Next trip Previous trip
Standard
Comfort
Prices from
price/person
International flights excluded
$ 6,188
Price based on 4 pax
$ 5,388 p.P.
Price based on 6 pax
$ 4,666 p.P.

13 days

Standard

Request your free quote now! Receive a free quote from your local travel agency within 48 hours by e-mail.
No obligation to purchase.

Joel is our Destination Expert in France.

Specialties:

  • Family Tours
  • Hiking Tours
  • Cultural & History Tours
  • Self drive Tours
(avg rating 5.0/5)
Show latest reviews  

Vikram D.
"Joel listened carefully on what I was expecting during my vacation and he truly delivered beyond our...".

Go to complete review.

Robert B.
"We were a group of 6 older people. We were interested in nature and culture encounters and Joel arr...".

Go to complete review.

Sandeep R.
"".

trip.me Payment Plus

  • Credit card or bank transfer payment option
  • Protection against agency insolvency
  • Ease of mind
  • All this for only 2.5% more
See more

Activities & Transport

  • City Tour
  • Hiking
  • Meet the Locals
  • Cycling
  • Rental Car
  • Car with driver

Main travel focus

Cultural visits
Nature & landscapes
Relaxing moments

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Wine Tasting Trip through Bordeaux and the Basque Country

Original and tasty Bordeaux - Unique Basque terroir - Breathtaking Basque landscapes - staggering Guggenheim Museum
Unique about this tour:
  • Original and tasty experiences in Bordeaux
  • Discovery of the Medoc, land of beaches, vineyards and castles
  • A selection of charming and well located hotels
  • Private and small group tours with highly skilled guides

For many travelers, Bodeaux and the Basque Country is synonymous with gastronomic delights and wine. It's a less crowded more authentic region of southwestern France and northern Spain that warrants your attention. 

Teeming with architectural marvels, unique culture and friendly people, the Bordeaux and Basque regions are home to a plethora of experiences and destinations waiting to be explored.

What makes this trip unique? The choice. We can create itineraries for you and are happy to organise tours, visits, etc. Don’t hesitate to ask!

  Show more

Services

Included
  • Each night of accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Breakfast as mentioned
  • Transfers with private driver as mentioned
  • Activities and excursions and tasting fees
  • A detailed road book with our suggestions for visits, all addresses, maps, and vouchers for all accommodation and activities
  • Telephone assistance in case of emergency
Excluded
  • International flights
  • The activities mentioned as optional
  • City tax in the accommodation (2019 rates between 0.5€ and 2.5€ per person per night)
  • All that is not mentioned in the section, ‘This price includes’
Optional (Available upon request)
  • Dinner cruise on the Garonne river ( from USD 90 per person)

Example Trip to customize

Bordeaux  

Welcome to Bordeaux!

Upon arriving at Bordeaux, you’ll be greeted by the friendly face of your private driver who'll take you to your hotel.



Bordeaux is one of France's most exciting, vibrant, and dynamic cities. In the last decade and a half, it has shed its languid, Sleeping Beauty, image. Half the city is UNESCO World Heritage listed, fusing 17th century architecture with striking new buildings. Think barista-run coffee shops, super-food food trucks, an exceptional dining scene and more fine wine than you could ever possibly drink. 



In this region of wine and gastronomy, l’apéritif is an unmissable rendezvous. You will visit a wine lover during a tasting (wine tasting, salted and sweet cannelés and other surprises). End the evening in an exceptional setting, with a breathtaking view, where you will savor desserts composed like paintings playing on the colors, textures and volumes.

Standard Accommodation: Hotel Du Théâtre

Comfort Accommodation: Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre

Day 1

Bordeaux  

Sojourn Through the Very Best of the City

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in the morning to begin a historic deep dive into Bordeaux. From the 16th century to the 18th century past WWI to the 21st century,  this tour provides a look into the foundations of the city’s history. 



After lunch, your gourmet tour of Bordeaux focuses on savoring the sumptuous flavors of Bordeaux with scenic and historic promenades linking our tastings. You will visit cheese caves located in the stone-vaulted cellars of a 15th century convent where you will find a treasure trove of cheeses, gently aging to their optimal maturity. Don't worry, you get to try!



Then you will visit a world-renowned Bordelaise company known for their resurrection of the canelé. You will enjoy a relaxing moment sampling this and other interesting desserts, as well as a hot beverage. Then you will finish with the pleasure of a wine tasting in a small boutique wine bar.

Standard Accommodation: Hotel Du Théatre

Comfort Accommodation: Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre

Day 2

Arcachon  

Indulge in a Seafood Feast in Arcachon

You'll spend the today in Arcachon. Navigate between the oyster parks in small channels, alongside the traditional villages and small beaches of the peninsula.



You will have the opportunity to discover Birds’ Island and observe its cabins built on stilts (the “cabanes tchanquées”); visit the Cape Ferret Peninsula with its small fishing villages and beaches; the Pilat Dune (largest sand dune in Europe); the Arguin oyster bank; and the Leyre river delta.



During the afternoon, you will enjoy a 2-hour private boat ride on a “pinasse” (typical local fishing boat) and enjoy a tasting of oysters and white wine onboard.

Standard Accommodation: Hotel Du Théatre

Comfort Accommodation: Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre

Day 3

Saint Emilion  

Taste Your Way Through Wine Country

We’re heading into wine country in St Emilion where we will visit top wineries to taste their wines. 



After lunch in the town or on a terrace at a winery among the vines, we will visit a top winery in Pomerol and taste the wines of the estate.  



Example of wineries visited during the day: Château Beausejour Becot, Château Guadet, Château Tour Saint Christophe, Château Petit-Village, Château Figeac, Chateau Pavie, Chateau de Reignac, Château Troplong Mondot, Château de Ferrand, Château Gazin, Château de Sales, Château Villemaurine, Château de la Rivière… the list could go on.

Standard Accommodation: Hotel Du Théatre

Comfort Accommodation: Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre

Day 4

Gascony - Biarritz  

Head To Glitzy Biarritz

After check out, hit the road with your English speaking driver/guide and head through the Graves area, southwest into the old region of Gascogny. Hit the road into Basque Country and Biarritz. 



Until WW2, Biarritz was the Monte Carlo of the Atlantic Coast, transformed in the mid-19th century into a playground for monarchs and the glitterati, including Frank Sinatra, Bette Davis, and Ernest Hemingway. 



Enjoy the town’s air of faded glamour, a charming blend of both the chic and the shabby. Its shore remains truly beautiful, with white breakers crashing on sandy strands. The focus of Biarritz is the Casino Municipal, the loveliest place to stroll. Just below is the picturesque harbour of the Port des Pecheurs, backed by tamarisks and pink and blue hydrangeas. Beyond lies the Grande Plage, an immaculate sweep of sand.

Standard Accommodation: Hotel De La Plage

Comfort Accommodation: La Maison Du Lierre

Day 5

Biarritz  

Cycle Along the Basque Coast

Today, we'll cycle along the spectacular Basque Coast on an electric bicycle. Away from car traffic, discover the most amazing views between Biarritz and Saint Jean de Luz. There is no better option to fully enjoy the beauty of the wild coast with very little physical effort, thanks to the electric assisted bikes we provide. 



You will cycle through villages scattered along the coast across this 8-miles. The first stop is Bidart, a charming Basque coast village, where the open view onto the Atlantic Ocean is breathtaking. Next is Guétary, featuring the most charming Pelota open courtyard of the Basque Region. Cycle along this striking coastline and see the best surf spots before reaching Saint-Jean-de-Luz where you will meet a very special wine producer, ageing his wine under the sea! 



Once the evening is over, you will be driven back to your hotel.

Standard Accommodation: Hotel De La Plage

Comfort Accommodation: La Maison Du Lierre

Day 6

Biarritz  

Feast at Les Halles de Biarritz

Join the guide for a local market tour and tasting of the colourful Les Halles de Biarritz! While walking around the stalls, enjoy the lively and vibrant atmosphere this local market has to offer. Meet the producers and vendors, learn about the culinary traditions and local history, and discover some of the finest products the Basque Country has to offer. You’ll taste your way from stall to stall enjoying delicious locally produced foie gras, fresh oysters, and seafood, specialty cured meats, cheese, wine, coffee and the famous ‘Gâteau Basque’



Make your own way back to the hotel in the afternoon, or onwards to another part of the city or the beach to explore and spend the test of the afternoon at leisure.

Standard Accommodation: Hotel De La Plage

Comfort Accommodation: La Maison Du Lierre

Day 7

Espelette - Aihnoa - Saint Jean De Pied De Port  

Become Part of Basque Culture Along the Coast

Today, we'll explore the inland Basque Country and drive through the most breathtaking landscapes! Visit the most beautiful villages of the area: Espelette, Aihnoa, Sare, Saint Jean Pied de Port. This tour is a great opportunity to soak in local Basque culture! 



You will learn how a Bayonne ham is made and discover the hidden corners and charming places of typical villages boasting unique architecture 



The final stop is a meeting with a farmer producing Espelette chilli powder. You will be invited to discover the terroir and its core values, you will get a full understanding of the product, from the field to the tasting room and you will know all the steps of the process on this Protected Appellation of Origin.

Standard Accommodation: Hotel De La Plage

Comfort Accommodation: La Maison Du Lierre

Day 8

St Jean De Luz - San Sebastian - Bilbao  

Experience the Gastronomy of the Region

What’s on the itinerary today? The jewels of the Basque Country.



In the Basque Country, Bayonne stands as a capital for gastronomy and local traditions. Taste an unparalleled ham together with some sheep cheese and enjoy the passion and know-how of the region’s best producer before meeting the best artisan chocolate-maker in town. 



Afterwards, we're off to Saint-Jean-de-Luz and San Sebastian for a journey into history and local gastronomy before we arrive in Bilbao. With staggering architecture, a venerable dining scene and stunning landscapes just outside the city centre, Bilbao is one of the great treasures of the Basque Country. 



Surrounded by rolling green hills, with breathtaking coastline, parks and plazas dot the city centre, including the Parque de Doña Casilda de Iturrizar.



Check in to your hotel in the afternoon and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Standard Accommodation: Cosmov Bilbao Hotel

Comfort Accommodation: Petit Palace Arana Bilbao

Day 9

Bilbao  

Immerse Yourself in Art in Bilbao

Your guide will pick you up after breakfast for an art and architecture walking tour. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is stunning; a marvel of contemporary architecture with its constantly changing reflections and fleeting colours. 



Afterwards wander with our expert guide through the old industrial Abandoibarra district



What’s great about Bilbao? It’s largely untouched by tourists. It’s the kind of place where you’ll rarely hear English, or even Spanish, spoken. The natives speak Basque, and even the most touristy parts of the city are rarely crowded. You could easily spend a few weeks exploring all the nooks and crannies of this enchanting city and its vicinity.

Standard Accommodation: Cosmov Bilbao Hotel

Comfort Accommodation: Petit Palace Arana Bilbao

Day 10

Rioja Valley  

Run Through the Vineyards in La Rioja

Your guide will pick you up this morning to experience La Rioja, Spain's famous wine region. This full day tour combines beautiful landscapes and different historic vineyards that produce some of the best wine in the world. 



Discover the secrets of Rioja wine cellars and enjoy wine tastings in privileged surroundings. You will be taken on a journey that inflames the senses and leaves you wanting to come back for more. Beyond the wine, we’ll visit historic towns in the area, stopping off at some of the unknown viewpoints and areas only known to locals.

Standard Accommodation: Cosmov Bilbao Hotel

Comfort Accommodation: Petit Palace Arana Bilbao

Day 11

Urdaibai  

Experience the Allure of Txakoli in Urdaibai

For the epicurean travelers amongst us, this wine journey will lead you to a beautifully designed winery in the oak-forested and biosphere reserve of Urdaibai. On your way, we will be stopping of at Gernika, it’s a unique opportunity to explore this stunning region with your cultural guide.



The guide will show you an award-winning sommelier and winemaker who will activate all your senses during our tasting of Txakoli. This tour brings to life a region rich in history and biodiversity, matched with a wine as enticing as its surroundings.

Standard Accommodation: Cosmov Bilbao Hotel

Comfort Accommodation: Petit Palace Arana Bilbao

Day 12

Bilbao  

Bid Farewell to Bilbao!

All good things must come to an end but we hope you have enjoyed your time exploring the very best of the wine regions that Spain and France has to offer -- the rich history, its natural beauty and the people that make the country what it is.



After breakfast, we will take you to Bilbao’s airport to catch your flight. 



We hope you have had a memorable trip and wish you pleasant onward travels!

Day 13