The Luxury Cognac Experience

3 days

Home to the most celebrated French brandy in the world, Cognac is situated on the banks of the river Charente amid beautiful vine-covered countryside just north of Bordeaux! The grape brandy that takes its name from this charming French town has been cultivated since the Middle Ages and traded since the 12th Century. Ideal for history buffs, the commune boasts a rich political background and dedicated cultural focus on its distillery history, including the Musée des Arts du Cognac built into the medieval town’s old walls.

Trip Highlights

  • Rail travel from Paris or Bordeaux with private transfers on arrival

  • Two-night stay in a contemporary luxury five-star spa hotel in the heart of Cognac, with breakfast included

  • A gastronomic dining experience with accompanying wines

  • A full day private chauffeured Cognac experience with an English-speaking guide. During the day you will visit two different Cognac distilleries, including a world-famous distillery and a boutique family-run estate

  • Lunch in a local restaurant tasting typical cuisine from the region with accompanying wines

from $1,613 per person

This is a guide price based on two people travelling together and sharing a room.


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Trip details

Day 1

Hop on the train from Paris or Bordeaux and let your driver transfer you to Cognac to discover one of the world’s most famous brandies. Stay in the heart of Cognac in an old distillery warehouse turned contemporary luxury five-star spa hotel with a welcome drink on arrival. In the afternoon, enjoy your introduction to Cognac, learning about the soils and the aromas with a visit and tasting at world famous distillery. After your visit why not take some time to relax in the spa before your gastronomic dining experience, bringing fresh tastes from the Atlantic with traditional French cuisine!

Day 2

This morning meet with your private guide for a wonderful full-day private tour. Your guide will explain Cognac’s six zones, including five crus. The six zones are: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bon Bois and finally Bois Ordinaire. During the day you will visit two different Cognac distilleries: including a world-famous distillery and a boutique family-run estate. The two visits will allow you to compare the differences between large- and small-scale productions of Cognac. You will learn about the grape varieties used, the fermentation and distillation methods, and the ageing and blending processes. After each visit you will enjoy a tasting of several kinds of brandy produced by the distillery. Between visits, unwind with lunch in a local restaurant, and sample typical cuisine from the region with accompanying wines.

Day 3

The final day in Cognac is yours to enjoy leisurely. Why not take the morning to relax in the spa before taking a stroll in the town? We recommend a visit to the royal castle of Cognac before departing this wonderful region.

Why not combine this with a luxury trip to nearby Bordeaux?

 

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