Bordeaux produces by far some of the most sought-after wines in the world. On the Left Bank, there is abundance of round pebbles, gravels and cobbles from the Pyrenees, beginning several million years ago. The Right Bank is sedimentary, with clays and sandstones from the Massif Central layered on top of a Jurassic limestone base.

 

Wineries of interest are Premier Grand Cru Mouton-Rothschild, Grand Cru’s in Margaux, Pauillac, St. Estephe, Sauternes & St. Emilion, Ch. Haut-Brion. You will understand why the wines from Mêdoc & St. Emilion are so different, and meet the winemakers at Ch. Mouton-Rothschild, Margaux’s Ch. du Tertre, plus the new generation and more. Along with its great wines, Bordeaux is also known for outstanding food.

 

During your free time, the trendy city of Bordeaux and lovely St. Emilion and its neighbors beckon.

 

A professional driver and comfortable bus will transport us from start to finish so there is no need to worry about driving once you get there.

 

You will have the opportunity to purchase and ship wine home if you wish.

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What’s Included:

- Expertise of tour leaders

- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights along the tour route

- Meals as noted in the itinerary (B-Breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner)

- Daily wine tastings

- All sightseeing and visits as noted in the itinerary

- Transportation between hotels and for all daily itineraries

- Assistance with transport at tour’s end
- All gratuities

- Pre-tour and in-tour information

- Suggested reading list

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Bordeaux Left & Right

Tour Dates: October 10-16, 2022

Adventures in the Wines and Geology of Bordeaux

What’s Included:

- Expertise of tour leaders

- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights along the tour route

- Meals as noted in the itinerary (B-Breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner)

- Daily wine tastings

- All sightseeing and visits as noted in the itinerary

- Transportation between hotels and for all daily itineraries

- Assistance with transport at tour’s end
- All gratuities

- Pre-tour and in-tour information

- Suggested reading list

What’s Not Included:

- Passport and all visa fees, photos, immunizations, or other travel documentation fees

- Airfare for flights to and from France

- Train fare or other travel before and after the tour

- Airline or train transfers and baggage handling

- Personal items such as souvenirs or wines that might be purchased for personal use

-Other items noted as optional or not specifically mentioned as included

- Optional travel insurance including cancellation/delay/lost baggage insurance

Rates:      Double Occupancy: $5,925/person  Single Occupancy: Add $875

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Oct 10th: Rendezvous in Bordeaux (D)
Oct 10th: Rendezvous in Bordeaux (D)

• 3 pm: Rendezvous at hotel TBD in Bordeaux city (note: TGV from Paris Gare Montparnasse and/or CDG to Bordeaux Gare Saint Jean virtually every hour) • Briefing at hotel on the week ahead, geology overview of Bordeaux, Bordeaux AOC’s, wines and classifications • Visit "Cité du Vin" museum on your own • Dinner together at Bordeaux restaurant TBD

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Oct 11th: Left Bank Margaux, Ch. Mouton-Rothschild and more (B,L)
Oct 11th: Left Bank Margaux, Ch. Mouton-Rothschild and more (B,L)

• Breakfast at hotel • Presentation, Q&A on bus of geology, AOC’s of the Médoc • Tour and tasting at Ch. du Tertre (AOC Margaux) • Tour Haut-Médoc AOC’s: Margaux, Listrac-en-Médoc, Moulis-en-Médoc, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe • Lunch at Maison d’Estournel in Saint Estephe • Tour and tasting at 1er Grand Cru Ch. Mouton-Rothschild (AOC Pauillac) • Enjoy Bordeaux restaurant scene for dinner on your own

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Oct 12th: Left Bank Pessac-Leognan, Graves, Sauternes (B, L, D)
Oct 12th: Left Bank Pessac-Leognan, Graves, Sauternes (B, L, D)

• Breakfast at hotel • Tour AOC Pessac-Léognan, AOC Graves, AOC Cérons and AOC Barsac • Tour and tasting at Ch. Guiraud (AOC Sauternes) • Lunch at La Chapelle • Tour and tasting at 1er Grand Cru Ch. Haut Brion • Geology and wines of AOC’s Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, Loupiac, Cadillac, Premiéres Côtes de Bordeaux • Tasting at hotel and briefing on geology and wines of the Right Bank • Dinner together in Bordeaux

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Oct 13th: To the Right Bank St. Émilion Satellites & Castillon via Two Rivers (B, L)
Oct 13th: To the Right Bank St. Émilion Satellites & Castillon via Two Rivers (B, L)

• Breakfast at hotel • Travel to St. Émilion • Geology and wines of AOC Entre-Deux-Mers, AOC Bordeaux and AOC Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux • Picnic lunch in the vines • Tour and tasting at Ch. Reignac (AOC Bordeaux) or Ch. d’Aiguilhe (AOC Castillon CdB) • Tour thru St. Émilion “satellite” AOC’s: Lussac-, Puisseguin-, Montagne-, and St. Georges-St. Émilion • Check into Hotel • Dinner together in Saint Émilion

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Oct 14th: St Emilion - Two terroirs and total immersion (B, L)
Oct 14th: St Emilion - Two terroirs and total immersion (B, L)

• Breakfast at hotel • Briefing on St. Émilion geology, AOC and Grand Cru classifications • Tour of St. Émilion vineyards • Tour of limestone cellars and tasting at Grand Cru Classé Ch. Rochebelle • Lunch together in St. Émilion • Afternoon to explore St. Émilion • Tasting by DDK at hotel for those interested • Dinner on your own

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Oct 15th The great wines of Pomerol and its neighbors (B, L, D)
Oct 15th The great wines of Pomerol and its neighbors (B, L, D)

• Breakfast at the hotel • Tour geology and wines of Libornais AOC's: Pomerol, Lalande-de-Pomerol, Fronsac, Canon-Fronsac, Blaye-Côtes de Bordeaux, Côtes de Bourg • Picnic lunch in the vines • Tour and tasting at top château (Ch. Petrus? Ch. Cheval Blanc?) • Farewell dinner together in St. Émilion

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Oct 16th: Aurevoir les amis (B)
Oct 16th: Aurevoir les amis (B)

• Breakfast at the hotel • Guidance with travel to Bordeaux TGV Gare Saint-Jean • Au revoir les amis du vin et de la géologie

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This itinerary and lodging arrangements are subject to change based on weather conditions and the availability of scheduled wineries/vineyards.

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