Best time to go
April - October
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In response to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on tourism, this self-drive break offers maximum comfort and safety in mind. Our self-drive Bordeaux and Loire Valley break offers the perfect opportunity to explore two iconic French regions, with accommodation at two charming boutique hotels, located in peaceful settings, away from the busy towns and cities.
This holiday includes...
- 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches
- 5 wineries
- Approximately 19 wines tasted
- Full day private transported tour in the Loire Valley
- E-bike hire to your visits in Bordeaux
We’ve carefully selected this itinerary to show Bordeaux in all its beauty. It’s ready to book and good to go. If you’d like us to adapt it and create a tailor-made trip just for you, then we’d love to help. It’s what we’re here for. Let us know what you’d like, and we’ll get planning.
Drive from the UK to the Loire Valley, taking the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais. You are free to choose your crossing time. Upon arrival, check into your Superior room at the charming Château de Beaulieu, located close to Tours city centre.
We would be very pleased to reserve you a table for dinner in the Château’s gourmet restaurant this evening.
After breakfast, you will be met at the hotel by an English-speaking specialist/driver guide. Your tour day will comprise of:
- A private tour and tasting at one of the best producers of Vouvray wines, with local delicacies served to accompany your wines.
- A private tour and tasting at a 15th Century wine-making Château located just outside of Chinon, with a picnic served in the picturesque grounds.
- Your day will conclude with a private tour and tasting at another Chinon winery.
After breakfast and check out, drive to the Bordeaux region. Here, check into a Superior room with its own private terrace at the beautiful Château Cordeillan-Bages, located in the famous village of Pauillac in the heart of the Médoc vineyards. The afternoon and evening will be free for you to relax and enjoy your pleasant surroundings. The Château boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant as well as a more informal brasserie. We would be very pleased to reserve you a table at either of these for dinner this evening.
After breakfast, e-bikes will be provided for the day. Your day will comprise of a tour and tasting with a three course lunch as the guests of a Grand Cru Classé Château in the village of Saint-Estèphe and a private tour and tastings at a second Château.
After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel and make your way back to the UK, taking the Eurotunnel from Calais to Folkestone.
Huben holidays make the days go your way and get the nights right. We know the lay of the land and will find the perfect accommodation to make sure you sleep easy, and sleep well.
Château de Beaulieu
A true haven of rest, Château de Beaulieu has been welcoming guests in a stunning setting since 1976. This elegant family residence offers a wide range of high-standard services including a spa and a delicious gastronomic restaurant. The charming rooms are decorated according to the Chateau’s style and have all the modern comforts to ensure guests an unforgettable stay.
Set in a unique vineyard location, you will instantly fall in love with the elegant architecture of this 17th Century mansion. Cordeillan‐Bages is a member of Relais & Châteaux and boasts an array of luxury facilities. Guests of the hotel enjoy pampering and relaxation in a sumptuous setting.
Catering for your every need, the reception rooms and lounges are warm and inviting with a traditional British atmosphere gracefully blending with the contemporary furnishings and style of the dining room and bedrooms. For gourmet lovers, the hotel’s Chef has been awarded a Michelin star and the wine cellar includes some of Bordeaux’s finest vintages. Guests of the hotel can also enjoy a spell in the fitness room or sauna, unwind in the pool or de-stress with a relaxing massage in the spa.
Adding a special surprise to your holiday is just the sort of thing we’re here for. And we’re excellent at keeping secrets, promise. From surprise parties to secret engagement plans, our concierge service will sort the To Do list, so you can enjoy the “ta-da!”.