Want to experience
a unique Bordeaux wine tour?
a unique Bordeaux wine tour?
You deserve better than a standard wine tasting trip designed to appeal to the largest audiences.
I got a secret for you !
If you are on a cruise docking in Bordeaux, I offer the opportunity to save money and escape the crowds on all of the standard cruise excursions.
You don't know how to start and plan an unforgettable and tailor-made Bordeaux wine trip?
Let me help you...
I will pick you up directly where you stay : hotel or B&B lost in the countryside. I can also pick you up from Libourne or Saint-Emilion or Blaye (globally speaking the right bank of Bordeaux vineyards).
I can also pick you up directly near your cruise ship if docked in Bordeaux or Bassens, at least as close as I can. The ship generally dock very close of the city center so I will always be able to meet you at a walking distance from the gangway.
My tours are all private. I don't offer shared tours.
Tours can host 8 people maximum. The prices are always given for the whole party and not per person.
My vehicle offers 6 individuals seats + 2 in the front seat.
BordeauxCognacTourGuide uses only a FORD minivan, comfortable and fully equipped including air conditonning, shaded windows, 6 individual seats and large leg space.
My vehicle is a 9-seater minivan (1 driver + 8 passengers including two on the front seat). It is equipped with 2 wide sliding doors which makes it easier for the group to get in and out of the vehicle.
Typically, a full day tour includes the visit of 3 wineries and 2 wineries for a half-day tour.
You have to know that we need to get an appointement in all the wineries.
Let me know the wineries that you wish to visit; I will do my best to give you satisfaction. Keep in mind that some of the top exclusive properties are only available to wine professionals. First growth are very exclusive and usually not open to visitors except professional.
If you rely on my expertise... I work with a multitude of great partners and try to combine contrasted wineries to offer you the best experience in Bordeaux and let you catch the soul of the region.
Well... Difficult question to answer !
The cost depends on the wineries, the wine appellation and the fame of the winery name.
For grouped/shared visits, the prices range varies from 5€ to 25€ per person per chateau. For private tours the prices range varies from 10€ to 85€ per person per chateau depending on the wineries you expect to visit.
I will always let you know the exact amount you will have to pay in advance. Because the tasting fees vary so much, I never include them in the price of my tours.
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Wineries are producers and not only distributors !
So they will serve you a glass of wine only after the visit. However it will be an unique occasion to visit vineyard and learn about all the process from the grape to the glass !
I am convinced that each tour will be an opportunity to learn something new and to immerse yourself in the local culture!
Of course, we can also plan some extra tasting in a wine shop if you want to taste more samples of local wines !
I would say that for me, one of the best times to visit
Bordeaux enjoys a temperate climate with mild winters and hot summers. The best weather is anytime between May and September with the highest temperatures typically in July and August.
June to August is the busiest period for tourism in Cognac, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual. September and October are the period for harvesting, so producers might be a bit busy. Better to choose second half of October for still a nice weather and long daylight.
Distillation campaign will generally start again mid-November.
Sooner is always the better ! Because visits are mainly by appointment and depend on availabilities of the producers; most of them need to know in advance when they will be visited. If you book early you will have more chance to visit your favorite ones.
If you book early you will have more chance to visit the best one. Early booking = better visits !
Most of the wineries will need to be booked in advance. You have to know that traveling to Bordeaux is not like traveling to Napa or other wine countries. Visits are arranged only by appointments and depend on winemakers availabilities. It is not possible to just turn up in Bordeaux as it is in many wine regions.
For a better experience, I will arrange all the visits booking in order to give you a large overview of the different Bordeaux wine styles. Wine tasting fees are never included in my rates as they may vary a lot from one winery to another one, but I will allways let you know the amount you need to consider in total for your tour.
Once you are satisfied with my proposal, I send you an invoice used as a booking form. The document needs to be completed, signed, scanned and returned by e-mail.
To reserve your trip, I require a 30% deposit of the total amount to confirm the tour booking (credit crad, Bank wire transfer or Paypal).
The balance can be paid in advance or on the spot (Cash or credit card - No Amex)
BordeauxCognacTourGuide adheres to the following cancellation policy if for certain resons you are forced to cancel your shore excursion with me:
- 60 days or more prior to departure will not be subject to a cancellation fee.
- 60 - 30 days or more prior to departure will be subject to a 120€ per program cancellation fee.
- 30-15 days prior to departure will be subject to 30% of the program price.
- 15 - 5 days prior to departure will be subject to 50% of the program price.
- 5 days or less prior to departure will be subject to 100% of the program price.
Refund Policy: Refunds are not made for any missed or unused services.
5 good reasons to choose Bordeaux Cognac Tour Guide over another company ?
Because I am a real local. I was born here an grew up here.
Because you will have only one interlocutor and you know in advance that your tour will be designed depending on your expectations
Because you are sure that everything is in order regarding french rules for transportation, registrations and licenses
Because a friendly moment is always guaranteed !
Because you won't have to waste your time to plan a good trip itinerary, I will do it for you! I can arrange your itinerary to be time-efficient (do not forget your time on the spot is short!) and I will probably allow you to visit more places during your call in Bordeaux !