Bordeaux wine tour and Bay of Arcachon holiday
Description of Bordeaux wine tour and Bay of Arcachon holiday
This Bordeaux wine tour is a tailor made trip that takes you not only around some of the most astounding chateaus and vineyards of the region, but also out to the Arcachon coast, home to Dune du Pilat, the biggest dune in Europe.
Although this is a very touristy area of France with wine lovers from around the world coming to learn about the viticulture of Bordeaux, as well as its stunning scenery, we work hard to include a real local flavour in the itinerary. From crafts people to oyster farmers, vineyard owners to enologists, you will meet some fantastic people on your trip here, starting with the hosts of your various accommodations over the ten days.
We recommend staying in three different places during your stay in the region, hiring a car so that you can make your way around from place to place. We can build an itinerary to suit your timeframe, starting early in the morning or with later starts if you prefer. The first accommodation is a four star, traditional hotel in the charming and cultural city of Bordeaux, the second a beautiful guesthouse in the Saint Emilion wine growing area, and to bring this Bordeaux trip to a wonderful close, we recommend a coastal hotel in Arcachon, with plenty of visits to chateaus, vineyards and other wonderful spots along the way.
PlanetOur agency tries to promote mainly eco-friendly activities with no harm to environment. Our holidays have a very strong focus on nature and the environment.
In this program, you'll be going through the region of Bordeaux, passing minor roads, small villages and rural areas as well as vineyards and exceptional nature. We make our clients discover the region off the beaten path. The activities during this program focus on encounters with locals are a unique way to approach France and to immerse in the local culture.
The city of Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We encourage visiting protected areas and buildings to preserve the cultural heritage of France. Leave your car parked and discover this beautiful city and its unique cultural heritage as well as the surrounding vineyards by bike. The picturesque town of Saint-Émilion with its Medieval and Roman vestiges is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage ready for you to visit. We propose tours with by local guides that make our travellers appreciate the local architectural heritage and history.
You will also discover the beauty of the landscapes right at the Atlantic Ocean: The Dune of Pilat is the tallest sand dune in Europe and an exceptional natural site near Arcachon. The harbour and waterfront of Arcachon are perfect for another bike tour. During a stop near the bird island, you can admire one of the last wooden shacks on stilts in the bay region.
Our passionate guides can accompany you on bike, boat or walking tours and draw your attention to the region’s rich fauna and flora. They will talk about the region’s history, the animals that are particular for this region, and local craftmanship.
Rental cars are the best means of transport for our clients to make the most of their stay in France. However, the encourage them to leave the car parked and to go on biking or hiking tours to reduce their ecological footprint and to discover France in an authentic way that brings them closer to nature.
We focus our guest’s attention on local efforts to preserve flora and fauna and we like to think holidays significantly contribute to raising awareness for the environment. We ask our guests to be aware of their electricity and hot water consumption when they travel with us. We advise our guests about local regulations and protected areas at each destination.
Our office minimizes the use of paper by using internet, emails and for marketing purposes we also make use of websites. Our vouchers are electronic to avoid massive use of paper. When we have to use paper, we use the APUR paper, and our Brother’s cartridges are brought to the recycle center, which has a partnership with CoolEarth.
PeopleOur aim is to offer customers a chance to discover a secret France by offering original itineraries. You will stay in guesthouses and meet people that offer warm hospitality, ensure comfort and cleanliness and who are willing to share their environment. We select local suppliers that have the same vision as us to reduce the environmental impact of tourism and preserve local surroundings.
We select our local guides and craftsmen with great care to ensure that our activity benefits the local economy. Our guides are able to offer an insight into the local culture and are able to guide visitors to less known sites and unknown treasures. Thanks to our expertise and local guides, we know the best spots to buy and to try local products and specialties.
In this program, we also work with local people to protect cultural heritage. You will meet typical local producers from the area which will show you their work and production: Winemakers will show you the secrets of a great wine and Pascale, a passionate oenologist, will take you on a unique bike tour through the vineyards and share her knowledge about the regions wine history. You can also help the oyster farmer Christian with the daily tasks on his boat or participate in an oenology workshop. By getting our travelers to connect with the locals, we support the local population and help them preserve their culture and traditions. At the Cité du Vin in Bordeaux, a cultural wine museum, you can participate in the tour of the permanent exhibition and discover the wine cultures and civilization through an immersive and sensorial experience.
During a Dinner in local home, you will enjoy a top-quality homecooked meal, made from fresh regional ingredients and share moments with accommodating hosts and learn more about their “art de vivre”. Helena and her husband are happy to welcome you in their home in Bordeaux.
This trip also features unique homestays. A former coaching inn from the 18th century and the guesthouse of Adeline and Nicolas will make you stay in an informal atmosphere. We like to offer accommodations run by locals, rather than international hotel chains, to support the local population. This way, we can not only help our local partners but also provide an immerse experience for our customers. For the most part, we promote and use Sharing Economy Services.
You will definitely get a deeper understanding of the area and leave with unforgettable memories. Our vast experience and extensive knowledge enable us to propose packages that will give a true insight into the country they visit. Packages are selected in close relationship with customers and suppliers. We guarantee to replace or refund unavailable products, giving reassurance to the customer. Our team is there for our clients, before, during and after the stay in France.
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