Very informative and relaxed tour – Our guide was great and gave us ample time to tour and relax. She was very knowledgeable and stayed on time.
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
Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts
100% Easy Cancellation Policy - Read More Here
110€ per person.
NOTE: Adult only tour, not suitable for children under 18 years of age
Daily departures at 10:00am
From April 1st to October 31st 2019
6 1/2 hours
Shared Wine Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 19. Larger groups please contact us.
Shared trips are available to be booked by different groups of people. For a tour to be confirmed, we need a minimum booking of 2 people.
In front of the Bordeaux Tourism Office, 12 cours du 30 Juillet 33000
Hotel pick-up not available.
Tour returns to departure point
- Wine tasting fees
- Walking tour of St Emilion
- English speaking driver guide
- Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped vehicles
- Free Wifi access on board
- 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 & village visit. Discover the medieval streets and delicious wines of this 2000-year-old wine making area at a relaxed pace and limited in travel 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. Meeting point is centrally located and that is where you will meet your driver guide for the day. Morning traffic has now passed and after a short introduction of the day’s program it will be time to meet your driver to Saint 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 Saint 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 guides holds at least a WSET level 2 diploma in wines and spirits and will assist you to develop your palette 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 in the village of Saint Emilion. Follow your guide on a short walking tour so that you can get your bearings rapidly. 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 the 55 meter bell tower, visit the shop that “owns” the original “Macaron of Saint Emilion” recipe and eat your fill out of this delicious cake.
Another option is to just sit at one of the numerous terrace’s and sip on some delicious wines of the area such as Pomerol, Saint Emilion, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux or Fronsac. One of the great features of Saint 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 to Michelin Starred restaurants. Some of our favorites include (but are not limited to) Logis de la Cadène, Bistrot des Vignobles, Café Saigon (Great Vietnamese restaurant for an interesting food & wine pairing experience), L’Envers du Décor, Huitrier Pie, Le Tertre, Délices du Roy…
Since this is a slow tour, pass a relaxing afternoon in the town’s historic wine bars and cozy 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 most blends consisting of merlot and either cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, or malbec.
An Ophorus wine tour is all about 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 Saint 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 Wi-Fi.
VISIT SAINT EMILION, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Boasting what is perhaps one of France’s oldest wine making community, Saint Emilion has a history dating back to the Roman era. It was once home to the Roman poet Decimus Magnus Ausonius, and 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 Saint Emilion, an 8th-century Benedictine monk who 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 Saint Emilion is hard to beat. The largest vineyards are owned mainly by Chateau Laroque and Chateau Fombrauge, and around 2.4 million cases of wine are produced here every year! Elevations here vary from 10ft to over 300ft, and 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 Saint 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 220ft bell tower for panoramic views. It’s also possible to walk through the cloisters themselves, and to 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. And it is not only wine the 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 up some on your visit.
Good to Know
- Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate.
- Chateau visits are not private.
- Tour is operated in English.
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
- Adult only tour, no children allowed under 18 years.
- Prices are per person.
- Currency is in Euro.
Totally enjoyed the experience! – Found the tour guides to be knowledgeable and competent of the area and wineries. They were highly courteous and respectful.
Wonderful tours in Bordeaux – During our stay in Bordeaux, we went on two wine tours. We enjoyed them a lot! My favorite was the tour of Margaux. Delphine is a sweet girl, she is a great tour guide!
Excellent!! – Very nice trip. Our guide Karim was very cool and showed a great knowledge about wines. The wineries visited were very good too!
Great tour to Medoc! – Highly recommend this tour, will do it again next time someone visits. Our guide was enthusiastic, funny and knowledgeable, and we learnt a lot at the château’s we visited.
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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