, your home for eight days. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site towns with local experts and explore off the beaten path. Meet our favorite winemakers and discover their passion for the grape. Marvel at architectural treasures, savor French delicacies, sip exceptional wine, and unwind during the journey of a lifetime.
passionate winemakers, expert local guides, and Michelin-starred chefs
the underground passages and cellars of Saint-Émilion
wine produced from ancient vines and the regions best vintages
Land in the Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport, and meet your friendly Travel Director in the arrivals area. Take a private transfer to our comfortable estate in the country set amongst the vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte.
Settle in and unwind at the property. Enjoy a stroll through the property and view the surrounding vineyards before sitting down for a delectable welcome dinner.
Head to the slopes of Bordeaux’s historic Graves region for a day of extraordinary tastes. Visit a Château with a history of producing Bordeaux wine as early as 1461. Ancient vines have been successfully preserved for over a century, producing grapes essential to each estate bottle. Enjoy a private tour of the property and tasting.
Drive to the heart of the village of Sauternes for lunch. Enjoy a traditional French meal and wine tasting while overlooking the vineyards of Château Guiraud. After lunch, discover the exceptional wines from Château d’Yquem. Yquem is a Premier Cru Supérieur – the only Sauternes given this rating that indicates superiority. Tour the beautiful estate and learn about its prestigious 400 year-old history. Sit down to a casual dinner of light French fare at the hotel’s wine bar.
Spend the morning in the wine regions gateway city. Experience the liveliness and beauty of a renewed Bordeaux, thanks to the addition of pedestrian walkways, avant-garde art spaces, and innovative architecture. Stroll through Vieux Bordeaux (Old Bordeaux) and along the river Garonne with your guide. See dramatic stone buildings, visit outdoor markets, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.
After lunch, head to La Cité du Vin for a unique experience. Beyond a wine museum, La Cité du Vin is an immersive journey through the culture and history of wine. Tour the innovative space with an expert guide. End on the rooftop to views of Bordeaux and a glass of wine in hand. Choose a dinner of your liking at one of Bordeaux’s gourmet restaurants.
This morning we head north to the Médoc region, known to produce many of the finest wines in the world. We’ll tour two of the most famous wineries of the region located around Pauillac – one is the prestigious Château Mouton Rothschild. Both chateau’s create excellent wines produced from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape using cutting edge technology that pays homage to past traditions.
In the afternoon, savor a delicious lunch of classic French fare at a hidden gem in Médoc. After a late lunch, return to the property for some rest and relaxation. Enjoy dinner at your leisure this evening.
Visit a state-of-the art cooperage and meet the family who have been creating barrels for over five generations. Many of France’s greatest vintages have been aged in these hand-crafted barrels. Discover the complexity of matching oak with wine and learn about the process of barrel making – from sourcing wood in French oak forests to wood toasting and milling.
Enjoy a lovely wine-paired lunch at a must visit wine estate – Château D’Agassac. After, head to Château Giscours for a guided wine tour and tasting. Learn about their winemaking process and classified wines. Join together for a prix-fixe dinner this evening.
Visit the largest estate in the Lalande de Pomerol appellation and a classified Historic Monument. Take part in a blind wine tasting and blending workshop followed by a seasonally inspired lunch at the charming Château. After, tour the medieval village of Saint-Émilion with an expert local guide. Learn why it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to world-famous wine. See the Cordeliers cloister which features underground cellars and a monolithic church.
Back at the property this evening, enjoy time at your leisure. Indulge yourself in any one of the delights and services the property has to offer. Dinner is on your own.
French Culinary Workshop
Roll up your sleeves this morning and prepare for the culinary teachings from a two-starred Michelin chef. Absorb the aroma and flavor of fresh ingredients during their peak seasonality. Learn the essential techniques of French cuisine and gain the confidence to practice your new skills to success – finally, a perfectly julienned vegetable. After, savor a picnic lunch of your own creation.
Take part in a guided cycling tour and discover the surrounding vineyards. Gain access to neighboring wineries and learn secrets of winemaking straight from the experts. Relax and enjoy the afternoon on your own. This evening, head over Château Smith Haut Lafitte for a private cellar tour and visit to the on-site cooperage that ends with a wine tasting. Indulge in an expertly prepared farewell dinner.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before taking a private transfer to the Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport. Not ready to leave France behind? Continue your journey on an optional four-day extension in Dordogne.
Les Sources de Caudalie
Enjoy seven nights in this luxury country estate surrounded by the vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte. The property consists of a collection of contemporary buildings and lake-filled gardens. Amenities include a cigar bar, a choice of fine restaurants, an indoor and outdoor pool, and an exclusive spa offering grape-based therapies – such as a Crushed Cabernet scrub or a Red Vine bath. For an active experience, take advantage of the tennis court, three-hole golf course, and nature trails for cycling or running. And don’t forget the stunning panoramic views of Bordeaux’s vineyards and forests, which create a certain magical aura.
Relax in one of its charming 40 rooms or 21 suites spread amongst six cottages. Each space displays a unique decor and atmosphere reflective of the region. All rooms and suites are equipped with a private bathroom with bathtub and shower, individual climate control, cable TV, WiFi, mini bar, 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, 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, mini bar, and hairdryer.
Past Departure: April 12–19, 2019
This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Guests should feel comfortable meandering along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. 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.
- 7 nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
- Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 4 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
- All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, gratuities, and transportation
- Full guiding services of a dedicated Experi 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 those included with major meals
Jr. Suite: sold
Grand Suite: sold
*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars. Call to discuss availability and rates for triple, quad, and child accommodations.
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