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2-Day Bordeaux Mini-Trip: Graves, Sauternes and St. Emilion with Wine Tasting

Private Mini-Trip of Bordeaux to Graves, Sauternes, St. Emilion includes: Guided, private tours in Bordeaux as indicated in itinerary, private transportation for transfers and tours once in Bordeaux, services of your tour guide, taxes, tolls and parking

Not Included: hotel cost, cost of wine tasting and train tickets to and from Provence. NOTE: We will purchase the train tickets for you.

Day 1 – Travel by Train to Bordeaux, Walking Tour of Bordeaux, Overnight in Bordeaux
Your private guide to the Bordeaux region will meet you at the train station, where you will enjoy a private walking tour of Bordeaux. Recently declared an UNESCO World Heritage site, the historical city centre of Bordeaux has much to offer. Thanks to the bold and ambitious urban planning of the town’s 18th century founders, Bordeaux boasts a number of Renaissance-era architectural wonders. You will discover several of these on your guided walking tour, including the Grand Theatre, the Tourny alleys and fountain, Quinconces Square (the second large city square in Europe), St. Andrews Cathedral, and Town Hall. Your private tour of Bordeaux will also take you inside Grand Theatre and wine museum, where you will boost your wine IQ in anticipation of the next day’s wine tastings.
You will have plenty of time to explore the town on your own after your private walking tour.

Day 2 – Graves, Sauternes and St. Emilion with Wine Tasting, Return to Paris
Today, you will begin your tour of Bordeaux with a tour of two famous chateaux in the wine-producing regions of Graves and Sauternes. Graves, the first place in Bordeaux to export wine, is one of those rare regions that produces reds, dry whites and sweet wines equally well. You will get a tour of one of the cellars and vineyards here for a wine tasting. Next, you will visit Sauternes, renowned for its sweet white dessert wine, made from a mix of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes – as well as bacteria known as “noble rot” because it helps bring out the sweetness.

You can choose from a number of beautiful historic castles to sample the sweet wines here, or let your guide surprise you. One option for wine tasting in Bordeaux is the Château d’Arche, located at the heart of a 40-hectare vineyard on the rolling hills surrounding Sauternes. Chateau d’Yquem is another great producer.

The remainder of your day will be spent in medieval St. Emilion, founded by a Breton monk in the 8th century. Here you can walk along the city walls and climb the steep cobblestone streets exploring wine cellars, artisan studios, and art galleries. Your guided private tour of St. Emilion will also take you to visit to a famous underground church carved out of solid limestone, whose sheer volume makes it Europe’s largest. The town’s founding monk lived in a small hermitage carved out nearby of a natural cave.

You will return to Paris by train at the end of the day.


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