Fine wines, medieval towns and modern sensibilities
Hub of the famed wine-growing region, Bordeaux abounds with fine wines and prestigious appellations. While it may be home to some of the greatest, our Bordeaux holidays will reveal a region with much more to offer. With its rolling vineyards, sleepy villages and temperate climate, Bordeaux offers a true taste of France, at its full-bodied best.
Stretching along the Atlantic coastline from the Gironde Estuary in the north, to the Spanish border in the south, the region is steeped in history. Whether you want to take in its 17th-century fortresses, or lose yourself in the medieval towns of Rocamadour, Perigueux, Sarlat and Cahors, the past prevails amidst Bordeaux’s vineyards and rolling countryside.
The medieval streets of St. Emilion are a maze of restaurants, cafes and patisseries and we highly recommend the delectably sweet vanilla canelés. There are other delicacies here for you to sample, including foie gras, magret de canard and entrecôte bordelaise. If you have a sweet tooth you’ll appreciate the extensive array of chocolate shops. But those in the know visit Des Capucins market to graze the stalls, sampling galettes and fresh oysters with the locals.
No Bordeaux tour would be complete without imbibing a glass, or two. The École du Vin in the Maison du Vin de Bordeaux is a mecca for wine aficionados, while Bar du Vin is an excellent place to enjoy the region's finest, in more laid-back surroundings. Or you can head to the countryside of the Charente River to sample Bordeaux’s iconic cognacs, such as Rémy Martin and Hennessy.