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Bordeaux: Guided Cruise on the Garonne River

1. Bordeaux: Guided Cruise on the Garonne River

Explore Bordeaux from a new perspective with a river cruise on the Garonne with live commentary. Sail into the heart of the French wine region and admire the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Port de la Lune. Learn about the architecture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance as you relax on board. Make your way to the pontoon close to Pont de Pierre and meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Settle down on your boat and start your cruise along the Garonne river. Listen to live commentary from your guide as you admire the beautiful buildings that line the riverbanks. Pass by the Place de la Bourse historical square, the district of Saint-Pierre, and the iconic Cite du Vin.

Bordeaux: Historic Center & Chartrons District Bicycle Tour

2. Bordeaux: Historic Center & Chartrons District Bicycle Tour

We'll begin at our centrally located bike shop, where your comfortable Dutch-style city bike awaits. Bordeaux has plenty of bike paths and cycle-friendly areas that we'll take advantage of as we explore the city. From the medieval ramparts of town to the contemporary, bustling streets; we'll see it all! The excursion that I propose is unique and adapts to your needs and desires, whether you are with family, friends, or colleagues. This approximately 15 km bike tour is aimed at all the curious, young or old, local or tourists, who want to share a special moment in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. You’ll hear the guide’s personal stories about Bordeaux, along with all the historical detail about the city’s standout landmarks. Follow Monsieur Bacchus on a journey through time, between classic and modern history! You will discover the secrets of ancient monuments such as the latest street-art works scattered throughout the city, without forgetting the best gastronomic addresses and the most vibrant neighborhoods. Come learn the Bordeaux way of life and leave the stars full of pupils and flavors full of taste buds!

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

3. 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.

Bordeaux: Guided Walking Tour

4. Bordeaux: Guided Walking Tour

Discover the historic sights of Bordeaux on a 2-hour walking tour of the historic center, and discover why it was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Meet your guide by the Bordeaux Tourist Office on Cours du 30 Juillet. Then, discover an outstanding ensemble of urban landmarks and architectural wonders. Stroll past the theaters, town halls, and private mansions, interspersed with squares, parks, and fountains to get an intriguing perspective on a city that is undergoing a spectacular metamorphosis. See some of the new economic and artistic projects. From the wide avenues of neo-classical neighborhoods surrounding Place des Quinconces, to the Grand Theater, and the narrow lanes of the Saint-Pierre neighborhood, the tour invites you to discover the diversity of Bordeaux’s heritage. Learn about Bordeaux’s history and the Enlightenment philosophers who influenced the city’s urban landscape.

Bordeaux Essentials: 3-Hour Bike Ride

5. Bordeaux Essentials: 3-Hour Bike Ride

Meet your guide in the city center of Bordeaux, just a few steps from Saint-Andre Cathedral. Get an overview of your day, and then embark on an easy going bike ride that will introduce you to all the elements that have made the city what it is today. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 for its "outstanding urban and architectural ensemble," Bordeaux also came first in the prestigious Best European Destination 2015 award, beating rivals such as Barcelona, Vienna and Rome!  Immerse yourself in the historic heart of the old city and pedal alongside the Garonne River before discovering old and new districts that have provided the city with its rich reputation. Get some local tips to make your bike ride one of your best memories of your stay in Bordeaux.

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

6. 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.

Saint-Emilion Small Group Wine Tour

7. Saint-Emilion Small Group Wine Tour

Depart Bordeaux and journey to the charming medieval village of Saint-Émilion and its UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit a prestigious winery for a wine tasting of the local produce, and learn more about the history of the area. Then, stroll through the village to experience its many charms before an additional wine tasting, Discover a village of Romanesque churches and ruins that stretch the length of the steep and narrow streets.  Finish the afternoon at a family-owned winery where you’ll be offered delicious specialties of the region, such as local cheeses and cured meats that complement the wines – a perfect way to experience the French lifestyle!

Sarlat: Half-Day Skip-the-Line Lascaux IV Tour

8. Sarlat: Half-Day Skip-the-Line Lascaux IV Tour

Discover the brand new Lascaux IV International Center of Parietal Art. The museum itself is a triumph of modern technology: unlike any other cave visits, Lascaux 4 employs different set designs, displays, state-of-the-art interactive workshops and immersive technology to bring it to life. For the very first time, all of Lascaux Cave will be revealed. This new center features an interactive gallery experience that blends art, history, and culture with intelligence and sensitivity. At the heart of the experience, you will discover a life-size, state-of-the-art facsimile cave that reveals the wonders of Lascaux as they were first seen. In 2018, the museum was listed in Time Magazine’s "100 Greatest Places to Visit", saying “The Snohetta-designed complex features some 600 prehistoric paintings and 1,000 engravings, all painstakingly re-created by a team of two dozen artists working from physical castings and advanced 3D digital scans or the original artwork”. Following your visit and some time for personal discovery, the tour will also take you along the Vezere Valley, where you will stop in Les Eyzies and Saint Léon village.

Bordeaux: Half-Day Morning Small Group Wine Tour

9. Bordeaux: Half-Day Morning Small Group Wine Tour

Departing from Bordeaux, you will explore the charming medieval village of Saint-Emilion and its vineyard which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. First, enjoy a guided walk of Saint-Emilion village. Then, visit a Grand Cru winery and enjoy some tastings while being told about the winemaking processes, the ageing and, most importantly, some tips for wine tasting. Enjoy a local Bordeaux chocolate to pair with your wine. Learn about Bordeaux wines and their uniqueness, share stories with the locals, all in a fun and friendly atmosphere. You'll be back in Bordeaux just in time to enjoy the whole afternoon there, ask your guide for lunch recommendations.

From Sarlat: Rocamadour Half-Day Tour

10. From Sarlat: Rocamadour Half-Day Tour

Climb aboard a comfortable van in Sarlat and after a 1-hour trip punctuated by photo stops through the majestic landscapes of the Dordogne Valley, you will reach Rocamadour. Rocamadour is one of the most beautiful medieval villages in France, built in a vertiginous setting against a cliff face nestled in the heart of the Alzou canyon, a thousand-year-old historic UNESCO site. During this guided tour you will learn about the legends at the origin of this sacred place. After crossing the main street of the village, you will discover the sanctuary and its chapels by climbing the 216 steps of the Grand Pilgrim's Staircase (elevator also available). You will admire the miraculous chapel and its black virgin, the sarcophagus of St. Amadour dug into the rock of the cliff, and the legendary sword Durandal. On the way back, you will cross the majestic and wild landscapes of the Causses du Quercy and make a stop to visit a unique place either the Cougnaguet medieval watermill or Souillac Romanesque church.

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What people are saying about Aquitaine

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based on 941 reviews

Rewarding experience ! Very pleasant walk on the Garonne: in complete safety and with a very interesting commentary on the city of Bordeaux and its history. Smiling and considerate welcome. I recommend this activity!

The guide was excellent and very informative. it was quite warm but the guide made sure that everybody was OK and took us more shady spots to explain the history behind Bordeux and its architecture

A really lovely tour. Our guide Cristal was very informative. A great way to see the vineyards and saint emillion too

A great way to discover the city when we arrived. Thanks to Loïc, a passionate and fascinating guide.

He was really knowledgeable about the history of the region and took us to some cool spots