Premium Scheduled Bordeaux

Visit Bordeaux First Growths with us in June or September

Luxury Wine Tour

At a glance

Region: Bordeaux
Type of Tour:
Duration: 5 Days
Guide Price: from £1520 to £2058 per person
Number of Meals: 4 breakfasts and 3 lunches
Number of Winery Visits: 9 premium Châteaux
Number of Wines Tasted: Approximately 30
Tour Transport: 3 full day guided and transported tours from your hotel
Dates / Availability: 2018
Tues 5th to Sat 9th June
Tues 11th to Sat 15th September

Trip Summary

Bordeaux First Growths

The Premium Bordeaux tour is the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime trip for any Bordeaux wine lover! Across three full days of transported tours with a specialist guide, nine of the region’s top Châteaux (including five First Growth estates) will be visited and many of these estates are opening their doors exclusively for the Grape Escapes tour. You will see what goes on behind the scenes at each of these famous estates, allowing a unique insight into how some of the world’s best wines are made.

The first day will start in true style with a tour of the Premier Cru Classé Château Mouton Rothschild. Not only will you be taken on a VIP tour of the opulent estate and cellars, you will also taste the 2013 vintages of Châteaux d’Armailhac, Clerc Milon and Mouton Rothschild. A three course lunch with drinks will then be served in one of the best restaurants in the region, a double Michelin-starred establishment in the heart of the Pauillac vineyards, owned by Château Lynch-Bages. In the afternoon, you will be taken for full tours and tastings at two Grand Cru Classé Châteaux, Gruaud-Larose in the Saint-Julien appellation and Giscours in Margaux. By visiting three estates in different sub-regions on the Médoc, you will have the opportunity to taste Cabernet Sauvignons made from a variety of different terroirs.

Bordeaux First Growths
Bordeaux First Growths- Credits HEURISKO

On Thursday, we will be focusing primarily of Bordeaux’s white wines made from Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Starting in the highly-regarded village of Pessac-Léognan in the Graves appellation, you will firstly be welcomed as the VIP of guests of the second First Growth Château of the trip, the revered Haut-Brion estate, which does not usually receive visitors. A representative of the estate will firstly accompany you on a tour of the Château and its cellars and a tasting will conclude your unforgettable experience. Next stop will be Grand Cru Classé Château Pape Clement, also in Pessac-Léognan, where following a tour, a gourmet picnic lunch with a selection of the Château’s wines will be served in the stunning gardens. After lunch, we will be truly spoiling you with the final visit of the day, an exclusive tour of yet another Premier Cru Classé, Château d’Yquem. Here, you will taste the world’s most prestigious sweet wine and discover the secrets of how these highly sought-after botrytised wines are made.

And if you thought that the Bordeaux First Growths trip couldn’t possibly get any more magical, Friday will be spent in the true home of the Merlot grape, Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. The wines here are smooth and velvety and this will be illustrated perfectly at Château Canon la Gaffeliere, a Premier Grand Cru Classé Château. After a tasting of some of Saint-Emilion’s very best wines, we will then move on to the neighbouring Pomerol appellation and more specifically to the estate of the esteemed Château Petit Village, where you will enjoy a tour and tastings at the estate. A delightful four course lunch with wines, water and coffee will then be served in a fantastic rooftop restaurant which offers breath-taking views across the vineyards. The final visit of our Bordeaux wine odyssey will be the majestic Château Pavie, the fifth First Growth of the trip. After a tour of the beautiful estate and cellars, you will of course taste these celebrated wines. Before heading back to Bordeaux, your guide will accompany you on a short tour of the village of Saint-Emilion, which is a UNESCO world heritage site.

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Outline Itinerary

Bordeaux First Growths- Tuesday

  • Upon arrival in Bordeaux, check into your chosen hotel in the city centre.
  • Free afternoon to explore the city and relax.
  • In your travel pack will be a comprehensive list of recommended restaurants in the city. We would be pleased to reserve you a table at any of these for dinner.

Bordeaux First Growths- Wednesday

  • After breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel by a chauffeured mini-coach and an English-speaking Grape Escapes guide. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • A VIP tour and tastings at Premier Cru Classé Château Mouton Rothschild.
  • A three course lunch with drinks in a Michelin-starred restaurant in Pauillac.
  • A tour and tastings at Grand Cru Classé Château Gruaud-Larose in Saint-Julien. Here, you will also taste a selection of fine local cheeses.
  • A tour and tastings at Grand Cru Classe Château Giscours in Margaux.
Wine Club Tours
Bordeaux First Growths © A. Benoit

Bordeaux First Growths- Thursday

  • In the morning, your chauffeur guide will return and accompany you on a second day of tours. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • A VIP tour and tastings at Premier Cru Classé Château Haut-Brion in Pessac-Léognan.
  • A tour and tastings with a picnic lunch at Grand Cru Classé Château Pape Clement, also in Pessac-Léognan.
  • An exclusive tour and tastings as the guests of Premier Cru Classé Château d’Yquem.

 Bordeaux First Growths- Friday

  • After breakfast, your chauffeur guide will return and accompany you on the final day of tours. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • A VIP tour and tastings at Premier Grand Cru Classé Canon la Gaffeliere in Saint-Emilion.
  • A tour and tastings at the prestigious Château Petit Village in Pomerol.
  • A four course lunch with drinks will then be served in a local restaurant.
  • An exclusive tour and tastings as the guests of Premier Grand Cru Classé A Château Pavie in Saint-Emilion.
  • A short guided tour on foot of the UNESCO Classified village of Saint-Emilion.

 Bordeaux First Growths- Saturday

  • After breakfast, check out of the hotel.

(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.

Accommodation

Package Prices

These prices are per person excluding any discounts and include all of the package elements detailed.

Due to market volatility following the UK’s decision to exit the EU, these guide prices are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.

  • All prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • A £35 per person early bird discount applies to bookings confirmed and paid over 60 days before travel.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.
Hotel Name Room Grade Star Rating Duration Price Per Person
Grand Hotel Francais- Bordeaux Comfort 3* 5 Days £1555 Book Now
Hotel de Seze- Bordeaux Classic 4* 5 Days £1563 Book Now
Bayonne Etche Ona- Bordeaux Club 4* 5 Days £1595 Book Now
Le Boutique Hotel Elegance 4* 5 Days £1680 Book Now
Hotel Burdigala- Bordeaux Classic 4* 5 Days £1731 Book Now
Intercontinental Bordeaux - Le Grand Hotel Superior 5* 5 Days £2058 Book Now
Bordeaux First Growths © V. Bengold
Bordeaux First Growths- Credits Office de Tourisme de Saint-Emilion

Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades for the Bordeaux First Growths tour.

If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of France! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.

  • First Growth tasting session in Bordeaux : Stroll through the quaint side streets to a city centre wine bar, where an experienced sommelier will lead a prestige tasting session of three First Growth Bordeaux wines, which will not be tasted on the tour, Château Latour, Château Margaux and Château Cheval Blanc.
  • Stay longer! Just let us know which of the hotels you prefer and we would be delighted to arrange an additional night’s stay.
  • Stay in the vineyards. Why not stay a little longer in Bordeaux and indulge yourself in a stay in one of our unique rural hotels?
  • Fall in love with Paris. Let us put together an itinerary for you in the city of love!
Bordeaux First Growths

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Given the wide range of travel options, the package price does not include travel. Please see our travel page for further information.

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Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a deposit of 20% is required. Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

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