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A Wine Infused Tour of Bordeaux
Best time to go: April to September
4 Nights | from £1,675pp
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- Roam the streets of World Heritage-listed Bordeaux, discovering its medieval and 18th-century masterpieces
- Explore the ancient fortified hilltop town of St Émilion, sampling the finest of its wines at nearby vineyards
- Trace the Route du Médoc, stopping for a cellar tour and tastings
- Enjoy traditional Bordelaise cuisine and wines
- Indulge in a vinotherapy spa at your chic hotel amid the vineyards of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte
Day 1 Bordeaux / Martillac
On arrival in Bordeaux you'll be met by a member of the A&K team and driven to Les Sources de Caudalie, your home for the next four nights. Set among the vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte a short dis-tance south of Bordeaux, each of the rooms, suites and stilted cabins is individually designed, most with a bal-cony or terrace overlooking the vineyards or serene lake.
Les Sources de Caudalie
Day 2 Martillac / Bordeaux
Join your expert guide to explore the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bordeaux –a major trading hub since Roman times, centre of English power in medieval Aq-uitaine and remodelled during the boom years of the 18th century. Start at quayside Place de la Bourse, epi-centre of the 18th-century city, and take in highlights including the soaring twin steeples of the Cathedral of Saint André, with its gargoyle-inhabited 15th-century bell tower, and the Palais Rohan, now housing the city hall and fine arts museum. Wander south along the riv-er through the medieval old town to the 15th-century Cailhau Gate and its contemporary the Grosse Cloche ('great bell') set in an imposing twin-turreted gate. Then return north to the Place du Parlement, lined with grand mansions, and magnificent Grand Theatre, built on the site of a Roman temple in 1773 and arguably one of Europe's most opulent. Relish a typical Bordelaise lunch at your host's home, accompanied –naturally –by Bordeaux wine, then return to your hotel to relax and enjoy the facilities. We recommend a treatment at the unique Vinotherapy Spa, where treatments combine warm spring water with vine and grape extracts
Les Sources de Caudalie | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Martillac / St Émilion wine region
The stone houses of the fortified medieval town of St Émilion tumble down the southern slopes of a vine-blanketed hill overlooking the Dordogne River, just a short drive east of Bordeaux. Discover the story of that eponymous saint, an 8th-century Benedictine hermit whose followers started commercial wine production in the area, delving into the rock-hewn Monolithic Church and the dank grotto in which he reputedly lived. Then it's time to sample the region's bounty –St Émilion's legacy –with wine tastings at nearby vineyards, per-haps Château Franc Mayne or Château La Tour du Pin Figeac.
Les Sources de Caudalie | Meals : Breakfast
Day 4 Martillac / Médoc wine region
Spend a morning exploring the Médoc wine region north of Bordeaux alongside your knowledgeable guide –with more than 800 crus and eight appellations of controlled origin to discover, that expertise will help you master the subtleties of the various vintages while driv-ing the Route du Médoc. Learn about the skillful cultiva-tion of Médoc wines with a cellar tour, then taste the results at one of the region's top estates.
Les Sources de Caudalie | Meals : Breakfast
Day 5 Martillac / Bordeaux / Onward travel
Today you'll be driven to Bordeaux airport for your on-ward flight –though if there's no rush to return home, you could instead head south to sample some of Spain's gastronomic highlights on our Culinary Delights of Northern Spain tour.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 5 day suggested holiday will cost from £1,675 per person, based on two sharing, including inter-national flights.
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