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How to Spend 1 Day in Bordeaux

How to Spend 1 Day in Bordeaux

The capital of one of France’s most famous wine regions, Bordeaux attracts visitors for its fine wine, gourmet cuisine, and stately architecture. With just one day, planning ahead helps you maximize your time and see more of the area’s attractions. Here’s how to see Bordeaux in one day.

Morning: Sightseeing in the City

Spend the morning exploring Bordeaux’s historic center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its grand squares and monumental buildings. Opt for a guided walking tour to get an overview of the city, or choose a bike or Segway tour to explore further and enjoy views along the scenic Garonne riverfront with a guide. 

Must-see sights include the waterfront Place de la Bourse, with its Miroir d’Eau; the Monument aux Girondins on Place des Quinconces; Place de la Comédie, home to the Grand Théâtre; and the shopping boulevard of Rue Sainte-Catherine. For lunch, the streets of Bordeaux’s Golden Triangle—the shopping area between Cours Georges Clemenceau, Cours de l’Intendance, and Allées de Tourny—are dotted with artisan shops, delicatessens, traditional cafes, and upmarket restaurants. 

Afternoon: A Taste of Bordeaux

Even time-crunched visitors won’t want to leave Bordeaux without sampling the region’s renowned wines. Afternoon tours to Saint-Emilion, just 45 minutes from the city, are a popular choice, and typically include wine tasting at one or more wineries, along with a visit to the medieval village.

If you prefer to stay in the city, head to Cité du Vin wine museum for insight into France’s winemaking history, and then join a wine tasting workshop to sample Bordeaux’s reds with an expert to explain the different appellations and classifications.

Night: Cruise the Garonne

Bordeaux is most atmospheric in the evening, and the best way to see it is on a river cruise. Hop aboard for an evening cruise along the Garonne River and glide past landmarks such as Quai Richelieu, Pont du Pierre, and St Michael’s Basilica. 

If you want to explore further, head to Bordeaux’s St. Pierre district, full of bars where you can sip cocktails on the terrace. Quai de Paludate or the Bassins-à-Flots are the best places for a late-night party.  

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Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip

Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip

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Discover the subterranean cellars and winemaking secrets of the Bordeaux wine region on a half-day tour from Bordeaux. Admire sweeping vistas of the picturesque countryside as you travel by air-conditioned coach to prestigious wineries in the appellations of either Saint-Emillion or Mèdoc. Descend into the ancient cellars and see oak barrels of refined wines before marveling at expansive sprawls of vineyards. Pamper your palate with delicious samples of wine and gain fascinating insight into the wines’ delicate flavors and meticulous manufacture.
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Bordeaux Small-Group Wine Tasting & Workshop with a Professional Sommelier

Bordeaux Small-Group Wine Tasting & Workshop with a Professional Sommelier

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Up the ante in your wine-tasting game with a 2-hour small-group wine tasting workshop in Bordeaux. Learn  from a knowledgeable wine guide about some of France's illustrious wine regions, get advice on proper wine tasting methods and find out how to distinguish the various flavors and aromas in the wine. Sample eight wines from around France, including Burgundy, Côtes du Rhône, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley, as you nibble on local bread, cured meats and cheeses. Cap off your fun educational experience with a wine-blending workshop, during which you'll create a custom blend of your own wine.
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Bordeaux City Sights Walking Tour

Bordeaux City Sights Walking Tour

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Get to know Bordeaux by foot on this walking tour, perfect for first-time visitors to the city. As you stroll between the sites, discover illuminating facts about the city and its history, and enjoy photo stops at highlights such as the towering Monument aux Girondins and handsome Place de la Bourse. Along the way, take in the picturesque Garonne River, amble along the pedestrianized shopping boulevard and check out the splendid Grand Théâtre, a vision of sweeping columns and one of France’s best-known theaters.
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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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Bordeaux La Cité du Vin Wine Culture Museum Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

Bordeaux La Cité du Vin Wine Culture Museum Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

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Avoid the huge crowds, and skip the line when going to the La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux. Spend the day exploring the museum as you learn about wine's unique culture. Follow cues from an interactive guide through more than 20 different themed areas, see the ‘Carte Blanche’ Exhibit, and taste a world wine. Then, head up to the eighth floor for 360-degree views of the surrounding Bordeaux cityscape.
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Saint-Emilion afternoon

Saint-Emilion afternoon

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The fertile vineyards of UNESCO–listed Saint-Émilion are widely believed to produce some of France’s finest wines, but knowing where to find the best of them requires local knowledge. On this tour, spin through the French countryside from Bordeaux to medieval Saint-Émilion, and sample locally made wines in the cellars and vineyards. With your guide to help you identify the delicate flavors at play, find out what makes Saint-Émilion special.
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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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