Lying on the south bank of the Garonne estuary, Le Verdon is your gateway to what is arguably the finest wine-producing region in the world: the vineyards surrounding Bordeaux. Though the city has long been an important trading center, the foundation of its prosperity has always rested on the wine trade. That trade began in the Middle Ages, when Bordeaux shipped Claret to England in exchange for British wool. While Bordeaux itself is a charming city that boasts superb examples of 18th-century neo-classical architecture, wine lovers are seldom able to resist the lure of the fine wine estates of the Medoc.
More about Bordeaux (Le Verdon), France Points of Interest
This World Heritage city brims with historic churches, tranquil parks and graceful bridges. See Louis XV's royal square, the Place de la Bourse; the Gothic Clock, the Town Hall, and Gambretta Square.
Immerse yourself in the French countryside where celebrated vintners create some of the world's most sought-after wines. Enjoy a tasting at a classic chateau for the complete Medoc Vineyard experience.
Explore amazing architectural gems surrounded by ordered vineyards and beautifully treed landscapes. The variety of styles from medieval forts to graceful Palladian palaces is endlessly fascinating.
Chateau Lafite Rothschild
Originating in the 13th century, this famed chateau boasts centuries of artful wine making and heady days when its distinctive claret was widely known at the court of Versailles as "The King's Wine."
Route des Chateaux
The famed "Route des Châteaux" is rimmed with vineyards as far as the eye can see. Road signs tick off legendary names of world-famous cellars and stately chateaux peer out from leafy allées.
Chateau Rousseau de Sipian
This Renaissance phantasy of turrets and towers overlooking the Gironde dates to a marriage joining two of the wine world's most celebrated families: perfect for wine tasting and a gourmet lunch.
Delve into the finer points of cognac production at this celebrated distillery founded in 1765 by Irishman Richard Hennessy. Arriving via river boat for a cellar tour and cognac tasting is magical.
Médoc wines vary from the elegant Margaux wines in the south to the imposing Saint-Estèphe to the north. Wine tasting tours at imposing chateaux let you sample and perhaps purchase a favorite vintage.
Fall in love while driving along 'Route des Chateaux.' En route a short photo-stop will be made to admire one of the picturesque châteaux. Then enjoy a winetasting at another palatial estate along the 'Route des Châteaux.' Soak up the scene before returning to Le Verdon.
Experience World War II in a powerfully personal way as you view coastal bunkers that comprised part of Hitler's 'Atlantic Wall.' Tour these installations with the Frenchman who watched them being built as a child and - decades later - helped preserve them.
This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with some walking involved. See the highlights of Bordeaux and then have free time to discover some of its deeper secrets by yourself.
A picturesque drive along the Medoc wine château road brings you to Bordeaux. Explore independently, shop, and lunch on your own in the heart of this UNESCO-classified city. Then, transfer to La Cité du Vin (Bordeaux Wine Museum), a unique cultural facility where wine comes to life through an immersive, interactive experience.
Wine and food lovers, this fabulous full-day tour will satisfy every appetite. Enjoy wine tasting at a glamorous French chateau, explore the legendary Medoc wine region, sightsee through monumental Bordeaux, sit down to lunch in a classic French restaurant, and enjoy free time to shop.
Hold history in a glass on a guided tour and tasting at the renowned Hennessy distillery in Cognac, France. This moderate full-day tour offers a cultural immersion as you experience the vitner's art first-hand. And lunch at a local restaurant and sightseeing via coach and ferry boat are delightful diversions.