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    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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    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)
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Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux Panoramic & St Emilion Wine Tour Private Day Trip for 2 persons

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Bordeaux Panoramic & St Emilion Wine Tour Private Day Trip for 2 persons

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Combine a Bordeaux Overview with and incredible wine tour for one perfect day

Highlights

  • A Perfect One-Day Combination of City + Wine
  • Uncover the Secrets of Bordeaux With a Knowledgeable Guide
  • Visit a Grand Cru Winery of Saint Emilion
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert in Bordeaux History & Wines

Program & Itinerary

Enjoy a Panoramic tour of Bordeaux with live commentaries by your driver / guide then reach One of Our Favorite Villages and tastes some of our Favorite Wines on this private full day trip from Bordeaux.This morning, we will come and pick you up at your hotel or accommodation in Bordeaux. Meet your English speaking guide who is an expert on Bordeaux and its Wines. Your driver / guide is also ...

Enjoy a Panoramic tour of Bordeaux with live commentaries by your driver / guide then reach One of Our Favorite Villages and tastes some of our Favorite Wines on this private full day trip from Bordeaux.

Pick up at your accommodation in Bordeaux

This morning, we will come and pick you up at your hotel or accommodation in Bordeaux. 

Meet your English speaking driver/guide who is a local Export on Bordeaux and its wines

Meet your English speaking guide who is an expert on Bordeaux and its 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 the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, spacious Mercedes minivan and begin your panoramic tour of Bordeaux. Then, make your way to the Saint Emilion wine producing region. 

Travel in a spacious Mercedes Minivan 

Your private panoramic tour of Bordeaux and Saint Emilion will take place in one of our very spacious Mercedes Minivans. This vehicle can take up to 8 persons normally but on this occasion, the vehicle will only be for you. This allows you to choose the seat that you think best in terms of social distancing while still enjoying the information passed on by your guide.

Begin with a panoramic tour of Bordeaux 

After being picked up by your driver/guide, your panoramic tour of Bordeaux can begin. Comfortably seated in one of our spacious vehicles that have large windows, discover one of the most beautiful cities of France in a relaxing way. 

All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system that allows our guides to make commentaries during driving time. As you drive along the large boulevards, your guide will talk to you about the history of Bordeaux and point out all the major monuments and sites that one must see. 

During one of our exclusive panoramic tours of Bordeaux there are locations that cannot be missed and your driver/guide will certainly include the following highlights: drive next to Saint Andrews Cathedral, the most majestic of all of Bordeaux's churches. Construction dates back to the 11th / 12th centuries and modifications were done in the 15th century. 

Recently renovated, the Cathedral seems brand new with the vivid color of its honey-colored limestone. As you pass by,  your guide will certainly point out the Pey Berland Tower that supports the statue of Our Lady of Aquitaine.

From there, reach the historical part of Bordeaux that offers an exceptional architectural ensemble with more than 5,000 buildings that date back to the 18th century. You will certainly admire the façades that resemble those of Paris and which have given to Bordeaux one of its nicknames - the Little Paris. From there, reach the delightful square of the Old Stock Exchange, known as Place de La Bourse. 

Built in the mid 1700's the square is surrounded by two buildings on each side and faces the famous Water Mirror that reflects the elegant 18th century façade. As you drive along the Garonne River Front, reach the Chartrons district where the old port warehouses used to be located. This will probably be the moment when your guide will take some time to go over the wine history of Bordeaux with you.

Finally, arrive in front of the Cité du Vin wine museum. Designed by Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières, the building reminds of wine swirling into a glass. This very modern museum is composed of 19 interactive and sensorial displays that explain wine growing and winemaking around the world. The interactive tour has been designed to please both novice and wine connoisseurs and the entrance ticket includes a wine tasting on its panoramic platform.

Depart from Bordeaux and reach the Right Bank Wine Region 

After your panoramic tour, 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 will be in one of the local estates for a visit and wine tasting at a Grand Cru Chateau. Here, we have scheduled an appointment for you. You will be greeted at the Chateau and will get to 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 village 

Following your wine tasting session, your 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. 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 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.

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  • Meet your Guide at your Accommodation in Bordeaux

  • Panoramic tour of Bordeaux

  • Scenic Drive towards St Emilion

  • Guided walking tour of Saint Emilion village

  • Free time for lunch in Saint Emilion village

  • Optional Private Visit of St Emilions underground monuments

  • Visit of a Grand Cru Winery in the Saint Emilion appellation

  • Drop off at your accommodation in Bordeaux

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Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux Panoramic & St Emilion Wine Tour Private Day Trip for 2 persons
Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux Panoramic & St Emilion Wine Tour Private Day Trip for 2 persons
Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux Panoramic & St Emilion Wine Tour Private Day Trip for 2 persons

Know before you book

  • Tour available all year round (except May 1st, Dec 25th and Jan 1st)
  • 8 hour Bordeaux Panoramic & St Emilion wine tour
  • Tasting fees can be included during the booking process
  • Underground monuments tickets available during booking process
  • Chateaux reservations will be made once the booking is confirmed
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Price is per person. Tour is limited to 2 persons
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

Train Station, Hotel or AirBnB in Bordeaux

Departure

We will come and pick you up at Train Station, Hotel or Airbnb in Bordeaux or surrounding area, circle of 30 kms (20 miles) around Bordeaux at no extra cost.

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Included / excluded

Included

  • Panoramic Tour of Bordeaux
  • Reservation for Winery Visit
  • Walking tour in Saint Emilion
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Travel in premium, spacious vehicles
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Free WiFi access on board

Excluded

  • Wine tasting fees
  • Entrance fees to monuments or attractions
  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Meals & drinks
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

FAQ

  • How many / much wines are served in the Wineries on your Bordeaux Private tours?

    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.

    There are many wine tasting opportunities that can be made in the village of Saint Emilion if you would like to extend your wine tasting experience. Don't hesitate to ask your guide for some recommendations. This is also the ideal location if you would like to ship some wine home.
  • Do you organize pick up and return at accommodation for Bordeaux private tours?

    Yes, absolutely. We will come and pick you up at your hotel or accommodation in Bordeaux or within a 30kms (20 miles) radius at no extra cost. If you are coming from outside Bordeaux, we will define a convenient meeting point.
  • What type of vehicles are used during a private Bordeaux wine tour?

    Our company uses only Mercedes Vito Tourer / Class V 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. All guests can hear the commentaries wherever they are seated.
  • Who conducts these Bordeaux Private 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. Most of our Guides in Bordeaux hold the WSET level 2 in wines or are professional sommeliers.
  • Are the Winery Tours private on your Bordeaux wine tours?

    Yes, we pre-book winery visits and tasting session just for you and your party. This means that you will enjoy a private visit of the installations followed by a private commented wine tasting session.
  • Is lunch included on this full day trip from Bordeaux?

    No, we never include lunch on our private tours. However, let us know if you would like us to suggest and pre-book a local restaurant reservation. Our team will be happy to organize this for you at no extra cost. You can also talk with your guide directly in the morning. Let him know your wishes and she/he will adapt the tour accordingly and suggest the best possible options.
  • Is the price per person or per group?

    This tour is a special offer for 2 persons. The pricing for this tour is per person unlike our other private tours that include more passengers.
  • Is this Private Full Day Bordeaux Wine Tour only available in English?

    No, our talented, in-house multi lingual guides will be happy to conduct the tour in French, Spanish, German, Italian. Just ask for availability.
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