Arcachon Bay Half-Day Trip (morning)Get picked up near Place des Quinconces in the center of Bordeaux in a climate-controlled minivan to begin the 45-minute drive to the Bay of Arcachon. During the trip, enjoy the view as you learn about the region from your knowledgeable guide.
Your first stop a the Bay of Arcachon is Pyla Dune (Dune du Pyla), Europe's largest sand dune. Join your guide for an invigorating hike to the top, affording you excellent views over the bay, the Atlantic Ocean and the Landes Forest.
Descend the dune and climb back into the minivan for a driving tour of some of the charming bay-front towns, followed by a visit to one of the famous local oyster farms. There, meet an oyster farmer to hear about the traditional cultivation methods they still use today while you sample a half-dozen fresh Arcachon oysters. Wash it down with some white wine.
Return to Bordeaux for a picnic lunch with the group before the start of the afternoon tour.
Médoc Wine Tour (afternoon)After an enjoyable lunch, get back into the minivan for the scenic drive along what's known as the Château Route in the Médoc wine region. Pass famous wine châteaux like Mouton-Rothschild, Latour or Margaux, and enjoy a few stops en route for photos as you learn more about Bordeaux wine from your guide.
Stop at the first of two winery visits of the afternoon at a family-run château for a tour of the vineyard, traditional vat room and cellar. Learn what it takes to properly taste wine and try your new skills as you taste some of the château's wines.
The next stop is one of the most distinguished classified growth châteaux in the region. Though the precise château you visit will vary depending on the day, it may include Lagrange, Siran, Chasse-Spleen, Gruaud-Larose, Lascombes or Lamarque. At the second château, see both the vineyards and vat room as you hear about what it takes to make these esteemed wines. Sample the estate's wines with some traditional French hors d'oeuvres such as freshly baked bread, cured meats and local cheeses.
Return to Bordeaux in the evening.