Cultural Tours

BORDEAUX, THE BEST TRIP EVER…

Bordeaux is a dynamic city. A renowned cultural capital and always at the forefront of current affairs. Bordeaux is never short of ideas. Find all your interests satisfied. Bordeaux offers unforgettable visits and walks, museums and many other omissible and marvelous things to taste and to experiment.


Optional tours

A specific optional tours program has been tailor-made for regularly registered participants and accompanying persons. These visits will be an excellent opportunity to discover some of the most outstanding artistic and historic highlights of Bordeaux and its region. Tours program, description and conditions are indicated hereafter.

To sign up for tours, please tick the corresponding boxes on the registration form and send your payment.

  • All tours will be conducted in English.
  • All tours depart from and return to the Congress centre Bordeaux le lac.
  • Means of transportation : Tram or private coach
  • Full day excursions include lunch.
  • The organizers reserve the right to cancel tours with less than 15 participants.
Thursday June 2 Friday June 3 Saturday June 4 Sunday June 5
Morning

V1
Orientation city tour of Bordeaux

(58 €)

V4
Cooking party
& tasting

(104 €)

                                                           

 

V7
Wine tour in  Sauternais
and Graves area

(79 €)

 

V2
City tour of Saint Emilion

(79 €)

V5
Walking tour
of Bordeaux

(27 €)

Afternoon

 

V5bis
Walking tour
of Bordeaux

(27 €)

 

V3
Cruise on the Garonne River

(57 €)

 

 

 

Full Day  

F1
A day at saint Emilion

(181 €)


 

V1 - Orientation city tour of Bordeaux

This orientation tour of Bordeaux in a coach gives you the opportunity to discover the different old districts. You will visit amazing sites, elegant monuments and contemporary ones.

You will start by passing along along the renovated  quays in front of the famous Place de la Bourse, the water mirrors, the Palais Gallien, via the Porte Cailhau, and crosses the rue Sainte Catherine, the longest pedestrian shopping precinct in Europe. This orientation tour of Bordeaux in a coach gives you the opportunity to discover the different old districts. You will visit amazing sites, elegant monuments and contemporary ones. You will start by passing along the renovated quays in front of the famous Place de la Bourse, then the water mirrors, the Palais Gallien via the Porte Cailhau, and finally crossing the rue Sainte Catherine, the longest pedestrian shopping precinct in Europe. 

  • V1 - Thursday, June 2, 2016 
    - Departure by coach from congress center  09:00 am
    - Return 12:00 pm
    - Price per person 58 € including VAT (based on 15 persons minimum) 
  • V1bis - CANCELLED due to lack of participants


V2 – City tour of Saint Emilion
 

After 45 minutes’ drive through a very nice landscape, you will reach Saint Emilion, an open-air Museum perched on a rocky promontory. Before being the first vineyard in the world listed as a world heritage site by Unesco, Saint Emilion is a small charming village with a wonderful architectural heritage and a rich medieval history.From the monk Emilion’s story, between truth and legend, to the carving of the surprising monolithic church, walk through several centuries of history guided by a specialist of the village.

  • V2 - Thursday, June 2, 2016 
    - Departure by coach from congress center 08:30 am
    - Return 01:00 pm
    - Price per person 79 € including VAT (based on 15 persons minimum)


V3 -  Cruise on the Garonne River

 

Enjoy a guided mini-cruise (1 hour 30 minutes) on board of the Sardane boat and discover Bordeaux from its river. The traditional and historical monuments, the old bridges and the new one,The new contemporary museum of the wine. Explore Bordeaux in a very different way.

  • V3 - Thursday, June 2, 2016 
    - Departure by tram  from congress center 02:00 pm
    - Return 04:30 pm
    - Price per person 57 € including VAT (based on 20 persons minimum)
     
  • V3bis - CANCELLED due to lack of participants


V4 - Cooking party & tasting

 


Virginie has opened a very friendly restaurant in an old district of Bordeaux. Cooking also means emotions, sharing a friendly moment and unforgettable experience.Virginie is very keen with Chef Jesus  to share with you her passion. At the end of the course, the Cooks will taste their creation.

  • V4 - Friday, June 3, 2016 
    - Departure by tram from congress center  09:00 am
    - Return 02:00 pm
    Price per person 104 € including VAT (based on 15 persons minimum  & 20 persons maximum)
     
  • V4bis - CANCELLED due to lack of participants


V5 & V5bis - Walking Tour of Bordeaux


Bordeaux, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a city of incomparable Architecture.

Your guide will show you the greatest monuments and its treasures. The Grand Théâtre and its beautiful muses and goddesses statues, the great Place de la Comédie. Along the streets one can admire the famous mascarons (stone Faces) on the building facades and so many other details you can see only in Bordeaux. At the end of the visit, you will taste one of the culinary sweet specialty of Bordeaux : a canelé.

  • V5 - Friday, June 3, 2016
    - Departure by tram from congress center 09:00 am
    - return 12:00 pm  
    - Price per person 27 € including VAT (based on 15 persons minimum)
     
  • V5bis - Friday, June 3, 2016 
    - Departure by tram from congress center 02:00 pm
    - Return 05:00 pm
    - Price per person 27 € including VAT (based on 15 persons minimum)

 

V6 - « CAPC » Contemporary Art Museum - CANCELLED due to lack of participants


Take this opportunity to discover this museum housed in the Entrepôt Lainé, a former warehouse for colonial goods. It is built of brick, stone and wood in a style inspired by Italian architecture. The CAPC; one of the first Art Centers in France in the seventies has become the contemporary art museum of Bordeaux and shelters an incredible collection of more than 1000 pieces of art from the different continents and presents as well artists from Bordeaux.


V7- Wine tour in  Sauternais and Graves area


Cradle of the Bordeaux vineyards, the Graves area is located  along the left bank of the Garonne River.
The name comes from the gravelly soil. The soil of the Sauternes region produces a rare wine – the grapes are picked one by one, requesting several passages through the vines.
You will visit a chateau and taste Sauternes (or Barsac) and Graves (or Graves de Pessac Léognan) wine.

  • Saturday, June 4, 2016 
    - Departure by coach from congress center 08:30 am
    - Return 01:00 pm  
    - Price per person  79 € including VAT (based on 15 persons minimum)


V8 – The decorative art Museum  - CANCELLED due to lack of participants


The Hôtel de Lalande, one of the most beautiful 18th century Mansion in Bordeaux shelters remarkable artworks as well as a reconstitution of a typical aristocratic home of the old time.  Great staircase, wooden paneling, fine furniture, tapestries enhance the beauty of faience's, marble sculptures, porcelain. A guided tour in this museum will give you the flavor and ambiance in Bordeaux back to the 18th Century Gold period.


 

F1 - A day at Saint Emilion


After 45 minutes drive through a very nice landscape, you will reach Saint Emilion, an open-air museum perched on a rocky promontory. 
From the monk Emilion’s story, between truth and legend, to the carving of the surprising monolithic church, walk through several centuries of history guided by a specialist of the village.
You will then visit a “chateau” and conclude with a tasting of this extraordinary wine.
Your afternoon will be dedicated to a guided cellar visit and wine tasting in a chateau of St Emilion surroundings.

  • F1 - Sunday, June 5, 2016
    - Departure by coach from congress center 08:30 am
    - Return 5:00 pm
    - Price per person 181 € including VAT (based on 15 persons minimum)


F2 -  Bassin d’Arcachon - CANCELLED due to lack of participants


The Bassin d’Arcachon is «the place to be and to visit».  
After 1 hour and 30 minutes driving, you will climb the Dune du Pilat (the largest sand dune in Europe) and you will be astonished by the superb view of the bay.
Lunch in a restaurant by the sea where you will taste (option oysters) the products from the ocean. 
The afternoon will be dedicated to a walking tour of Arcachon and a visit to «la ville d’hiver» with beautiful country homes.

  • F2 - Sunday, June 5, 2016
    - Departure by coach from congress center 08:30 am
    - Return 5:30 pm
    - price per person 171 € including VAT (based on 15 persons minimum)