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france self-guided walking tour : bordeaux - haut medoc

Haut Medoc wine trails. Independent walking holidays to discover numerous chateaux
and historic villages such as St Estephe, St Julien, Pauillac, Listrac, Margaux...

The Medoc, or Middle Country, is a stretch of land northwest of Bordeaux, limited on the east by the estuary of the Gironde and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. It is protected from the Atlantic by a large forest. In the ideal climate of the region, the vines grow in a mix of sand and gravel that eases water drainage. Medoc is made of eight appellations. Two regional appellations are the Medoc and Haut Medoc. The other six are named after villages of the area and are known as being part the greatest red wines of the world : Saint Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint Julien, Listrac, Moulis and Margaux. You will discover grand, well maintained Châteaux, as well as the surrounding vineyards looking out over the Gironde. You will also encounter the marshy and agricultural land of the Medoc, unexpected Ocean outlook and charming, peaceful villages.

Independent walking holidays.

DATES: April to October.
DEPARTURE: any day of the week.
DIFFICULTY: Grade 2 - walks of 4 to 6 hours a day. Some stages could be more 20 km (13/15 miles) and rolling uplands, ascents mainly gradual than steep of up to 500 m. In some areas you will walk on sand. An average level of fitness or some experience with walking is recommended.

Chateaux in Haut Medoc

Day 1 - Arrival at SAINT SEURIN de CADOURNE

Transfer by taxi from Lesparre Medoc train station to Saint Seurin. Time to visit the village
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a charming gueshouse or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


You’ll leave the village and pass Château Bel-Orme, Château Verdignan, before walking down to the Gironde banks, where you’ll arrive at the small port of La Marechale and then, the Château Loudenne, a magnificent pink-brick property. You will continue through vineyards and meadows to the village of St Yzans du Medoc. You will head to the ruins of the medieval abbey of l’Ile, built on a small hill overlooking the marshlands. You will pass the hamlets of Lussan and Marque, before walking again through the vineyards, passing Château Troupian, Château Grand Moulin and Château Lestage close to St Seurin village.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in the same guesthouse or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


You will walk through vineyards and marshy prairies until you reach the village of Saint Estèphe. Still walking in vineyards, you will discover the Grands Châteaux : Château Calon-Segur, Château Phelan-Segur, Château Montrose, Château Tronquoy- Lalande, Château Pomys, Château Cos-Labory, and Cos d’Estournel. To reach Pauillac, you will walk througn marsh. On the way, you will admire the Grand Château Lafite-Rothschild. After passing through several pleasant winel hamlets, you will arrive along the banks of the Gironde and at Pauillac.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


You will follow the banks of the Garonne, passing by the Château Grand Puy Ducasse, and will head into the vineyards to discover the Châteaux Pontet-Canet, Armailhac, and Mouton-Rothschild. You will pass through the hamlet of Pouyalet and then through vineyards to the Châteaux of La Tour-Pibran and Pibran. You will take a quick detour to visit the Château Plantey, in the hamlet of Artigues, and continue your journey towards the Châteaux Lynch-Moussas, Batailley and Haut Batailley. You will reach the hamlet of Daubos and the Château Pichon-Longueville and, opposite the Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. You will pass Château Latour, the Châteaux Haut Bagès Liberal and Saint Mambert. Following the banks of the Garonne, you will make your way back to Pauillac.
Lodging and breakfast in the same hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


You will follow the Gironde out of Pauillac. From the estuary’s edge, you will look out upon the vineyard of the Château Latour and the magnificent Châteaux of Pichon-Longueville. Crossing through the vineyards, you will head towards the Châteaux Talbot, Lagrange and Gruaud-Larose before arriving in the hamlet of Beychevelle. Your trek will bring you to the Châteaux of Branaire-Ducru, Beychevelle, Beaucaillou, Langda and La Mouline. You will then visit the village of Saint Julien and its church, pride of its 15th century Gothic portal. Transfer by taxi from Saint Julien to Margaux, where you will spend the night.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Margaux or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


A taxi will take youi to the hamlet of Grand Poujeaux. After the Château Chasse Pleen, you will walk through the vineyards towards the Château Maucaillou, then through forest to the Château Lafon. A small road will lead you to Listrac - 13th century church - highest point in the Medoc. After a visit of the village, you will head towards Moulis en Medoc, walking through the vineyards of Château Lestage and Château Clarcke. From the fortified church (dating to the 12th and 13th centuries), you will make your way to the hamlet of Le Petit Poujeaux, and then to the old Tiquetorte watermill. You will cross the forest and end up at the Château Citran. You will then continue along the road towards the hamlet of Tayac and the village of Soussans. You are now in the midst of the Margaux vineyard. You will see the Château de la Tour de Mons as you make your way towards Margaux, passing through the hamlet of Marsac, and the Château of La Begorce and Château Lascombes.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in the same hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


The vineyard stretches across several villages and your journey begins in taxi to Labarde. You will see the Châteaux of Siran and Dauzac before arriving to the Château Giscours. Going through the forest and around a couple ponds, you will arrive at the Château d’Angludet and the village of Cantenac. In this village there are several large properties, including the Châteaux Branc-Cantenac, Desmirail and Prieure-Lichine. You will leave, again going through vineyards, towards the magnificent and majestic Château Cantenac-Brown. Next, you will reach the Château Rauzan and Château Palmer. You will skirt along the perimeter of the territory of Château Issan and end the day at the Château Margaux, one of most famous Châteaux in the region. Dinner, lodging and breakfast in the same hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)

Tour ends after breakfast.

  • walking tour
    in haut medoc

    price per person / twin-share

    single supplement

    solo traveller

  • walks for
    discerning travellers

    1435 Euros / person

    400 Euros

    1905 Euros

  • walks for
    budget travellers

    1080 Euros / person

    310 Euros

    1495 Euros

Price includes:

7 nights accommodation in selected 2 & 3-star hotels.
7 breakfasts - 6 gourmet dinners.
Taxi transfers: Lesparre railstation-St Seurin, St Julien-Margaux, Margaux-Grand Poujeaux, Margaux-Labarde

These rates do not include:

Lunches, drinks, and sundries , Insurance for cancellation.

To avoid currency exchange fees,
• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.

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