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Ophorus Tours - Saint Emilion Wine Tour Shared Half Day Trip From Bordeaux

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Saint Emilion Wine Tour Shared Half Day Trip From Bordeaux

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Take it slow with a Saint Emilion wine tour and village visit! Discover the medieval streets and delicious wines of this 2000 year old wine making area at a relaxed pace within a short period of time.

Highlights

  • Taste fabulous St Emilion red wines, guided by a knowledgeable hand
  • English speaking, hand picked, local guides experts in Bordeaux Wines
  • Visit the magical village of Saint Emilion
  • Small Group Tours of Maximum 8 persons

Program & Itinerary

Experience the Magic of One of Our Favorite Villages and Favorite Wines on this half day wine tour. This morning, we will come and pick you up in front of the Bordeaux Tourism Office. The Bordeaux tourist office is located at 12 cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 BORDEAUX, in the heart of the city, facing the CIVB Bordeaux wine syndicat building. The tourism office located in the city center is at a 10 minutes ...

Experience the Magic of One of Our Favorite Villages and Favorite Wines on this half day wine tour.

PICK UP AT CENTRALLY LOCATED MEETING POINT IN BORDEAUX

This morning, we will come and pick you up in front of the Bordeaux Tourism Office. The Bordeaux tourist office is located at 12 cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 BORDEAUX, in the heart of the city, facing the CIVB Bordeaux wine syndicat building. The tourism office located in the city center is at a 10 minutes walking distance from all the centrally located hotels.

PLEASE BE ON TIME AS WINERY VISITS HAVE BEEN PRE-BOOKED JUST FOR US! 

For all our shared day trips from Bordeaux, we ask our clients to be present 10 minutes before departure time. It is important to be on time as Bordeaux wine tours imply strict timing as all the wineries visited have been pre-booked especially for our clients. Due to this, all our tours must leave on time to meet this schedule. In Bordeaux, unlike many other wine destinations, it is not possible to just show up at a winery for a tour, especially for the wineries that are highly demanded.

If you think that you might be late, please contact us rapidly by sms, phone or email so that we can advise the driver/guide to wait. However, waiting time is limited to 10 minutes maximum. If you are not present at the time of departure, your reservation will be considered as a no show and will not be refunded!

MEET YOUR ENGLISH SPEAKING DRIVER/GUIDE WHO IS A LOCAL EXPERT ON BORDEAUX WINES

Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing the name of the tour and with the Ophorus logo on it. Also, all our guides have a nominative badge so that it will be easy for you to recognize them.

Once you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to the Saint Emilion wine producing region.

All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system which means that everyone will hear the guide's commentary during driving time, even if you are seated in the back of the van! Also, we have bottled water at your disposal and you can use our free wifi as you travel from one destination to another.

WINE & HISTORY COMBO ON A SAINT EMILION HALF DAY TOUR

This half day small group wine tour packs a lot of delights into a few hours. On this tour of St Emilion organized by Ophorus, you will enjoy tasting delicious Bordeaux wines. Add to this the rich historical attractions of this UNESCO World Heritage site and you see why the half day option makes for such a great tour.

DEPART FROM BORDEAUX AND REACH THE RIGHT BANK WINE REGION

Starting in the city of Bordeaux, a short drive in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan brings you out of the city to the picturesque countryside plains and rolling hills of the right bank wine producing area. This is the heart of Bordeaux’s famous wine region, where many vineyards carry the Saint Emilion AOC designation. Each of these local wineries produce vintages with distinct soil features backed by a long winemaking heritage.

Your first major stop on the St Emilion half day trip will be in one of the local estates for a visit and wine tasting at a Grand Cru Chateau. Here, you will get to tour and taste different vintages in a carefully selected domain.

The wines are a blend of Merlot grapes with deep, bold flavors, along with other local grape varieties, especially Cabernet Franc and, to a lesser degree, Cabernet Sauvignon. A local guide of the winery will reveal all the steps in the wine production process for you as well as share some historical details about the estate.

Your Ophorus guide will be with you during the visit so don't hesitate to ask any questions. 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 VISIT A MOST CHARMING VILLAGE

Following your wine tasting session, your half day tour continues with a guided walking tour of the eponymous village. Stroll through the quaint, cobbled streets of this medieval town, while your tour guide recounts local history, from the days of the 8th century hermit Emilion, to the 19th century mining galleries, which still lie beneath the village.

Important historical sites include the Romanesque cloister and the Monolithic church carved into the limestone cliffs (also known as the underground monuments – not included on this tour. This can be booked on our private full day Saint Emilion tour)

It is no coincidence that Saint Emilion has been awarded the UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999. After the walk, enjoy some free time to explore on your own in the village. Why not enter one of the many wine cellars to continue your tasting session? Finally, you will head back to Bordeaux where the wine tour concludes after having learned a lot about this famous wine producing area.

A FAMOUS MONK, A CAVE AND CENTURIES OF WINE MAKING

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Dordogne Valley, the picturesque rooftops and medieval stone buildings of the beautiful village of Saint Emilion are a delight to the eye. A unique microclimate and Saint Emilion's fertile soil made the area a haven of wine making.

This tradition goes back to the later centuries of the Roman Empire. The first vineyards were planted here in the second century AD. In the fourth century, the Roman poet Ausonius already mentioned the delicious grapes of Saint Emilion.

THE LEGEND OF EMILIAN

The first indications of human settlements in the area date back to the Roman Empire, but the story of Saint Emilion starts in the eighth century AD. At that time, a monk from Brittany, fleeing persecution in his hometown of Vannes sought refuge in one of the natural caves near the settlement of Ascum Bas.

Although he lived the simple and secluded life of a hermit, Saint Emilion allegedly performed several miracles from his Aquitaine hideaway. Soon, his renown spread far beyond the town and region, bringing pilgrims and disciples from far afield to visit him. The small settlement grew fast as it became a religious center. After Saint Emilion died, his followers made sure he would be remembered by giving the town of Ascum Bas the new name Saint Emilion.

Much later, monks developed more intensive and widespread vineyards. This is when the reputation for Saint Emilion wines started building towards what it is today. The rich Merlot-based blends of these fertile plains have given local wines a great appeal, and several wines produced in chateaux near Saint Emilion have been given the highest possible awards under the French appellation wine rating system.

WHAT IS THERE TO SEE OR DO IN SAINT EMILION?

History is alive and well and very visible on any visit to Saint Emilion today. First, don’t miss the impressive Romanesque church in the heart of the old town. The streets and buildings constituting Saint Emilion medieval village are some of the few surviving examples of a traditional hilltop village near Bordeaux. Largely intact despite the passing centuries, walking through the village literally feels like going back in time.

Walking up the narrow winding streets, you will come to several superb vantage points which offer sweeping views over the Dordogne Valley. But the village of St Emilion’s main historical attraction is underground. Beneath the village, lies a network of tunnels covering more than 120 miles. These tunnels are left over from the many quarries that were exploited until the 19th century to supply stone that was used to build villages, towns and cities such as Bordeaux.

A further highlight of Saint Emilion is the underground Monolithic Church. The foundation of the church is built directly into the limestone of the rocky site, a rare construction feat. By lack of time it will not be possible to visit the monolithic church on this half day tour but if you have more time, this option is possible on a full day private tour and we highly recommend this tour.

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  • 08:50 am
    or 01:50 pm

    Meet your Guide in front of Bordeaux Tourism Office

  • 09:00 am
    or 02:00 pm

    Depart from Bordeaux Tourism Office

  • 10:00 am
    or 03:00 pm

    Visit & Wine tasting in a Grand Cru Saint Emilion Winery

  • 11:00 am
    or 04:00 pm

    Visit Saint Emilion village, free time for personal discovery

  • 12:15 pm
    or 05:15 pm

    Depart from Saint Emilion village

  • 01:00 pm
    or 06:00 pm

    Arrive in Bordeaux, drop off at Tourism Office

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Know before you book

  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • In case minimum numbers are not reached we will offer to reschedule or refund your tour
  • Adult tour only, no children accepted under the age of 18
  • Chateaux visits are not private
  • Tour involves some walking, good walking shoes recommended
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Small group option, maximum 8 persons
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per person
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

12 cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 BORDEAUX

Departure

Meet your guide in front of the Bordeaux Tourism Office, 12 cours du 30 Juillet 33000, who will have a sign with the name of the tour. Please be ready 10 minutes before departure time. All tours leave on time. 

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Reviews

15 reviews
  • Robert_G

    05, Aug 2020

    We had a great tour yesterday. Our guide was really informative, provided lots of useful information about the area and wine making process. He was friendly...
  • Go769294

    07, Sep 2020

    A very well structured tour with our guide Emilie. She was very good at providing us the details of St Emilion region, winemaking, and its history. She...
  • Vanessa_Z

    16, Mar 2020

    Totally Worth It Wow! My fiancé and I are so glad we booked this tour. Hugo ( hope Im spelling his name correctly) was amazing! He shared so much knowledge,...
  • jackiesO6571IN

    14, Mar 2020

    Perfect day in Bordeaux! Tripadvisor review: Saint Emilion Half-Day Trip with Wine Tasting & Winery Visit from Bordeaux Lea was an awesome guide. We highly...
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Included / excluded

Included

  • Local Guide, expert in Bordeaux Wines
  • Visit & wine tasting in a Grand Cru Chateau
  • All wine tasting fees
  • Walking tour of the village
  • Travel in spacious minivans
  • Limited to 8 persons per group
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Free WiFi access on board

Excluded

  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance or expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide

FAQ

  • Do you pick up at hotels

    All our scheduled/shared tours have a precise departure location that is mentioned on your voucher in each city. If you wish to be picked up at your accommodation then you will need to book a private tour.

  • What happens if we do not find the meeting point

    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.
  • 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?

    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 we refuse to mix languages.

     
  • 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 appreciate the quantity of wine poured in a glass.

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