The Famous Monk Tour

Saint Émilion Region Tours including many Chateaux, the medieval village, underground wine cellars, and more!

7.5 Hrs Shuttle Small Group 8+ Wine Tastings

Saint Émilion Wine Tour

Join us on a breathtaking wine tour to Saint Emilion : visit two contrasting Châteaux and discover the UNESCO-listed medieval village of Saint Emilion.

Naturally, the Famous Monk Tour includes many different wine tastings and a few facts to give you a better understanding of the region. 

Indulge in amazing picturesque scenery, excellent wine, rich history and a French lunch (with baguette!), all in the comfort of a small group with a knowledgeable and friendly guide. Because after all, there’s no better way than to learn about wine than by experience!


Picturesque Vineyards

See first-hand the rolling hills and vineyards of the most famous wine country in the world

Discover Different Wines

Let your taste buds explore the different wines from several appellations surrounding St-Émilion

Shuttle Pickup & Dropoff

Shuttle in between Bordeaux and St-Émilion in our modern minivans with heating and AC

Full Day Wine Tour

Leave from our Bordeaux Office at 10am, and return around 5:30pm


April to October 2019

10 am : Departure from Bordeaux

Depart from our office in Bordeaux center and travel to the St-Émilion region on a quick 45-minute journey in our comfortable minivans.

11 am : 1st Chateaux Visit, Tour & Wine Tasting

Tour a Chateau, learn about their production methods and taste the fruits of their labour. +/-1hr

12:15 pm : Lunch - Visit Medieval Saint Emilion

Enjoy a sandwich or salad in the heart of the village. Tour the famous UNESCO listed medieval village, and indulge in more wine tastings at our favorite wine merchants ‘cave’ cellar.

2:30 pm : 2nd Chateaux Visit, Tour & Wine Tasting

Tour a contrasting Chateau or wine estate, learn about another production method and taste the difference. +/-1hr

3:30 pm : Enjoy a French snack in the Château's propery

Enjoy a nice platter of ham and cheese with some wine to splendidly end an unforgettable day !

4:30 pm : Return to Bordeaux

Ride back in our minivans for a Drop-off at our agency in Bordeaux center around 5:30 pm

*Please note that the itinerary may slightly change from one day to another, but the departure time, return time (+/- 15 minutes) and what’s included in the tour will always be the same.

Famous Monk Tour Pricing

Tour the Saint Émilion wine region, and the famous UNESCO listed medieval village, indulge in chateaux tours and wine tastings at our favourite estates and in wine merchants cellars.

Famous Monk Summer Tour
10 am departure from April to October 2019
  • Transport to & from Bordeaux
  • Friendly English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees & guides at 2 Estates
  • 8+ Wine Tastings
  • Gourmet sandwiches or salads lunch
  • Afternoon snack
  • Guided visit of St-Émilion village
  • Bottled Water


Fortunately for us, our years of experience have taught us the in's and the out's of what makes a great wine tour, so if you're the curious type and looking for more info...

Famous Monk Tour
"A wonderful day spent in St-Émilion learning about the wines and of course tasting some. Our guide Tomas had an excellent knowledge of the area and the wine making process. He provided us with a lovely picnic lunch and a fabulous afternoon surprise at the organic winery. We were able to walk around the medieval village and take in it’s enchanting surrounds while listening to the history and the stories of this place. It was expertly organised and along with the weather, a perfect day. Thank you Tomas"
- TripAdvisor, Oct 2018
Famous Monk Tour
"This week my friend and I did the Famous Monk Tour of St. Émilion Wine Tour by Rustic Vines. We visited 2 chateaus, a wine merchant, had an in depth talk about the wine making process, and tasted approx 10 red wines, lunch was also included for €99 pp! It was a really fun day although the talk about the wine making process was a bit too long in my opinion. Rustic Vines also do a wine tour by electric bike which we really wanted to do but it was sold out due to it's popularity, so i'd definitely recommend booking a tour early!"
Vicky D
- TripAdvisor, Oct 2018
Famous Monk Tour
"We had a wonderful tour with Tim, our lovely Kiwi guide, who was very knowledgeable and clearly, loved his Bordeaux blends! The tour was very well organised and Tim was so considerate to get us some gluten-free bread for the picnic, which was such a pleasant surprise! Bordeaux is definitely on the list for a future getaway visit. Merci & au revoir!"
Marina C
- TripAdvisor, Sept 2018

See for yourself what everyone is saying...

Combine Tours for Discounts

We offer a great range of tours to Saint Emilion, Medoc, Arcachon, Bordeaux by bike, minivan or on your own two feet ! Combine different tours to organise your stay in the Bordeaux region and ensure you are getting great value for money. Discounts and tips on how to maximize your experience !

Starting at 99€ pp

The Napoleon Tour : Médoc Day Tour

The best way to see some of the most prestigious Chateaux in the world.

Starting at 65€ pp

Electric Bike Tour of Saint Émilion Wines & Chateaux

Bike through 4 different appellations in comfort while you visit different Chateaux and the medieval village, including many tastings and picnic lunch.

Starting at 95€ pp

Taste of Bordeaux : Wine Bar City Center Tour

The concept involves a different tasting theme each location and to reveal places you might not find otherwise in a fun & tasty evening. Live like a local!


Rustic Vines Tour Office

26 Rue de la Devise, 33000 Bordeaux (+33) 9 86 41 88 83 Monday to Sunday 9:00AM to 5:00PM

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