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    BORDEAUX PRIVATE HALF DAY WINE TOUR - TASTING FEE FOR 1 WINERY

    € 30.00

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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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    Visit & Wine tasting fees per person in 2 carefully selected wineries during your private wine tour in Bordeaux
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Bordeaux Visit & Half Day Wine Tour Small Group Private Shore Excursion From Bordeaux

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A Full Day Worry Free Shore Excursion that combines the visit of Bordeaux with a half day wine tour

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, discover big-ticket attractions such as the neo-classical Grand Theater or Saint Andrews ...

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, discover big-ticket attractions such as the neo-classical Grand Theater or Saint Andrews Cathedral. Your Expert tour guide can be flexible on the itinerary but will definitely include the most famous landmarks. Pick up will be at your ship and the walking tour is of 2 hours. 

Begin your tour in Quinconces Square

Your first stop, located just a few minutes away, will certainly be the 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 walking 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 that 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 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 guided walking tour of Bordeaux, enjoy some free time for personal discovery and lunch (at your own expense). Don't hesitate to ask your guide for recommendations or if you wish to include a local restaurant, you can specify this at the time of booking and our team of travel advisors will be happy to pre-book a restaurant for you and your party.

Afternoon Wine Tour

In the afternoon, after lunch, meet your guide and begin to make your way to one of the Bordeaux wine regions. There are several destinations that you can choose from of which we have highlighted essential information below. During the booking process, you will have the possibility to choose your destination and if you have trouble choosing, don't hesitate to select the ‘Help me choose option’ so that we can help you select the right vineyard.

Saint Emilion & Pomerol

Saint Emilion centers on the commune of the same name. There are several villages around the region that share the Saint-Émilion name, such as Montagne-Saint-Émilion and St-Georges-Saint-Émilion, and are permitted to label their wines under the same name. Merlot is the dominant grape in this area, followed by Cabernet Franc. The climate and damper, cool soils of the area make it difficult for Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to fully ripen and as such is less often used. The wines take a little longer to mature than the ones in Pomerol but are still able to be drunk relatively young for a Bordeaux (4–8 years). In favorable vintages the wines have a good aging potential.

Pomerol was first cultivated by the Romans during their occupation of the area. Up until the early 20th century the area was known mostly for its white wine production. This area within Libournais doesn’t have a distinct city center with several villages spread across an area about the same size as St.-Julien. The area overall has gravel-based soil that is typical of Bordeaux, with western and southern sections having more sandy soil while the northern and eastern sections toward St.-Emilion has more clay composition. 

The wines of Pomerol have a high composition of Merlot in their blends and are considered the gentlest and least tannic and acidic of Bordeaux wines. Cabernet Franc, known in this area as Bouchet is the second leading grape and helps to contribute to the dark, deep coloring that is typical of Pomerol wines. Due to the reduced tannins found in these wines, they can typically be drunk much younger than other red Bordeaux. The chateaus in the area are not classified, with the winemakers seemingly disinclined to devise one, although Pétrus is often unofficially grouped with the First Growths of Bordeaux.

The Médoc

The Medoc wine region spans the left bank of the Gironde from the mouth of the river to the city of Bordeaux and includes the four famous communes of St-Estephe, Pauillac, St. Julien and Margaux. It is about 60 km north to south, and about 10 km wide, with around 10,600 hectares under vines and a production of about 50 million liters per year. All the wines produced here are mainly reds and the main grape variety used is the Cabernet Sauvignon. The Médoc is famous for the number of high-end wineries that are located in the area and that were part of a Classification that took place in 1855. Big names include Château Margaux, Château Latour, Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Lafite Rothschild.

Pessac-Léognan & Graves 

The Graves region is bordered on the north by the Garonne river and contains the sub regions of Pessac-Léognan, Sauternes and Barsac. It is known for its intensely gravelly soil.  While Château Haut-Brion was included in the 1855 classification of the Médoc, the Graves appellation itself was classified in 1953 for its red wine producers. 

White wines were included in the updated 1959 classification. Graves is considered the birthplace of claret. In the Middle Ages, the wines that were first exported to England were produced in this area. Château Pape Clément, founded at the turn of the fourteenth century by the future Pope Clement V, was the first named chateaux in all of Bordeaux. In 1663, Samuel Pepys’ mention of Château Haut-Brion was the first recorded mention of French Claret in London.

Sauternes  

Sauternes is a subregion of Graves known for its intensely sweet, white, dessert wines such as the Premier Cru Supérieur classified Château d’Yquem. Wines produced in the region of Barsac, such as Premiers Crus Château Climens and Château Coutet are allowed to be labeled either with the commune name or with Sauternes. The intense sweetness of these wines is the result of the grapes being affected by Botrytis cinerea, a fungus that is commonly known as noble rot. In the autumn, the Ciron river produces mist that descends upon the area and persists until after dawn. 

These conditions are conducive to the growth of the fungus which desiccates the grape and concentrates the sugars inside. The three main grapes of this area are Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc and Muscadelle. Production costs for this area’s botrytized wines are comparatively high. The evaporation and fungus produce low yields, five to six times less than in other Bordeaux regions. 

The grapes are normally harvested individually from the bunch with pickers going through the vineyards several times between September and November to ensure that the grapes are picked at their optimal points. The wine is then fermented in small oak barrels, further adding to the cost. Even with half bottles of the First Growths priced at several hundred dollars, these wines still have difficulties turning a profit and in the mid 20th century a string of bad vintages drove many growers in the region out of business.

This private tour ensures you enjoy full attention from your driver/guide and benefit from his knowledge on all things Bordeaux.

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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 Visit & Half Day Wine Tour Small Group Private Shore Excursion From Bordeaux
Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux Visit & Half Day Wine Tour Small Group Private 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

  • 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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