Begin your 2-hour walking tour in central Bordeaux. Meet your informative guide and set off to explore the elegant streets as you learn about the city’s history and culture. Your precise route may vary depending on the weather and number of people in your group, but your guide will showcase as many of the city’s landmarks as possible.
Make your way to the magnificent Monument aux Girondins, a soaring fountain and column that celebrates the Girondists, a group of 18th-century, conservative National Assembly deputies executed in 1793 for their counter-revolutionary activities during the French Revolution.
Crane your neck to see the winged Statue of Liberty that crowns the column, and then stroll along the pretty banks of the Garonne River. Soak up the river views and pause at the Place de la Bourse, one of Bordeaux’s most recognizable squares. Created by Louis XV’s chief architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel in the 18th century, this impressive expanse is home to the handsome Stock Exchange (Bourse), and a the beautiful fountain of the three graces.
Continue to the Rue Sainte-Catherine, the traffic-free avenue that ranks as one of Europe’s longest pedestrianized thoroughfares. Saunter past the chic shops and restaurants that frame this street, and pass the Place de la Victoire on route to the Place de la Comédie.
Stop at this bustling square, and discover how it was once the location of a Roman temple. Pose for photos outside the sweeping, columned portico of the Grand Théâtre, a stunning neoclassical building that has become a symbol of the city. As admire the perfectly proportioned façade, hear how the theater was completed in 1780 and stands as a monument to the wealth of Bordeaux's emerging bourgeoisie at the time.
Drink in the buzz of the square, and then finish your tour back at the start point. Bid goodbye to your guide, who will be happy to offer tips if you wish to continue exploring Bordeaux independently.