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My Route du Bonheur

From Pauillac to the Île de Ré, via vineyards, cities and beaches

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Ride through vineyards on a Harley or opt for an intimate hot air balloon ride at sunset... follow in the footsteps of the 18th-century merchants who spread the glory of Bordeaux across the high seas on this unusual journey through the world’s most famous vineyard. Begin your journey with a tour of the Médoc region and its grand Châteaux. Stop off in Bordeaux for an ‘arty’ City Break along the Garonne river, before heading off to the Bay of Arcachon or the wide, sandy beaches of the Île de Ré. On the way, don’t forget to climb the majestic Cordouan lighthouse, lapped by the waves of the estuary, or simply meander through the stately streets of Saint-Emilion.
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  • 5 hotels
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  • from US$ 1,163.41 *
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
*Total price provided for information only, based on accommodation for two people in a double room for the number of nights per property as indicated on this page, exclusive of recommended activities, properties that cannot be reserved online and restaurants.


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Château Cordeillan-Bages

Pauillac - France

Restaurant and hotel in a vineyard. On the route of the châteaux, close to Château Lynch-Bages, grand cru classé of Pauillac, this 17th century charterhouse invites you to discover true art de vivre. Around a garden, the bright guestrooms with their muted, timeless décor, the pool, the sauna and the terraces near the vineyards create a haven of well-being. In the dining room, Chef refines the products of the South West and proposes a delightful dialogue between a contemporary cuisine and the Bordeaux grand crus. Visits to châteaux, tasting classes, elaboration of own wine, strolling with the family in the village… Share the savoir-vivre of Epicurean Médoc. ... Learn moreless

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Trendy shopping  for unique souvenirs

Trendy shopping for unique souvenirs

Rue Notre Dame in the Quartier des Chartrons (Bordeaux), Librairie Mollat ​​in Bordeaux (do not try to get locked up at night, we’ve tried...without success), Bages Bazaar specialty store in Pauillac

Picnic in Vauban, at the Lighthouse of Cordouan

Picnic in Vauban, at the Lighthouse of Cordouan

An architectural prowess built in the open sea, the majestic Cordouan lighthouse rises toward the sky standing proudly against the tumultuous waters of the Atlantic and the Gironde.
Classified as a historical monument the same year as Paris’ Notre Dame in 1862, this piece of French history has triumphantly lit the Girondine and Charentes coasts since 1611. Visitors who dare to take on the adventure of reaching the Cordouan lighthouse during a low tide get to experience its many hidden secrets. 
Embark on a journey to visit this prowess of classical architecture with a delicious picnic basket prepared by Cordeillan Bages. The lighthouse keepers will give you a tour and tell you more about the history.

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Le Saint-James Bouliac

Bouliac - France

Hotel and restaurant in a village. The Saint-James occupies buildings designed in 1989 by the famous architect Jean Nouvel. They nestle in the delightful little village of Bouliac, in a garden fragrant with lemon trees and antique roses. Inspired by the old tobacco drying lofts, four pavilions, linked by a gallery, create a modern pure space. Far away, you can see the Landes of Gascogne forest, the biggest collection of maritime pines in Europe. The gourmet cuisine is one of the major attractions of the Saint James: the chef serves cuisine which is full of flavour and based on local market ingredients, rounded off by the selection of wines from an outstanding cellar and panoramic views of Bordeaux. ... Learn moreless

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"Beard & Tattoos” breakfast, Arty afternoon and Roof Top

"Beard & Tattoos” breakfast, Arty afternoon and Roof Top

Shopping on the other side of the river, a submarine base, and the Roof Top at Mama Shelter in Bordeaux

8am! We cross to the other side of the Garonne, in the new Darwin district which has been completely restructured on the former military wastelands of the Port of Bordeaux. Here, Marie has replaced Rose at the Bakery.  Then,  stop to visit the submarine base (built by the Nazis during the WWII) to view a collection of contemporary art, before finishing the day with a Rooftop party at Mama Shelter, right in the lively heart of Bordeaux.

Sons of Caudalies (or the Bordeaux Tour on a Harley)

Sons of Caudalies (or the Bordeaux Tour on a Harley)

Rive Gauche or Rive Droite, depending on your taste

The best way to discover the region: get a taste of freedom on the open road!
Comfortably installed behind your driver and the chrome handlebars of a Harley-Davidson (Road King Classic) 1700 cc, you’re off on an gourmet road trip with guided information from your “bro”.
Several tours with evocative names: "initials BB Tour", "Wine Angels Tour" or "Little Flaming Tour" (for small bikers)

Mobile brunch in the "Ventre de Bordeaux"

Mobile brunch in the "Ventre de Bordeaux"

From Tuesday to Sunday, end a night on the town or start your visit of Bordeaux by strolling among the "food stations" of the Marché des Capucins.
Couche-tard and Lève-Tôt meet at Jean-Mi's for a few oysters from the Bassin and a bit of white wine.

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3 Saint-Emilion — 1 Night
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Hostellerie de Plaisance

Saint-Emilion - France

Hotel and restaurant in a village. Wine enthusiasts will instantly recognise the name Saint-Émilion as one of the principal appellations of Bordeaux. Savour some great wines at the Hostellerie de Plaisance, where hosts Chantal and Gérard Perse warmly welcome guests to their elegant but relaxed retreat with stunning views of the vineyards as well as the medieval village, a Unesco World Heritage site. The interiors are an excellent blend of sophistication and comfort. At the restaurant be spoiled by the cuisine of the chef, who draws inspiration from the fresh food markets and the treasures of local farmers. ... Learn moreless

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Enjoy wine and the sunset on a hot air balloon ride over the Vineyards of Montgolfière, Saint-Emilion

Enjoy wine and the sunset on a hot air balloon ride over the Vineyards of Montgolfière, Saint-Emilion

Experience an intimate and romantic journey.  You’ll discover unprecedented views of castles, vineyards, rivers, forests and other beautiful sites of the region. If we fly over the forest, you can see and photograph the wildlife.
The pilot is an expert on the region and can describe the history of the vineyards and castles of Bordeaux.
A must-have experience: tasting a great local vintage while being lulled by the wind

On the route

A day in the life of an oyster farmer

A day in the life of an oyster farmer

Travel to the Banc d'Arguin to visit the adorable oyster farmers of La Kabane.
Depart from Saint-Emilion by car with a driver, then put on a pair of boots for a barge boat ride from Cap Ferret to the Banc d’Arguin, visit the oyster beds, and taste oysters paired with white wine.

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Château de Mirambeau

Mirambeau - France

Hotel and restaurant in the country. Between Cognac and Bordeaux, two renowned wine-growing regions, this Renaissance-style château enjoys a commanding position in the heart of a superb eight-hectare park overlooking the Gironde estuary. You lose all sense of time in this residence which boasts a past which is rich in art and history, with its exquisite fabrics, antique furniture and crystal chandeliers. Château de Mirambeau, which expresses a French art de vivre that is sophisticated yet unpretentious, offers delightful gourmet cuisine. When evening comes, one of the most fascinating rooms in the château, the “Cognathèque”, is the ideal place if you want to taste wine and the best cognacs. ... Learn moreless

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Restaurant Christopher Coutanceau

La Rochelle - France

Restaurant on the seafront. Concurrence beach stretches out at the foot of this beacon of gastronomy in the Charente. Just imagine a world where your pleasure comes first. The clocks have stopped on this Relais & Châteaux road to happiness letting you share a memorable experience. Today Chef Christopher has been strongly influenced by his father's legendary culinary rigour on which he puts his own personal stamp. However, the “signature” of the restaurant has not changed: superb seafood, sourced that very morning at the harbour market, creativity and passion for fine dining. Dare to ask for the secret behind that crispy line-caught sea bass in a shellfish foam. ... Learn moreless

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Take things to a new level

Take things to a new level

An adrenaline rush! Dare to take a two-seat parachute (don’t worry, you have a guide!) over La Rochelle, l’île de Ré or Oléron. You are guaranteed to get one of the most beautiful aerial views of the Atlantic coast.  Followed by appetizers at sunset and dinner on the picturesque port of Saint-Martin de Ré, a UNESCO heritage site.

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L’Hôtel de Toiras & Villa Clarisse

Saint-Martin-de-Ré - France

Hotel and restaurant in a village. The beautiful island of Ré is really worth a visit. Among the charming ports linked by a network of pathways to be explored by bike, crisscrossing the sandy earth, Saint-Martin-de-Ré, surrounded by the Vauban fortifications, is the best place to stay. The hotel is a 17th century shipbuilder’s residence with windows overlooking the port, near the fortress by Vauban, a Unesco World Heritage site with spectacular views of the Atlantic. You might also want to stay at Villa Clarisse, an 18th-century townhouse located a stone's throw away. Here, the mast of a passing fishing boat may perhaps be the only thing to disturb your view of the setting sun. ... Learn moreless

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Ride around Île de Ré in a Mehari

Ride around Île de Ré in a Mehari

Île de Ré is well-known for its many cycling lanes. This time, explore the island with the wind blowing through your hair while riding in a Mehari. 

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Donkey Clothes at the Beach

Donkey Clothes at the Beach

Have you seen a donkey in clothes? The Rhaetian tradition of "well-dressed" donkeys is not likely included in your history books. The donkeys were dressed not to be cute, to show-off, or be original. They were dressed out of necessity. The salt marshes are a paradise for flies and mosquitoes, who enjoy continuously bothering the donkeys. The Rhetaise often used donkeys to work the land, so they used to use scrap material to make leggings for their donkeys.
Java, Calin, Cadichon and their buddies take kids and adults for a long stroll on the legendary beaches of Île de Ré

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