French Wine Collection – Loire to Bordeaux

6 days

From the Loire Valley – the Garden of France – to the world-famous region of Bordeaux, immerse yourself in French wine on this five day self-drive tour of two of France’s most beautiful regions. Enjoy the best of two worlds: luxury private château accommodation coupled with an elegant stay in the heart of Bordeaux City.

Trip Highlights

  • Return Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais (for one vehicle)

  • Self drive at your leisure through the stunning vineyards of the Loire Valley and world famous Bordeaux wine regions

  • Relax like royalty in a private château in Saumur and a central hotel in Bordeaux

  • Admire the blissful gardens and breath-taking scenery of the Loire Valley before soaking up the history and atmosphere of Bordeaux with your private English speaking guide

  • Spend time exploring Bordeaux’s newest attraction La Cité du Vin

  • Taste up to 25 wines in two of France’s most famous regions

from £1,049 per person

This is a guide price based on 2 people travelling together and sharing a room. Eurotunnel travel has been included.

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Trip details

Day 1

Travel by Eurotunnel or ferry to Calais and then drive to Saumur in the Loire Valley. Your wine experience begins here, in a well-known family of wine producers in Saumur, the Chateau with its magnificent conservatory  will give you a taste of the magic of the Loire Valley. That day sample local wines with your first wine tasting!

Day 2

After breakfast meet your guide for a popular Loire tour which gives a fascinating insight into the wines and winemakers of the Loire valley.  Along the way you’ll visit vineyards and meet wine makers only too happy to share their secrets over several glasses of their creations. During the day you’ll also enjoy local delicacies over lunch with accompanying wine.

Day 3

After arriving in Bordeaux city, and settling into your 3 star boutique hotel in the heart of Bordeaux, discover the world of wine in Bordeaux’s La Cité du Vin. Embark on an adventure to discover the cultures and civilisations of wine, where wine comes to life through an immersive, sensorial approach, all set within an evocative architectural design, with ‘of course’ a glass of wine in hand!

Day 4

Enjoy a full day’s wonderful chauffeured wine tasting tour in the Médoc vineyards. You will follow the famous “route des châteaux” passing famous Grand Cru estates in regions such as Margaux and St Julien. During these visits you will visit the cellars, learn all there is to know about the history of the estates, the wine making process as well as the techniques used during the wine making. And you’ll get to sample the wines bien sûr!

Day 5

Today is a day to enjoy the ambiance, restaurants and bars of Bordeaux. This is a wonderful city to explore, and a stroll along one of Europe’s longest esplanades is a must, or perhaps spends time shopping in the various boutique shops. Bordeaux is officially included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites and is home to over 350 historical monuments. It is an 18th century architectural gem and a delight to discover on foot.

Day 6

On the final day of your trip there’s just time to do some last minute wine shopping before bringing your whirlwind of the finest wine regions to a close by driving back to Calais.

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