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Saint Emilion: Guided Winery Tour & Wine Tasting

1. 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.

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

2. 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. Upon arrival in the village, embark on a guided walking tour. Explore the charming lanes, Romanesque churches, and ruins that stretch along the steep and narrow laneways. 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.

Bordeaux: Guided Cruise on the Garonne River

3. Bordeaux: Guided Cruise on the Garonne River

Hop onboard for a guided cruise. Be amazed by the new perspective offered by the river. Take a look at the beautiful historic city center from the Moon Harbour. Aboard the Aquitania, take your time to admire heritage architecture from the Middle Age, the Renaissance, the XVIIIth century, and the remaining impacts from the Second World War. Discover the Bordeaux heritage from yesterday, today, and tomorrow listed on the UNESCO World Heritage. 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. The cruise will travel under the famous lifting bridge Chaban-Delmas and along the "Cité du Vin" (wine centre).

Bordeaux: Historic Center & Chartrons District Bicycle Tour

4. Bordeaux: Historic Center & Chartrons District Bicycle Tour

Go back in time to an era where Bordeaux was modern and lively, full of history and lively high-class French culture. Burdigala was the original name of the city during this period.  Follow your professional guide and alternate in time between modern and ancient history. Discover the secrets of the city's oldest monuments, as well as the latest street art pieces hidden throughout the city, without forgetting, of course, the best gastronomic addresses and the most beautiful green areas where you can relax. Learn more about the art and architecture of the city, find out the best spots to eat from your local guide, and discover Bordeaux like a local, on your bike. Visit areas such as the historic city center, Bordeaux right bank, north Bordeaux and the Chartrons district.

Bordeaux: Guided Walking Tour

5. Bordeaux: Guided Walking Tour

Discover the historic sights of Bordeaux on a 2-hour walking tour of the historic center, and discover why it was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Meet your guide by the Bordeaux Tourist Office on Cours du 30 Juillet. Then, discover an outstanding ensemble of urban landmarks and architectural wonders. Stroll past the theaters, town halls, and private mansions, interspersed with squares, parks, and fountains to get an intriguing perspective on a city that is undergoing a spectacular metamorphosis. See some of the new economic and artistic projects. From the wide avenues of neo-classical neighborhoods surrounding Place des Quinconces, to the Grand Theater, and the narrow lanes of the Saint-Pierre neighborhood, the tour invites you to discover the diversity of Bordeaux’s heritage. Learn about Bordeaux’s history and the Enlightenment philosophers who influenced the city’s urban landscape.

Bordeaux Metropole City Pass for 48 or 72 Hours

6. 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

Beynac & Domme villages - Dordogne boat ride

7. Beynac & Domme villages - Dordogne boat ride

Drive to the beautiful village of Domme. With its trapezoid city plan, Domme is a bastide (a fortified medieval town) adapted to the surrounding terrain, and thus falling short of the rectangular city plan characteristic to bastides. The village is classified as one of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" ("The Most Beautiful Villages of France"). In 1307, Knight Templars were imprisoned in Domme while during the Hundred Years' War, the bastide was coveted by the English who first took the town in 1347 and repeatedly changed rulers throughout the war until 1437 when it finally fell under French rule again. Then drive to La Roque Gageac and enjoy a peaceful cruise on the the Dordogne River on board an authentic Gabarre to admire mighty castles that line the river. Finally, reach Beynac to admire the village and the Castle. This Middle Ages construction, with its austere appearance, is perched on top of a limestone cliff, dominating the town and the north bank of the Dordogne River. The castle was built from the 12th century by the barons of Beynac (one of the four baronies of Périgord) to close the valley. The sheer cliff face being sufficient to discourage any assault from that side, the defences were built up on the plateau: double crenellated walls, double moats, one of which was a deepened natural ravine, double barbican.

From Bordeaux: Full-Day St Emilion Wine Tasting Tour

8. 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 which 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 make 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. Afterward, arrive in the village of Saint Emilion and enjoy a guided walking tour with your guide to discovering the main monuments of this quaint hilltop village. During your free time for lunch and personal discovery, visit 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.

Medoc Half-Day Bordeaux Wine Tour

9. Medoc Half-Day Bordeaux Wine Tour

Departing from a central location in Bordeaux, this small group, half-day tour explores the beautiful Medoc wine-growing region of France. The region you will explore includes the southern region of the Medoc wine area. You will visit 2 wine estates of Classified Growth or Cru Bourgeois estates that has been carefully selected for their exceptional setting and quality of wine. Learn all there is to know about the history of the estate, the wine making process, as well as the techniques used during wine making. A wine tasting session follows the visits. After your tasting session, follow the castle road to see some of the most famous chateaus of the region, such as Chateau Margaux or Chateau Palmer.

Enjoy a Day Discovering Two Famous Bordeaux Wine Regions

10. Enjoy a Day Discovering Two Famous Bordeaux Wine Regions

Meet your guide in the center of Bordeaux and drive to the Medoc wine region. Enjoy explanations about the Bordeaux wines during the journey to the chateaux. Be welcomed at a prestigious Classified Growth estate, operating since 1855. Walk around the vineyards and cellars, learn about the estate’s wine making process, and finish with wine tastings.                                                Discover a charming family run estate in the region. Enjoy explanations of their traditional ways of making wine and savor their wines with French delicacies. Drive to St-Emilion and enjoy a picnic lunch with a Frehcn apéritif at the chateau in Saint-Emilion.                                              After lunch, enjoy the beautiful Saint Emilion region, kicking off your tour with a visit to an authentic and charming family-run estate - also a Classified Growth estate (Grand cru classé) along the right bank. Feel the intimacy of the private chateau as you tour the traditional vat room and cellar of this estate, and then delight in a tasting class, learning the steps of wine tasting and educating your nose in identifying wine aromas. After this visit, enjoy a guided tour of the village of Saint Emilion, classified on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

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What people are saying about Nouvelle-Aquitaine

The guide was excellent. Comical, easy to understand, knowledgeable. Learned about wine, history of the area and saw not only a chateau and a vineyard but also wine caves in the town. It was enjoyable to be in the village of St Emilion. I would add 15-30 minutes so people can have a chance to look around more or sit and have a drink.

We got a 48 hour pass it was great got on the tram we’re and when we wanted. Used it to go into the wine museum. Got on the bus. Great value for money.

This tour was amazing. Selection of wineries was amazing, our tour guide was nice, funny and informative. We had a beautiful day:)!

Fantastic guide, knowledgeable, informative, interactive and a great history of Bordeaux shared. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Bordeaux is a beautiful city, well worth a visit. The City Pass is great value.