Bordeaux Big Short Break
Who: Couples

4 Days

From £1,395pp

Harriet, Kate L and Molly are here to help give you the inside track.

With a recently rediscovered mojo, grand 18th century boulevards and a foodie scene to complement the fabled vins, Bordeaux is the perfect spot for a luxury French mini-break.

Itinerary at a Glance
  • Spend a day at the wine infused spa at Les Sources de Caudalie
  • Learn the ways of the vine in a tasting class with your hotel's charming sommelier
  • Enjoy a salubrious two-Michelin-starred meal at La Grand'Vigne

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Day 1: International Flight

Your direct flight to Bordeaux from London takes an hour and three-quarters. After you have cleared customs and collected your luggage, you will be privately transferred to your hotel for the next three nights, the salubrious Les Sources des Caudalie.

The journey will take roughly half an hour, so depending on what time you arrive we will have pre-booked lunch or dinner, washed down with a bottle of wine (Bordeaux, naturally).

Day 2: Spa

Today we recommend a leisurely morning with a long breakfast, before making your way to the remarkable Vinotherapie Spa for a thoroughly spoiling day of pampering.

Vinotherapy involves treatments created using by-products of the winemaking process (Cabernet scrubs, Merlot rubs, that sort of thing). We've arranged a day of couple's treatments for you, beginning with a facial treatment which is tailored to your individual needs. Following a spell in the steam room, you will enjoy a soothing candle massage (not as scary as it sounds!) before a soak a deux in the spa's barrel bath, which uses grape extracts to sooth and aid the detoxification process, just in time for a retoxifying supper.

Day 3: Wine Tasting

After breakfast this morning, you will head to Les Sources de Caudalie's tasting tower, accompanied by the hotel's head sommelier, for a lesson in all things vinicultural.

Beginning with an explanation of the concept of terroir (the specific environment the vines grow in) you will move through the wines of Bordeaux and the surrounding areas, and then learn about to how best to serve them and the dishes they'll complement. After your tasting, you will be treated to lunch at La Grand'Vigne, the hotel's two Michelin Starred restaurant. Top tip - make sure to try the chateau's delicious white Bordeaux, as well as the clarets.

Suitably stuffed, we recommend borrowing a couple of bikes from the hotel and cycling through the vineyards to work off some of that lunch in time for another delectable dinner.

Day 4: International Flight

Today is sadly your last day in France, but before your late afternoon flight home you have plenty of time to explore the city of Bordeaux itself, starting with a boat transfer from the hotel to the Port de la Lune in the centre of the city.

Once in Bordeaux, we recommend heading straight to the Cite du Vin, a museum dedicated (unsurprisingly) to the art of viniculture. You can expand on what you learnt during your wine tasting yesterday, or test your food pairing knowledge, before taking in one of the temporary exhibitions - which change often and are always fascinating. After lunch (we recommend oysters from nearby Arcachon in the Marche des Chatrons), you'll just about have enough time to stock up on wine (it would be rude not to, really) and cheese from any one of our favourite boutique shops in town - check your handy Dossier for our recommendations- before heading to the airport.

Your flight home will leave Bordeaux in the late afternoon and will arrive back in the UK in the early evening.

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A Rough Idea of Price

While all of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like time of year and level of accommodation, we want to give you as good an idea of how much this itinerary will cost.

This Itinerary

If you would like to book the itinerary mentioned above, with economy flights, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels.

From

£1,470pp

Bare Necessities

If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.

From

£1,395pp

Bells & Whistles

If you are looking for something extra special, we can discuss with you upgrading your accommodation, flights or activities.

From

£1,840pp

The guide prices shown are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the class of flights, the airline used and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.

Harriet, Kate L and Molly are our experts for this itinerary and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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