3 Night Bordeaux Indulgence
3 Night Bordeaux Indulgence: Ref: 3BIP
2nd Class Rail including seat reservations either from Paris Montparnasse to Bordeaux St-Jean or vice versa.
Private Car transfer from either Bordeaux (BOD) Airport or Bordeaux St-Jean Station to Hotel or vice versa.
3 nights Château Chartrons Hotel 3* or similar, Bordeaux
1 x Double/Twin Standard Room
Duration: 24 Hrs
This city pass will give you access to a number of museums, attractions, tours and transport. It also offers discounts on a large variety of things to do in Bordeaux, which will help make your visit easy and hassle free.
Start Time: 13:50pm
Duration: 5 Hrs
Meet your guide and small group of no more than 8 people in central Bordeaux and travel by minivan to your first destination, a Grand Cru winery in the Saint-Émilion wine region. Learn the secrets of Saint-Émilion’s famous red wines, the importance of the ‘terroir’ and the art of producing ‘Grand Cru’ wines on a guided tour of the winery. After strolling the vineyards and peeking into the barrel room, head to the tasting room to sample a variety of fine wines.
Continue to the hilltop village of Saint-Émilion and soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour, admiring the medieval architecture, a maze of cobbled lanes and spectacular views over the surrounding vineyards.
In the village, stop at a local wine cellar for another tasting and perhaps sample famous varietals like Merlot and Cabernet France. Enjoy a tour of Grand Cru winery, with a one of a kind tasting that you’ll only be able to do on this tour, compare the château wine with 3 wines from elsewhere in the world to better understand the meaning of “Terroir” (only from November to March). You’ll make one more stop before heading back to Bordeaux, at a family run winery, where the wine tasting will be paired with a selection of regional cheeses and cured meats. Finally, with your appetite sated and a newfound appreciation of French wine, return to Bordeaux, where your tour ends back in the city centre.
Start Time: Flexible
With this skip-the-line ticket to La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux, the way you spend your time is up to you. Because you get to bypass waiting in huge lines packed with people, there is more time to enjoy the site and all it has to offer. Admire the museum’s modern outdoor architecture before heading inside to take advantage of the exhibits. Learn all about wine culture and dive deep into certain interests as you stroll along through more than 20 different wine themed areas. You can follow an interactive guide on a hand held travel device, or just travel through reading information at your own pace.
After you’re done, go up to the eighth floor to the Belvedere. Get a tasting with your admission ticket of a world wine and then decide if you’d like to purchase a glass or two of wine (own expense) while you relax. See will have a 360 degree view of the city as the room has floor to ceiling glass windows all the way around.
Start Time: 12:00pm
Duration: 3 Hrs
Head for the waterfront of the Garonne River near the city centre of Bordeaux to climb aboard the awaiting river boat and begin your lunchtime cruise. Enjoy a 'Welcome Aboard' apéritif as you get settled into your seat.
The Garonne River, one of the longest in France, cuts through Bordeaux and the famous wine country that surrounds it. This makes it a particularly scenic waterway, either in the countryside or in the UNESCO Listed City of Bordeaux.
As you float along the river, gaze out at the beautiful buildings along the Bordeaux waterfront. Drift past the 18th Century Square called Place de la Bourse, designed by an architect working for King Louis XV. See the arch at Porte de Bourgogne on Quai Richelieu, glide underneath the Pont de Pierre and check out the impressive spire atop the Basilica of St Michael.
During the cruise, feast on a 3 course lunch prepared right on board the boat. The menu changes with the seasons, since the kitchen staff only use seasonal and local ingredients in the dishes.
After the boat goes underneath the Pont d'Aquitaine and reaches the Château Grattequina, it turns around and goes back the other way toward the starting point, where the cruise ends.