Saint Emilion Wine Tour Full Day Trip From Bordeaux (private)
Experience the magic of one of our favorite villages
Visit Grand Cru Wineries of Saint Emilion
Optional visit of the underground monuments of Saint Emilion
Follow a private guided walking tour of the village
Hand-Picked Guides with impeccable English, Experts in Bordeaux Wines
Why take this tour?
9.00am or 9.30am Depart from Bordeaux
10.00am or 10.30am Visit & Wine tasting 1st Winery
11.00am or 11.30am Depart for the 2nd Winery visit
12.30pm or 1.00pm Reach the village of Saint Emilion. Free time for personal discovery and lunch
3.00pm or 3.30pm Depart for the 3rd Winery visit
4.00pm or 4.30pm Depart for Bordeaux
5.00pm or 5.30pm Arrival in Bordeaux
MEET YOUR ENGLISH SPEAKING DRIVER/GUIDE WHO IS A LOCAL EXPERT ON BORDEAUX WINES
TRAVEL IN A SPACIOUS MERCEDES MINIVAN
WINE & HISTORY COMBO ON A SAINT EMILION FULL DAY TOUR
DEPART FROM BORDEAUX AND REACH THE RIGHT BANK WINE REGION
CHOOSE ONE OF THESE OPTIONS BEST ADAPTED TO YOUR WISHES
OPTION 1 – Visit and Wine tasting in a Grand Cru Chateau combined with a private visit of the underground monuments of Saint Emilion
Visit a Grand Cru Winery: This option is perfect for those of you who wish to combine wine & heritage. In the morning, upon arrival in St Emilion, we will take you to one of our carefully selected partner wineries known for the quality of the wines they produce. Your Ophorus guide will be with you during the visit so don’t hesitate to ask any questions. Whether you have questions about history, technique, flavors, aromas, food & wine pairings don’t hesitate to ask them anything that relates to wine to make this full day a very special one. Visit the Chateau, technical installations and cellars and participate in a commented tasting of the Chateau wines.
Private visit of the Underground Monuments: Probably the highlight of Saint Emilion village, is the underground Monolithic Church. The foundation of the church is built directly into the limestone of the rocky site, a rare construction feat. From the history of the founding monk of the village, to the digging of the surprising monolithic church, the visit will enable you to discover 4 monuments : the hermitage of Émilion, the Trinity Chapel and its medieval paintings, the catacombs as well as the underground church. Our certified licensed guides have the authorisation to conduct private tours in this monument so just follow your guide and learn about the history and heritage of Saint Emilion.
OPTION 2 – Visit and Wine tasting in 2 Grand Cru Chateau’s of Saint Emilion
Visit of 2 Grands Crus wineries: This option is perfect for those that want to experience a more in depth wine tour. We will take you to two very different wineries so that you can understand how techniques and production can vary from one winery to another. On this type of wine tour in Saint Emilion we combine the visit to a very modern winery with that of a more traditional, family owned one. By doing so, it will be possible for you to better comprehend the technical transformations that have taken place over the years and what are the principal differences between traditional and modern winemaking and the repercussions this has on the structure, characteristics and aromas of the wines produced.
Walking tour in the village: This option also includes a walking tour with your guide in the village of Saint Emilion. Discover the most significant landmarks of the village and retrace the history of a famous Monk. Stroll through the quaint, cobbled streets of this medieval town, while your tour guide recounts local history, from the days of the 8th century hermit Emilion, to the 19th century mining galleries, which still lie beneath the village. It is no coincidence that Saint Emilion has been awarded the UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999. After the walk, enjoy some free time to explore on your own in the village.
OPTION 3 – Combine Saint Emilion with Pomerol and Visit 3 Wineries
This option is a perfect choice for both novice and wine connoisseurs alike who want to experience 2 very different appellations of the right bank. By choosing this option, you will experience 2 visits and wine tastings in the Saint Emilion appellation (as in option 2) to which we will add 1 visit and wine tasting in the Pomerol appellation.
Pomerol is located right next to the Saint Emilion appellation. The south and west part of the appellation have sandier soils compared to the slightly heavier soils in the east, which include a certain proportion of clay. It is in this eastern section, on the marginally higher land where Pomerol meets Saint-Émilion, that the best wines are produced. Three of the most highly regarded Pomerol producers – Pétrus, Lafleur and Le Pin – are located here. Merlo is the dominant grape in Pomerol and plays a large part in making the wines rich, smooth and approachable at an early age, while also being capable of extended aging. Cabernet Franc is also often present, adding structure and an element of savory spice. These characteristics mean Pomerol wines are much sought after on the international market.
If you decided to choose this option, then your tour will be mainly focused on wine. You will only have a short time for lunch (at own expense) in the village of Saint Emilion. We will include the Visits of 3 wineries during the day with 2 wineries in Saint Emilion wine producing area and 1 visit in the Pomerol appellation. The combination of two different appellations will allow you to dig deeper into the notion of ‘terroir’ which is the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate. This is where the expertise of our guides will show all its importance as you benefit from their knowledge to better comprehend this essential french notion when it comes to wines.
THE LEGEND OF EMILIAN
WHAT IS THERE TO SEE OR DO IN SAINT EMILION?
Walking up the narrow winding streets, you will come to several superb vantage points, which offer sweeping views over the Dordogne Valley. But the village of St Emilion’s main historical attraction is underground. Beneath the village, lies a network of tunnels covering more than 120 miles. These tunnels are left over from the many quarries that were exploited until the 19th century to supply stone that was used to build villages, towns and cities such as Bordeaux.
Hotel pick up from Bordeaux or surrounding area.
Enjoy live commentaries from your wine expert guide.
Reservations for a selected winery of Saint Emilion.
Travel in recent, comfortable and fully equipped minivans.
Bottled water in the vehicle.
Free WiFi access on board.
Tasting fees in the wineries.
Meals and drinks.
Personal insurance, expenses.
Entrance fees to monuments unless mentioned.
Things to know
Before you book
Price is per group, not per person.
This product is on request. We will confirm availability within the shortest possible time after we receive your order.
Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate.
Tour is operated in English, other languages on request.
This tour is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Currency is in Euro.
Minimum drinking age 18 years old.
Before you go
Please be ready 10 minutes before departure time
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
Operator strictly adheres to its cancellation policy and will make no exceptions to the policy. If Guest chooses to cancel his or her reservation, Operator must receive written notice of said cancellation in writing via certified mail, fax or e-mail sent to [email protected] (with confirmation of receipt from Operator), and Guest shall be subject to the following cancellation fee schedule:
Ophorus requires full payment by credit card, internet payment (through our website) or wire transfer (Wire transfer fees at the charge of the Guest) to make a reservation. We accept payment by AMEX, Visa and Master Card. There is no charge or service fee for processing credit card payments except with American Express +3%.
For any cancellation, the following fees will be deducted from the refund:
Up to 48 hours prior to departure: no cancellation fees except the booking fees.
48 hours prior to departure and less > no refund.
No show - no refund.
If any hotel or predetermined meeting place changes, notify Orphorus immediately. Otherwise be at location 10 minutes prior to pick up time.
Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption
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