Located along the river Garonne, which is much wider than the Seine, Bordeaux is a beautiful French city in the southwestern region of the country. Long called the “Sleeping Beauty” of France and the world capital of wine, it is has been restored in the last decade (its Port of Moon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site), making it ripe for exploration and an ideal base from which to see the region.
Perfect forArt Lovers | Foodies | Romantics | Ultimate Indulgers | Families
When to goMarch-May | June-August | September-November
Ideal length of stay3-5 Nights
Designing Your Journey
Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.
5 Days: Essential Bordeaux
Experience the best of Bordeaux with a balance of solo exploration, guided touring, special access, classes and day trips. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
Days 1-2: Bordeaux City
Upon arrival in this port city, get your bearings with a guided walking tour of the historic center, including such monuments as the Cathédral de Bordeaux and the impressive Place de la Bourse. Strolling in the cool Chartrons neighborhood is a must for some shopping along Rue Nôtre-Dame, as are relaxed meals at authentic French bistros (our experts can lead you to the top tables). Music buffs should get tickets for a performance at the exquisite Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux.
Day 3: Cap Ferret
On day two, have breakfast, then take a train or car to the Atlantic coast. The Bassin d’Arcachon is a gorgeous bay between the towns of Arcachon and Cap-Ferret, where many Parisians have second homes. Between the two, the main attraction is the Dune of Pyla, Europe’s largest sand dune and an impressive spectacle. Both Arcachon and Cap-Ferret are famous for their extreme tides and oysters. After visiting the dune, take a boat to Cap Ferret and have lunch at Le Bouchon du Ferret, a seafood market and restaurant.
Day 4-5: Bordeaux Countryside
After checking into a quintessential French country escape, book time at a world-renowned spa and relax in the beautiful garden setting. True oenophiles can also consider being based in the middle of wine country – possibly at a château – with behind-the-scenes tours at the region’s most fabled wineries and a guided visit to the quaint town St. Emilion. A wine-making workshop can also be organized by our destination specialists.
Where To Stay
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special amenities, including upgrades, early check-in, breakfast, spa credits and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.
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InterContinental Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa
Composed of five beautifully restored, 18th-century buildings, the aptly named Grand Hotel de Bordeaux is the city's top address for an opulent, old-word ambience.
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Les Sources de Caudalie
The epitome of a French country escape, with lush gardens and an absolutely gorgeous vineyard setting, Les Sources is the type of place you won’t want to leave during the entirety of your stay.