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.

Recent Google Reviews

Smooth Red did a super job of organizing our 11 day tour of French wine regions. Although the tour was originally designed as self-drive they were able to meet our needs by arranging for travel by train. All of the arrangements worked, and the hotels and wine tours were first…

Jeff Goldstein

Very enjoyable. All three Chateaus were very different adding to the experience. Saint Emillion is beautiful. Our group of 8 was just right size for personal fell yet fellowship. Only did a one day, but certainly if the Chateau quality is indicative will consider Smooth Red for longer tours. Very…

Ken Jeske

SmoothRed organised an amazing holiday for my Mum and I- we went to Bordeaux for three nights and stayed in a wonderful hotel. We had the perfect mixture of trips and free time and the visits to the Chateaus were wonderful. From start to finish, my experience of booking the…

Chloe Vallis

This was a fun trip. We were picked up at Strasbourg airport having travelled via Leeds Bradford and Amsterdam, and apart from the fact that the luggage went awol due to too short a transfer time all went well. The driver/guide who picked us up assisted with the formalities of…

Harvey Kaufman

We had a fantastic weekend in the Rioja region with Smooth Red; the Bodegas, hotel and mostly the tour guide were all fantastic. Everything was organised really well and we are already considering our next trip with Smooth Red which is a real compliment from us. Thank you

Samantha Collins

“Thanks for taking the time and trouble to call. You really have set the standard by which we compare all other companies!! Thank you so much for organising a fantastic itinerary with such an interesting and varied range of stop-overs. We are already starting to think about next year’s trip to France so would welcome any suggestions.”

Hilary Alder

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