Join us in Bordeaux September 20-28, 2024!

Eight days, seven night, and a lifetime of memories!

Join us for an unforgettable adventure in the countryside of Bordeaux, France. Not only enjoying wine, food, and cooking, but also cultural immersions and creative development. This is going to be a tour like no other.

Wine tours and education with Jason Kallsen.

Art and creativity seminars with Angela Kallsen.

Culture and history with Megan Martel.

Cooking and French foods with Julien Martel.

Eight days, seven nights, four guides!
** LIMITED TO TEN PARTICIPANTS **

Friday, September 20h through Saturday September 28th

You’ll begin your adventures by arriving in Bordeaux, France, on Friday September 20th.

Eight days later, on September 28th, you’ll depart Bordeaux with a lifetime of memories.

Winery tours, vineyard lunches and dinners, shopping the markets, visiting museums, cooking classes, wine classes, creativity classes, and much more are all included in this amazing itinerary.

Limited to ten participants.

The best week in Bordeaux EVER!

  • Eight nights of accommodations and transport
  • Explore the wine regions of Bordeaux with personal tours and tastings, including the crown jewel of Sauternes, Chateau d’Yquem (subject to confirmation due to harvest)
  • Museum visits at Bordeaux’s world-famous Cité du Vin, the ancient castle of Chateau Villandraut, and Toulouse-Lautrec’s summer home Château Malromé
  • Seaside tour of Arcachon, Dune du Pilat, and the oyster beds of Cap Ferret
  • Tour of St. Emilion including lunch and wine tasting
  • Local market thrifting and shopping
  • Creativity and art classes led by Angela Kallsen
  • Wine tours and tastings led by Jason Kallsen
  • Cooking with Julien Martel
  • Culture and history with Megan Martel
  • Dietary requests? No problem! We got ya covered!

Our hosts in France:

Megan and Julien Martel

We’re in the best hands possible in Bordeaux. Megan is from Minnesota but fell in love with a Frenchman from Lyon. Julien fell in love with Megan and brought her into his French family. They discovered their shared dreams and ambitions are limitless, and went on the hunt for an adventure, a business, and a lifestyle of hospitality.

They found and invested in a old property in Auros, France and went to work renovating it. Two years of dust, construction, and endless conversations starting with “What did we get into here?” led to the opening of Rouge Bordeaux B&B!

At the same time, they welcomed the arrival of their adorable children, Sawyer and Fynn.

TOUR DETAILS!

Friday and Saturday

September 20 and 21

Friday: arrival in Bordeaux
Saturday: the first full day of the tour

Arrive in Bordeaux on Friday via train or plane, take a quick taxi ride and check into the included hotel (one night). Relax the evening away, explore, or go out for a wonderful dinner (we can supply dining suggestions). 

Saturday morning we gather as a group and start the tour! A walking tour of Bordeaux with market visits will set the stage for the upcoming week, followed by a picnic lunch on the Garonne River.

After lunch it’s off to the Cité du Vin (Bordeaux’s world famous wine museum), where you’ll be immersed into the history of wine, the geography of Bordeaux, the role of wine in the world today, food and wine pairings, sensory experiences, and much more. Save time for the gift shop and wine shop.

After touring the museum and enjoying a glass on the rooftop deck, it’s time for the 45 minute drive to Rouge Bordeaux B&B to settle in and freshen up.

Saturday evening we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at Restaurant L’absolu (five minute walk from Rouge Bordeaux, and home to incredible authentic Bordeaux cuisine. Learn more) before a good night of rest ahead of a busy week.

Sunday and Monday

September 22-23

Sunday starts with breakfast at the B&B, followed by a creative travel journaling class with Angela, inspiring your to work brain muscles in ways that will surprise you. She will teach out simple and fun techniques to help get the most out of the week ahead.

With travel journals in hand, we’re off to Château Malromé, the museum and summer home of Toulouse-Lautrec for a guided tour and lunch.

Sunday afternoon, we’ll visit Chateau La Peyrère Vineyard for a tour and tasting, plus dinner in the vineyard, before heading back to Rouge Bordeaux for a good night’s sleep.

Monday begins with breakfast at the B&B, followed by another creativity session with Angela. Then we’re off to Chateau Villandraut, a historically important castle in the region, for a private tour and tasting followed by lunch at Auberge des Vignes.

Then it’s time to get fancy and visit the crown jewel of Sauternes, Chateau d’Yquem!

We’ll return to Rouge Bordeaux for a home-cooked fireplace meal by Chef Julien.

Tuesday and Wednesday

September 24-25

After breakfast, we’re off the the beautiful and historic village of St. Emilion, where this day’s creative journaling seminar will be held in the cloister, with macarons to enjoy.

From there you have time to enjoy this charming city on your own before we gather for lunch at Chateau Candale.

After lunch it’s off to ETS Martin, a wine shop like no other in the world (who also specializes in shipping wines back to America!).

Returning to Rouge Bordeaux, we’ll freshen up before a wine expert dinner at Maguelone ou Xavier.

Wednesday is Medoc day, on the left bank of Bordeaux. We’ll travel to Saint Estephe to experience Cabernet-based wines at Chateau Lafone Rochet, followed by a picnic lunch in the vineyards at Chateau Lamothe Bergeron.

After lunch we’ll tour the property before heading back to Rouge Bordeaux for another chef Julien dinner.

About the Art Journaling and creative work with Angela, in her own words ...

Whether you identify yourself as a “creative” or label yourself a person that “can’t draw a straight line” there is an amazing adventure here for you.

Imagine indulging your senses exploring picturesque vineyards, savoring exquisite wines and food, and immersing yourself in the vibrant local culture. Now imagine yourself diving into the joy of creative travel journaling throughout the adventure! My personalized journaling workshops focus on creativity as well as foundational art techniques in a non-judgmental environment. I provide all the necessary basics to get you going, and lead creative exercises early on in the trip so you can capture your travels in any way you see fit throughout the voyage.

These are truly techniques for EVERYONE. I encourage expression over perfection; Drawing isn’t solely about replicating reality flawlessly. It’s a means of self-exploration, communication, and creativity. It’s about conveying ideas, emotions, and perspectives. My exercises encourage individuals to explore unconventional solutions and think innovatively. As an added bonus this mindset translates into the business realm, allowing for creative problem-solving and fresh approaches to challenges. It’s a mindset shift that allows you to see new potentials in the world around you as well as within yourself.

So bring me your crooked lines. I will show you how wonderful they are and light a creative fire in you that you didn’t know you had. Sounds like a helluva souvenir to bring home, huh?

Thursday and Friday

September 26-27

Thursday starts with an early breakfast before heading to the stunning area of Arcachon, where the largest sand dune in Europe, Dune du Pilat, overlooks the channel. Arcachon is also the town where a young Anthony Bourdain first discovered his love of food and cooking. It’s one of our favorite places in all of Europe.

After enjoying the dune, we’ll head to town to take a private boat to Cap Ferret for an oyster lunch at La Vie Sauvage, with enough time for art journaling, exploring, and shopping.

Heading back to Rouge Bordeaux, you’ll be exhuasted by the long day so the evening is on your own to relax, recover, and enjoy a local restaurant.

Friday, our final full day together, is all about the French countryside!

We’ll enjoy poolside painting and journaling plus a wild orchid hunt. The early afternoon will be filled with a trip to the nearby historic town of Bazas for lunch at Hugo Delices and enjoying the local market, thrifting, and shopping.

We’ll head back to Rouge Bordeaux for rest and packing ahead of a raclette dinner and final night wine party at the B&B, orchestrated by Chef Julien and Jason.

Saturday morning it’s back to Bordeaux to catch your train to Paris, or your flight to your next European destination.

About your accomodations

Rouge Bordeaux B&B is a 19th century farmhouse renovated by Julien and Megan, located in the heart of the beautiful hamlet of Auros.

Your spacious and comfortable accommodations include private baths and lots of room to strech out and relax, plus a stunning property to explore. If the weather is right, the pool awaits!

The communal kitchen becomes the epicenter for many visitors, whether you’re enjoying coffee and crepes in the morning, or curling up by the fireplace watching Juilen cook. Across the hall from the kitchen is community/family/living room where our creativity classes with Angela will be held.

Rouge Bordeaux B&B is located in the town of Auros, roughly 45 minutes from the city of Bordeaux and stone’s throw from the Sauturnes AOC. The town is small, quaint, and real, with multiple options for bakeries, coffee, and evening meals.

PRICING

4900 Euros per person, based on double occupancy. Inquire regarding single occupancy. This covers everything listed above, including all transportation after arriving in Bordeaux.

400 Euro discount per person for booking before March 31, 2024!

A non-refundable deposit of 1000 Euros paid to The Flying Grape holds your spot. The balance due will be paid via wire transfer to Rouge Bordeaux B&B in July 2024.

Questions?

Regarding accommodations, tours, meals, and anything “boots on the ground” in France, reach out to Megan Martel at rougebordeauxinfrance@gmail.com.

Megan and Julien can also help arrange your Paris hotels and train tickets to Bordeaux.

Included in the tour price

  • First night hotel in Bordeaux, followed by seven nights at Rouge Bordeaux B&B.
  • Transportation throughout Bordeaux during our tour week
  • Lunches and dinners as outlined. Every morning at Rouge Bordeaux will include breakfast.
  • Museum admissions, private tour fees, and all gratuities.

Your responsibilty

  • Travel and transport to and from Bordeaux. Arrive on Friday 20 September, depart Saturday 28 September. Megan and Julien can arrange train tickets from Paris (affordable and fast).
  • Taxi transport from Bordeaux station or airport to first night’s hotel.
  • Your personal purchases and spending money.
  • Lunches and dinners on your own as outlined.