Naturellement*, you may have some further questions. Here are some answers to the most common ones. Of course, if you have more, please do not hesitate to let us know.
So who is this Tony character anyway?
Tony is a long-term friend of Lingua Franca and some of you may know him from wine dinners or dégustations* we’ve done in the past. Throughout his storied career (Fine Arts graduate, former sheep-shearer, visionary behind cult Brisbane restaurant Anise in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane News food and wine critic, leading wine judge and current owner of Craft Wine Store with his wife Tanya) Tony’s passion for French wine has continued unabated. The best thing about Tony is his ability to communicate complex ideas in a simple and engaging manner, so expect your wine knowledge to soar in his presence. He’s looking forward to showing you some of the hidden gems of the Bordeaux region, from the Médoc to Saint Émilion, as well as in Bordeaux itself, at La Cité du Vin* museum, the best wine museum in the world and the perfect starting point for your wine education.
Is this trip suitable for non-French speakers?
Yes, absolutely! While French-speakers will love being around the language, you don’t need to know any French to appreciate the wine education, dining, tasting and trips out to the world-class wineries and beaches. Bordeaux itself is a gem of a city, but what surrounds it is truly special. The wine regions of the Médoc and St Émilion are incredibly picturesque and the contrast with the coastal areas of Arcachon and Cap Ferret is stark and beautiful.
Why just a week?
We know you’re a busy group of people and may only be able to afford seven or so days away. Though, if you have more time, there is the option (for French speakers of any level) to come a week early and attend the Paris immersion. Alternatively, you might tack on a trip to the Dordogne, Provence or even Northern Spain - all are within easy reach.
Why are flights and accommodation not included for this trip?
Mostly for the reasons above, that is, that we expect many of you to combine the trip with other travel plans in Europe or elsewhere and therefore to stipulate dates of travel would be restrictive. As for the accommodation, we imagine some of you already have a favourite hotel, others may wish to stay with friends or family and we wanted to give you the option of finding a place to stay that suits your particular style and budget. However, we do have some accommodation recommendations, so read on…
Can you recommend some accommodation options?
Well, yes, actually! Katrina from Lingua Franca has just returned from Bordeaux and while there picked three very different properties, all located near the central Place Pey Berland: apartments, a hôtel particulier and a luxurious, design hotel.
Please note: L’Hôtel Particulier also has reasonably-priced hotel apartments available for those who need more room.
There are many other options, though, so please contact Emma from Travel Managers to get the ball rolling if you’d rather she take care of this side of things. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will a typical day be like?
On Lingua Franca trips, we’re really careful to get the mix of education, experiences and free time right. We know you’ll be keen to do and see a lot, and we love putting together itineraries that are varied and fun. However, we also know you’ll likely have a few items you’d like to tick off on a list of your own, even if that list includes a sneaky afternoon nap - after all, you are on holidays! That’s why, each day, you’ll be given a good chunk of free time and we also give you a whole day on the Saturday of the trip. There is so much to see and do in and around Bordeaux that you might like to hire a car on your day off and head to a different wine region, or you may have a gallery visit in mind, or a special restaurant you’re dying to try. Also, there is never any pressure to attend the arranged activities that are included in the trip. If you’re not feeling up to it, just let us know and we’ll know not to expect you.
As a general rule on this trip, if we’re off visiting a wine region or local beachside town, we’ll set of around 10am, have lunch together sur place* and then the evening will be free back in Bordeaux. On the days we stay in Bordeaux, we’ll meet Tony for some wine education in the morning for an hour or two, followed by a short activity or free time, then we’ll meet up for dinner. Tony of course will also be dispensing wine tidbits along the way - so expect to learn a lot but not feel overwhelmed with all the information coming to you at once.
What about the activities?
As mentioned, we’ll be visiting the Médoc region on one of our outings, where we’ll visit a couple of local wineries followed by lunch. When we visit the beautiful town of St Émilion, we’ll be treated to an outstanding wine dégustation and light lunch in the cave* of a renowned wine boutique, after a visit to a local organic winery located off the tourist map.
Another day, we’ll take the train to the bayside town of Arcachon, before jumping on a ferry to head over the super-chic Cap Ferret, the low-key holiday enclave of successful local viticulteurs* and le beau monde* of Paris. There, we’ll keep it real by having a lunch of locally-farmed oysters, paté, bread, butter and white wine overlooking the waters of Arcachon Bay.
A trip to Bordeaux would not be complete without a visit to the incredible Cité du Vin, the architecturally-striking museum of wine on the Quai de Bacalan.
Add to that a couple of outstanding dinners sampling the best of Bordeaux gastronomy, and you’ll leave feeling you’ve got a firm grip on the many charms of this incredible region, and having no doubt worked up a thirst to return.
All tuition with Tony, all activities, drinks and meals listed on the itinerary, transfers to and from wine regions and beaches and lovely welcome gifts.
What’s not included?
Flights, accommodation, all other meals (see above), drinks, transfers to and from airport/train station, travel insurance (compulsory) and incidental expenses.
Yes, that’s about it from our end, but if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to let us know.
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Payment of deposit in full will reserve your place on the trip (subject to availability) and constitutes acceptance of Lingua Franca's terms and conditions (trips).
Deposits are fully refundable until 31st December 2019. After that time they are 100% non-refundable.
Places allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
A further payment of $2400 will be payable on 30th June 2020, and we will contact you closer to the trip to see if you’d like to take up the optional guided tour on your free day (an additional $100.00)