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Bordeaux to Saint Emilion

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Bordeaux to Saint Emilion

We will be on a cruise ship overnight in Bordeaux and have a long afternoon and evening tour planned for the first day.

But we are interested in seeing Saint Emilion, the historic town and do not want to take a big tour---just to get to the town and spend 2-3 hours with a walking tour or something the next morning only---in English.

MapQuest says it is about 45 minutes to Saint Emilion. Is it possible to hire a driver to take us there, wait, and bring us back to Bordeaux? Prices?

I need some ideas or web sites. Thanks ;)

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1. Re: Bordeaux to Saint Emilion

Here's an idea:


I shudder to think what it would cost to hire a car and driver even for a half-day!

I would suggest going by train, but the little station at St Emilion is about a mile from the village, the trains are not very frequent and might not match your schedule.

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2. Re: Bordeaux to Saint Emilion

You might look into the possibility of renting a car for the day - the roads are good and well marked and the driving is not difficult. Your cruise company/dircetor might be able to arrange a car hire for you.


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3. Re: Bordeaux to Saint Emilion

There is a fellow with whom I have worked in the past who specializes in driving people to the vineyards, and since he has been doing this for years he not only has a driver's license, but actually knows where the châteaux are located without having to consult a map (which is not always the case) and can offer interesting and useful information about the region along the way. Plus, he's reasonably priced.

His name is Philippe Lacabanne, and you can reach him at prince3@wanadoo.fr

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We were there recently. Got a tram to the train station. Train at 1.30 took about 40 mins. 20 mins walk to St Emillion. Train back at 6.00. It worked out quite well. It was a Sunday.

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Are there taxis waiting at the docks to take cruise passengers places like I've seen in so many other cruise ports?

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6. Re: Bordeaux to Saint Emilion

I just answered another post this afternoon from someone traveling on the same ship (don't know if it's the same dates or not, but...)


The cruise line just added a shore excursion to St Emilion which includes a walking tour of the town, a visit to the Monolithe, lunch, and a wine tasting...I think it was somewhere around $200 per person...which is the minimum you'd pay for any other type of private tour.

You might check the updated information to see if it's available for your dates...as it looked like quite a nice tour...with the very nice benefit that if the time runs long for some reason, they're more likely to hold the boat for one of their own tours than they are for someone headed out on their own.

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7. Re: Bordeaux to Saint Emilion

We stayed in St Emilion, took the cute tourist train through the winefields with explanations available in English and also took the English speaking tour of the underground church and the cave of St Emilion. Cost to do both was less than E20/person. St Emilion is a very small town, mostly given over to tourism and wine these days. The wine cooperative, Maison du Vin, near where the little train starts is a good place to visit for lots of different bottles of wine from the local makers plus there are heaps of tasting/negotiants in town. The train also stops off at one cellar where you can stop and do a wine tasting and catch the next little train.

We did the train in the morning and the tour after lunch.

nickbooth.id.au/Images/…StEmilion.jpg photo taken on the little train trip.

The train is a little white thing with open carriages, looks like a child's ride but most useful (if a bit infra dig) for getting an overview of a new town.

Edited: 10 June 2010, 08:05
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