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Porte Cailhau Tours and Tickets

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Built in 1495, this dramatic Gothic Revival 35-meters tall city gate was built to commemorate King Charles VIII's victory at Fornovo in Italy during the Italian War of 1494. At the time, it was the main entry point to Bordeaux from the port. It faces Place du Palais and features several ornamental sculptures and towers, something that is very typical of architecture built under the reign of Charles VIII; indeed, the monarch wanted this gate to showcase his power and affluence. The gate, which was once part of the Bordeaux city wall, was later on used as a defensive tower (the multitude of portcullis, murder holes, and machicolation features are there to prove this), and as a salt scale and storehouse.

Nowadays, it houses an informative exhibition dedicated to the tools and materials with which the tower was built as well as the urban development of Bordeaux. There is a wonderful view of the old town center, the Garonne River, and the Pont de Pierre Bridge from the top floor.

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Porte Cailhau, Bordeaux, Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes, 33000
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Prestige Commented Cruise with Glass of Wine and Canelé in Bordeaux

Prestige Commented Cruise with Glass of Wine and Canelé in Bordeaux

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Hop aboard a yacht for a cruise down the Garonne River. During your roughly 90-minute experience, you'll pass by some of Bordeaux's prettiest spots, including the elegant Place des Quinconces and the Pond d'Aquitaine, while an on-board guide provides live commentary. You’ll also be treated to a traditional canelé pastry and a glass of Bordeaux wine.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.40
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$20.40

Bordeaux Segway Tour

Bordeaux Segway Tour

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See the main sights of Bordeaux in a fun way with a 1-hour Segway tour. Join your knowledgeable guide as you visit places like the Rue Sainte-Catherine, Place des Quinconces, Place de la Comédie and the Bordeaux Cathedral, all highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. Cruise around public squares and through historic streets lined with shops and restaurants, frequented by both visitors and locals. Tour group size is limited to nine people, ensuring a more personalized experience.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.20
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$32.20

Best of Bordeaux Walking Tour

Best of Bordeaux Walking Tour

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See the best of Bordeaux, all in one tour—and discover a local’s eye view of the city—on this private walking tour. Choose from multiple tour durations, and pick from morning or afternoon departure times. Depending on your preferences, you can look forward to discovering highlights like the Grand Theatre, Bordeaux Cathedral, and Place de la Bourse, and will learn the stories behind the sights, and insider input, from your guide.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.57
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$37.57
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Bordeaux City - Private Guided Walking Tour with Local Sophia

Bordeaux City - Private Guided Walking Tour with Local Sophia

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Book a private tour around the city of Bordeaux, to get your bearings and the history at the same time. You'll walk with a local guide to explore the different monuments and city neighborhoods, discovering the notable landmarks and some lesser-known gems along the way. Extra perk? The logistics and the route can be customized as you like.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.41
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$64.41
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Bordeaux City Pass

Bordeaux City Pass

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Create your perfect (and cost-efficient!) 24H, 48H or 72H of Bordeaux’s best attractions with the Bordeaux Metropole City Pass! With your single-day or multi-day pass, visit museums, palaces, archeological sites and more! Your pass includes an unlimited public transit ticket, complimentary bus and walking tours, free entry to more than a dozen venues around town and other local discounts. Plus, it includes the entrance to La Cité du Vin (before 12pm only). The Bordeaux City Pass offers something for everyone!
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  • 2 to 3 days
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$45.09
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$45.09

Half-Day Bordeaux Walking Tour

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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$24.69
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$24.69
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Private Tour of Bordeaux in a Sidecar 1h30

Private Tour of Bordeaux in a Sidecar 1h30

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See Bordeaux from a perspective rare to visitors on a private motorcycle tour. In addition to navigating while you take in views from the sidecar, your guide offers little-known anecdotes about top landmarks and hidden gems along the route, from Place de la Bourse to the Palais Gallien. Hotel pickup is included for your convenience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.54
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$95.54
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Bordeaux City Wine & Cultural Guided Walking Tour with 4 Tastings

Bordeaux City Wine & Cultural Guided Walking Tour with 4 Tastings

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Go sightseeing in Bordeaux and discover its wines on a 3-hour walking tour that includes wine tastings along the way. Your guide shares stories about the city and shows you its landmarks as you walk around Place des Quinconces, Quartier des Chartrons, Place Pey-Berland, and the docks. Take breaks at wine cellars and brasseries for four tastings of famous Bordeaux wine appellations.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.07
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$74.07

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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$53.14
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$53.14
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Private Cultural Walking Tour in Bordeaux

Private Cultural Walking Tour in Bordeaux

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We offer you a super complete tour in Bordeaux. Our guides have designed exclusive tours in such a way that you can get to know the maximum of Bordeaux's attractions in the most complete, enjoyable and fun way.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.91
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$27.91

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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$118.08
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$118.08
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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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$105.70
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$105.70
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Discover Vibrant Bordeaux at Night : Night Tour

Discover Vibrant Bordeaux at Night : Night Tour

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Let's go on a beautiful journey to discover France's sleeping beauty at night! At night, Bordeaux is truly marvelous. I will take you on a walk to discover the vibrant heart of the city, getting to see and explore its amazing Lit landmarks while marveling at the beauty and its night vibes. This tour's aim is to show you the night vibes in this city that doesn't sleep all while discovering its history and seeing its most amazing attractions!
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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$28.98
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$28.98
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Bordeaux Private Walking Tour

Bordeaux Private Walking Tour

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Experience Bordeaux on this must-do walking tour of Bordeaux. Our tour starts at the wonderful Hôtel de Ville where you will be amazed with the stunning sights of the Cathedral St.Andre and Tower Pey Berland. From here you will walk through the old town streets of Bordeaux stopping off at St.Projet to learn of the history of the square and famous Rue St.Catherine. The tour continues through the intriguing Place Camille Jullian where you learn of a hidden secret that lies here to the must see Porte Cailhau. Porte Cailhau holds a rich history which you will learn from your guide and dates back to the Middle Ages. You will then continue towards Place de la Bourse passing though the famous St.Pierre district where the city’s first port once was. Learn about Bordeaux’s secret slave trade in Place de la Bourse and get a picture by the famous Miroir D’Eau. The tour finishes in the north of the city where we admire the Grand Theatre and complete our tour at the Monuments aux Girondins
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.60
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$125.60
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2 hours - Bordeaux Private tour with a native guide

2 hours - Bordeaux Private tour with a native guide

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In a 2h tour let's explore, with your native guide, Bordeaux and it is rich history. The roman time, the Middles ages and it is majestic gates, the 18e century and it is beautiful Neo classic architecture. I will show you my city in an interactive and interesting way.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.35
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$107.35
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The best of Bordeaux: Find more than wine on this self-guided audio tour

The best of Bordeaux: Find more than wine on this self-guided audio tour

Want to get to know the best of Bordeaux in 45 minutes? Then join me on this unique self-guided audio tour of its city centre where I’ll share my favourite parts of its rich and fascinating history. I’ll take you to some of the main sights like the Bordeaux Cathedral, and the famous neoclassical theatre, Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux. But I’ll also show you some tucked away places that aren’t well known. You’ll hear about everything from disappearing monuments and almost-forgotten Roman temples to wild stories of medieval queens and bloody revolutionaries. Some of the landmarks you’ll see along the way include: • The Monument aux Girondins • The Grand Théatre de Bordeaux • The Bordeaux Cathedral • The Pey Berland Tower • The Cailhau Gate Bordeaux You think Bordeaux is good only for its wine? Let me show you otherwise! Whether it’s your first time in Bordeaux or you’ve been living here for years, this tour is a brilliant introduction to the historic centre.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
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$5.20
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$5.20

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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$52.60
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Discover Bordeaux in 60 Minutes with a Local

Discover Bordeaux in 60 Minutes with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Each LocalBini Experience is conducted in a small group of up to 8 people. You only have an hour to fall in love with Bordeaux? Challenge accepted! Discover Bordeaux during a short but sweet excursion, in which you will learn the most interesting facts about the city, the local lifestyle and the modern transformation of the city. We will meet at the Place de la Bourse and will go on our stroll from there :-) Discover what the everyday life of a local looks like and learn where the city gets its characteristic ambience from, by seeing it through the eyes of a local. Walking through the city, you will discover exactly what makes Bordeaux special! This is also your chance to get insider tips about the best cafes, restaurants and bars to visit during your time here, and learn how to make the most out of your visit. This is the perfect experience for someone visiting the city for the first time, or someone that wants to rediscover it!
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.53
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$51.53

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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$64.41
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$64.41

Self-Guided Tour of Bordeaux with Interactive City Game

Self-Guided Tour of Bordeaux with Interactive City Game

Get to know Bordeaux in a unique and affordable way. We offer you a self-guided tour, via our online App. You play a fun, family-friendly game. Answer questions about the locations and do search assignments. All on your smartphone. Log in on our free city game app and enjoy the city. Not a 'boring' guide, but you decide when to start, stop or pause. Use GPS to find the nicest squares, streets, and monuments. Get the most interesting facts about the city. Discover Bordeaux with our unique city game app. Instructions for starting the tour will be given after booking. You can do this tour anytime you choose. This city game is also a perfect activity for large groups.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.28
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$33.28
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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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$160.48
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$160.48
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Bordeaux in 3 hours with tastings, in a private sidecar

Bordeaux in 3 hours with tastings, in a private sidecar

Your private pilot/guide will tell you about the history of Bordeaux and how we experience the city and the region. A real moment of sharing and conviviality. You can discover all the monuments but also original places less known to tourists. Of course, we will stop as many times as you want to take pictures. The experience is unique and the memories unforgettable! You will also have small tastings during the ride, yum yum!! Remark: We can have two people per sidecar. One goes up in the "basket" and the other behind the pilot. You can change as you wish.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$209.33
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$209.33
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Private Bordeaux Tour in a Citroën 2CV with Wine tasting at a château - 3h

Private Bordeaux Tour in a Citroën 2CV with Wine tasting at a château - 3h

Get onboard your 2CV for an unforgettable visit of Bordeaux! Your chauffeur will reveal the most unexpected anecdotes that have made the history of Girondine capital... During this ride, you will discover the must-see monuments and spots of Bordeaux, such as the Place de la Bourse and its water mirror or the emblematic Chartrons district. You will also enjoy a breathtaking view of the city on the other side of the Garonne River! Finally, you will appreciate a visit / wine-tasting at Château les Carmes Haut-Brion. Belonging to the Pessac-Léognan appellation, it is the only château still in Bordeaux! * 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. ** The visit / wine-tasting at Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion can take place at another château of the Pessac-Léognan appellation if this one is not available.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$199.67
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$199.67
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Porte Cailhau hours of operation: Open daily from 10am to 12pm, and from 1pm to 6pm. Closed on January 1st.. 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.