Aquitaine Culture & history

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

1. 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.

From Sarlat-la-Canéda: Lascaux IV and Cave Art Full-Day Tour

2. From Sarlat-la-Canéda: Lascaux IV and Cave Art Full-Day Tour

Dordogne is the world capital of prehistory. Here, Cro Magnon, the first early modern humans, settled and left some of the most fascinating artwork inside caves created by thousands of years of erosion. This 8-hour tour will take you to the most famous caves at Lascaux, and to admire the drawings and etchings of Rouffignac Cave. The tour begins at Les Eyzies de Tayac, where the first 5 skeletons of the Cro-Magnons were discovered in 1868. You will take a guided tour of the National Prehistory Museum, which opened in 2004, and possesses the largest collection of prehistoric artifacts in the world. Continue to Montignac, where you will visit the famous Lascaux IV Cave. A perfect reproduction of the original cave and its cave art, Lascaux IV opened in 2016 as a triumph of technology, unique in the world. Rigorous scientific and artistic methods were used to recreate the incomparable atmosphere of the original cave. A reinforced concrete shell was created using shipbuilding techniques, and the relief of the cave was reconstituted down to the tiniest detail. The polychromatic paintings were executed just as the originals were 17, 000 years ago, using natural pigments. End your tour at Rouffignac Cave, to see original etchings and drawings. The Renaissance poet and author François de Belleforest mentioned the Rouffignac Cave as long ago as 1575 in his “Cosmographie Universelle.” The cave paintings proved a popular tourist attraction back in the 19th-Century. Famous archaeologists, such as Henry Breuil, André Glory, and Martel, had visited the cave in the early 20th-Century, but it was only in 1956 that 2 historians from the Pyrenees confirmed the cave art as from the Upper Paleolithic period. Rouffignac Cave, which had once served as a shelter for Resistance fighters in World War 2, was officially opened to the public in 1959, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

Bordeaux: Christmas Nighttime Highlights Walking Tour

3. Bordeaux: Christmas Nighttime Highlights Walking Tour

Enjoy Bordeaux's highlights as they are lit at night and soak up the nighttime atmosphere in this marvelous city. Savor a sweet local Cannelé pastry along the way. Exploring amazing landmarks, understand more about the history behind them, and find old touristic squares all lit and shining. Take in the nightlife in a city that doesn't sleep.

Bordeaux: Wine and Trade Museum Entry Ticket & Wine Tasting

4. Bordeaux: Wine and Trade Museum Entry Ticket & Wine Tasting

Pre-book your entry ticket to Bordeaux’s Wine and Trade Museum and enjoy the added perks of a presentation of the vineyard and a wine tasting of two wines paired with local snacks. Receive a paper guidebook for your self-guided exploration of the cellars. The Bordeaux Wine and Trade Museum pays tribute to the great wine merchants and the rich winemaking history of Bordeaux. Set in the building of Louis XV's royal broker, you’ll discover three centuries of the history and fame of Bordeaux’s great wines. The vaulted cellars, built around 1720, retrace the work of the coopers and the maturing of wine in barrels in the tradition of the wine merchants of the 19th century. With an included paper guide, you’ll get to go on a self-guided walk through two cellars. At the end of your visit, you can attend a presentation on the Bordeaux vineyards and learn about the notions of grape varieties, appellations d'origine contrôlée, terroir, and more. Alongside your commented wine tasting with in-house selected local wines, you can taste raisins dorés (coated raisins) and canelés de Bordeaux (small French pastry flavored with rum). Before the end of your visit, you can savor more of the wines in the wine cellar (costs not included).

Bordeaux: City Highlights & Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt Tour

5. Bordeaux: City Highlights & Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt Tour

Get to know Bordeaux at your own pace on this interactive tour. Decode riddles, discover the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts about Bordeaux. Visit Bordeaux Cathedral, walk through the Porte Dijeaux, and discover Bordeaux's beautiful squares and narrow streets.  After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device, use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Bordeaux's most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team work to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. Your route includes the Bordeaux Cathedra, Porte Dijeaux, Notre Dame, and the Opera National de Bordeaux. Continue on to Place des Quinconces, Place de la Bourse and Place Camille Julian. Stop at Portes Cailhau and Bourgogne, and end with a stop at the mysterious Grosse Cloche.

Bordeaux: Old Town City Exploration Game

6. Bordeaux: Old Town City Exploration Game

Solve riddles with an app on your phone to discover the top sights in Bordeaux's historic center. Visit the city's landmarks and hidden gems at any time of day and at your own pace. Navigate the city by foot on this interactive tour without the need for a map, GPS, or a guide.  This city game starts at Monument aux Girondins. It will take you between 1 to 2 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Grosse Cloche. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game.

Sarlat-la-Canéda: Cave and Castle Tour

7. Sarlat-la-Canéda: Cave and Castle Tour

Get in touch with your primeval nature as you discover some of the oldest relics of prehistory. Your tour begins with a thorough demonstration of techniques used by Paleolithic humans to make fire, to illuminate the dark caves in which they lived, and to paint.  After getting a taste of prehistoric life, you’ll head in to the chilly, dark caves to gaze upon cave paintings that date back over 30,000 years. Marvel at the evidence of a bygone culture that existed before civilization began. Wander through the caves, gazing at the veritable forests of stalactites, stalagmites, and columns.  After viewing the cave, you’ll discover a beautiful, hilltop medieval castle, before heading back to the meeting point, enriched by millennia of history.

Bordeaux: Les Bassins des Lumières Museum Entry Ticket

8. Bordeaux: Les Bassins des Lumières Museum Entry Ticket

Book your entry ticket to the world's largest digital art museum, the Bassin des Lumières, located in a Second World War German submarine base in Bordeaux. Witness different works of art that combine movement, music, and architecture. Explore six museum areas that showcase Venice's paintings, its architectural gems, and the great artists of Italian painting. Feel as though you are strolling through the Italian city's canals with immersive 3D digital paintings. The 12,000 m² digital art center is a fun activity for all the family. Admire the movement of the works on the walls, the ground, and the water.

Bordeaux: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

9. Bordeaux: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at Bordeaux Cathedral, the largest church in Bordeaux! Visit the Porte Dijeaux, a gate that has stood there for centuries. Photograph the Presbytère de l'église Notre-Dame while learning about its history and admire the Opéra National de Bordeaux with its excellent acoustics. Afterwards, Pl. des Quinconces which is one of the largest city squares in Europe awaits you, don't forget to take pictures. The Place de la Bourse will leave you speechless with its beauty. Admire the little Pl. Camille Julian! Porte Cailhau is worth your time and phone memory space is the monumental gate built in 1495 with a castle-like exterior that was once the main gate of the city, while the Porte de Bourgogne reminds you where the gate used to be for entering Bordeaux from Paris. The icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Grosse Cloche(where the tour ends) with its heavy history...

Bordeaux: Historic Center Walking Tour and Candy Tastings

10. Bordeaux: Historic Center Walking Tour and Candy Tastings

See all that historic Bordeaux has to offer as you stroll through its streets and take in the striking architecture. Join an insightful walking trip through the city center and taste some delicious traditional sweets while exploring the main local landmarks. Explore the historic districts of the city, along with its monuments and squares. Allow yourself to be guided through the areas of Saint Paul and Saint Pierre, the imposing 18th-century Grosse Cloche, the Saint André Cathedral, and the ornate Monument to the Girondins. Stop at four independent food shops as you walk and taste some typical sweet delicacies. Each one of these places will offer you the opportunity to try one of the region's specialties and learn about Bordeaux's unique traditional desserts.

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,069 reviews

We had an excellent all day tour with Benoit! He was very informative, made the historical aspects so interesting and he was very easy going and helpful to answer our many questions. He made the day most interesting and we have many great memories to take home. Highly recommend this tour!

The guide was very helpful and nice person. His knowledge goes far behind ordinary facts and things, and he really enjoys guiding. Pastries were interesting, as well as pastry shops (preferred one is with hazelnut products). Definetely recomended tour.

So much to see, so little time ... You can spend the whole day here. Interactive, fun, beautiful inside and out. You can smell, touch, hear, see. Interesting for all ages. Loved it. Great value for the buck. I just wish I had arrived earlier.

Said was an amazing tour guide . He made it personable and showed the hidden gems he loves which made the tour interesting. He had a wonderful knowledge and excitement about the area of Bordeaux.

Easy to spend a full day here. Many interesting exhibits about history and culture around wine.