4 days Small Group Bordeaux Wine Tours Travel Package - Bordeaux France
Small Groups ( 1~8 )
- Know before
- Meeting point
- Discover the Bordeaux wines from both the left and right banks
- Special Saint Emilion Grands Crus Classés wine tasting
- Drive along the scenic Route des Chateaux of the Médoc
- English speaking Guides, local Experts of Bordeaux wines
Program & Itinerary
Join our small group shared Bordeaux wine tour travel package and experience the world-renowned wines of this iconic region. With like-minded travelers, you'll explore the vineyards, wineries, and chateaux that have made Bordeaux a must-visit destination for wine lovers.
Our tour is designed to offer an immersive and educational experience of Bordeaux wines. You'll taste a variety of wines, from the classic Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blends to the lesser-known varieties of the region such as Petit Verdot. You'll learn about the wine-making process from expert winemakers, and discover the rich history and traditions of Bordeaux wine culture.
In addition to wine tastings, we'll take you on a journey through the stunning landscapes and historic towns of Bordeaux. You'll explore the charming streets of Saint-Emilion, visit the impressive chateaux of the Medoc, and experience the vibrant atmosphere of Bordeaux city.
Our small group shared travel package offers a comfortable and affordable way to experience the best of Bordeaux. You'll travel in a comfortable minivan with a knowledgeable and friendly driver/guide, who will share their expertise and passion for the region with you. You'll stay in a comfortable accommodation in the heart of the Bordeaux, and you'll have the opportunity to meet and socialize with other wine enthusiasts from around the world.
Book now and join our small group shared Bordeaux wine tour travel package. Contact us to learn more and start planning your dream vacation today!
ARRIVAL IN BORDEAUX / PRIVATE HOTEL TRANSFERPick up at Bordeaux Airport or Train Station. Transfer to your centrally located hotel and check in.Enjoy some free time to discover the lively city of Bordeaux!Bordeaux is classified "City of Art and History" and has been inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble"....Pick up at Bordeaux Airport or Train Station. Transfer to your centrally located hotel and check in.
Enjoy some free time to discover the lively city of Bordeaux!
Bordeaux is classified "City of Art and History" and has been inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble". It is home to one of Europe's biggest 18th century architectural urban areas and stands out as one of the first French cities to have entered an era of urbanism and metropolitan big scale projects, with the team Gabriel father and son, architects for King Louis XV, under the supervision of two Governors, first Nicolas-François Dupré de Saint-Maur then the Marquis de Tourny.Read moreRead less
A FULL DAY TRIP BORDEAUX WINE TOUR TO THE MEDOCBreakfast at your hotel.9.30am Pick up at the Tourist Office of BordeauxMorning - Drive along the Chateau Road, visit a first WineryOn this highly recommended full day small group tour in the Medoc, you'll discover one of France's most admired wine-growing regions. Beginners and seasoned wine connoisseurs alike will find...Breakfast at your hotel.
9.30am Pick up at the Tourist Office of Bordeaux
Morning - Drive along the Chateau Road, visit a first Winery
On this highly recommended full day small group tour in the Medoc, you'll discover one of France's most admired wine-growing regions. Beginners and seasoned wine connoisseurs alike will find plenty to love on this guided wine tasting tour of Medoc led by local expert wine guides. Drawing on local knowledge and a real love of wine, our tour guides will fill you in on this unique and beautiful region, and you'll discover what make Medoc wines so special.
Your first stop will be at a winery located along the Castle Road. This small winding road, also known as the D2, is lined with some of the most prestigious wineries of the Medoc including Chateau Palmer, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour and many others. It crosses through the different appellations that make up the Medoc such as Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estephe.
Upon arrival at the winery, start your tour with a visit of the property. Then, you will be taken to the technical installations so that you may understand the whole wine making process. After the visit, it will be time to experience your first commented wine tasting session. This will be a chance to gain an excellent understanding of the wines produced here, whether as an introduction to wines or to expand on your existing knowledge..
Unlike other wine tasting sessions that you might have followed around the world, the tastings in Bordeaux are very refined. The amount of wine poured is not what many would expect but here it is all about elegance, fruit, quality, aromas and flavors rather than quantity. If you want to further your wine experience, it is always possible to buy some bottles at the winery.
Reach the town of Pauillac for lunch
After your first visit, your drive will continue and if time permits your driver/guide will probably stop along the way for great photo opportunities. The number of Wine Estates that can be seen along the famous wine route is also a perfect element of commentary for your guide who will explain the historic facts behind the building of some many estates in this area.
As you arrive in Pauillac, it will be time for lunch on your own. Your guide will point out the different options but please note that due to strict timing for the winery visits, we suggest that you opt for a light lunch that will not be time consuming.
Afternoon - Visit & Wine Tasting sessions in 2 Wineries
After lunch, it will be time to slowly make our way back towards Bordeaux. Along the way, we will stop in two different carefully selected wineries so that your full day wine tour from Bordeaux to the Medoc is complete. On a typical day, we will include different appellations. This is an important aspect of the tour as the wines in France are based on the importance of the terroir (a combination of the soil, the climate and the expertise of the winemaker).
Another interesting aspect that can be approached during your winery visits is the is the way Bordeaux wines are traded. There are 300 trading houses (or maisons de négoce) which, for several centuries, have been a major financial and economic force known by the name of “Place de Bordeaux".
Wine trading began in Bordeaux around the 11th century with the development of business between Bordeaux and England. At the time, practically all of the wines were bought in bulk at the estate then aged in the cellars owned by the négociants who were then in charge of selling them.
Today, their principal role is selling selected crus and producing wine: négociants blend, age and sell wines under their own brand names, providing consumers with a guarantee of know-how, and retailers with a guarantee of regular supply.
After the visit and wine tasting session in the two wineries of the afternoon, it will be time to return to Bordeaux and that will be the end of our services.
6.00pm return to BordeauxRead moreRead less
A FULL DAY TRIP BORDEAUX WINE TOUR TO SAINT EMILIONBreakfast at your hotel.9.30am Pick up at the Tourist Office of BordeauxMorning - Visit and commented wine tastings in 2 wineriesDepart for your small group St Emilion wine tour. It covers a full day of visits starting in the morning with a scenic drive from Bordeaux through the vineyards and...Breakfast at your hotel.
9.30am Pick up at the Tourist Office of Bordeaux
Morning - Visit and commented wine tastings in 2 wineries
Depart for your small group St Emilion wine tour. It covers a full day of visits starting in the morning with a scenic drive from Bordeaux through the vineyards and rolling hills of the St Emilion wine producing region located on the right bank. Before visiting the UNESCO world heritage site of Saint Emilion village, the wine tour kicks off in the surrounding countryside with a visit and wine tasting session in 2 Classified Growth Chateaus of the right bank.
Not included in the 1855 Classification of Bordeaux wines, saint émilion wines have their own system that included top rated Premier Grand Cru Classé wines such as Château Cheval Blanc, Chateau Ausone, Chateau Pavie or Chateau Angelus. Petrus is not classified as it is a winery located in the Pomerol appellation and the wines there do not have a classification. All wineries visited during our tours are at least Grand Cru classified.
After a short driver of about an hour, reach your first stop at a selected Grand Cru Winery. All winery tours in Bordeaux include the visit of the technical installations first. This is where a local guide of the winery will go through all the wine making process so that you can better understand how from a complex blending of different grape varieties and storage in oak barrels the local wineries obtain one of the world's most delicious wines.
A second Chateau is on your program this morning. Again, after the visit of the property and the installations, you will participate in a commented tasting of the Chateau wines. All our Bordeaux wine tastings are commented by the local guide of the winery. However, your driver/guide who will be with you throughout the day is also there to answer any questions that you might have.
All our driver/guides have great knowledge about wines and they will be happy to share any basic or more technical information concerning French or Bordeaux Wines. Whether you have questions about history, technique, flavors, aromas, food & wine pairings don't hesitate to ask them anything that relates to wine to make this day a very special one.
Then arrive in the village of Saint Emilion
After the morning guided visits and wine tastings at Classified Growth Château, move on with your English-speaking driver tour guide to the gorgeous village of Saint Emilion itself. The village of Saint Emilion is named after a monk who left his region of origin and settled down in the area hundreds of years ago. The village is a rare example of a largely intact medieval town whose geography has not been modified over the centuries.
Here, you will enjoy a short walking tour taking in important historical sites like the Romanesque cloister and the monolithic church carved into the limestone cliffs (also known as the underground monuments – not included in the tour). Following the village tour, enjoy some free time to explore on your own.
This is also the time for a relaxing lunch in the village. Saint Emilion offers a very large selection of restaurants and snacks. Depending on your budget, your guide will be able to suggest the best possible option for your meal. Please note however that due to strict timing for the winery visits, we suggest that you opt for a light lunch that will not be time consuming. This is also a great option if you really want to take some time to stroll through the narrow streets and discover the village on your own.
Afternoon - After the village, experience a final Winery visit
Leave Saint Emilion village to visit and wine taste in another Classified Growth Chateau. Again, it will be time to discover another property of the right bank. Since our goal is to have you discover the different types of wineries that are present in Saint Emilion, we usually select very different Chateaus during the day. Our winery selection includes some very progressive ones that have decided to invest in the latest technology to help them craft the best possible Bordeaux wines.
Other wineries are family owned and have kept their wine making process as traditional as possible, using techniques that have been passed on from generation to generation. Some wineries are quite large, while others produce wine on no more than 12 acres. This final visit can also be a great opportunity for you to find out about the unique way in which most of the Bordeaux wines are sold and the secret world of the 'Negociants'. After the visit, experience a commented wine tasting session of the Chateau wines and then it will be time to return to Bordeaux.
More information on the ‘Right Bank’ Wine Region of Bordeaux
Located on a hill set along the Dordogne Valley and surrounded by beautiful countryside, it’s not hard to see why the medieval village of Saint Emilion was the first wine region to be given World Heritage status in 1999. The first to plant vineyards were the Romans, who brought grapes here in the 2nd century.
The village takes its name from a Famous Monk
The village however takes its name from Emilian, a monk from Brittany who fled his home town of Vannes. He took refuge in one of the natural caves of Saint Emilion and lived a hermit’s life until his fame for performing miracles spread far and wide and drew disciples from around the region and beyond. The village subsequently became an important religious center and pilgrimage site and even after his death his followers reinforced his legacy by naming the village after him.
The town continued to thrive through the Middle Ages, at which time local monks developed wine making in the region elevating it to the status it has today. Although excluded from the famous 1855 Bordeaux rating, Saint Emilion wines were finally classified in 1955.
The best attractions in the village are located underground: beneath the town, a gigantic network of tunnels and galleries. Quarries were carved out of the hill in order to provide fertile soil for the surrounding fields and vineyards, and they have left Saint Emilion with many unique underground attractions.
Chief among them is surely the Monolithic Church an underground church carved from the limestone in the 12th century that reaches above ground up to a 68-meter high bell tower. The ancient Cordeliers cloisters, which sit alongside the monolithic church in the heart of the old town, are another emblematic local landmark.
Today, far away from the local train station, the stoic beige rooftops and medieval stone buildings make Saint Emilion feel like an open-air museum. Everywhere you walk reveals another picturesque scene and the many cafes and restaurants offer some of the best outdoor dining views to be found in France.
5.30pm return to Bordeaux.Read moreRead less
DEPARTURE TRANSFER FROM BORDEAUXBreakfast at your hotel and return transfer from your hotel in Bordeaux to the Airport or to the train station. End of our services.Breakfast at your hotel and return transfer from your hotel in Bordeaux to the Airport or to the train station. End of our services.Read moreRead less
3* Hotel OptionFrom € 780.00
4* Hotel OptionFrom € 930.00
5* Hotel OptionFrom € 1,510.00
Hotel Quality Suite (or similar)In the centre of Bordeaux, close to the banks of the river Garonne, lies the Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre. Clean, modern and stylish, we offer the perfect ...
In the centre of Bordeaux, close to the banks of the river Garonne, lies the Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre. Clean, modern and stylish, we offer the perfect base from which to explore this UNESCO World Heritage City, full of ancient monuments and 18th Century grandeur. Let us introduce you to the joys of French gastronomy at our partner, La Parlement des Graves, either at their restaurant (a mere 50m away) or via room service.
Let our weekday breakfast buffet tempt you, before you wander Europe’s largest pedestrian area, seeing the inspiring Cathedral Saint André, the elegant Place de la Bourse, or the Place des Quinconces, France’s largest plaza and home to the Monument aux Girondins. With so many world famous sites, many within easy walking distance, you’ll have your pick of ways to spend your time.
Visitors on business will enjoy access to our free business centre and a free weekday newspaper. Our partner-provided fitness centre offers free access for all guests allowing you to keep fit after a hard day of work or tourism. And with 24 hour reception, your time here will truly be your own.Show moreShow lessShow 4 medias
Hotel de Sèze (or similar)The elegance of this hotel proposes 55 rooms including 3 suites that blend harmoniously decorated in the sprit of the 18th century with exclusive furnitures. The ...
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Know before you book
- Tour available from March to November - Every day
- Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
- Order of Tours can be modified depending on availability of the activities
- Detailed program will be send to you after booking
- Adult tour only, no children accepted under the age of 18
- Winery visits are not private
- Tour is operated in English
- Small group tour, maximum 8 persons
- Tour is not wheelchair accessible
- Prices are per person
Do you organize pick up and return at accommodation for this Bordeaux Wine tours package?No, we do not pick up at your hotel for all our shared wine tours departing from Bordeaux. Our selection of Hotels has been carefully designed so that you are very close to the meeting point. Maximum walking time is of 10 minutes for any of the hotels selected.
What type of vehicles are used during a Bordeaux shared wine tour?Our company uses only Mercedes Vito Tourer 8 seater minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows, large leg space and on board P/A system for commentaries by the guide.
Who conducts these Bordeaux Shared Wine tours?We only employ accredited and licensed tour guides that are also the drivers for all tours that need visits to be conducted by certified guides. Good examples are: the visit of museums, guided walking tours in cities, visit of historical monuments and so on. In some regions, where wine tours prevail (Bordeaux, Alsace) the tours are conducted by professional local guides, that are experts in Wines.
Can we choose which wineries we will visit on a shared Bordeaux Wine Tour?No, unfortunately a scheduled tour is already pre-programmed and the wineries have been (carefully) selected. If you would like to visit some specific wineries while you are staying in Bordeaux then do not hesitate to book one of our Private Wine Tours from Bordeaux.
Are the Winery Tours private in Bordeaux?During our scheduled/shared tours the visits at the wineries are not private and you may find yourself being grouped with others. Groups usually always remain in low numbers. If you are seeking a more exclusive Bordeaux Wine Tour then do not hesitate to book one of our private tours. We will organise a private visit just for you and your party.
Please note that on our shared Bordeaux Day Trips, Ophorus tours are always conducted in English during the tours or at the wineries. Unlike other providers and for the benefit of all our guests, we refuse to mix languages.
What happens if we do not find the meeting point for our Shared Bordeaux Wine Tour?You have to be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes prior to tour departure. If you are having difficulties finding the meeting point you must call us on our office number +33 556 152 609 so that we may help you find the exact area. Please note that tours leave on time and if you are not there at the designated area and indicated time the driver/guide will leave. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information.