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Are you a real Cognac lover?

 

 You deserve better than a standard tasting excursion 
designed to appeal to the largest audiences.

 

This is not that hard to access the well known visitors centers of the famous brands
and you could find the door on your own without my services

Cognac distilleries customised tours 

I got a secret for you !

I can take you to some very confidential places
where you will be able to taste exceptional and crafted Cognacs!  


Let me help you to catch the soul of this magical spirit and meet the authentic distillers

 

 Be more than a tourist, Be a traveler ! 

Get your tailor-made Cognac tasting tour !

 Have you already tasted Cognac from the barrel?

A custom Cognac tasting tour designed for you only ! 

Half-day tours from Cognac or Angoulême 

Full-day tours from Cognac, Angoulême, Libourne, Blaye... 

 

Bordeaux wine tasting initiation

A Cognac presentation to understand better the local spirits

 Your guide is passionate and Cognac enthusiast. At the end of the day, you become more knowledgeable about local spirits, the blends, the ageing, the local economy and the terroir

 

Official private driver to Cognac distilleries

 Travel aboard a recent and confortatble 9 seater people mover

You travel with a licensed company entered in the official national transportation operators registry. You will be driven by a experienced private driver.

 

Scenic drive through Cognac vineyards

Enjoy a scenic drive through the Cognac region countryside and the picturesque historic villages

Enjoy the scenic landscape of typical Cognac vineyards in confort and immerse yourself in local life !

 

Cognac ageing barrels Enjoy out off beaten tracks itineraries

All the tours will be accompanied by a local licensed guide. There is no merti for a local o take you to some very famous distilleries that you can easily reach without being helped. All my tours aim to take you to some out-off-beaten-tracks confidential places offering excellent crafted products

   

 

Don't wait to book your Cognac local guide!

 Have you ever entered those cellars we call Cathedrals?

 

Before you tell yourself that planning a tailor-made trip to Cognac would probably be outrageously expensive, just ask  and you could have a good surprise! 

 

Contact me before March,31st

 

with the code MY-COGNAC-TRIP-30 to get a 30€ discount
on your full-day tailor-made Cognac tasting tour

Cognac alambic : Charentais copper pot still

 

 

Ask for a free estimate about your tailor-made tour from Bordeaux

 

5 good reasons to choose Bordeaux Cognac Tour Guide over another company ?

Marie HALLIER Bordeaux Shore Excursion Tour guide

checked boxBecause I am a real local and because I invest every year in continuous learning with official Cognac professional actors

checked boxBecause you will have only one interlocutor from the begining to the day of your tour and you know in advance that your tour will be designed depending on your expectations

checked boxBecause you are sure that everything is in order regarding french rules for transportation, registrations and licenses

checked boxBecause a friendly moment is always guaranteed as I have excellent relationships with a network of authentic farmers/distillers

checked boxBecause you won't have to waste your time to plan a good trip itinerary, I will do it for you! You tell me the kind of Cognac you prefer and I design a tour matching your taste and expectations ! 


Ask a quote about your custom tour for free

 

If you want producing a vintage Cognac, the ageing barrel must be sealed

 

FAQ 01 - Where do you pick us up?

FAQ 01 - Where do you pick us up?

Where do you pick us up?

I will pick you up directly where you stay : hotel or B&B around Cognac city or Angoulême. I can also pick you up from Libourne or Saint-Emilion or Blaye (globally speaking the right bank of Bordeaux vineyards) A good plan if you are Cognac lover and stay in Paris : take a speed train to Angouleme and book a private tailor-made Cognac tasting trip with me from Angouleme train station. I will drop off at the station at the end of the day.

FAQ 02 - How many persons are there per group/tour?

FAQ 02 - How many persons are there per group/tour?

How many persons are there per group/tour for my Bordeaux shore excursion?

Tours are for 8 persons maximum. The prices are always given for the vehicle and not per person.


My vehicule offers 6 individuals seats + 2 in the front seat.

FAQ 03 - What type of vehicle is used for the tours, do you have A/C and other comfort equipment?

FAQ 03 - What type of vehicle is used for the tours, do you have A/C and other comfort equipment?

What type of vehicle is used for the tours, do you have A/C and other comfort equipment?

BordeauxCognacTourGuide uses only a recent FORD minivan, comfortable and fully equipped including air conditonning, shaded windows, 6 individual seats and large leg space.

My vehicle is a 9-seater minivan (1 driver + 8 passengers including two on the front seat). It is equipped with 2 sliding doors which makes it easier for the group to get in and out of the vehicle.

FAQ 04 - When do I need to start planning my tailor-made Cognac daytrip?

FAQ 04 - When do I need to start planning my tailor-made Cognac daytrip?

When do I need to start planning my Cognac tasting trip?

Sooner is always the better ! Because visits are only by appointment and depend on availabilities of the producers; most of them are farmers and they need to know in advance whenthey will be visited. If you book early you will have more chance to visit your favorite ones.

Most distilleries will need to be booked in advance. You have to know that traveling to Cognac is not like traveling to Napa or other wine countries. Visits are arranged only by appointments and depend on distillers availabilities.It is not possible to just turn up in Cognac as it is in many wine regions.

For a better experience, I will arrange all the visits booking in order to give you a large overview of the different Bordeaux styles. Cognac tasting fees are never included in my rates as they may vary a lot from one distillery to another one, but I will allways let you know the amount you need to consider in total for your tour.

FAQ 05 - When is the best season to visit Cognac distilleries?

FAQ 05 - When is the best season to visit Cognac distilleries?

When is the best season to plan a Cognac tasting tour in the distilleries?

I would say that for me, this is winter... Distillers are stuck in their distilleries for hours as the distillation campaign is only during the winter and has to be completed before March, 31st. Temperatures ranging from 32℉ to 63℉. Mornings and evenings can be a bit difficult to get out owing to the humidity reaching 80% making the weather cooler. Vines are naked as thy've lost their leaves but this is the period when you meet the distiller in his/her distillery and can have a real and exceptional experience! June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Cognac, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual. September and October are the period for harvesting, so producers might be a bit busy. Better to choose second half of October for still a nice weather and long daylight. Distillation campaign will generally start again end of November.

FAQ 06 - How many distilleries can be visited per day? Can I choose which distilleries I would like to visit on the tour?

FAQ 06 - How many distilleries can be visited per day? Can I choose which distilleries I would like to visit on the tour?

How many Cognac distilleries can I visit per day? Can I choose which distileries I would like to visit on the tour?

Typically, a full day tour includes the visit of 3 Cognac distilleries and 2 distilleries for a half-day tour.


You have to know that we need to get an appointement in all the distilleries.


Let me know the Cognac houses that you wish to visit; I will do my best to give you satisfaction. Keep in mind that some Cognac distilleries are only available to wine and spirits professionals but most of the small ones will love to welcome you.


If you rely on my expertise... I work with a multitude of great partners and try to combine contrasted distilleries to offer you the best experience of Cognac and let you catch the soul of the region.

FAQ 07 - How much does a visit and Cognac tasting session cost?

FAQ 07 - How much does a visit and Cognac tasting session cost?

How much does a visit and Cognac tasting session cost?

Well... Difficult question to answer !


The cost depends on the distilleries, the "cru" (delimited area of production) and the fame of the Cognac name.


For grouped/shared visits, the prices range varies from 8€ to 50€ per person per tour. For private tours the prices range varies from free of charge in small crafted distilleries to 120€ per person per distillery in the famous brands.


I will always let you know the exact amount you will have to pay in advance. Because the tasting fees vary so much, I never include them in the price of my tours.

FAQ 08- I am not interested in the tour, could I do only tasting ?

FAQ 08- I am not interested in the tour, could I do only tasting ?

I am not interested in the full tour of the distillery, could I do only the Cognac tasting ?

Hum ... nope sorry !
Distilleries are producers and not distributors !

Generally, the tour goes through the family history and the psecifities of ageing and blending in each "house of Cognac". So they will serve you a tasting dose of Cognac only after the visit. However it will be an unique occasion to visit vineyard and learn about all the process of distillation, from the grape to the glass ! I am convinced that each tour will be an opportunity to learn something new and to immerse yourself in the local culture! I can find some option of simple tastings in Cognac merchants to complete the tour.

FAQ 09 - What methods of payment do you accept?

Marie, what methods of payment do you accept if I book my Cognac tasting Tour with you?

Once you are satisfied with my proposal, I send you an invoice used as a booking form. The document needs to be completed, signed, scanned and returned by e-mail.
To reserve your trip, I require a 30% deposit of the total to confirm the tour booking (Bank wire transfer or Paypal).
The balance can be paid in advance or on the spot (Cash or credit card - No Amex)

FAQ 10 - What is your cancellation policy?

Please Marie, tell me about your cancellation policy?

BordeauxCognacTourGuide adheres to the following cancellation policy if for certain resons you are forced to cancel your shore excursion with me:

  • 60 days or more prior to departure will not be subject to a cancellation fee.
  • 60 - 30 days or more prior to departure will be subject to a 150€ per program cancellation fee.
  • 30-15 days prior to departure will be subject to 30% of the program price.
  • 15 - 5 days prior to departure will be subject to 50% of the program price.
  • 5 days or less prior to departure will be subject to 100% of the program price.
Refund Policy: Refunds are not made for any missed or unused services.

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and
book your customized Cognac tasting trip! 

 

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Rates start from 350€ for half-day tours & 443€ for a full day trip ! 

 

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