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Visit Bordeaux

Cycle along the city’s network of bike ,paths as you taste local wines, look across the Garonne River or relax ,in one of the city’s many gardens and parks.

Known around the world for its high caliber of wines, a visit to this French city reveals far more than just grapes and cellar doors. Bordeaux is a city loved by its residents for its laid back approach to life, and a progressive community of musicians and artists. Spurred by a large student population from one of France’s largest universities, the city has a vivid nightlife centered on the historic La Victoire district. The Garonne River provides a stunning backdrop to the picturesque city, and visitors to the city will love the scenic Les Quais quarter.

Bordeaux is a particularly flat city and, with 360 miles (580 kilometers) of paved cycling routes, a bike is the ideal mode of transport for visitors. Hire a bike from one of the many vendors in the city center, or make use of the city’s bike sharing program, with stations at regular intervals throughout the city. Bordeaux’s mild winters mean that bikes are a great way to see the city year round, although bringing a raincoat couldn’t hurt, even in summer.

The city’s major attractions are focused around its historic attractions and cultural institutions. Head to Sainte-Catherine Street in the pedestrian center of the city for excellent shopping and views, or climb the more than 200 steps to reach the top of the Basilica of St Michel’s gothic spire. The Musee D’Art Contemporain is a must for anyone with an interest in art, while those more interested in the outdoors will love Bordeaux’s botanic garden.

Once you’ve explored the city it’s time to sample its wares, and the vineyards around the city are a great place to start. The area is a world renowned region for wine production, and tours of the most famous wineries are available from the city center.

Bordeaux is located just 31 miles (50 kilometers) inland from France’s southwest coast. Bus or train to the city from Barcelona, Marseille or Paris, or fly to Bordeaux’s international airport from further afield.

Where to stay in Bordeaux

Bordeaux City Centre
Bordeaux featuring heritage architecture and theater scenes

Bordeaux City Centre

Known for Monuments, Wineries, Gardens

5/5(97 reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Musee des Beaux-Arts while getting to know Bordeaux City Centre, and be sure to check out the lively bars. You can hop aboard the metro at Gambetta Tram Station or Grand Theatre Tram Station to see more of the area.

Chartrons
Cap Sciences featuring cycling

Chartrons

Known for Family-Friendly, Skyscrapers, Dining

4.5/5(14 reviews)

Consider a visit to Bordeaux Wine and Trade Museum and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Chartrons. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Emile Counord Tram Station or Grand Parc Tram Station.

Bordeaux Golden Triangle
Notre Dame Church showing heritage architecture and a church or cathedral

Bordeaux Golden Triangle

Known for Shopping, Tours, Dining

5/5(36 reviews)

Visitors often come to Bordeaux Golden Triangle for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Rue Sainte-Catherine and Les Grands Hommes. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at Grand Theatre Tram Station.

Quartier du Lac
Cap Sciences featuring cycling

Quartier du Lac

Known for Skyscrapers, Sports, Family-Friendly

3.5/5(20 reviews)

Noted for its lake views and bars, there's plenty to explore in Quartier du Lac. Top attractions like Aushopping Bordeaux Lac and Bordeaux Exhibition Center are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Claveau Tram Station or Brandenburg Tram Station to see more of the city.

Saint-Michel
Bordeaux which includes food

Saint-Michel

Known for Family-Friendly, Skyscrapers, Monuments

2/5(2 reviews)

Discover Saint-Michel, memorable for its restaurants. Popular attractions in Saint-Michel include St. Michael Basilica and Marche des Capucins, and you can see more of the area by hopping on the metro at Saint-Michel Tram Station.

Bassins a Flot
Cap Sciences featuring signage

Bassins a Flot

Known for Family-Friendly, Skyscrapers, Dining

Bassins a Flot is well-liked for its restaurants and museums. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, The City of Wine and Cap Sciences are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Bassins A Flot Tram Station or Rue Achard Tram Station to get around.

Top Hotels in Bordeaux

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre
Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre
4 out of 5
17 Allée de Rio, Bordeaux, Gironde
¥7,775
per night
Jan 2 - Jan 3

Located in Saint Jean Station District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rock School Barbey and St. Michael Basilica. Grosse Cloche and Place de la Victoire ...

4.4/5Excellent! (421 reviews)

"New and clean away from the city *****************"…"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre
Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre
Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre
3 out of 5
27 rue du Parlement Sainte Catherine, Bordeaux, Gironde
¥10,674
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19

Located in Bordeaux City Centre, this hotel is steps from Parliament Square and Rue Sainte-Catherine. Place de la Bourse and Maison du Vin de Bordeaux are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (711 reviews)

"Convenient downtown hotel, lots of restaurants close by"…"

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2019

Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre
Radisson Blu Bordeaux
Radisson Blu Bordeaux
4 out of 5
63 Rue Lucien Faure, Bordeaux
¥10,811
per night
Dec 8 - Dec 9

Located in Quartier du Lac, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chaban Delmas Bridge and Bordeaux Wine and Trade Museum. Contemporary Art Museum and Place ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (118 reviews)

"brand new hotel was very comfortable. Very clean and modern,"…"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

Radisson Blu Bordeaux

Popular things to do in Bordeaux

Aquitaine Museum
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Aquitaine Museum

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Follow the story of Bordeaux and the surrounding region at this museum, where exhibits span from prehistory through to the present day.

Place de la Bourse
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Place de la Bourse

4.5/5(107 reviews)

Explore this photogenic riverside square, which is bordered by two grand neoclassical palaces and features a spectacular fountain at its center.

Place de la Victoire
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Place de la Victoire

4.5/5(56 reviews)

A gateway to the rest of the city, this bustling square in Bordeaux's student quarter is home to classical monuments and stylish restaurants.

Place des Quinconces
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Place des Quinconces

4.5/5(65 reviews)

The biggest square in France, this plaza hosts festivals, concerts and markets and features monuments dedicated to famous writers.

St. Michael Basilica
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St. Michael Basilica

4.5/5(72 reviews)

A freestanding bell tower with a ghoulish history is what draws most people to this landmark, but the large Gothic church here is equally impressive.

Cathedrale St. Andre
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Cathedrale St. Andre

4.5/5(108 reviews)

Marvel at panoramic views of the city and reflect in the peaceful nave at this iconic religious building, the seat of the Archdiocese of Bordeaux.

Top activities in Bordeaux

Grand Cru Château & Saint-Emilion Visit From Bordeaux
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Grand Cru Château & Saint-Emilion Visit From Bordeaux

¥8,415

Discover Saint-Emilion as you sip and swoosh your way through an elegant winetasting. Listen to a connoisseur describe the flavors your palette is experiencing, and learn to detect subtle notes. Your guide provides rich stories about the history and importance of this lovely region.

Afternoon Bordeaux Wine Tour: Saint-Émilion
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Afternoon Bordeaux Wine Tour: Saint-Émilion

¥11,300

Go on an unforgettable winetasting adventure in charming Saint-Émilion. Discover the extraordinary wine heritage and history of this ancient town and join a winetasting class in 2 beautiful chateaux. Learn more about wine while tasting delicious French delicacies.

Saint Emilion Full-Day Wine Tour From Bordeaux
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Saint Emilion Full-Day Wine Tour From Bordeaux

¥15,027

Take a journey in to the Saint Emilion wine region, where merlot is the dominant form of grape. Learn all about production of this particular varietal and take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy tastings at a selection of vintage wineries.

Wine Tasting Class
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Wine Tasting Class

¥5,890

Improve your skills while visiting one of the world's largest wine-producing regions and gain a thorough understanding of wine varieties and how to taste them. Join a sampling and blending workshop, discover your wine profile, and create your very own cuvée (blend).

Afternoon Bordeaux Wine Tour: Médoc Region
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Afternoon Bordeaux Wine Tour: Médoc Region

¥11,300

Leave Bordeaux behind and reach one of the most popular wine regions in France, Médoc. Visit 2 prestigious estates, or chateaux, and learn more about various types of grapes while tasting delicious, regional wine. This is a must-do experience for wine lovers.

Early Bird City Tour
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Early Bird City Tour

¥4,892

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Quinconces Esplanade (Esplanade des Quinconces), Bordeaux France history of the place and monument Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: The Water Mirror, Place De La Bourse, 33000, Bordeaux Fra

Reviews of Bordeaux

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 25, 2019

A great city and I would love to come back!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 12, 2019

Loved our wine tours!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 9, 2019

We booked two full day wine tours, which were excellent. I intend to visit again.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 8, 2019

Use your tram ticket to take a ferry on the Garonne. Lovely view of the city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 8, 2019

We are relocating from US to Bordeaux and used this hotel while getting apartment ready

4/5 - Good

Terese

Oct 5, 2019

We had only one day to explore and did a wine tour, excellent experience of Saint Emilion.

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Bordeaux Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary
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Bordeaux Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary

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