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Things to do in Bordeaux

Come for the wine, stay for the cosmopolitan feel, historical buildings, lively riverfront, and local cuisine.

Our most recommended things to do in Bordeaux

Bordeaux: River Garonne Cruise with Glass of Wine

1. Bordeaux: River Garonne Cruise with Glass of Wine

Discover Bordeaux from the River Garonne onboard the yacht, Le Luna. Enjoy a different perspective on the historic city with expert commentary as you sip on your choice of wine, hot drink or soft drink, and enjoy a piece of canelé cake. From the river, see some of the most famous sights of the city including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gothic Cathedral. Admire 18th and 19th-century mansions and art museums. Learn about the rich history of the city from your expert guide as your cruise along on a vintage post-war yacht. Enjoy a glass of local wine and a small traditional cake from the region, known as a canelé.

From Bordeaux: Half-Day Saint-Émilion Tour and Wine Tasting

2. From Bordeaux: Half-Day Saint-Émilion Tour and Wine Tasting

Visit Saint-Émilion on a half-day tour from Bordeaux, and explore the vineyards and wines of the region. Meet your guide at Olala Bordeaux wine shop (located at 2 rue Mably in Bordeaux center), and relax on the drive to Saint-Émilion. Enjoy a wine tasting session at a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Château, where the passionate staff will explain their story and introduce you to the art of wine production and tasting. After this, your guide will lead you on a walking tour through the center of Saint-Émilion. Explore this well-preserved medieval city, with its steep winding alleys and maze of hidden passages. Afterward, drive back to Bordeaux.

From Bordeaux: Afternoon Saint-Emilion Wine Tasting Trip

3. From Bordeaux: Afternoon Saint-Emilion Wine Tasting Trip

Take a scenic drive to the beautiful wine region of Saint-Emilion and tour this World Heritage Site. Experience the intimacy of the private chateau, learn the secrets of wine production, and taste some of the finest wines. Depart Bordeaux in the afternoon and visit a charming family-run wine estate on the right bank of the Dordogne River. Tour the traditional vat room and cellar of this private chateau. Learn the steps of proper wine tasting at a tasting class. Train your nose to identify wine aromas before enjoying some fine wines. Next, visit a "Great Classified Growth" (Grand Cru) wine estate overlooking the Saint-Emilion vineyards. Hear about the wine-making process and reward yourself with an aperitif served with quality fresh bread and cheese.   Then, take a guided tour of the medieval village of Saint-Emilion in the early evening, and discover why it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Bordeaux for a drop-off at the end of the tour.

From Bordeaux: St. Emilion Village Half-Day Wine Tour

4. From Bordeaux: St. Emilion Village Half-Day Wine Tour

Take a half-day tour to the charming village of St. Emilion, and sample a selection of wines. The history of the village goes back to medieval times, and the whole jurisdiction is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural landscape. Upon arrival in the village, embark on a guided walking tour. Explore the charming lanes, Romanesque churches, and ruins that stretch along the steep and narrow laneways. It was the Romans that introduced wine making to the village as far back as the 2nd century. Reminders of the Roman techniques of wine planting can be seen in some of the estates, such as Chateau Bellevue, owned by the world-famous Angelus winery. The village was named after the monk Émilian, a traveling confessor, who settled in a hermitage carved into the rock in the 8th-Century. Follow your guide for a walking tour of the village to discover all the main attractions.  Then, enjoy a visit and wine tasting session in a Classified Growth Chateau of the Saint Emilion wine region. During the visit, you will learn all there is to know about the estate as well as the techniques used to produce this world-famous wine. From here return to Bordeaux.

La Cité du Vin Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket & Wine Tasting

5. La Cité du Vin Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket & Wine Tasting

Enjoy the standing itinerary of La Cité du Vin, covering 19 exhibits on the theme of wine. Skip the line to enter, and then spend around 3 hours making your way through the exhibits with the aid of a hand-held companion, a digital guide available in 8 languages. At the end of the tour, head to the 8th floor and its belvedere, where you'll have a 360-degree, panoramic view of Bordeaux and the surrounding area. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine at a tasting session, choosing from a regularly renewed selection of 20 world wines. After your visit you can browse the on-site boutique, and visit the wine cellar with a vast international selection, the restaurants (with one on the 7th floor offering a panoramic view) and also the reading room.

Saint Emilion: Guided Grand Cru Classé Winery Tour & Tasting

6. Saint Emilion: Guided Grand Cru Classé Winery Tour & Tasting

During this tour. you will see 2 different winery styles. First, discover a traditional winery with an authentic cellar and typical architecture of Saint Emilion, producing a traditional style of wine for the region. The second winery is a forward-looking one with modern cellar on the cutting edge of technology. Discover how the winemakers use cutting-edge technology and viticulture techniques to perfect the winemaking process and produce a different, innovate style of wine. Learn all about the winemaking process from the vines, the varietals, the aging, and everything around it. The visit will be followed by the tasting of 3 Saint Emilion Grand Cru wines, from the different estates with an introduction to wine tasting technics.

From Bordeaux: Médoc Region Afternoon Wine Tasting Tour

7. From Bordeaux: Médoc Region Afternoon Wine Tasting Tour

1.45 pm Meet your guide at Rustic Vines shop located "26 rue de la devise", in Bordeaux downtown and drive to Médoc; 2.30 pm First stop at a winery for a visit of the estate followed by a wine tasting; 4.00 pm Guided visit and wine tasting session at a 2nd Château of Margaux Appellation; 5.30 pm Drive back to Bordeaux, drop-off at Rustic Vines shop, time to say goodbye to your guide and share good tips.

Bordeaux: Saint-Emilion and Medoc Full-Day Wine Experience

8. Bordeaux: Saint-Emilion and Medoc Full-Day Wine Experience

Spend a day exploring the wineries and vineyards in Bordeaux on this guided tasting trip. Sample wines at three wineries and tour the historic town of Saint-Emilion. Be welcomed by your guide at a location in the city center of Bordeaux and drive to Saint-Emilion. Get started by visiting the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru chateau to see the vineyards and taste their delectable wines. Then, head out for a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage village of Saint-Emilion. Travel back to Bordeaux to have a hearty picnic lunch paired with a glass of wine at Olala Bordeaux. Come afternoon, journey to the Médoc region to discover the Margaux Appellation region and see the vineyards there. Stop at a family-owned estate to taste some more wine. Snap some photos of the famous Château Margaux before heading to the Grand Cru Classé chateau to savor more wine. Return back to Bordeaux in the early evening.

Bordeaux: Wine Masterclass

9. Bordeaux: Wine Masterclass

Be welcomed with a nice glass of white wine and learn how to taste like a pro with a Bordeaux wine Masterclass, located in the heart of the historical centre. Taste red grape varieties from Bordeaux and get a fun and entertaining introduction to the fundamental notions of Bordeaux wines (terroir, grape varieties, AOC…) and the different stages of vinification. Continue the wine program with the different systems of "Grand Cru" classifications, and the main concepts of sommellerie. Enjoy two great red wines typical of Bordeaux with some delicious cold cuts and cheeses.

The Best of Bordeaux: Guided Bicycle Tour

10. The Best of Bordeaux: Guided Bicycle Tour

Go back in time to an era where Bordeaux was modern and lively, full of history and lively high-class French culture on this guided bike tour. Ride through iconic districts like the charming city center, Bordeaux right bank, and north Bordeaux.  Meet your guide and get set up with your high-quality bike and helmet. Follow guide and alternate in time between modern and ancient history. Discover the secrets of the city's oldest monuments, as well as the latest street art pieces hidden places. Find out where the locals like to dine so you know which restaurants to visit. Gilde through the most beautiful green areas where you can relax. Learn more about the art and architecture of the city. Discover Bordeaux like a local, on your bike. Visit areas such as the historic city center, Bordeaux right bank, north Bordeaux and the Chartrons district. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

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What are the best day trips and excursions from Bordeaux?

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What people are saying about Bordeaux

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4.6 / 5

based on 7,172 reviews

This was a absolutely wonderful experience! Both wines and cheeses were incredible! We had three glasses of wine and three different cheese boards for each wine with 5 samples on each!! Well worth the money! I would recommend this class to everyone. The restraint this class is held in is so beautiful and even has a cheese cellar you can go look at underneath!

This was a great mini class was not super in depth but a good over view of knowledge. We did this small class and the next day had a tour booked to St e million and it was helpful to have a little base knowledge before I big tour. The instructor was friendly and the assortment of meat and cheese was delicious and paired well with the wines.

This tour was informative and the lunch was delicious. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and patient when explaining aspects of the wine process and ranking systems that were difficult to understand

Wonderful experience! Visiting 3 chateaus was amazing and with a trip to the Saint Emilion town it was definitely worth the price. Would highly recommend!

Great experience with Olala! Very knowledgeable hosts to make the experience enjoyable, and great wine & charcuterie pairings.