Bordeaux Tours, Vacation Packages & Travel Experiences
Bordeaux is located in the well-known wine region in South West France and is, in its own rights, a very interesting and attractive city well worth spending time in on a France vacation. It is a fairly large city but most of the interesting attractions are in the centre which allows one to walk around it comfortably. The more upscale districts of Bordeaux have been nicknamed "Little Paris". It lies on the banks of the Garonne River and a stroll down the quays of the river will immediately immerse you in history. There are many elegant classical buildings dating back to the 18th Century and, like Paris, it is the architecture that gives the city its charm and ambience. A good example of this is the Place de la Bourse built in the mid-1700’s. An extensive public square in Bordeaux is the Esplanade des Quinconces, considered to be the largest square in Europe. Built in the early 1800’s, the square's monumental fountain honours important past citizens. Nearby are the Jardin Public with its botanical gardens and the Natural History Museum.
The Gothic Cathedral of St. Andre dates back to the 11th Century with its interesting masonry carvings and 50 metre/180 feet high belfry which can be reached by climbing the tower’s 231 narrow steps. From here, there are spectacular panoramic views of the city. The St. Michel Basilica is another important church. Along with the Cathedral of Saint Andre, it is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the top of the belfry, you can again take in stunning panoramic views of the city. The Saint Michel Quarter that surrounds it, is the most colourful and atmospheric neighborhood in Bordeaux. Twice a week on Monday and Saturday mornings, the square of Saint Michel becomes a lively marketplace.
Bordeaux is also a city with more than its fair share of museums and art galleries on France tours. The Musee des Beaux- Arts takes up 2 wings of the 18th Century City Hall. Highlights here include Flemish, Dutch and Italian paintings from the 17th Century. There is a Museum of Bordeaux Wine and Trade where you can learn about the history of the wine trade with artifacts, videos and a guided tour followed by a personal wine tasting and presentation of wines of the region.
Bordeaux offers quaint shops, cafes, public gardens and an abundance of very French restaurants to add to your France vacation.
Extend your Stay
Consider an additional stopover to your France Tours on one of Goway's other European tours. You can allso choose from a London vacation, an Amsterdam vacation or a Belgium vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from France.
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- 3 Days
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- Trip Type:
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- 12 Days
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