CITY TOURS: BORDEAUX, ARCACHON, COGNAC
City walking tour in the historic center of Bordeaux which is inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage as an inhabited historic city with outstanding urban and architectural ensemble, created in the age of Enlightenment (18-19th centuries). Urban plans and architecture from the early 18th century and onwards place the city as a distinguished example of innovative classical and neo-classical trends with an exceptional urban and architectural unity and coherence.
It is also recognized for its historic role as a place of exchange of cultural values over more than 2,000 years, particularly since the 12th century due to commercial links between Britain and Aquitaine.
Visiting: Grand Theatre Opera, Place of the Quinconces, Place of the Parliament, Place of the Great Man, Place of the Stock Exchange, Mirror Fountain, Port of the Moon, the Cathedral of Saint Andrew and Pey Berland tower, Saint Catherine street, Church of Notre Dame.
2 hours: Walking tour
Half day: Walking tour + Visit of the prestigious “grand cru” winery with wine tasting.
Full day: Walking tour + Lunch + Visit of 2 prestigious “grand cru” wineries with wine tasting.
SAINT-EMILION & POMEROL - CRADLE OF FRENCH WINEMAKING
Saint-Emilion is a medieval city-museum whose monuments are listed as UNESCO World Heritage as a cultural landscape. The city seems to live in two spaces: on the ground and under the ground. On the top there are fabulous medieval streets, monasteries and cathedrals ... The total area of the underground structures is about 250 km. This is a medieval stone quarries network of the impressive catacombs, the underground hermitage of monk Emilion and monolithic church so called because it is carved out of one piece of stone in the hillside.
In the city lives only a little more than 200 people and annually it is visited by more than 1 million visitors!
Saint-Emilion and Pomerol are also wine regions on the east side of Bordeaux. They produce famous all over the world red wines of the right river bank that are often called “diamonds in the wine crown of Bordeaux”. These wines have a velvety, elegant, complex bouquet and prone to long-term storage. Best wines of Saint-Emilion are awarded with Grand Cru classification.
Half day: Walking tour in the medieval streets of St. Emilion + Visit of the prestigious “grand cru” winery with wine tasting.
Full day: Walking tour in the medieval streets of St. Emilion + Lunch + Visit of 2 prestigious wineries with wine tasting in St. Emilion and Pomerol appellations.
“ROAD OF CASTLES” WINE TOUR AROUND THE PROVINCE OF MEDOC
The Province of Medoc is Mecca of elite great French wines. There are more than 1,000 chateau wineries. Medoc is one of the most famous wine region of Bordeaux. In 1855 Medoc vineyards were awarded with the imperial classification. It was held at the World Exhibition in Paris, which had demonstrated the greatest achievements of France. This classification, in the form as it is received, is valid today. It identifies the best wines of Medoc, called «Grands Crus Classés» or the great wines: Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, La Tour and many others. Many castles (chateaux wineries) have high architectural value and resemble fairy-tale palaces.
Half day: Sightseeing tour along the “Road of Castles” in the region of elite vintage wines of Medoc + Visit of two “grand cru” wineries in two different prestigious appellations with wine tasting.
Full day: Sightseeing tour along the "Road of Castles" in the region of elite vintage wines of Medoc + Visit of three “grand cru” wineries in two different prestigious appellations with wine tasting + Lunch.
CASTLE OF THE QUEEN MARGOT AND SWEET WINES OF SAUTERNES
Sauternes is a region where was born “the wine of kings and presidents” and it is recognized as the best sweet wine in the world. The production process of Sauternes is unique; it is created from grapes damaged with “noble rot”. Remaining on the grape-vine the grapes are covered with “noble rot” and the dry to a state of raisins, thereby producing very concentrated rich golden taste of wine. The main feature of Sauternes is longevity, it can be stored for decades and every year it can add a new and rich “layer of taste”.
In addition to the wine in Sauternes there are 2 very interesting medieval castles:
The Castle Cazeneuve http://www.chateaudecazeneuve.com/.
The royal couple lived there, Margaret and Henry IV (17th century). The Royal Castle of Cazeneuve was built between XIIIth and XVIIth centuries and its magnificent Park wooded with rare and tercentenaries essences are rated Monuments. Majestic and elegant interior of its rooms truly convey the atmosphere of the bygone era. The successors of the Royal family are still living in the castle.
Castle Roquetaillde http://chateauroquetaillade.free.fr/
For more than 700 years from i’ts construction to today the castle is kept in the hands of one family of of Pope Clement V (14th century). The castle was built in 11th and 14th centuries. This castle was an innovation in the art of the fortification: it had not only a defensive function but it also had to provide the necessary comfort for its residents. The modern appearance of the castle appeared in the 19th century. It was restored by the famous French architect Viollet le Duc (who also restored Carcassone, Notre-Dame in Paris). The Castle with unique interior decorations and furniture is now listed as Historic Monument.
Half day: Visit of the castle Cazeneuve or Roquetaillde + Visit of the prestigious “grand cru” winery with wine tasting.
Full day: Visit the castle Cazeneuve or Roquetaillde + Lunch + Visit of 2 prestigious “grand cru” wineries with wine tasting.
TOUR TO THE ATLANTIC COAST
Aquitaine is the Atlantic coast of France. It is located in close proximity to Spain and is washed by the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean this gives the opportunity to visit two countries in one trip. The length of the sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast of the “Silver Coast” is more than 250 km.
The purity of the air, the beauty of the landscape and a pleasant coolness is provided by “Landes” forest stretched along the coast. This is the largest pine forest in Europe. Here is found one of the natural wonders of the world - a giant dune “De Pyla” which rises up to 107 m. The dune does not stand still in one place it is gradually moving in the inland covering with sand trees, roads and buildings on its way.
Among the coastal cities there is a picturesque town with 7 ports, Gujan-Mestras where you can taste the fresh oysters recently caught from the sea or enjoy seafood with chilled wine in the port restaurants.
Arcachon City is a climatic resort on the “Silver Coast” of France. This resort was established with the efforts of two banking investors. They acquired 400 ha of forested land on the shore of the ocean at the beginning of the XIXth century and found the first health resort for the rich people of the second Napoleonic empire advertising beautiful air, proximity to the ocean and mild climate.
Half day: Visiting Dune De Pyla the highest sand dune in Europe + Lunch with oysters tasting in the fishing village + Ride through the magnificent streets of Arcachon with the sublime villas of the imperial epoch of the Napoleon III.
Full day: Visiting Dune De Pyla the highest sand dune in Europe + Lunch with oysters tasting in the fishing village + Ride through the magnificent streets of Arcachon with the sublime villas of the imperial epoch of the Napoleon III + Boat trip around the bay of Arcachon: Bird Island Nature Reserve and the peninsula of Cap Feret.
COGNAC CITY AND COGNAC
Cognac City in France (in 1 hour 45 min. from Bordeaux) is picturesquely located on the bank of the river Charente. This region is the birthplace of French cognacs. There are about 600 cognac houses including: Courvoisier, Hennessy, Martell, Remi Martin, Otard and many others.
Cognac City is also a birthplace of the King Francis I, here is situated his castle. Almost all the buildings in the Cognac City are built of local yellow-white limestone. The walls of the cognac houses which produce precious cognac are covered with “black velvet”. It is a microscopic fungus that feeds from alcoholic evaporations. These are the traces of the “angels parts” - alcoholic vapors rising to the sky.
10 hours: Walk around the historic center of Cognac + Lunch + Visit of the 2 cognac houses with cognac tasting.
We can develop a route according to your wishes.