French wine discovery tour : Bordeaux Cruise Shore Excursions

Bordeaux Cruise Shore Excursions

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Day 1:       Discovering The Great Medoc Classified Growth Wines

Ship docked in Pauillac.

Your bus and personal wine guide will meet you at your ship docked in Pauillac. Departure for the Medoc.

Enjoying a glass of Bordeaux means drinking in the subtlety of blends with several grape varieties, which make up the uniqueness, balance, harmony and aromatic richness of its sixty two appellations. 

4:00 pm Cellar visit and tasting  at Chateau Lynch Bages, classified growth of the Pauillac appellation. 

5:30 pm Cellar visit and tasting with a food pairing at Chateau Leoville Poyferre, classified growth of the St Julien appellation. 

7:00 pm Visit and tasting followed by a dinner at Chateau Kirwan, Classified Growth of Margaux. 

10:00 pm Return to your ship after dinner.

 

Day 2: Saint Emilion Exclusive

Cross the Garonne River to the Right Bank and arrive in the enchanting medieval village of Saint-Emilion, classified by UNESCO in 1999. A luminous, ochre-colored jewel built of limestone and Roman roof tiles, it’s perched on a plateau and completely surrounded by a sea of vineyards.

The steep and narrow cobblestone streets are lined with remnants of monasteries and convents dating from the 11th to 18th centuries that tell the story of the village. A Unesco World Heritage-inspired scavenger hunt will bring you face to face with the art, wine and stunning landscapes of Saint-Emilion.

Most of its finest wine estates are either clustered on the hilltop plateau, cradling the historic town itself with its winding streets and breathtaking churches, or on the hillside slopes.

There are some glorious château blends on the surrounding landscape. The 19th century Château Cheval Blanc, with its new cellar designed by Christian de Portzamparc seems to float gracefully on the vines, through the movement of its curved concrete sails. The idea behind the cellar at Château Faugères created by designer Mario Botta is a partly buried stone plinth with an immense covered terrace above it, looking out over the vineyard and the 18th century chartreuse-style château, in perfect harmony with the landscape... Finally, the spectacular winery at the Château La Dominique designed by architect Jean Nouvel is a futuristic space vessel, emerging from right inside the vineyard. The new winery will be decorated in metal plates with red reflections, creating a reversed mirror effect inspired by the works of the great British artist Anish Kapoor.

Arrival in Libourne.  Lunch on board. 

Cellar visit and tasting at Chateau Pavie, First classified Growth of  St Emilion.  

Visit and tasting at Chateau Beau Séjour Becot or Chateau Figeac,  Classified Growths of St Emilion or a la Conseillante, Pomerol.  

Visit and tasting followed by Dinner at Chateau Siaurac in Lalande de Pomerol.  Tasting includes their three properties in Lalande, Pomerol and St Emilion Grand Cru Classee.

Return to your ship after dinner.

  

 

 Day 3: The Great Bay of Arcachon 

Your driver and guide will meet you at your ship.  Departure for Arcachon.

Arrive at Arcachon, board a boat to sail around the bay. The Panoramic Tour of the Bay includes the oyster beds, bird island and Cabanes Tchanquées (oyster farmers huts). 

Stop for an oyster and white wine tasting in one of the charming oyster huts on the Cape.

Board the ship and continue down the peninsular to lunch.

Disembark for a 3 course lunch at a charming restaurant on the Cap Ferret side.  

Return to Arcachon. Free time to explore the lively sea side town of Arcachon with your guide and do some shopping. 

Return to your ship.

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Included each day: transportation in a luxury 35 seater mini-bus, dinners & lunches mentioned with wines, a professional wine guide, all entry and tasting fees, tour organisation, drivers and guides dinners.

Not included: accommodations, other meals not mentionned, any other extras not stated in the itinerary.

This itineray can be adapted for individuals or groups on river or ocean cruise ships.