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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.
- Stay in 4 and 5 Star hotels and private chateaux, including Chateau Cordeillan – Bages. Dinner at Michelin starred restaurant
- 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
You can choose to begin this holiday on Saturday, Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.
Itinerary & Hotels
Arrive Bordeaux day 1
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.
Château Cordeillan Bages
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.
- Fitness room
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Free WiFi
- Room service
Before taking over at Cordeillan-Bages in 2010, Jean-Luc Rocha trained under two great French chefs, both double-starred, Patrick Henriroux at La Pyramide in Vienne and Thierry Marx at Cordeillan-Bages. The quality of his work earned him the coveted title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2007 and propelled him into the culinary limelight of France's leading establishments. Very much a product of the modern school of French cuisine, he is always keen to push boundaries whilst setting very high standards. His expertise combines technique with tradition and a reliance on rigorous technical skill and a thorough knowledge of his art. The delicious result is a convivial blend of no-nonsense, balanced cuisine to which he succeeds in adding a touch of fantasy and sophistication.
Poached egg, parmesan cream, parsnip and white truflleFoie gras, duck cromesquis and pumpkin velouteFresh cheese ravioli, John Dory, ceps and mushroom velouteSeared scallops, comté cheese and saffron risottoBlack angus beef, carrots, chanterelles and coconutRoasted venison saddle, bitter cocoa mikado and glazed chestnutsLemon verbena freshness, pumpkin and chestnutPear in various ways
La Route des Grands Crus day 2
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.
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.
- En suite rooms
- Swimming pool
A continental breakfast is served and there are restaurants in Margaux for dinner.
Margaux to Bourg-sur-Gironde day 3
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 in Château Julie, Virsac.
Chateau Julie can be found close to St Andre de Cubzac, birthplace of Jacques Cousteau. This great house was formerly the home of wine merchants, and also welcomed pilgrims en route to Santiago de Compostela. Rooms here are comfortable and spacious and all are en suite. There is a large lounge with an attractive balcony.
- Imposing and welcoming wine merchant's manor house
- Comfortable airy bedrooms
- Convivial lounge with balcony
- Delicious home cooked meals
Meals are served on the basis of 'table d'hote' and cuisine is typical of the French south-west. Each meal is 3 course, and includes coffee. Confit de canard and cuisine using local truffles are both popular. Wine is generally from the estate but a good selection of other wines is also available.
Bourg-sur-Gironde to Saint Emilion day 4
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.
Hostellerie de Plaisance
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.
- WiFi throughout hotel
- Flat screen TV
- Bath and beauty products
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
Circuit ride in Saint Emilion day 5
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.
St Emilion to Bordeaux day 6
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.
The Regent Grand Hotel
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.
- 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
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.
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I am sorry that you were not able to contact our bike agent in time to arrange an earlier delivery of the bikes. I am not sure why he was unobtainable but he may have been out on other deliveries and as your delivery time had not yet taken place he would not have been expecting any issues.
Regarding the luggage arrival times, we say that luggage will be picked up and delivered between the hours of 10:00 and 15:00, and as check in for hotels is not normally until 15:00 in most hotels we feel that this is a reasonable expected luggage delivery time. I am sorry if we had not conveyed these times clearly enough in our detailed pack.
I am glad that you enjoyed the hotels and meals and can only apologise for your disappointment regarding the vineyard tours, if we had known that you had wanted some specific tours we would have indeed booked them for you. Maybe we need to let clients be more aware of the bespoke service that we can offer for each booking.
I do hope that you will book with us again.
14th September 2016
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8th June 2016
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