Learn Bordeaux's history as you taste gourmet treats and visit wine estates.
Price: $195 per person ($326 with 2nd class rail, $401 with 1st class rail.)
Tour is available seven days a week from March through October. For off-season requests, which usually can be accommodated, please contact us directly. All admission fees included. Custom planning available.
Upon arrival via TGV from Paris, you will proceed to the tour meeting point at the Tourist Office. A nominally-priced local tram goes directly there.
First stop is a traditional Bordeaux bakery, where you will taste fresh bread and maybe learn a trade secret or two.
Next, a famous chocolatier and creator of surprising flavors like ginger and olive. Chocolate's dark flavor notes are a natural for innovation.
Your morning finishes with a cheese workshop and tasting. Explore the differences between classic French cheese like Comté, Roquefort, Brie and more.
There will be a buffet lunch with local wine at the tour company's stylish apartment.
In the afternoon you will drive the Medoc "chateau" wine route and stop at a historic family estate for a Bordeaux wine tasting and class that discusses flavor notes and how to smell and taste them. Woody? Tannic? Color? You'll be the judge.
The final visit is at a Classified Growth estate such as Chateau Gruaud-Larose or Chateau Lagrange. Visit the vineyards, the vat room and the cellars Finish the visit by a tasting of the estate's wines while enjoying an aperitif cheese and bread, as your day began.
You will be back in Bordeaux for a little down time before the later evening high speed train to back to Paris. Overnight option available.
Tour Price Includes:
- Transport in a modern air-conditioned minibus
- Entrance fees and all food and wine.
- Round trip transfers from your hotel or apartment in Paris to the Montparnasse train station
- Incidental wine and food purchases
Occasionally, last minute or high season rail prices will be higher than the prices listed above. We will always contact you before booking if this is the case. If you are not booking your rail through Link Paris, please do not book your train tickets until the correct rail times are confirmed by us. Rail tickets are emailed as a .pdf document for home printing.
Why we love Bordeaux - It took me three trips to fall in love with Bordeaux. I was too busy the first two times to appreciate the region. On the third trip I was able to take a breath and thought "wow, this is a beautiful place". With a direct train just two hours each way, a day trip to Bordeaux from Paris is not only doable, but highly recommended. - John