Bordeaux – Le Médoc – Arcachon

This tour takes you around wine capital Bordeaux and out to meet its winegrowers, visit their châteaux and cellars, learn how to taste wine, as well as taking in the exceptional beauty of the nearby Bay of Arcachon.
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Bordeaux

Bordeaux, world famous for its wine, named best European destination 2015 and a Unesco World Heritage Site, is renowned for its remarkable architectural unity dating back to the 18th century. There are said to be 350 buildings which are listed or registered as historical monuments or classed as Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage routes. And what a way to live – a great mix of exuberance and tranquillity.

The inescapable

The Grand Theatre designed by Victor Louis – fit for a king! Place de la Bourse gives a nod to Versailles, with its facade stretching out along the embankments, its beauty reflected in the water mirror. "The Golden Triangle", ideal for window shopping – chic boutiques to whet the appetite. The famous Rue Sainte Catherine, the main pedestrian artery of the town centre, a shopper’s delight. For night owls, there are plenty of live music bars, wine cellars and night clubs, from the embankments of Paludate to those of Bacalan via Old Bordeaux and La Victoire. Finally, it’s time to eat, whether local specialities or a more inventive cuisine created by some very talented chefs.

Le miroir d'eau
Le miroir d'eau
City centre UNESCO World Heritage
City centre UNESCO World Heritage
Opera House
Opera House
Bordeaux bars
Bordeaux bars

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The châteaux of Médoc

The most prestigious châteaux are in the Médoc along the D2 road known as the “Route des Châteaux”: Margaux, Latour, Mouton Rothschild...
On the Médoc route, you’ll come across Bordeaux’s most prestigious Grand Cru red wines. Often crafted in châteaux and cellars with their unusual architecture: Châteaux Margaux, Cos d'Estournel, Beychevelle...

The inescapable

There’s an amazing place, both a cellar and a wine bar, restaurant, exhibition and concert centre. Stop off at La Winery, near Arsac. Here, you’ll experience a great revelation during a workshop, revealing your "wine sign" and all about your tastes and preferences.

www.winery.fr

Atelier « signe œnologique » à la Winery
Atelier « signe œnologique » à la Winery

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Cap Ferret

Set out from Arcachon in a traditional "pinasse" boat for an excursion to Cap Ferret and the chance to discover the Bay of Arcachon, the Île aux oiseaux and the shacks on stilts.

You can reach the "point" of Cap-Ferret from Arcachon, relaxing on this "little sea" on a fishing smack, the type of vessel traditionally found hereabouts. There are some hidden locations to arouse your curiosity. Île aux Oiseaux with its huts on stilts is the most striking. It’s what inspired Laurent de Brunhof to write Babar.

www.arcachon.com
www.pinasse-compagnie.fr

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Arcachon

A seaside resort, a winter town whose timelessness has retained the character, the discreet, smart yet extravagant charm of Belle Epoque architecture. Its reputation is second to none, thanks to its health-giving waters and the reputation of its oysters. The Bay represents a way of life like no other.

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More feelings

Marvelling

 

If you want to see what life’s really like, get up early and visit Arcachon’s fish market.

www.arcachon.com

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