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The city of Bordeaux is probably best known for its wine, but there's plenty more to savor in this city!

Pont de Pierre

Pont de Pierre

The "stone bridge" has become a romantic symbol of Bordeaux with its hanging lanterns and the trams that pass over it several times a day!

Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

With medicinal roots from the 17th century, Bordeaux's botanical gardens are still worth a visit today.

Wine and Trade Museum

Follow the history of Bordeaux's wine industry, starting right in its birthplace. When King Henry II of England married the French duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine, the region's wine became an international affair!

Dune of Pilat

Dune of Pilat

The Dune of Pilat, overlooking Arcachon Bay, is one of the true jewels of Atlantic Europe. Every year, visitors flock here to take in its white sands, enjoy windsurfing, and observe birds at the nearby Banc d'Arguin nature reserve.

Grand Theater

Grand Theater

This theater, built in neo-classical style, now houses Bordeaux's national ballet and opera. Once, in 1871, it even played host to the French National Assembly!

Basilica of St. Michael

Basilica of St. Michael

According to French lore, St. Michael was a local hero who slayed a dragon, and the story is now portrayed on the basilica's pulpit for everyone to enjoy. At 114 meters, the bell tower is the second-tallest in France.

Wine-tasting

Wine-tasting

What would a trip to Bordeaux be without a peek behind the scenes of its wine industry? Go on a tour to nearby medieval village St. Emilion and discover the rich heritage and tastes of the region's vineyards.

Planning Your Bordeaux Visit

Identification

French law mandates that you always have some form of government-issued ID on your person - ideally your passport.

Legal age

Although in France the legal age to drink wine is 16, an exception is made in cases of wine tasting tours - younger children may indeed be permitted to take a sip. However, parents can exercise their own discretion!

Public transport

Bordeaux has a good network of buses and trams. Tickets can be bought from sales offices or ticket machines at stops and may need to be validated upon boarding.

Stay covered

Don't forget to stay safe in the sun while you're enjoying the delights of Bordeaux. This means plenty of sunscreen, and stay in the shade around midday.

Good to know

  • Language
    French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +33
  • Best time to visit
    As a city on the Atlantic, weather is not as predictable and sudden changes can be expected. Spring and fall are the best times to visit for mild weather. Summer is busy with locals on holiday and tourists. If looking to visit wineries, avoid mid-September in which many tasting rooms are shut down for harvest time.

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What people are saying about Bordeaux

Interesting and informative with a very enthusiastic guide, Laura.

We'd hoped for sun and were lucky as it made the day so much more relaxing. Laura was great as she was knowledgeable, fun and enthusiastic, being part of a long established wine family. The scent test, tasting and examples of different wines was useful and added to the atmosphere of the day. Laura paced the tour just right and we were lucky to go to two Chateaux and at harvest time too, which everyone was so exited about. Excellent all round.

Afternoon Wine Tasting Experience Reviewed by Paul, 29/09/2019

A day trip with wine to the pretty, medieval town of St Emilion. Fab!!

Ilya was a great guide. Funny and informative. Two vineyards meant you could make comparisons (or try to!) Both Somaliers were professional and provided lots of useful information. Also an opportunity to explore the medieval town of St Emilion and a little bit of its history. Small group (8) who quickly got to know each other, with the help of Ilya, made for lively and interesting chat.

Afternoon Wine Tasting Experience Reviewed by Rachel, 02/10/2019

Excellent, informative, a invaluable 2 hour walking tour..

We thoroughly enjoyed our walking tour with Marie (Mary), she had a wealth of fascinating information, so knowledgeable, great with her group and encouraged questions and made it fun. This was invaluable to our short stay in Bordeaux, 2 hours out of the day to give insite to this amazing city, well worth it... book it, you won’t regret it.. thanks Mary

Bordeaux: Guided Walking Tour Reviewed by Louise, 08/09/2019

Back streets and hidden alleys - loved it!

Excellent tour thru all the back streets and hidden alleyways of Bordeaux. Saw so many surprising sites and places that I would never have found on my own. And good information on the history - my guide was VERY knowledgeable! I appreciated that we were seldom on any high-traffic streets - made it more enjoyable. Highly recommend it!

Bordeaux: 3-Hour Essentials Bike Tour Reviewed by Deborah, 15/10/2019

Great fun with a great guide, thanks Hugo.

This was a fun morning with Hugo travelling to a beautiful location and enjoying a tasty treat of prawns, as the option to oysters. Climbing the sand dune was great and it was a magnificent day to see the Atlantic and Arcachon Bay. We traveled with 3 others which made it very personal and everyone was able to have a chat.

From Bordeaux: Arcachon Bay Morning Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 08/09/2019