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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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Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux Visit & Medoc Wine Tour Private Shore Excursion From Le Verdon

Le Verdon-sur-Mer

Bordeaux Visit & Medoc Wine Tour Private Shore Excursion From Le Verdon

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  • 10 hours

  • Small Groups ( 2~8 )

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Bordeaux Visit and Half-Day Wine Tour Private Shore Excursion from Le Verdon

Highlights

  • Private Guided walking tour of Bordeaux
  • Visit & Wine tasting in a carefully selected Medoc Winery
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert in Bordeaux and its Wines
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests

Program & Itinerary

Embark on a vibrant Shore Excursion from Le Verdon Port of Call to visit Bordeaux City and return through the Medoc Wine Region of Bordeaux.First, we will come and pick you up directly at your Cruise Ship in Le Verdon. Meet your driver/guide who speaks impeccable English – other languages are possible on request. Your guide will go over the itinerary and program with you. It will then be time to board ...

Embark on a vibrant Shore Excursion from Le Verdon Port of Call to visit Bordeaux City and return through the Medoc Wine Region of Bordeaux.

Pick up at your Cruise Ship in Le Verdon Cruise Port

First, we will come and pick you up directly at your Cruise Ship in Le Verdon. Meet your driver/guide who speaks impeccable English – other languages are possible on request.

Your guide will go over the itinerary and program with you. It will then be time to board your A/C vehicle and begin to make your way to the city of Bordeaux. This tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Our Knowledgeable and Enthusiastic Guides Will Share Bordeaux’s Transformation with You

Welcome to Bordeaux! Come and discover one of the most fascinating French towns on this full day tour. Coined the “Sleeping Beauty”, the city has undergone a radical transformation leading it to be declared UNESCO World Heritage in 2007.

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 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 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 the visit, enjoy some free time for lunch (at own expense). Don't hesitate to ask your guide for recommendations.

Discover the Magic of Medoc Wine

After lunch, meet your tour guide and begin to make your way back to the Ship. Head towards the Medoc wine producing region. The Medoc area covers approximately 5,700 hectares of declared vineyards, annually producing on average 300,000 hectoliters of wine.

Of the grape varieties permitted, 50% of the viticultural area is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and to a lesser extent Petit Verdot and Malbec. Also allowed within the AOC regulations are the varieties Cabernet Franc and Carménère.

Follow the Castle road, lined by prestigious wineries

As you leave, reach the famous castle road along which many of the Grands Crus Classés wineries are located. As you reach the Medoc vineyards, we will take you to a carefully selected wine estate that is ranked as Grand Cru, classified growth Château or cru bourgeois.

At the winery, you will be introduced to the history and wine making facilities of the domains. You will also have the opportunity to understand the wine making process. Then it will be time to participate in a commented wine tasting session of the local wines.

With Ophorus, rest assured that your afternoon Medoc vineyard tour will be everything you imagined. All our drivers are fully accredited guides, meaning you’ll get double the expertise on this great Medoc tour.

Every one of our expert guides holds at least the WSET level 2 certification in wines and spirits, and they take great pride in their region and craft. You’ll learn how to judge a wine with all the senses, using your eyes, nose, tongue, and memory. These licensed guides are not only wine connoisseurs, they’re also authorities on the local area, ready to share a wealth of information about the stunning Bordeaux region.

Taste delicious wines

Medoc wines produce wonderfully perfumed yet very intense french wines. Margaux wines have a distinctive fragrant taste, attributed to the high gravel content of the soil in these vineyards. The soil’s excellent drainage means the plants need to root down further to find moisture, making them particularly strong, and bringing up the flavors of the deeper earth.

The Haut Medoc appellation is vast, with almost 400 different wine producers operating there, the different wineries produce wine that have a wide variety of textures and flavors. If time permits, your guide will try and organise a stop at Chateau Margaux for photo opportunities.

Saint Julien wines are known to be tannic, powerful and are usually coined as being quite masculine types of wines while the wines produced in Pauillac are generally rich, full bodied and stern.

After the winery tour, we will drop you off at Le Verdon Port of Call. 

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  • Pick up at your Cruise Ship in Le Verdon

  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the Medoc to Bordeaux City

  • Guided walking tour of Bordeaux city centre

  • Free time for lunch in Bordeaux

  • Visit and wine tasting in a Medoc Winery

  • Drop off at your Cruise Ship in Le Verdon Port of Call

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Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux Visit & Medoc Wine Tour Private Shore Excursion From Le Verdon
Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux Visit & Medoc Wine Tour Private Shore Excursion From Le Verdon
Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux Visit & Medoc Wine Tour Private Shore Excursion From Le Verdon

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
  • 10 hour Private Tour to Medoc from Le Verdon
  • 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

Le Verdon Port of Call

Departure

Pick up at Cruise Ship – Le Verdon Port 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 in Le Verdon Port of Call

Included / excluded

Included

  • Pick up and drop off at Cruise Ship in Le Verdon
  • Guided walking tour of Bordeaux
  • Pre-booking for 1 selected winery
  • 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
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide

FAQ

  • How long is the drive from Le Verdon Cruise Port to Bordeaux?

    From Le Verdon Cruise terminal to Bordeaux city center, on normal traffic conditions, the drive takes approximately 2 hours. The visit & wine tasting in the Medoc winery lasts about 1 and a half hour. You will have approximately 4 to 4 1/2 hours of time in Bordeaux.
  • 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.
  • 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 and so on.

    In some regions, where wine tours prevail the tours are conducted by professional local guides, that are experts in Wines.
  • Can we adapt the guided walking tour to fit our wishes?

    Aboslutely, since this is a private tour we will customize the walking tour to your wishes. Let our team of travel professionals know what are your main points of interest and they will designe the tour accordingly.
  • Is lunch included on this private Medoc Wine tour 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 where there are plenty of possible options.
  • Can one visit Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour, Château Mouton Rothschild or Château Lafite Rothschild?

    Chateau Margaux is the lead winery located in the appellation that bears its name. This is certainly one of the most frequent questions that we have. YES, it is possible to visit Chateau Margaux. Don't hesitate to contact us at the time of planning your coming to Bordeaux. If you want to book Chateau Margaux just a few days before you arrive then forget it!

    To book a tour to Margaux, you need to take into consideration that the number of visits per day are limited as are the number of guests. All bookings must be made a long time ahead of your tour date. If you contact us directly, our dedicated team of Bordeaux Winery Bookings will be pleased to design your Bordeaux wine tour itinerary.

    YES, it is possible to visit Chateau Mouton Rothschild in the Pauillac appellation. We do not include the visit of this winery on our regular scheduled tour as the cost of the visit & tasting is of 80€ per person (2020 season). If you would like us to book a visit for you and your party, don't hesitate to contact our team and we can organise a fully customizable private tour just for you that will include this winery.

    YES, it is possible to visit Chateau Lafite Rothschild in the Pauillac appellation. We do not include the visit of this winery on our regular scheduled tour as the number of visits & guests are limited per day. If you would like us to book a visit for you and your party, don't hesitate to contact our team and we can organise a fully customizable private tour just for you that will include this winery.

    NO, it is not possible to visit Chateau Latour. Only wine professionals or wine merchants can follow a visit and participate in a wine tasting session at this winery. If you want to visit & wine taste you will have to prove that you are in the wine trade as this will be asked by the administration of the winery.
  • 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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