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 19 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 20 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: St. Emilion Village Half-Day Wine Tour

2. 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: Saint-Emilion and Medoc Full-Day Wine Experience

3. 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.

Bordeaux: River Garonne Cruise with Glass of Wine

4. 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.

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: Full-Day St Emilion Wine Tasting Tour

6. From Bordeaux: Full-Day St Emilion Wine Tasting Tour

The wine region of Libournais encompasses much of what is referred to as the Right Bank. Named after its historical capital, the expression Right Bank typically refers to wines from the Pomerol and St-Emilion areas of the Libournais. There are several villages around the region that share the Saint-Émilion name, such as Montagne-Saint-Émilion and St-Georges-Saint-Émilion which are named the satellite appellations. The area is bordered to the west by Pomerol. Merlot is the dominant grape in this area, followed by Cabernet Franc and a very small quantity of Malbec that is tending to disappear. The climate and damper, cool soils of the area make it difficult for Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to fully ripen and as such is less often used. Depart for the Saint Emilion wine region and enjoy a visit and wine tasting at a famous classified growth Chateaux of the Pomerol or Saint Emilion appellation. Afterward, arrive in the village of Saint Emilion and enjoy a guided walking tour with your guide to discovering the main monuments of this quaint hilltop village. During your free time for lunch and personal discovery, visit the underground monuments of Saint Emilion. In the afternoon, experience another visit and wine tasting session in one of the selected Classified Chateaus of Saint Emilion.

Bordeaux: Guided Cruise on the Garonne River

7. Bordeaux: Guided Cruise on the Garonne River

Explore Bordeaux from a new perspective with a river cruise on the Garonne with live commentary. Sail into the heart of the French wine region and admire the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Port de la Lune. Learn about the architecture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance as you relax on board. Make your way to the pontoon close to Pont de Pierre and meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Settle down on your boat and start your cruise along the Garonne river. Listen to live commentary from your guide as you admire the beautiful buildings that line the riverbanks. Pass by the Place de la Bourse historical square, the district of Saint-Pierre, and the iconic Cite du Vin.

Bordeaux: Wine Country Vineyards Tour w/ Local Wine Tastings

8. Bordeaux: Wine Country Vineyards Tour w/ Local Wine Tastings

Take a few hours to see the Bordeaux wine country on a guided tour. Discover Medoc, Saint-Emilion, Graves, and Sauternes or Entre-deux-Mers — each with its own charm. The wine region depends on the day of your visit. Depart from the Bordeaux Tourist Office and discover different types of châteaux and taste the colors of the wines according to the wine region. During the trip, your guide will explain Bordeaux wine and give a lot of information. From Tuesday to Saturday, stop at 2 wine estates, visit the technical part with the oak barrels, the vats, and learn about the wine-making process. Discover the prevalence of the seasons which shape the varieties of flavors and more. At the end of each visit, enjoy a tasting of two wines of the property with advice about the steps of the art of tasting (the quantity is limited by French law). From Sunday and Monday, the destination is Saint-Emilion, one of the most famous places in the world for wine and heritage. Follow your guide through the Saint-Emilion village to admire some of the old and remarkable buildings and go into the amazing underground church. The second part of the afternoon includes a visit to a wine estate and a tasting of two wines. On the way back to Bordeaux your guide can answer any questions or give advice. Arrive in Bordeaux in the evening. Monday: Saint-Emilion or Fronsac Tuesday: Medoc Wednesday: Graves and Sauternes Thursday: Bourg and Blaye Friday: Entre-deux-Mers Saturday: Medoc Sunday: Saint-Emilion

Saint Emilion: Guided Winery Tour & Wine Tasting

9. Saint Emilion: Guided Winery Tour & Wine Tasting

During this tour. you will see 2 different winery styles. First, discover a traditional winery with an authentic cellar and typical architecture of Saint Emilion, producing a traditional style of wine for the region. The second winery is a forward-looking one with modern cellar on the cutting edge of technology. Discover how the winemakers use cutting-edge technology and viticulture techniques to perfect the winemaking process and produce a different, innovate style of wine. Learn all about the winemaking process from the vines, the varietals, the aging, and everything around it. The visit will be followed by the tasting of 3 Saint Emilion Grand Cru wines, from the different estates with an introduction to wine tasting technics.

Bordeaux Metropole City Pass for 48 or 72 Hours

10. Bordeaux Metropole City Pass for 48 or 72 Hours

The Bordeaux Métropole City Pass is available for 48 or 72 hours, consecutively, for individual travelers, and offers free or reduced-price access to services and attractions. The validity of the card begins with the first use. A practical guidebook is provided with the card. Benefits and Privileges with 48 and 72-hour Passes • Free access to the TBM public transportation network (tramway, bus, river shuttle) • Free entry to 15 museums and monuments  • Free access to attractions • Discount rates on wine excursions, sightseeing bateau mouche tour on the Garonne River • Enter the Cité du Vin before 12:00 (€5 extra after 12:00) • 1 city tour of your choice: the touristic train, the open-top bus or the guided walking tour • The Bassins of Lights entrance • The City of Wine entrance (before noon)  • Many other discounts

Frequently asked questions about Bordeaux

What are the best day trips and excursions from Bordeaux?

The best day trips and excursions from Bordeaux are:

Saint-Émilion

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What people are saying about Bordeaux

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 7,172 reviews

Everything in the museum is very interesting. The design of every exhibition is amazing, for adults and kids. There’s plenty of info about the story, the making and appearance of wine, but displayed in videos and interactive material. The 360° terrace is also an interesting addition to the museum. You can enjoy the view while trying some wine.

Had a lovely time learning about the different wine regions in Bordeaux, how to properly taste a wine and identify the different notes, as well as how different foods and cheese can really change the wine palate. A very enjoyable experience!

An amazing tour! Said made everything interesting with historical explanations about Bordeaux and its monuments. I highly recommend it. It’s a must tour!!

Well organized trip. A knowledgeable tour guide to explain the details of chateau, wines and appellation.

An amazing experience, totally entrancing. Well worth a visit.