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This post provides information about both the best free walking tours in Bordeaux and some of the most popular paid options as well, including food tours, wine tastings, and more.


Overview

Bordeaux might be best known for its wine, but there is a fair amount of interesting history behind this city that most visitors don’t know much about.

If you’re curious, you might want to consider taking one of the few free walking tours in Bordeaux.

These are technically pay-what-you-wish walking tours, which means that they run entirely on tips.

Most people are comfortable paying €5-€15 for their tour if they enjoyed the experience, and these outings are all pretty highly rated.

Ponte de Pierre Bridge in Bordeaux. Image source: Pixabay users Rudy and Peter Skitterians.

In addition to free tours of the Bordeaux city center, you can also take a pay-what-you-wish food tour. There are of course several paid food tours as well, and they typically include free samples.

Finally, as you might have guessed, there are a lot of wine tasting tours in and around Bordeaux.

None of these activities are free, but there are some surprisingly affordable options if you’re looking to try some of the best wine in the city.


City Centre Bordeaux Tours

There are a few different free walking tours covering the Old Town area of Bordeaux. 

If you’re interested in seeing some of the more historic sites in this city, these outings typically include stops at some of the following locations:

La Place de Bordeaux. Image source: Pixabay user Niki Nagy.
  • La Place de Bordeaux
  • Grand Theater of Bordeaux
  • Church of Notre Dame
  • Fernand Lafargue Square
  • Bordeaux Cathedral
  • Capuchins Market
  • Lumières Gardens
  • And more!

This type of tour is a great way to familiarize yourself with the history of Bordeaux, as the tour guides typically offer a lot of information about the notable sites you will pass along the way.


Original Free Walking Tours Bordeaux

If you’re looking for more of an overview of the city centre, this company offers a 2-hour pay-what-you-want walking tour in Bordeaux which covers the history of many notable sites.

The tour will start at Place des Quinconces and run through the city to Place de la Bourse.

This tour is available daily at 10 am.

Reserve this tour or learn more.


Bordeaux Free Tour

If you’re looking for an alternative that is offered a little later in the morning, this 2-hour pay-what-you-like Bordeaux walking tour actually starts at 10:30 am each day.

This is a UNESCO Tour, so you can trust that it will be very well informed and cover a lot of important historic sites throughout the city.

The tour starts at the Hotel de Ville and runs through Bordeaux to the Grand Theatre.

Reserve this tour or learn more.


Walk is Free

This company offers a pay-what-you-wish tour of Old Bordeaux and the Saint-Michel neighborhood, and it covers a lot of ground.

Over the course of about 3 hours, you’ll make your way from Chapeau-Rouge Street to the Lumières Gardens near the Quays of Bordeaux.

The tour is offered twice every Thursday - Saturday and Tuesday. They have a morning tour at 9:00 am and an evening tour at 16:00 (4 pm).

Reserve this tour or learn more.


Bordeaux Food Tours

If you’re curious about what kind of food to eat in Bordeaux (other than wine, of course), a food tour might be in order.

A plate of cheese and wine. Image source: Pixabay user Jill Wellington.

There is currently one pay-what-you-wish food tour in this city, and it does not include any samples. 

Visitors who want to get a taste of the dishes at each of the locations they visit might want to consider taking a paid tour instead.


Travelers ’n Nomads

Most food tours include samples, but since this one is free, they instead focus more on showing travelers some of the best places to eat in Bordeaux.

In addition to visiting the Capucins Market, you’ll also go to an iconic wine bar.

This tour is offered every Tuesday - Saturday from 11:30 am - 13:00 (1 pm), the perfect time for anyone trying to find a great spot for lunch!

Reserve this tour or learn more.


Paid Food Tours

If you’d rather sample some of the food as you’re taking a tour of Bordeaux, there are several more traditional paid food tours you might enjoy.

There are a lot of wine tastings as well, but we’ll get into that in the next section.

Tickets for these food tours can range from €25 - €115 or more, so there’s a good chance you can find one that fits your budget.

Here are a few options you might want to consider:


Bordeaux Wine Tastings

This historic city is known more for its wine than perhaps anything else, and many tourists understandably want to get a taste of the best Bordeaux wine available.

As such, there are a lot of wine tasting activities, workshops, and even tours of the vineyards!

A basket full of wine. Image source: Pixabay user Jacqueline Macou.

Tickets for these services range from €29 - €165 depending on how long the tour lasts and what is included. After all, while some of these services are rather short 1-hour workshops, others are full-day excursions!

Here are just some of the more interesting wine tasting outings available:


About The Author

Justin

Justin is a travel content writer and editor with over a decade of experience in the field. He graduated from Portland State University in 2012. He has lived in the Pacific Northwest his whole life and knows the American West Coast very well. Justin has been part of the Free Tours By Foot content team since 2017.
Updated: November 29th, 2022
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