Bordeaux Vineyard Walk
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Exploration on foot through one of the most famous and culturally diverse wine regions of France
Staying in charming guesthouses, hotels and magnificent castles or wine chateaux, this trip is full of postcard perfect landscapes, cultural heritage and many opportunities to sample world famous wines of the Bordeaux region. Accessed from the city of Bordeaux, you will spend two delightful days and nights in and around St Emilion. Marvel at the monuments and vestiges from Roman times and visit the fascinating underground galleries. Hike among the surrounding coomb landscape - a series of narrow, vine-covered valleys listed as a UNESCO World Heritage region. Wander through woods, vineyards and old world villages in the Entre-deux-Mers area between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers and stay in the medieval city of St Macaire with its historic buildings. Sample sweet white and red wines from vignerons such as Chateau d'Arche and Chateau Gravas in the vicinity of Sauternes, the latter with a wine history dating back to the 12th century.
- Absorbing this quintessential wine growing region on foot
- Sampling the exquisite cuisine this region is renowned for and tasting the superb wines
- Soaking up the atmosphere in charming guesthouses
Day 1 Arrive in Bordeaux and transfer to St Emilion
On arrival at the train station or Airport of Bordeaux, you will be transferred by taxi to your guesthouse accommodation in St Emilion, located in the heart of one of the most prestigious vineyards of the world. Your route notes will be waiting for you at your hotel. Dinner tonight is at a restaurant in the medieval city, in a remarkable 14th century house with fresh local cuisine.
Day 2 St Emilion vineyards (2.5 or 4hrs)
St Emilion is surrounded by vineyards, grand chateaux and wine cellars. Famous houses such Petrus or Château La Clotte or Beau Séjour, can be found here. There are two options for your walk today, both involving a circuit through this lovely landscape of rolling vine covered hills. You can visit and taste the Château du Clos de la Madeleine (great classified vintage), during the walk. In the afternoon return to your guesthouse and dinner in a restaurant located in the heart of the village. Note: If you begin the trip on a Wednesday or Friday, day 2 and 3 in Saint Emilion will be switched: The visit and tasting initiation will be on day 2 and the loop across Saint Emilion vineyards will be on day 3. 10 or 15 kms, ±70m gradient
Day 3 St Emilion town and transfer to Camiran
This morning you will have a guided tour of the underground monuments of the city. Built in an amphitheatre shape, the town of Saint-Emilion is just like an open air museum. Its troglodyte tradition is fascinating with more than 70 hectares of underground galleries dug in the calcareous rock. View the monuments and vestiges of the great Roman time found in the winding lanes of the village. In the afternoon, there are two options depending on availability: either -Wine Tasting Initiation. An oenologist will show you the technical and specific characteristics of the vineyard of St. Emilion, as well as the principles and development of the wine industry. (2hrs) or -Private guided visit of one of the oldest wineries of Saint Emilion. This winery is one of the jewels of St. Emilion: The Couvent des Jacobins followed by a wine tasting of 3-4 great wines of Saint-émilion and/or Pomero. (2hrs) Later you take a taxi transfer to Camiran, in the “Entre-Deux-Mers” vineyard. Overnight in a renovated guesthouse with swimming pool. Dinner will be served at your guesthouse.
Day 4 Entre-deux-Mers region and Garonne Valley (4hrs)
Today you explore the Entre-Deux-Mers area, between the Dordogne and the Garonne Rivers. Pass by vineyards reaping the rewards of their perfect position on the slopes of the Garonne. In the morning, your circuit will pass along the Domaine de Bouillerot (Bordeaux, Red Bordeaux supérieur, Côtes of Bordeaux Blanc and St-Macaire, sweetened white wines and red wines). Here you can have a visit and a tasting. Established in 1874 and vine growers for 3 generations, the owner is fastidious about maintaining the quality and traditions of wine making. Later in the afternoon you arrive in your guesthouse in the Garonne Valley, an entirely restored old house, set in a 3000m² parkland and gardens, at the edge of the quaint village of Garonne. Your hosts will serve you dinner this evening. Note: we recommend that you order a picnic lunch from your hosts on the evening of Day 3 to take with you this morning as lunch supplies are limited during the day. Cost approx EUR12 15km, ±100m gradient
Day 5 Caudrot to St Macaire (3hrs)
Walk in a landscape of greenery, past the vines and along the estuary of the Gironde. Enroute view the sights of the area from castles to fishermen’s huts. Take a break in the port and its locks marking the start of the famous “Canal du Midi”, linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. The trail takes you directly to one of the doors of the medieval town of St Macaire, a site protected for its historic buildings since 1965. Dinner and overnight in a hotel in the heart of the town. 10km, ±25m gradient
Day 6 Loop walk St Macaire to Sainte Croix du Mont, transfer to Sauternes (2.5 or 4.5hrs)
Above Saint-Macaire, the hills open up to splendid scenic views. In this landscape of hills and small valleys, you will pass many mills and castles. The trail takes you to the “Domaine de Malagar”, residence of the writer François Mauriac, whom you will be able to visit and to the tomb of the famous painter Toulouse Lautrec. You will be able to visit the Château Laurette (sweet white wine producer) or the Château Loubens before reaching the village of Sainte Croix du Mont, perched on a slope, offering a spectacular view on the Garonne Valley. The area is remarkable for its wines and caves, whose walls are covered with fossilized oyster benches and where cellars and even a vault can be found. Later in the afternoon, return to the hotel at St Macaire and transfer by taxi to Sauternes. Overnight in a very beautiful chartreuse of the 17th century located at the heart of the wine property with a wine tasting included. Dinner will be in the guesthouse restaurant. Note: we recommend that you order a picnic lunch from your hosts on the evening of Day 5 to take with you this morning as lunch supplies are limited during the day. Cost approx EUR12 8 or 16km, ±100m gradient
Day 7 Sauternes to Barsac, vineyards, castle stay (4.5hrs)
Located on the left bank of the Garonne the high-class wines of Sauternes are there to be discovered. Throughout the route today, you will walk amongst well-known wine producers such as Château La Tour Blanche and Château Rayne Vigneau and appreciate the small local landmarks (churches, mills) in addition to the natural landscapes of vine, forest and the Ciron river, a small wild river formerly used for the transport of wood. The soil in this area is particularly conducive to wine cultivating which together with two century old know-how results in the high quality and prestige of the wines of Sauternes and Barsac. Once settled into your accommodation, you will finish the day with an “aperitif tasting” in the Château Gravas. Like other great wines of Sauternes, the fame of the Château Gravas date back to the time of Richard the Lionheart (XII century). Lodging and dinner in the castle of Camperos where they have preserved the elegance of the XVIIIth Century and the Néo- Renaissance charm of the 14th Century with its vast rooms having views over the vines and surrounding parkland. 15km, ±60m gradient
Day 8 Trip concludes
After breakfast a transfer is provided to the train station of Barsac or Langon where arrangements conclude. An optional extension in Bordeaux can be arranged staying in a 3 star hotel in the heart of the historic region.
- 7 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices.
- 7 dinners – usually 3 courses with regional specialties featured and table wine
- 7 nights accommodation in a combination of guesthouses, 3 star hotels and chateau hotels on a twinshare basis with private facilities, all chosen for their local character
- Taxi transfers as per itinerary
- Guided city tour of St Emilion plus wine tasting initiation or wine tasting at the Couvent des Jacobins
- Wine tasting of wines at Chateau d' Arche and Chateaux Gravas
- Transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel
- 7 day service hotline
- Maps, itineraries and tourist information
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During the program you will be accommodated in charming guesthouses and chateaux hotels, specially chosen for their friendly staff and ideal location. Le Palais Cardinal, 2 nights, with swimming pool La Camiranaise or La Lezardiere 1 night, with swimming pool Le Clos du Terre, 1 night Les Feuilles d’acanthe 1 night, with swimming pool Chateau d’Arche, 1 night Le Chateau de Camperos, 1 night with swimming pool Note: accommodation is subject to change.
Wet weather gear, walking boots, mobile phone, sunscreen and sun hat. A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre departure information provided on booking.