A visit to an authentic French chateau built centuries ago, awaits those who select this delightful tour.
From the pier, it's a 45-minute scenic drive through the Sauternes wine region, surrounded by vineyards that stretch nearly as far as the eye can see. Your excursion into the heart of this fabled wine region includes a visit to one of the areas most notable chateaus. That being either the Château de Cazeneuve or Château de Roquetaillade.
Château de Cazeneuve was built in the 11th century on a Gallo-Roman strongpoint. This castle remained the exclusive property of the Dukes of Albret and of the Kings of Navarre for four centuries. Today, the château belongs to the d'Albret's descendants, the Sabran-Pontevès, an illustrious family from which five queens, two kings, two saints, and one pope are descended. This exquisite château is furnished with period pieces and during your guided visit you will see the King's bedroom, Queen's bedroom, Queen Margot's drawing room, Louis XVI's bedroom and the medieval kitchen. It's truly an unforgettable trip back into the past.
Equally spectacular Château de Roquetaillade is an old castle with an 11th century keep, 12th-century quarters of the seigneurs, and an early 14th-century fortified gateway guarding the castle entrance. Château de Roquetaillade is a living example of a perfectly preserved medieval castle. The Château owes its wonderful state of preservation to the fact that it has been owned by the same Anglo-Gascon family for more than 600 years, the Viscounts of de Baritault du Carpia, and it has been continuously inhabited by the family.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate to strenuous walking and there will be steps and stairs to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.