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Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux In-depth Guided Walking Tour Private

Bordeaux

Bordeaux In-depth Guided Walking Tour Private

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A 3-hour Exploration of Bordeaux’s most beautiful landmarks with your own personal licensed tour guide. Avoid the free tours Bordeaux and experience the best cultural & historical Bordeaux walking tour with an official guide.

Highlights

  • An in-depth visit of the major landmarks of Bordeaux
  • Fun & informative visit, fascinating stories and local anecdotes
  • Tour conducted by true specialists, licensed Guides
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Embark on a private tour to discover Bordeaux, famously known as the Sleeping Beauty. This enchanting French town has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007 and holds the esteemed title of being a "City of Art and History." Immerse yourself in its allure, characterized by an extraordinary collection of 18th-century architecture found nowhere else in Europe.Experience an awe-inspiring ...

Embark on a private tour to discover Bordeaux, famously known as the Sleeping Beauty. This enchanting French town has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007 and holds the esteemed title of being a "City of Art and History." Immerse yourself in its allure, characterized by an extraordinary collection of 18th-century architecture found nowhere else in Europe.

Experience an awe-inspiring architectural ensemble that encompasses the neoclassical Grand Theater, the renowned Golden Triangle district, and the historical Rohan Palace, currently serving as Bordeaux Town Hall. On this captivating walking tour, marvel at the architectural splendor of 'Place de la Bourse,' adorned with exquisite sculptures, intricate decorations, and a reflective water mirror, symbolizing the harmonious bond between the city and the Garonne River.

Our licensed and accredited tour guide will ensure a flexible itinerary that encompasses the most iconic landmarks:

Rohan Palace: Discover the Rohan Palace, a majestic structure built between 1171 and 1784 by architect Bonfin under the patronage of Ferdinand Maximilien Mériadec de Rohan. From its historical role as the seat of the Archbishop to its transformation into an imperial palace, it has now become Bordeaux Town Hall since 1835. Behind its elegant Louis XVI style facade lies one of France's most beautiful staircases, a stunning example of stereotomy. Facing the Saint Andrew Cathedral and Pey Berland tower, the Rohan Palace epitomizes grandeur.

Golden Triangle: Uncover the allure of Bordeaux's Golden Triangle district, comprising Cours Georges-Clemenceau, Cours de l'Intendance, and the Allées de Tourny. These expansive streets form a triangle, with each tip culminating in a picturesque square: Gambetta, Comedie, and Tourny. Historically, this area housed opulent shops and prestigious financial institutions. In the 18th century, Bordeaux's wealthiest residents built magnificent private mansions, opulent residences designed for a single family and their staff.

Place de la Comédie: Witness the grandeur of Place de la Comédie, an impressive square nestled between the iconic Grand Theater of Bordeaux and the facing houses. Dominating the square is the striking portico adorned with 12 Corinthian columns, a remarkable architectural masterpiece by Victor Louis. Inaugurated in 1780, the theater's original sloping ground allowed carriages to enter the colonnade. Recognized as a Historical Monument since 1899, the Grand Theater is now home to the esteemed National Opera of Bordeaux.

Grand Theatre: Experience the grand inauguration of the Grand Theatre of Bordeaux on April 7, 1780. This remarkable achievement took over seven years to complete under the direction of architect Victor Louis, commissioned by the Governor of Guyenne, Louis Armand du Plessis, Duke of Richelieu. With its neoclassical style, the Grand Theatre astounds visitors with its main facade adorned with a portico featuring 12 Corinthian columns, embellished by statues representing nine muses and three goddesses from Classical Mythology.

Place de la Bourse: Admire the unrivaled elegance of the Royal Square, now known as Place de la Bourse, situated along the Bordeaux quays. Originally designed to house a statue of Louis XV, the square's construction spanned over 25 years and involved the dedicated work of two Intendants and three architects. Inspired by Mansart's architectural style from Versailles, the square eventually saw the replacement of Louis XV's statue with the fountain of the Three Graces in 1792.

Saint Andrews Cathedral: Delve into the rich history of Saint Andrews Cathedral, an architectural gem dating back to the 11th century. Construction began with a three-nave building, and in 1096, Pope Urban II consecrated the unfinished structure during his visit to Bordeaux to preach the Crusade. This cathedral witnessed the historic marriage of Alienor of Aquitaine and Louis VII, the son of the King of France, in 1137. Over the centuries, various building projects were undertaken, including the reconstruction of a Gothic Cathedral in the 13th century. Notably, the cathedral's inclusion on the UNESCO Heritage list in 1998 recognizes its significance as part of the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela.

Embark on a remarkable journey through Bordeaux, immersing yourself in its architectural treasures and captivating history.

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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 Guided Walking Tour Private
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Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux In-depth Guided Walking Tour Private
Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux In-depth Guided Walking Tour Private
Ophorus Tours - Bordeaux In-depth Guided Walking Tour Private

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

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

5.0/5 (2 reviews)
  • Heli Juutinen

    17, Oct 2023

    The wine tour was incredible! Andrew, our tour guide, was informative, helpful, fun and told us a lot about the city and (and the wine-making process)....
  • 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

  • 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 Walking Tours Bordeaux?

    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 this Bordeaux Walking 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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