Medoc Private Half Day Shore Excursion from Bordeaux

Pick up and drop off at Bordeaux Cruise Port

Discover 2 carefully selected classified growth Châteaux

Taste fabulous medoc red wines, guided by a knowledgeable hand

Trip Details

Prices:

400€ per group of 2 to 8 persons

  • 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.

 

  • For larger groups don’t hesitate to contact us we can accommodate groups of up to 19 persons with transportation in a VIP Mercedes Minibus.

When:

Daily departures

Departure time will depend on Cruise Ship timing – TBC at time of booking.


Duration:

8 Hours (approx.)

 


Trip Style:

Half Day Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8. Larger groups please contact us.


Meeting Point:

Pick up & Drop off at Cruise Ship – Bordeaux or Bassens Ports of Call


Inclusions:
  • Pick up and drop off at Cruise Ship
  • Pre-booking in 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

Exclusions:
  • Tasting fees in the wineries
  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums attractions
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide

*Please note that it will be possible for you to book the desired Wine tasting fees adapted to this tour during the booking process.

Our Expert Guides Will Introduce You To one of These Prominent Wine Regions

Take part in a half day small group private wine tour that will take you to the most famous wine region of the Bordeaux vineyard:  the Medoc.

During this half day tour, you’ll discover delicious red wines with cabernet sauvignon blends in the heart of this celebrated Bordeaux wine region.

With Ophorus, experience is the most important factor when it comes to our small group sightseeing tours. On your Medoc region wine tasting tour half day, you’re sure to discover hidden gems and taste prestigious wines in one of France’s most celebrated wine regions in an informal yet expertly guided way. This highly recommended wine tour from Bordeaux will introduce you to the Margaux & Haut Medoc appellations where some of the most famous chateaux are located.

As you exit your Cruise Ship located in either Bordeaux City or Bassens Cruise Ports, meet your passionate, English speaking tour guide (other languages on request) who will go over the itinerary and program of the day. Then, board your air conditioned vehicle and begin to make your way, through vine covered countryside, to the Grand Cru Wineries de Bordeaux.

As you leave, reach the famous castle road along which many of the Grands Crus Classés wineries are located. At each winery, you will be introduced to the history of the property and you will then visite the wine making facilities. This  is where you will have the opportunity to understand the wine making process. Then, your tour of the médoc region will continue with a wine tasting session that includes commented tastings by the guide in each winery. You’ll then get the chance to sample delicious cabernet sauvignon wines on this half day trip that can be taken as a morning tour or an afternoon one.

Both the wine growing regions of Margaux and Haut Medoc produce wonderfully perfumed 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.

With Ophorus, rest assured that your 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.

Our half day bordeaux shore excursions to the medoc area run with an 8-seat minivan. There is free Wi-Fi access on all tour vehicles as well as bottled water in the vehicles. All tours are conducted by expert local guides.

WORLD RENOWNED WINES & WONDROUS OCEAN VIEWS

As well as producing some of the world’s most exquisite wines, the Médoc region also boasts over 60 miles of sandy beaches and is dotted with stunning castles. The Castle Route, running from the vibrant city of Bordeaux to the tip of the Médoc peninsula, is packed with breathtaking vistas and secluded fairytale classified growth Châteaux. Unlike saint emilion wines that are mainly composed of Merlot grapes, the Medoc wines are known for their high quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon in the final blending. The most famous region includes Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estephe.

Gentle hills, sand dunes, deep lagoons, and sweeping Atlantic coastal views highlight a trip to another part of the Médoc region. The best way to see different things in the Medoc is to program a full day private tour that we will set up for you and that will allow you to experience the diverse flavors of the region in expert hands.

Flanking the town of Pauillac, some of France’s most acclaimed vineyards cover the eastern side of the Médoc peninsula. This area is home to many fabulous castles, including Château Margaux, Château Latour and Château Mouton Rothschild. Another highlight of the region is the Gironde estuary. Formed from the convergence of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, it is home to a monument that is known as the ‘Versailles’ of lighthouses.

If you hesitate upon your Bordeaux Shore Excursion destination, we also strongly suggest the visit of the St Emilion wine region. The medieval village of Saint Emilion is a real treat and we organise walking tours in the village that include the underground monuments; the red wines produced here are also fantastic with merlot being the main grape variety used in the blend.

Good to Know

As we have limited space on board the vehicles we use for this tour, we are sorry, but it is not possible to carry in our vehicles any of the following:

Wheelchairs (including fold up types)
Mobility scooters
Walking frames

English speaking shore excursion. Other languages on request

  • Minimum number of 2 participants applies
  • Prices are per group of 2 to 8 persons
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.

The Ophorus Difference

Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)

Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’  Paul C. (UK)

Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)

Read more about the Ophorus experience.