French Wine Collection – Loire to Bordeaux

6 days

From Chablis to 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 three of France’s most beautiful regions. Enjoy the best of two worlds: château accommodation coupled with an elegant stay in the heart of the Loire Valley and Chablis.

Trip Highlights

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

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

  • Relax like royalty in a château in the Bordeaux vineyards and stay in boutique accommodation in the Loire Valley

  • Stay in a boutique hotel in a charming small town Fontevraud in the heart of the Loire Valley

  • Enjoy private wine experiences in these famous regions, including lunches of local specialties with wines

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

from $2,450 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 Chablis, the northern gateway to Burgundy. Stay in a boutique hotel set in a winery in this tiny picturesque region. On this evening evening, indulge in a five course tasting dinner in a gastronomic venue, with wines paired by the house sommelier.

 

Day 2

Spend the day with a private wine guide discovering Chablis and it’s vineyards, taste Chardonnay, Aligote and Sauvignon Blanc for the white and Pinot Noir for the red during the day. The day comprises of cellar visits and discovering the the fantastic panoramas of Chablis. At the end of the day, the guide will take you back to your accommodation.

Day 3

After breakfast, self-drive to your next destination, we suggest stopping for a break in the Loire Valley for lunch. Once you arrive in Bordeaux rest your head in a tranquil chateau set amongst the vines. You will be welcomed with a bottle waiting for you to enjoy while being immersed in the beautiful scenery.

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 travel to the Loire Valley, we highly recommend a visit to the world famous Gardens of Villandry– please ask for details (not included). The Château of Villandry, in the Centre Val de Loire region, is a Renaissance château that is located at the heart of three levels of terraced gardens. It is the last of the great Renaissance châteaux to have been built on the banks of the Loire River. Although the estate is renowned for the harmony of its architecture, it is especially well-known for its gardens that spread across three terraces and combine aesthetics, diversity, and harmony. Your last two nights will be staying at a boutique hotel in a charming small town Fontevraud in the heart of the Loire Valley, with breakfasts included – just a stones throw away from a magnificent historic abbey in the Loire Valley ‘Abbaye de Fontevraud’

Day 6

Enjoy a full day private chauffeured Loire Valley wine experience with an English speaking wine guide in “Anjou Noir” and “Anjou Blanc”. The day explores the stunning wine estates of the Loire Valley, and there will be a lovely lunch of local delicacies served for you. In the late afternoon, your guide will take you back to the accommodation. This little town has some lovely restaurants to choose from, or just enjoy a glass of wine in a typical French square.

Day 7

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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