You want to visit Bordeaux in 2 days or for a weekend ?
Yes, you can ! It’s the perfect timing to discover its historic center and to enjoy its beautiful docks. In two days, you can also discover its gastronomy and good life !
How to visit Bordeaux in 2 days ?
What to see, where to go, what to do, where to eat, where to walk… It’s not easy to choose when there is a lot to see.
If you want to see all the best places in Bordeaux on foot, you must have the best routes and itineraries…
Visit Bordeaux in 2 days – DAY 1 itinerary
To begin, the first day, I advise you to follow my itinerary to visit the historic center of Bordeaux. This tour allows you to go around the historic monuments, church of Bordeaux on foot at your own pace and with gourmet breaks… You will find the details of this DAY 1 tour on my post : Bordeaux in 1 day – my itinerary
For the lucky ones who have 2 days or a whole weekend to visit Bordeaux, it will be necessary to complete this first circuit DAY 1 with my itinerary of DAY 2 which you will find here below.
Visit Bordeaux in 2 days – DAY 2 itinerary
Discover « La cité du vin »
As it is one of Bordeaux’s main tourist attractions, the Wine City attracts more and more tourists. I advise you to go to the opening to avoid the crowd that there are usually on the afternoons. You can spend the morning in this museum. But, no ! It’s not a museum, it’s more than a museum : it’s a real institution dedicated to the world of wine (viticulture, wine, wine history …). The itinerary proposed by theme and with interactive animations is exciting and funny. It will interest both wine lovers and children ! The tour ends on the top floor with wine tasting in an idyllic setting (360 ° panoramic view).
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Eating in an exceptional setting
For your lunch, no need to go very far… it’s here you’ll have to go: on the 7th floor of the City of wine.
This is where the famous and very good restaurant is located : the 7 Restaurant.
It offers a breathtaking view of Bordeaux. You will be able to taste a mixt traditional and modern cuisine of regional products. Also, you can associate dishes with wines from 50 producing countries around the world (more than 500 references to the map) !
Discover the Chartrons district
Here is a small digestive walk for you ! It will take about an hour to walk to discover the Chartrons district. It is on foot that you must stroll in this fashionable place where are concentrated antique shops, craft shops, cafes and restaurants … This district is different from other more chic and elegant neighborhoods of Bordeaux by its “village”, bohemian and romantic atmosphere.
– From the « Cité du Vin », take the tram line B direction Pessac Center and after 4 stops, get off at “CAPC”, the contemporary art museum of Bordeaux.
– Walk to rue Notre-Dame.
– Go to the Chartrons Temple and on the left you will find the Saint-Louis church ;
– Take rue Sicard and join the Halle des Chartrons ;
– Take Rue Notre-Dame and then Paul’s Place ;
– Go straight to Borie Street and then left to arrive at the Wine and Trade Museum ;
– Then continuing, you will arrive at Place Picard ;
– Take on the right Cours Balguerie-Stuttenberg, and again on the right the rue du Faubourg des Arts ;
– To reach the Quai des Chartrons, take Rue André Darbon, then left Rue Barreyre. Going on your right you will be on the Quays.
Bordeaux along the quays
To continue my tour, here is a walk along the quays you can enjoy on foot (in less than 2 hours), by bike (in about 30 minutes) or by boat (about 2h30).
If you prefer the bike ride, I advise you to rent at 77 quai des Chartrons at COOL BIKE shop. Thus, you will join by bike (along the quays) the place of Quinconces from which starts my little circuit !
If you go for a walk, take the tram station Chartrons, line B and 2 stops further out at Station Quinconces. You will start my tour from there.
This circuit of about 6 km is perfect to see Bordeaux on both sides of the Garonne.
- Go from Place des Quinconces to the Chaban-Delmas bridge.
This bridge has been inaugurated in 2013. It is the bigger bridge in Europe. It contributes to the economic development of the city because by getting up, it allows the cruise ships to pass. Thousands of tourists every week can discover the city center of Bordeaux and their money !
- Cross the Chaban-Delmas Bridge to go to the banks of the right bank ;
- Turn right and continue on the quays to arrive at the Botanical Garden ;
This botanical garden dates from 1629. It was a garden where medicinal and aromatic plants were grown. It was in the 19th century that he became a botanical garden. Today, it is an institution designed to introduce the public to the world of plants and the sustainable management of natural resources.
- Walk along the quays to the Stone Bridge “Pont de Pierre”
This is the first bridge that was built in Bordeaux to connect the two banks of the Garonne and make Bordeaux a single city.
- Cross the Stone Bridge “Pont de Pierre”
- Turn right and walk along the quays to reach Place de la Bourse and its Miroir d’eau.
If you are tired and doesn’t want to walk or to go by bike, you can do by boat :
This is the best way to visit the docks quietly along the Garonne. In addition to the visit you will have the opportunity to taste 2 very good wines.
Go to the Quais de Batacan and get on board a tourist boat and then, nothing to do, only enjoy your afternoon !
During your cruise, you will the French wine culture with tastings of 2 wines accompanied by a competent wine guide. Discover the history of Bordeaux, its river and its wine trade.
If you have enough time and courage, here are some ideas for ending the day :
Shopping in Bordeaux
From the Place de la Bourse, head west on Rue Saint-Rémi then towards Rue Dieu and turn left onto Sainte-Catherine Street.
Here you are on the longest shopping and pedestrian street in Europe : 1,200 meters long and almost 3 km of shop windows !
Entirely pedestrian since 1984, this street cuts the city center by a North-South axis which connects the place of the Comedy to the place of Victory.
Visit one of the many museums of Bordeaux
The CAPC (contemporary art museum of Bordeaux), musée d’Aquitaine, musée des arts décoratifs, Centre Jean Moulin, musée des Beaux-Arts, musée des Compagnons, musée des Douanes, Musée d’ethnographie, Musée du vin et du négoce, Musée de l’histoire maritime, Bordeaux Museum.
Dinner on the river Garonne
Return to Quai des Chartrons and board the Sicambre boat. It is on the Garonne that you will spend the evening. You will sail and discover the city and its illuminated monuments. You will enjoy a wonderful gastronomic and romantic dinner…
Cheap hotel in Bordeaux – Mercure Bordeaux Cité Mondiale
Why I selected this hotel ?
Because it is the center of Bordeaux, in a quiet environment but also with good restaurants all around … The location of this hotel is ideal for visiting the City of Wine (1st stage of the circuit that I just detail you).
Also, because its value for money. Indeed, for 100 Euros per night, you will be ideally located near the river shuttles and the main sites to visit but will also enjoy the services of a 4-star hotel !
Positive point of this hotel
Iits beautiful terrace overlooking the Garonne, the Chaban-Delmas bridge, the stone bridge…
Negative point of this hotel
Its modern architecture (but that’s my personal opinion).
If you are looking for a hotel with more charm, I invite you to discover :