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Luxury Grand Cru Tour Aquitaine

Luxury Grand Cru Tour

Cycle through Bordeaux’s most prestigious vineyards

Luxury Grand Cru Tour

This prestige cycle tour is for those who appreciate Bordeaux’s supremacy as the wine cellar of France. The route takes you through some of the most famous towns such as Pauillac, St Emilion and Margaux, with a chance to taste wines. Your stay is in luxury hotels and includes a 2 * Michelin restaurant at Pauillac on your first night. 

Holiday Highlights

  • Stay in 4* and 5* hotels and private châteaux
  • Follow Medoc Route des Vins
  • World famous vineyards such as: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Chateaux Pichon Logueville, Pontete Canet, Lynch Bages Cotes de Blaye, Bordeaux Supérieur
  • Medieval village of St Emilion
  • Historic Bordeaux

What's Included

  • 5 days moderate cycling
  • 6 nights in luxury hotels, half board
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 gastronomic meals and 1 Michelin-starred meal
  • Travel first class via Eurostar (optional)
  • Fully serviced hybrid bikes with bike map cases
  • Station transfers
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Comprehensive route notes
  • Local agent on hand
  • Belle France 24hr Support

Starting Days

You can choose to begin this holiday on Saturday or Sunday.

Itinerary & Hotels

  • 1

    Arrive Bordeaux day 1

    Summary

    On arrival you will be transferred to Château Cordeillan-Bages in Pauillac, home to 3 of the 5 first Grands Crus Classes and 15 Crus Classe Médoc. Enjoy some relaxation time in the grounds or pre-book a dégustation before your gastronomic experience at the 2* Michelin restaurant.

    Hotel
    • Exterior shot at dusk
    • Exterior shot
    • Simple bedroom

    Château Cordeillan Bages
    Pauillac

    In a beautiful vineyard setting in the heart of the Medoc and on the outskirts of Pauillac, Château Cordeillan-Bages is an attractive 17th century mansion converted into a hotel and restaurant, a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux. The delicate touch and imagination of Jean Luc Rocha's cuisine makes every meal at Cordeillan-Bages an unforgettable experience.

    The reception rooms and lounges are warm and inviting with a very traditional atmosphere gracefully blending with the contemporary furnishings and style of the dining room and bedrooms.

    Bedrooms are spacious with an elegant decor and harmonious colour palette - perfect for unwinding after a day in the fresh air of the Gironde. Why not take advantage of the sauna, or perhaps the fitness room, then take a dip in the pool or treat yourself to a relaxing massage.

    Facilities

    • Sauna
    • Fitness room
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Free WiFi
    • Massage
    • Room service
    • Air-conditioning

    Board

    Cuisine

    The new executive chef Julien Lefebvre was awarded a Michelin star 8 months after his arrival at the gastronomic restaurant, and a Bib gourmand at the bistro, Café Lavinal.

    Taking inspiration from the wine cellar, comprising no less than 1800 references, Julien Lefebvre experiments ceaselessly striving to create an innovative range of classic French dishes to match Grands Crus and offer an exciting dining experience for guests around the world. The menu offers locally sourced produce such as caviar, foie gras, gambas, oysters, escargots, Pauillac lamb, Noisettines du Médoc ... for an authentic taste of the Bordeaux region.

    In 2018, he was awarded a first Michelin star at Cordeillan-Bages and given a Bib gourmand at the estate bistro Café Lavinal. In 2019, both distinctions by the Michelin guide are maintained.


    Example menu
    Poached egg, parmesan cream, parsnip and white truflle
    Foie gras, duck cromesquis and pumpkin veloute
    Fresh cheese ravioli, John Dory, ceps and mushroom veloute
    Seared scallops, comté cheese and saffron risotto
    Black angus beef, carrots, chanterelles and coconut
    Roasted venison saddle, bitter cocoa mikado and glazed chestnuts
    Lemon verbena freshness, pumpkin and chestnut
    Pear in various ways
  • 2

    La Route des Grands Crus day 2

    Summary

    Leave Pauillac and cycle towards Margaux, travelling through Saint-Julien and Moulis en route. Pass the famous Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild vineyards. Tonight you dine and stay in Château Marojallia, a private château.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior with pool area and sun loungers
    • Wood paneled lounge area
    • Traditional double bedroom in gold
    • Traditional lounge area

    Château Marojallia
    Margaux

    A wonderfully elegant chateau, set on the edge of the illustrious wine village of Margaux and a superb opportunity to get up close and personal to one of the Medoc's leading properties, while enjoying the sumptuous surroundings during your stay.

    Different rooms offer different themes and influences including Greek, English, Chinese, Roman, Persian, Venetian, Japanese and African. There is a melting pot of style and influence reflecting the chateau's varied history and providing a refined elegant atmosphere and a unique setting in which to relax. Chateau Marojallia is both supremely comfortable and a world-class vineyard.

    Facilities

    • En suite rooms
    • Air-conditioning
    • Garden
    • Parking
    • Swimming pool
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi

    Board

    Cuisine

    A continental breakfast is served and there are restaurants in Margaux for dinner.

    27 mi
    (43 km)

  • 3

    Margaux to Bourg-sur-Gironde day 3

    Summary

    Cycle to Lamarque and cross the Gironde Estuary by ferry, arriving in magnificent Blaye to continue your journey along the banks of the estuary. Pass through extensive vineyards and along the ‘Corniche Fleurie’ towards Bourg, an architectural jewel clinging to a rock and one of the most beautiful villages of the area. Stay the night Domaine du Clos Marcamps.

    Hotel
    • Exterior

    Clos Marcamps - Maison d'hôtes de charme
    Prignac

    This charming 4 star boutique hotel is part of the Châteaux & Hotels Collection. Situated among the Bordeaux vineyards, Clos Marcamps is a 19th century house set in stunning parkland.

    Facilities

    • Swimming pool
    • Hot tub
    • WiFi
    • Electric vehicle charging points
    • Secure parking
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning
    • Flatscreen TV
    • Hair drier

    Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish

    Board

    Cuisine

    Breakfast: croissants, brioches, home-made yoghurts, home-made jams, local honey, fruits, cheeses, glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice, cereals. Teas of the Mariage Frères House, Coffees and traditional hot chocolate.

    32 mi
    (51 km)

  • 4

    Bourg-sur-Gironde to Saint Emilion day 4

    Summary

    Cycle to Saint Emilion, past Fronsac and Pomerol on a circuit that leads you into the heart of the best wine territory of the area. Discover the beautiful homes of the growers and their families, often situated in the vineyards themselves. Tonight’s accommodation is the 5-star Hostellerie de Plaisance in Saint Emilion. Dinner will be in the 2* Michelin guide restaurant. Why not try their specialty dish: white truffles.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior with cow ornaments

    Hostellerie de Plaisance
    St Emilion

    Hostellerie de Plaisance lies at the heart of medieval Saint Emilion which is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The architecture is stunning, dominated by an elegant classical theme, often carved from the white stone of the region. The hotel is an old stone monastery surrounded by a terrace and garden, linked by beautiful suspended gardens and a terrace bar offering unobstructed views over the venerable tiled rooftops and the ancient vineyards beyond.

    Bedrooms at the Hostellerie de Plaisance are spacious, full of daylight and offer unique perspectives of the village and surrounding vineyards. The atmosphere is elegant and relaxed, while the understated decor, the quality of the materials and the peaceful calm make this a wonderful place to relax at the end of a day among the vines.

    Facilities

    • WiFi throughout hotel
    • Flat screen TV
    • Bath and beauty products

    Board

    Cuisine

    The huge dining room is impressive with ancient beams and chandeliers, while the terrace overlooks the village making this a gorgeous spot to dine on a balmy evening.

    The cuisine is refined and elegant, influenced by local quality and the superlative wines of the region. Dishes on the menu might include bordelaise semolina, Saint Emilion wine infused butter, foie gras and small ravioli of seasonal mushrooms.

    • Oysters with cucumber, green apple, herbs, coco broth and jelly with cumbava
    • Scallops XXL roasted with butter and autumn vegetables, chestnut mousse
    • Ravioli of celery and mushrooms, butternut squash with candied lemon
    • Roasted shoulder of lamb on the spit, rubbed with coriander and fresh mint with cumin, herbed eggplant
    • Selection of Monsieur Pierre Rollet's local cheeses
    • Mango chiboust, crisp gingerbread, mango in syrup passion, lemon and grenadine sorbet
    • Lemon crumble and chiboust cream, crisp thin lace biscuit, lime sorbet and zest baked Alaska, vanilla emulsion with lemon caviar

    24 mi
    (39 km)

  • 5

    Circuit ride in Saint Emilion day 5

    Summary

    This circuit takes you around the eastern part of the Saint Emilion vineyards and villages. Cycle through estates and remarkable scenery to Castillon la Bataille before reaching the banks of the Dordogne River. Enjoy a second night at Hostellerie de Plaisance.

    21 mi
    (34 km)

  • 6

    St Emilion to Bordeaux day 6

    Summary

    Today, head through Branne and onto the ‘Roger Lapébie’ bike path. Enjoy an idyllic journey through medieval towns, past country houses and Roman churches - a perfect way to explore the region’s rich architectural heritage. Arrive in the majestic Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux and finish your holiday in the 5-star Regent Grand Hotel.

    Hotel
    • Grand facade

    The Regent Grand Hotel
    Bordeaux

    Centrally located in the centre of Bordeaux, the Grand Hotel faces the impressive Grand Theatre and National Opera, and is well placed for the 'Golden Triangle', the finest shopping and pedestrian district of the city. This unique and attractive hotel is a key focal point of this vibrant elegant city, a product of its evocative history. The hotel is something of a local landmark in luxury with its gourmet restaurant, brasserie and several bars. The decor is sumptuous and dramatic with magnificent fireplaces, huge chandeliers, flamboyant floral arrangements and rich colours. The hotel's understated but stylish panache produces a sophisticated and relaxed ambience.

    Facilities

    • 5-star hotel in the centre of Bordeaux
    • 150 guest rooms
    • Michelin starred gourmet restaurant, Le Pressoir d'Argent
    • Les Bains de Lea spa
    • Elegant winter garden, L'Orangerie
    • Hotel safe
    • Currency exchange facility
    • On-site hairdresser
    • Internet access
    • Laundry services

    Board

    Cuisine

    Le Pressoir d’Argent at the Grand Hotel is a Michelin starred gourmet restaurant. It is a wonderful setting in which to experience a memorable culinary evening in an historical setting of real elegance and charm. The menu has been created by leading chef Pascal Nibaudeau.

    32 mi
    (51 km)

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