, 2023-01-03 13:35:02,
As someone who thoroughly enjoys wine but wanted to know more, venturing to Bordeaux, France, during harvest would be a masterclass—and a trip there had long been on my travel wish list. Tasting wines from appellations like Cadillac, Graves, Cotes de Blaye, and Entre-Deux-Mers were this solo traveler’s ultimate dream, and lounging around a château didn’t seem half bad either. I booked a trip for the end of the summer, and as I planned it, began to research the best tours for exploring the vineyards and beyond.
As someone with social anxiety, I’ve never been keen on big groups, especially when attempting to experience a destination. When I began looking for tours, I found that most entailed large group viewings on buses, and many private tours exceeded my budget. I felt stuck, but just when I was on the brink of giving up, I came across Alexandre and Retro Tour Bordeaux.
According to Airbnb, the $208 tour would consist of the driver on his bike and myself in a sidecar making our way through Bordeaux and Saint-Émilion, including its medieval city, stopping at different châteaux along the way. With a perfect five-star review rating on Airbnb, I was hopeful it would be an excellent alternative to seeing Bordeaux by bus.
Alexandre picked me up from the brutalist architecture-inspired Renaissance Bordeaux Hotel in the trendy neighborhood of Bacalan’s Old Docks. The…
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