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Explore Bordeaux and Cognac 10-day Wine Tour
Personally hosted by Carol Haslam, Director of Slow Tours. Carol lived in France for six years, speaks fluent French, knows this region really well and loves to show guests some of her favourite spots.
The city of Bordeaux is the hub of France’s best known red wine region, situated on the banks of the Garonne with its beautiful cathedral and pedestrian shopping centre surrounded by 18th and 19th century mansions.
Near the Atlantic and the oyster-producing bay of Arcachon this region boasts many chateaux and vineyards, its wines complementing the region’s cuisine: eels, mussels and oysters from the coast; salt lamb and goat’s cheeses from the inland pastures.
Among the highlights, and expert brandy-maker will show us around two stunning vineyards where the region’s revered, twice-distilled brandy is made (yes, there’ll be tastings!), and we will taste a little of the famous Bordeaux reds at different wineries.
Transfer from Bordeaux airport or train station on arrival
Transfer to Bordeaux train station or airport on departure
9 nights in 3* and 4* accommodation
9 breakfasts, 8 x 3-course meals (either lunch or dinner) with a glass of wine or beer
Excursions as per the itinerary
Bike and canoe hire for the energetic
Boat trips as per the itinerary
Meals not mentioned above
Drinks not mentioned above
Travel to Bordeaux for arrival and from Bordeaux on departure
Travel is in a comfortable new vehicle
Maximum 14 passengers
This tour may be combined with a 6-day tour of the Dordogne
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Arrive at Bordeaux train station or airport for transfer to your hotel, with time to relax before the welcome dinner.
Morning in Bordeaux for shopping, cathedral, 'cite du vin' and city tour. Your choice of joining the group or enjoy the day visiting this famous city on your own, with maps and a meeting point provided.
Visit the charming old village of St Emilion for wine-tasting and lunch then explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with a history going back to prehistoric times. There are fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along the steep and narrow streets.
The Romans planted vineyards in what was to become Saint-Émilion as early as the 2nd century. In the 4th century, the Latin poet Ausonius lauded the fruit of the bountiful vine. The town was named after the monk Émilion, a travelling confessor, who settled in a hermitage carved into the rock there in the 8th century. It was the monks who followed him that started up the commercial wine production in the area.
Today will be an excursion through the countryside to the smaller appellations of Bourg an Fronsac where each has its own appellation.
Visit to Medoc and Chateau Margaux, the world famous winery with a 19th-century, neo-Palladian style villa, designed by Louis Combes one of the most famous in Bordeaux. This day will be a tasting at Chateau Margaux and another winemaker in this region. Afterwards we settle in to our hotel near Gaillan
We take a ferry trip to the Citadelle at Blaye, a charming village on the other side of the estuary. Here you will have time to explore the Vauban's Citadelle built on 38 hectares in the 1600's to protect this part of the estuary. A sumptuous lunch in a very special restaurant, then back on the ferry for a free afternoon.
Excursion to Talmont sur Gironde, one of France’s most beautiful villages perched on a rocky outcrop and protected by fortifications protecting it from the sea - and any invaders! Then discover our local beach for a relaxing afternoon or browse the shops and art galleries in the town.
Drive to Cognac where an expert brandy-maker will show us around vineyards where the region’s revered, twice-distilled brandy is made (yes, there’ll be tastings!).
Transfer from hotel to Bordeaux train station or airport or continue on for a week in the Dordogne.
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