What a combination!
The most famous wines in the world, championship quality golf courses, history, culture and sightseeing....
* Day 1
Arrival at Bordeaux airport and transfer to your hotel in the Dordogne area- the magnificent Chateau des Vigiers
Welcome dinner at Chateau des Vigiers.
Château des Vigiers is a magnificent castle dating back to 1597 which is located in the beautiful countryside to the East of Bordeaux near Bergerac.
Locally known as "Little Versailles", Château des Vigiers has been tastefully restored in French country-house style, surrounded by its own vineyards and 27 hole golf course. Exposed beams and stonework create a charming ambiance, enhanced by one of the best gourmet restaurants in the area.
* Day 2
Golf at Château des Vigiers golf course
Les Vigiers golf course carves its way through the working plum orchards, vineyards, lake and oak woods surrounding the Château. The course is ideal for recreational golfing. The 9th and 18th holes present interesting challenges avoiding the water hazards on one side and the Château on the other.
Donald Steel, the course architect, considers the 18th hole as one of the best he ever designed in terms of strategy and setting
Suggested sightseeing :
Bergerac is found on the northern bank of the Dordogne River, in the western part of the Dordogne department. It is among the largest towns in the region. The highlight of a trip to Bergerac is the old town- the area immediately north of the river, signposted 'vieille ville'. This part of the town has some lovely streets and squares to explore, and a variety of boutique shops.
There are also several restaurants in 'old-town' Bergerac among the attractive medieval half-timbered streets, and some open-air cafes where you can pass a very pleasant hour just watching people going about their business.
The National Tobacco Museum is based here in Bergerac, and is apparently very interesting. (Tobacco is still an important crop in the region- you will probably see it growing in the fields.)
Looking out over the Dordogne valley is the delightful, fairytale, Chateau de Monbazillac. Here the tourist can enjoy both well preserved Renaissance architecture, as well as the food and fine sweet wines of the Monbazillac appellation.
* Day 3
Guided tour of the medieval town of Saint- Emilion
There are some architectural sites which have always seemed, from ancient times, to blend in with the surrounding landscape. Saint- Emilion is just such a jewel of stones, in a natural setting of utmost beauty.
The medieval town stands proudly at the top of the hill overlooking the worldwide renowned Saint-Emilion vineyards and is the ideal place for wine tasting and shopping.
Built in the form of an amphitheatre, Saint-Emilion has a remarkable monolithic church and its Romanesque monuments. The stone is a soft ochre colour, and a walk in the back streets somehow transports you back through the passage of time.
After touring Saint Emillion, you head off for a wine tasting visit at Château Figeac- Premier Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion
Figeac is a very ancient estate, going back at least as far as the 2nd century AD. The site has been continually inhabited ever since, as proved by the vestiges: a water-supply system dating from the Gallo-Roman period, foundations of buildings from the Middle Ages with defensive walls, and the remains of a Renaissance chateau reflected in the present-day chateau's great door and tower.
Figeac continues to be the largest estate in the commune of Saint-Emilion, with 40 hectares of vines located in a small area and which is often referred to as "Graves de Saint-Emilion (same as Cheval Blanc).. The central part of the chateau, built in a very pure, classical architectural style, dates from the late 18th century.
Golf at Saint Emilion golf course
St Emilion Golf course is the new gem designed by one of the best architects in the world, Tom Doak (Cape Kidnappers, Barnbougle Dunes, Pacific Dunes, etc).
The course is routed in a valley fringed by centenary oak trees, framed by vineyards, and is located just 6 miles from the village of Saint Emilion. The ideal place to play golf on a Golf & Wine tour!
As usual with Tom Doak, no artificial earth movement has been created to design Saint Emilion golf course, holes just follow one another in the most natural flowing way...
* Day 4
Half day guided tour Bordeaux
Sightseeing and shopping in Bordeaux
Situated on the banks of the Garonne, Bordeaux has more than 2000 years of history to share. The city possesses an exceptional architectural heritage, notably dating from the XVIIIth century, and is situated in a unique environment of vineyards, forest, sea and mountains. Arriving by the Pont de Pierre, Bordeaux spreads itself out before you behind a splendid 18th century façade. Set out all along the “port of the moon”, as the Middle Ages chronicler Froissart called it, its quays are in the same noble mould as the town itself, making one of the most harmonious architectural ensembles in Europe. A blossoming trading town during the Enlightenment through its maritime activity, Bordeaux today is a paradise for wine. Over centuries, the most prestigious vintages have passed through here : Châteaux Petrus, Haut Brion, Margaux...
And when you appetite builds, let yourself be tempted by a good restaurant and savour the happy alliances of local products and fine wines!
Lodging is at Sources de Caudalie a luxury hotel offering "la vie de château" in the heart of renowned vineyards.
In the midst of classed vintage Graves wines, the world's only wine therapy complex opened in 1999. The hotel boasts beautifully and individually decorated rooms and suites, fine gourmet cuisine (one star Michelin) and an unusual fitness centre which uses substances derived from grape vines. An exceptional place with no equivalent in Europe!
* Day 5
First up today is a wine tasting visit at Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Grand Cru Classé de Graves. Château Smith Haut Lafitte owes its reputation as the “most Graves like Graves” to its superb Gunzien gravel soil. The estate consists of one unbroken 55 hectares (136 acres) vineyard and its history goes back to the Crusades (which explains the “fleur de lys” on the label).
In the 18th century, the Scots navigator, George Smith ended up purchasing the estate. The next owner was M. Duffour-Dubergier, Mayor of Bordeaux, then, Louis Eschenauer one of the figures in the local wine trade.
In the past seven years, the 16th century tower and the 18th century “chartreuse” of this outstanding Château have been completely renovated, two underground cellars were also transformed, and the current owners reinstated traditional viticultural practices.
The exemplary quality, the excellent and structured balance of Smith Haut Lafitte’s red and white wines is worthy of this total commitment to quality.
Lodging is again at Sources de Caudalie
During your stay you can try Vinotherapy at Les Sources de Caudalie, an original and exclusive skin care based on the harmonious combination of hot natural water and the health and beauty enhancing properties of grapes and wines. Treatments include red wine bath, barrel bath, exhilarating massages, wine and honey wrap, water jet shower, spa bath with jet stream, Turkish bath, etc.
It is unique in the world!
* Day 6
Golf at Médoc golf course Les Vignes
Designed by Rod Whitman, Medoc les Vignes course is set in a typically regional landscape where the beauty of the moors and of the maritime pines serve to enhance the architect’s design. The long par 5 holes with their carefully designed greens, and the judiciously placed bunkers call for precise strokes.
The wide variety of the playing situations and the delightful setting will meet the expectations of the most demanding players
After golf we have wine tasting at Chateau Rauzan- Ségla.
Located in the worldwide renowned vineyards of Margaux, Chateau Rauzan-Ségla is a "Deuxième Grand Cru” in the original Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.
The winery‘s history started in 1661 when Pierre de Rauzan acquired the estate. Generations of the Rauzan family succeeded to the running of the estate. Today, the winery radiates the tranquil calm of a residence filled with charm
Lodging is again at Medoc Hotel du Golf
Located in the heart of the Medoc vineyards, Medoc Hotel du Golf is the perfect place to stay for golfers.
79 rooms with modern conveniences, swimming pole, spa, massages, restaurant, and the 2 famous Medoc golf courses on site. This comfortable four star hotel also offers wine tasting experiences. It is ideal for avid golfers who are wine amateurs...
* Day 7
Golf at Médoc golf course Les Châteaux
Site of the French open in 1999 (European PGA Tour), Medoc les Châteaux Golf Course respects the pure tradition of Scottish links. Wide fairways bordered by heather, gorse, and broom, entice golfers into the delights of carefully preserved natural landscape.
The firm and fast greens, with the influence of winds from the Atlantic ocean, and the technical difficulties of the layout, make this championship course a constant challenge.
Medoc les Châteaux course is set in the heart of the wine area and the players will have no doubt about that, since each hole is named after a Medoc top vintage and the 150 yards mark is ...a bottle of wine.
Wine tasting today is a visit to Château Pichon Longueville (Grand Cru Classé de Medoc). It was in the 17th century that Jacques de Pichon, Baron de Longueville, began to put together the vineyard of Pichon-Longueville, between St-Julien and Pauillac. The reputation of this wine was established in a few years and the fame of the domaine equalled that of Latour.
Our Farewell dinner is at the Chateau Pichon Longueville.
Lodging is again at Medoc Hotel du Golf
* Day 8
Drive or transfer to Bordeaux airport (30 min) for departure.
We can organise a coach and driver for groups, or hire cars if you wish to self drive
Included in this package :
* Lodging in a double or twin room
* Daily buffet breakfast
* 4 rounds of golf with pre-booking of tee times
* Car rental with full insurance coverage and unlimited mileage
* OR Chauffeur driven service for all transfers
* 2 dinners with wine (Chateau des Vigiers and one of the winery chateaux visited)
* One session of vinotherapy at Les Sources de Caudalie (half day)
* 4 wine tasting visits
* Availability of a professional guide for visiting Saint Emilion (2 hours) and Bordeaux (1 half day)
* Travel book including all travel documents and sightseeing suggestions
* Meet and greet service
* All local taxes
Not included :
* Meals, excepted those mentioned above
* Drinks, tips and other personal expenses
* Electric golf carts rental or caddies
* Body treatments at Chateau des Vigiers or Medoc Hotel
Attention : the hotels, golf courses, and visits indicated in the program are subject to availability according to the clients’ travelling time.
The Travelling Golfer can tailor a golfing trip to France to suit you!