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Bordeaux Tour Itinerary – Saint Emilion, Arcachon, Bordeaux



Bordeaux Tour Itinerary – Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Itinerary by France Off the Beaten Path Tours!

Bordeaux Tour Itinerary – Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Itinerary

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Bordeaux Tour Itinerary – Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Itinerary


Bordeaux Tour Itinerary - Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour ItineraryJoin us in Bordeaux Wine Country during our 6 day/5 night Bordeaux Tour Itinerary to Explore, Discover, and Experience Bordeaux, Arcachon, and Saint Emilion Off the Beaten Path Style! As France Off the Beaten Path tour guests, journey beyond the traditional tourist hot spots and into the homes, wineries, bakeries, restaurants, and artisan workshops of our local friends during our 6-Day Bordeaux, Arcachon, and Saint Emilion Tour Itinerary!

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BORDEAUX, ARCACHON, SAINT EMILION TOUR ITINERARY Features 

Bordeaux Tour ItineraryExperience the Absolute Best of Southwest France; Bordeaux, Saint Emilion, and Arcachon! Our cultural, gourmet foodie, and wine tasting walking tours take tour guests on a fabulous, foodie and wine journey to learn about Bordeaux wine, make French breads and pastries, enjoy some of France’s most spectacular landscapes, and discover one of France’s most spectacular coastal areas during our 6-Day Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour!

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BORDEAUX WINE TOUR ITINERARY – DAY BY DAY – by OFF THE BEATEN PATH       •       TOUR SUMMARY»


*Click on the numbered day tabs below to view details for each day of our Bordeaux Tour Itinerary!  *Our Bordeaux Tour itinerary posted here is the exact itinerary travelers experience on our 2019 and 2020 Bordeaux Tours.

DAY 1 – BORDEAUX, ARCACHON, SAINT EMILION TOUR

ARRIVAL DAY – D

Bordeaux Tour ItineraryGROUP MEETS – Hotel Check-in, Welcome Dinner Together – D

ARRIVAL IN BORDEAUX. Meet and greet by your tour guides at 3 pm at Bordeaux St. Jean Rail Station or at Merignac airport to transfer to our luxury boutique hotel that will serve as our home base for the entire tour (NO Hotel Hopping – Unpack once for the entire tour).

DINNER: Welcome aperitif (cocktail hour) and dinner, a first taste of local “Bordelaise” gourmet cuisine together at one of the best kept secrets in Bordeaux.

(B) = Breakfast Included, (L) = Lunch Included, (D) = Dinner Included.

Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Highlights:  Hotel Check-in, Welcome Cocktail and Dinner – D

Dietary Requests & Food Allergies — We accommodate ALL dietary requests and preferences (including vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, etc) and ALL food allergies (gluten, shellfish, etc) while ensuring an amazing foodie experience for all tour guests with restrictions and/or allergies.

Roundtrip transfers on Day 1 and Day 6 of the tour :  Day 1 – Transfer provided from Bordeaux St. Jean rail station and Merignac airport at 3 pm. Day 6 – Transfer provided to Bordeaux St. Jean Rail station and Merignac airport for 11:30 am arrival.

(B) = Breakfast Included, (L) = Lunch Included, (D) = Dinner Included.

 

 

DAY 2 – BORDEAUX, ARCACHON, SAINT EMILION TOUR ITINERARY

Saint Emilion: Walking, Wine & Culture – B, L

SAINT EMILION:   Walking the Saint Emilion Wine Jurisdiction, Winery Tours and VIP Wine Tasting at two 1st Classified Growth estates, Gourmet Picker’s Lunch, Afternoon : Leisure Time to Explore Saint Emilion Village, Dinner Independently – B, L

BREAKFAST.

Bordeaux Tour ItineraryMORNING:  After breakfast – Full day in Saint Emilion village – Departure to Saint Emilion village – rated one of the most beautiful historical and wine growing villages in France. Viticulture was introduced to this fertile region of Aquitaine by the Romans, and intensified in the Middle Ages. The Saint Emilion area benefited from its location on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela and many churches, monasteries and hospices were built there from the 11th century onwards. It was granted the special status of a “jurisdiction” during the period of English rule in the 12th century. It is an exceptional landscape devoted entirely to wine-growing, with many fine historic monuments, artisan, craft and wine shops and a photogenic pedestrian village to discover.

Bordeaux Tour ItineraryCHOOSE YOUR OPTION —

(OPTION #1)  WALKERS –  Walk #1: Saint Emilion Jurisdiction:  Saint Emilion Jurisdiction: Embark on a guided walk through the classified growth vineyards of the Saint Emilion wine jurisdiction, the most renowned “Merlot” producing region of Bordeaux. There will be two exclusive “Grand Cru” winery tours and VIP tastings today during our walk.

Walking Rating : For WALKERS:  The Saint Emilion walk is rated easy to moderate. Ideal for those who walk for a morning or afternoon on a regular basis. Walking on vineyard and country trails. Walk distance is 3 miles – approximately 2 hrs. of walking with pauses for photo-ops. For NON-WALKERS:  Shuttle to/from all activities, excursions, meals and visits. Non-walker rating = EASY.

(OPTION #2)  NON-WALKERS – Shuttle from to/from Saint Emilion Village and each winery tour and wine tasting.

LATE-MORNING -WINERY TOUR & TASTING AT OUR SELECTED 1ST GROWTH PRODUCER.

Bordeaux Tour ItineraryLUNCH Picker’s lunch Walkers and NON-Walkers alike – Welcome to our  “gourmet picker’s lunch” amidst the Saint Emilion vineyards.

AFTERNOON: We continue along our walking trail and conclude our walk back in Saint Emilion village. Enjoy leisure time to explore and discover Saint Emilion’s history, as well as visit local artisan and wine boutiques.

LATE-AFTERNOON – WINERY TOUR & TASTING OUR SELECT 1ST GROWTH PRODUCER.

DINNER: Independently at either the hotel gourmet restaurant or its casual dining bistrot, or spend the evening in Bordeaux dining at one of the fabulous restaurants along the river bank.

(B) = Breakfast Included, (L) = Lunch Included, (D) = Dinner Included.

Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Itinerary Highlights:  SAINT EMILION:   Walking the Saint Emilion Wine Jurisdiction, Winery Tours and VIP Wine Tasting at two 1st Classified Growth estates, Gourmet Picker’s Lunch, Afternoon : Leisure Time to Explore Saint Emilion Village, Dinner Independently – B, L

(B) = Breakfast Included, (L) = Lunch Included, (D) = Dinner Included.

 

DAY 3 – BORDEAUX, ARCACHON, SAINT EMILION TOUR ITINERARY

French Bread Making & Cooking Class, Sauternes Wine School – B, L

Fun French Bread Baking Workshop Using an 18th century, Historical Bread Oven & Hands-On Cooking Class Followed by Bordelaise Lunch at Our Chef’s Family Home, Visit at A Wine School with Winery Tour and Wine Tasting  – B, L

BREAKFAST.

MORNING – FRENCH BREAD BAKING & COOKING AT HOME COOKING CLASS

Bordeaux Tour ItineraryWe head to the Sauternes area south of Bordeaux for a full day of foodie experiences! Learn to make French baguette and other bread specialties and pastries using an 18th century, historical wood-fired bread oven. Under the guidance of our dear family friend, Master Chef Antoine, we’ll follow the traditional steps of making and baking a variety of French breads and other pastry goodies. Once the bread is ready, we’ll venture on to the next stage of our foodie day — FUN, HANDS-ON COOKING CLASS AT HOME WITH OUR FRENCH CHEF –  Cooking class with our friend, Celebrity Master Chef and Cookbook Author Antoine at his family home in the Sauterne. We will prepare a multi-course meal of “Bordelaise” recipes. Afterwards, enjoy the mid-day “aperitif” also known as pre-lunch cocktails with our chef Antoine and his family followed by a sumptuous gourmet lunch of the recipes prepared together during class accompanied by our very own home-made bread. We will prepare our recipes using many different cooking mediums including Antoine’s custom-designed outdoor wood-fired baking oven.

Bordeaux Tour ItineraryLUNCH: A traditional Bordelais lunch with our Chef and his family.  Lunch is accompanied by Antoine’s professional selection of classified wines from his cellar and the vineyards of his local friends — including classified wines from Chateau Margaux.

EARLY AFTERNOON – A WINERY TOUR & TASTING OUR SELECT GRAND CRU PRODUCER.  Private Winery Tour and wine tasting at the famous French Oenology school (Wine School) in Sauternes; an 1855 classified growth wine producer and teaching school.  There is a sunny magic in these bottles, and the more the wine ages, the more golden its appearance and sweeter its flavors.  It is wondrous that such prized wine comes from grapes that in any other appellation would be considered only fit for discarding.

LATE AFTERNOON – Enjoy some leisure time on return to the hotel.

DINNER: Independently in Bordeaux this evening.

Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Itinerary Highlights:  French Bread Baking Workshop Using an 18th century, Historical Bread Oven & Cooking Class Followed by Bordelaise Lunch at Our Chef’s Family Home, Visit at A Wine School with Winery Tour and Wine Tasting  – B, L

(B) = Breakfast Included, (L) = Lunch Included, (D) = Dinner Included.

 

DAY 4 – BORDEAUX, ARCACHON, SAINT EMILION TOUR ITINERARY

Arcachon Basin & Pilat Dune – B, L

A Full day at Arcachon Bay/Basin (Bassin d’Arcachon) & Pilat Dune –  Visit the Dune de Pilat – Explore the coast on a guided leisure walk along the Arcachon Basin, A Seaside Lunch, Afternoon Leisure Time – B, L

BREAKFAST.

Bordeaux Tour ItineraryFULL DAY IN ARCACHON  – Arcachon is a seaside town in south of Bordeaux known for oyster harvesting. Its 4 districts are named after the seasons of the year — The Ville d’Été (summer quarter) is home to shopping streets, the town’s sandy main beach and a casino in the 19th-century Château Deganne. Ville d’Hiver (winter quarter) has extravagant 19th-century villas of spectacular architecture.

PILAT DUNE – At its southern entrance from the Atlantic Ocean, Arcachon Bay is crowned by Europe’s largest sand dune that is nearly 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) long, 500 meters (1,600 feet) wide, stands 110 meters (360 feet) in height, and is moving inland at a rate of about 5 meters (16 feet) a year.

MORNING: We’ll enjoy a leisure walk to visit the Arcachon Bay/Basin followed by a visit at the Dune de Pilat. The vistas and dune itself are impressive!

WALKING RATING : For WALKERS:  The Arcachon Basin walk is rated easy. Ideal for those who walk for on a regular basis. Walking on coastal path. The coastal walk distance is 2 miles – approximately 1 hour of walking with pauses for photo-ops. For NON-WALKERS:  Shuttle to/from all activities, excursions, meals and visits. Non-walker rating = EASY.

Bordeaux Tour ItineraryAt the begining of the 19th century Arcachon was still just a small fishing village. The ville d’été started growing up principally as a place of healing where sick people could take in the sea air as part of their recovery process. From 1860 the Ville d’hiver with improved transport developed train links to Bordeaux and Paris. The sea air and the pine forests were found to as beneficial as the mountain air and as Arcachon is in a bay it is protected from the strong winds of the rest of the Atlantic coast. A group of business men, and in particular the Pereire brothers, and the owners of the railway line between Bordeaux and La Teste came up with the idea of extending the line to Arcachon and developing Arcachon as a winter resort.  When Napolean III came to visit, Arcachon’s success was assured. Alexandre Dumas lived in Arcachon for a while and Toulouse-Lautrec had a house on the sea-front.

Bordeaux Tour ItineraryLUNCH:  A gourmet lunch overlooking the coast!

LATE AFTERNOON – Leisure Time to explore at leisure in Arcachaon before our RETURN TO THE HOTEL.

DINNER:  Independent dinner this evening.

Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Itinerary Highlights:  A Full day at Arcachon Bay/Basin (Bassin d’Arcachon) & Pilat Dune –  Visit the Dune de Pilat – Explore the coast on a Guided leisure Walk along the Arcachon Basin, Seaside Lunch, Afternoon Leisure Time – B, L

(B) = Breakfast Included, (L) = Lunch Included, (D) = Dinner Included.

 

DAY 5 – BORDEAUX, ARCACHON, SAINT EMILION TOUR ITINERARY

Historical Bordeaux City Center – B, D

BORDEAUX:  Full Day in BORDEAUX – City Walking Tour, Visit & Taste at Our Favorite Artisan FOODIE Boutiques, Leisure time Along the Water Front, Evening Farewell Cocktails & Dinner – B, D

BREAKFAST.

Bordeaux Tour ItineraryMORNING – Enjoy a City Walking Tour of the Historical Monuments of Bordeaux, as well as the Best Artisan Foodie Boutiques. Learn What makes Bordeaux so unique and special!  Following the City Walking Tour, set off on your own to enjoy lunch at the water front or at one the city’s historical bistrots.

WALKING RATING :  For WALKERS and NON-WALKERS:  The Bordeaux city cultural and foodie experience walk is rated easy. Ideal for those who walk for on a regular basis. Walking through the city. The walk distance is 1 mile – approximately 1.5 hrs. of walking including history, gourmet foodie tastings and pauses for photo-ops.

LUNCH:  Independently in Bordeaux.

AFTERNOON – At leisure to pursue personal interests and to finish any souvenir shopping.

DINNER: Hosted cocktail hour and Farewell gourmet Dinner in Bordeaux this evening to celebrate a wonderful week together.

(B) = Breakfast Included, (L) = Lunch Included, (D) = Dinner Included.

Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Itinerary Highlights:  Full Day in BORDEAUX – City Walking Tour, Visit & Taste at Our Favorite Artisan FOODIE Boutiques, Leisure time Along the WaterFront, Evening Farewell Cocktails & Dinner – B, D

(B) = Breakfast Included, (L) = Lunch Included, (D) = Dinner Included.

 

DAY 6 – BORDEAUX, ARCACHON, SAINT EMILION TOUR ITINERARY

TOUR CONCLUDES – D

Tour Conclusion, Group Departure – B

BREAKFAST. 

Transfer to St. Jean Rail Station in downtown Bordeaux, followed by transfer to Merignac airport for 11:30 am arrival.  If you have made your own departure arrangements and are not departing with the group, please be sure to inform your guides in advance. Earlier and later departures can be organized. Please contact us for details at contact@traveloffthebeatenpath.com.

  • Roundtrip transfers on Day 1 and Day 6 of the tour :  Day 1 – Transfer provided from Bordeaux St. Jean rail station and Merignac airport at 3 pm. Day 6 – Transfer provided to Bordeaux St. Jean Rail station and Merignac airport for 11:30 am arrival.

(B) = Breakfast Included, (L) = Lunch Included, (D) = Dinner Included

 

mapsandstampmontage2“Everything really was excellent. The most important factor to me was how comfortable you made the trip for all. It’s obviously very important to you that your guests are happy and it shows. This is an incredibly well thought out and planned trip! The variety of activities and winery tours, the different vinification processes and how each is so unique is very well done. There is no repetition and the week just flies by. Not only was it an awesome vacation but I also made new friends, and am very glad we did this trip. Merci!”—Dwayne Jarrell, Mike Mitterman, Chicago, IL (Bordeaux Wine Tasting & Gourmet Harvest Walking Tour)

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