Pace yourself during the week, cause a weekend spent in Bordeaux is a weekend full of drinking those beautiful wines. Adding on from its well-known premium wines, chateau tours and sun-litted vineyards, Bordeaux is a set of 18th century UNESCO world-heritage architectural collection. Add to your list of Europe nicest walks because the walk along the Garonne River is super chilling and very pleasing. Make sure you book a gastronomy fine-dine and you are on your best to explore this South Western part of France.
As city-break destination: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
As a word: ornate
As a destination: family, medium group of friends
Currency: Euro (€1= U$1.12)
Excludes flight or mode of transfer and intercity transfers as this may vary depending on your selection on your trip and any extra shopping are excluded.
Total damage to the Piggy Bank per person: €191.00 (U$203)
Lunch at Chateau (optional) €20.00 (U$22.00)
Dinner at Miles (5 dinner course+wine) €55.00 (U$62.00)
Accommodation €66.00 (U$73.00)
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT BORDEAUX?
As one of the most famous wine producers in the world, you would probably want to visit Bordeaux for the wines. Best time to visit the city is during its harvest season either May, June, September and October. July and August will be the peak of the season like any other part of Europe when the weather will be long and hot with flock of tourists coming around and about. Most cellars will also be closed to prepare for the harvest season. As you come to the end of October, too, the cellars will likely to be close for harvesting. Should you need to decide on the best of times – try June as it will be accompanied by different events of markets and festivals.
HOW TO GET FROM THE AIRPORT TO BORDEAUX CITY CENTRE?
If you are not driving, there is a local bus no. 1 which can take you straight into the city centre. The bus is every 10 mins during weekdays, every 15 mins on Saturdays and 20 mins on Sundays. The trip is 45 minutes. It costs €1.40 one-way.
HOW TO GO AROUND IN BORDEAUX?
48 HOURS ITINERARY IN A JIZZ!
09:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast
10:00 – 14:00 – Château La Dominique Vineyard visit and lunch
14:00 – 15:00 – Enroute to Saint-Émilion UNESCO village
15:00 – 17:00 – Saint-Émilion Village
17:00 – 18:00 – To Bordeaux City
19:30 – 21:00 – Dinner at MILES
20:30 – Walk around the city/Rest
10:00 – 14:00 – Château La Dominique
Our Château wine tour started as early at 10 a.m. For an inexperienced drinker, going to a city famous for its wine was slightly off-tangent destination but fear not, the tour will get you up to speed to its level. We picked Château La Dominique as the region is quite well-known. The tour will take you their vineyards, detailing their processes outlining why they are where they are today with the brand. As part of the wine-tasting course, the tour will let you taste their best brands and compliment it with the type of food which will best-match their flavours. Completely appropriate for a fancy wine tasting experience! Give yourself a bit of time at the Château for a longer lunch and more wine on top of the wine tasting.
Château La Dominique
15:00 – 17:00 – Saint-Émilion Village
On the same region, you can visit the village of Saint-Émilion, not too far of a drive from the Chateau. This is another UNESCO World Heritage site where you can find historical ruins of the Romans around its narrow alleys and churches. You can also forget about going up massive amount of stairs to view the city because you can see the beautiful view of this village pretty much as soon as you arrive.
19:30 – 21:00 – DINNER AT MILES
Get in touch with French gastronomy. We visited MILES as it was one of the most reasonably priced fine-dining in friendly modern bistro. The chefs come from multicultural backgrounds of Israel, Japan, New Caledonia and France/Vietnam which I thought was super unique and creative. Definitely recommended if you are planning to come by Bordeaux. Let’s see if I can name these dishes correctly.
11:00 – 14:00 – Marché des Quais
Stroll by the river via Quai Louie XVIII on Sunday morning to visit the fresh produce market, Marché des Quais. Fresh oysters, wines, canelé, cheesecakes, eclairs, selection of cheese, fruits and lunch menus are available between the hours of 7am to 1pm and continue with goods and crafts to 4pm. Counting by the weather, this market is perfect when it is sunny and warm. We went by during the start of early Spring and cherry blossoms and we absolutely loved it.
14:00 – 18:00 – Bordeaux City Centre
The charms of neo-classical architecture pretty much made this city what it is. The main attractions are centered closely to each other and they are definitely enjoyable by walks or using the public tram. The main attractions which may steal your interests are Le Miroir d’eau (Water Mirror), Place de la Bourse. Pont de pierre bridge, Monument aux Girondins, Cité du Vin (Wine-shaped building location on the North of the river), Opéra National de Bordeaux (Grand Theatre) and Bordeaux Cathedral.
18:00 – TO AIRPORT OR OFF TO NEXT DESTINATION
TIPS ON BORDEAUX:
- Bordeaux Airport (Billi) Airport is quite small. Don’t be surprised that you will be asked to wait outside of the hall within minutes of your boarding hours. Give yourself a little bit of time, it’s just the way they do it.
- If you opt to drive, I definitely recommend it to explore the vast vineyards and cellars they have around the regions. Do be very careful if you end up driving to the City Center. There are narrow alleys, crowded, traffic and quite a hassle to find parking.
- Visit the Water Mirror around or after sunset for a beautiful night view but early enough that you don’t walk around the city too late.