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Ophorus Tours - 9 Days Small Group Normandy, Loire Valley & Bordeaux Package - 4* Hotel

Bayeux Bordeaux Tours

9 Days Small Group Normandy, Loire Valley & Bordeaux Package - 4* Hotel

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Discover the beauty of France's countryside with our small group tour of Normandy, Loire Valley, and Bordeaux. Visit D-Day beaches & Mt Saint Michel. Explore castles & vineyards in the Loire. Savor the world's finest red wines in Bordeaux.

Highlights

  • Explore Normandy, visit to the famous D-Day beaches, American Cemetery & Mont Saint Michel
  • Discover the Loire Valley including Château de Chambord & Château de Chenonceau.
  • Visit the Vineyards and tour Grands Crus Wineries in Bordeaux
  • Benefit from the expertise of our knowledgeable and passionate guides
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Experience the rich culture and history of France's stunning countryside on our small group tour of Normandy, Loire Valley, and Bordeaux. This 9-day travel package is the perfect way to discover some of the most iconic destinations in France and create unforgettable memories.Begin your journey in Normandy, where our expert guides will take you on a journey through time as you explore the region's ...

Experience the rich culture and history of France's stunning countryside on our small group tour of Normandy, Loire Valley, and Bordeaux. This 9-day travel package is the perfect way to discover some of the most iconic destinations in France and create unforgettable memories.

Begin your journey in Normandy, where our expert guides will take you on a journey through time as you explore the region's rich history. Visit the famous D-Day beaches and the American Cemetery to pay your respects to the brave soldiers who fought in World War II. You'll also have the chance to explore the iconic Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most recognizable landmarks in France. Your licensed tour guide will conduct the visit of the famous Abbey of Mont Saint Michel so that you can enjoy the best possible experience.

Next, head to the Loire Valley, where you'll discover some of the most beautiful castles in the world. Our tour takes you to Château de Chambord, the largest castle in the region, as well as the charming Château de Chenonceau. Both castle visits will be conducted by your licensed guide. You'll also have the opportunity to sample some of the region's finest wines during a visit to a local vineyard as you head towards the Chinon & Bourgueil wine producing regions.

The final stop on your tour is Bordeaux, the wine capital of the world. Here, you'll explore the city's stunning architecture, including the famous Place de la Bourse and the Gothic-style Cathedral of Saint Andrew. You'll also have the opportunity to visit some of the region's most prestigious vineyards and taste some of the finest wines in the world. Participate in 2 full days of Bordeaux wine tours that will take you to the Médoc & Saint Emilion wine producing regions. Visit the vineyards, tour Grands Crus wineries and taste some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot wines during commented wine tasting sessions.

Our small group tours are designed to offer an intimate and personalized experience, with a maximum group size of 8 people. This allows us to offer a more flexible itinerary, allowing you to spend more time exploring the destinations that interest you the most. Our expert guides are passionate about the regions they lead tours in and are committed to ensuring you have an unforgettable experience.

When you book with us, you can rest assured that all the details have been taken care of, from accommodation to transportation and everything in between. We believe that travel should be stress-free and enjoyable, and we strive to make your trip as seamless as possible. 

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  • day 1

    PRIVATE TRANSFER FROM PARIS TO BAYEUX

    We will come and pick you up in Paris Airport, train station or hotel and transfer you to the charming small town of BBayeux in Normandy. Your 4* hotel is located in the historic centre of Bayeux. Check in at your hotel and night in Bayeux.Today, stroll the historic town...
    We will come and pick you up in Paris Airport, train station or hotel and transfer you to the charming small town of BBayeux in Normandy. Your 4* hotel is located in the historic centre of Bayeux. Check in at your hotel and night in Bayeux.

    Today, stroll the historic town of Bayeux on your own. Be sure not to miss the visit of the Bayeux Tapestry Museum to admire the tapestry that tells the epic story of William, Duke of Normandy who became King of England in 1066.
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  • day 2

    A DAY TRIP FROM BAYEUX TO NORMANDY D-DAY LANDING BEACHES & SIGHTS

    Meet your English Speaking Driver/Guide who is a local Expert on WWII and the Normandy landingsUpon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing the name of the tour and with the Ophorus logo on it....
    Meet your English Speaking Driver/Guide who is a local Expert on WWII and the Normandy landings

    Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing the name of the tour and with the Ophorus logo on it. Also, all our guides have a nominative badge so that it will be easy for you to recognize them.

    Once you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to visit the major D-Day sites.

    All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system which means that everyone will hear the guide's commentary during driving time, even if you are seated in the back of the van! Also, we have bottled water at your disposal and you can use our free wifi as you travel from one destination to another.

    First stop will be in Sainte Mère Eglise

    On the morning of June 6, 1944, also known as the longest day, thousands of soldiers from the Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy in an attempt to liberate France and the continent from the German occupation. This marked the beginning of a fierce and deadly battle against surprised but well-trained Nazi troops.

    Among the allied troops, the Americans landed on two different beaches, later named Utah and Omaha. First, head towards Sainte Mère Eglise heart of the drop zone for the 82nd Airborne U.S. forces. Indeed, the D-Day landings did not only happen from the sea! Airborne divisions and paratroopers rained on this village, and one of them famously got caught in the tower of the church. The village is also home to the airborne museum that can be visited during one of our private tours from Bayeux.

    Reach the Utah beach landing area

    Then, your Normandy battlefield tour will take you to Utah beach, the second beach where the American troops landed. Again, listen to your guide as he reveals the historical facts of the landings and how the troops were able to storm the beaches in this area.

    It is here that the 101st airborne pathfinders were dropped the night before d day invasion. Your guide will also take you to the US military cemetery where you can pay your respects to the ones who fell during D-Day and the Battle of Normandy that followed.

    Visit stunning Pointe du Hoc

    Also located in the American sector, head to the Pointe du Hoc, a breathtaking cliff offering lunar landscapes, stunning bomb craters and a magnificent viewpoint over the English Channel. Given the toughness of the operation, the Pointe du Hoc was given to Rangers to land upon.

    The battle site, dotted with German bunkers was rough, as the Pointe du Hoc had been built as a key point of the Atlantic Wall. It was the highest point between Utah beach and Omaha beach and provided a great observation spot to notice any unfriendly arrivals from the sea. You can still see an artillery gun battery there and feel as if it was still 1944.

    Followed by Omaha landing beach

    This Normandy battlefield tour will also take you to Omaha beach, where the deadliest of the landings took place. Even though bombings occurred before the landing itself, they failed to neutralise the German positions in that sector.

    In addition, troops and amphibian vehicles were disembarked too far from the shore, leading to an absolute failure and thousands of men being killed under heat German fire. The assault on this beach was perfectly depicted in the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan movie. Learn more about the landing and the following days as your tour guide explains all the events that took place on the beach and how the battle raged and evolved inland.

    End the tour at the American Cemetery of Colleville sur Mer

    If time permits, your guide will also make a stop at the Omaha Beach American Cemetery and memorial in Colleville sur mer where you will have some time to pay homage to the fallen. Depending on the timing of the day you might also have the opportunity to enter the visitor center.

    This shared tour will have you picked up in the morning in a central location in Bayeux. At lunch time, your English-speaking guide will point out the best places to eat depending on the location.

    Return to Bayeux and night at your hotel.
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  • day 3

    A DAY TRIP FROM BAYEUX TO MONT SAINT-MICHEL

    Meet your English Speaking Driver/GuideOnce you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to visit Mont Saint Michel.Travel to Southern NormandyThe UNESCO World Heritage Listed, Remarkable...
    Meet your English Speaking Driver/Guide

    Once you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to visit Mont Saint Michel.
    Travel to Southern Normandy

    The UNESCO World Heritage Listed, Remarkable Gothic Jewel Mont Saint Michel is an island off the coast of Normandy, in the English Channel, and is one of the best Normandy tours you can choose. It is located about 1 kilometer from the shore and sits in a bay that sees some of the biggest tides in Europe. A few years ago, it was linked to the mainland by a bridge that gets flooded during high tides a few times a year only. 

    The first church was built on the mount in 709 at the request of Archangel Michael. A couple of hundred years later, a small group of Benedictines settled there permanently and the church was enlarged. The first monastery was carved in the rock in the 11th century and gradually got bigger and bigger over the following centuries. In the medieval time, it quickly became an important destination for pilgrims, just like Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

    Visit the Benedictine Abbey with your guide

    The construction of the Mont Saint Michel abbey as we know it nowadays was finished in the 13th and 14th centuries, and the grand chancel was replaced in the 15th century. Those hundreds of years of architectural prowess's have left us with a magnificent monument, now referred to as the “Wonder of the Western World”. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site.

    During your day trip to Mont St Michel, our friendly English-speaking driver / guide will take you from Bayeux to the Mont Saint Michel, which you will access via a shuttle and the bridge in accordance with local requirements. While on the road, make sure to take it all in and observe the beauty of the Normandy coastline.

    Our Mont Saint Michel tour will then take you to the abbey itself, at the very top of the mount. Follow your guide on a walking tour. The history of its construction will be explained in detail and while you are there, make sure to snap some pictures of the amazing views on the surrounding bay!

    Mont Saint Michel is also a lively small town

    After the visit of the abbey, enjoy some free time to explore the town at your own pace and bring back some souvenirs for friends and family. Your guide will also suggest some great restaurants for lunch, suitable for all budgets.

    If you want to indulge, the Mère Poulard restaurant is probably the most famous on the mount. It gained its reputation thanks to its unique "omelet soufflé" recipe. It is well worth a visit and a must-try when on a Mont Saint Michel day tour but keep in mind you will need a large amount of time as the restaurant is so popular with visitors.

    Return to Bayeux and night at your hotel.
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  • day 4

    PRIVATE TRANSFER FROM BAYEUX TO TOURS LOIRE VALLEY / HALF DAY TOUR TO CHAMBORD CASTLE

    In the morning, we will pick you up in Bayeux and transfer you to the Loire Valley. Reach the town of Tours where your 4* hotel is located. Check in at your hotel, and take some time for lunch (at own expense) in Tours. This afternoon, enjoy a small group...
    In the morning, we will pick you up in Bayeux and transfer you to the Loire Valley. Reach the town of Tours where your 4* hotel is located. Check in at your hotel, and take some time for lunch (at own expense) in Tours. This afternoon, enjoy a small group shared tour to the famous Château de Chambord.

    Guided Tour of Chambord Castle

    Make your way to the dedicated meeting point in Tours, located in front of the Tourism office. Once you have met your guide and boarded your small group vehicle, make your way to the Château de Chambord that will be your first Loire Valley castle visit of the day. It is considered as one of the most beautiful Chateaux of the Loire Valley. After a short drive of about 1 hour, reach the stunning Château de Chambord. Listed since 1981 as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Chambord is without a doubt one of the most fascinating Loire Valley Castle to visit.

    Located in the heart of the Sologne region of France, Chateau de Chambord was the desire of King Francis 1 (François 1er) who ordered the construction in the early 16th century. Built as a hunting lodge, the castle was not designed to be a permanent residence for the King who only stayed within the castle a few weeks every year. The architecture of the Château is a good example of the Italian Renaissance style that was prized at the time and Château de Chambord was in fact built to impress foreign visitors and ambassadors and demonstrate the power of the young king of France.

    The Castle is laid out around a central keep that includes for massive bastion towers at each corner. All in all, Chambord is home to more than 440 rooms, 282 fireplaces and 84 staircases. The plan of the castle has for central axis the famous double helix staircase that was presumably inspired by the work of the great genius Leonardo da Vinci. The two helices ascend the three floors without ever meeting, illuminated from above by a sort of light house at the highest point of the chateau. Another highlight of the visit is the ornate roof that makes the Chateau so recognizable. When you reach the top level of the Chateau, you can walk between the towers and admire the enormous attention to detail in the masonry work.

    King Francis 1 never actually saw the castle finished and it wasn't until the reign of the King Louis XIV (the Sun King) that the building was actually completed. The shear size of Château de Chambord makes it a difficult place to maintain and after being owned by different persons close to royalty, it is finally preempted by the French State who becomes the sole owner since 1930.

    Upon arrival, follow your tour guide for a tour of the Castle. The tour will last around 1.5 hours and your guide will lead you through the main rooms, will show you the famous double spiral staircase and you take you to the top of the Castle to the terraces where you will have a great view of the surrounding area.

    Return to Tours and night at your hotel.
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  • day 5

    LOIRE VALLEY WINE TOUR IN BOURGUEIL & CHINON VINEYARDS

    Meet your English speaking driver/guide - who is an Expert in Loire Valley WinesUpon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing the name of the tour and with the Ophorus logo on it. Also, all...
    Meet your English speaking driver/guide - who is an Expert in Loire Valley Wines

    Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing the name of the tour and with the Ophorus logo on it. Also, all our guides have a nominative badge so that it will be easy for you to recognize them.

    Once you have met your guide, he will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to the Loire Valley wine producing region.

    All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system which means that everyone will hear the guides commentary during driving time, even if you are seated in the back of the van! Also, we have bottled water at your disposal and you can use our free wifi as you travel from one destination to another.  

    Morning wine tasting tour in the Bourgueil wine region

    The Loire Valley is not only famous for its Renaissance castles, but also for its wines. To kickstart the day, this Loire Valley wine tour will first take you to the town of Bourgueil. Indeed, this charming small town is surrounded by vineyards producing wines typical from the region. Here, the diversity of soils gives the wines a delicate and fruity taste. Wines from the Loire Valley can be consumed young or aged depending on the vintage.

    Your guide will take you to a traditional winery, where you will learn about wine production from the grape to the bottle. After the tour, you will be able to taste different wines produced by the winery and, if you wish, you will be able to buy your favorite one to bring it back home.

    Stop in Chinon for a visit & lunch

    After that, this Loire Valley shared tour will take you to Chinon, a picturesque town with preserved medieval half-timbered houses and Renaissance town houses. Chinon is dominated by its castle, which is actually made of three castles. The Chinon castle used to be the residence of Henry II of England. Other historic events taking place in the Chinon castle were the death of Richard the Lionheart, as well as Joan of Arc persuading Charles VII to fight the English invasion of France.

    You will have the privilege to visit the town accompanied by your private guide who will tell you about the history of Chinon and its castle in greater details. You will have time to stroll the streets and stop for shopping at any time you want. At lunch time, your guide will indicate the best places to try some local specialties in Chinon.

    Afternoon wine tasting tour in the Chinon wine region

    Around this area, you will mainly find red wines from different qualities. Head to a winery managed by a lovely French couple who will show the process of wine-making in Chinon in the Loire Valley. While you are there, take some time to fully appreciate the beautiful view over the vineyards around you. You will also have a chance to buy some red Loire Valley wine from the winemaker.

    After the wine tasting session, it will be time to return to Tours. Night at your hotel.
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  • day 6

    HALF DAY TOUR TO CHENONCEAU CASTLE / PRIVATE TRANSFER TO BORDEAUX

    Guided tour of the Chateau of ChenonceauArriving in the Loire Valley, your small group half day tour will reach the Chateau de Chenonceau. The “Chateau des Dames”, bridge built across the Cher, is famous for the great feminine figures who lived in it (Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medici) and...
    Guided tour of the Chateau of Chenonceau

    Arriving in the Loire Valley, your small group half day tour will reach the Chateau de Chenonceau. The “Chateau des Dames”, bridge built across the Cher, is famous for the great feminine figures who lived in it (Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medici) and for the beauty of its Renaissance gardens.

    The original Château dates back to the 13th century but was later torched and rebuilt to be finally taken by King Francis I as a debt. The next most important owner was Diane de Poitiers, mistress of Henri II, who transformed the building and added the arched bridge that spans over the River Cher. After the kings death, the Chateau became the property of Catherine de Medici who expelled Diane de Poitiers.

    During her time at the Château as owner, Catherine de Medici spent large amounts of money for renovation and embellishments and was known to house spectacular night time parties. It is here that in 1560, the first ever fireworks took place in France.

    After the death of Catherine de Medici, the Château passed into several hands including that of Louise Dupin famous for hosting a literary salon that was attended by some of the most famous figures of the time including Voltaire, Montesquieu, Buffon or Marivaux. Famous philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau was Louise Dupin's secretary and tutored her son.

    In more recent history, the castle was bought in 1913 by Henri Menier whose family was famous as chocolate makers and the Chateau de Chenonceau is still in their possession today.

    After your arrival at Chenonceau castle, begin your guided tour. Chenonceau is home to an outstanding collection of furniture, tapestries and paintings that included artworks from Rubens, Tintoretto, Van Loo, Murillo, Veronese, Poussin, Van Dyck and many more.

    Also, during your tour, you will visit the highlights of the castle including Diane de Poitiers' bedroom, the Green Study, the Gallery and the kitchens. After the visit, you will have some free time to explore the gardens. We will then head back to Tours. 

    After the visit, it will be time to return to Tours. Once in Tours, enjoy some free time for lunch (at own expense). Then, check out from your hotel and enjoy a private transfer from Tours to Bordeaux.

    Reach Bordeaux, and check in at your centrally located hotel in the historic city centre of Bordeaux. Night at your hotel.
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  • day 7

    A FULL DAY BORDEAUX WINE TOUR TO THE MÉDOC

    Pick up at a centrally meeting point in Bordeaux This morning, we will come and pick you up in front of the Bordeaux Tourism Office. The Bordeaux tourist office is located at 12 cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 BORDEAUX, in the heart of the city, facing the CIVB Bordeaux wine syndicat...
    Pick up at a centrally meeting point in Bordeaux 

    This morning, we will come and pick you up in front of the Bordeaux Tourism Office. The Bordeaux tourist office is located at 12 cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 BORDEAUX, in the heart of the city, facing the CIVB Bordeaux wine syndicat building. The tourism office is located close to all the hotels located in the city center, usually a maximum 10 minutes walking distance.

    If your hotel is located slightly on the outskirts of the historical center (train station, Radisson Blu, Seeko'o, Hotel Burdigala, Hilton Garden Inn), then the ideal solution is to take the Tram and stop at Quinconces tram station. This stop is located just next to the Bordeaux tourism office.

    Please be on time as winery visits are pre-booked!

    For all our shared day trips from Bordeaux, we ask our clients to be present 10 minutes before departure time. It is important to be on time as Bordeaux wine tours imply strict timing as all the wineries visited have been pre-booked especially for our clients.

    Due to this, all our tours must leave on time to meet this schedule. In Bordeaux, unlike many other wine destinations, it is not possible to just show up at a winery for a tour, especially for the wineries that are highly demanded.

    If you think that you might be late, please contact us rapidly by sms, phone or email so that we can advise the driver/guide to wait. However, waiting time is limited to 10 minutes maximum. If you are not present at the time of departure, your reservation will be considered as a no show and will not be refunded!

    Meet your English speaking driver/guide - who is an Expert in Bordeaux Wines

    Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing the name of the tour and with the Ophorus logo on it. Also, all our guides have a nominative badge so that it will be easy for you to recognize them.

    Once you have met your guide, he will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to the famous wine producing region of the Medoc.

    All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system which means that everyone will hear the guides commentary during driving time, even if you are seated in the back of the van! Also, we have bottled water at your disposal and you can use our free wifi as you travel from one destination to another.

    Morning - Drive along the Chateau Road, visit a first Winery

    On this highly recommended full day small group tour in the Medoc, you'll discover one of France's most admired wine-growing regions. Beginners and seasoned wine connoisseurs alike will find plenty to love on this guided wine tasting tour of Medoc led by local expert wine guides. Drawing on local knowledge and a real love of wine, our tour guides will fill you in on this unique and beautiful region, and you'll discover what make Medoc wines so special.

    Your first stop will be at a winery located along the Castle Road. This small winding road, also known as the D2, is lined with some of the most prestigious wineries of the Medoc including Chateau Palmer, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour and many others. It crosses through the different appellations that make up the Medoc such as Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estephe.

    Upon arrival at the winery, start your tour with a visit of the property. Then, you will be taken to the technical installations so that you may understand the whole wine making process. After the visit, it will be time to experience your first commented wine tasting session. This will be a chance to gain an excellent understanding of the wines produced here, whether as an introduction to wines or to expand on your existing knowledge..

    Unlike other wine tasting sessions that you might have followed around the world, the tastings in Bordeaux are very refined. The amount of wine poured is not what many would expect but here it is all about elegance, fruit, quality, aromas and flavors rather than quantity. If you want to further your wine experience, it is always possible to buy some bottles at the winery.

    Reach the town of Pauillac for lunch (at own expense)

    After your first visit, your drive will continue and if time permits your driver/guide will probably stop along the way for great photo opportunities. The number of Wine Estates that can be seen along the famous wine route is also a perfect element of commentary for your guide who will explain the historic facts behind the building of some many estates in this area.

    As you arrive in Pauillac, it will be time for lunch on your own. Your guide will point out the different options but please note that due to strict timing for the winery visits, we suggest that you opt for a light lunch that will not be time consuming.

    Afternoon - Visit & Wine Tasting sessions in 2 Wineries

    After lunch, it will be time to slowly make our way back towards Bordeaux. Along the way, we will stop in two different carefully selected wineries so that your full day wine tour from Bordeaux to the Medoc is complete. On a typical day, we will include different appellations. This is an important aspect of the tour as the wines in France are based on the importance of the terroir (a combination of the soil, the climate and the expertise of the winemaker).

    Another interesting aspect that can be approached during your winery visits is the way Bordeaux wines are traded. There are 300 trading houses (or maisons de négoce) which, for several centuries, have been a major financial and economic force known by the name of “Place de Bordeaux".  

    Wine trading began in Bordeaux around the 11th century with the development of business between Bordeaux and England. At the time, practically all of the wines were bought in bulk at the estate then aged in the cellars owned by the négociants who were then in charge of selling them. 

    Today, their principal role is selling selected crus and producing wine: négociants blend, age and sell wines under their own brand names, providing consumers with a guarantee of know-how, and retailers with a guarantee of regular supply.

    After the tour return to Bordeaux. Night at your hotel.
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  • day 8

    A FULL DAY BORDEAUX WINE TOUR TO SAINT-ÉMILION

    Pick up at a centrally meeting point in BordeauxThis morning, we will come and pick you up at in front of the Bordeaux Tourism office. The Bordeaux tourist office is located in the heart of the city, facing the CIVB Bordeaux wine syndicat building. The tourism office is located close...
    Pick up at a centrally meeting point in Bordeaux

    This morning, we will come and pick you up at in front of the Bordeaux Tourism office. The Bordeaux tourist office is located in the heart of the city, facing the CIVB Bordeaux wine syndicat building. The tourism office is located close to all the hotels located in the city center, usually a maximum 10 minutes walking distance.

    If your hotel is located slightly on the outskirts of the historical center (train station, Radisson Blu, Seeko'o, Hotel Burdigala, Hilton Garden Inn), then the ideal solution is to take the Tram and stop at Quinconces Tram Stastion. This stop is located just next to the Bordeaux tourism office.

    Please be on time as winery visits are pre-booked!

    For all our shared day trips from Bordeaux, we ask our clients to be present 10 minutes before departure time. It is important to be on time as Bordeaux wine tours imply strict timing as all the wineries visited have been pre-booked especially for our clients. Due to this, all our tours must leave on time to meet this schedule. In Bordeaux, unlike many other wine destinations, it is not possible to just show up at a winery for a tour, especially for the wineries that are highly demanded.

    If you think that you might be late, please contact us rapidly by sms, phone or email so that we can advise the driver/guide to wait. However, waiting time is limited to 10 minutes maximum. If you are not present at the time of departure, your reservation will be considered as a no show and will not be refunded! 

    Meet your English speaking driver/guide - who is an Expert in Bordeaux Wines

    Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing the name of the tour and with the Ophorus logo on it. Also, all our guides have a nominative badge so that it will be easy for you to recognize them.

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

    All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system which means that everyone will hear the guides commentary during driving time, even if you are seated in the back of the van! Also, we have bottled water at your disposal and you can use our free wifi as you travel from one destination to another.

    Morning - Visit and commented wine tastings in 2 wineries

    If you are only staying a few days in Bordeaux then this small group wine tour is for you. It covers a full day of visits starting in the morning with a scenic drive from Bordeaux through the vineyards and rolling hills of the St Emilion wine producing region located on the right bank. Before visiting the UNESCO world heritage site of Saint Emilion village, the wine tour kicks off in the surrounding countryside with a visit and wine tasting session in 2 Classified Growth Chateaus of the right bank.

    Not included in the 1855 Classification of Bordeaux wines, Saint Emilion wines have their own system which rates Premier Grand Cru Classé wines such as Château Cheval Blanc, Chateau Ausone, Chateau Pavie or Chateau Angelus. Petrus is not classified as it is a winery located in the Pomerol appellation and the wines there do not have a classification. All wineries visited during our tours are at least Grand Cru classified.

    After a short drive of about an hour, reach your first stop at a selected Grand Cru Winery. All winery tours in Bordeaux include the visit of the technical installations first. This is where a local guide of the winery will go through all the wine making process so that you can better understand how from a complex blending of different grape varieties and storage in oak barrels, the local wineries obtain one of the world's most delicious wines.

    A second Chateau is on your program this morning. Again, after the visit of the property and the installations, you will participate in a commented tasting of the Chateau wines. All our Bordeaux wine tastings are commented by the local guide of the winery. However, your driver/guide who will be with you throughout the day is also there to answer any questions that you might have.

    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 day a very special one.

    Then arrive in the village of Saint Emilion

    After the morning guided visits and wine tastings at Classified Growth Château, move on with your English-speaking driver tour guide to the gorgeous village of Saint Emilion itself. The village of Saint Emilion is named after a monk who left his region of origin and settled down in the area hundreds of years ago. The village is a rare example of a largely intact medieval town whose geography has not been modified over the centuries.

    Here, you will enjoy a short walking tour taking in important historical sites like the Romanesque cloister and the monolithic church carved into the limestone cliffs (also known as the underground monuments – not included in the tour). Following the village tour, enjoy some free time to explore on your own.

    This is also the time for a relaxing lunch in the village. Saint Emilion offers a very large selection of restaurants and snacks. Depending on your budget, your guide will be able to suggest the best possible option for your meal. Please note however that due to strict timing for the winery visits, we suggest that you opt for a light lunch that will not be time consuming. This is also a great option if you really want to take some time to stroll through the narrow streets and discover the village on your own.

    Afternoon - After the village, experience a final Winery visit

    Leave Saint Emilion village to visit and wine taste in another Classified Growth Chateau. Again, it will be time to discover another property of the right bank. Since our goal is to have you discover the different types of wineries that are present in Saint Emilion, we usually select very different Chateaus during the day. Our winery selection includes some very progressive ones that have decided to invest in the latest technology to help them craft the best possible Bordeaux wines.

    Other wineries are family owned and have kept their wine making process as traditional as possible, using techniques that have been passed on from generation to generation. Some wineries are quite large, while others produce wine on no more than 12 acres. This final visit can also be a great opportunity for you to find out about the unique way in which most of the Bordeaux wines are sold and the secret world of the 'Negociants'. After the visit, experience a commented wine tasting session of the Chateau wines and then it will be time to return to Bordeaux.

    Night at your hotel in Bordeaux.
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  • day 9

    DEPARTURE TRANSFER FROM BORDEAUX

    Today, it will be time to say farewell. We will come and pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to Bordeaux airport or train station. End of our services.
    Today, it will be time to say farewell. We will come and pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to Bordeaux airport or train station. End of our services.
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Ophorus Tours - 9 Days Small Group Normandy, Loire Valley & Bordeaux Package - 4* Hotel
Ophorus Tours - 9 Days Small Group Normandy, Loire Valley & Bordeaux Package - 4* Hotel

Accommodation

Hotel du Luxembourg (Bayeux) - Hotel Océania Univers (Tours) - Hotel de Sèze (Bordeaux)

4* Hotel du Luxembourg (or similar) - Bayeux This 17th-century mansion has been converted into a charming hotel with a gastronomic restaurant and an outdoor heated pool which is accessible all year round. It is ideally located in the center of Bayeux, near the Museum of the Bayeux Tapestry. Rooms at the Hotel Du Luxembourg Et Restaurant Les 4 Saisons are comfortable and well-equipped with modern amenities including satellite TV. The gastronomic restaurant Les 4 Saisons serves traditional French cuisine. ...

4* Hotel du Luxembourg (or similar) - Bayeux

This 17th-century mansion has been converted into a charming hotel with a gastronomic restaurant and an outdoor heated pool which is accessible all year round. It is ideally located in the center of Bayeux, near the Museum of the Bayeux Tapestry.

Rooms at the Hotel Du Luxembourg Et Restaurant Les 4 Saisons are comfortable and well-equipped with modern amenities including satellite TV.

The gastronomic restaurant Les 4 Saisons serves traditional French cuisine.

4* Hotel Océania l'Univers (or similar) - Tours

This stylish hotel is a 3-minute walk from the Jardin de la Préfecture, a 10-minute walk from the fine arts exhibitions at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours, and an 11-minute walk from the Basilique Saint Martin.

The rooms are simple yet sleek, with pale wooden floors. Some add bright floral accents for a chic touch. All have flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, and some rooms have whirlpool tubs, pull-out sofas and Nespresso coffeemakers. Room service is available.

A breakfast buffet is offered for an additional fee. There's a bar and classic restaurant that serves traditional French and regional dishes, along with a business center.

4* Hotel de Sèze (or similar) - Bordeaux

The elegance of this hotel proposes 55 rooms including 3 suites that blend harmoniously decorated in the sprit of the 18th century with exclusive furnitures. The color and decoration of bold wallpaper deliver an intimate and cozy ambiance.

This new address at Bordeaux in an elegant house with contemporary notes brings you in card club spirit, relaxed around his restaurant, Le Comptoir de Sèze, a Lounge, a Spa and private golf.

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Ophorus Tours - Hotel du Luxembourg (Bayeux) - Hotel Océania Univers (Tours) - Hotel de Sèze (Bordeaux)
Ophorus Tours - Hotel du Luxembourg (Bayeux) - Hotel Océania Univers (Tours) - Hotel de Sèze (Bordeaux)
Ophorus Tours - Hotel du Luxembourg (Bayeux) - Hotel Océania Univers (Tours) - Hotel de Sèze (Bordeaux)

Know before you book

In regards to the protection of the environment, we will no longer provide plastic bottles of water during our tours. You are kindly advised to bring your own. Water and refills are available at the wineries, museums and attractions visited.

  • Tour available from April to October included
  • Tour can start on Monday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • Order of Tours can be modified depending on availability of the activities
  • Detailed program will be sent to you after booking
  • Adult tour only, no children accepted under the age of 18
  • Winery visits are not private
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Small group tour, maximum 8 persons
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per person

Meeting point

Included / excluded

Included

  • Private transfer from Paris to Bayeux on day 1
  • Private transfer from Bayeux to Tours on day 4
  • Private transfer from Tours to Bordeaux on day 6
  • 4* Hotel, double room sharing in Bayeux
  • 4* Hotel, double room sharing in Tours
  • 4* Hotel, double room sharing in Bordeaux
  • Breakfast from day 2 to day 9
  • Expert English speaking driver guide in each destination
  • D-Day beaches full day trip from Bayeux
  • Mont Saint Michel full day trip from Bayeux
  • Château de Chambord half day trip from Tours
  • Château de Chenonceau half day trip from Tours
  • Entrance tickets to Chambord & Chenonceau
  • Loire valley wine tour in Bourgueil & Chinon
  • Bordeaux wine tour to Médoc
  • Bordeaux wine tour to Saint-Émilion
  • All tasting fees in Loire Valley & Bordeaux
  • Travel in premium A/C minivans
  • Small group shared tours of 2 to 8 passengers 
  • Free Wifi access on board

Excluded

  • Meals, drinks unless mentioned
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Entrance fees unless mentioned
  • Tasting fees unless mentioned
  • Gratuities for the driver/guides
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