Holidays are all about relaxation and escape, how better to do this than with a glass of wine in a beautiful, historic location surrounded by dazzling landscapes?
Bordeaux is without doubt known for its wine. If ever visiting the city it only makes sense to take a wine tour, the cost of which starts at €45 with discounts available if you have a City Pass. Depending on how much time and money you want to spend, you’ll visit between two and four vineyards with the opportunity to sample wine at each.
One of the top destinations in Bordeaux is the historic village of Saint-Emilion. With vineyards that have existed since the Roman times, this village doesn’t just have amazing wine (it’s particularly associated with red wine) but also a bucket load of history. Even if you’ve had enough wine for a while, simply strolling through this old village and taking in all its heritage and beauty is an experience worth having.
Bordeaux is not a cheap city to travel to, however, it doesn’t have to break your bank account either. Three star hotels are available from about £40 per night but if your looking to stay in top quality accommodation it can cost up to 10x more than that. Being the prestigious location that Bourdeaux is, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 1999, it is definitely worth the cost.
Covering one third of Portugal the region of Alentejo is referred to as The Garden of Portugal. It’s rural landscape is ideal for growing wine explaining how back in 2015 Alentejo was crowned the Best Wine Region to Visit in the World!
Just like Bordeaux, areas of Alentejo are registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most famous being Evora. Just 90 minutes away from Lisbon, this historic town is well worth a day trip if you’re already visiting the capital. Evora is not only overflowing with must-see historical sites, but is also the perfect place to go for some traditional local wine and food. On top of all the stunning views and fascinating culture, everything already mentioned, Alentejo is also lined with glorious beaches.
Hotel wise Alentejo falls into a similar price bracket to Bordeaux. This means whether you’re simply making a pitstop as part of road trip or plan to spend the week exploring this stunning region there is somewhere to stay for everyone. Considering everything this region has to offer it would an understatement to say that Alentejo has something for everyone. No matter what kind of trip you’re looking for this region is certainly worth the cost.
Just like Alentejo, Tuscany is a large region. Situated in the centre of Italy, Tuscany is known for its stunning green landscapes and a myriad of cultural history. Wine has been a predominant product in here since the first vineyards were planted by the Romans over 2,000 years ago.
Chianti in the region’s capital city of Florence is probably the most famous wine district and with good reason being the oldest defined wine region in the world! Of course Tuscany has far more to offer than just wine. Florence was the home town Michelangelo and his legendary statue of David is still on show in the Galleria dell’Accademia (entrance fees being €8-13). Pisa is only an hour drive from Florence, though I wouldn’t recommend attempting to climb the tower after you’ve done a wine tour!
Staying in Tuscany is expensive particularly during peak season, three star hotels can cost over £100 a night, however, there are cheaper options both within the larger cities and in the slightly smaller towns across the region. Visiting Tuscany guarantees a trip filled with possibility and infinite photo opportunities meaning it is absolutely worth the cost.
All 3 destinations offer such a wide range of things to do, delivering endless possibilities for your dream holiday, so where will you end up next? If any of these wine districts sound perfect to you, you can either contact us via phone or email or simply visit the Online Booking page to find your ideal hotel or apartment!