A one day trip from Paris to Bordeaux's wine country
Enjoy a full day adventure from Paris, wine tasting in Bordeaux. Explore both the Medoc and St. Emilion areas of the enchanting Bordeaux region in one day tastings included.
Price: $180.00 per person, $365.00 with 2nd Class Rail, and $410.00, with 1st Class Rail
The tour runs every day but Sunday. Note: this tour, designed for wine enthusiasts, is a little bit longer than most of our day trips. Expect to leave Paris around 7:00 a.m and arrive back close to 11:00 p.m.
Visit the Medoc and St. Emilion in One Day
After a quick 2-hour ride via high-speed rail from Paris to Bordeaux. The day begins with meeting your guide at the Bordeaux Tourist Office. You will drive to St. Emilion for a walking tour of this historic 9th century village. Then a cellar tour of a classified growth domaine, including aperitifs and at least two wine tastes.
You will have a picnic lunch with wine back in Bordeaux, then you'll venture back out to the Medoc region for the afternoon. This tour takes you along the famed “Castle Road”. Your driver/guide will discuss the local history of the region as you enjoy the scenery. You'll enjoy an abbreviated wine tasting class at a small estate, with tastes, then a further tasting at a Classified Growth Estate. Small bite food pairings will accompany the tastes.
- At least 3 Classified Growth or Cru Bourgeois tastings.
- Transfer between castles and vineyards with an English-speaking driver guide
- Van tour of the famous “Castle road.”
- Picnic lunch and aperitifs throughout the day
Tour runs from March 15th through October 31st.
Two hours via high speed TGV rail from Paris brings you to lovely Bordeaux. Growers in the region are divided into Right Bank and Left Bank appellations, depending which side of the Garonne River they are located. As with any grape-growing region, it’s all about the soil.
A bit about Bordeaux's wine regions
Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac or the Haut Medoc appellations are the focus of the Medoc region. Of the grape varieties permitted, 50% of the viticultural area is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and to a lesser extent Petit Verdot and Malbec. The tastings are always at least classified growth or Grand Cru - that speaks to the depth of the wine estate's experience/wine making style. They can’t be thus designated unless they have a long and independently verified history of superior wines. St. Emilion is the oldest active wine producing appellation, dating from Roman times. It has the oldest active wine society of France, Les Jurades, dating from 1199. It is also one of the first regions to export wine, in the 14th Century. Pomerol is a premier grape, a personal favorite of us at LinkParis.com.
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, Bordeaux is a perfect addition to a Paris vacation. - John
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