Walking tour Pauillac, Margaux Vineyards & Gironde estuary

Trip Code : Hiking 02

Trip activity

Self-guided walking tour

Location

Pauillac Margaux Blaye - France

Duration

7 days

Trip grading  difficulte-un

8 to 18 km per day

Departures

Daily from April to October

Capacity

Minimum 2 people

Price per person

  • 7 days - 6 nights : 955 €

Including services

  • 6 overnights with breakfast in Hotel 3* (in double / twin room) and charming  guesthouses
  • 5 dinners
  • The estuary ferry crossing
  • Taxi transfer from Bordeaux airport or trainstation to Pauillac the 1st day.
  • Small transfers during the stay.
  • Route notes & maps, regional inforrmation
  • Luggage transfer hotel to hotel
  • Emergency phone call support 7/7

Extra charges

Tour description

Walking holiday south of France in Bordeaux region through Pauillac and Margaix vineyards and along the Gironde estuary. Walking tour on forest tracks, pathways and small roads. You will cross the vast peninsula of the Medoc. You will take the boat to cross the estuary and continue your tour on the other side, in the Haute Gironde to discover the citadel of Blaye and the “corniche fleurie” (the flowery ledge). during your 5 days walking tour, you will first take the “wine road” which picks off the most well known chateaux: Giscours, Margaux, Pauillac, Lafite Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild… and you will furrow the winegrowing boroughs which own some of the most prestigious wine known worldwide.
The Medoc has also a great diversity of landscapes; a walk through the marsh, horse breeding and aquaculture. On the hill are located windmills and old castles. In the villages you will find some superb Romanic Churches, and somewhere in the land, some unique Gallo- Romanic sites. This journey with various landscapes alternates bicycle paths through forests and flat roads alongside streams and vineyards, will allow you to discover the exceptional natural surrounding which will fulfill you with its diversity.

«Countries where the waters of the Dordogne, the Garonne River and the Atlantic ocean wed to form the largest estuary in Europe, this trip has something for all appetites of nature and culture, leisure and sports, friendliness and gastronomy. Marshes, vineyards, forests, rivers, small ports, towns and charming villages, wine estates and churches make up the landscape under the sun of the southwest area! »

Itinerary

Day 1 : Welcome to Bordeaux and transfer to the Medoc

Arrival at the train station or airport of Bordeaux.
« Bordeaux », named before “Burdigala”, is a Roman city, inseparable from its vineyards and prestigious stones architecture. The river Garonne, heart of the city, welcomes walkers on the banks and offers boat trip. The quays suit everyone, hoping to witness the stop of a cruise ship, "amazing show" of a giant of the seas in the city centre. Capital of wine, Bordeaux is endowed with a rich history and architecture.
Transfer by taxi to Pauillac and welcome to your 3-Star hotel where you will find your road book which will indicate your circuit.
Overnight in a 3-star hotel. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 2 : Château walking tour : ~ 8 to 15 Km

You will leave Pauillac, home of three of the five first Grands Crus Classés and 15 Crus Classé Medoc. On this itinerary of small roads you will discover the biggest stars of the 1855 wine ranking with stunning architecture,
but also all the other jewels of this reference vineyard.
Your tour will pass by the famous Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild, 1st Great Classified Growths, but also by the Châteaux Pichon Longueville (2d cru), Pontet Canet and Lynch Bages (5th classified
growth).
At the end of the afternoon, back to the hotel in Pauillac and taxi transfer until Vertheuil.
Overnight in a charming bed and breakfast. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 3 : Between forest, vineyards and marshes: ~ 14 Km

Start your walking day to discover one of the most beautiful villages of the Medoc where the Abbey of Vertheuil well known will be one of the not miss step in your itinerary. Open your eyes, you will also see the remains of the former castle, an old mill. You will also discover the history of Medoc through its remnants such as walking across the archaeological site of Brion in St Germain d’Esteuil.
Your route continue through marshes, vineyards but also forest. Your itinerary will take you back at the same accommodation of the day before.
Overnight in a charming bed and breakfast. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 4 : Margaux : from water flows to Wine Estates : 8 to 15 Km

Taxi transfer in the morning until Margaux.
A few steps from your hotel make a stop in front of the park of the Chateau Margaux to admire the front of the classic building built at the beginning of the 19th Century and get close to the vines of origin of this prestigious wine. Your itinerary will go most of the time alongside the vineyards and chateau and will take you to the banks of the estuary with a magnificent point of view on the Island Margaux and the Estuary of Gironde. Your walking day takes you then in the heart of the marshes and the surrounding forest to discover the fauna and flora.
Your loop walk will take you back to your hotel.
Overnight in a 3-star hotel. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 5 : Along the Gironde Estuary: ~ 8 Km

This itinerary leads you to « Larmarque » to take the boat to cross the estuary of the Gironde. You will reach the magnificent citadel of Blaye. Imposing and majestic, the citadel overlooks the estuary with its 33 hectares in the heart of the city, offering a splendid view over the Gironde. On the other side of the estuary your itinerary will continue through the vineyards of Blaye.
The Garonne River and the estuary of the Gironde mark profoundly the landscapes, through swamps, banks and small ports. There are so many spaces of discovery of the fauna and flora, the islands and the plaices. Neither
maritime, not really river, nor strictly ground, the banks of the Gironde have a unique identity.
Overnight in a 3-star hotel with breakfast included.

Day 6 : From the Gironde Estuary to the vine ~ 13 to 18 Km

Today’s walk takes you on tracks and little roads to go through the vineyards of the Cotes de Blaye AOC, Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur. You will follow the direction of Gauriac or Bourg-sur-Gironde along the
famous "Corniche Fleurie", where the presence of countless palm trees, pink laurels and oaks reflects a climate of great sweetness. The setting-up of the vineyard in this region goes back to the roman time (1st century before J-C). But it is during the XVIIth century that was really developed the culture of the vineyards which produced white wines intended for the distillation. This region was then the main region of production of the Liqueur brandy of Bordeaux.
Overnight in a charming bed and breakfast. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 7 : Departure

Taxi transfer to the neariest train station : Saint-Andre de Cubzac

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