Best of Bordeaux

Bordeaux may be most associated with its surrounding vineyards, but that’s just scratching the surface of what this grand and elegant city in the west of France has to offer. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, and Europe’s Best Destination in 2015, the city has been revitalized in recent years thanks to the vision of the city’s mayor. In addition to restoring the historic buildings, boulevards are now pedestrian friendly, making the streets even more enjoyable for a stroll before dinner at one of Bordeaux’s gastronomic restaurants and for shopping among the city’s many boutiques and fashion designers. History is just about everywhere you turn too, as the city has interesting ties to the French Revolution.

Just outside of this thriving and bustling city, discover the different terroir of the region by visiting chateaux on both sides of the River Garonne, the Medoc and St. Emilion, two of the most famous areas. Not only will you visit the vineyards, but you will also learn about the winemaking process, including how wines are blended. While there is nothing quite like visiting the vineyard first hand to see how wine is made, Bordeaux is also now home to a wine museum unlike any other in the world, too: La Cité du Vin, a permanent wine exhibit that is structured around a variety of wine experiences, including tasting, and is situated right on the river.

One of the most stunning neighborhoods in Bordeaux is the Golden Triangle, an area of boulevards flanked by trees and populated with beautiful 18th-century buildings. It’s in this awe-inspiring area, and just down the street from the Opera, that you’ll find your 4-star hotel for the week, the de Seze (or similar).

Best of Bordeaux

Bordeaux may be most associated with its surrounding vineyards, but that’s just scratching the surface of what this grand and elegant city in the west of France has to offer. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, and Europe’s Best Destination in 2015, the city has been revitalized in recent years thanks to the vision of the city’s mayor. In addition to restoring the historic buildings, boulevards are now pedestrian friendly, making the streets even more enjoyable for a stroll before dinner at one of Bordeaux’s gastronomic restaurants and for shopping among the city’s many boutiques and fashion designers. History is just about everywhere you turn too, as the city has interesting ties to the French Revolution.

Just outside of this thriving and bustling city, discover the different terroir of the region by visiting chateaux on both sides of the River Garonne, the Medoc and St. Emilion, two of the most famous areas. Not only will you visit the vineyards, but you will also learn about the winemaking process, including how wines are blended. While there is nothing quite like visiting the vineyard first hand to see how wine is made, Bordeaux is also now home to a wine museum unlike any other in the world, too: La Cité du Vin, a permanent wine exhibit that is structured around a variety of wine experiences, including tasting, and is situated right on the river.

One of the most stunning neighborhoods in Bordeaux is the Golden Triangle, an area of boulevards flanked by trees and populated with beautiful 18th-century buildings. It’s in this awe-inspiring area, and just down the street from the Opera, that you’ll find your 4-star hotel for the week, the de Seze (or similar).


Latest Review

We gave this trip 4 stars
Mike & Amy
Manama
Trip taken May 2018
Well organised and packed in everything we wished to experience. In general all the people we met were knowledgeable and passionate about their product. we learnt so much and had a great experience. Bordeaux was celebrating an annual epicurean fair in Place De Tourney, straight outside our hotel, which provided further opportunity to enjoy local food/wine. Some minor points for improvement: We rented a car, which worked well, but the situation/cost of parking at our hotel was a minor inconvenience. Château Pichon-Longueville Baron didn't have the same feeling as other wineries, being much more of a commercial enterprise. Oyster tasting at Le Routioutiou in Arcachon was a little disappointing. Due to some miscommunication, they weren't expecting us and the owner was not available to talk about his passion for oysters. The oysters, however, were excellent. The above were minor issues and didn't spoil what was overall a fantastic experience.

Trip Details

Although wine is the focus of the week, you will delve into the world of gourmet French cuisine with a cooking class at a chateau situated in a Medoc vineyard. The chef leading the course grew up in the area, and later studied at the prestigious Blaye Hotel School. With his roots in the area, he loves sharing regional ingredients and seasonal dishes with his students. During the course in the chateau’s kitchen, you’ll learn how to make a 3-course menu. The class is a wonderful introduction to the cuisine of the Bordeaux region, and will be just one part of your fabulous culinary and wine tour of this vibrant and beautiful area.


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