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    Visit & Wine tasting fee per adult in 1 carefully selected winery during your half day wine tour from Bordeaux.
    (By going to Saint Emilion wine region : Allows time to visit Saint-Emilion medieval village)

    € 15.00

    Visit the unique underground monuments of Saint Emilion including the Monolithic Church. Private tour with you own English speaking guide. Children under the age of 10 are free. If you have children over the age of 10 please purchase the corresponding tickets in the extras section.

    If you want to visit the monuments during your full day wine tour, please select the "BORDEAUX PRIVATE FULL DAY WINE TOUR TASTING FEES FOR 2 WINERIES"
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Ophorus Tours - Wine Lover's Escape to Saint-Emilion: Private Half-Day Shore Trip


Wine Lover's Escape to Saint-Emilion: Private Half-Day Shore Trip

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Visit & Wine taste in a Saint Emilion Grand Cru Winery followed by a Visit of Unesco Classified St Emilion village. Your small group private shore excursion will be conducted by an English speaking driver guide, expert in Bordeaux red wines


  • Experience the magic of one of our favorite villages
  • Visit a Grand Cru Winery of Saint Emilion
  • Follow a private guided walking tour of St Emilion village
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert in Bordeaux Wines
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Program & Itinerary

Embark on a vibrant Shore Excursion from Bordeaux City or Bassens Port of Call to the Saint Emilion wine producing region!Today we will come and pick you up at your Cruise Ship in Bordeaux city or Bassens Cruise Port. Meet your English speaking guide who is an expert on Bordeaux Wines. Your driver / guide is also a certified guide which means that he or she is licensed to conduct tours in historical ...

Embark on a vibrant Shore Excursion from Bordeaux City or Bassens Port of Call to the Saint Emilion wine producing region!

Today we will come and pick you up at your Cruise Ship in Bordeaux city or Bassens Cruise Port. Meet your English speaking guide who is an expert on Bordeaux Wines. Your driver / guide is also a certified guide which means that he or she is licensed to conduct tours in historical villages such as Saint Emilion and has access to monuments and museums that are not accessible to those that do not possess this licence. 

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

Travel in a spacious Minivan

Your private Bordeaux Wine Tour to Saint Emilion 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 as well as bottled water in all our vehicles.

Wine & History combo on a Saint Emilin Half Day Wine Tour

This private half day small group wine tour packs a lot of delights into a few hours. On this exclusive private tour for 2 to 8 persons maximum of St Emilion organized by Ophorus, you will enjoy tasting delicious classified growth Bordeaux red 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 this personalized Saint émilion half day trip will be in one of the local estates for a visit and wine tasting at one of the Grands Crus Classés Chateau's. Here, we have scheduled an appointment for you. You will be greeted at the Chateau and will get to discover the vineyards, tour and taste different vintages in this 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 half day a very special one.

Then visit a most charming medieval village

Following your wine tasting session, your private half day trip in this Bordeaux wine region 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. Since this is a private tour and our guides have a privileged access to this monument, we can organise a private visit of this attraction on your private tour if you are interested in mixing culture & wine.

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. We also provide a full day shore excursion from Saint Emilion.

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.

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  • 09:00 am
    or 02:00 pm

    Pick up at Your Ship in Bordeaux or Bassens Cruise Port

  • 10:00 am
    or 03:00 pm

    Visit and wine tasting at a Grand Cru Winery of St Emilion

  • 11:00 am
    or 04:00 pm

    Guided walk through the village of St Emilion

  • 01:00 pm
    or 06:00 pm

    Return to Cruise Ship in Bordeaux or Bassens


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Ophorus Tours - Wine Lover's Escape to Saint-Emilion: Private Half-Day Shore Trip
Ophorus Tours - Wine Lover's Escape to Saint-Emilion: Private Half-Day Shore Trip
Ophorus Tours - Wine Lover's Escape to Saint-Emilion: Private Half-Day Shore Trip

Know before you book

  • 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
  • 4 hour Private Tour to St Emilion 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

Meeting point

Quai Louis XVIII Cruise Berth Bordeaux


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.


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


5.0/5 (4 reviews)
  • Cynthia McCauley

    21, May 2024

    Overall, two GREAT days. Jerome was great. Really enjoyed his commentary and his personality. Did a great job of managing us thru the day and I felt he...
  • Cindi Thiel

    20, May 2024

    My family and I had a lovely tour. Despite the rain, we enjoyed the vineyard, tasting and visit to the town of St Emilion. Our guide was well informed...
  • Christina.

    01, Aug 2023

    Thank you for contacting us. We had a fabulous morning with Julie. The tour was everything and more than we had expected. Julie made us all feel very...
  • Keith

    24, May 2019

    We were very pleased with our guide. She was excellent.
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Included / excluded


  • Pick up and drop off at Cruise Ship
  • Pre-booking in a Selected winery
  • Tasting fees in the winery
  • Pre-booking of underground monuments in St Emilion
  • Short walking tour of Saint-Emillion
  • English speaking driver wine/guide
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Travel in fully equipped A/C minivans


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


  • 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. Good examples are: the visit of museums, guided walking tours in cities, visit of historical monuments, like the St Emilion underground 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.
  • 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 St Emilion?

    Yes, we will be happy to make the pre-bookings for your winery tours of Saint Emilion. Please note that most wineries open their doors to visitors but some high end wineries such as Cheval Blanc, Petrus, Ausone 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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