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World-class wine, medieval castles, expansive coastline, and rich gastronomy make Bordeaux one of France’s most seductive regions.

Our Favorite Bordeaux Tours

A Road Trip Through Bordeaux and Dordogne's Nature and Wine Country

5 Days | Premium | From $3,099 pp
Explore some of the best of Bordeaux and the Dordogne area! Take yourself on a memorable journey involving various wine tastings, private tours and even a fabulous dinner cruise. Be adventerous and ...
Self-Drive Trips & Tours, Wine & Food

Food and Wine Lovers Tour of Paris and Bordeaux

7 Days | Premium | From $4,199 pp
Taste your way through Bordeaux and the City of Light. Visit famous bakeries and try the best pain and pâtisserie with a private guide. Discover why Chef Alain Ducasse is one of France’s finest ...
Wine & Food

A Foodie Tour of Paris, Champagne & Bordeaux

10 Days | Premium | From $6,399 pp
Discover the French gastronomy on a tour of Paris and the Champagne and Bordeaux regions! Our local guides and producers will let you in on the secrets of the culinary specialties in France. This ...
Honeymoons & Romance, Wine & Food

Cultural Trip in Bordeaux

5 Days | Excellence | $13199 pp
Discover the beautiful region of Bordeaux on this trip, famous for its red wine. During this trip, which focuses on the cultural heritage of this region, you will visit museums and art exhibitions, ...
History & Culture, Wine & Food

The Essential Bordeaux

4 Days | Luxury | From $4,099 pp
Enjoy the best that Bordeaux has to offer in four days and three nights. Bordeaux is a charming city brimming with beautiful 17th-century architecture, great food, and world-class wine. Just outside ...
History & Culture, Wine & Food

A Luxury Escape to Bordeaux

6 Days | Luxury | From $8,299 pp
Enjoy a luxurious six days and five nights in Bordeaux. Based in an intimate 5-star hotel just off the Place des Quinconces, you are well-placed to take advantage of this wine and gastronomy ...
Honeymoons & Romance, Wine & Food

An Unforgettable Trip to Bordeaux and the Region

8 Days | Luxury | From $13,299 pp
Experience Bordeaux at its best, through Arcachon and the Dordogne region. Rest well in luxurious hotels as you take on a 10-day busy tour. Venture on private walking and driving tours, try local ...
History & Culture, Wine & Food

The Essence of Bordeaux and it's Region

4 Days | Luxury | From $4,699 pp
Explore the beautiful essence of Bordeaux through various private tours of the city alongside private wine and cheese tastings, including testing five amazing Grand Crus in Saint Emilion. Enjoy a ...
History & Culture, Wine & Food

The Perfect Honeymoon Retreat to Bordeaux

4 Days | Excellence | On Request
Explore the marvellous region of Bordeaux through a romantic five days spent well together. Start your journey with a private driver and enjoy yourself in a private wine tasting at Rouge Wine Bar. ...
Honeymoons & Romance

Bordeaux in Depth

World-class wine, medieval castles, expansive coastline, and rich gastronomy make Bordeaux one of France’s most seductive regions.

Get to know Bordeaux

While it’s best-known for its fine wine, charming Bordeaux has a lot to offer beyond grapes and wine tastings. Its architecture, with spacious avenues and alluring classical facades, begs to be explored. In the summer, you’ll see people cooling off in Europe’s largest reflective pool, the Miroir d’Eau. It is a striking place to take photos. The Rue Sainte Catherine, three-quarter-mile-long (1.2 km) pedestrian shopping street, offers shopping ranging from niche boutiques to high-end designers.

Wine-aficionados will come here to visit the world-famous châteaux in the countryside. They may also be interested in Bordeaux’s La Cité du Vin, which was inaugurated in 2016. Overlooking the Garonne River, this wine museum is an architectural attraction in and of itself. Come for a visit to learn about and taste wine.

castle in Bordeaux and vineyards

Cuisine

For authentic Bordeaux eats stop by the iconic Les Capucins food market. The food scene in Bordeaux is incredible. Oysters from the neighboring Arcachon Bay are considered some of the best in the world. The region is famous for its seafood. Gascony, the surrounding rural inland, is famous for producing the very best foie gras and menus heavily feature duck and geese (canard and oie respectively). Poultry is a staple in the most famous dishes. Be sure to try the confit de canard and confit d’oie. Local black truffles (truffes de Périgord) make for a luxurious treat.

Cap Ferret (France), seafood tray at the edge of the Arcachon bay

Canelés, a small rum and vanilla-flavored pastry with a caramel crust is a popular local sweet.

Logistics:

When to go: The best time to visit is from April to October. The spring and fall months are lovely, with comfortable temperatures and fewer crowds. July to August is high season and can be warm. The vendange, or wine harvest, is in September. Bordeaux has a temperate climate, but winters can be cool and wet.

By plane: Bordeaux’s airport has direct connection to many European capitals.

By train: The TGV connects Paris to Bordeaux in only 2 1/2 hours.

By car: A car ride from Paris to Bordeaux takes around 6 hours.

What to eat and drink:

Cheese: The goat cheeses Chabichou and Rocamadour are made a couple of hours outside of Bordeaux, while the excellent sheep milk Ossau-Iraty comes from south of Bordeaux in the French Basque Country. All three are recognized with AOP appellations.

french goat's milk cheeses in bordeaux, chabichou

Drink: Bordeaux wines are world-renowned. They need no introduction. We suggest trying any of the grand cru wines from Médoc or Saint-Emilion, but it’s hard to go wrong. The Cité du Vin wine museum is a good place to start your tastings.

fine wines in Bordeaux

Cognac, France’s best-known spirit, is made just 75 miles north of the city.

Regional Highlights

Dordogne Valley

An hour outside of Bordeaux, the verdant hills and picturesque rivers of the Dordogne valley offer medieval hilltop villages and prehistoric sites. See spectacular prehistoric paintings Lascaux and Rouffignac caves. Imposing medieval castles, like ... Show More »An hour outside of Bordeaux, the verdant hills and picturesque rivers of the Dordogne valley offer medieval hilltop villages and prehistoric sites. See spectacular prehistoric paintings Lascaux and Rouffignac caves. Imposing medieval castles, like ...

An hour outside of Bordeaux, the verdant hills and picturesque rivers of the Dordogne valley offer medieval hilltop villages and prehistoric sites. See spectacular prehistoric paintings Lascaux and Rouffignac caves. Imposing medieval castles, like the Château de Beynac-et-Cazenac, dot the landscape. Many were erected during the Hundred Years’ War, and offer stunning panoramas of the winding river and hilltops below. The 13th-century fortified Monpazier is recognized as one of France’s most beautiful villages. It’s a pleasure to eat in Dordogne. Duck is a staple. The region’s famous black truffle is sold at markets from December to February. The region is also popular for kayaking, hiking, and outdoor activities.

Bordeaux Vineyards

One of the world’s preeminent wine regions in the world, Bordeaux boasts 120,000 hectares (463 square miles) of vineyards. Its thousands of small wine producers produce a diverse array of wine, from deep reds to sparkling whites. A couple of its ... Show More »One of the world’s preeminent wine regions in the world, Bordeaux boasts 120,000 hectares (463 square miles) of vineyards. Its thousands of small wine producers produce a diverse array of wine, from deep reds to sparkling whites. A couple of its ...

One of the world’s preeminent wine regions in the world, Bordeaux boasts 120,000 hectares (463 square miles) of vineyards. Its thousands of small wine producers produce a diverse array of wine, from deep reds to sparkling whites. A couple of its subregions are particularly noteworthy.

UNESCO World Heritage site, Saint-Émilion is surrounded by prestigious Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Multiple of the town’s châteaux have achieved the prestigious status of grand cru. The winding cobblestone streets and Medieval architecture impress. 

The coastal Médoc sub-region’s Route des Châteaux is sublime. Brimming with grand cru wineries and decadent châteaux, it features 8 appellations of controlled origin wines and some of France’s elite wine producers.

Arcachon Bay

The tranquil Arcachon Bay emerged as a luxury retreat for Bordeaux’s rich in the 19th century. Most foreigners never make it, that’s a mistake. The elegant belle epoque villas, rejuvenating spas, and expansive golden sandy beaches make it a ... Show More »The tranquil Arcachon Bay emerged as a luxury retreat for Bordeaux’s rich in the 19th century. Most foreigners never make it, that’s a mistake. The elegant belle epoque villas, rejuvenating spas, and expansive golden sandy beaches make it a ...

The tranquil Arcachon Bay emerged as a luxury retreat for Bordeaux’s rich in the 19th century. Most foreigners never make it, that’s a mistake. The elegant belle epoque villas, rejuvenating spas, and expansive golden sandy beaches make it a favorite of the French. The largest sand dune in Europe, the Dune de Pilat, is an impressive site with even better views from the top. Don’t forget to try oysters.

Favorite Hotels

Premium

Hotel de Sèze

4-Star Hotel
Premium

La Maison Bord'eaux Hotel

4-Star Hotel
The interecontinental hotel in Bordeaux
Luxury

Intercontinental Bordeaux

5-Star Hotel
Luxury

Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Hotel & Restaurant Lalique

5-Star Hotel
Luxury

Hotel des Quinconces

5-Star Hotel
Luxury

Hotel Les Sources de Caudalie

5-Star Hotel

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