Wednesday, September 5 - Depart U.S. for overnight flights to Bordeaux, France.
Thursday, September 6 - Arrive at the Bordeaux-Merignac Airport (BOD) and transfer to the Chateaux Chartrons Hotel for your five night stay in Bordeaux. Airport transfers are provided for those arriving in the morning or early afternoon. A light training run along the Garonne River is planned for the afternoon. This evening you will enjoy the Welcome Reception, Opening Dinner and Briefing where your race packets will be distributed. (dinner included)
Friday, September 7 – Following breakfast will be a visit to a chateaux for wine tastings and cellar tours at famous vineyards such as Chateau D'Alesmes, Chateau Lynch-Bages, Chateau Lascombes or a similar classified chateaux. Lunch will be at the Chateau Aney. Throughout the day we will be driving along parts of the marathon course, which will be good preparation for your race. We will also plan a visit to the small runner's expo in Pauillac. Tonight enjoy a pre-race pasta dinner in a 500 year-old monastery located on the property of Chateau du Taillon. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Saturday, September 8 - Race Day! Transfer to start of Le Marathon des Chateaux du Medoc starting at 9:30 AM. Don't forget to wear an outrageous costume (90% of the runners do!) based on the theme. Transfer back to hotel in late afternoon and enjoy a celebration dinner on your own or with new friends at a fine selection of restaurants in Old Bordeaux. (breakfast included)
Sunday, September 9 - Transfer to the north for the 9K recuperation walk (faire une balade) with wine tastings at chateaux. A variety of bands and food tastings will entertain you along the way. Lunch and a celebration with live entertainment is included. Plan to return in the late afternoon to Bordeaux. Dinner will be on your own this evening. (breakfast and lunch included)
Monday, September 10 – We will start the day with a visit to St. Emilion for a chateaux visit and tasting in this historic appellation. We have a special contact here, which is one of the finest wine shops in Bordeaux. They will offer complimentary tastings and the opportunity to purchase from a wide choice of wines from throughout the region. They offer shipping service for those who want to restock their wine cellars or bring back a few bottles to commemorate their visit. The afternoon is free to enjoy lunch and to explore this 11th century village often referred to as the most beautiful in France. This evening will be the Gala Banquet at Chateau Carbonnier in Leognan for our final night in Bordeaux. (breakfast and dinner included)
Tuesday, September 11 – Today is departure day. Airport transfers will leave the hotel in the morning before 11:00 AM. We will organize three times based on flight itineraries. (breakfast included)