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Bordeaux: Wine and Walking

Bordeaux: Wine and Walking

Degree of difficulty - Moderate

This self-guided walking tour is about immersing yourself in all things French - from tasting the best of French cuisine to absorbing the magical history of the region, you are sure to have a charming Frenchesque experience...

Starting in St Emilion, without a doubt the worlds most famous vineyard featuring high-class wines and sumptuous landscapes, you cross over the Entre-Deux-Mers area with its charming villages and fabulous architectures. All the while hiking across picturesque landscapes dotted with vineyards and meadows and staying in beautiful Chateaus and idyllic guesthouses along the way.

This tour is sure to check all the boxes from cuisine to culture; a fabulous way to holiday in the beautiful French countryside.

Day 1 Arrival in Bordeaux and transfer to St Emilion Arrival at the train station or Bordeaux Airport. Taxi transfer to your guesthouse or hôtel*** in St Emilion. Delivery of the route notes. Dinner by yourself.

Day 2 Saint Emilion vineyards – UNESCO inheritance You begin your week with a hiking day in the area of St Emilion. All around the city are vineyards, Châteaux and wine properties, like Petrus or château La Clotte or Beau Séjour, well planted in the grounds, proud of their history and the men who set them up. Circle the characteristic landscape of the comb as well as specificities of the vineyards. Exceptional sights formed by a succession of coomb covered with vines. This “landscape” was the first “nonarchitectural” site, classified by the world inheritance of UNESCO. Back to your guesthouse or hotel and dinner in a restaurant located at the heart of the village. Dinner arranged by yourself. 2 options 10km/15kms – 70m level variation

Day 3 Saint Emilion: medieval village (This Step is optional and not available in the 7 days/6 nights tour). The morning - Private guided visit of one of the oldest wineries of Saint - émilion. This winery is one of the jewels of St.Emilion: The Couvent des Jacobins followed by a wine tasting of 4 - 5 great wines of Saint - émilion and/or Pomerol... Around 2 hours ...The afternoon - you will have a guided tour of the underground monuments of the city. Built-in amphitheatre and true museum-style in the open air, the town of Saint - Emilion will astonish you. Its troglodyte tradition is seizing: a single church monolith in the world, more than 70 hectares of underground galleries dug in the calcareous rock. The monuments and vestiges of the great Roman time follow one another along the steeps lanes, defying the rules of time the most established. Around 1 hourAt the end of the afternoon, taxi transfer to Camiran, in the “Entre -Deux - Mers” vineyard 

Dinner and night in the guesthouse. At the edge of the swimming pool, you enjoy the charm, the sight, the relaxation and the pleasures of Southwest. The host will accommodate you this evening, to discover a regional kitchen and wines of the soil. Accommodation in “La Lézardiere” Gite de France 3 epis or “Le Clos du Terré” Label Clévacances (3 clés)

Day 4 Entre - Deux - Mers area The Entre - Deux - Mers area, between the Dordogne and the Garonne rivers, is a triangle of ground, water and stones which surprises with its cultural variety. You will cross a part of this vineyard which profits from an exceptional geographical site on the slopes dominating the valley of the Garonne. At the end of the afternoon, you will arrive at your place down the Garonne Valley and will be accommodated in an entirely restored old house, with a 3000m² shadowed and flowered park, in the heart of the cute village in the edge of the Garonne. 

Dinner in your guesthouse accommodation “Le Clos du Terré” Label Clévacances 5km-100m level variation

Day 5 From Caudrot to St Macaire You will walk through a landscape of greenery, all along the vines and the estuary of the Gironde; Castles and fishermen’s huts of the area offer astonishing sights. You will be able to stop in the small port and its locks marking the departure of the famous “Canal du Midi”, linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. The footpath leads you directly to the medieval city of St Macaire, the site is protected by the historic buildings since 1965. You will take the time to visit this village at your leisure. 

Dinner and night in hotel Les Feuilles d’Acanthe 3*** in heart of the city, with swimming pool. 10km – 25m level variation

Day 6 Loop St Macaire to Sainte Croix du Mont Above Saint - Macaire, the hills open to splendid scenic views. One may spot  - the dark spots of the tobacco drying sheds. In this landscape of hills and small valleys, the vines succeed the meadows and the thickets of leafy trees. One discovers many mills and castles there, opening very broad sights on changing reliefs. 

This circuit will bring you to the “Domaine de Malagar”, the residence of the writer François Mauriac, where you will be able to visit and to the tomb of the famous painter Toulouse Lautrec. You can also visit the Château Laurette (Sweet white wine producer) or the Château Loubens before reaching the village of Sainte Croix du Mont, perched on a slope, offering a spectacular view on the Garonne Valley and remarkable for its wines and caves, whose walls are covered with fossilised oyster benches and where cellars and even a vault were arranged. Don’t forget the church there as well. (At the end of the afternoon, return to the hotel at St Macaire and transfer in the taxi until Sauternes) Accommodation in the Château d’Arche****, beautiful chartreuse of the 17th century located at the heart of the wine property. (Tasting of the wine of the property). Dinner in restaurant. 8-16km – 100m level variation

Notice: In case of non-availability, you will spend two nights in Barsac.

Day 7 From Sauternes to Barsac (Sauternes vineyards) Notice: If accommodation in Barsac, short transfer in the morning to the daily walking departure, in Sauterness. Located on left bank of the Garonne, the high - class wine vineyards of Sauternes are located. Throughout your route, you will pass well - known wine producers like Château La Tour Blanche and château Rayne Vigneau and will be able to appreciate the small local inheritance (churches, mills, laundrettes...) but also a varied natural inheritance: landscapes of vine, forest and the Ciron River, wild small river formerly used for the transport of wood. You will walk in an exceptional vineyard by its single soil which results from two centuries of knowledge which gives quality and prestige to the wines of Sauternes and Barsac. 

Once accommodated, you will finish the day by an “aperitif tasting” in the Château Gravas. Like other high - class wines of Sauternes, the fame of the Château Gravas date of the time of Richard Coeur de Lion (XII century). Lodging and dinner in the castle of Camperos and the Néo - Renaissance charm of XIXème with its vast rooms having the view on the vines or the park. Swimming pool. 15km – 60 m level variation

Day 8 Departure Breakfast and transfer to the Train station of Barsac or Langon 

Additional optional Day: A possibility of additional days in Bordeaux Hotel 3*** in the heart of the “Bordeaux Historic”, in front of the “Grand Theatre” and the Tourism Office. Brand renovated quarter with many pedestrian streets. Superb! From the Chateau de Camperos, take the train to Bordeaux. The hotel is located at 50m from the tramway stop.

2019 Self Guided Tour Prices:

6 Night Tour

€870 per person sharing

+ €270 single supplement - subject to availability

7 Night Tour

€985 per person sharing

+ €330 single supplement - subject to availability

Tour Includes

  • Route notes
  • Transfer of the luggage at every step
  • Taxi transfers from Bordeaux and 2 small transfers during the stay
  • 6 or 7 night in 3 and 4 stars hotels and guesthouses, breakfast included
  • 5 Dinners (1/4 wine and coffee included)
  • Visit and tasting (4-5 wines) in the Couvent des Jacobins (on 8 days tour)
  • The guided visit of Saint-émilion ( on 8 days tour)
  • Options:
  • Half Board (5 lunches) €65
  • Extra dinner in Saint - émilion (drinks not included): €35 per dinner
  • Additional night in Bordeaux (3*** Hotel B&B): €80 per person in double room, €135 for single room
    • The lunch for the day in the Saint Emilion on village (8 days tour)
    • The dinner in Saint Emilion
    • The train from Barsac (or Langon) to Bordeaux: around €8 per person
    • If needed: Transfer from Bordeaux train station to Bordeaux airport (bus shuttle): around € per person

Self Guided Tour Information

Self guided can start any day from April to October


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