Le Marathon du Médoc Experience

4 days

You’ve got to be fit and have a stomach of steel for the world’s booziest race. The 26.2-mile run around the vineyards of Bordeaux features 23 stops where oysters or steak can be washed down with a few fine wines. Just the thing to get your second wind. Unwind and recover after the race at Les Sources de Caudalie with award winning spa treatments, haute cuisine and immerse yourself with a private wine tour of the tastes and terroirs of the world famous wine region of Bordeaux

Trip Highlights

  • Three nights in boutique chateau accommodation surrounded by the lush vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte, with access to the Caudalie spa

  • Marathon registration for Le Marathon du Médoc

  • Visit and tasting at a Grand Cru Classé winery in Pessac-Léognan

  • Explore the world-famous wine region of Bordeaux with a private expert wine guide and driver with three course lunch with wines in a restaurant in the heart of St Emilion

  • Enjoy a tour and tasting at world famous Grand Cru classified Châteaux in the St Emilion region – Bordeaux’s right bank, famous for the Merlot grape

from $1,592 per person

This is a guide price based on 2 people travelling together and sharing a room. Flights are included with this package.

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Trip details

Day 1

Fly to Bordeaux on Friday 8th September and pick up your hire car on arrival. Check in to the tranquil chateau accommodation surrounded by the lush vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte. Choose from a terrace or balcony with a view of the vineyard or lake – your view for the next three nights. This afternoon enjoy a tasting and tutorial at a nearby world-famous château – the perfect introduction to the Merlots and Merlot blends so typical of this world-famous wine region. Before dinner relax with some treatments at the vinotherapy spa, take a dip in the pool or explore the lush hotel gardens with an aperitif with the option of a two-starred Michelin tasting menu for dinner (treatments and dinner are not included)

Day 2

The following day, for those brave enough embark on the world’s booziest race, a 26.2-mile run through the scenic vineyards of Bordeaux which features 23 stops where local delicacies such as oysters, cheese, steak can be washed down with a few fine wines. In the evening, relax and recover at the hotel

Day 3

In the late morning, your private wine guide will collect you and take you to a cellar restaurant in the heart of St Emilion for a three course lunch wines. In the afternoon, visit a Grand Cru Classé Château in Saint-Émilion to explore its cellars and winery, followed by a wine tasting

Day 4

The final day of your Bordeaux luxury château experience is yours to enjoy the ‘well needed’ numerous spa treatments on offer (locally and not included), or take the time to explore the nearby Bordeaux city centre before heading home. Self-drive to the airport and take your flight back to London


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