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La Cité du Vin Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket & Wine Tasting

1. La Cité du Vin Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket & Wine Tasting

Enjoy the standing itinerary of La Cité du Vin, covering 19 exhibits on the theme of wine. Skip the line to enter, and then spend around 3 hours making your way through the exhibits with the aid of a hand-held companion, a digital guide available in 8 languages. At the end of the tour, head to the 8th floor and its belvedere, where you'll have a 360-degree, panoramic view of Bordeaux and the surrounding area. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine at a tasting session, choosing from a regularly renewed selection of 20 world wines. After your visit you can browse the on-site boutique, and visit the wine cellar with a vast international selection, the restaurants (with one on the 7th floor offering a panoramic view) and also the reading room.

Bordeaux: Guided Cruise on the Garonne River

2. Bordeaux: Guided Cruise on the Garonne River

Get onboard for one and a half hour guided cruise. You will be amazed by the new perspective offered from the river. Take a look to the beautiful historic city center : the Moon Harbour. Aboard the Aquitania, take the time to admire the heritage from the Middle Age, the Renaissance, the XVIIIth century... and the remainings from the Second World War. Discover the Bordeaux heritage from yesterday, today and tomorrow listed by the UNESCO Wolrdwide Heritage. You will see the beautiful XVIIIth century facades and the breathtaking "Place de la Bourse" the great symbol of this era. You will have the opportunity to admire the modern architecture as well, you will go under the famous lifting bridge Chaban-Delmas and along the "Cité du Vin" (wine centre). Let your guide tell you everything about this city, its architecture, history, stories... Get onboard with 'Croisières Burdigala' and see Bordeaux like you never saw it before ! Programme of the tour : - 14:00 : Boarding at the Pontoon d'Honneur - 14:30 : Departure for one hour and a half cruise with a tour guide (commentary both in French and in English) - 16:00 : Return to the Pontoon d'Honneur

From Bordeaux: Half-Day Saint-Émilion Tour and Wine Tasting

3. From Bordeaux: Half-Day Saint-Émilion Tour and Wine Tasting

Visit Saint-Émilion on a half-day tour from Bordeaux, and explore the vineyards and wines of the region. Meet your guide at Olala Bordeaux wine shop (located at 2 rue Mably in Bordeaux center), and relax on the drive to Saint-Émilion. Enjoy a wine tasting session at a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Château, where the passionate staff will explain their story and introduce you to the art of wine production and tasting. After this, your guide will lead you on a walking tour through the center of Saint-Émilion. Explore this well-preserved medieval city, with its steep winding alleys and maze of hidden passages. Afterward, drive back to Bordeaux.

Bordeaux: Saint-Emilion and Medoc Full-Day Wine Experience

4. Bordeaux: Saint-Emilion and Medoc Full-Day Wine Experience

Spend a day exploring the wineries and vineyards in Bordeaux on this guided tasting trip. Sample wines at three wineries and tour the historic town of Saint-Emilion. Be welcomed by your guide at a location in the city center of Bordeaux and drive to Saint-Emilion. Get started by visiting the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru chateau to see the vineyards and taste their delectable wines. Then, head out for a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage village of Saint-Emilion. Travel back to Bordeaux to have a hearty picnic lunch paired with a glass of wine at Olala Bordeaux. Come afternoon, journey to the Médoc region to discover the Margaux Appellation region and see the vineyards there. Stop at a family-owned estate to taste some more wine. Snap some photos of the famous Château Margaux before heading to the Grand Cru Classé chateau to savor more wine. Return back to Bordeaux in the early evening.

From Bordeaux: St. Emilion Village Half-Day Wine Tour

5. From Bordeaux: St. Emilion Village Half-Day Wine Tour

Take a half-day tour to the charming village of St. Emilion, and sample a selection of wines. The history of the village goes back to medieval times, and the whole jurisdiction is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural landscape. You will be traveling in small groups and on arrival will take a tour of the village, made up of fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins that stretch along the steep and narrow streets. It was the Romans that introduced wine making to the village as far back as the 2nd century. Reminders of the Roman techniques of wine planting can be seen in some of the estates, such as Chateau Bellevue, owned by the world famous Angelus winery. The village was named after the monk Émilian, a traveling confessor, who settled in a hermitage carved into the rock in the 8th-Century. Follow your guide for a walking tour of the village to discover all the main attractions.  Then, enjoy a visit and wine tasting session in a Classified Growth Chateau of the Saint Emilion wine region. During the visit, you will learn all there is to know about the estate as well as the techniques used to produce this world-famous wine. From here return to Bordeaux.

Saint Emilion: Guided Winery Tour & Wine Tasting

6. Saint Emilion: Guided Winery Tour & Wine Tasting

During this tour. you will see 2 different winery styles. First, discover a traditional winery with an authentic cellar and typical architecture of Saint Emilion, producing a traditional style of wine for the region. The second winery is a forward-looking one with modern cellar on the cutting edge of technology. Discover how the winemakers use cutting-edge technology and viticulture techniques to perfect the winemaking process and produce a different, innovate style of wine. Learn all about the winemaking process from the vines, the varietals, the aging, and everything around it. The visit will be followed by the tasting of 3 Saint Emilion Grand Cru wines, from the different estates with an introduction to wine tasting technics.

Bordeaux Metropole City Pass for 48 or 72 Hours

7. Bordeaux Metropole City Pass for 48 or 72 Hours

The Bordeaux Métropole City Pass is available for 48 or 72 hours, consecutively, for individual travelers, and offers free or reduced-price access to services and attractions. The validity of the card begins with the first use. A practical guidebook is provided with the card. Benefits and Privileges with 48 and 72-hour Passes • Free access to the TBM public transportation network (tramway, bus, river shuttle) • Free entry to 15 museums and monuments  • Free access to attractions • Discount rates on wine excursions, lunch or dinner cruises, visits and tastings at wine estates, sightseeing bateau mouche tour on the Garonne River • Enter the Cité du Vin before 12:00 (€5 extra after 12:00) • Choice between the touristic train, the open-top bus or the guided walking tour • The Basins of Lights entrance • The City of Wine entrance (before noon)  • Discover Les Bassins de Lumières at La Base Sous-Marine, a new digital art center • 1 city tour of your choice  • Many other discounts

From Bordeaux: Saint-Emilion Wine Tasting Experience

8. From Bordeaux: Saint-Emilion Wine Tasting Experience

Take a scenic drive to the beautiful wine region of Saint-Emilion and tour this World Heritage Site. Experience the intimacy of the private chateau, and learn the secrets of wine production and taste some of the finest wines. Depart Bordeaux at 13:45, and visit a charming family-run wine estate on the right bank of the Dordogne River. Tour the traditional vat room and cellar of this private chateau. Learn the steps of proper wine tasting at a tasting class. Train your nose to identify wine aromas before enjoying some fine wines. Next, visit a "Great Classified Growth" (Grand Cru) wine estate overlooking the Saint-Emilion vineyards. Hear about the wine-making process and reward yourself with an aperitif served with quality fresh bread and cheese.   Then, take a guided tour of the medieval village of Saint-Emilion in the early evening, and discover why it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Bordeaux for a drop-off at the end of the tour services.      

From Bordeaux: Saint-Émilion Half-Day Trip with Wine Tasting

9. From Bordeaux: Saint-Émilion Half-Day Trip with Wine Tasting

Journey from Bordeaux to Saint-Émilion, a beautifully-preserved historical town dating back to the Middle Ages. Enjoy a half-day tour of this UNESCO-listed village, including an organic wine tasting. Take a stroll through the village's narrow streets, and explore its old market square and famous monuments. Climb to the top of the King's Tower for panoramic views of the town. Learn all about the wine-making history of this quintessential French village and its surrounding vineyards. Visit an organic winery where the winemaker shares his winery's environmental approach. Take a tour of the vineyard and beautiful cellar before sitting down for a delectable wine tasting. Return to Bordeaux at the end of the excursion.

From Bordeaux: Full-Day St Emilion Wine Tasting Tour

10. From Bordeaux: Full-Day St Emilion Wine Tasting Tour

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 damper, cool soils of the area makes it difficult for Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to fully ripen and as such is less often used. Depart for the Saint Emilion wine region and enjoy a visit and wine tasting at a famous classified growth Chateaux of the Pomerol or Saint Emilion appellation. Afterwards, arrive in the village of Saint Emilion and enjoy a guided walking tour with your guide to discover the main monuments of this quaint hilltop village. During your free time for lunch and personal discovery, why not discover the underground monuments of Saint Emilion? In the afternoon experience another visit and wine tasting session in one of the selected Classified Chateaus of Saint Emilion.

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What people are saying about Bordeaux

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 905 reviews

Said is an excellent guide and makes your tour very enjoyable. He imparts his knowledge(which is extensive) in a passionate and enthusiastic manner. The tour included the major sites of Bordeaux but also some areas that are popular with locals and Said gave us a number of recommendations for us to visit in our own time. At the end of the tour Said ensured we had the right ticket for our tram to get back to our hotel. In summary I would definitely recommend this tour with Said

Saïd distinguishes himself as a guide through his enthusiasm, spontaneity and involvement with all participants. In addition, he has a lot of knowledge of the monuments and squares. He has a nice route for the early evening hours. Enjoyed taking part in this tour. I highly recommend this activity.

Great time ! Very informative — the guide and wine rep were personable and answered every question. The tasting was fun (would have liked some bread for palette cleansing). We also liked the time in the village.

The city pass is a great value. It was so easy and convenient to get around town by being able to go on and off the public transportation. The included tours and museums were great too. A real money saver.

Knowledgeable guide. Enjoyed the tour through the town. Winery tours were fabulous.