Explore Bordeaux: Where History Meets Wine
Bordeaux and its region is globally celebrated for its exceptional wine culture. But the Bordeaux area has even more to offer. Bordeaux is more than just a city sharing its name with the famous French wine. With over 350 historical buildings and monuments, numerous museums, and a brand-new wine experience center, the city of Bordeaux is a must-visit for wine and history lovers. It’s no wonder that even the Parisians are leaving the capital for Bordeaux.
Between discovering Bordeaux and exploring the famous wine region, to exploring the stunning dunes on the Atlantic coast, the Bordeaux area has so much to offer. Véronique–founder of VeronicTravel and native to Bordeaux–is your trusted source for insider insights. With us, you’ll experience Bordeaux and its surroundings from an authentic local perspective.
Bordeaux is Easy to Visit
- Less than a Week to Explore: You can enjoy Bordeaux and its gorgeous region in just a matter of days, making it the perfect getaway for traveling families with limited time.
- A Stone’s Throw from Paris: Bordeaux is only a two-hour train ride away from the bustling heart of Paris. In no time, you can find yourself immersed in the beauty and culture of Bordeaux.
- Stroll Through History: Bordeaux is a highly walkable city, perfect for leisurely exploration. From the historic district dating back to the Middle Ages to the 19th-century downtown center, you can meander through the city’s rich history and architectural beauty.
- Year-Round Charm: Bordeaux is an enticing destination year-round. While it’s always welcoming, certain seasons offer exceptional highlights. Consider visiting during the early autumn, particularly in September and October, for ideal weather and vibrant wine harvest experiences, “les vendanges.”
Best Itineraries in Bordeaux
Bordeaux and its region have so much to offer, from the beautiful beaches of the nearby Atlantic Ocean to the famous vineyards, charming villages, and rich history. Bordeaux itself, considered one of the most livable cities in France, is a gem waiting to be explored. With Véronique’s insider knowledge and local contacts, she can tailor tours to your unique desires. Below, we share just a few snippets of itineraries to give you a taste of what’s possible. If you feel inspired by these tours, we’d be delighted to create your bespoke travel itinerary for the Bordeaux area.
Bordeaux Wine Tour & More: History, Gastronomy, and Saint Emilion
This Bordeaux itinerary offers an ideal blend of wine, history, and gastronomy, as well as a solid overview of the entire Bordeaux area. The tour spans several days in Bordeaux. Here, you’ll explore the city’s renowned historic district and iconic monuments while savoring Bordeaux famous gastronomy. Following your time in Bordeaux, you’ll enjoy a stay in Saint Emilion, where you’ll wander through the charming stone-cobbled streets and visit local vineyards, all while indulging in the region’s culinary delights.
VeronicTravel expertly organizes guided tours to both well-known and hidden gem chateaux in the area. Guests enjoy the unique opportunity to taste world-class wines and even dine within a chateau. For those with time and interest, there’s also the chance to explore Arcachon Bay and its famous dunes.
This tour includes, but is not limited to:
- A panoramic tour of the beautiful city of Bordeaux
- Wine tastings in typical wine bars
- An excursion to the medieval town of St Emilion and its surrounding chateaux and wineries
Explore the Beautiful Vineyards of the Bordeaux Wine Region
Explore the prestigious wine regions surrounding Bordeaux, renowned for their exceptional Bordeaux grape varieties and world-class Bordeaux wine tasting experiences. From the renowned Medoc to the historic Graves and the enchanting St Emilion, Bordeaux offers a diverse tapestry of vineyards and terroirs that have made it one of the world’s most famous wine destinations.
Bordeaux wine region’s fame is deeply rooted in centuries of winemaking tradition and excellence. Here, the marriage of ideal climate, rich soil, and a legacy of winemaking expertise creates the perfect conditions for producing some of the finest wines globally. Bordeaux is celebrated for its diverse terroirs, which allow for the cultivation of several grape varieties, including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. These grape varieties, each contributing its unique character, combine to craft Bordeaux’s legendary red blends.
As you embark on your wine journey through the Bordeaux region, VeronicTravel ensures you immerse yourself in the heart of this wine paradise, exploring famed and lesser-known chateaux while relishing the exceptional Bordeaux wine tasting experiences that have made this region a true vinicultural icon.
A Day in St Emilion
A holiday in the Bordeaux region would be incomplete without a visit to the charming medieval town of St Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site celebrated for its historic vineyards, remarkable underground catacombs, and captivating architectural beauty. Staying in a château in Saint Emilion is the ideal way to immerse yourself in the town’s rich heritage.
Saint Emilion’s fame as a wine destination lies in its exceptional terroir, which has been producing renowned Bordeaux wines for centuries. The town’s subterranean catacombs, carved into limestone, provide the perfect aging environment for these celebrated wines, making Saint Emilion a must-visit for wine enthusiasts.
Activities VeronicTravel organizes here range from picturesque vineyard tours by horse or bike to immersive wine tasting experiences. We also organize gastronomic lunches, either in the heart of the town’s charming streets or within a countryside auberge, where you can savor the finest local cuisine.
Where to Stay in Bordeaux
When it comes to accommodations in Bordeaux, the choice is yours. If you’re seeking the vibrant city experience, Bordeaux offers a range of boutique hotels that feel like staying in private homes, as well as apartments of all calibers available for rent. Alternatively, you can opt for a stay outside of Bordeaux, nestled in a charming chateau on a vineyard. The unique advantage of booking with VeronicTravel lies in her extensive local contacts, allowing her to tailor your stay precisely to your holiday dreams.
Bordeaux Apartments to Rent
We offer a selection of high-end apartments available for rent through our local contacts. Let us set you up in one of these exquisite spaces for a comfortable and memorable stay.
Boutique Luxury Hotels
Bordeaux is experiencing a surge of new hotels, particularly enchanting boutique hotels nestled within old homes featuring private gardens, embodying the epitome of charm. We would love nothing more than to secure your reservation in one of these charming havens.
Staying in a Chateau in the Bordeaux Region
VeronicTravel knows private owners of Chateaux, granting you access to exclusive and privileged experiences during your stay. Imagine the serenity of being nestled on a vineyard in the most famous wine region in the world. It’s an ideal haven for wine enthusiasts and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the time-honored tradition of winemaking.
Ready to explore Bordeaux through the eyes of a true local, a bona fide French resident? Your authentic Bordeaux adventure awaits, and we’re here to make it happen.
From the moment you step into Bordeaux, you’ll sense the richness of its history, the warmth of its culture, and the tantalizing aroma of its world-renowned wines. Bordeaux and its surrounding region is a place where every cobblestone street, every vineyard, and every historic monument has a story to tell, and Véronique is your storyteller and guide.
Whether your heart desires a journey through Bordeaux, the city of charm, the famed wine region that captivates wine enthusiasts worldwide, or the picturesque Atlantic coast with its pristine beaches and breathtaking dunes, Véronique is here to craft your personalized experience. With the knowledge only a true local possesses and a network of insiders, she can introduce you to Bordeaux in all its authenticity.
So, don’t wait. Reach out and let’s begin planning your Bordeaux adventure. Contact us today, and together, we’ll create memories that will last a lifetime.
Bordeaux is calling, and we can’t wait to answer that call with you.
Bordeaux, Wine & Culture
We enjoyed the trip enormously. We talk about it every day, and have been telling our friends about it. I think about how all the people we came in contact with were so well informed and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge. We were so fortunate to be welcomed in chateaux, chalets, and hotel particulier. You certainly have a lot of friends! We saw the beauty of Bordeaux and it’s regions and sampled its bounty, and felt your love and connection to it and its history. Thank you for sharing all this with us!
Bordeaux and its Surroundings
This trip to Bordeaux was incredible. The city, the history, the wine, the gastronomy, the escape
to the Atlantic Ocean and the cultural tours to the Montesquieu castle and the Mauriac’s house.
I’ve been telling my wife that was the best vacation we ever took.
The high point of the trip for me was discussing Mauriac and Camus with the guide when
visiting Mauriac’s house.
Thank you for your expertise.