Bordeaux Wine Festival

Take a tour of Belem

From 5€ / pers

Belem, a rare ship from the 19th century, is back for the 2022 edition of the Bordeaux Wine Festival! Make the most of it by taking a tour to discover every facet of this tall ship: learn all about its history, its naval customs, daily life on board and sailing terminology. Don’t miss out.

  • Welcome by the crew, who will answer your questions according to their availability (for foreign boats, exchanges will most often be in English)
  • 25mn free visit
  • The e-ticket is compulsory to get on board
  • Please respect the time slot chosen

Belem is the last of the great French commercial sailing ships of the 19th century that is still in service. Over its 120 years, this ship – a three-master with a square cabin and steel hull – has had no less than five lives, and has changed nationality three times before raising its native tricolore once more.

First, it was a merchant ship, transporting cocoa beans, rum and sugar from Brazil, French Guiana and the West Indies. It was sold to the Duke of Westminster in 1914, who transformed it into a luxury yacht. He then sold it to Lord Guinness in 1921, then it became a commercial sailing training ship for young sailors and young officers.

In 1979, Belem raised the French flag once more and took back its original name. It is a listed historical monument. In 1987, after 5 years of restoration, it returned as a sail training ship, open to all.

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The Belem will be at the Ariane pontoon, quai des Chartrons.

by Bordeaux Tourism & Conventions
Bordeaux Tourist Office partner
Bordeaux Tourism & Conventions
Bordeaux Tourist Office partner

The Tourist Office is at your disposal 7 days 7 to advise you, refer, offer tours and guided tours. Do not hesitate to contact us, it is with pleasure that we will discover the heritage and the vineyards of Bordeaux.

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Great vir every red wine lover.
Ricardo Ramos 06/26/2022
Family tour to Bordeaux vineyard
Patrick Burke 06/17/2022
Everything ran like clockwork. Sad to not recall our tour guide as she was excellent. The tour of Saint Emilion village was wonderful. The trip to the vineyard not so much. The hostess did a great’s just there really was very little to see. The tasting was fine and it was a gorgeous location on an equally gorgeous day. All in all, worth the cost.
Excellent introduction to Bordeaux
Beth Howard 06/06/2022
Well thought out route & information. I liked getting the history of Bordeaux both old & new. Our guide did a fabulous job in getting us the information in English
Bordeaux walking tour
John Taylor 06/01/2022
Leisurely 2 hours of informative history of Bordeaux well worth it
Very charming!
Nis Madsen 05/04/2022
Charming trip through the city with lots of fun facts. We enjoyed it.
This trip was the highlight of our visit
Mary Donovan 04/25/2022
Our guides and bus driver were outstanding informative kind ,understanding and their knowledge was exceptional ..and great value i would highly recommend this trip as part of any visit to Bordeaux
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25 minutes

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The e-ticket is valid for the day and time chosen.

Meeting point

Ponton Ariane, Bordeaux, France

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