Incentive in Bordeaux
Welcome to Bordeaux ! The beautiful city of Bordeaux is an ideal stop over during your trip in France. A fairly large city over the Garonne River, Bordeaux and its surroundings is one of the most attractive areas in France. From the beaches of Cap Ferret, the Dune of Pyla – the largest natural dune in Europe – to the Medoc wine country and St Emilion, the entire area is the perfect stop for any seminar, reward trip or team building. Bordeaux is an absorbing place for a three or four day trip. France’s wine capital offers fine art galleries, excellent food and drink, as well as great shopping. Compact and largely pedestrianised, the city is easy to explore to on foot. And the surrounding countryside is simply an excuse to stay longer in the area.
Here are some good reasons to organize your incentive, reward trip or team building in Bordeaux:
The food and the wine: Medoc, St Emilion, Pommerol, Saint Julien, Saint Estephe… these names sound familiar? Driving into the villages around Bordeaux is like exploring the best restaurant’s wine list. We organize wine tours and tastings in some of the best chateaux in the area. From St Emilion or the Medoc area, with the assistance of professional wine makers and oenologists, we take you into the heart of wine. Learn about cepage, wine making, wine tasting, wine keeping, marrying food and wine… And the cooking! Why not enroll in a cookery course and prepare your own French dish that you will enjoy at the end of the course. We also organize special tours of the vineyards horseback riding, for another view of the area, with stops at some selected chateaux and lunch at some traditional inns.
The ocean and Arcachon: Just an hour and a half away from Bordeaux are some of the best beaches in France. Soulac, a nice holiday resort at the northern tip of the estuary, Lacanau and its huge waves attracting hordes of surf riders, the very chic Cap Ferret, and of course Arcachon. Famous for its “bassin” and its oysters, Arcachon is a quite village in summer and a bustling city in summer, a resort attracting many for its water sports, natural reserve, the oysters… it is the sun, the beach, the food and the wine altogether. From Arcachon, Tematis organizes cruises on the Bassin as well as half day and full days jet ski tours of the area, with stops at oyster farms, lunching on the beach and a lot of adrenaline.
Very near Arcachon is the Dune of Pyla, the largest dune in Europe. Totally natural, the dune is still growing due to the conjunction of the sea pushing the sand inland, and the forest pushing the sand towards the sea. A natural reserve, the Dune of Pyla is an ideal spot to try sand boarding or simply to enjoy the view or to start a champagne reception at sunset.
Adrenaline: the Bordeaux area is also home of some of the most exhilarating experiences. Tematis organizes jet fighter flights from Bordeaux Merignac, the fastest way to explore the area and enjoy some aerobatics at the same time. We can also organize driving days on the nearby circuit, if your participants would like to try pushing their driving skills on Ferraris, Lamborghinis and other supercars. And for the adrenaline junkies, we organize sky diving experiences over the vineyards.
VIP: for smaller groups of truly VIPs, we organize full tours which can include helicopter pickups and drops at selected chateaux, or limousine transfers, associated with the best accommodation and best food experience.
Accommodation: There are many hotels in the area but larger hotels are in the airport area. The truly very nice and up market hotels do not have a lot of capacity and are usually in wine country. Our best picks: the Hostellerie de Plaisance in St Emilion – this is one the finest hotels in the South West, with a Michelin two star chef and the best location in St Emilion. In Pauillac, the finest is Cordeillan Bages, a must stay for its world famous chef, Thierry Marx. For those looking for well being, Les Sources de Caudalie is the place to stay, with treatments based of wine therapy. But there are many others, small chateaux surrounded by vineyards to larger and standardized hotel chains available to suit all group sizes as well as budget.
Bordeaux is truly one of the most attractive city in France. With easy access, fast train or via the international airport, Bordeaux also benefits from good weather most of the year. And from early spring, the sun shines till late fall. Do not hesitate to contact us if we like to know more about what Tematis can do for you.