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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

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 18 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 15 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 Bordeaux: Afternoon Saint-Emilion Wine Tasting Trip

2. 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.

Bordeaux: River Garonne Cruise with Glass of Wine

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

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

5. 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: Saint-Émilion Food and Wine Tour

6. From Bordeaux: Saint-Émilion Food and Wine Tour

Experience the food and wine of the Saint-Emilion region on a guided tour from Bordeaux. Visit a beautiful village in the area, sip on local wines at the wineries and savor a picnic lunch before returning to Bordeaux.  Start your tour with a drive to the beautiful town of Saint-Émilion. Discover a village famous for its UNESCO-listed vineyards and beautiful hills scattered with 1,000 castles. Learn what makes Bordeaux wines so special as you drive through vineyards and wine estates where bold contemporary cellars compete with 18th-century classical buildings. Take a walking tour of the village and enjoy a tasting of authentic handmade Saint-Emilion macarons. Visit 2 wineries on the same site, and taste their wines. Take a short break with a fresh picnic lunch at the Château, accompanied by a glass of wine. Enjoy another guided tour at a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru property. Enjoy another lively wine tasting, before making your return to Bordeaux in the mid=afternoon.

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

7. 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.

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.

The Best of Bordeaux: Guided Bicycle Tour

9. 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. 

Enjoy a Day Discovering Two Famous Bordeaux Wine Regions

10. Enjoy a Day Discovering Two Famous Bordeaux Wine Regions

Meet your guide in the center of Bordeaux and drive to the Medoc wine region. Learn about the Bordeaux wines during the journey to the chateaux. Upon arrival, be welcomed at a prestigious Classified Growth estate, operating since 1855. Walk around the vineyards and cellars, learn about the estate’s wine making process, and finish with wine tastings.                                     Then, drive to Saint Emilion to discover a beautiful Growth Classified winery and taste their wines while savoring a mouth-watering lunch. After lunch, enjoy the beautiful Saint Emilion region. Continue your tour by visiting an authentic and charming family-run estate along the right bank. Feel the intimacy of the private chateau as you tour this estate's traditional vat room and cellar. Then delight in a tasting class, learning the steps of wine tasting and educating your nose to identify a variety of wine aromas. After this visit, enjoy a guided tour of the village of Saint Emilion, classified as a UNESCO's World Heritage site.

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based on 7,362 reviews

This was a brilliant tour that we highly recommend to anyone looking for a chance to visit a vineyard to Bordeaux. Our tour guide Colas was very informative and friendly, making sure everyone was getting the most out of the experience in relation to their personal wine knowledge. He even took the time to recommend some restaurants and bars for us to visit during the rest of our time in Bordeaux. We were able to taste 3 different wines at the Château, which were all amazing. We were then allowed some time to explore the village of Saint Emillion, which was beautiful and not too busy with tourists in February. The experience is 4 hours long in total, with a 40 minute drive each way from Bordeaux. We felt that this was well worth the money, and gave us time to enjoy the rest of our day when we returned around lunchtime.

Would definitely recommend Our guide Yan was amazing. He drove us in a comfortable minivan and along the way gave us entertaining and informative stories related to Bordeaux, wine and what it means to the French. We visited two wine farms in St Emilion, had great wine and a cheese, charcuterie, fresh bread platter that was delicious. Also did a tour of St Emilion, and again Yan taught us so much. Would absolutely recommend. Ask for Yan

Educational and fun. I was a little nervous since my partner had to drop out last minute, but it wasn't awkward at all to go solo! In fact, it was a mixture of people in pairs as well as solo travelers. Would definitely recommend.

Saint-Emilion is beautiful and the wine is excellent but the tour guides made the experience so much better. they were so friendly and helpful I would definitely recommend booking a tour with them

First of all - Emanuel was great! a true wine expert! he was funny, knowledgeable, knew a lot of the history & had great recommendations! the winery visit - was amazing!