5/5 - Excellent
Verified travellerOct 19, 2019
Love Bordeaux! Second time there and want to go back!
Cycle along the city’s network of bike ,paths as you taste local wines, look across the Garonne River or relax ,in one of the city’s many gardens and parks.
Known around the world for its high caliber of wines, a visit to this French city reveals far more than just grapes and cellar doors. Bordeaux is a city loved by its residents for its laid back approach to life, and a progressive community of musicians and artists. Spurred by a large student population from one of France’s largest universities, the city has a vivid nightlife centered on the historic La Victoire district. The Garonne River provides a stunning backdrop to the picturesque city, and visitors to the city will love the scenic Les Quais quarter.
Bordeaux is a particularly flat city and, with 360 miles (580 kilometers) of paved cycling routes, a bike is the ideal mode of transport for visitors. Hire a bike from one of the many vendors in the city center, or make use of the city’s bike sharing program, with stations at regular intervals throughout the city. Bordeaux’s mild winters mean that bikes are a great way to see the city year round, although bringing a raincoat couldn’t hurt, even in summer.
The city’s major attractions are focused around its historic attractions and cultural institutions. Head to Sainte-Catherine Street in the pedestrian center of the city for excellent shopping and views, or climb the more than 200 steps to reach the top of the Basilica of St Michel’s gothic spire. The Musee D’Art Contemporain is a must for anyone with an interest in art, while those more interested in the outdoors will love Bordeaux’s botanic garden.
Once you’ve explored the city it’s time to sample its wares, and the vineyards around the city are a great place to start. The area is a world renowned region for wine production, and tours of the most famous wineries are available from the city center.
Bordeaux is located just 31 miles (50 kilometers) inland from France’s southwest coast. Bus or train to the city from Barcelona, Marseille or Paris, or fly to Bordeaux’s international airport from further afield.
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Follow the story of Bordeaux and the surrounding region at this museum, where exhibits span from prehistory through to the present day.
Explore this photogenic riverside square, which is bordered by two grand neoclassical palaces and features a spectacular fountain at its center.
A gateway to the rest of the city, this bustling square in Bordeaux's student quarter is home to classical monuments and stylish restaurants.
The biggest square in France, this plaza hosts festivals, concerts and markets and features monuments dedicated to famous writers.
A freestanding bell tower with a ghoulish history is what draws most people to this landmark, but the large Gothic church here is equally impressive.
Marvel at panoramic views of the city and reflect in the peaceful nave at this iconic religious building, the seat of the Archdiocese of Bordeaux.
Discover Saint-Émilion as you sip and swoosh your way through an elegant winetasting. Listen to a connoisseur describe the flavors your palette is experiencing, and learn to detect subtle notes. Your guide provides rich stories about the history and importance of this lovely region.
Go on an unforgettable winetasting adventure in charming Saint-Émilion. Discover the extraordinary wine heritage and history of this ancient town and join a winetasting class in 2 beautiful chateaux. Learn more about wine while tasting delicious French delicacies.
Take a journey in to the Saint Emilion wine region, where merlot is the dominant form of grape. Learn all about production of this particular varietal and take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy tastings at a selection of vintage wineries.
Improve your skills while visiting one of the world's largest wine-producing regions and gain a thorough understanding of wine varieties and how to taste them. Join a sampling and blending workshop, discover your wine profile, and create your very own cuvée (blend).
Embark on a wine tour full of discovery and robust flavors. Delight in the variety of samples that include cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and malbec. This wine region has strict rules on the types of wine they are allowed to cultivate, resulting in a high quality which you're sure to appreciate.
Several stops will be made during this tour to contemplate the city at night and admire the most beautiful monuments magnificently illuminated. On the occasion of one of these stops your driver will uncork a magnificent bottle of white wine to taste.
Verified travellerMay 24, 2019
Beautiful historic city. Excellent food. Great shopping.