Aquitaine Discoveries

  • © Christophe Bouthe

    © Christophe Bouthe

  • © Francois Poincet

    © Francois Poincet

Aquitaine Discoveries

Take the family on a holiday to Aquitaine located in South West France. Chic Bordeaux is the ideal gateway to the region. Elegant encounters with red wine, verdant vineyrads, underground monuments and exclusive beach resorts provide many inspirations to head to Aquitaine! 


Family Friendly Bordeaux 


Recently voted as the European Best Destination 2015, Bordeaux promises many fun-filled discoveries. Your discovery trail includes: 


A visit to the enchanting Mirroir d'Eau or reflecting pool that provides beautiful reflections of the Palais de Bourse monument. Watch how the water periodically recedes underground and returns in the form of a cloud of mist. An instant hit with kids! 


Discover Bordeaux's historic city-centre by mini train. This 1 hour journey provides up, close and personal encounters with must-see monuments. 


Shop till you drop at Bordeaux's famous Golden Triangle formed by the Alley de Tourny, The Cours Clemenceau and the Cours de l'Intendance! 


A few wine estates in and around Bordeaux have specially planned activities to keep kids entertained. An Ipod tour offered by the Château d'Agassac in Southern Medoc offers treasure hunts while the Château Kirwan on every Wednesday offers children a specially prepared snack and has them learning more about grapes and blending. You can also enjoy a sumptuous picnic at the Château Siaurac in 15 hectares of parkland! 


Going Underground in St Emilion 


A medieval encounter is yours for taking St Emilion - located at an hour's distance from Bordeaux. Take on a discovery tour of its famous underground monuments with a guide (and the keeper of keys to many monuments!) who recounts the story of the monk emilion and the carving of the undergroung monolithic church. St Emilion's vineyards are also the first to enjoy a UNESCO classification. Plan a vineeyard visit with a wine tasting to truly appreciate St Emilion's fine wines that enjoy global repute. 


Of Oysters and Sand Dunes in the Bay of Arcachon 


At less than an hour from Bordeaux lies the fascinating Bay of Arcachon replete with fascinating landscapes and oyster ports. Enjoy an oyster meal and take on a discovery of Europe's highest sand-dune, the Dune of Pilat. This 3 km long sand dune measures 105m long and offers fantastic views of the Bay, a natural reserve and the Landes forest. 


Glamour in Biarritz 


The sea lures you to Biarritz, a watering hole of the world elite. Its beaches are often the favourite haunt of surfers. Choose to enjoy wellness cures, a good game of golf or discoveries of its museums or local sites. Its casino and collection of restautrants and bars promise well-spent evenings.


On The Fast Track 


Paris and Bordeaux enjoy regular connections and are approximately 3 hours away on the TGV. 


The train takes you to St Emilion from Bordeaux in 30 minutes and to Arcachon in less than an hour. Biarritz is less than a 2 hour TGV train ride from Bordeaux.