Bordeaux Unboxed

Bordeaux Unboxed: Top 10 things to do

Welcome to Bordeaux Unboxed, a curated list of the top 10 things to do in this magical city. Here, every cobblestone has its own unique story, and each glass of wine is a poem for the taste buds. Bordeaux is not just a city; it feels like you're walking through a living museum where history and modernity blend in an enchanting dance. Are you ready for an extraordinary adventure through this gem of France? Hold on tight—we're about to explore the top 10 must-dos that make Bordeaux unforgettable and heartwarming.

1. The Golden Ticket: Bordeaux CityPass


Pause for a moment and imagine holding a key that doesn't just open doors but entire new worlds—welcome to the Bordeaux CityPass. This clever device is your VIP pass to the city, allowing you to visit museums, glide around on public transport, and enjoy discounts that would make even the thriftiest smile. Bordeaux has just rolled out the red carpet for you. Isn't that special?


Bordeaux City Pass


2. Gastronomy on the Garonne: A River Cruise Extraordinaire


Have you ever dreamed of dining on water, surrounded by history, with the sunset painting the sky in shades of orange and pink? That's the essence of the Garonne River Cruise. It's not just a meal; it's a multisensory experience where Bordeaux unfolds its beauty one bite and sip at a time.


River Cruise Bordeaux
© Teddy Verneuil


3. Tuk-Tuk Shenanigans: A Whizzy Discovery


Who says history lessons can't be thrilling? Hop into a tuk-tuk and brace yourself for a journey through Bordeaux's secrets, from grand squares to whispering alleys. Your guide is like a local legend, ready to share the city's past and present. It's history with a twist of speed.


Tuk Tuk Tour Bordeaux
© Tuk Tour Events


4. Choo-Choo Choose the Electric Train


All aboard the eco-friendly express! This charming electric train is like a time machine on wheels, perfect for families or those who prefer a more relaxed pace. Enjoy a leisurely loop around Bordeaux's landmarks, with stories that bring each site to life. It's storytelling with the bonus of sightseeing.


Electric train
© Petit-train électrique de Bordeaux


5. The Wine Roads: A Symphony in a Bottle


A visit to Bordeaux without wine is unimaginable, like France without baguettes. The wine roads are your path to oenological bliss, winding through vineyards steeped in tradition. Taste, explore, and chat with the guardians of Bordeaux's liquid heritage. It's a budding love affair with wine.


Vineyard Excursions
© Vincent Bengold

6. Day Trip into the Vinous Valhalla


Are you ready for a never-ending journey into wine? From the cobblestones of Saint-Émilion to the grand estates of Margaux, this is a deep dive into the heart of Bordeaux's countryside. Here, you'll taste the stars and discover why Bordeaux wines are the stuff of legend.


Saint-Émilion guided tour
© Loïc Lagarde


7. The Grands Crus Classés Workshop: Wine 101


Ever wanted to decipher the complexity behind those luscious reds and crisp whites? The Grands Crus Classés Workshop is where you learn the ABCs of winemaking. Discover how Bordeaux wine comes to life, from the stories of the terroir to the alchemy of tasting. It's not just education; it's a transformation into a connoisseur.


Workshop wine
© Loïc Lagarde


8. Tasting Workshop: Sharpen Your Senses


Embark on a journey into the wine world with a workshop that turns every sip into an exploration. It's an opportunity to tune into the symphony of flavors and aromas. Here, each Bordeaux wine becomes a masterpiece. Your palate is not merely tasting wine; it's experiencing history in a glass.


Workshop Bordeaux wines
© Loïc Graniczny


9. Time Traveling in the Historic Heart


The historic center of Bordeaux is more than a location; it's a portal to the past. With a guide to lead you, wander through streets lined with stories of glory and mystery, all while experiencing the daily magic of French life. It's like stepping into a painting where secrets await around every corner.

Guided Tours Old Town Bordeaux
© Vincent Bengold


10. Signature River Cruise: The Grand Finale


As the saying goes, save the best for last with a signature river cruise with one of our partners: Croisières Burdigala, Les Bateaux Bordelais, Yacht de Bordeaux. It takes you deep into the city's picturesque heart beneath the city's bridges. From the reflective surface of the Miroir d'Eau to the striking architecture of the Cité du Vin, Bordeaux reveals itself from a different perspective.


Garonne Cruise
© Teddy Verneuil


Bordeaux is more than a mere destination; it's an expedition through a realm rich with history, culture, and the art of living well. Each excursion, whether by land or river, promises a glimpse into the very soul of Bordeaux. Prepare to be captivated by a city brimming with charm and character, as dynamic as it is timeless, leaving you with memories that, like its wines, only improve with time.


Looking for more inspiration for things to do in Bordeaux? Visit our website Bordeaux Tourism to discover our local treasures to do in the city !

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