POSTED ON September 29, 2016 | IN France Wine Country | BY Joe Becerra
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Paul, our driver, picks us up in central Bordeaux

You’re a savvy wine country traveler. You have been to the Napa Valley and Sonoma on your own several times. Now you are ready to explore the Bordeaux wine country of France. Let me assure you that your best choice is to hire a driver for your visits to wineries. Bordeaux is a vastly different world than the Napa Valley. Hiring a driver will make your experience a memorable one.

Hiring a driver for Bordeaux varies in price from 300 to 500 Euros a day, depending on your needs.  The lowest price is for visits and appointments you’ve planned in advance.  All you need is a driver to take you there. If you want a tour guide and driver to make appointments for you and take you through the backroads of Bordeaux wine country, it will cost more.

There are many drivers available to take you around Bordeaux, but it is always best to have someone who is recommended. In the city of Bordeaux, you can ask the hotel concierge or ask at the Bordeaux city tourist office for help in arranging visits to Chateaus.

We spent five days in the city of Bordeaux, all without a car. We arrived in Bordeaux via an express train ride on the TGV from the Charles De Gaulle airport. A beautiful, modern tram took us from the Bordeaux train station to the Hotel Majestic in the city center.

Five reasons why you should hire a driver for Bordeaux wine country

You’ll have a designated driver

Everyone in your group will be able to enjoy winetasting without having to worry about who’s going to drive on any given day. Why should someone miss out on tasting some of the greatest wine in the world?

A hired driver can make appointments for you

Visits to the Chateaus in Bordeaux are usually by appointment only, with reservations made several weeks in advance. Study up on Bordeaux and decide which areas you would like to visit. When you select a driver/tour guide, ask them to make arrangements to visit two or three wineries per day. Having them make a lunch reservation is also a good plan.

You save time, money, and effort

When you hire a driver, there is no need to rent a car. We saved money by sharing the cost of our driver with two other couples. No need to program a GPS or worry about losing your way. The worst thing is being late for an appointment at a Chateau. Don’t be an “Ugly American.”

Your driver can speak French

This is always a big plus, even if a Chateau tour is in English. The well-known and established Chateaus will have tours in English. Our driver came with us on the tours and, when the tour guide was unsure of our questions, Paul jumped in to clarify in French.

Photo Ops

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Why you need a driver in Bordeaux. We would not have found this view on our own.

The experienced Bordeaux driver knows the countryside and can bring you to beautiful vistas and scenic locations. We asked our driver to stop at famous Chateaus so we could take photos. He knew exactly where to go and drove through the gates of Chateaus without a worry. He showed us sites we would not have found on our own. The above shot was a breathtaking view from a St. Emilion hilltop vineyard.

About our driver

There are many good tour guides and drivers for hire in Bordeaux. We found our driver Paul Pebeyre http://www.bordeaux-elite.com through a friend’s recommendation.

  • Paul charges 450 Euros for a day of wine tourism. A day is a start a 9 or 10 am. depending on the program and ending the drive at 6 or 7 pm.
  • Paul has a comfortable Mercedes Minivan for a panoramic tour, and he gave us great information as we drove through the Bordeaux countryside.
  • Paul can arrange for appointments at wineries and book lunch reservations at winery restaurants. He joined us for lunch and helped explain the menu.
  • Paul can also arrange a picnic lunch in the vineyards and provide lunch (price not included in daily fee).
  • Most of all, Paul was a fine young man who was very courteous, caring and informative. We will hire him again the next time we visit Bordeaux.
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One of several Bordeaux guides and driving companies

Comments

  1. Hey Joe! We are arriving to Bordeaux the morning of September 19th and are looking for a driver/guide to help reserve and drive us to wine tours and lunch for that full day. There are 4 of us and we are open to any suggestions on which vineyards to visit. Could you help set us up with Paul? Thanks so much!

  2. Hi Joe,

    We are looking for a driver and guide who can make appointments for us at vineyards in Bordeaux. We are arriving to Bordeaux the morning of September 20, 2017 and wanted to do a full day of wine tours plus lunch starting as early as 10 am. Paul sounds like the perfect fit for our group of 4. We are open to exploring any vineyards that he recommends. Could you help set us up with him?

  3. We will only have one day Sunday 17/9/17 for an already planned and reserved tour.
    We would like to hire Paul to pick us up our hotel and bring us to the reserved wineries plus
    lunch and touring the surrounding area.
    Thank you.

  4. Hi We are looking for a driver for the dates 9/19, pick up at Bordeaux train station going to Bages, the following day tasting at 3 vineyards. On Thursday 9/21 transfer to St Emillion stopping at one or two wineries along the way.

    We will be 8 -10 people. are you able to accomadate this trip and please advise the price.