France : Bordeaux

Walking in the Vineyards of Bordeaux and Medoc

Trip code: W06BO 4 (1 reviews)

Self-guided walking

6 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

10.0Kg CO2e

SUMMARY

  • A ride through the most prestigious vineyards of Bordeaux and Medoc
  • Numerous opportunities of wine tasting in prestigious wine estate
  • Explore Bordeaux listed as World Heritage by UNESCO

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 1 evening meal
  • Comprehensive route directions
  • GPX files
  • Walking transfers
  • Estuary boat crossing
  • Email briefing pack

TRIP DESCRIPTION

In this region, the largest of the Bordeaux vineyards, you're spoiled for choice: the gentle, near-oceanic landscapes of the Garonne or the rich medieval heritage with its fortified cities. This incredible diversity of relief, exposure and soils also mean that the wine comes in all colours. Dry and sweet whites, reds, roses, Clairets, Cremants and even a spirit, the Fine de Bordeaux, all add to the variety. From medieval houses to mills, from bastides to Carthusians, abbeys and Romanesque churches. Go at your own pace and let your feet guide you on a journey that combines lush countryside views and delectable tastings.

Situated between the Gironde estuary and pine forests, ocean beaches and large lakes, the Medoc vineyard is a stunner with its 60 Grands Crus classes: Chateaux Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, Mouton-Rothschild and others, to name only a few of the most world-renowned. The route des Chateaux is a collection of unmissable stops: Margaux, Pauillac. Walk into a sensory journey to the heart of this terroir of powerful red wines. A tour for wine lovers as well as architecture fans, where traditional mansions, house contemporary wineries. In Medoc, the vine has truly created marvels.

Come along with us and take off on a spirited discovery of this iconic wine-growing region.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrival in Pauillac

Arrive in Bordeaux. Possibility to organise a private transfer from Bordeaux airport or train station to Pauillac.

Pauillac, is home of three of the five first Grands Crus Classes and 15 Crus Classe Medoc.

You stay at Hotel des Vignes et des Anges.

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Hotel des Vignes et des Anges, Pauillac

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The Hôtel des Vignes et des Anges (previously named France et d'Angleterre) has been entirely renovated in 2022 and 2023. This is 19th century building with a terrace facing the Pauillac marina, which is the ideal place for a drink whilst admiring boats sailing on the Gironde estuary. This is an ideal stop on the Bordeaux route to discover classified Grands Crus such as Château Mouton Rothschild or Château Latour.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: At Pauillac (15km/9.3mi)

Pauillac, is home of three of the five first Grands Crus Classes and 15 Crus Classe Medoc. Today follow small roads and discover the biggest stars of the wine ranking with stunning architecture, and also many other jewels of this vineyard. Along your walk, pass by the famous Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild, 1st Great Classified Growths, but also by the Chateaux Pichon Longueville (2d cru), Pontet Canet and Lynch Bages (5th classified growth).

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You stay at Hotel des Vignes et des Anges.

hotel details

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Hotel des Vignes et des Anges, Pauillac

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The Hôtel des Vignes et des Anges (previously named France et d'Angleterre) has been entirely renovated in 2022 and 2023. This is 19th century building with a terrace facing the Pauillac marina, which is the ideal place for a drink whilst admiring boats sailing on the Gironde estuary. This is an ideal stop on the Bordeaux route to discover classified Grands Crus such as Château Mouton Rothschild or Château Latour.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 3: Pauillac - Margaux (8km/5.0mi or 15km/9.3mi)

Transfer to Margaux to start your excursion.

Start your walk with a view over the Chateau Margaux's park to admire the classic building architecture from beginning of the 19th Century surrounded by the vines. Continue from vineyards to chateaux. Then, follow the river banks with a wonderful point of view on Margaux Island and the Gironde river. Walk through marshes surrounded by the forest.

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You stay at Hotel de Margaux.

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Hotel de Margaux, Margaux

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Housed in a 19-th century building, this charming 3* hotel is surrounded by vines. Enjoy your breakfast facing the vineyard in a peaceful environment. Relax by the pool with a glass of local wine.

Day 4: Margaux - Blaye (8km/5.0mi or 22km/13.7mi)

Cross the Gironde estuary by boat. Then, reach the discreet hillsides of Blaye. The AOC Blaye, as well as their rich historical heritage, such as the military citadel of Blaye, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, provide a fulfilling experience for travellers who like to go off the beaten path. An exaltation of the senses is guaranteed by the sheer majesty of the landscapes that pass by- confetti islands, fishing huts dotting the banks, troglodyte dwellings and charming flower gardens of old sailors' houses.

You stay at Hotel de la Citadelle.

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Hotel de la Citadelle, Blaye

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Housed within the citadel, in the heart of this surprising and remarkable natural and architectural heritage site, the charming Hotel La Citadelle stands at the gates of Bordeaux, Blaye on the banks of the Gironde. In this mansion nestlng above the river overlooking the ramparts, you will find 21 comfortable rooms, private parking, a swimming pool, a lovely terrace, a bar and a panoramic restaurant overlooking the Gironde estuary.

Day 5: Blaye - Bourg (18km/11.2mi)

Today's walk takes you through the vineyards of the Cotes de Blaye AOC, Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur.

Follow the corniche road wending its way along the Gironde . Nestled between sheer cliffs on one side and the river on the other, the road is unforgettably picturesque. You will be delighted with the beautiful scenery, the charming houses, and the explosion of colours. The road goes past rolling countryside, as well as beautiful hamlets and houses, each more attractive than the last. It seems impossible to choose the most appealing part of the road since it offers such a wide diversity of sights with Oleanders, palm trees, and banana trees, giving a unique cachet to nearby houses.

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You stay at Guest house Poissonneau.

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Guest House Poissonneau, Bourg

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This 19th century manor house is ideally located in the heart of the village, in a walking distance of the port and the 'citadelle'. This charming guest house is surrounded by a lovely garden and offers a piece of heaven to chill with a glass of wine. Alternatively a wonderful library is at your disposal.

Day 6: Bourg - Bordeaux

Taxi transfer to Bordeaux city centre.

Bordeaux is a UNESCO listed city that abounds with the pleasures of the South-West region: prestigious vineyards, unrivalled gastronomy. Also, the newly redesigned banks of the River Garonne provide the setting for outdoor pursuits and the Old Town is a treasure box of 18th Century architectural gems.

You stay at Hotel de Normandie.

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Hotel de Normandie, Bordeaux

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In the heart of the historic centre of Bordeaux, the Hotel de Normandie**** offers you quintessential French hospitality. Set in an XVIII century stone building, the hotel combines authentic elegance with modern amenities. Run by the same family for four generations, this emblematic hotel in Bordeaux city centre is a much loved pied-à-terre for many regular clients. Guests appreciate the dedication and friendliness of the long-serving staff in addition to the high level of services of a 4 star hotel. The Hotel Normandie **** Bordeaux overlooks the Place des Quinconces and is right next to the Tourist Office, the Place Tourny, the Place des Grands Hommes, the Grand Theatre Opera House, the water front and the famous St. Catherine shopping street

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 7: Leave Bordeaux

Extending your holiday

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra hotel nights we recommend: Hotel des Vignes et des Anges, Pauillac; Hotel de Normandie, Bordeaux.

hotel details

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Hotel des Vignes et des Anges, Pauillac

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Mastercard
Visa
AmEx
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV


The Hôtel des Vignes et des Anges (previously named France et d'Angleterre) has been entirely renovated in 2022 and 2023. This is 19th century building with a terrace facing the Pauillac marina, which is the ideal place for a drink whilst admiring boats sailing on the Gironde estuary. This is an ideal stop on the Bordeaux route to discover classified Grands Crus such as Château Mouton Rothschild or Château Latour.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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Hotel de Normandie, Bordeaux

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Mastercard
Visa
AmEx
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Aircon
Tea/coffee


In the heart of the historic centre of Bordeaux, the Hotel de Normandie**** offers you quintessential French hospitality. Set in an XVIII century stone building, the hotel combines authentic elegance with modern amenities. Run by the same family for four generations, this emblematic hotel in Bordeaux city centre is a much loved pied-à-terre for many regular clients. Guests appreciate the dedication and friendliness of the long-serving staff in addition to the high level of services of a 4 star hotel. The Hotel Normandie **** Bordeaux overlooks the Place des Quinconces and is right next to the Tourist Office, the Place Tourny, the Place des Grands Hommes, the Grand Theatre Opera House, the water front and the famous St. Catherine shopping street

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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$2360
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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $660.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $660.

TRAVEL DETAILS

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 0044 1606 720199 or email us at sales@headwater.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

REVIEWS

I have travelled with Headwater on a number of occasions. The booking staff are excellent, helpful and friendly. The hotels are generally well chosen and offer a varied experience. The well trodden routes are well managed and offer an efficient service. If travelling to less popular destinations, there is a sense that the wheels are less well oiled, so be prepared for a few hiccups.

Patrick Sharp, 14 Jul 2023

 


Self-guided walking

6 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

10.0Kg CO2e

6 nights from $2360

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Call: +44 1606 720199

 

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