THE BORDEAUX REGION – HOME TO CULTURE, HISTORY AND WINE.
Undisputed capital of the wine world, Bordeaux sits astride the majestic Garonne river, as it makes its way from the Pyrenées mountains to the Gironde estuary on the Atlantic coast. Known the world over for producing top-quality wines, the Bordeaux region is a treasure trove of historic and cultural sites, guaranteed to enrapture even the most demanding of travellers.
The recently refurbished city centre of Bordeaux itself is a masterpiece of juxtaposition between 18th-century architectural splendour and 21st-century design and innovation. It’s a city filled with restaurants, wine bars and specialist wine shops, and the ultra-modern Cité du Vin is only a short tram ride from the centre and celebrates its fifth anniversary this year.
The Official Tourist Board of Bordeaux, together with its partners, have put together a fabulous programme with a three-night stay in the region, in order to explore this wonderful city and its surrounding region, complete with a 72-hour travel CityPass. Available as a prize to one lucky couple, all the elements which are included can be booked and experienced by all travellers to the Bordeaux region.
Located close to the Cité du Vin, the four-star Hotel Renaissance opens its doors in June 2021. With chic décor and architect-designed large picture windows in the rooms, it overlooks the surrounding historic buildings and is an ideal base from which to explore. Revitalise in the fitness suite, then sip an evening cocktail on the rooftop bar, after a swim in the rooftop pool.
Near the Hotel Renaissance are two extraordinary cultural attractions which are a must for any visitor to the city. The superbly conceived wine centre, the Cité du Vin beside the river, is the ultimate in wine museums of the world, celebrating wines and wine-making on a global scale. It showcases vineyards from around the world through a permanent exhibition, temporary exhibitions, wine culture workshops and numerous events, with many interactive elements and state-of-the-art technology.
The other unmissable visit near the hotel is the new Bassins de Lumières, a venue devoted to immersive digital exhibitions. Situated in an old wartime submarine base, this is a mind-blowing artistic experience, combining projected images by Old Masters, music and the reflective water of the enormous basins. An art exhibition like you’ve never experienced before.
Bordeaux has been an important trading port for centuries and what better way to appreciate the waterway and estuary than by taking a Bordeaux River Cruise, complete with a wine-accompanied lunch on-board? Take a voyage of discovery aboard the restaurant boat Le Sicambre on the Garonne river, along the UNESCO World Heritage river front, with a three-course meal of fine French cuisine.
The Bordeaux region is home to more than 6,000 wine estates, one of which is the Château de Ferrand, founded in 1702 and located on the hillside of Saint Émilion, with its UNESCO-classified vineyards. Designated as a Grand Cru Classé, the recently restored property offers an exceptional setting for a unique wine moment. Discover the secrets of a Grand Cru Classé through a tour, a tasting and a night in one of the château’s refined rooms.
Sporting facilities abound in the region, allowing a day or so of fitness and relaxation. The Golf du Médoc is a golf course with a four-star hotel and spa. Only 30 minutes from Bordeaux, this internationally renowned centre with its two golf courses is located between the vineyards and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a beautiful, relaxing resort, surrounded by countryside and vines. Treatment rooms, a fitness centre and a heated indoor pool, complete the relaxation.
To round off the picture of the varied Bordeaux region, the company Private Captain offers sea cruises around the Bassin d’Arcachon on the Atlantic coast, either daytime or evening. Famed for its wealth of oyster beds, the bay also fronts the highest sand dune in Europe, La Dune du Pilat, nature reserves and other treasures. A private VIP cruise around the basin, with extraordinary sand dunes and oyster farms as a backdrop, is an unforgettable experience to be treasured forever.
Entry Details Below:
The prize for two persons includes:
❋ 1 night stay B&B at the Hotel Renaissance Bordeaux with access to the rooftop pool
❋ 1 entrance to the Cité du Vin, with a surprise gift
❋ 1 entrance to the Bassins de Lumières exhibition, with a surprise gift
❋ 1 lunch cruise on the Sicambre boat, Formule Estuaire, window table and drinks included
❋ 1 night stay B&B at the Château de Ferrand, with estate visit and wine tasting
❋ 1 night stay B&B at the Golf du Médoc Resort, together with an 18-hole round of golf
❋ 1 VIP two-hour cruise with Private Captain, day or evening on the Bassin d’Arcachon
❋ 1 Bordeaux Métropole CityPass for 72 hours
❋ 1 surprise three-course meal including drinks
Terms and Conditions
Employees (and their relatives) of France Media Group are not eligible to enter. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Competition closes on July 29th 2021. Once contacted, winner has one week to claim their prize. In the event that a prize cannot be supplied, no liability will attach to France Media Group. Prize to be booked through France Media and taken between September 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Subject to availability. No cash substitute.
From France Today Magazine