Bordeaux tours

Stretched along the banks of the Garonne River, Bordeaux, also known as the Sleeping Beauty of France, will enchant you from the very moment you arrive.

Bordeaux is surrounded by vineyards whose names are known around the world, such as Médoc, St Emilion, Margaux and Sauterne. As if this were not enough, the Atlantic Ocean and Bay of Arcachon are never far away. There is truly something for everyone here.

Enjoy wine tastings, stay at wine estates and take the opportunity to meet with French oenologists and sommeliers.

 

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Kris & Kristina
Thank you so much Emilie for all your hard work on our anniversary trip to St. Emilion and the Loire Valley! We had such a great time and everything you planned for us was just …
Duration
10 days
Price
US$ 2820

Bordeaux & Dordogne's Heritage

Region
in Bordeaux & Dordogne

Bordeaux and Dordogne regions are 2 very rich regions in terms of heritage...and gastronomy & wine of course too. From the middle ages to the Renaissance, you will find what you like there !

Heritage & History
Gourmet Experience
Duration
13 days
Price
US$ 3180

The Loire Valley & Bordeaux UNESCO sites

Region
in Loire Valley & Bordeaux

Uncover every hideaway of the Loire Valley and Bordeaux UNESCO heritage. Taste typical regional food at your Hosts’ table and stay at Bed & Breakfasts with unique atmospheres.

Heritage & History
Villages & Markets
Duration
13 days
Price
US$ 3350

Scenic Roads & French Cuisine

Region
in Loire Valley, Bordeaux & Dordogne

Travel through three of the most fascinating regions in France. Let your friendly Hosts introduce you to the French "sweet life" in their charming B&Bs.

Wine Tasting
Villages & Markets
Sceneries
Duration
16 days
Price
US$ 4050

The "Tour de France"

Region
in Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Dordogne & Provence

France Just For You has organized its own very special Tour de France. No need for a bike but be ready for a great deal of adventure! This itinerary will take you off the beaten path to all the must sees & dos throughout 4 of the most enthralling regions of France.

Wine Tasting
Villages & Markets
Gourmet Experience
Duration
16 days
Price
US$ 4250

The Authentic South West of France

Region
in Basque Country, Dordogne & Bordeaux

This self-drive itinerary will take you to the South West of France, from the Basque coastline to the authentic Dordogne, ending in the bustling Bordeaux city.

Villages & Markets
Gourmet Experience
Sceneries
Duration
10 days
Price
US$ 2940

Focus on the South West of France

Region
in Bordeaux, Basque Country & Carcassonne

From Bordeaux Unesco city and its worldwide famous vineyards, to Biarritz and St Jean de Luz mythical beach towns…feeling the fresh air in the Pyrenees foothills…ending in Carcassonne medieval town....what a program.

Wine Tasting
Villages & Markets
Sceneries
Duration
20 days
Price
US$ 4780

Traditions & Heritage of the SW of France

Region
in Bordeaux, Basque Country, Carcassonne & Dordogne

This loop from Bordeaux will take you on a journey to the South West of France: vineyards, mountains, cliff-hanging fortresses and rolling hills: you will enjoy all the diversity of this part of France.

Wine Tasting
Villages & Markets
Duration
26 days
Price
US$ 6080

Self-Driving around France - from Paris to Nice

Region
in Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Provence & French Riviera

Spend about a month to travel from Paris to Nice on the French Riviera and get a real feel for France!

Wine Tasting
Heritage & History
Sceneries
Duration
26 days
Price
US$ 5950

The Many Facets of France

Region
in Burgundy, Dordogne, Bordeaux, Loire Valley & Normandy

This itinerary is for independent travelers who already know the South coast of France and who are looking for discovering the “inside” of the country.

Wine Tasting
Villages & Markets
Gourmet Experience
Duration
26 days
Price
US$ 6120

Southern France from Bordeaux to Avignon

Region
in Bordeaux, Dordogne, Basque Country, Carcassonne & Provence

When we mention Southern France, many travelers think of Provence...but there is much more to discover between the South-West and the South-East of France. This 26 day itinerary is designed to give you a very complete tour of the South part of France, enjoying the gastronomy, heritage, wine, villages, scenic roads...everything France has to offer.

Wine Tasting
Gourmet Experience
Duration
13 days
Price
US$ 3750

France for Wine Lovers

Region
in Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Burgundy & Champagne

This itinerary is designed for gourmet travelers who aim at discovering about the French wines. Our tours also mix heritage, culture, nice strolls, gardens etc. In this tour, you will stay in wineries, by vineyards & in wine towns. An asbolute must for wine lovers !

Wine Tasting
Gourmet Experience
Sceneries
Bordeaux Bordeaux

How to Get to Bordeaux

If you are flying into Paris then getting to Bordeaux is a piece of cake. Simply hop on the TGV train at Paris Montparnasse and ride down to Bordeaux St Jean. The quickest train takes 3 hours 15 minutes. Next year, thanks to the installation of an extra fast TGV, travel time will be cut down to just 2 hours!

If you would rather focus your energy on the Southwest of France, you can fly straight there. Fly into Bordeaux Merignac or Toulouse Blagnac airports and you’ll save a whole lot of time and energy.

For those who prefer the freedom of taking their own vehicle down to Bordeaux, driving takes around five hours from Paris. If you plan on travelling by car, we recommend stopping off in the Loire Valley on the way.

Alternatively, Bordeaux is easily accessible by car from the Dordogne (2 hours), Carcassonne (3 hours) and Toulouse (2.5 hours). Why not start your trip in one of these magical cities before heading over to Bordeaux?

 

The Gironde Region

 Bordeaux is just one part of the magnificent Gironde region. When the Garonne leaves Bordeaux, it widens and flows to the ocean. This wider stretch of water is known as the Gironde Estuary and gives the region its name.

The river is an important part of the city and is beautiful to walk along in the sunshine. Some travelers also enjoy river cruises along the Garonne, though we specialize in driving tours which include walking tours and bike tours for those who enjoy biking.

 

Médoc Wine Region

Sitting between the Gironde and the Atlantic Ocean is Médoc – the Gironde’s famous wine country. The wines here are famous across the globe and it’s not hard to see why!

Within Médoc are a number of small villages that are well worth taking the time to explore. Pauillac, Margaux and St Estèphe are particularly beautiful with their cobbled streets and wine chateaux. This a real taste of France.

For something a bit different, you could head to Verdon, on the bank of the Gironde Estuary, and get the ferry across to Royan. The ferry runs throughout the day and only takes around 20 minutes. This short trip offers you the chance to see part of the Loire Valley.

 

Le Bassin d’Arcachon

Known in English as Arcachon Bay, le Bassin d’Arcachon is a stunning section of France’s coastline. With fine sandy beaches and sparkling (albeit incredibly cold) water, it is easy to spend the day soaking up the sun here.

Of course, no trip to Arcachon is complete without climbing the Pyla Dune (Dune du Pyla). This monstrous sand dune measures 110m in height, making it the largest of its kind in Europe. The view from the top is utterly breath-taking and worth the sweating and panting as you clamber to the top.

Once you’ve exhausted yourself exploring le Bassin d’Arcachon’s natural wonders, it’s time to eat. Arcachon is famous for oyster farming so make the most of this by tucking into some at one of the region’s restaurants. Of course, you will need to wash it down with a glass of Bordeaux wine (or two).

 

Bordeaux - A Unesco City

Now we come to the pièce de résistance of the Gironde region: Bordeaux. This incredible city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has undergone massive renovations in the past decade or so.

Bordeaux is a city that exudes beauty, from its majestic architecture to the river that divides it in two. Walking along the quay when the sun is out is the perfect way to see the city and absorb Bordeaux’s laid-back atmosphere.

The city’s snazzy and unique new bridge is also a must-see, especially if you’re a fan of interesting architecture. Or, if your interests lie more in the world of wine, La Cité du Vin cannot be missed. This intricate building encompasses all kinds of wine-based exhibitions, workshops and events. A must for any wine-lover.

 

Entre-Deux-Mers

Located between the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers, Entre-Deux-Mers is one of Bordeaux’s wine regions. This special region attracts people from across the globe who are interested in wine tasting tours and in sampling the local produce so we warmly recommend making it a point to spend some time in this area.

 

Saint Emilion Vineyards

Saint Emilion is living proof that with great beauty comes great numbers of tourists. This staggeringly gorgeous little town is always jam-packed with visitors, but there are peaceful parts too, which we will direct you to in your personal guidebook.

We recommend taking a walk on the outskirts of the town so you can make the most of it without getting caught up in the crowds. You may like to spend a full day walking through some of our favorite vineyards and wine estates and have a picnic in one of them under the ever-present sun.

 

Bordeaux Wines

The main reason people go to Bordeaux is to sample its mouth-watering selection of French wines. However, while it is one thing to taste the wine, it is quite another to fully understand them.

Bordeaux wines have more detailed classifications than any other kind in the world. They have 57 appellations encompassed within 6 classifications:

  • The 1855 Médoc Classification
  • The 1855 Sauternes and Barsac Classification
  • The 2012 St Emilion Classification
  • The 1959 Graves Classification
  • The 1932 Cru Bourgeois Classification
  • The 2006 Médoc Crus Artisans Classification

You will learn all about these classifications and more on your guided tour with our special wine guide. Our guide comes from a wine-making family and will sculpt your itinerary to show you the best wines in Bordeaux. Thanks to our guide you will be able to access wine estates that are not usually open to tourists.

If you want something special, our guide can organise a lunch in a winery for you. Your meal will be presided over by a ”maitre de chai” (cellar master). Alternatively, we can take you to a wine estate for a less in-depth wine experience. Here you will be welcomed with open arms and big smiles – this isn’t always the case with some of the bigger, more commercial wineries. 

 

Where to Stay in Bordeaux

We have specially selected a few premium B&Bs for our guests who wish to stay in the city centre. From here it is easy to take public transport or walk to all of Bordeaux’s best districts. This is a great option if you want to enjoy the big city.

For those looking for something a bit quieter, we also have B&Bs available in the countryside. Guests can stay in Médoc or St Emilion – the perfect location to get acquainted with the local vineyards.

Bordeaux is the pride and joy of southwest France. With the Atlantic Ocean on one side, the vineyards on the other and dozens of glorious chateaux in between, it simply cannot be missed. 

Our Travelers’ Reviews

Clemmer & David
France Just for You - Emile and Laura - accomplished the task with skill and knowledge. Accommodations were excellent with lots of local color, suggestions for parking a large SUV were helpful, solving on the spot problems was handled with expertise and courtesy, sites were overwhelmingly beautiful. The guide book is the best. All the guides were …
Miller Family
Our family of 5 adults spent 17 days touring France on a trip built around the Women's World Cup Semi-finals and Final in Lyon. France Just For You did a marvelous job setting up beautiful, well managed B&B's in 5 different regions as we explored both the history and gastronomy of France. Guided tours from personable and informative guides during …
Valerie
Emilie deserves every 5 (actually I give her 10!) star review since we never dreamed our 2 week trip through the Loire, Normandy and Paris could be so perfect. One of the many steps above and beyond was arranging a full-day private tour in Normandy since my husband's uncle (who is still alive) was there on D-Day. Our guide, Noémie, knew in advance …

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