Saint Emilion Wine Tour Full Day Shore Excursion From Bordeaux

Discover the Magic of Saint Emilion

Pick up and drop off at Bordeaux City or Bassens Port of Call

Visit the historical village of Saint Emilion

Taste delicious local wines

English speaking driver/guide

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Trip Details

Price:

€640 total price – From 2 to 8 passengers maximum


When:

TBC at time of booking. Timing will depend on Cruise Ship arrival time.


Duration:

Approximately 8 hours


Trip style:

Private full-day shore excursion from Bordeaux
Minimum 2 people, maximum 8 passengers
Larger groups please contact us


Meeting point:

Pick up & Drop off at Cruise Ship in Bordeaux city or Bassens Cruise Port


Inclusions:
  • English-speaking qualified guide/driver
  • Travel in recent, fully equipped minivans
  • Small group option – maximum 8 passengers
  • Free WiFi access on board
  • Bottled water in the vehicles

Exclusions:
  • Entrance fees or tasting fees unless mentioned
  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Meals and drinks
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

Embark on a vibrant Shore Excursion from Bordeaux to the Saint Emilion wine-producing region. Let our Expert local guides introduce you to one of the most prominent wine regions of Bordeaux.

Today 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 full-day trip, wine tasting private Bordeaux wine 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 red 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 good aging potential.

Begin your full-day private shore excursion with a wine tour in a carefully selected Grand Cru Classé winery of the area. Then, follow your tour guide in the medieval village for a short walking tour. You will then have some free 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 it is also possible for us to adapt the tour to your wishes. For the wine buffs or those that wish to discover a lesser-known but stunning area known for the very high quality of the wines produced, we suggest to take you to a winery visit in the Pomerol wine region located just a few miles away from Saint Emilion.

The Pomerol Wine region

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

  • English speaking tour
  • Minimum number of 2 participants applies
  • Prices are per group (not per person)
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour

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)

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