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Grosse Cloche Tours and Activities

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One of Bordeaux’s most popular attractions is, predictably, also one of the most historically significant: Grosse Cloche. So much so, in fact, that the edifice is heavily featured in the city’s coat of arms. What once was the old Town Hall’s belfry dates back to the medieval times and was built as part of the city’s thick fortifications. It actually consists of two 40-meter-high towers connected by a central structure toward the top, which contains the famous bell and features an 18th-century solar dial. The tower is often referred to as the “golden lion,” a clear reference to the weather vane atop the central dome that represents the English Kingdom back when the Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine married King Henry II of England. Grosse Cloche–literally, the big bell, as it weighs well over 16,500 pounds (7,500 kilos)–was up until quite recently used by city magistrates to announce the start of harvest season, or alternatively, to warn residents of a fire. Rumor has it that locals were so attached to the bell that the king threatened to take it away when a resident misbehaved!

Nowadays, the bell only rings only six times a year, for national holidays and military celebrations.

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June 1-Sept. 30 every 45 minutes from 1-7 p.m.
Rue Saint-James, Bordeaux, France
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Bordeaux City Custom & Private Guided Walking Tour with a Local

Bordeaux City Custom & Private Guided Walking Tour with a Local

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Personalised private tour. This tour is a great introduction to the city and will help you gather your bearings whilst discovering hidden treasures that only a local like me would know. We will spend the tour visiting the main Historical Monuments of the city as well as different neighbourhoods which give Bordeaux its character. There may even be a couple delicious treats in store. Let me know what interests you, allow me to plan so that you can relax, wander and enjoy this gorgeous city. Times can be adjusted to suit your schedule. Feel free to contact me.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.31
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$41.31
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Private Virtual Reality Tour of Bordeaux Monuments

Private Virtual Reality Tour of Bordeaux Monuments

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Discover Bordeaux City as you would never see it otherwise ! Thanks to exclusive Virtual Reality images, you would marvel at the ancient monuments dating from the Romanesque period and the Middle Ages, and understand how the buildings of the past have influenced the urban structure today ! Visits on demand available in French-English-German-Spanish, we can also make it shorter or longer, depending on your wishes and interests : just ask us :D !
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.03
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$46.03

Private Tour of Bordeaux in a Citroën 2CV - 1h30

Private Tour of Bordeaux in a Citroën 2CV - 1h30

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UNESCO–listed Bordeaux is considered among France’s most elegant cities, but exploring on foot takes time and effort. On this tour, spin through the city streets by vintage soft-top Citroën 2CV and sightsee in traditional French style. With your private guide at the wheel and round-trip travel from your hotel included, hit top attractions and must-see neighborhoods like the Grand Théâtre and the pretty Quartier Sainte-Croix.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.23
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$116.23
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Bordeaux Sightseeing Private Sidecar Guided Tour

Bordeaux Sightseeing Private Sidecar Guided Tour

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Enjoy a one-of-a-kind perspective on Bordeaux—and see many of the city’s top sights in just a short amount of time—on this private sidecar tour. Head to central Bordeaux, meet your guide, and hop into your retro sidecar. Your guide will whisk you around Bordeaux’s key attractions, from the Place de la Bourse and Saint-Michel to the Grand Théâtre and beyond. The itinerary can also be customized, based on your interests.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.43
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Bordeaux City Sightseeing Citroën 2CV Classic Car Private Guided Tour

Bordeaux City Sightseeing Citroën 2CV Classic Car Private Guided Tour

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Discover Bordeaux in style from a vintage Citroën 2CV. Hop into your soft-top car and head to sights like the Grand Théâtre, the Place de la Bourse, the Water Mirror, and more. Learn about Bordeaux’s rich history as you cruise down charming streets with your private guide. Bookings allow three people per vehicle, but larger groups may rent multiple cars and travel as a convoy.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.12
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Fun Discovery Walk in Bordeaux’s City Centre: Highlights & Hidden Gems

Fun Discovery Walk in Bordeaux’s City Centre: Highlights & Hidden Gems

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With beautiful architecture and spectacular riverside scenery, UNESCO–listed Bordeaux is one of France’s must-see cities—but the organized group tours can lack a certain excitement. With this fun and engaging independent tour, download a series of brain-teasing puzzles to your phone and explore Bordeaux at your own pace. Solve head-scratching riddles to receive clues to lead your route, and hear the hidden secrets behind some of Bordeaux’s top attractions.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.69
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$30.69
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Private Walking Tour of Bordeaux

Private Walking Tour of Bordeaux

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Come experience Bordeaux on this walking tour of the city. This is not your typical historical tour full of facts and historical information but a tour of culture, history, wine and fun. Our private tour is a bespoke experience for your group where will provide you with all the information you need to know for your stay. We know all the best restaurants and bars, best events, places to see and places to go. Of course we will teach you about the history of the city from the Romans to the 18th century neo classical architecture. If you want an experience book us - if you want a tour go to the tourist office Tour does not include entrance to any museums or historical monuments
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$177.05
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$177.05
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Early Bird City Tour - Nice morning walk in Bordeaux

Early Bird City Tour - Nice morning walk in Bordeaux

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Have you heard that Bordeaux is often called "la Belle Endormie" - The Sleeping Beauty? So why not to discover the city when it is awakening! If you are an early bird too, let's join me for a nice walk in the morning lights, when the city is still quiet, not crowded, stroll on the riverside, enjoy a coffee on a lovely place and try some of our local delicacies to start the day sweetly. Vous allez adorer Bordeaux
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$76.72
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$76.72
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Private Tour of Bordeaux By Night in a Citroën 2CV - 1h30

Private Tour of Bordeaux By Night in a Citroën 2CV - 1h30

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In the evening, Bordeaux lights up and offers you a sumptuous show! Get onboard your 2CV and enjoy its convertible roof. Your chauffeur will reveal the most unexpected anecdotes that have made the history of this city... You will discover the must-see monuments and squares of Bordeaux By Night, such as the Place de la Bourse and its famous water mirror or the Grand Théâtre. Your chauffeur will take you to emblematic spots like the Chartrons district linked to the wine trade, or the St-Michel district known for its pleasant atmosphere. You will also pass on the other side of the Garonne River to enjoy a breathtaking view of the historic part of Bordeaux! The perfect place for taking unique pictures at night. You will keep a dazzling memory of this night ride in 2CV! * Each 2CV can take a maximum of 3 people (plus the chauffeur). If you book for 2 people you will have one 2CV. If you book for 6 people you will have two 2CVs, etc. When there are several 2CVs, we drive in convoy.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$138.10
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$138.10
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Private Tour of Bordeaux By Night in a Citroën 2CV - 45min

Private Tour of Bordeaux By Night in a Citroën 2CV - 45min

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In the evening, Bordeaux lights up and offers you a sumptuous show! Get onboard your 2CV and enjoy its convertible roof to (re)discover the emblematic sites of the capital of Gironde illuminated... From the Grand Théâtre to the Grosse Cloche, passing by the Place de la Bourse and its water mirror, your chauffeur will take you into the heart of historic Bordeaux and share with you his various anecdotes about the city's history. The small streets of medieval Bordeaux will allow you to appreciate the famous atmosphere at night, typical of the South-West of France! You will keep a dazzling memory of this night ride in 2CV! * Each 2CV can take a maximum of 3 people (plus the chauffeur). If you book for 2 people, for example, you will have one 2CV. If you book for 6 people, you will have two 2CVs, etc. When there are several 2CVs, we drive in convoy.
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  • 45 minutes
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$72.64
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1-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour

1-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour

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Discover the UNESCO-listed monuments and historic squares of Bordeaux on a fun and eco-friendly electric scooter tour. Avoid the traffic as you zip down Rue Sainte-Catherine, soak up the atmosphere in Place des Quinconces and Place de la Comédie, and hop off to admire landmarks such as Bordeaux Cathedral, the Grand Théâtre, and Porte Cailhau.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.51
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Bordeaux Market or Food Tour

Bordeaux Market or Food Tour

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Anne is a culinary school graduate who has cooked in some of the best restaurants and traveled cooking for clients in private yachting. Simona has traveled the world working in food security and now focuses her life in the French countryside growing as much on her land as possible. We look at food tours from an historian and chefs point of view. We try to give the whole, complete story to what you see and taste with fun personal antidotes. It's amazing all of the products that the SW of France has to offer, so this tour is always evolving with new products, small shops and chef owned restaurants to visit.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$129.83
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Private Half-Day Bordeaux Walking Tour

Private Half-Day Bordeaux Walking Tour

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I want take you on a journey to discover Bordeaux the way I love it! I came to this city 3 years ago and fell in love with it, and My purpose is to share this passion with you! The goal is to have fun and enjoy our time together! I want to tell you my personal stories in Bordeaux, discuss with you while showing you this amazing city. I promise you will have a great time during my tour! Looking forward to seeing you!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.49
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Cultural Walk - Experience like a local - Historic Bordeaux & Wine Tasting Tour

Cultural Walk - Experience like a local - Historic Bordeaux & Wine Tasting Tour

This walking tour is provided by a local who has lived in Bordeaux for almost 10 years and who has been a professional guide for over 6 years. Guides also have a wine certification of the WSET level 3. The tour includes a tasting & discussion at a favorite local wine bar along with a sample of the city's local pastry - the canele. It's a fun filled tour with a balance of history and current life with a wine tasting included at the finish.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.47
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$55.47

Self-guided Discovery Walk in Bordeaux’s Old City: where the locals go

Self-guided Discovery Walk in Bordeaux’s Old City: where the locals go

Curious about the authentic local hangouts in Bordeaux? Solve fun location-based riddles on this short self-guided walk to experience the city. Wander the charming paths while learning about its curious history, its bloody river and the language that can become extinct. Along the way, unlock local recommendations for the best wine and cheese shared by our co-founders Kristina & Wendy. This playful walk across Bordeaux sharpens your senses and encourages you to appreciate the most wonderful – and often hidden – details around you. Whether you know Old city or just start exploring here, this experience gives you a perspective on discovery that will inspire your curiosity wherever you go next. You can fully enjoy this experience of connecting with the city while staying in your own group. This experience is available in English only.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.52
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$16.52
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Bordeaux Old District : Private Walking Tour

Bordeaux Old District : Private Walking Tour

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bordeaux on a private walking tour of its major attractions. Tailor the tour to suit your preferences and explore the historic port city’s sights, such as the Grand Théâtre and Saint André Cathedral. Take a walking tour of historic Bordeaux with a local tour guide, who will introduce you to the city’s beautiful buildings and significant heritage. Starting at the Grand Théâtre square in the city center, meander along charming streets lined with graceful buildings, and become immersed in the internationally renowned culture of Bordeaux. If you have a mobility issue/ reduced mobility please let us know after you have made your reservation, so that we can adapt this tour to you. We are happy to have you with us!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$277.23
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$277.23
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Grand tour of Bordeaux by bike

Grand tour of Bordeaux by bike

If you arrive in the Bordeaux region and you know nothing, this visit is for you because for 3 hours, I show you all the interesting monuments of the city. Passing from one district to another by crossing the small hidden squares of the city, and even crossing the bridges to see Bordeaux from the most beautiful point of view!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.82
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$70.82

Walk in the old Bordeaux

Walk in the old Bordeaux

I was born and raised around Bordeaux, I am passionate about my city and I really like to discover it by bike.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.54
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Bordeaux History & Wine tour

Bordeaux History & Wine tour

Welcome to a new way of discovering Bordeaux. Its stunning medieval and classical architecture, its vibrant history, and its world renowned local gastronomy will remind you that Bordeaux was once the most influential centre of power in France. Best explored on foot to witness the details no one sees, we’ll hit all the major highlights of the city and show you the unnoticed and the unexpected! Bonus: a local wine tasting on us! In this 4-hour walking tour, your local private guide, a true Bordelais, will retrace the city’s past, from its Roman origins, to the dark Medieval times and to today’s vivacious local cultural scene.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$176.46
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$176.46
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What are Grosse Cloche hours of operation?
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Grosse Cloche hours of operation: June 1-Sept. 30 every 45 minutes from 1-7 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Grosse Cloche tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Grosse Cloche can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Grosse Cloche 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Grosse Cloche costs USD 16.52. Guided Grosse Cloche tours start around USD 16.52 per person.
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