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Which Activities, Day Trips or Wine Tours, should you take in Bordeaux?

Ophorus Blog - Which Activities, Day Trips or Wine Tours, should you take in Bordeaux?
So, you have set your mind up and are seriously considering visiting Bordeaux. Wholly revitalized since its so-called “Sleeping Beauty” days, Bordeaux is now one of France’s liveliest cities. A capital of art and architecture, culture and wine!

BORDEAUX ACTIVITIES, WINE TOURS & DAY TRIPS

Bordeaux is Europe’s largest 18th Century Architectural Ensemble

Classified as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007, Bordeaux France is separated by the Garonne river into right and left banks and today there are endless ways to discover all that Bordeaux has to offer.

If you’re curious about the city’s restored architecture, recent feats of urban planning and the history of this formerly rundown town, join us on a Bordeaux guided walking tour or a biking tour. Led by one of our certified tour guides, they will be eager to show you the essential Bordeaux sites to suit your interests.

The most famous landmarks include the historical Golden Triangle including the Grand Théâtre, Place des Quinconces and its Monument aux Girondins (linked to the French Revolution), the Cathedral of Bordeaux, the Grosse Cloche, as well as Place de la Bourse and most popular miroir d’eau or water mirror. For those that really want to discover Bordeaux in-depth, other very interesting districts to visit also include Saint Michel, the Jardin Public and nearby Chartrons district.

Grand Theatre in Bordeaux

Bordeaux also offers a wide variety of activities

These include river cruises, a wine tasting bordeaux class, gourmet walking tours, cheese and wine pairing activity, a bordeaux bike wine tour or a visit to the brand new la Cité du Vin wine museum. We at Ophorus can adapt to your wishes and organize all these activities for you.

Bordeaux city center is also a shopping mecca with streets such as rue Sainte Catherine, or stylish Cours de l’Intendance where you will find all the high-end designer clothes, bags and jewelry shops. The area is also dotted with modern or more local wine bars where locals are keen on tasting some of the latest vintages.

For more information concerning the main attractions and landmarks you can always head out to the ‘Office de Tourisme’ de Bordeaux where there is a convenient city pass that can be bought on site.

Come and meet our team of knowledgeable expert guides

What we consider to be the most important factor for a successful experience is the personality, knowledge and expertise of your guide. That is why all our day trips & wine tours from bordeaux are conducted by professional, expert guides that speak impeccable English.

All of them hold at minimum the WSET level 2 diploma in wines (perfect for the wine tours) and many are also French certified guides, licensed to carry out guided visits in monuments. This will come in handy for those who wish to visit the underground monuments of st emilion for example.

Ophorus Tour Guide in Saint Emilion

Travel in style in one of our Premium Vehicles

As a fully licensed transport company, we are also very proud to transport our clients in recent, fully equipped vehicles that have been chosen for their comfort and are particularly adapted for a private day tour from Bordeaux. All our vehicles are equipped with a small microphone p/a system so that your guide can make commentaries during driving time if ever you have questions about landscape, architecture or wine. We also include complimentary bottles of water on all our private tours.

Ophorus Transportation Premium Vehicle

Discover the most famous Bordeaux wine appellations and visit top rated wineries

If you are thinking about a trip to Bordeaux, there is a very strong chance that it will be to experience the local wines. There are several wine appellations that constitute the Bordeaux vineyards. The most famous are without a doubt the Saint Emilion and Medoc wine regions. Usually referred to as the Right Bank and Left Bank, both these regions offer great opportunities to visit Grand Cru wineries or more traditional ones.

We at Ophorus suggest that you make the most out of your stay in Bordeaux by taking a full day wine tour to at least one of these regions. While the Medoc wine area is famous for its ‘Route des Chateaux’ and prestigious names such as Chateau Margaux or Chateau Latour, the medieval village of Saint Emilion will surely be a highlight if you head to the saint emilion wine region and famous wineries here include Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau Le Pin or Petrus.

Our full day private wine tours typically include a pickup and drop off at your hotel or housing in and around Bordeaux. We will have arranged at least 3 winery visits for you and your party, selecting some of the most prestigious classified growth chateaus but also traditional family owned wineries known for high quality of the wines they craft.

Wine Tours from Bordeaux

Looking for other options, discover our private tours beyond the Bordeaux wine region

If you are staying a few days in Bordeaux, then why not treat yourself to another amazing local destination or experience. At Ophorus, our travel specialists have designed unique travel programs to some of the most outstanding locations in the area. In town, you might be happy to take part in a Bordeaux cycling tour.

If you are looking for a radical change of landscape, then we suggest that you take a full day guided day trip from Bordeaux to Arcachon bay. This beautiful area is known for its fabulous oysters and seafood, but the main feature of the day will be Europe’s largest sand dune – Dune du Pilat. A climb up the Dune is a must if you want to admire one of the most beautiful views on the bay.

Other great options include a full day trip from Bordeaux to the nearby Cognac or Armagnac wine regions. Both these areas produce outstanding Brandy’s and we have a large selection of either famous distillery visits or more traditional and family owned ones. If you are really looking for sightseeing opportunities out of Bordeaux, then the Dordogne region or the Basque country are ideal options.

Cognac wine tour: Journey to the famed Cognac region with our expert guide and visit prestigious ‘Houses’ such as Otard, Hennessy, Camus, Meukow and many others.

On our full day Dordogne day trip from Bordeaux we will take you to the brand-new Lascaux IV museum where you will admire the most perfect reproduction of the original Lascaux cave paintings. Then the tour moves on to the Dordogne valley that is lined with incredible medieval castles or breathtaking villages such as Beynac or La Roque Gageac.

Our full day Basque country day trip from Bordeaux will take you to magical Biarritz, the pearl of the Atlantic. Reach the classy resort of Biarritz and enjoy a walking tour with your guide. Spend some time in Saint Jean de Luz, a traditional fishing town where the Sun King Louis XIV – probably heard of him if you visited Versailles – married the infant of Spain Maria-Theresa in 1660.

A visit to some of the traditional Basque villages such as Sare, Aïnhoa or Espelette is a must if you really want to appreciate the strong local culture and traditions.

We offer over 25 tours in Bordeaux and sometimes it’s hard to know which one to choose. Below, we’ve put together our favorites in order to make your choice a bit easier.

Lascaux IV Dordogne Day Trip from Bordeaux

EXCLUSIVE AND LUXURY PRIVATE TOURS FOR BORDEAUX WINE LOVERS

An exclusive private wine tour offers a true custom experience, tailored to your wine preferences and with a more attentive explanation of terroirs, techniques, and distinctions between varietals. Our high- quality day trips from the City of Bordeaux to the most famous wine producing areas are all conducted by expert wine guides that speak impeccable English. We are also the only ones to offer a family friendly wine tour to both the Medoc & Saint Emilion.

90+ point wines of the Right Bank: A comprehensive discovery of the right bank Bordeaux wine region with our selection of 90+ point wines from very different sources.

90+ point wines of the Left Bank: Visit the most famed wineries in the Medoc region and let us take you to our preferred wineries that have obtained the highest points in the past years.

Bordeaux Organic & Biodynamic Wine Experience: Discover the Premiere sustainable wineries of Bordeaux with an expert wine guide and learn about Eco-friendly wine making.

Family friendly Private Tour in St Emilion: Discover the iconic St Emilion wine region with your family. There will be activities for both parents and children in carefully selected estates.

Grand Cru Classé Winery Medoc Wine Tour from Bordeaux

SMALL GROUP SHARED TOURS FOR BORDEAUX WINE LOVERS

If you and your group are keen on spending a day visiting wineries and you enjoy more powerful wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, we’ve got some perfect itineraries for you. Shared tours are a great way to experience the diverse wines of Bordeaux at a reduced expense. All visits are prearranged, and all wine tasting fees are included in the price.

Medoc wine tour full day from Bordeaux: A full day discovery of the Medoc wine region, including visits to 3 renowned estates.

Classified growths of the Medoc from Bordeaux: Discover 2 renowned classified growth chateaus (Cru Classé & Cru Bourgeois) on your journey through the Medoc wine region on this 4-hour half day tour.

Bordeaux Cheese & Wine Tasting: Experience the best of Bordeaux without leaving the city! Taste regional wines and try 12 local cheeses, all in a unique setting.

Saint Emilion Wine Tour Shared Day Trip from Bordeaux

EXCLUSIVE AND LUXURY MULTI-DAY PRIVATE BORDEAUX WINE & SIGHTSEEING TOURS

Perfect for those looking for the best of France – we combine wine tastings, magical villages and amazing scenery. The wines on these tours tend to be less powerful and suited for a wider variety of palates.

Remarkable winery architecture of Bordeaux: A tour combining the visit of breathtaking cellar and winery architecture with commented tastings of local wines.

Bordeaux visit & half day wine tour: Combine a walking visit of historic Bordeaux with a visit to either the Margaux appellation or Saint Emilion appellation in two carefully selected wineries.

Armagnac wine tour: Taste various selections, blends and vintages of Armagnac & enjoy a visit to the traditional village of Labastide d’Armagnac.

Exclusive & Luxury Bordeaux Wine Tours

SHARED BORDEAUX WINE AND SIGHTSEEING TOURS

Get the best of both worlds, tasting local wines in the French countryside and exploring enchanting historic villages. Saint emilion wines & village full day from Bordeaux Explore the preserved history of Saint Emilion while taking in some of Bordeaux’s most famous appellations.

Introduction to the Bordeaux Blends: A great package that includes accommodation and 2 days of shared tours to Saint Emilion and the Medoc wine regions.

PRIVATE BORDEAUX DISCOVERY TOURS

For sightseeing, history, and wine in the region of Bordeaux and beyond, we recommend the following tours:

A taste of Dordogne from Bordeaux: Uncover the history and flavors of this culinary region. Visit the Lascaux IV prehistory museum, small traditional villages and amazing Sarlat town.

Arcachon Bay discovery: Experience the fresh sea breeze on this day trip to the seaside near Bordeaux. Taste fresh oysters, sip on a glass of white wine & lunch in a recommended seafood restaurant.

Bordeaux in depth walking tour: Explore all that Bordeaux has to offer on this three hour walking tour of the city. We can include La Cité du Vin – wine museum and handle a skip the line access ticket just for you and your party.

Bordeaux historical walking tour Experience the rich heritage of this beautiful city spanning more than 2,000 years with your own certified guide.

Arcachon Day Trip from Bordeaux

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