Luxury European Wine Tour - Burgundy to Rioja

14 days

The ultimate luxury journey. Embark on an epic oddyssey across France and Spain and discover the intimate secrets of the world’s greatest wine regions, exploring an endless range of wine, food and culture along the way.

Trip Highlights

  • 13 nights’ 5 star luxury accommodation

  • Visit and tasting at a famous cellar in Beaune tasting 6 emblematic Premier and Grand Cru wines

  • Private chauffeured St Emilion wine tour visiting two Chateaux in St Emilion with lunch in a gourmet Chateau restaurant

  • Private chauffeured Rioja wine tour, visit prestigious wineries in Haro and Logroño, followed by spectacular wine tastings

  • A Sensational, 3* Michelin lunch with wines at Akelarre restaurant in Sebastian

  • Enjoy a superb 9 course dinner with wine at Le Cinq in Paris

from £17,900 per person

This is a guide price based on 2 people travelling together and sharing a room. Please ask if you require international flights with this package.


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Trip details

Day 1

From Paris, relax with private luxury transfers to Burgundy with lunch in Auxerre along the way. That evening unwind with a night stay in Burgundy. This boutique hotel is a medieval castle that was once a Cistercian monastery and later a hunting lodge.

Day 2

The morning to relax and enjoy the tranquility of your Abbey hotel. With a lake and a botanical garden, the grounds of this 12th century Cistercian abbey are marked by a long tradition of humility, peace and hospitality and exude tranquility.

In the afternoon enjoy a private tour of the famous Hospices de Beaune before an afternoon visit to a prestigious cellar located in the heart of Beaune.

Day 3

Today you will embark on a private chauffeured wine tour discovering the Côte de Nuits, during this wine tour enjoy the picturesque drive through villages of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Vougeot. After lunch you will drive along the Grand Crus road and you will stop at the famous Romanée-Conti, which produces the most expensive wine in the world.

In the evening you can relax with a stunning 10 course Michelin star tasting menu.

Day 4

Next is the grand daddy of wine regions… Bordeaux! Staying in a luxurious vineyard spa hotel. The perfect retreat for the ultimate Bordeaux wine lover! It is a unique concept that brings together the sophistication of the grape, the art of haute cuisine.

Day 5

A chance for some spa treatments perhaps (treatments not included).

Enjoy this Vinotherapy spa located in the middle of the vineyards. The treatments are absolutely unique with naturally warm spring water rich in mineral with vine and grape extracts.

In the afterburner enjoy a wine tour,  a famous white wine chateau in Pessac Leognan for a stunning afternoon tasting.

Day 6

Your Bordeaux wine tasting trip continues with a day of tours around the delightful village of Saint-Émilion and its surrounding vineyards. Throughout the day your guide will take you for tastings at two Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé Châteaux, as well as a tour to discover the fascinating history of Saint-Émilion itself.

Day 7

Private City Tour in 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 8

Private transfers to San Sebastian with a day to relax. Stay two nights in a superb beach location, with a lovely 5 star boutique hotel in the heart of town. Overlooking the Urumea River, this grand belle epoque-era hotel is 8 minutes’ walk from the Beach.

Enjoy a guided tapas crawl: Enjoy the world famous tapas scene in San Sebastian. A tapas crawl around San Sebastian Old Town discovering the culinary heart of the city

Day 9

The day to explore the city…Lying on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, being surrounded by hills, and offering a lively beach front San Sebastian is a city that boasts a range of natural beauty with fabulous architecture, plazas and parks dotted throughout the city and is well-deservedly label as the “pearl” of the North of Spain.

Enjoy an incredible 3* Michelin star dining experience paired with wines.

Day 10

Private transfers to Rioja as your luxury wine tour continues. Unwind with a stay in the superb luxury hotel designed by Frank O. Gehry in the Rioja wine region, Hotel Marques de Riscal offers superb gastronomy and endless relaxation at its finest sating in the Gehry Suite.

Enjoy a superb 10 course tasting menu and savour delicious traditional dishes of the region with an avant-garde touch and an extensive wine list including an exclusive selection of Marqués de Riscal wines.

Day 11

Your Rioja wine tour continues with private wine  experience around Rioja with your English speaking guide who will chauffeur you for the day. You will visit a winery before visiting an ancient vineyard that dates to the 14th century. This is followed by a typical Riojan tapas lunch. You will visit a wine estate in the afternoon before returning to the hotel.

Day 12

Stay in the Four Seasons Hotel George V Built in 1928, this luxurious landmark hotel off the Champs-Élysees, with breakfast included – Four Seasons Suite.

Enjoy a superb 9 course dinner with wine at Le Cinq, a two star Michelin restaurant, in the comfort of your accommodation.

Day 13

Gastronomic Cruise on the Seine. Enjoy an exceptional lunch of wining and dining on the river. The boat glides gently close to the monuments seen through the glass canopy—two and a half hours of magic with entertainment by a female singer and three musicians. Refined décor and tableware, the intimacy of small tables by the windows and the liveliness of the dance floor form the ingredients for a wonderful evening. The menu combines tradition and creativeness and the dishes are prepared on board.

Day 14

Depart from Paris

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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