One of the closest coastal resorts to UNESCO–listed Bordeaux, the lively beach town of Arcachon is famous for its plump, fresh Pacific oysters. Here are a few ways to explore the sun-drenched shores of the Côte d’Argent and savor the seafood flavors the locals love.
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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.
Wonderful day in Saint Emilion
Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. We enjoyed our time with her very much. I strongly recommend Poleena as a guide to the area.
Tour166660, Sep 2019
Recent reviews from experiences in Bordeaux
Wonderful wine tasting day trip in St. Emilion
Bryan_P, Sep 2021
Full-day wine tour in Saint-Emilion (Premium Sedan)
My fiancé and I had a wonderful time exploring the wine country of St. Emilion with a knowledgeable tour guide (Benoit) who was a winemaker himself from the Medoc region. Each of the chateus we visited were unique and beautiful in their own way. The chateau staff were all welcoming and accommodating, and we learned so much about this beautiful region and its history of wine making.
PAOLA_A, Aug 2020
A day in Saint-Émilion and its Châteaux in a private tour (Van Luxe)
Everyone was incredibly knowledgeable from our driver to all our guides at each Chateau. We visited three chateaus and did a tasting at each. Each Chateau was different to the other and we were lucky in that we tried wines from the same year at each one to truly compare the wineries. We had lunch in between at St. emillion and a bit of time to walk around. Wine is a passion in St Emillion and you truly experience it!
A friendly and professional guided tour
Pioneer22574195156, Jun 2019
Saint-Emilion Private Wine Tour
Although this tour was originally booked with Viator, if I had not been able to communicate directly with Polina concerning the chateaux visits, I would have cancelled through the frustration dealing with Viator, which proved to be completely ineffective and disinterested in my tour after I had paid. Polina manages her own tour company (Red square wines) and was extremely diligent and helpful. She has an extensive background in the wine business and personal contacts with some of the chateaux which facilitated a personal approach by the chateaux to the tours and degustation, adding greatly to the experience. I will definitely contact Polina again to arrange my next tour.
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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