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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.

Saint Emilion: Guided Winery Tour & Wine Tasting

4. 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: Historic Center & Chartrons District Bicycle Tour

5. Bordeaux: Historic Center & Chartrons District Bicycle Tour

Go back in time to an era where Bordeaux was modern and lively, full of history and lively high-class French culture. Burdigala was the original name of the city during this period.  Follow your professional guide and alternate in time between modern and ancient history. Discover the secrets of the city's oldest monuments, as well as the latest street art pieces hidden throughout the city, without forgetting, of course, the best gastronomic addresses and the most beautiful green areas where you can relax. Learn more about the art and architecture of the city, find out the best spots to eat from your local guide, and discover Bordeaux like a local, on your bike. Visit areas such as the historic city center, Bordeaux right bank, north Bordeaux and the Chartrons district.

Bordeaux: Guided Cruise on the Garonne River

6. Bordeaux: Guided Cruise on the Garonne River

Hop onboard for a guided cruise. Be amazed by the new perspective offered by the river. Take a look at the beautiful historic city center from the Moon Harbour. Aboard the Aquitania, take your time to admire heritage architecture from the Middle Age, the Renaissance, the XVIIIth century, and the remaining impacts from the Second World War. Discover the Bordeaux heritage from yesterday, today, and tomorrow listed on the UNESCO World Heritage. See the beautiful XVIIIth century facades and the breathtaking "Place de la Bourse" the great symbol of this era. You will have the opportunity to admire the modern architecture as well. The cruise will travel under the famous lifting bridge Chaban-Delmas and along the "Cité du Vin" (wine centre).

From Bordeaux: Half-Day Saint-Émilion Tour and Wine Tasting

7. 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

8. 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.

From Bordeaux: Afternoon Wine Tasting in the Medoc Region

9. From Bordeaux: Afternoon Wine Tasting in the Medoc Region

Enjoy a drive from Bordeaux to the Medoc region along the Chateaux Route. On this 5.5-hour afternoon tour you’ll learn about the history of Bordeaux wines. Spend some time touring the vineyards and winery at a family run estate. Hear the story of the passionate family that has kept the vineyard alive for generations. Discover the intense colors, woody aromas and distinct tastes of Bordeaux wines during a tasting class. Visit a stunning Great Classified Growth wine estate, in one Bordeaux's most prestigious chateaux areas. Learn about their wine-making process and taste the estate's wines, accompanied by French delicacies, including cheese, fresh bread and dried sausage.

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, lunch or dinner cruises, visits and tastings at wine estates, sightseeing bateau mouche tour on the Garonne River • Enter the Cité du Vin before 12:00 (€5 extra after 12:00) • Choice between the touristic train, the open-top bus or the guided walking tour • The Basins of Lights entrance • The City of Wine entrance (before noon)  • Discover Les Bassins de Lumières at La Base Sous-Marine, a new digital art center • 1 city tour of your choice  • Many other discounts

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What people are saying about Bordeaux

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 905 reviews

The guide was excellent. Comical, easy to understand, knowledgeable. Learned about wine, history of the area and saw not only a chateau and a vineyard but also wine caves in the town. It was enjoyable to be in the village of St Emilion. I would add 15-30 minutes so people can have a chance to look around more or sit and have a drink.

We got a 48 hour pass it was great got on the tram we’re and when we wanted. Used it to go into the wine museum. Got on the bus. Great value for money.

This tour was amazing. Selection of wineries was amazing, our tour guide was nice, funny and informative. We had a beautiful day:)!

Fantastic guide, knowledgeable, informative, interactive and a great history of Bordeaux shared. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Bordeaux is a beautiful city, well worth a visit. The City Pass is great value.