The Pearl of Aquitaine
Bordeaux’s fortunes have long been tied to viticulture, beginning with an expansion of the wine trade with England in the 14th century. As a result it is a handsome and cohesive city of uniform classical and neoclassical style, with monumental buildings and many fine mansions financed by the almighty grape.
The nearby countryside is alive with wine chateaux sporting impressive appellations such as Pauillac, Sauternes, Margaux, and Saint-Emilion. A visit is an excellent opportunity to learn more about wine production and appreciation, which of course requires a considerable amount of tasting to accomplish.
St. Eloi Gate
St. Eloi Gate
The gate was originally built as part of the city’s fortifications in the 1400s. Shortly after completion, a giant bell was added. A “new” bell weighing 16,000lbs was installed in 1759. The gate and the bell are embolic of the region and are part of Bordeaux’s official symbol.
The Public Gardens was designed and built in the 1700s. One hundred years later, it was redesigned in the English style. Covering close to 25 acres in the heart of the city, the garden is filled with lush plants, tree-lined ponds, and ponds that many swans and ducks call home.
Drive to Saint Emilion, passing by Saint Emilion and Pomerol vineyards. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the village to see its main monuments: the ramparts, the Collegiale church, the market place, the Cadene Gate, and the King's Tower. Explore the underground monolithic church, the natural grotto of the monk Emilion, catacombs and the chapel of the trinity and then enjoy a wine tasting session followed by lunch at a local restaurant.About Shore Excursions +Book Now +
Bordeaux, France At a glance