Hiking Bordeauxs Vineyards Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrival in Bordeaux and transfer to St Emilion
Arrival at Bordeaux Airport. Taxi transfer the your hôtel*** in St Emilion.
Collect you route notes on checkin.
Dinner by yourselves
Day 2: Saint Emilion vineyards – UNESCO Heritage Site. 2 options :
10 or 15 kms – 70 meters level variation.
You will begin your week with a bay hiking the extensive vineyards surrounding St- Emilion visiting Châteaux and wine properties, like Petrus , château La Clotte or Beau Séjour.
Circuit through the characteristic landscape of the coomb an exceptional site formed by a succession of coomb covered with vines. This ” landscape ” was the first “non architectural” site, classified as UNESCO world heritage site.
Back to you guesthouse or hote – St Emilion
Dinner by yourselves
Day 3: Saint Emilion : Exceptional medieval village .
Private guided visit of one of the oldest Winerie of Saint-émilion. This winery is one of the jewels of St. Emilion: The Couvent des Jacobins followed by a wine tasting of 3-4 great wines of Saint-émilion and/or Pomerol… About 1h30 hours
You will have a guided tour of the underground monuments of the city. The amphitheatre is an open air museum. The town of Saint- Emilion will astonish you. Its troglodyte history is fascinating. The monuments and vestiges of the great Roman era follow one another along the steeps lanes, Around 1h.
At the end of the afternoon, taxi transfer to Camiran, in the “Entre- Deux-Mers” vineyard. Sit by the swimming pool , relax and enjoy the charm and pleasures of South-West France.
The host will accommodate you in the evening where you will enjoy regional cuisine and wines.
Dinner and night in restored guesthouse, bedrooms within a cordial framework of old stones and wood.
La Camiranaise or La Lézardière
Day 4 : The Entre-deux-Mers area :
From St Martin de Lerm to Caudrot
15 Kms – 100 meters level variation
The Entre-Deux-Mers area, between the Dordogne and the Garonne rivers, is a triangle of ground, water and stones with a unique cultural variety.
You will cross a part of this vineyard which benefits from an exceptional geographical site on the slopes dominating the valley of the Garonne.
At the end of the afternoon, you will arrive at a place down the Garonne Valley, in the heart of the cute village in the edge of the Garonne river. At the end of the walk in Caudrot, return transfer to to your previous accommodation
La Camiranaise or La Lézardière
Day 5 : From Caudrot to St Macaire
10 Kms – 25 meters level variation
Today walk brings you through a landscape of greenery, along the vines and estuary of the Gironde. Castles, fishermen’s huts and wonderful scenery. You can take a picnic in the small port with its locks marking the departure of famous “Canal du Midi”, linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.
The footpath leads you directly to one of the door of the medieval city of St Macaire, In October 2012 St Macaire was voted the most beautiful village in south-west France. Particularly mentioned was the arcaded place du Mercadiou and the sublime 13th century paintings in the vaulted ceiling of the church. There is a full range of shops – baker, butcher, grocer, chemist, newsagent and tourist office which sells local wines.
Dinner and night in hotel Les Feuilles d’acanthe
Day 6 : Loop from St Macaire to Sainte Croix du Mont
8 or 16 km according to option – 100 meters level variation
Above Saint-Macaire, the hills open to splendid scenic views with the dark spots of the tobacco drying sheds. In this landscape of hills and small valleys, the vines succeed the meadows and the thickets of leafy trees with many mills and castles.
This circuit will carry out you to the “Domaine de Malagar”, residence of the writer François Mauriac, whom you will be able to visit and to the tomb of the famous painter Toulouse Lautrec.
You will be able to visit the Château Laurette (Sweet white wine producer) or the Château Loubens before reaching the village of Sainte Croix du Mont, perched on a slope, offering a spectacular view of the Garonne Valley with its wines and caves with fossilised oyster benches ,cellars and vault and church
At the end of the afternoon, return to the hotel at St Macaire and transfer in the taxi to Sauternes.
Hotel Le 23. Dinner in a restaurant.
Day 7 : The Famous Sauternes vineyards area. From Sauternes to Barsac
15 Kms – 60 meters level variation
Located on left bank of the Garonne, throughout your day, you will walk along well-known wine producer like Château La Tour Blanche and château Rayne Vigneau and will be able to appreciate the small local heritage (churches, mills, laundrettes…) but also a varied natural landscape of vine, forest and the Ciron river, wild small river formerly used to transport wood.
You will walk in an exceptional vineyard with its single soil resulting from two centuries of care giving quality and prestige to the wines of Sauternes and Barsac.
Once accommodated, you will finish the day with an “aperitif tasting” in the Château Gravas. Like other high-class wines of Sauternes, the fame of the Château Gravas date from the time of Richard Coeur de Lion (XII century).
Lodging and dinner in the castle of Camperos which has to preserved the elegance of the XVII Ième century and the Néo-Renaissance charm of XIXème with its vast rooms with wonderful views.
Realx in the Jacuzzi. After a week’s hiking, it is a well earned pleasure.
Le Château de Camperos
Day 8: End
Breakfast and transfer to the Train station of Barsac or Langon for train to Bordeaux.