Pont de Pierre Tours

What is perhaps one of the most iconic bridges in all of France is definitely a must-see for visitors to Bordeaux. Connecting the left and right bank of the city since 1819 but ordered by Napoleon I during the First French Empire, Pont de Pierre–the stone bridge– was the first bridge to cross the mighty Garonne River. Indeed, its construction was a challenging one, as the current is extremely strong at this point in the river; more than 4,000 workers were needed to build it, using an English diving bell to stabilize the pillars. Consequently, Pont de Pierre was actually the only bridge to connect the two banks for nearly 150 years!

The red-stone bridge consists of seventeen spans–the exact number of letters in the name Napoléon Bonaparte–lined with elegant iron light posts; each of the bridge’s pillars is capped by a medallion to honor both the emperor and Bordeaux’s coat of arms. A transport route was created in 2004 to convey the over-sized structural sections of the Airbus A380 airliner from the manufacturer to the headquarters in Toulouse; Pont de Pierre had to be slightly modified to allow the passage of barges, and thus became a new quintessential thing to do in Bordeaux in the process.

Practical Info

The Pont de Pierre is one of the main entrance points to the historic center and the easiest way to travel between the left and right bank of Bordeaux. The best place to admire the bridge, the newly renovated quays and the cityscape in the background is from the right bank on Quai Deschamps or Quai des Queyries, or better yet, from the middle of the bridge. It is possible to cross it on foot, by tram via Route A (stop at either Porte de Bourgogne or Stalingrad) or by car.
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Address: Pont de Pierre, Bordeaux 33000, France
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2-Hour Bordeaux Segway Tour

Zip past the UNESCO-listed monuments of Bordeaux on a thrilling 2-hour Segway tour. Learn to operate your easy-to-use self-balancing Segway, then follow your guide on a scenic tour around Bordeaux’s bridges, quays and riverbanks. Glide through Place de la Comédie, soak up the atmosphere in lively Quinquonce Place and weave through the Saint Pierre quarter. Hop off along the way to pose for photos or marvel at city landmarks like the grand Bordeaux Cathedral.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Garonne River Cruise Including Lunch from Bordeaux

Take a leisurely midday break with a 3-hour lunch cruise through Bordeaux on the Garonne River. Sip a welcome apéritif as you settle in for the cruise, then dine on a lovely 3-course lunch prepared on board with seasonal and regional ingredients. As you eat lunch, watch the sights of this UNESCO-listed city drift past – including Quai Richelieu, Pont de Pierre, Place de la Bourse and the Basilica of St Michael.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Garonne River Cruise Including Dinner from Bordeaux

Enjoy a leisurely 3-hour dinner cruise along the Garonne River to see the sights of Bordeaux from the water. Begin with a welcome apéritif as you settle into your seat on the boat. Watch as the many attractions of this UNESCO-listed city drift by the windows while you dine on a 3-course dinner made with seasonal and regional ingredients.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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2-Hour Bordeaux Electric Bike Tour

See more of Bordeaux in less time, and travel in comfort, when you explore the city on an electric bike tour. Choose from morning or afternoon departure times, and set off from the city center. With help from the bike, you’ll see the UNESCO-listed city’s major highlights in just a couple hours, from the 11th-century Bordeaux Cathedral and the Garonne River to the sprawling Place des Quinconces and more. Learn more about the sights from your guide as you explore.
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1.5-Hour Bordeaux Electric Car Self-Guided Sightseeing Tour

Inject some fun into your sightseeing tour and zip around Bordeaux in a compact and eco-friendly electric car. Follow the car’s 1.5-hour GPS-programmed route or devise your own itinerary; hop out to explore Place des Quinconces, the Golden Triangle, and Place de la Bourse; and spot landmarks such as the Grand Théâtre, the Pont de Pierre, and the Palais Rohan along the way
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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UNESCO Cruise

Bordeaux’s crescent-shaped harbor—the ‘Port of the Moon’—and waterfront landmarks are protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. On this 1-hour cruise, take in the highlights of the Garonne River from the water; spot sights including the Pont de Pierre, Place de la Bourse, and Pont Chaban Delmas; and learn more about Bordeaux’s history and heritage.
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