The Best of France – Luxury Wine Tour

Luxury wine tours in the Premium French wine regions

At a glance

Region: Multi Region
Type of Tour:
Duration: 11 Days
Guide Price: From £6840 to £7782 per person
Number of Meals: 10 breakfasts + 2 lunches + 5 dinners
Number of Winery Visits: 9 wineries + 1 tasting session
Number of Wines Tasted: Approximately 45
Tour Transport: 5 full day guided and transported tours and transfers to airports and stations as well as flights between Paris and Nice.
Dates / Availability: Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year.

Trip Summary

This Luxury Wine Tour combines the ultimate wine tasting experience in the most popular French destinations. This package is a haven of decadence, and will take you on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of France with accommodation in the very best 5* hotels, tastings at premium, world-famous estates and gourmet dining in renowned restaurants.

Guests will enjoy an exceptional level of service. Upon arrival in Bordeaux, you will be met at the airport or train station by a luxury chauffeured vehicle, which will escort you to the sumptuous 5* Intercontinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel. Grape Escapes guests will stay in Executive Opera View rooms.

Luxury wine tours - Credits Alain Caboche

On day two, you will be met at the hotel by an English-speaking specialist chauffeur/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day on a private tour of the famous vineyards of the Médoc in a Mercedes S Class vehicle. Guests are free to choose their preferred three Châteaux for tours and tastings. The Grape Escapes Bordeaux specialists are happy to offer advice and make suggestions if you would prefer. Please note that a number of the more exclusive estates do not tend to receive visitors at weekends and some of them do not receive visitors at all. We would be pleased to discuss the various options with you and contact the individual estates accordingly. Newly opened and fronted by none other than world-famous celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay, enjoy a splendid six course dinner in the opulent dining room of the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant in the evening. Drinks have not been included as part of the package and can be ordered directly with the sommelier. Please note that this restaurant is closed Sunday and Monday and shall be substituted with a suitable alternative.

On day three, you will enjoy three further tours and tastings at your selected Châteaux in Saint-Emilion. You will again be met at your hotel by your private luxury Mercedes S Class vehicle and English-speaking driver/guide. In the evening a four course dinner with a selection of fine wines, water and coffee will be served in La Tupina, a very special authentic restaurant, which was rated the second best brasserie in the world by the New York Times. Chef Jean Pierre Xiradakis’ typical south western cuisine has been renowned for decades.

On day four, we will arrange First Class high-speed rail travel for you between Bordeaux and Paris. Here, check in into a Junior Suite at the prestigious 5* Hotel Napoleon which is located very close to the Arc de Triomphe, at the top of the famous Champs-Elysées Avenue. Your Junior Suite will boast breathtaking views across the romantic Parisian skyline.

Luxury wine tours - Credits DOMSTE
Luxury wine tours - Credits Hotel Napoleon

On day five, you will be taken on a private transported tour of the enchanting city of Paris in an executive vehicle. You will be taken to the must-see sights of the city, including Place de la Bastille (the iconic square of the French revolution), the stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, the characterful and romantic Montmartre district and its Sacré Coeur Cathedral, but also the impressive Eiffel Tower and the renowned Avenue des Champs Elysées! In the afternoon, you will be given the great opportunity to visit the impressive Château de Versailles and its breath-taking gardens, home of the magnificent Sun King and a true symbol of the French monarchy. In the evening, your time in Paris will end in style with a gala dinner with drinks followed by a spectacular French cabaret show at the world-famous Moulin Rouge.

Luxury wine tours - Credits CDR Paris Ile-de-France

After checking out of your hotel in Paris on day six, you will again be transported throughout the day in the Champagne region. Your tour will start at Moët and Chandon in Epernay, where you will be welcomed as VIP guests. Here, you will be taken on a private Dom Pérignon tour, visiting some of the oldest areas of the cellars which are seldom visited by the public. A tasting of Dom Pérignon will conclude the visit in an elegant reception room at the Moët mansion. During the course of the day, you will also be taken to the beautiful village of Hautvillers, where Dom Pérignon lived and is buried. Here, you will enjoy a comparative tasting session of three single varietal Champagnes, accompanied by a platter of gourmet local delicacies. In the afternoon, you will visit a small, family-run Grand Cru Champagne House for a tour of the fascinating Champagne-making process from press to bottle and the opportunity to learn the Napoleonic art of Sabrage (opening a bottle with a sabre). You will be taken to the 5* Château les Crayères at the end of the day, where you will be spending the night in a Superior room. In the evening, a gastronomic six course tasting dinner will be served at the Château’s Michelin starred restaurant, “Le Parc”. Dinner will be accompanied by a bottle of premium Champagne, a half bottle of Bordeaux AOC wine, water and coffee.

Luxury wine tours - Credits Damo Sabrage

On day seven, you will be privately transferred to Paris in time for your Air France flight to Nice. Upon arrival in Provence, you will be met at the airport by a chauffeur, who will escort you to the stunning Château Saint-Martin. The remainder of the day as well as the next day will be free for you to relax and enjoy the hotel’s superb facilities.

After breakfast on day nine, you will be met at the hotel by a luxury chauffeured vehicle, which will accompany you throughout the day on a private basis. You will firstly be welcomed as the guests of a local family-run winery. Following a full tour of the estate, seeing first-hand the fascinating wine-making process from vine to bottle, an extensive tasting session will ensue. A picnic lunch will have been prepared for you here, and this can be enjoyed in a picturesque spot in the Château’s grounds.

Luxury wine tours - Credits Chateau Saint Martin
Luxury wine tours - Credits Chateau Saint Martin garden

You will then be taken to the city of your choice for an afternoon of sight-seeing. We particularly recommend visiting Saint Tropez, the destination of the international jet set, where you can marvel at the biggest and most luxurious Yachts you will ever see, and enjoy a spot of people-watching on the bustling beaches. You will be taken back to the hotel at the end of the day. In the evening, a gourmet dinner (excluding drinks) will be served at the Château’s gastronomic restaurant.

Day ten will be free for you to explore your charming surrounding independently, and you will be transferred to Nice airport or train station on day eleven after checking out of the hotel.

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Outline Itinerary

Outline Itinerary (ii)

Day One

  • Upon arrival in Bordeaux, you will be met at the airport or the train station as preferred by a luxury chauffeured vehicle, which will escort you to your hotel.
  • Check into an Executive Opera View room at the 5* Intercontinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel, perfectly located at the heart of Bordeaux city centre.
  • The remainder of the afternoon and evening will be free for you to relax and explore the city independently.
  • We will provide you with a list of recommended restaurants and we would be delighted to reserve you a table at any of these for dinner.

Day Two

  • After breakfast, you will be met at the hotel by an English-speaking driver/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day in a luxury vehicle.
  • During the course of the day, tours and tastings will be arranged for you at your three preferred Châteaux in the Médoc, Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Graves or Sauternes.
  • In the evening, a six course dinner (excluding drinks) will be served in Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant at the hotel.

Day Three

  • After breakfast, your guide will return and accompany you throughout the morning.
  • Tours and tastings will be arranged for you at another three of your preferred Châteaux.
  • In the evening, a four course dinner, with wine, water and coffee will be served at La Tupina.

Day Four

  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel.
  • You will be transferred to Bordeaux train station in a luxury chauffeured vehicle.
  • Travel First Class by high-speed train to Paris, departing at 12:21 and arriving at 15:38.
  • At Paris Montparnasse station, you will be met by a luxury chauffeured vehicle, which will take you to the 5* Hotel Napoléon, perfectly located close to the Arc de Triomphe and the Avenue des Champs-Elysées.
  • Here, check into a Junior Suite with amazing views across the romantic Parisian skyline.
  • The remainder of the afternoon and evening will be free for you to relax and explore the city independently.
  • Once again, we would be delighted to recommend a restaurant and reserve you a table for dinner if required.
Luxury wine tours - Credits Hotel Napoleon Junior Suite

Day Five

  • After breakfast, you will be met at your hotel by a luxury chauffeured vehicle who will accompany throughout the day on a private basis.
  • You will be taken on a tour the city’s main sights as well as the magnificent Château de Versailles.
  • In the evening, you will enjoy a gala dinner with drinks followed by a cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge.

Day Six

  • After breakfast, check out of the hotel.
  • You will be taken to the Champagne region in an executive chauffeured vehicle, which will accompany you throughout the day.
  • Starting your day in style, you will visit the largest Champagne house, Moët and Chandon, where you will have an exclusive Dom Pérignon tour. A tasting of Dom Pérignon will conclude the visit.
  • You will be taken to the famous hilltop village of Hautvillers. Here, you will enjoy a comparative tasting session of three single varietal Champagnes accompanied by platters of cheeses and gourmet local delicacies.
  • After lunch you will be taken to a small family-run Champagne House. As well as having a tour and tasting at the property, you will learn the Napoleonic art of Sabrage (the art of opening the Champagne bottle with a sword).
  • You will be taken to the Château les Crayères at the end of the day.
  • Upon arrival at the hotel, check into your Superior room.
  • In the evening, a gastronomic six course tasting dinner with drinks will be served at the Château’s Michelin starred restaurant, “Le Parc”.
Luxury wine tours - Credits S Franzese French Cancan

Day Seven

  • After breakfast, check out of the hotel.
  • You will be transferred to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in a luxury vehicle on time for your flight to Nice. You will be flying with Air France.
  • A private chauffeured car will welcome you at the airport and drive you to your hotel.
  • Upon arrival at the 5* Château Saint-Martin, check into a Classic room.
  • The remaining of the afternoon and evening will be free for you to enjoy your hotel’s superb facilities.

Day Eight

  • Free day to relax in your enchanting Provençal setting.

Day Nine

  • After breakfast, you will be met at your hotel by a luxury chauffeured vehicle, which will accompany you throughout the day on a private basis.
  • You will first enjoy a tour and tastings with a picnic lunch at a small, family-run wine-making Château.
  • You will then be taken to the city of your choice for the afternoon. We recommend spending some time in the famous summer resort of Saint-Tropez.
  • You will be taken back to the hotel at the end of the day.
  • In the evening, a gourmet dinner (excluding drinks) will be served at the Château’s gastronomic restaurant.
Luxury wine tours - Credits Chateau Paradis

Day Ten

  • Free day to relax at your hotel or explore your lovely surroundings.

Day Eleven

  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel.
  • You will be taken to Nice airport or to the train station by a private chauffeured vehicle.

(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

The hotel was very good and in a great location!

Carol- West Yorkshire, UK

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.

  • The package price is dependent on your specific travel dates. We are more than happy to provide you with a definitive price for your preferred set of dates.
  • All prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • A £75 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
The Best of France – Luxury Wine Tour Hotels Luxury 5* 11 Days £7782 Book Now
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Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades.

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.

  • Stay longer! An extra night’s bed and breakfast costs £259 per person in an executive Opera View room at the Intercontinental Bordeaux le Grand Hotel, £245 per person in a Junior Suite at the Hotel Napoleon in Paris, £271 per person in a Superior at Château les Crayeres in Champagne and £338 per person in a Classic room at the Château Saint Martin and Spa in Provence.
  • Experience the regions’ gastronomy. Bordeaux and Champagne are brimming with unique gastronomic dining opportunities and what better way to enjoy a glass or two than with a mouth-watering meal. We offer a variety of menus to suit every budget.
  • Stay in the vineyards. Why not stay a little longer in your preferred region and indulge yourself in a stay in one of our unique rural hotels?
  • Discover more French wine regions. As well as trips to Bordeaux, Champagne and Provence, we also arrange holidays to the Loire Valley, the Rhône Valley, Alsace, Cognac, Burgundy and the Languedoc-Roussillon.
Luxury wine tours - Credits Le Millenaire

Further Information

Travel to your luxury wine tours

The price of this package does not include travel to Bordeaux. Please contact us for further information.

Multi Region Tours

For more information on our Multi Region Tours please see our Multi Region page

Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a deposit of 20% of the booking value 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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The whole trip was well organised, well executed and great fun.

Matthew - London, UK

Groups

From birthday weekends and hen trips to bespoke tours for wine clubs, car clubs and U3A’s, our group trips are always tailor-made.

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