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Bordeaux Vacations

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Travel to Bordeaux on Vacation

Plan a vacation to Bordeaux with Tourlane and you’ll discover one of the most famous cities for wine worldwide. Synonymous with the delicious red wine that is made in the surrounding region, Bordeaux welcomes wine enthusiasts from around the world every year, who embark on wine tours and tastings. The city itself is also a destination in its own right, with its elegant streets, 18th century architecture, and majestic river.  With Tourlane, book your flights, transfers, accommodations, and guides for Bordeaux, all in one place.

What to Do in Bordeaux

1. Go on a Bordeaux Wine Tour

Many visitors are drawn to Bordeaux because of the wine that the city and region is famous for: 90% of which are red wines made with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. If you’re interested in discovering the best Bordeaux wine, join one of the many special wine tours, tastings, and trails that depart from the city. Ask your Tourlane Travel Expert for insider tips and recommendations about the best tours and tastings. 

2. La Cité du Vin

Another great attraction for wine lovers to visit while in Bordeaux is La Cité du Vin, a large contemporary museum and exhibition center that focuses on the topic of wine. It’s one of the top-rated attractions in the city, offering visitors the chance to listen, watch, and read about wine around the world. There are also guided tours and tasting workshops on offer throughout the year. 

3. Place de la Bourse

If you want to see one of the most famous sights in France, then look no further than the Place de la Bourse. Dating back to the 18th century, this spectacular square is recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage list and wooes visitors with its elegance and grandeur. It’s steeped in history, and was built as part of Bordeaux’s decision to open up the city’s medieval walls and grow beyond. 

4. Jardin Public

If you’re enjoying good weather and want to spend some time relaxing outdoors, head to Jardin Public, Bordeaux’s large central park that also dates back to the 18th century. As well as all the green space, you’ll also find a large lake, restaurant, and the Bordeaux Natural History Museum—perfect for those looking for top-notch exhibitions on science and nature. Less

Useful Travel Info For Your Vacation to Bordeaux 

France is located in Central European Time (CET). The official currency in France is the euro (€). As a U.S. citizen, you don’t need a visa to visit France for stays of up to 90 days, and you don’t need any vaccines. The official language of France is French. 

Where is the Best Place to Stay in Bordeaux? 

If you want to explore the city by foot, we recommend staying in the city center. Saint Pierre and Saint Paul are the names of the city’s historic, most central districts. If you’re looking for something more upmarket, consider the neighborhood of Chartrons, Quinconces, and Triangle d’Or, which offer top-quality luxury hotels. 

Where is Bordeaux Located?

Bordeaux is located in southwest France, around 310 miles southwest of the capital Paris. It is built on the River Garonne. The easiest way to reach Bordeaux from the USA is to take a direct flight to Paris, and then take either a domestic flight or high-speed train to Bordeaux. The train takes just over two hours from Paris. 

When is the Best Time to Visit Bordeaux?

The best time to visit Bordeaux is between late spring and summer (June and August), although this is also the most popular time. If you’re looking for fewer crowds and lower rates, then consider visiting in early spring. Please note that wineries start doing their harvests in September and may not allow visitors at this time.

How Long Should I Spend in Bordeaux?

In order for you to enjoy the best that Bordeaux has to offer, as well as at least one day trip to a vineyard in the surrounding countryside, we recommend spending at least three nights in Bordeaux. This way, you’ll have time to explore and enjoy the wine tasting experience at a relaxed pace.  Less

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