2 Night Bordeaux Rouge Experience
2 Night Bordeaux Rouge Experience: Ref: 2BRP
2nd Class Rail including seat reservations either from Paris Montparnasse to Bordeaux St-Jean or vice versa.
Private Car transfer from either Bordeaux (BOD) Airport or Bordeaux St-Jean Station to Hotel or vice versa.
2 nights Mercure Cité Mondiale 3* or similar, Bordeaux
1 x Double/Twin Standard Room
Start Time: 10:00am
Duration: 2 Hrs
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 and 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 recognisable 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.
We continue to the Rue Sainte-Catherine, the traffic free avenue that ranks as one of Europe’s longest pedestrianised 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 theatre 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.
Start Time: 13:30pm
Duration: 4 Hrs
After pickup from a centrally located spot, escape the metropolitan bustle of Bordeaux and travel to lands of verdant vineyards in an air-conditioned coach. Marvel as the views from your coach transform from a city sprawl to a spellbinding natural tableau of rolling hills and beautiful vineyards and listen as you professional guide offers fascinating insight into the rich geological and historical heritage of the winemaking region, which dates back to the 8th Century. Depending on the day of your tour, visit two different wineries and vineyards unless touring St-Émilion. See the picturesque territories of each region and delve into the underground cellars of the wineries to taste refined samples produced on the property.
Please see the Itinerary section for a daily schedule of each winery. After two tastings and 5 hours of exploration, return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to central Bordeaux.
Start Time: Flexible
With this skip-the-line ticket to La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux, the way you spend your time is up to you. Because you get to bypass waiting in huge lines packed with people, there is more time to enjoy the site and all it has to offer. Admire the museum’s modern outdoor architecture before heading inside to take advantage of the exhibits. Learn all about wine culture and dive deep into certain interests as you stroll along through more than 20 different wine themed areas. You can follow an interactive guide on a hand held travel device, or just travel through reading information at your own pace.
After you’re done, go up to the eighth floor to the Belvedere. Get a tasting with your admission ticket of a world wine and then decide if you’d like to purchase a glass or two of wine (own expense) while you relax. See will have a 360 degree view of the city as the room has floor to ceiling glass windows all the way around.