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Ottavio, our beloved concierge at Burdigala for years, knows Bordeaux like the back of his hand! Between the must-see activities and well-kept secrets, let's explore his perfect itinerary to discover the beautiful city of Bordeaux and its surroundings from every angle in 4 days...


Day 1: Discovering Bordeaux and its heritage.

For a first day full of discoveries, here are 5 essential and varied activities to do in Bordeaux!

To discover the city and its riches in the simplest way, there's nothing like a guided tour of Bordeaux with a knowledgeable guide. You have two options: an exploration focused on history and architecture, or a gourmet stroll with stops at selected artisans known for the quality and uniqueness of their local products. During 2 to 3 hours, you can explore the historic center of Bordeaux, classified in 2007 as a UNESCO World Heritage site as an exceptional urban ensemble, a global first! Get lost in the small streets of different neighborhoods, each offering a unique experience and atmosphere to discover Bordeaux at its heart.

Another must-do activity: visit the Bassins des Lumières. In this historically rich place, admire a visual and auditory technological feat. Set in four cells of the submarine base built between 1941 and 1943, this refurbished space offers an immersive spectacle paying homage to the great masters of painting. From Dalí to Van Gogh, their famous works come to life exceptionally, dazzling both young and old.

Bordeaux is known for its internationally renowned wines. For wine enthusiasts, a visit to the Cité du Vin is a must. Contrary to what one might think, it's not a museum, but a unique cultural installation, celebrating wine as a universal and living heritage. Through around twenty thematic and interactive rooms, wine is presented from historical, scientific, artistic, and playful angles. With its 3,000 m² of exhibition space, the visit concludes with a tasting on the 8th floor, 35 meters high, offering a magnificent view of Bordeaux Bacalan and the Garonne.

For a more active outing, opt for a guided bike tour of the city! It's the perfect way to easily move between different neighborhoods and historical monuments in a most enjoyable setting. Whether on a traditional bike or an electric one, enjoy a breath of fresh air during this 3-hour ride, suitable for all ages!


For art and culture lovers, don't miss three remarkable museums! The Musée d'Aquitaine gathers objects and documents tracing the history of Bordeaux and Aquitaine, from Prehistory to contemporary times, ideal for better understanding the origins of the city and the region. The CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, located in the Lainé warehouse, presents a superb collection of contemporary works since 1984. Finally, the Museum of Fine Arts, founded in 1801, mainly houses a collection of paintings from the 15th to the 20th century, as well as collections of sculptures and graphic arts.

And to end your day beautifully, treat yourself to a wine tasting course in a wine bar animated by passionate sommeliers, while sharing a delicious plate of charcuterie and cheese!


Day 2: Boat trip in Bordeaux

Bordeaux is bisected by the beautiful Garonne river along its entire length. So, take advantage of a guided cruise by a UNESCO-certified guide to discover Bordeaux from a new perspective, along the water. Cross the famous Pont de Pierre, Pont Chaban Delmas, and Pont d'Aquitaine for a maritime experience in the heart of the city.

For an even more memorable boat trip in Bordeaux, treat yourself to a private cruise on a luxurious yacht towards Toulouse: the wild Garonne. You'll have several options for lunch according to your preferences, whether it's a picnic, a meal prepared by the skipper, or even a delicious menu prepared by a chef right before your eyes, to be enjoyed during the cruise.


Day 3: A day in the vineyards

After a day of maritime escapades, return to the land for a unique day among the vineyards. Discover the picturesque medieval village of Saint-Émilion, a few kilometers from Bordeaux, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. Get lost in its small streets transporting you to a timeless universe, before visiting two classified grand cru estates. Ottavio's advice: start with a small-scale family property, focusing on biodynamics and tradition, then continue with a visit to an internationally renowned estate. This village is full of surprises, with its underground passages including the hermitage cave, the Trinity Chapel, or the catacombs of the Monolithic Church.

For lunch, it's up to your preferences! If you prefer a picnic, settle in the garden of a chateau, or opt for more comfort in one of their restaurants. Saint-Émilion also boasts starred restaurants, gastronomic or bistronomic, offering a complete gastronomic experience, some even offering tastings of the famous wines of the region.


Day 4: A day in the Bay

It would be a shame to visit Bordeaux without making a stop at the Arcachon Bay!

The town of Arcachon is full of activities and discoveries. Start with a relaxed walk in the Mauresque Park, then explore the market with its magnificent colors, rich in unique local products. Next, visit the Sainte-Cécile Observatory, offering a 25-meter-high belvedere with a 360° view. Continue your exploration in the Winter City district for a visit filled with history and wonder at incomparable architecture.

For an experience in the heart of the bay, treat yourself to a guided tour on a pinasse boat. Pass between the "tchanquées" cabins, explore the Cap Ferret peninsula and the pretty oyster villages. It's the perfect time to taste the renowned seafood of the region and enjoy the freshest oysters and shrimp accompanied by a bottle of white wine. The skipper will take you to Banc d'Arguin and to secret spots for swimming and enjoying the calm and the sun.

Finally, enjoy a unique panorama of the famous Dune du Pilat, the highest natural sand dune in Europe. It offers a breathtaking view, with landscapes mixing sand, forest, and ocean. It's the perfect place to admire a magnificent sunset.


After four days of intensive exploration of Bordeaux and its surroundings, you will undoubtedly have discovered a multitude of hidden treasures, iconic historical sites, and unforgettable sensory experiences. From tasting fine wines to sailing on the Garonne, to discovering picturesque villages and breathtaking landscapes of the Arcachon Bay, each day has been a unique adventure.

Hoping Ottavio's itinerary has inspired you to explore Bordeaux and its surroundings, we wish you travels filled with adventures and discoveries!

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