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Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux Panoramic tour & Picnic at Chateau Winery Shore Excursion From Bordeaux

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Bordeaux Panoramic tour & Picnic at Chateau Winery Shore Excursion From Bordeaux

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A Full Day Worry Free Shore Excursion that combines a panoramic tour of Bordeaux to admire the city's landmarks comfortably seated follow by a wine tour and a Picnic in a Bordeaux Chateau Winery.

Highlights

  • A Perfect One-Day Combination of City + Wine
  • Uncover the Secrets of Bordeaux With a Knowledgeable Guide
  • In the Afternoon, Visit one or two Wonderful Wineries in a chosen wine region
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert in Bordeaux and its Wines

Program & Itinerary

In the morning, after we have picked you up directly from your Cruise Ship in Bordeaux port of call, come and discover one of the most fascinating French towns that has just recently resurrected. Classified a “City of Art and History” and home to one of Europe’s largest collection of 18th Century architecture that was classified as UNESCO world heritage site, discover big-ticket attractions such as ...

In the morning, after we have picked you up directly from your Cruise Ship in Bordeaux port of call, come and discover one of the most fascinating French towns that has just recently resurrected. Classified a “City of Art and History” and home to one of Europe’s largest collection of 18th Century architecture that was classified as UNESCO world heritage site, discover big-ticket attractions such as the neo-classical Grand Theater or Saint Andrews Cathedral. 

Pick up at your Cruise Ship in Bordeaux or Bassens Cruise Port

This morning, we will come and pick you up directly at your Cruise Ship in Bordeaux. Meet your English speaking local guide who is an expert of Bordeaux, its architecture and of course its wine. After going over the itinerary and program of the day with you, it will be time to board your premium A/C vehicle and begin your panoramic tour of Bordeaux.

Commented panoramic tour of Bordeaux

Once you have boarded your premium vehicle, your panoramic tour of Bordeaux can begin. Sit comfortably and begin to learn about the history of Roman 'Burdigala' and how wine making began 2000 years ago. All our minivans are equipped with an onboard P/A system that allows our guides to make live commentaries during the panoramic tour and everyone will hear perfectly no matter where you are seated in the vehicle. If your vehicle is a sedan, no need for a P/A system. 

Your driver/guide will drive you through the large boulevards or narrow streets of Bordeaux to have you see the most important landmarks of the city. Admire Place des Quinconces, the most emblematic square of the town and one of the largest squares in Europe. Formerly the location of Château Trompette, built next to the Garonne River, this fortress was part of a larger military architectural ensemble that was built when France finally recovered Bordeaux from the English. The square also features the Monument to the Girondins as well as huge statues of Montesquieu and Montaigne.

Discover the Golden Triangle of Bordeaux 

Your panoramic tour of Bordeaux will then move on to the heart of the City nicknamed the ‘Golden Triangle’. Defined by three Boulevards, including high-end Cours de l’Intendance, the heart of Bordeaux is without a doubt Place de la Comédie. This large square features the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux to one side and the Grand Théâtre on the other. This masterpiece of 18th-century architecture was designed by Victor Louis who also designed the Comédie Française in Paris.

Bordeaux River Front & famous Landmarks

Other highlights of this private panoramic tour include the Place de la Bourse (Stock Exchange) located next to the River where the now famous water mirror lies. More Big-ticket attractions and sights include the Cathedral of St Andrew, Pey Berland square and tower as well as the bustling Rue Sainte Catherine, one of the longest shopping streets of Europe. After your panoramic tour of Bordeaux, it will be time for us to head towards the Saint Emilion wine region of Bordeaux.

Saint Emilion Village & Wines

Saint Emilion is famous for 2 things: it is a charming medieval village & the area produces one of the most famous wines of the Bordeaux wine region. After your private panoramic tour of Bordeaux, begin to make your way to the Saint Emilion wine region. The short 45 minute drive is perfect for an introduction to the Bordeaux wine region by your driver/guide. Learn about the different grape varieties that are allowed to make Bordeaux red wine, the different appellations of the area as well as how the wine is blended to make the final wine. You will also learn about the history of the region and how much of it was an English possession for more than 300 years. 

Wine Tour & Picnic in a Bordeaux Chateau Winery

Your private shore excursion continues with a wine tour & picnic in a carefully selected winery of the right bank. Upon arrival at the Chateau, discover the winery and taste the premium wine of the Chateau. Then, grab your picnic basket and enjoy a wonderful picnic prepared with local produce. Of course, all our picnic options are accompanied with the local wine. You can also purchase more wine directly on site, at the Chateau. All the wineries where the picnics take place have been carefully selected by our team of travel experts for their unique setting, landscape and quality of the products prepared and wines tasted.

Saint Emilion Winery or Village Visit

After your picnic, your driver/guide will take you to the village of Saint Emilion for a visit of this charming medieval town. 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.

After the visit of the village and some free time for personal discovery, it will be time to make our way back to Bordeaux. After a short drive, we will drop you off at your Cruise Ship in Bordeaux or Bassens and that will be the end of our services.

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

  • Guided walking tour of Bordeaux

  • Free time for lunch in Bordeaux

  • Visit and wine tasting at 1st winery

  • Visit and wine tasting at 2nd Winery or Visit of St Emilion village

  • Return to Cruise Ship in Bordeaux or Bassens

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Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux Panoramic tour & Picnic at Chateau Winery Shore Excursion From Bordeaux
Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux Panoramic tour & Picnic at Chateau Winery Shore Excursion From Bordeaux
Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux Panoramic tour & Picnic at Chateau Winery Shore Excursion From Bordeaux

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
  • 8 hour Private Sightseeing tour of Bordeaux and its vineyards
  • 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

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

6 reviews
  • daffypuf

    28, Sep 2019

    Outstanding Chloe was a wonderful guide. We had a tour of Bordeaux, time to walk around and have lunch in St Emillion and an interesting tour of a small...
  • patricia1670

    30, May 2019

    A day at the vineyards Our wonderful guide, Karim, helped to make our day through Bordeaux and to St. Emilion a memorable event. Thanks for a great visit...
  • GoesBoom

    06, Aug 2018

    A great time A well planned and executed tour. We were met at the ship, no problems. Our driver-guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and a great communicator....
  • FIKnight2012

    08, Jul 2018

    Lovely Day Helene, so much more than a tour guide, she made our wine tasting trip such an enjoyable one, her knowledge on the region and the wine is second...
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Included / excluded

Included

  • Pick up and drop off at Cruise Ship
  • Private Guided walking tour of Bordeaux
  • Pre-booking in 1 or 2 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.
  • 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.
  • Who conducts this Bordeaux visit & afternoon wine tour?

    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, Burgundy) the tours are conducted by professional local guides or sommeliers, that are experts in Wines.
  • What type of vehicles are used during a Bordeaux private 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.
  • How long is the Guided Walking Tour of Bordeaux?

    The guided walking tour of Bordeaux lasts approximately 2 hours. The visit includes an introduction to the major landmarks of Bordeaux. The walking tour is paced for a leisurly exploration and stops can be included on the way. Your accredited/licensed tour guide can be flexible on the itinerary but will definitely include the most famous monuments of Bordeaux.
  • In which wine region will the afternoon Bordeaux wine tour take place?

    We can take you to all the major wine regions of Bordeaux during your afternoon wine tour. During the booking process you will be asked which region you would prefer to visit. 
    • The medoc wine region produces red wines that are mainly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes
    • The Saint Emilion wine region produces red wines that are mainly blended with Merlot grapes
    • The Graves & Sauternes wine region produces red wines (Cabernet Sauvignon), white wines (Sauvignon Blanc) & sweet white wines
    If you do not have any ideas concerning which region you would like to go to, select the 'Help me choose' option. Our team of travel advisors will contact you and give you more information about which region to pick depending on your wine preferences.
  • Is the price per person or per group?

    The pricing for this tours is per group of minimum 2 persons to maximum 8 persons.
  • Is lunch included on this Shore Excursion from Bordeaux?

    No, we never include lunch on our private tours. However, if you would like to include lunch don't hesitate to reach out to us and we will be happy to make the necessary arrangements for you. It is also possible to ask your guide for suggestions.

    On this full day tour, free time for lunch will be given in Bordeaux City Centre where there are different possible options.
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