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View of Bordeaux at a summer morning ©SergiyN/iStock

Bordeaux in the morning

France, Gironde (33), Bordeaux, zone classée Patrimoine Mondial de l'UNESCO, marché des Capucins fondé au XVIIIe siècle ©E. Bouloumie/hemis.fr

Saint Emilion, France - August 19, 2015: Village of Saint Emilion, famous for its wine, nearBordeaux, France ©Delpixart/iStock

Village of Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, France

France, Gironde (33), Arcachon, le parc Mauresque conçu par les architectes-paysagistes Frusique et Claverie ©E. Bouloumie/hemis.fr

Bordeaux, France - August 14, 2013: St. Andrew's Cathedral in Bordeaux is 124 m long and 29 m high. It is one of the biggest cathedrals in France. Most is gothic style. The building is since 1998 on the list of the unesco world heritage. ©no_limit_pictures/iStock

St. Andrew's Cathedral

The cloister of the Collegiate church in Saint Emilion near Bordeaux, France ©marcociannarel/iStock

The cloister of the Collegiate church in Saint Emilion, France

Bordeaux, France - April 9; 2017: The Obelisk and the Aquitaine Gate on Place de la Victoire square ©Leonid Andronov/iStock

Obelisk and Aquitaine Gate on Place de la Victoire in Bordeaux, France

ARCACHON BAY (France), aerial view of The village and the jetty of Andernos Les Bains ©Fouque/iStock

Aerial View of the Basin of Arcachon

A first glimpse of Aquitaine

Discover Bordeaux, Saint-Emilion and Arcachon for a great weekend

  • City Break
  • Culture & Heritage

Welcome to Aquitaine! Bordeaux makes an ideal starting point for a weekend with family or friends, whether you are looking for the ‘route des vins’ or cultural discovery: After visiting the centre and old town, the Cité du Vin and the Botanical Gardens, your itinerary takes you to the beautiful medieval city of Saint-Émilion and then on to Arcachon. An opportunity to grab some fresh air on the sea front or even to take a boat trip. You can either stop here for the rest of your stay or end with a nice Bordeaux evening before you leave.

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Day 1 - Bordeaux

Take the time to discover the historic centre of Bordeaux on your first day. Take in Porte de l’Aquitaine, the Obelisk and Place de la Victoire, before heading to La Marne and Place Saint-Michel and visiting the eponymous basilica. Finally, head down into the old town, from the Rue de la Roussele to the Place de la Bourse, passing by the family house of Montaigne. If there is time, be sure to visit the Museum of Fine Arts or the Museum of Decorative arts, depending on your affinities.

  • Distance : 8,8 km
  • Duration : 0h42

Day 2 - Bordeaux

If you weren’t able to get there the day before, take a trip to Saint-André Cathedral or the Saint-Seurine Basilica and then head straight to Cité du Vin! Its Belvedere offers a breathtaking 360 ° view across the city. Next, cross the Jacques Chaban-Delmas Bridge to reach La Bastide. Test your biodiversity culture by visiting Magasin Général de Darwin and the city’s botanical gardens. Finally, cross the stone bridge to end your day at Quai Richelin, where you can enjoy a well-deserved aperitif.

  • Distance : 16 km
  • Duration : 0h53

Day 3 - Bordeaux - Saint- Émilion - Bordeaux

Leave Bordeaux for Saint- Émilion, less than an hour away by train or car. This medieval city may be famous for its wine but it’s also a jewel of history and a visual delight! Admire its gold stone buildings surrounded by vineyards, take time out to sit in the bell tower, visit its Monolithic Church and take a tour in the cloister of the Collegiate Church... Time will be running out if you go to see everything but do try and visit the underground sites of the city around the market square – so rare in France.

  • Distance : 91 km
  • Duration : 1h19

Day 4 - Bordeaux - Arcachon - Bordeaux

For a change of scenery, head for the sea air of Arcachon – also an hour’s ride away. The balmy scent of ocean and pine immediately submerges you into the ambiance. Explore the waterfront (or the Ville d’été), with its seafood terraces and pier. You can also head to Ville d’hiver, to enjoy its beautiful streets lined with villas and, for a more relaxed atmosphere, its forest. You now have the choice to end your stay or prolong your holidays in Bordeaux… where a thousand things remain undiscovered.

  • Distance : 143 km
  • Duration : 1h55

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