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Saint-Emilion Tours

Surrounded by the vineyards of Bordeaux, the medieval village of Saint-Emilion is pure eye candy. The picturesque town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, takes its name from a Benedictine monk who—according to local legend—took refuge in a cave here in the eighth century. Centered around a monolithic church that was painstakingly carved from limestone in the 12th century, the village comprises a cluster of cobbled streets lined with historic stone houses, Romanesque ruins, and shops selling Saint-Emilion wines.

The Basics
Saint-Emilion is easily accessible from Bordeaux on a day trip. Many visitors opt for an organized group or private tour, which often includes a guided walk around town as well as free time to wander at will. Some tours also include wine tastings and occasionally lunch in a chateau in Saint-Emilion, or in the neighboring wine regions of Pomerol or Medoc. Active travelers can do a cycling tour around the vineyards of Saint-Emilion, stopping at a winery along the way. Many Bordeaux wine tours also allow time for participants to explore the village of Saint-Emilion. The local tourist offers loans out keys for the Monolithic Church’s bell tower; the views from the top are superb.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable shoes as Saint-Emilion’s streets are cobbled and sloping.
  • Organized tours from Bordeaux typically last for between four and nine hours.
 
How to Get There
Trains for Saint-Emilion depart from Bordeaux several times a day, with the journey taking around 35 minutes. From the Saint-Emilion train station, it’s a 1-mile (1.5-kilometer) walk into town.
 
When to Get There
One of the best times of the year to visit Saint-Emilion is in September and October, after summer crowds have dissipated. If you do go during summer, try to get there early in the day. To see the town without the crowds, stay overnight. After the day-trippers have left, things quiet down considerably.
 
Wines of Saint-Emilion
Saint-Emilion is as much famed for its fine wines as it is for its beauty. First classified in 1954, Saint-Emilion is now one of France’s most lauded wine-making appellations. Its wines are labelled as premier grand cru classe A (the highest classification), premier grand cru classe B, and grand cru classe. The region is particularly well known for its silky smooth merlot and cabernet sauvignon–based red wines.

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Saint-Emilion Day Trip from Bordeaux, Bordeaux, null
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Saint-Emilion Day Trip from Bordeaux

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Join this day trip to the Saint-Emilion (and surrounding) wine-making region of France. This full-day guided excursion from Bordeaux offers picturesque ...  Read more

Location: Bordeaux, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.78
St Emilion Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux, Bordeaux, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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St Emilion Half-Day Trip from Bordeaux

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Join this  tour from Bordeaux to discover the beautiful medieval village of St Emilion. Start the tour with a visit and wine-tasting session in a grand cru ...  Read more

Location: Bordeaux, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.84
Small-Group Medoc or St-Emilion Wine Tasting and Chateaux Tour from Bordeaux, Bordeaux, Wine ... 
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Small-Group Medoc or St-Emilion Wine Tasting and Chateaux Tour from Bordeaux

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Enjoy an afternoon of French wine tasting in either the Medoc or St-Emilion wine region on this small-group tour from Bordeaux. Visit two wonderful French ...  Read more

Location: Bordeaux, France
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $110.98
Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip, Bordeaux, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip

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Explore the cellars and vineyards of Bordeaux’s wineries on this 5-hour tour, and enjoy tastings along the way. Travel into the countryside outside Bordeaux by ...  Read more

Location: Bordeaux, France
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.59
Small-Group St-Emilion Bike Tour from Bordeaux Including Wine Tastings and Lunch, Bordeaux, Day ... 
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Small-Group St-Emilion Bike Tour from Bordeaux Including Wine Tastings and Lunch

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Spend a day exploring the French region of St-Emilion by bike, accompanied by a friendly guide. From Bordeaux, take a train or a minivan to the UNESCO-listed ...  Read more

Location: Bordeaux, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $171.20
Saint-Emilion Day Trip from Bordeaux: Château Wine Tastings and Lunch, Bordeaux, Day Trips
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Saint-Emilion Day Trip from Bordeaux: Château Wine Tastings and Lunch

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This day trip from Bordeaux takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wine region of St-Emilion for a full day of wine tasting. Visit two château wine ...  Read more

Location: Bordeaux, France
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $135.78
Bordeaux Wine Day Trip, Bordeaux, Day Trips
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Bordeaux Wine Day Trip

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Explore the vineyards that have made Bordeaux wines famous the world over on this full-day wine tour. You'll discover Bordeaux's extraordinary wine heritage ...  Read more

Location: Bordeaux, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.27
Private Tour: St-Emilion Route des Châteaux Wine Tasting from Bordeaux, Bordeaux, Day Trips
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Private Tour: St-Emilion Route des Châteaux Wine Tasting from Bordeaux

Delve into French winemaking territory on this 9-hour St-Emilion castle tour from Bordeaux. With a private guide, explore the region, and discover Pomerol, ...  Read more

Location: Bordeaux, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $247.94

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