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Grands Vins de Bordeaux Aquitaine

Grands Vins de Bordeaux

A must for wine lovers

Grands Vins de Bordeaux

A leisurely walk through the prestigious vineyards acquaints you with the reds of St Emilion, the dry whites of Entre-Deux-Mers and the sweet Sauternes. Plenty of tasting opportunities are available en route and there’s even a chance to restock your cellar with some of France’s best wines. Santé!

Holiday Highlights

  • Medieval villages of St Emillion and St Macaire
  • Vineyards of St Emilion including UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chateau Clos de la Madeleine vineyard
  • Chateau La Clotte
  • Cheateau Beau Sejour
  • Couvent des Jacobins
  • Entre Deux Mers
  • Chateau Laurette
  • Chateau Loubens
  • Chateau de la Tour Blanche
  • Chateau Rayne Vigneau
  • Chateau de Gravas
  • Gourmet meals

What's Included

  • 6 days easy walking
  • 7 nights, half board
  • 7 breakfasts and 5 evening meals
  • Station transfers
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Local agent on hand
  • Comprehensive route notes
  • Belle France 24hr Support

Starting Days

You can choose to begin this holiday on any day of the week.

Itinerary & Hotels

  • 1

    Arrival Bordeaux day 1


    Transfer to St Emilion with time to take a stroll through this historic town. Take in its fascinating Romanesque churches stretching along steep and narrow streets. Dinner in a nearby restaurant.

    • Hotel exterior

    La Maison d’Aline
    Saint Emilion

    La Maison d'Aline is a typical village house located in the heart of picturesque Saint-Emilion, a world famous village surrounded by superlative vineyards. The Aquitaine region is well known for its exquisite wines, rich history and colourful legends. Madame Clémot welcomes you to her home which has been in her family since 1901. Dinner is taken in a nearby restaurant.


    • Spacious country cottage style bedrooms
    • Modern bathrooms
    • WiFi/Internet access



    Dinner on your first evening is taken in a nearby restaurant and on your second evening take time to explore the little narrow streets of St Emilion and choose from one of the many delightful restaurants.

  • 2

    Day trip to the Vineyards of Saint Emilion day 2


    Walk amongst the prestigious châteaux of the area and make a visit to the small domain of Château Clos de la Madeleine. The vineyards are beautiful - the first non-architectural spot to be classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

    5 mi
    (8 km)

  • 3

    Discovering Saint Emilion day 3


    A morning tour of the medieval town takes you to its underground monuments, amphitheatre and monolithic church carved from limestone. A wine tasting initiation by an oenologist awaits you in the afternoon followed by a transfer to your delightful chambre d’hôte in Saint Martin de Lerm.

    • Traditional hotel exterior
    • Traditional hotel exterior with lawn
    • Simple double bedroom
    • Simple three bed

    Hôtel La Lézardiere
    St Martin de Lerm

    Françoise and Rolland will welcome you to their home of attractively converted 17th century farm buildings which have been restored carefully to preserve the Gironde character. There's a delightful terrace facing due south which is a great spot to relax and listen to the birdsong. Alternatively, the swimming pool is ideal for an invigorating dip. In summer, breakfast is served on the terrace. There is a well stocked library and plenty of games and local documentation. The 4 bedrooms are delightful - each has its own unique colour scheme.


    • Beautiful B&B in a delightful rural location
    • Delicious breakfasts (often served on the sunny terrace)
    • Convivial table d'hote dining
    • Pretty gardens to explore



    In a very convivial atmosphere, guests can enjoy traditional dishes from the region served with wines for which the region is justly celebrated. The food is a fine example of home cooking at its best and could include home-made duck terrine, Foie gras with lentils, confit de canard and raspberry almond tartlet.

  • 4

    Saint Martin de Lerm to Caudrot day 4


    Between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, walk through the oldest vineyards of the area, which produce the excellent, dry white wine of Entre-Deux-Mers. Enjoy a visit and tasting at the Domaine de Bouillerot, wine producer since 1874.

    • Hotel exterior

    Le Clos du Terré

    Situated in the tiny hamlet of Caudrot, between the vineyards and the Garonne, this charming 19th century chambre d'hôte has four cosy and tastefully decorated rooms. The owners Agnès and Didier are friendly and welcoming. The house is an old mansion in excellent condition with an especially striking interior.


    • 4 bedrooms
    • En suite shower rooms
    • WiFi
    • English is spoken
    • Continental breakfast



    Table d'hôtes, fresh local produce is used to create wonderful French cuisine.

    10 mi
    (16 km)

  • 5

    Caudrot to Saint Macaire day 5


    This relaxing walk leads through vineyards, via châteaux and picturesque villages. You finish in the old merchant town of Saint-Macaire. Be sure to see the 14th century murals in the St. Sauveur church.

    • Hotel exterior
    • Outside enclosed seating area
    • Modern four poster double bed

    Les Feuilles d’Acanthe
    Saint Macaire

    Les Feuilles d'Acanthe is an enchanting little hotel of just twelve rooms, right in the centre of the medieval town of Saint-Macaire. A small, charming hotel, it has lovely accommodation and facilities.


    • Good sized bedrooms with tiled floors, wood furnishings and queen sized beds
    • En suite bathrooms
    • Indoor pool and jacuzzi in a pretty courtyard setting
    • Picnic lunch can be provided for the following day



    Sample Menu


    • La Salade d'Agrumes aux Crevettes et Guacamole
    • L'Artichaut à l'Italienne
    • L'Aumoniere de Chevre Cabecou et Poireaux


    • Le Tartare de Canard au Wasabi
    • Le Parmentier d'Agneau Facon Moussaka
    • Le Filet de Bar sur Coulis de Poivrons


    • Le Lillet Glacé la Mandarine
    • Le Crumble Pommes Myrtilles
    • Le Creme Brulee au fruit de la passion
    • La Mousseline Chocolat Framboise

    6 mi
    (10 km)

  • 6

    Saint Macaire to Sainte Croix du Mont day 6


    Head to the Domaine de Malagar, home of the writer François Mauriac, then on to Château Laurette before reaching the village of Sainte Croix du Mont, with spectacular views of the Garonne valley. Transfer to your beautiful 4-star Château-hotel in Sauternes, dinner in a nearby restaurant.

    • Hotel exterior with front lawn

    Château d’Arche

    The hotel Relais du Château d'Arche occupies a charming XVIII century charterhouse. Located on a hill in the heart of the vineyard, overlooking the village of Sauternes, guests benefit from an outstanding view. The Relais du Château d'Arche Hotel is a peaceful haven with an elegant, calm atmosphere.


    • 9 exceptionally luxurious decorated guest rooms
    • A peaceful courtyard with a breathtaking view of the château's vineyard
    • You may also be able to visit the wine producing facilities and taste the Château d'Arche wines
    • Library with games, books and local infomation
    • Free WiFi access



    You will have dinner in a local restaurant serving original cuisine made with local market produce.

    10 mi
    (16 km)

  • 7

    Sauternes to Barsac day 7


    The Sauternes area produces renowned sweet wines, such as the world-famous Château d’Yquem. A late afternoon rendezvous awaits you for an apéritif tasting at the Château Gravas. Final night and dinner at the Château de Campreros.

    • Hotel exterior

    Le Château de Camperos

    This 19th-century chateau is surrounded by the elegant and evocative vineyards of Sauternes and Barsac, and has just five bedrooms, each with its own theme. There is a pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and landscaped gardens.


    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Swimming pool
    • Air-conditioning
    • DVD or video and television in the rooms
    • Rooms with en suite bathroom
    • Jacuzzi
    • Library
    • Lounge
    • Sauna



    Dinner is served in the beautiful dining room. The menu features specialities that are drawn from the culinary heritage of the South West.

    10 mi
    (16 km)

Route & Location

Customise Your Holiday


    Add a night's B&B in Bordeaux. Please call for details.

Customer Reviews Customer ratings via Feefo

4.3 out of 5 rating based on 4 reviews

  • Service (4/5): The booking process was good, a couple of blips but when raised promptly resolved. When we were there mostly smooth, quality of accommodations mostly very good, only one transfer forgotten (!).

    By and large only real issue we had was with the quality of the maps provided - they were very confusing and it appeared to us that the initial draft was written in French, and then translated into English which created more confusion. Should not be so difficult for a premium holiday with today's technology enablers.

    4 out of 5

    Belle France: Thank you for your feedback. We are glad that you were happy with the hotels. The transfer was not forgotten. The taxi informed us that he had broken down, and that a replacement taxi was on it's way. We contacted you straightaway by phone to let you know that the taxi would be half an hour late. This was followed up by a text and email . We are sorry if you were inconvenienced by the half hour delay. Our 24/7 support service means that unforseen eventualities such as this, are quickly resolved.

    7th October 2019

    Product (3/5): Would have been a 4 if maps were improved, as was a walking holiday in the countryside quality of guide a basic

    Belle France: Thank you for your comments. We shall look in to this over the winter. Kind Regards, Kate
    7th October 2019

  • Service (4/5): Kate was very accommodating.

    4 out of 5

    Belle France: Thank you for your feedback, and yes you are quite right this holiday in the Aquitaine unlike many of our others in this region, does not offer a night and therefore time to spend in Bordeaux. For those clients that want to visit this unique UNESCO World Heritage city, we would recommend adding an extra night at the beginning or end of the tour.

    Kate and I will look in detail into your route note comments and ask our agent to walk these paths again and we will be sure to update where necessary for 2018.
    I am glad that overall you had a lovely holiday and we do hope to hear from you again next year.

    Kind regards

    26th June 2017

    Product (4/5): Generally, everything worked out fine. I would suggest 1 night in Bordeaux prior to the start of the walking portion as we did not see Bordeaux at all. The walking and touring of Saint-Emillon was good especially the private wine tour in the village. The Hotel du Palais Cardinal had very small rooms making it difficult for two people to move around. The dinner at the hotel was very average. We were finished with the town by 3:00 on our third day and would have liked a transfer at that time. Chambre D'Hotes La Carmiranaise, Camiran was great. The B&B host was most accommodating, the food delicious.Hotel Les Feuilles d'Acanthe in Saint MaCaire was very nice with good food and transport. Chateau Camperos was excellent-food and accommodations. As to the walks-Saiint Emilion was perfect, From Camiran there were some problems with the directions. At 1.5, Berry bushes covered the opening to the trail so we missed it. When we retraced, we had to go through berry bushes and weeds to continue. Km4.7-not sure we ever found the grassy path. Many signs (POSTS in English) were missing. We didn't know what a "chicane" was. The trail was very difficult and we both fell on the uneven, wet, weed cover path. There wasn't any post at 8.3.The trail from Caudrot also had some problems. Km5.28-there wasn't any cherry orchard before the stream and bridge. At 5.90, we never saw a green sign. From St Macaire the walk was fine until around 4.10. We never found the grassy path at 5.23 to take us back to the hotel. We managed to really get lost on the end of the path. Someone needs to walk these paths, clear the weeks & berry bushes, check that the posts/signs are in place. It looked like there was lots of poison ivy also. It's important that this be done to make the trails safe. We rarely came across other people so if we were hurt no one would be aware of our whereabouts. We had a very good time despite the trails.
  • Service (5/5): Exemplary service, as always. Belle France go to great lengths to provide their customers with the best best possible chance of having a great holiday. We can't recommend them highly enough.

    5 out of 5

    Product (5/5): We had a wonderful holiday. Our accommodation was comfortable, the food was delicious and our hosts were so welcoming and helpful. This was a truly memorable adventure!
  • Service (4/5): We understood there would be personal contact at the start of our trip in Bordeaux with Evazio. That did not happen. However the documents were there and the arrangements went as smoothly as the French weather and strikes permitted.

    4 out of 5

    Product (4/5): Accommodation and meals very good. There was a wasted day in St Emilion at the start when we were picked up in Bordeaux at 10 am, were there by 10.30, and there is not much to do in St Emilion. Of course we could not check in until 2 pm anyway. Far better to have picked us up at lunchtime. There is much more to do in Bordeaux.