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    BORDEAUX PRIVATE WINE TASTING FEES FOR 2 WINERIES

    € 60.00

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    Visit & Wine tasting fees per person in 2 carefully selected wineries during your private wine tour in Bordeaux
  • BORDEAUX PRIVATE FULL DAY WINE TOUR - TASTING FEES FOR 3 WINERIES

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    Visit & Wine tasting fees per person in 3 carefully selected wineries during your full day wine tour in Bordeaux
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    € 50.00

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    Take part in a wine tasting tour in a Bordeaux Chateau followed by a delicious picnic made up of local produce and wine from the estate.
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Ophorus Tours - Medoc Wine Tour Small Group Private Full Day Shore Excursion From Bordeaux

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Medoc Wine Tour Small Group Private Full Day Shore Excursion From Bordeaux

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Visit Classified Growth wineries & taste Medoc wines from different appellations.

Highlights

  • Pre-booked visits to our selection of wineries
  • Follow the Chateau Road, lined with World famous wineries
  • Taste fabulous Medoc red wines, guided by a knowledgeable hand
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert in Bordeaux Wines
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests

Program & Itinerary

In the morning, we will come and pick you up at your Cruise Ship in Bordeaux city or Bassens Cruise Port. Once your Bordeaux Cruise Ship arrives, meet your English speaking driver / guide who is an expert on Bordeaux Wines. Once you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, premium air conditioned vehicle and begin to make ...

Meet your English speaking local guide, expert in Bordeaux wines

In the morning, we will come and pick you up at your Cruise Ship in Bordeaux city or Bassens Cruise Port. Once your Bordeaux Cruise Ship arrives, meet your English speaking driver / guide who is an expert on Bordeaux Wines. Once you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, premium air conditioned vehicle and begin to make your way to the Medoc wine producing region. 

Travel in a spacious premium vehicle

Your private Bordeaux Day Trip in the medoc will take place in one of our very spacious Mercedes Minivans. This vehicle can take up to 8 persons. All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system that allows you to hear the commentary of your driver/guide no matter where you are seated. Also, there is free Wi-Fi access in all vehicles. Bottled water is also available in all our vehicles.

Depart from Bordeaux and reach the left bank wine region

Take an exclusive, private Medoc full day wine tour and you’ll discover delicious red wines with cabernet sauvignon blends in the heart of this celebrated Bordeaux wine region. With Ophorus, experience is the most important factor when it comes to our personalized private sightseeing tours.

On your private wine tour, you’re sure to discover hidden gems and taste prestigious wines in one of France’s most celebrated wine regions in an informal yet expertly guided way. This highly recommended wine tour from Bordeaux will introduce you to some of the most prestigious appellations such as Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac, Saint Estèphe & Haut Médoc where some of the most famous chateaux are located.

Follow the castles road, lined by prestigious wineries

As you reach the Medoc vineyards, we will take you to 2 or 3 carefully selected wine estates that are ranked as Grand Cru, classified growth Château or cru bourgeois estates. As your day tour begins, reach the famous castle road along which many of the Grands Crus Classés - Classified Growth Chateau wineries are located.

At each winery, you will be introduced to the history and wine making facilities of the domains. You will also have the opportunity to understand the wine making process. Then, your tour of the médoc region will continue with commented wine tasting opportunities in each winery. You’ll then get the chance to sample delicious cabernet sauvignon wines on this full day Bordeaux excursion.

With Ophorus, rest assured that your Medoc wine tasting tour will be everything you imagined. All our drivers are fully accredited guides, meaning you’ll get double the expertise on this great Medoc tour. Every one of our expert guides holds at least the WSET level 2 certification in wines and spirits, and they take great pride in their region and craft.

You’ll learn how to judge a wine with all the senses, using your eyes, nose, tongue, and memory. These licensed guides are not only wine connoisseurs, they’re also authorities on the local area, ready to share a wealth of information about the stunning Bordeaux region.

Taste delicious wines

Medoc wines produce wonderfully perfumed yet very intense french wines. Margaux wines have a distinctive fragrant taste, attributed to the high gravel content of the soil in these vineyards. The soil’s excellent drainage means the plants need to root down further to find moisture, making them particularly strong, and bringing up the flavors of the deeper earth.

The Haut Medoc appellation is vast, with almost 400 different wine producers operating there, the different wineries produce wine that have a wide variety of textures and flavors. If time permits, your guide will try and organise a stop at Chateau Margaux for photo opportunities. Saint Julien wines are known to be tannic, powerful and are usually coined as being quite masculine types of wines while the wines produced in Pauillac are generally rich, full bodied and stern.

World renowned wines & wondrous ocean views

As well as producing some of the world’s most exquisite wines, the Médoc region also boasts over 60 miles of sandy beaches and is dotted with stunning castles. The Castle Route, running from the vibrant city of Bordeaux to the tip of the Médoc peninsula, is packed with breathtaking vistas and secluded fairytale classified growth Châteaux.

Unlike saint emilion or graves region wines that are mainly composed of Merlot grapes, the Medoc wines are known for their high quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon in the final blending. The most famous region includes Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac or St Estephe.

Gentle hills, sand dunes, deep lagoons, and sweeping Atlantic coastal views highlight a trip to another part of the Médoc region. The best way to see different things in the Medoc is to program a full day private tour that we will set up for you and that will allow you to experience the diverse flavors of the region in expert hands.

Flanking the town of Pauillac, some of France’s most acclaimed vineyards cover the eastern side of the Médoc peninsula. This area is home to many fabulous castles, including Château Margaux, Château Latour and Château Mouton Rothschild. Another highlight of the region is the Gironde estuary. Formed from the convergence of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, it is home to a monument that is known as the ‘Versailles’ of lighthouses.

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  • Pick up at Your Ship in Bordeaux or Bassens Cruise Port

  • Visit and wine tasting at 1st Medoc winery

  • Follow the Castle Road and enjoy some great photo opportunities

  • Enjoy some free time for lunch in Pauillac or St Julien

  • Visit and wine tasting at 2nd Medoc winery

  • Visit and wine tasting at 3rd Medoc winery

  • Return to Cruise Ship in Bordeaux or Bassens

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Ophorus Tours - Medoc Wine Tour Small Group Private Full Day Shore Excursion From Bordeaux
Ophorus Tours - Medoc Wine Tour Small Group Private Full Day Shore Excursion From Bordeaux

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  • If you want to share your tour with others, you can put it on Cruise Critic. Most of the time this gives good results. You must do this yourself as we are not accepted on their site as a professional business. We accept split payment transactions by credit card.
  • Small group, personalized experiences
  • 8 hour Private Tour to Medoc from Bordeaux
  • Worry free shore Excursion, guaranteed return to Ship
  • Tasting fees can be included during the booking process
  • Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 8 persons - Larger groups please contact us
  • Chateaux reservations will be made once the booking is confirmed
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Quai Louis XVIII Cruise Berth Bordeaux

Departure

Pick up at Cruise Ship – Bordeaux or Bassens Ports of Call.
Please proceed to exit where your guide will be waiting for you with a sign bearing lead traveler name.

Return

Drop off at Cruise Ship – Bordeaux or Bassens Ports of Call

Reviews

4 reviews
  • Melanie H

    03, Jun 2019

    Best part of our cruise! Our guide was amazing! She was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Medoc wines and even helped watch our children...
  • flund2017

    05, Nov 2017

    Great visit to the wineries Went with Karim from Ophorus Excursions on an all day tour to wineries in the Bordeaux Medoc region. Toured three wineries...
  • Nina S

    28, Oct 2017

    Phenomenal wines! Tours! Sightseeing! Our tour group consisted of 4 couples from around the world and a delightful tour leader. We had all a lot of varied...
  • William P

    26, Sep 2017

    Drive through the countryside and the visit to three wineries outstanding. Would highly recommend
    for those interested in the Medoc wines.
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Included / excluded

Included

  • Pick up and drop off at Cruise Ship
  • Pre-booking in 2 or 3 Selected wineries
  • English speaking driver wine/guide
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Travel in fully equipped A/C minivans
  • Wifi on board the vehicle

Excluded

  • Tasting fees in the wineries
  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums attractions
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide

FAQ

  • What should I expect on a Shore Excursion with Ophorus?

    As a specialized France Tour Operator and tours & activities provider, we organize worry free shore excursions departing from all cruise ports in France. Our professional team of travel advisors, drivers and guides speak fluent English, are experts in the destination and all our shore excursions take place on board premium vehicles.

    All our shore excursions in France include pick up and drop off at your ship, once you have exited the Cruise Port terminal. We will always indicate where your driver/guide will be waiting for you. Our itineraries and programs are customized to suit your needs and never include side visits or stops that you had not confirmed. We guarantee your return to ship on time and have a very flexible cancellation policy. All tours can be cancelled up to 48 hours before the tour.

    All our shore excursions are for small groups only, we do not cater for groups larger than 20 persons. Typically, we use premium minivans that will take up to 7 or 8 persons maximum. If your group is larger, then we will provide a small minibus but no larger than 20 passenger seats.
  • Who conducts these Bordeaux Shore Excursions?

    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. 

    In some regions, where wine tours prevail the tours are conducted by professional local guides, that are experts in Wines.
  • What type of vehicles are used during a Bordeaux Shore Excursion?

    Our company uses only premium cars & minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows and large leg space.
  • Can we choose which wineries we will visit on this trip to Medoc?

    Yes, we will be happy to make the pre-bookings for your winery tours of Medoc. Please note that most wineries open their doors to visitors but some high end wineries such as Chateau Margaux, Chateau La Tour and a few others do not welcome any visitors. Also, it is important to mention that we only make the required Chateau reservations once you have booked your tour with Ophorus.
  • Can one visit Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour, Château Mouton Rothschild or Château Lafite Rothschild?

    Chateau Margaux is the lead winery located in the appellation that bears its name. This is certainly one of the most frequent questions that we have. YES, it is possible to visit Chateau Margaux. Don't hesitate to contact us at the time of planning your coming to Bordeaux. If you want to book Chateau Margaux just a few days before you arrive then forget it!

    To book a tour to Margaux, you need to take into consideration that the number of visits per day are limited as are the number of guests. All bookings must be made a long time ahead of your tour date. If you contact us directly, our dedicated team of Bordeaux Winery Bookings will be pleased to design your Bordeaux wine tour itinerary.

    YES, it is possible to visit Chateau Mouton Rothschild in the Pauillac appellation. We do not include the visit of this winery on our regular scheduled tour as the cost of the visit & tasting is of 80€ per person (2020 season). If you would like us to book a visit for you and your party, don't hesitate to contact our team and we can organise a fully customizable private tour just for you that will include this winery.

    YES, it is possible to visit Chateau Lafite Rothschild in the Pauillac appellation. We do not include the visit of this winery on our regular scheduled tour as the number of visits & guests are limited per day. If you would like us to book a visit for you and your party, don't hesitate to contact our team and we can organise a fully customizable private tour just for you that will include this winery.

    NO, it is not possible to visit Chateau Latour. Only wine professionals or wine merchants can follow a visit and participate in a wine tasting session at this winery. If you want to visit & wine taste you will have to prove that you are in the wine trade as this will be asked by the administration of the winery.
  • How many / much wines are served in the Wineries?

    In Bordeaux, the Wineries will typically serve 1 to 3 wines during the tasting sessions. It is always the wine produced by the chateau that will be tasted. Usually the first and second wine of the estate.

    Important note: For all our guests who have experienced wine tours in other countries, please note that the average pour of wine in Bordeaux is less important than in other destinations. Even though we strive to work with Wineries that are more generous, they remain the only ones that can determine the quantity of wine poured in a glass.
  • Are the Winery Tours private in Bordeaux?

    Yes, we do our best to privatize the wine tasting sessions during our Private Bordeaux Shore Excursions. This means that you will follow a private visit of the winery, followed by a private commented wine tasting session.
  • Should I bring something specific for this Shore Excursion?

    Always check the weather before you follow one of our shore excursions. By doing so, adapt your clothing to the local weather conditions. On one of our shore excursions we will not require you to bring your passport but it is always better to have some type of ID just in case. We strongly recommend that you bring with you a photocopy of any ID. Good walking shoes are always recommended in France as you never know on what type of grounds you might be walking.
  • Is lunch included on this private Medoc Wine tour from Bordeaux?

    e never include lunch on our private shore excursions from Bordeaux. If you would like us to pre-book a specific restaurant for you and your party just let us know and we will organize this for you at no extra cost. Ideally, speak with your guide in the morning and indicate what you are expecting for lunch and she/he will be happy to suggest corresponding options.
  • Is it possible to visit a Barrel making facility?

    Yes. Instead of visiting 3 wineries during the day it is possible to add the visit of a barrel making facility - Cooperage. During the booking process it will be possible for you to choose from different options. If you would like to visit a barrel making facility then choose the option with 2 wine tastings sessions and the barrel making tour.  

    Please note that this option is only possible from Monday to Friday.
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