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Pilgrimage to Bordeaux's Finest Vines and Wines - Page 3

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If you are a novice in the world of wine and wish to further your knowledge by immersing yourself in an acclaimed wine region and learn about viticulture the experiential way, the fabulous Bordeaux region in southwestern France may be the perfect destination. A variety of affordable and enriching courses and excursions to prestigious wine estates in the area are readily available, and the charming and picturesque city of Bordeaux, perfectly located in the heart of this wine region, offers countless additional attractions

COURSES:

- L'Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux, 1 cours du XXX juillet, 33075 Bordeaux, Tel. (33) (0)5 56 00 22 85, www.ecole.vins-bordeaux.fr. From a 2 hr. introductory course at 22 euros, to 3-day weekend courses between 450 and 900 euros, hotel and meals included.

- L'Ecole du Bordeaux, 7 rue du Chateau Trompette, 33000 Bordeaux, Tel. (33) (0)5 56 90 91 92, www.bordeauxsaveurs.com. Luxury wine tasting in 17th century château in Médoc plus culinary classes at Chapon Fin Restaurant, Bordeaux, 5 days 1185 euros, meals and hotel included.

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- The Bordeaux Wine Experience, 1 chemin de Meydieu, 33360 Lafresne, Bordeaux, Tel. (33) (0)5 56 20 64 12, www.bxwinex.com. A week-long course plus excursions, with stay in 17th century château (hosts are certified winemasters) from 4495$US, all inclusive.

- Vinothérapie (red wine baths and massage) is offered at Les Sources de Caudalie, chemin de Smith Haut-Lafitte, 33650 Bordeaux, Tel. (33) (0)5 57 83 83 83, www.sources-caudalie.com. From 315 euros for 2 days to 918 euros for 6 days; wine tasting and culinary courses also available.

- Daily wine tasting excursions are organized by l'Office de Tourisme de Bordeaux, 12 cours du XXX juillet, 33080 Bordeaux, Tel. (33) (0)5 56 00 66 00, www.bordeaux-tourisme.com. 1/2 Day tours: 29 euros, full day tours (lunch with wine at château included): 82 euros.

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WHERE TO STAY:

- Hotel de Normandie, 7 cours du XXX juillet, 33000 Bordeaux, Tel. (33) (0)5 56 52 16 80, www.hotel-de-normandie-bordeaux.com. From 80 - 230 euros.

- Hotel Majestic, 2 rue de Condé, 33000 Bordeaux, Tel. (33) (0)5 56 52 60 44, www.hotel-majestic.com. From 75 - 200 euros.

- Hotel Les 4 Soeurs, 6 cours du XXX juillet, 33000 Bordeaux, Tel. (33) (0)5 57 81 19 20, http://4soeurs.free.fr. From 75 euros.

- Citea Bordeaux, 1 bis rue Jean Renaud Dandicolle, 33000 Bordeaux, Tel. (33) (0)5 56 56 1800, www.citea.com. From 53 euros (kitchenette included).

WHERE TO EAT:

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There are numerous excellent places for everyone's taste and budget, from brasseries and bistros like Café Rohan on place Pey-Berland and Terrasse Saint-Pierre at place Saint-Pierre, to classy restaurants such as Chez Dubern on allées de Tourny (particularly seafood) or the legendary Chapon Fin on rue de Montesquieu.

For best and affordable seafood: Chez Philippe, 1 place du Parlament, Tel. 05 56 81 83 15; La Boîte à Huîtres (oysters), 8 rue de la Vieille Tour, Tel. 05 56 81 64 97; and Le Banc d'Arguin, 14 rue des Bahutiers, Tel. 05-56-44-51-72.

TRANSPORTATION:

- From the airport: A navette (Jet Bus) leaves every 45 min. from Mérignac airport to downtown Bordeaux, and stops both at place Gambetta and Saint-Jean railway station.

- Downtown Bordeaux: Taxis charge 10 euros. The modern and comfortable tram will cost 1.30 euro per ride, transfers allowed (or one can purchase a more advantageous strip of 5 rides).

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©Lies Ouwerkerk


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