Slow Travel Saint Emilion - Wines & Village Full Day Tour From Bordeaux

A Full Day Tour at a Relaxed Pace to Ensure You Enjoy Every Moment

Relaxed, guided wine tasting

Visit the magical village of Saint Emilion and explore on your own after a short guided tour

All wine tasting fees 100% included

English-speaking, hand-picked, local expert guides

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Trip Details

Price:

110€ per person

NOTE: Adult only tour, not suitable for children under 18 years of age


When:

10:00am, daily

April 1st to October 31st 2019


Duration:

6.5 hours


Trip style:

Shared wine tour
Minimum 2 people, maximum 19
If your group is larger than 8, please get in touch with us.


Meeting point:

In front of the Bordeaux Tourism Office, 12 cours du 30 Juillet 33000

Note: Hotel pick-up not available


Inclusions:
  • Wine tasting fees
  • Walking tour of St. Emilion
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped vehicles
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Free WiFi access on board

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

Slow Travel From Bordeaux To Saint Emilion

Take it slow with a Saint Emilion wine tour and village visit! Discover the medieval streets and delicious wines of this 2000 year old wine making area at a relaxed pace within a short period of time.


Relax & Sample Celebrated Wines On This Slow Tour

From Bordeaux to St. Emilion, the tour begins with a leisurely late morning start. Your day begins after breakfast, when you’ll meet your carefully selected, fully accredited, English-speaking guide. The centrally located meeting point is where your driver & guide for the day. Morning traffic has surely passed by now, and after a short introduction of the day’s program, it will be time to meet your driver to St. Emilion without any difficulty.

Your first stop is a top-rated classified growth winery of the Right Bank, where you’ll learn about wine making and sample some delicious local wines. A St. Emilion wine tour is the best place to learn the differences in the wines and sample the flavors of these varied yet equally fabulous wines. Each of our tour guides holds at least a WSET level 2 diploma in wines and spirits, and will assist you to develop your palate to experience the wine you taste. You’ll learn how to use your eyes, nose, taste buds, and memory to create a rounded experience of the region’s best wines.

As the tour moves on, you will arrive to the village of St. Emilion. Follow your guide on a short walking tour so that you can get your bearings quickly. Soon, it will be time for the guide to suggest some of the best activities that can be done in the village, such as strolling through the medieval streets, visiting the unique underground monuments, climb up to the 55-metre bell tower, visit the shop that “owns” the original macaron of St. Emilion recipe and eat your fill of this delicious cake.

Another option is to just sit at one of the numerous terraces and sip on some delicious wines of the area, such as Pomerol, St. Emilion, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, or Fronsac. One of the great features of St. Emilion is the very high number of quality restaurants that can be found within the village. Just ask your guide for recommendations, there are many options that range from historical wine bars or Michelin star restaurants. Some of our favorites include (but aren’t limited to): Logis de la Cadène, Bistrot des Vignobles, Café Saigon (great Vietnamese restaurant for an interesting food and wine pairing experience), L’Envers de Décor, Huitrier Pie, Le Tertre, Délices du Roy…

Since this is a slow tour, enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the town’s historic wine bars and cosy cafes, or let your guide suggest some of the best wine cellars to continue your sampling of Bordeaux’s finest nectar. Locally produced wines also include satellite appellations such as Montagne, Saint Georges, or Lussac with the most blends consisting of merlot and either cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, or malbec.

An Ophorus wine tour is all about the experience, and a Bordeaux day tour is the best way to see the area in a laid-back way. Wine tasting at the winery is fully included in your tour price, and you will have the freedom to discover the town of St. Emilion at your own pace. Your group size is limited to 8 adults and the cancellation policy is 100% guaranteed until 24 hours before departure, so you can feel at ease with booking a leisurely experience. All tour vehicles are equipped with free WiFi.

Visit St. Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Boasting what is perhaps one of France’s oldest wine making communities, St. Emilion has a history dating back to the Roman era, even being once home to the Roman poet Decimus Magnus Ausonius. St. Emilion was the first town in Bordeaux to export their wines. These days, the town enjoys its position as one of Bordeaux’s largest wine producing regions, with over 20 square miles of vineyards.

The town gets its name from St. Emilion, an 8th-century Benedictine monk that lived as a hermit in the nearby network of underground caves and was known for curing people. He is still remembered for founding the town’s church. The city was walled in the 13th century, and evidence remains at sites such as the Porte Brunet gate.

When it comes to a Bordeaux wine tasting, a trip to St. Emilion is hard to beat. The largest vineyards are owned mainly by Chateau Laroque and Chateau Fombrauge. In these vineyards, you’ll sample soft, fruity merlot blended with perfumed cabernet francs.

While the village is relaxed enough for you to explore it on your own, booking a St. Emilion guided tour will give you the added bonus of seeing this ancient town from a local’s perspective. Visit the fantastic 12th-century underground church in the center of the Cordeliers cloister (entrance fees not included). This church was carved out of local limestone, and from here, you can climb the 220-foot bell tower for panoramic views. It’s also possible to walk through the cloisters themselves and sample a glass of crémant, a local sparkling wine that has been produced here since the late 1800s.

Looking to indulge further in this wonderful experience? No problem! Take a blending lesson to create your own wine, savor a glass or two of locally made wines at one of the town’s first-class establishments, or simply wander through the medieval streets to soak up the ambience of this 2000 year old place. It’s not just wine this town is famed for — almond macaroons are a tasty delicacy that you will find sold in most shops in town. Baked like a cookie, these treats melt in your mouth, so pick some up on your visit!

Good to Know

  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • In case minimum numbers are not reached we will offer to reschedule or refund your tour
  • Châteaux visits are not private
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Adult-only tour, no children allowed under 18 years
  • Prices are per person
  • Currency is in Euros
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour — you can read about it 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.