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Unique Wine Tour in France

Join in and follow Ophorus Excursion & Tours in France on this unique Bordeaux wine tour that has been carefully designed for those who wish to increase their personal knowledge in the Bordeaux wines. This tour will cover both the left and right bank where you will see, discover, and visit the most famous appellations and chateaus, known for the quality of their wines, but also for the expertise of the men behind the wines. All visits have been personalized for your group only and will be conducted by the most knowledgeable wine guides.

Highlights

  • All tasting fees in the Chateaux
  • Medoc full day wine tour with three classified Chateau visits and tasting
  • Saint Emilion day wine tour with three classified growth Chateau visits and tasting
  • Travel in modern, comfortable, and fully equipped Mercedes minivans
  • The services of an expert English speaking driver / wine guide
  • Arrival / departure transfer in Bordeaux
  • Breakfast from day two to day four
  • 3 nights accommodation

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3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 19 participants
Airport transfer included: Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
09:00
Check-out Time:
09:00

You will be accommodated at a centrally located three or four-star hotel in Bordeaux, depending on your choice.

Program

On this wine tour based in the recently declared UNESCO world heritage city of Bordeaux, your semi private driver / wine guide will take you to the most famous wine producing regions of the Bordeaux vineyard to make you discover the best of Bordeaux wines. Pick up will be at the centrally Tourist Office of Bordeaux. The tour also includes a dinner in a traditional restaurant in Bordeaux, as well as a special Grands Crus Wines tasting session in a selected local wine bar of Bordeaux.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer in Bordeaux

You will be picked up in Bordeaux, at the airport or train station, transferred to your centrally located hotel, and check in. Enjoy some free time to discover the lively city of Bordeaux. Bordeaux is classified as a city of art and history and has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble".

It is home to one of Europe's biggest 18th century architectural urban areas and stands out as one of the first French cities to have entered an era of urbanism and metropolitan big scale projects, with the team Gabriel father and son, architects for King Louis XV, under the supervision of two governors, first Nicolas-François Dupré de Saint-Maur, then the Marquis de Tourny.

A First Exploration of Grands Crus Bordeaux Wines

For your first evening in Bordeaux, a very special tasting experience was booked, that will be the perfect introduction to the wines of Bordeaux. Reach one of Bordeaux’s centrally located wine bar and participate in a special Grands Crus Classés Wines commented tasting session.

A mysterious hallway that opens up into an immense modern art deco room, strange machines made of stainless steel, a tall ceiling where, hung by their feet, hundreds of wine glasses seemingly float, suspended in mid-air. Welcome to Max Bordeaux and its magical concept!

Day 2: Full Day Medoc Wine Tour

You will have breakfast at your hotel. At 9:30 a.m. you will be picked up at the Tourist Office of Bordeaux.

A Full Day Including Visits to Three Renowned Estates

The Medoc area covers approximately 5.700 hectares of declared vineyards, annually producing on average 300.000 hectoliters of wine. Of the grape varieties permitted, 50% of the viticultural area is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and to a lesser extent Petit Verdot and Malbec. Also allowed within the AOC regulations are the varieties Cabernet Franc and Carménère.

Taste Fabulous Wines Guided by a Knowledgeable Hand

This morning, head towards the famous Medoc wine region. On this full day tour, experience three visits and wine tasting sessions in Grands Crus Wineries that have been carefully selected for their exceptional setting and quality of wine. During these visits you will learn all there is to know about the history of the estates, the wine making process, as well as the techniques used during the wine making.

The visits are followed by a wine tasting session. The wineries are usually located in Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac, or the Haut Medoc appellations.

Stop Along the Famous Route des Chateaux for Great Photo Opportunities

During the day you will inevitably drive along the D2 road or Route des Chateaux, as it is known locally. It is along this route that some of the most famous wineries such as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Palmer, Chateau Latour, or Chateau Pichon Longueville are located. Depending on the timing of the tour, your driver / guide will certainly make a stop in front of one of these world renowned wineries so that you may have the opportunity to take some photos. At 6:00 p.m. you will return to Bordeaux.

Day 3: Full Day Saint Emilion Wine Tour

You will have breakfast at your hotel. At 9:30 a.m. you will be picked up at the Tourist Office of Bordeaux.

Discover the Magic of the Right Bank Wine Region of Bordeaux

The wine region of Libournais encompasses much of what is referred to as the Right Bank. Named after its historical capital, the expression Right Bank typically refers to wines from the Pomerol and St-Emilion areas of the Libournais. There are several villages around the region that share the Saint-Émilion name, such as Montagne-Saint-Émilion and St-Georges-Saint Émilion that are named the satellite appellations.

The area is bordered to the west by Pomerol. Merlot is the dominant grape in this area, followed by Cabernet Franc and a very small quantity of Malbec that is tending to disappear. The climate and damp, cool soils of the area make it difficult for Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to fully ripen and, as such, they are less often used.

Mix Incredible Wineries With the Enchanting Village of Saint Emilion

Today, depart for the Saint Emilion wine region and enjoy a visit and wine tasting in a famous classified growth chateau of the Saint Emilion appellation or its surroundings (Pomerol, Fronsac, Lalande de Pomerol). Then, arrive in the village and participate in another visit of a classified growth chateau, followed by some free time for personal discovery and lunch.

In the afternoon, after a walking tour of the village, experience another visit and wine tasting session in a local winery of the chateau of the Saint Emilion appellation or its surroundings (Pomerol, Fronsac, Lalande de Pomerol). The wine tasting fees, the guided walking tour of the village, and bottled water in the minivan are all included. At 5:30 p.m. you will return to Bordeaux.

Enjoy a Pre-Booked Dinner in a Selected Restaurant of Bordeaux

This evening a pre-booked dinner for you in a carefully selected local restaurant is planned. The Bordeaux food scene has taken center stage and today the city is cluttered with interesting new offerings, like experimental modern bistros, elaborate sanctums of haute cuisine, and cozy button-down gastro-bars. You will spend the night at your hotel.

Day 4: Bordeaux

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport or to the train station.

Included excursions

  • Medoc wine region
  • Saint Emilion

Location

This wine tour will take place in Bordeaux, France. You will also have activities in Medoc wine region and Saint Emilion.

Food

During your stay, you will be provided with breakfast from day two to day four and one two-course night-out dinner at a restaurant in Bordeaux on the third evening. Bottles of water will also be offered in the transportation minivan during the tours.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

On the third day, you will have some free time on your hands in order to discover the area of Saint Emilion village.

What's included

  • All tasting fees in the chateaus
  • Medoc full day wine tour with three classified 1855 chateau visits and tasting
  • Saint Emilion day wine tour with three classified growth chateau visits and tasting
  • Private tasting three Grand Crus at a local wine bar
  • The services of an expert English speaking driver / wine guide
  • Follow the Chateau Road in the Medoc wine region
  • Travel in modern, comfortable, and fully equipped Mercedes minivans
  • Arrival / departure transfer in Bordeaux
  • Breakfast from day two to day four
  • One two-course dinner at a restaurant in Bordeaux
  • Bottles of water in the minivan
  • All taxes included
  • 3 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions other than mentioned in the program
  • Eventual gratuities
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance and expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport Airport transfer included: Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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