Grands Vins de Bordeaux Aquitaine
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!
- 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
You can choose to begin this holiday on any day of the week.
Itinerary & Hotels
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.
La Maison d’Aline
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- English is spoken
- Continental breakfast
Table d'hôtes, fresh local produce is used to create wonderful French cuisine.
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.
Les Feuilles d’Acanthe
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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Swimming pool
- DVD or video and television in the rooms
- Rooms with en suite bathroom
Dinner is served in the beautiful dining room. The menu features specialities that are drawn from the culinary heritage of the South West.
Route & Location
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4.3 out of 5 rating based on 4 reviews
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
Belle France: Thank you for your comments. We shall look in to this over the winter. Kind Regards, Kate
7th October 2019
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.
26th June 2017