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How to Spend 3 Days in Bordeaux

How to Spend 3 Days in Bordeaux

With three days in Bordeaux, there’s time to experience the city highlights and explore the surrounding region. Take time to savor Bordeaux’s gourmet cuisine, shop at the markets, and enjoy a leisurely wine tasting amid the vineyards. Here are some ideas for three days in Bordeaux.

Day 1: Sightseeing in the City

With three days in Bordeaux, you can afford to spend a full day taking in the sights. For independent travelers, hiring an electric car is a great way to get around, offering the convenience of a GPS-programed itinerary, while leaving you free to explore at your own pace. Alternatively, book a private tour and benefit from the expertise of a local guide who can customize the tour to suit your preferences. 

If you didn’t stop at the historic squares of Place de la Bourse, Place des Quinconces, or Place de la Comédie in your morning tour, do so in the afternoon. Also, pay a visit to the Cité du Vin wine museum for an insight into France’s winemaking history. In the evening, admire the city’s illuminated monuments on a night tour or set sail along the Garonne River for a scenic dinner cruise.  

Day 2: Wine Tasting

Bordeaux is one of France’s most renowned wine regions, known for its bold reds and home to more than 60 different appellations. The most popular wine-growing areas are the Medoc, which stretches north along the Gironde, and Saint Emilion, east of the city. It’s possible to visit both on a full-day tour, including visits to some of the region’s most prestigious wine chateaux, guided wine tastings, and a walking tour of the UNESCO-listed medieval village of St. Emilion. 

Alternatively, combine wine tasting with fresh oysters on a visit to nearby Arcachon, the oyster capital of France, where you can also take in the views from the Dune of Pilat—the highest in Europe. For an even more special wine tasting experience, choose a private customized tasting tour or add on a hot air balloon ride or helicopter flight over the vineyards.

Day 3: Shopping and Street Markets

Head to Bordeaux’s main market, Marché des Capucins, in the morning, where you can sample regional specialities including cheeses, wines, and sweet canelés cakes. Another top spot for foodies is the Golden Triangle—the shopping area bordered by Cours Georges Clemenceau, Cours de l’Intendance, and Allées de Tourny—where you find some of Bordeaux’s best patisseries, delicatessens, and chocolatiers. To fully experience the flavors of Bordeaux, oin a guided food tasting tour or take a cooking class at the renowned L'Atelier des Chefs cooking school.

Spend your final afternoon in Bordeaux in the atmospheric Chartrons district, where highlights include the Cap Sciences Museum, CAPC Contemporary Art Museum, and Quai des Marques shopping center. Stick around after sunset, when the bars and bistros along the waterfront Quai de Chartons afford views along the Garonne.

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Medoc Region Wine Day Trip with Vineyard Visits & Tastings from BordeauxWine Tastings

Medoc Region Wine Day Trip with Vineyard Visits & Tastings from Bordeaux

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Enjoy a full day of exploring the beautiful Médoc region on a wine tour from Bordeaux. The Médoc region is responsible for some of the best wines that are produced in Bordeaux, and it’s an excellent place to go wine tasting in France. Stop at multiple wineries housed in magnificent chateaux. The idyllic surroundings, renowned vineyards, and historic castles make this a perfect day trip from Bordeaux.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Bordeaux Like a Local: Customized Private TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Bordeaux Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

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Bordeaux is renowned for its UNESCO-listed monuments and fine wines, but many travelers only get to see the highlights. On this tour, discover the city through the eyes of a Bordeaux local and enjoy a personalized itinerary custom-made for you. Your ‘Lokafyer’ guide is no typical tour guide—instead, they will show you around the city like a friend, take you to the neighborhoods that they know and love, and give you tips on where to eat, drink, and shop in the city.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Bordeaux Super Saver: Small-Group Trip to Arcachon with Oyster Tasting and Lunch plus Médoc Wine TourDay Trips

Bordeaux Super Saver: Small-Group Trip to Arcachon with Oyster Tasting and Lunch plus Médoc Wine Tour

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Combine two of the most popular Bordeaux excursions into one full-day including magnificent châteaux, picturesque vineyards, wine tasting and fresh oysters in the Bay of Arcachon and Médoc wine region. With this Bordeaux Super Saver, you'll experience the best of the region in one day at a discount. Group size is limited to eight people, ensuring more personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Bordeaux Super Saver: Small-Group Wine Tasting and Lunch plus St-Emilion Wine TourDay Trips

Bordeaux Super Saver: Small-Group Wine Tasting and Lunch plus St-Emilion Wine Tour

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Indulge in two top-selling Bordeaux wine tours at a discount with this Bordeaux Super Saver. Enjoy a morning wine workshop in Bordeaux during which you'll sample some of France's most beloved wines from famous wine regions like Côtes du Rhône, Burgundy and the Loire Valley as you nibble on cheese, cured meat and bread. Spend the afternoon visiting two châteaux in nearby St-Emilion for vineyard tours and wine tastings. Group size is limited to eight people to ensure more personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 9 hours
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Medoc Region Private Sightseeing & Wine Day Trip with Tasting from BordeauxDay Trips

Medoc Region Private Sightseeing & Wine Day Trip with Tasting from Bordeaux

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Discover the Médoc red wine region on a private tour from Bordeaux. With a guide who is dedicated to your own group, you’ll call in at three esteemed wine chateaux for tastings and cellar visits. Plus, stop for plenty of photo stops at other renowned wine estates around the region.
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  • 5 to 9 hours
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  • 5 to 9 hours
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Bordeaux Super Saver: Gourmet Food Walking Tour with Lunch plus Médoc Wine TastingWine Tastings

Bordeaux Super Saver: Gourmet Food Walking Tour with Lunch plus Médoc Wine Tasting

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Combine two popular tours with this full-day Bordeaux Super Saver to indulge in the best food and wine the region has to offer. Start with a morning food tour in historic Bordeaux, followed by an afternoon spent wine tasting in the Médoc region. Sample local cheese, gourmet chocolate and freshly-baked baguettes. Enjoy a buffet-style lunch at midday before heading into the nearby Médoc region for vineyard tours and wine tasting at two châteaux. Group size is limited to eight people to ensure more personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 9 hours
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