In this article, I cover a 4-day itinerary in the Bordeaux region, however, you can stay as short as two days and of course extending your stay to 5 days or more.
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Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux
- Ideal Arrival Time: Morning or early afternoon.
- Arrive at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport or Bordeaux-Saint-Jean Train Station. It is easy to Get to Bordeaux from Bordeaux Airport. Transportation options inlcude anything from tram A to a private transfer.
- Check in to your chosen accommodation, which could be a hotel, boutique inn, or a vacation rental in Bordeaux city center.
- Spend the afternoon exploring Bordeaux’s historic city center, known for its stunning 18th-century architecture. Visit attractions like Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux’s Water Mirror (Le Miroir d’eau), and the Grosse Cloche.
- In the evening, enjoy a traditional Bordelais dinner at a local restaurant. Bordeaux is famous for its wine and cuisine, so be sure to try some local dishes. See my article on Best Restaurants in Bordeaux.
Day 2: Wine Tasting in Bordeaux Vineyards
- Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Karl or enjoy a coffee and a divine croissant at one of Bordeaux cafés. My favourite coffee is at L’Alchimiste.
- Join a guided wine tour to explore the nearby vineyards of Bordeaux, which are world-renowned for producing some of the finest wines. Consider a tour in the Médoc, Saint-Émilion, or Pessac-Léognan regions, depending on your wine preferences. See more on different wine regions in my Blog or contact me for your wine tour booking.
- Enjoy wine tastings at various châteaux and learn about the wine-making process.
- Return to Bordeaux in the late afternoon and explore more of the city or relax at your accommodation. Wine tours typically return to Bordeaux around 6 pm, however, you can plan for earlier arrival on a private tour.
Day 3: Exploring Bordeaux
- Begin your day with a visit to the Cité du Vin, an interactive wine museum where you can learn about the history of wine and enjoy wine tastings. Check out my video about Cité du Vin.
- If you do not like museums head to the market Marche du Capucins to taste local foods and mingle with the bordelais over a glass. You can also join one of many food tours in the city. Most food tours will bring you to a market. Also see my article on the Best Farmers’ Markets in Bordeaux.
- Have lunch at a local restaurant or café. There are two restaurants at Cité du Vin and a few more on the Left Bank along the Garonne River.
- Cross Pont de Pierre brigde and visit the Darwin Ecosystem on the Right Bank, a trendy cultural space with street art, shops, and cafes.
- Spend your evening at one of Bordeaux’s gourmet restaurants or wine bars, indulging in a fine dining experience.
Day 4: Day Trip to Arcachon
- Take a day trip to Arcachon, a charming seaside town located about an hour from Bordeaux.
- Explore the town’s beautiful beaches, particularly the famous Dune of Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe.
- Enjoy fresh seafood at a local restaurant overlooking the Arcachon Bay.
- Endulge in oyster tasting at one of the oyster farms near Archachon and around Cap Ferret.
- Return to Bordeaux in the evening.