Best 3-4 days itinerary to discover Bordeaux

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Looking to spend a bit of time in one of the most famous wine region of the world and discover the most amazing wineries in France? Embark on a captivating journey to Bordeaux, a region renowned for its majestic vineyards, historic architecture, and culinary excellence.

Over four days or event more if you’d want to, discover the essence of Bordeaux and its surrounding landscapes, from the bustling city streets to the serene beauty of its world-class wineries and the breathtaking natural wonders nearby. Here’s your guide to an unforgettable exploration of Bordeaux made by locals, part of Winalist team!

Import our interactive map to your cell in order to have everything you need by your hand at any time. You’ll find different Bordeaux wine sub-regions itineraries to best discover the regions and tour some of the best Bordeaux wineries.

Day 1: The Heart of Bordeaux

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Begin your Bordeaux adventure in the iconic Place de la Bourse, where the Miroir d’eau reflects the grandeur of the city’s 18th-century façades. After soaking in the early morning ambiance, enjoy a French breakfast at La P’tite Brasserie, known for its cozy atmosphere and delicious cuisine.

Dive into the world of wine at the Cité du Vin, an architectural marvel where interactive exhibits take you on a global journey through wine culture. For lunch, ascend to Le 7 Restaurant within the museum, where the panoramic views of the city complement a menu crafted to pair exquisitely with local wines.

In the afternoon, wander through the Chartrons district, once the heart of the wine trade, now bustling with antique shops and art galleries. Don’t miss the CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art for a taste of Bordeaux’s modern creative pulse.

Discover our dedicated guide about the best things to do in Bordeaux and do not miss any must-do!

Day 2: Saint-Émilion & Its Vineyards

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The next morning, venture into the Saint-Émilion wine region, a UNESCO World Heritage site celebrated for its vineyards and charming medieval town. Either rent a car in Bordeaux and drive there or book a guided tour for a day from Winalist:

Stroll through the cobbled streets, admire the ancient monuments and visit the impressive monolithic church carved into the rock. Discover the best things to do in Saint-Emilion in our dedicated guide.

Enjoy lunch at one of the village’s local restaurants. Opt for La Table De Pavie for a gourmet restaurant or Les Trois Fontaines for a more traditional lunch.

Take advantage of the afternoon to visit one of the region’s prestigious wine châteaux, such as Château Fleur de Lisse or Château Grand Barrail. The vinification of St Emilion wines will no longer hold any secrets for you!

Discover the Winalist’s selection of the best Saint Emilion wineries tours and wine tastings.

Return to Bordeaux for dinner at Le Chapon Fin, a restaurant with a storied history and a menu that artfully blends tradition and innovation.

Day 3: The Médoc Wine Route

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The Médoc occupies the north-west part of the region. While mentionning Médoc region, you’ll probably think of the exceptional wines such as the grands crus classés of Pauillac, Margaux, Saint-Estèphe, Saint-Julien.

Here is a summary of the best itinerary to visit the Médoc and Haut-Médoc part of the region:

  • Leave from Bordeaux (allow one hour from Saint Emilion)
  • Meet at Château Giscours for a superb visit and tasting
  • Pass through the famous town of Margaux and take a photo of the renowned Château Margaux. Margaux is ideal for a lunch break
  • Continue with a superb wine experience at Château Haut Breton Larigaudière
  • Visit Pauillac, the wine capital of Médoc (Mouton-Rothschild, Latour and Lafite-Rothschild)
  • Continue if you wish with a visit to Château Hourtin Ducasse
  • Depending on how much time you have left you can go to Lacanau, known as “The surfing Mecca”

Day 4: Tour Sauternes regions of Château Yquem

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Time to drive towards the South of Bordeaux wine region in the Sauternes wine region, where you will be able to discover some of the most emblematic white wines like the ones of Château d’Yquem !

Here is a summary of the best route to visit Graves and Sauternes:

That’s it, with all those insights you’ll have the best Bordeaux itinerary to experience the real french art de vivre (way of living).