Saint Emilion Private Half Day Shore Excursion from Bordeaux
Pick up and drop off at Bordeaux Cruise Port
Visit the magical village of Saint Emilion
Visit and Wine tasting in carefully selected Bordeaux Wineries
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.
Departure time will depend on Cruise Ship timing – TBC at time of booking.
4 Hours (approx.)
Half Day Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8. Larger groups please contact us.
Pick up & Drop off at Cruise Ship – Bordeaux or Bassens Ports of Call
- Pick up and drop off at Cruise Ship
- Pre-booking in 1 or 2 Selected wineries
- Short walking tour of Saint-Emillion
- English speaking driver wine/guide
- Bottled water in the minivan
- Travel in fully equipped A/C minivans
- Wifi on board the vehicle
- 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
Embark on a vibrant Shore Excursion from Bordeaux City or Bassens Port of Call to the Saint Emilion wine producing region!
For this excursion we will come and pick you up at your Cruise Ship in Bordeaux city or Bassens Cruise Port. Meet your English speaking driver/guide who will go over the itinerary and program of this half day trip, wine tasting private tour with you. Then, board your air conditioned vehicle and begin to make your way to the Saint Emilion & Pomerol wine producing areas.
Saint Emilion Village & Wine region
The village of Saint Emilion centers on the commune of the same name which is a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1999. There are several villages around the region that share the Saint-Émilion name and that are permitted to label their wines under the same name. Merlot is the dominant grape in saint emilion wine, followed by Cabernet Franc. The climate and damper, cool soils 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.
Begin your private shore excursion with a wine tour in a carefully selected Grand Cru winery of the area. Then, follow your tour guide in the medieval village for a short walking tour. You will then have some time to explore on your own before joining your guide at a dedicated meeting point in the village. Once together, we will then take you back to your Bordeaux Port of Call driving by the historic city of Bordeaux.
As this is a private tour, sightseeing options can be modified to adapt the tour to your wishes. If you are a wine buff or if you are staying for a full day in Bordeaux we can also include some visits and tastings in the stunning wine producing region of Pomerol. Located just a few miles from Saint Emilion we can also combine both wine areas on a full day shore excursion from Bordeaux.
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 have more clay composition. The famous wines of Pomerol have a high composition of Merlot in their blends and are considered the gentlest and least tannic and acidic of the Bordeaux wine region. 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.
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)
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.
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