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Bordeaux tours and excursions

Bordeaux tours

Boat tours

Get to know Bordeaux from a totally different angle with a 90-minute boat cruise along the Garonne. You get a guided commentary in English and French aboard either the Aquitainia or the Burdigala as you discover centuries of Bordeaux riverside history.

Tel: +33 5 56 49 36 88.

Wine tours

The Bordeaux tourist office and the Maison du Vin offer excellent guided tours including one-day tours of Bordeaux, the wine merchants' district of Chartrons, as well as tours to the area's vineyards and châteaux. The Bordeaux Wine Experience specialises in English-language wine and culinary tours in the Bordeaux region.

Tel: +33 5 56 00 66 00; +33 5 56 20 64 12.

Bordeaux excursions


The Bassin d'Arcachon is France's fourth largest oyster producer. Consequently Arcachon, 55km (34 miles) from Bordeaux, has many seafood restaurants where the excellent oysters can be sampled. Around Arcachon are many sheltered beaches popular with the Bordelais, as well as the Dune du Pilat, the largest sand dune in Europe.

Office de Tourisme d'Arcachon (Esplanade Georges Pompidou) can provide further information.

Tel: +33 5 57 52 97 97.


Some of the world's greatest wines are produced in the Gironde estuary, the area around Bordeaux. It is possible to visit the vineyards and châteaux, but is best to make an appointment in advance. Among the most celebrated are châteaux Latour Martillac, Margaux, Lafite-Rothschild and Mouton-Rothschild.

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Featured Hotels


Hotel SeeKo'o

As trendy as its name suggests, and housed in a striking white building, this boutique hotel on Bordeaux's riverside offers 45 open-plan suites with swanky modern furniture. Floor-to-ceiling windows give fantastic views of the river, and some rooms have round beds straight out of a 1960s film.

Hotel Yndo

This new addition to Bordeaux's roster of five-star hotels is a riot of innovative design – but done very discreetly so that comfort isn't sacrificed on the altar of style. It's in a classy 18th-century townhouse close to the Golden Triangle, and the courtyard garden is a tranquil place for breakfast.

Hotel de Tourny

There's a pleasing mix of traditional and modern in this stylish hotel, where streamlined rooms are enlivened by marble fireplaces and ornate gilt-framed mirrors. Housed in a handsome 18th-century townhouse, the hotel is in a prime location a few steps away from the Golden Triangle.

Hotel Continental

Set in an elegant 18th-century townhouse this classic hotel is in a pedestrianised street in the centre of Bordeaux. It offers a selection of spacious and comfortable rooms at good value for the location and the family room has its own terrace. Breakfast is included in the price.

Mama Shelter

Philippe Starck's budget hotels are packed full of style, and his Bordeaux outpost is no exception. Airy rooms include iMac TVs and free Wi-Fi, and the downstairs bar and restaurant are seriously funky. The star feature is the rooftop restaurant with great city views.

Le Boutique Hotel

You can't beat the location of this sophisticated hotel in an 18th-century townhouse just off the Golden Triangle. Individually designed rooms combine innovative decor with traditional touches. As a bonus, the hotel has one of the most sought-after wine bars in the city, with delicious tapas served in the courtyard garden.