Fort Medoc

Four Fabulous Day Trips

Being based in the heart of Bordeaux wine lands, there is much to do and experience right on the doorstep.

Stay a few days more and do some really interesting day trips – in all directions.
Here are four examples.

East to St Emilion

An amazing ancient city built on 200km of sandstone tunnels, also view the tidal wave at St Pardon


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Round trip 122 km, 2 hours 17 mins

This world heritage site is a scenic 1 hour drive from Blaye and a perfect day-trip.

The Romans planted St Émilion’s original vine in the second century and in the fourth century the latin poet Ausonius praised the fruit of Saint-Émilion’s vine’s.

Saint Émilion was later named after the monk Émilion, a traveling confessor, who settled in a hermitage (a secluded religious settlement) carved into the rock there in the eighth century. The monks who followed Émilion started the commercial wine production that the Saint-Émilion area is famous for today.

One day is hardly enough for Saint-Emilion. The monolithic church, carved out of a single rock is a wonder to see. The underground pottery museum. The endless sandstone tunnels under the city. Go HERE to plan a visit to this amazing city.

Go HERE to find out what time the Dordogne River tidal wave reaches St Pardon. Known locally as the ‘Bore”, most days you will see dozens of paddlers and some strange craft surfing this wave as it races upriver.

South to Chateau Yquem

A scenic river side drive, lunch and then tour a very different kind of chateau

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Round trip 190 km, 2 hours 53 mins

In the Appellation of Sauternes  is Chateau Yquem, the only Sauternes classified as Superior First Growth in 1855.

Take the scenic route along the Garonne River and find an interesting lunch venue on the way.

This is a tour not to be missed.
Making noble rot Sauternes involves methods and skills that are completely different to other Bordeaux wine-making. Grapes are for example harvested berry by berry and up to 11 times off a single bunch of grapes!

A very interesting tour and you get to taste the real thing too. Click HERE for more information about this fascinating wine and chateau.

To make a reservation for a free tour with tasting –
You can call +33 (0) 5 57 98 07 07 but they prefer that you email your preferred date, number of persons and language preference to info@yquem.fr. Do this at least a month ahead of time – although you may get lucky with a late reservation.

The 90 minute tours are conducted weekdays starting at 2:00pm and 3:30pm. Tours are closed in August month.

 West to Arcachon

Climb the largest sand dune, view the most beautiful bay and eat the best mussels & oysters in Europe 


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Round trip 242 km, 3 hours 45 mins

Arcachon is a well known seaside resort on the French Atlantic coast, also known as “the city of four seasons”. The pulse of the late 19th century can still be felt here strolling through the “Ville d’Hiver” district, where well-known architects left their traces in extravagant and sometimes bizarre villas.

Arcachon celebrates the “Festival of Music” in June and the “Festival of the Sea” in August – try to be there for these  highlights of the year.

Famous for the biggest sand dunes and finest oysters in Europe, the Bay of Arcachon is only fully revealed when you take a drive along its coastline to Cap Ferret .