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Bordeaux In-depth Private Guided Walking Tour with Licensed Guide

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A Three Hour Exploration of Bordeaux’s most beautiful landmarks

Highlights

  • An in-depth visit of the major landmarks of Bordeaux
  • Fun & informative visit, fascinating stories and local anecdotes
  • Tour conducted by official, licensed Guide

Program & Itinerary

Discover Bordeaux, the Sleeping Beauty, on this private tour. Inscribed as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2007, it is one of the most fascinating French towns classified a “City of Art and History” and home to one of Europe’s largest collection of 18th Century architecture.Discover an impressive architectural ensemble that includes the neoclassical Grand Theater, the Golden Triangle district and ...

Discover Bordeaux, the Sleeping Beauty, on this private tour. Inscribed as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2007, it is one of the most fascinating French towns classified a “City of Art and History” and home to one of Europe’s largest collection of 18th Century architecture.

Discover an impressive architectural ensemble that includes the neoclassical Grand Theater, the Golden Triangle district and the Rohan Palace that is today's Bordeaux Town Hall. On this walking tour of Bordeaux, admire ‘Place de la Bourse’ architecture, sculptured décor and water mirror that bring out a sense of unity that celebrates the tight union between the city and the Garonne River.

Your accredited/licensed tour guide can be flexible on the itinerary but will definitely include the most famous landmarks:

The Rohan Palace

The Palace was built between 1171 and 1784 by architect Bonfin under the patronage of Ferdinand Maximilien Mériadec de Rohan. The Rohan Palace, after being the siege of the Archbishop of the revolutionary court and an imperial Palace, is today the Town Hall of Bordeaux since 1835. Inside, behind its Louis XVI style facade, is one of the most beautiful staircases of France a masterpiece of stereotomy. The Rohan Palace faces the Saint Andrew Cathedral and Pey Berland tower.

The Golden Triangle

Under the name of Golden Triangle lies a district of Bordeaux that englobes Cours Georges-Clemenceau, Cours de l'Intendance and the Allées de Tourny. These three very large streets from a Triangle of which each tip ends with a square: Gambetta, Comedie and Tourny. Historically, this is where all the most luxurious shops and financial institutions were located. In the 18th century, the wealthiest persons of Bordeaux started building Private Mansions, vaste and luxurious city houses, built for a single family and its servants.

Place de la Comédie

This impressive square is located between the Grand Theater of Bordeaux and the houses that face it to the west. The impressive portico composed of 12 Corinthian columns of the Grand Theater, designed by architect Victor Louis, dominate the whole composition of the square. The Theatre was inaugurated in 1780 and originally the ground sloped up so that carriages could drive inside the colonnade. In 1899 the building is classified as a Historical Monument. Today, the Theater is home to the National Opera of Bordeaux.

The Grand Theatre

The inauguration of the Grand Theatre of Bordeaux took place on April 7, 1780. It took Victor Louis more than 7 years to achieve the construction commissioned by the Governor of Guyenne, Louis Armand du Plessis, Duke of Richelieu. Built in a Neoclassical style, the Grand Theatre impresses with its main façade composed of a portico of 12 Corinthian columns above which stand 12 statues - nine muses and 3 goddesses of Classical Mythology.

Place de la Bourse

The Royal Square, today Place de la Bourse, is considered to be the most elegant façade located on the quays of Bordeaux. Initially, the architectural program completed the installation of a statue of Louis XV that was inaugurated on the 19th of August 1743. Construction of the square took more than 25 years and the hard work of two 'Intendants' (Civil Officers) and three architects. The architectural style is directly modeled on the works of Mansart for Versailles. Eventually, the statue of Louis XV was taken off its basement in 1792 and replaced by the fountain of the Three Graces.

Saint Andrews Cathedral

The original construction of a three nave building starts at the beginning of the 11th century. Pope Urban II, in France to preach the Crusade, stops in Bordeaux in May 1096 to consecrate it, even though the building is unfinished. It is in this Church that in 1137 the marriage between Alienor of Aquitaine and Louis VII, son of the King of France, takes place. During the 13th century, a large number of building projects begin, including the one that consisted in the reconstruction of a Gothic Cathedral. The Royal entrance dates back to 1250 and in 1320 the southern entrance is opened. In the 14th century, the massive building is stabilized by the addition of flying buttresses that can still be seen today. In december 1998 the Cathedral was inscribed on the Unesco Heritage list as part of the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela.

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  • Pick up at your hotel or accommodation in Bordeaux

  • Guided Walking tour of Bordeaux

  • Great photo opportunities and stops on the way

  • End the tour in the center of Bordeaux

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Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux In-depth Private Guided Walking Tour with Licensed Guide
Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux In-depth Private Guided Walking Tour with Licensed Guide
Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux In-depth Private Guided Walking Tour with Licensed Guide
Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux In-depth Private Guided Walking Tour with Licensed Guide
Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux In-depth Private Guided Walking Tour with Licensed Guide

Know before you book

  • Tour available all year round (except May 1st, Dec 25th and Jan 1st)
  • Group size of 1 to 15 participants maximum
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • This tour is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Your Hotel, accomodation or dedicated meeting point in Bordeaux

Departure

Your guide will come and pick you up at your hotel, Airbnb or accommodation in Bordeaux. If you are coming from outside Bordeaux, our team will schedule a meeting point with you once you have booked your tour.

Return

Tour will end in Bordeaux city center.

Reviews

1 reviews
  • Sfkack

    01, Aug 2021

    We did three tours with Karim Laveille from Ophorus—a city walking tour, a full day St. Emilion tour and a full day tour of the Medoc. Each experience...
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Included / excluded

Included

  • 3 hour guided walking tour of Bordeaux
  • English speaking licensed guide

Excluded

  • Entrance fees, tasting fees or activity fees
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide

FAQ

  • Where will we meet our licensed tour guide?

    Your guide will meet you directly at your hotel or accommodation in Bordeaux. If you are coming from outside, we will set a convenient meeting point for you. The end of your guided walking tour in Bordeaux will take place in the city center.
  • Are your Bordeaux Walks adapted to everyone?

    Our Bordeaux walking tours involve an important amount of walking. Even though our walking tours tend to stay on easy to walk sidewalks and streets, the city of Bordeaux still has some cobbledstone streets that are difficult to walk on. Therefore we strongly advise that you book this tour only if you are in a good physical condition. This tour is certainly not adapted to persons who have walking difficulties and it is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Is the price per person or per group?

    The pricing for our walking tours is per group of minimum 1 person to maximum 15 persons.
  • What is the difference between your Bordeaux Guided Walking Tours & Free Tours?

    What makes a guided walking tour in any town or city in the world so unique or outstanding is the personality, knowledge and qualifications of the tour guide. All our guides are local guides who either originate from the city where they guide in or have been there for a number of years.

    All possess the French Diploma that allows them to conduct tours in monuments, museums and historical city centers. This very specific diploma means that your guide is proficient in French History, Culture, Architecture & Art History and will be there to make detailed descriptions of the monuments and sights you will visit. All our guides also include great anecdotes to their lively comments making for very contemporary visits that stand out from the basic, very common ones offered by free tours! 
  • Can we adapt the tour to fit our wishes?

    Absolutely, since this is a private tour we will customize the walking tour to your wishes. Let our team of travel professionals know what are your main points of interest and they will design the tour accordingly.
  • Is this Guided Walking Tour of Bordeaux only available in English?

    No, our talented, in-house multi lingual guides will be happy to conduct the tour in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese and Portuguese.
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