Self-Guided Wine Tour to Margaux Médoc in a Cabriolet Convertible - Bordeaux, France

Red Wine, Wine
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Vineyard Walk
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English, French
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Activity Overview
Enjoy a getaway in the heart of the Médoc to discover Margaux's Great Growth Châteaux! 

Drive along charming small roads that follow the banks of the Gironde Estuary and take the legendary “Route des Châteaux” towards Margaux. Open the door of a 1855 "Grand Cru" property and discover the secrets of wine-making. The visit will conclude with a wine tasting of course! 
Your cabriolet, equipped with a multimedia tablet-guide, is a storytelling car that offers quality commentaries all along the way. Relax, your tablet comes also with a GPS that will take you to your destination.   

Would you like to make a stop at an open-air café along the river or for a photo opportunity? Great local places are indicated throughout your trip. You are guided, but free to make stops or detours as and when you please, according to suggestions offered by your tablet.

Bring along some friends for an even more enjoyable experience. You can book several vehicles, and thanks to the “flotilla” mode, your cabriolets will be connected and their position indicated on the tablet.

Example of a Program: 
2:00 pm: Departure from the agency near the "La Cité du Vin" wine museum
2:30 pm: Admire your first vines
3:30 pm: Visit of a 1855 Classified Great Growth Château*, followed by a wine-tasting 
4:30 pm: Legendary castle road to Margaux
6:30 pm: Arrival in Bordeaux. 

*Château: Dauzac, Desmirail, Kirwan, Prieuré-Lichine… according to availability
Practical information
Open to anybody over 21 years of age holding a European Union Driving Licence or an equivalent international licence for more than a year. Young people under 21 and children over 15 kilos (33 lbs) are allowed as passengers. Under 18 are not authorized to taste wine. Please note that the gearbox is manual. Tall people of more than 6'1/4 (1,90m) may experience driving difficulties. A bank card pre-authorisation of 800€ per vehicle, not debited, will be required on-site as a deposit.
  • Half-day vehicle renting
  • Tablet-based multimedia guide
  • Petrol
  • Insurance
Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Pick-up and drop-off
2 to 10 people
Start Time
Daily9:00 AM
Daily2:00 PM
4,5 H
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Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations made 2 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
6 Days
Discover the quintessential food, wine and culture of France when you visit Bordeaux, the world’s most famous wine region. This prolific region, the largest in France, boasts nearly ... more8,000 wine growing estates. Each estate is appreciated for its own distinctive variety of wine. There are well over 10,000 different wines produced each vintage.

Discover the port city of Bordeaux and you’ll find a city rich in history and culture. This elegant gem in the southwest of France is renowned for it’s wine, to be sure, but there’s so much more for you to discover. Beautiful Bordeaux, with its stunning architecture, sprawling squares and intricately sculpted fountains, will capture your heart.

Food and wine are practically synonymous with French life and life in Bordeaux is an epicure’s delight. As you discover Bordeaux you’ll learn the heart and soul of the region by sampling the many delectable foods and luscious wines produced here.

Bordeaux is the most classified wine region in all the world and as you discover the distinctions of the classifications you’re knowledge of wine will develop-along with your palate. Come stroll the streets of St. Emilion, enjoy a glass of white wine while indulging in oysters so fresh they were just plucked from the sea. Discover the night-life of the city of Bordeaux, visit an ancient underground cellar. Embark on a truly French diversion and take a leisurely scenic drive through the French countryside, stopping for a picnic along the way as you relax in the sunshine and gaze out upon the legendary vineyards of this noble wine region.

While on your trip of a lifetime, you’ll visit some of the most prestigious estates along with those hidden gems-the lesser known wine making estates. As their guest you’ll be lavished with hospitality. At a vintage tasting you’ll sample rare and highly sought-after wines. You’ll discover what the skilled winemakers of this renown region know about toasting barrels in order to create a flavor unique to certain wines. You’ll even sample some of the wines straight from the barrel.

We feel certain you will come away enlightened, enriched and enchanted when you discover Bordeaux.

Your home while in Bordeaux is a privately-owned 18th century mansion. The proprietors of this richly-appointed home are a family of established vintners. Your accommodations are situated right in the heart of Bordeaux.

The 6 bedroom home surrounds you in easy elegance. You’re sure to be delighted with your splendid accommodations. All rooms offer plenty of space to relax and feature en-suite bathrooms. Additional accoutrements include a flat screen TV, complimentary bottled water, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi.

While in residence we’ll be privy to a private wine-tasting in the cellar of this stately manor where we’ll discover the legendary wines of Bordeaux. The well-stocked kitchen is open to you 24 hours a day and you’re welcome to make this home your own as you discover Bordeaux. Bicycles are also at your disposal should you seek to venture out and explore your surroundings on your own. 

Our intimate tour of Bordeaux brings together the very best Bordeaux has to offer-her luscious wines, exquisite culinary delights, breathtaking vistas and the elegant and uniquely-French charm that is the Bordeaux region of France.

Itinerary 2018

Day 1: Arrival. Check in, Introduction to Bordeaux wines, Dinner.

Day 2: Medoc wine tour, 3 Chateaux visits, French Picnic in a Chateau, night tour

Day 3: St. Emilion 2 Chateau visit and tasting, lunch, Village tour, Private Vintage Wine Tasting. 

Day 4: Graves, Sauternes 3 Chateaux visits and tasting, lunch. 

Day 5: Cap Ferret, Oyster farm visit and Tasting, cooking class.

Day 6: Departure.

Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux. Afternoon Introduction to Bordeaux Wines, Dinner 
Plan your trip so that you arrive in the morning, early enough to enjoy the delightful Sunday market in Bordeaux. Be advised this one-of-a-kind opportunity is only open until 4pm. 

The market offers the perfect beginning to your week of discovering the celebrated wines and sumptuous foods of this beautiful region. Dine on fresh oysters and a glass of white wine as you sit along the river and prepare to discover Bordeaux.

At 5:30 we’ll gather for an introduction to the wines of Bordeaux. Here you’ll learn about the classification system of Bordeaux as we taste these exquisite wines. 

After our introductory wine tasting we’ll stroll together for a group dinner at a local bordelaise bistro.

Day 2: Medoc 3 Winery Visits, French Picnic in the Vineyards, Bordeaux by Night 
Awaken to the beauty of southwestern France and get ready for a full day of discovery. We’ll uncover the secrets of the world famous wines of the Bordeaux region by embarking on a one of a kind journey along the Routes des Chateaux, in the Medoc region of Bordeaux. The Routes is dotted with renowned vineyards and historic castles, and there is no other wine route anywhere that boasts as many legendary and famous vineyards. You’re sure to recognize the names of these prestigious Grand cru wines. We’ll visit 3 wine estates of esteemed reputation. 

There’s no better way to experience the sheer beauty of this historic wine region than by enjoying a simply magnificent picnic lunch while gazing out upon the vineyards which are the birthplace of these exquisite wines. Our hosts are the owners of vineyards and adjacent chateau. Your French picnic will of course be accompanied by the estate wines produced here.

We’ll return to our accommodations in Bordeaux in the early evening to freshen up and prepare for another unique experience as we discover Bordeaux by night. We’ll enjoy a 2 hour walk-about as we observe this amazing port city in a whole new “light”. At night the city comes alive and her stunning architecture shines. The sprawling squares and beautifully sculpted fountains are lively places to meet and greet for locals and visitors alike.

Day 3: St. Emilion village, Chateaux visits and tasting, Private vintage wine tasting
This morning will find us journeying to Saint Emilion and Pomerol. Our first visit will be to a Premier Grand Cru Classé in St. Emilion. This property is located on the impressive limestone plateau of St. Emilion. Deep beneath the vines laid underground caves filled with bottles of what some consider being the very best Bordeaux wines. We’ll taste 3 of these exquisite wines, including an older vintage 2001. Next we’ll be on our way to visit one of the oldest properties in Bordeaux. This family owned property is still making wine, after 14 generations of vintners from the same family. Rare tulips and orchids dating back to Roman times can be found blooming naturally amongthe vines. You’ll surely be transported back in time when you look out upon the ancient grounds. A rare bottle of wine was found under the floor of the family’s private cellar. The wine dates back to 1750! We will be privy to a vertical tasting different vintages and to be hosted for lunch by the family. 

After lunch we will visit the village of St Emilion. This medieval village is listed as a Unesco heritage site and provides a wonderful opportunity to wander and discover plenty of local French culture as well as history. 

In the early evening we’ll enjoy a coveted and rare opportunity to sample the different vintages of Bordeaux wines. Many of these wines are not accessible to the general population. Either expense of availability precludes many an oenophile from experiencing these luscious wines. 

Upon return to Bordeaux you have the rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 4: Graves, Sauternes Chateau Visits, Rotisserie Style Lunch Over vine Cuttings 
Our fourth day is a full one as we begin with a trip south of the city where we’ll visit some of the top classified red and white estates in Graves and Sauternes. We’ll start with a private chateau in Graves where the hospitable owners welcome us, as dear friends, into their home. There we will get to know our friendly hosts and enjoy a wine tasting as well as lunch. This Graves chateau is rich in history and lore which the family will proudly share with their new friends.

You’ll find out how the soil, a gravelly variety, contributes to the distinctive flavors of the grapes, and ultimately the wine. The variety of wines produced here is wide-ranging; dry whites, soft reds, and Cerons, a sweet wine.

We’ll lunch on your choice of duck breast or steak, prepared rotisserie style over vine cuttings. The vine cuttings impart a deliciously unique flavor that’s like no other you’re likely to have tasted.

After such an outstanding lunch we’ll visit a grand Sauternes chateau which is classified, yet still family-owned. Our visit will surely open a whole new world of white wines for you to discover. The wines of Sauternes are among the most palate-pleasant sweet wines in the world. Though highly desirable, Sauterne wines are relatively undiscovered. They will provide us with a sweet ending to our Bordeaux wine tasting tours.

Your evening will be free so that you may once again soak up Bordeaux at night. Discover more of what the city has to offer, enjoy a glass of wine with the locals, or simply take in the ambience from your place in one of the city’s beloved squares.

Day 5: The Coast of Bordeaux - Cap Ferret, Oyster Farm, Cooking class 
The sea is calling to us and today we answer as our travels take us to the Atlantic coast to discover the secluded seaside town of Cap Ferret. Characterized by the heady scent of pine trees and miles of soft sandy beach the biggest draw for locals and their guests would be the oysters. We’ll spend time at a family-run oyster farm where we’ll learn about the traditional French methods of oyster cultivation. We’ll enjoy a taste as we sample the freshest of oysters and sip a lovely white wine.

After our oyster experience you’ll have time on your own to explore France’s sleepy little coastal gem of a beach town before we return to Bordeaux.

We will return to Bordeaux for a cooking class. You’re sure to return to your home with so many stories to tell, fond memories to reflect upon and discoveries made during your one-of-a-kind week in Bordeaux.

Day 6 : Departure 
Depart home or consult with us if you wish to explore another destination.
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Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
9 H
Visit of a classified Château with wine tasting Explore Saint-Emilion and its renowned vineyards listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage site! Drive through the rolling countryside ... moreof "Entre-deux-Mers" to reach the medieval city. Visit a Classified Great Growth Château, learn all the secrets of wine-making and enjoy a tasting. Onboard your cabriolet convertible and crisscross the territory!

From great history to anecdotes, the multimedia tablet-guide offers quality commentary all along the way, so that you don’t miss anything! Relax, it has got GPS navigation and route memory, so that you never get lost. Great local restaurants are indicated by your tablet throughout your trip. You fancy having lunch at an open-air café, a quaint village inn, or a gastronomic restaurant? It’s up to you to decide! You are free to make detours or stop, as and when you please.

Bring along some friends for an even more enjoyable experience: you can book several vehicles, and thanks to the “flotilla” mode, your vehicles will be connected and their position indicated on the tablet.

Example of a program: 
9.30 am: leaving from the agency, in the "Chartrons" area of Bordeaux.
10 am: you will see your first vines.
10.30 am: you will reach the UNESCO-listed "Sauve-Majeure" Abbey. 
Late morning: arrival in Saint-Emilion. 
Free lunch (not included).
Afternoon: free visit of the medieval city.
4 pm: driving loop to must-see Châteaux and wine-tasting visit in a "Grand Cru Classé" property*.
6:30 pm: arrival in Bordeaux. 

*Château: De Pressac, Soutard, De Ferrand, Villemaurine… according to availabilities.
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Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
7 H
1 visit of a medieval castle, or wine château At the wheel of your cabriolet convertible, take a drive through the "Graves" countryside, Montesquieu's native region (world famous philosopher ... moreand politician). During this getaway, you can choose between a guided visit of the "Château de La Brède" - Montesquieu's home - and a wine-tasting visit of a Classified Great Growth Château.

Discover at your own pace the Graves wine region, dotted with family estates as well as with the most prestigious "Pessac-Léognan" names. You are guided but free to make stops or detours as and when you please. 

Our vehicles tell stories as they are equipped with a multimedia GPS tablet guide. More than mere vehicles, they offer an unparalleled tourism experience, for fun and interactive getaways.

Bring along some friends for an even more enjoyable driving experience: several moving vehicles can be linked together, so you remain in control of your own tour!

Example of a program:
10:30 am: departure from the agency, in the Chartrons area of Bordeaux
1 pm: make a stop at the "Sources de Caudalie", worldwide known for its vinotherapy spa and grape skincare products
2 pm: lunch (not included)
4 pm: guided visit of the "Château de la Brède", or wine-tasting visit in a Pessac-Léognan "Grand Cru Classé" Château*
5:30 pm: arrival in Bordeaux

*Château: Carbonnieux, Olivier... according to availability