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French Tour Company Options for Bordeaux and the South of France

This blog is just opening so many doors… Tours in France? How luscious is that?

Here are two that have come to me, and I researched on line… Not in person, yet, but that’s likely to happen.

Just as an FYI – AIR TRANSPORT is not included with either of these tour companies.

1) The Bordeaux Wine Experience

Ronald Rens, M. Sc., Wine Master, President and founder of The Bordeaux Wine Experience at Château Coulon Laurensac, contacted me just after I returned from Portugal last November. Having just left Europe, my love of Europe was fresh in my mind, and I was so ready for more… (I still am, even though time is passing quickly, as it always does.)

Meanwhile, if I were contemplating a trip to Bordeaux, this would be the company to which I would turn. What they’re offering is all that I would want of Bordeaux, seemingly delivered by the best.

Specializing in high-end wine and culinary tours in the Bordeaux region for an English speaking international clientele, they offer small group tours open to individual travelers and private wine tours. They’re also generally considered as the leading Bordeaux wine tour company.

Ronald and Margaret Rens love to welcome visitors to their chateau and region, for the following:

  • Experiencing the world’s finest wines.
  • Tasting at First Growths.
  • Staying at a private Chateau.
  • Gourmet Food.
  • Expert Guidance by the Bordeaux Specialists.

Sounds pretty lovely to me…

2) French Girl Tours ~ South of France

Okay, when Kristeen Griffin-Grimes and Phil Grimes of French Girl Tours (of Seattle, Washington) contacted me about reciprocating links, which offers both wine tours and knitting tours, they didn’t know who they were querying…

They are a family-owned French tour company located in the heart of Madrona in Seattle, offering luxury small group Cuisine & Wine Tours in the Languedoc region of France.

The “link” is much deeper than could have imagined, because I ~ perhaps more than other wine bloggers ~ know I could combine wine and knitting tours in one fell swoop.

You didn’t know that I’m a knitter, did you? I haven’t talked about it yet, but I had a period in my life when I was a very prolific knitter… Much the way that it’s my writing right now that’s taken on the prolific status. Example: One year, from October to Christmas,  I made 11 Icelandic Lopi Sweaters. The following year, I did 12 in the same time frame, because I wanted one, too. It was that prolific, because I knit sweaters the rest of the year as well.

Very intriguing…

They offer the following seven nights’ lodging/tour at the Luxurious Chateau D’Agel:

  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Three 5-course gourmet dinners prepared by French Girl Cuisine staff at the Chateau, as well as dinners, with outstanding local wines, at carefully selected restaurants
  • Unlimited wine at Chateau, specially chosen by FG staff
  • Guided visits to local markets in Agde, St Chinian, & Collioure, France
  • Hands-on classes in the Art of Mediterranean Cooking
  • Visits to select local vineyards & wine tastings
  • Tours of the picturesque and enchanting villages of Minerve and Collioure
  • Self-guided tour of Montpellier, one of the most beautiful cities in the South of France, including visits to French Girl’s favorite cafés, patisseries, & fromageries!
  • Visits to Artisan Olive Oil producers with olive oil tastings
  • Small group size allows for personalized tour and immersion into French daily life
  • Round Trip transfer to and from Perpignan Or Narbonne Airport
  • All ground transportation for the week in a comfortable air-conditioned mini-van

These are Americans who have figured out how to share their passion in a region that means so much to them… the Languedoc.

[These are not my Images. They were purchased from the I Stock Photography site.]

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2 Responses to “French Tour Company Options for Bordeaux and the South of France”

  1. 7pop.net says:

    Of course! France has the greatest wine of the world! 🙂

  2. Hi,
    Just saw your article about wine tours in France. My company organizes wine tours departing from Bordeaux – these are scheduled wine tours for small groups of maximum 8 travelers.
    Just to let you know that far from the elite type wine tours that are offered, companies such as ours offer easy going, accessible wine tours for both novices and wine enthusiasts with English speaking wine guides that explain both wine making process and classifications for those who wish to know more about the Bordeaux wines!
    For more info don’t hesitate to visit http://www.ophorus.com!
    Kind regards,
    Christophe

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