Bordeaux Wine Region

fontaine de la place de la bourse bordeaux

Hotel 4* Bordeaux Center

Set in a 18th-century old mansion, the hotel is located in the center, surrounded by restaurants and boutiques. It offers modern rooms with free Wi-Fi. Each air-conditioned room is fully equipped with a flat-screen TV and a Nespresso coffee machine. All rooms are serviced by a lift.

Day 1 – Arrival day in Bordeaux

Individual arrivals at Bordeaux Airport or Train station & private transfer to the hotel.
Your English-speaking private driver will be waiting for you with a nominative board.
Arrival at the hotel and check in. Time to rest.

08 pm- Dinner at a traditional restaurant.
This restaurant offers refined market cuisine in a warm and intimate setting with exposed stonework.

Overnight in double or single room at your hotel in the center of Bordeaux

Day 2 – Bordeaux discovery day


Breakfast at the hotel

10am – Meet and greet with your English-speaking guide at the lobby of your hotel then enjoy 2 hours walking guided tour of Bordeaux, part of the Unesco World Heritage since 2007: discover its old districts and its monuments that show his history.

12:30 pm – Lunch in a “brasserie” on the quay of the Garonne river.
This brasserie serves fine French cuisine in an Art Nouveau decor with faience and period ornaments.

In the afternoon, go to the exploration of Bordeaux with the help of Veronique
-Free access to the public transports, as a local.
-A sightseeing tour of the city by panoramic bus with the English headphone.
-Free visit and tasting of La Cité du Vin, the wine museum.
-Free access or discount to several monuments and museums of the city
Dinner at the gourmet market next to la Cité du vin

Accommodation in double or single room at your hotel
in the center of Bordeaux

Day 3 – June 4th Full day Saint Emilion

Breakfast at the hotel

09 am – Meet and greet with your private driver at the hotel then departure to the region of Saint Emilion, Unesco Part Heritage – about 45 minutes from Bordeaux

10 am – Visit and tasting in a Chateau Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion.
Built under Louis XIV, this Château is one of the most beautiful castles of Saint-Emilion. It has also been classified great vintage of Saint Emilion in 2012. The property opens up to the Dordogne valley and offers views and gorgeous landscapes that will leave you speechless. The property covers 42 hectares including 32 hectares of vines with 75% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. A complex land with huge potential.
12:30 pm – Lunch at a traditionnal restaurant, located in a small village near Saint Emilion and enjoy a nice overview on the vineyards.
After lunch, drive to the City of Saint Emilion.
03 pm – Meet and greet with your english-speaking guide at the Tourist Office then departure for a private guided tour of the medieval village and the undergrounds: discover the extent of the underground heritage of Saint-Emilion. From the history of the monk Emilion, between legend and reality, to the digging the amazing monolithic church, you will pass through centuries of history.
4:30 pm – end of the visit. Free time in the village.
Drive back to Bordeaux by the end of the day
Dinner in the old city

Accommodation in double or single room at your hotel in the center of Bordeaux

Day 4 – Full day Graves

Breakfast at the hotel

09 am – Meet and greet with your private driver at the hotel then departure to Malagar at Saint Maixant, about 45 minutes from Bordeaux.

10 am – Enjoy a guided visit of François Mauriac domain : The Malagar’s estate was acquired by the Mauriac family in 1843. The holiday home of the family quickly became an inspiration to the writer, that he nicknamed “the observatory upon itself.” Malagar located in Saint-Maixant was labelled “House of Illustrious” in 2011. This area, in the heart of a vineyard of 15 hectares, will offer breathtaking views of the Garonne valley.

12:30 am – Then drive to a Chateau owned by a private family, friends of Veronique. You will have a private visit and tasting followed by a lunch in the private dining room of the Chateau.
The estate takes its name from the tower which stands in the main courtyard of the château; it is the remnant of a fort built in the 12th century by the ancestors of Montesquieu. The structure occupied a strategic position and controlled the route between Bordeaux and Toulouse. The stones of the fort were used to build the existing château at the end of the 18th century.

In the afternoon , drive to the Château La Brede.
3:30 pm – Enjoy a private guided visit of Chateau de la Brede: Located in the town of Brede, the visit of this castle will amaze you with his soul full of history. The famous writer and thinker Montesquieu was born in this Renaissance fortress. Discover an exceptional heritage that has to be kept in the state year after year. The Castle will reveal as you go along spectacular rooms full of history and period decor. Fully furnished rooms in emblematic places where Montesquieu worked, the castle will lead you in the footsteps of the famous writer. An imposing building that was built in the heart of an English styled park and surrounded by moats. Heritage to be discovered quickly to perfect your sightseeing tour of the Bordeaux region.
Back to Bordeaux by the end of the day

Dinner in the old city

Accommodation in double or single room at your hotel in the center of Bordeaux

Day 5 – Full day to the Arcachon Bay

Breakfast at the hotel

09 am – Meet and greet with your private driver at the hotel then departure to the Arcachon bay, about 1 hour from Bordeaux.

Enjoy the discovery of the “Winter town”. Stunning architecture and a bustling town centre all year round overlooking 7 kilometres of beach… Arcachon has it all. Each quarter exudes its own unique atmosphere and charm: elegant 19th century villas in the Winter Town, sea front and piers in the Summer Town, a lively port in the Autumn Town.

12 pm – Transfer by shuttle boat  to Cap Ferret: Whether large or intimate, space is the keyword in the Lège-Cap Ferret peninsula. Between ocean and forest, ramblers can enjoy a stroll along walking and cycling paths or through the surrounding villages.

On the western side of the peninsula, sheltered by the dune, the ocean beaches, stretch 15,5 miles along the coast, are washed by spectacular waves. On the eastern side, 9,3 miles of beaches scattered with inlets, ports and oyster-farming villages are lapped by the waters of the Bay of Arcachon.

Lunch at a restaurant from where you will enjoy an nice overview on the bassin, Arcachon and the Dune du Pyla.

Arcachon table bord de mer déjeuner

Transfer back to Arcachon by shuttle boat at 04:30 pm.

Back to Bordeaux by the end of the day.

Dinner free

Accommodation in double or single room at your hotel in the center of Bordeaux

Day 6 – Free day & evening route “du Medoc”, visit & wine tasting at a Château “Cru Bourgeois exceptionnel”, gala dinner in the private dinning room.

Breakfast at the hotel

Free morning – free lunch – free afternnon
04 pm – Meet and greet with your private driver at the hotel then departure to the Medoc and its Chateaux road 1855.

05 pm –  Arrival at Chateau du Taillan –

Visit and tasting at Chateau du Taillan, Grand Cru Bourgeois Haut Medoc

Château du Taillan is a family-run estate. Nowadays, the current owners are 5 sisters. They are the 5th generation of the long-established Cruse family, who has owned the property since it was acquired by Henri Cruse in 1896. Situated at the gateway of the Médoc area, Château du Taillan is one of the most attractive vineyards in the Gironde. Here, you are able to discover the classical château dating back to the XVIIIth century, along with the unique underground cellars, now listed as a French National Heritage Site of France. The park, which contains centuries old trees, is also home to a rare pink marble altarpiece (another listed building), which is a perfect place to go for a stroll. Its vineyard of 30 hectares produces a Cru Bourgeois red wine, as well as a famous white wine. Very few Médoc vineyards produce a white wine, which makes La Dame Blanche a rare product.

Exclusive Gala dinner in a private room of the Chateau. The dinner will include a 4 courses menu with beverages.

dining room in Chateau Le Taillan Private dinner

Transfer back to the hotel in Bordeaux after dinner by private minibus.
Accommodation in double or single room at your hotel in the center of Bordeaux

Day 7 – Departure day

Breakfast at the hotel & check out

Individual departure to the airport or train station by private car.
Your English-speaking private driver will pick you up at the hotel.

Armagnac bottles in Gascony

Savor the gastronomic and oenological delights of Gascony on this food-and-wine focus journey. You spend time on the important stuff – having fun, relaxing and enjoying vacation, while discovering a culture and thousand years of traditions through the eyes of the most passionate Gascon native, Ariane Daguin.

The week-long tour includes cultural discovery, gourmet food experiences, hands on culinary classes, private artisan visits, winery tours, VIP wine and Armagnac tastings, visits to specialty workshops, and historic villages, and so much more.

Unique culinary voyage to Ariane’s authentic region of Southwest France Armagnac, Gascon Wines & Foie Gras

glass of armagnac


New York Times article — March 2017

Is Gascony the Most Delicious Corner of France?

“Gascony is not merely distinct from Provence and the Côte d’Azur. It is, in my estimation, better”

“Also — interesting fact — the humans who do live there live a long time”

“Gascon cooking…. is a cuisine best eased into…”

“Gascony is fundamentally a rural place, and to imbibe its true essence you have to leave the towns behind and venture deep into the countryside…… Such excursions are in my opinion the best possible way to work up your appetite.”

ducks at a market in Samatan in Gascony
The farmers market of Samatan