How to Spend 4 Days in Bordeaux?

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I believe there is enough to do in Bordeaux for at least 4 days.  In my opinion, 2 days is a minimum stay to explore the city and have a glimpse of the wine country. 

In this article, I propose ideas for a 4-day itinerary in the Bordeaux region.   

Also see some ideas in How Many Days Should I Spend In Bordeaux?

How to Spend 4 Days in Bordeaux

Day 1 - Arrival and Getting to Know the City

Porte Cailhau in the centre of Bordeaux

Arrive at Bordeaux Mérignac Airport or Bordeaux Saint-Jean Train Station.  It is easy to Get to Bordeaux from Bordeaux Airport.  Transportation options include an easy tram ride, shuttle, Uber or a private transfer.

As you have short time to explore the city, I recommend staying in Bordeaux city center.  There are multiple options from luxury hotels to small boutiques.  See Which Neighbourhood in Bordeaux to Stay At for more suggestions.

If you have a free afternoon, spend it exploring the historic city center, known for its stunning 18th-century architecture. Wonder the streets near Golden Triangle, Quinconces, and visit attractions like Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux’s Water Mirror (Le Miroir d’eau), and the Grosse Cloche.  

While it is quite easy to walk around the center, to make it faster and easier on your legs, join a segway tour or an electric bike tour.

In the evening, enjoy an aperó at one of the wine bars and a traditional dinner at a local restaurant. Bordeaux is famous for its wine and rich southwestern cuisine.  I would suggest a traditional restaurant to explore local specialties.  See my article on Best Restaurants in Bordeaux.

My recent favourite is Arcada at 13 Rue de la Rousselle.

Day 2 - Exploring Bordeaux Vineyards

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Karl or enjoy a coffee and a divine croissant at one of Bordeaux cafés.  My favourite coffee in Bordeaux is at L’Alchimiste.

As blunt as it sounds, visiting at least one winery in Bordeaux region is a must.

Wineries are located in approximately 1 hour from the city center, and require driving.  Join a guided wine tour to explore vineyards.  There are many group and private wine tours to consider including mine.  

Most group tours depart the city around 9 am.  There is more flexibility with a private tour.  I would certainly recommend leaving early so that you can fit more wineries into your day.

A self-guided tour is more challenging but possible.  I organize Bordeaux itineraries for those who want to explore Bordeaux on their own.  

Select your in the Médoc, Saint-Émilion, or Pessac-Léognan regions, depending on your wine preferences.  It is advisable to choose one wine region for a day tour to avoid too much driving. See more on different wine regions in my Blog.

During the day, you will visit various châteaux – usually 2 or 3 of them and learn about the famous Bordeaux vineyards and wine-making process.

Wine tours typically return to Bordeaux around 6 pm, however, you can plan for earlier arrival on a private tour.

As many of our wine tour clients, you will probably be happily tired.  In the evening, relax on one of the Bordeaux terraces with a view.  A nice cocktail or a pint of beer would be my choice after a full-day of wine tasting.

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Day 3 - Experiencing Real Bordeaux

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Begin your day with a visit to the Cité du Vin, an interactive wine museum where you can learn about the history of wine and enjoy wine tastings.  Check out my video about Cité du Vin.  See How to Get to Cite du Vin.

If you do not like museums head to the market Marche du Capucins to taste local foods and mingle with the Bordelais over a glass.  You can also join one of many food tours in the city.  Most food tours will bring you to the market.  Also see my article on the Best Farmers’ Markets in Bordeaux. 

In the afternoon, cross Pont de Pierre bridge and visit the Darwin Ecosystem on the Right Bank, a trendy cultural space with street art, shops, and cafes.

In the evening, explore one of the casual dining options in Bordeaux.

Day 4 - Enjoying Seafood in Arcachon and climbing the Dune of Pilat

One a good day, take a day trip to Arcachon, a charming seaside town located about an hour from Bordeaux. Explore the town’s beautiful beaches and admire the architecture and eat local oysters.

Not to miss – the famous local dessert – les dunes blanches chez Pascal. I do not have a sweet tooth, but this dessert is out of this world fantastic. I buy a dozen to enjoy them at home.

In my opinion,  climbing the famous Dune of Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe, is simply a must and a bucket list item.  Truly, being on the sand dune above the pine forest gives you another perspective of life.  

Sliding down the sand dune on a descent is also a lot of fun.  Forget the stairs, take off your shoes and walk down the side of the dune.

Another popular attraction in the Arcachon Bay is  the oyster tasting at one of the oyster farms near Arcachon and around Cap Ferret.   Oysters are the best during colder months of the year (the months containing an “r”).

There is way more to explore in and around Bordeaux: there are museums, restaurants, bars and fairs.  If you have more time to spend in our region, my suggestion would be to rent a room at a Right bank castle surrounded by vineyards and unwind.

How does a sip of some of the best wines in the world with a view on a Medieval town sound?

I create Bordeaux wine tour itineraries and book chateaux visits for those who want to taste the best of Bordeaux.  

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Hi, my name is Polina. I am a sommelier and a wine tour guide in Bordeaux, France.

I organize private Bordeaux wine tours.

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