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History and Heritage of UNESCO-listed Bordeaux

Discover Bordeaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007. See 18th-century architectural marvels and learn its history.

Included in your cruise
  • Discover this delightful port of call.
  • The world-renowned city of Bordeaux
  • Guided tour with a licensed guide
  • See Bordeaux’s most famous sights
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Easy

  • Duration

    2h30

  • Max. passengers

    560

  • Booking Code

    INCL-BOD1

  • Notices

    Appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

Bordeaux has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007. See why, as you explore 18th-century architectural marvels and learn its rich history, stretching from the Gallo/Roman Period. Bordeaux is known for having the second-largest cultural heritage preserved from the 18th century, after St. Petersburg. The city was recently listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. This distinction recognizes Bordeaux’s the gorgeous and uniform style of Bordeaux’s architectural heritage, which has developed harmoniously over the centuries and remains remarkably well-preserved. This tour is the perfect chance to discover many of its treasures. Depart by bus from the where the ship is moored for a panoramic view and walking tour of Bordeaux.

On the bus, see the Chartrons district, a lively quarter which was the cradle of the Bordeaux wine trade starting in the Middle Ages. You will also see ‘Esplanade des Quinconces’, one of Europe’s largest squares (30 acres) with a column commemorating French Revolution, the Porte Cailhau (15th century) and the Grosse Cloche (14th century).

Make a stop at the Palais Rohan (18th century), now the City Hall. Walk to the 13th-century Cathedral of St. Andrew, where Alienor d'Aquitaine married Louis VII. It may be possible to visit the interior. Continue on foot to the ‘Grand Theatre’, the Bordeaux Opera House, built by Victor Louis in 1773. It is one of the most beautiful opera houses in Europe and an 18th-century gem. Then, stroll through Old Bordeaux. Here, you will discover beautiful squares like ‘La Place du Parlement’, the former royal marketplace (1760) with harmonious facades and a fountain, along with Place de la Bourse, the former royal square dedicated to Louis XV (1729). The tour concludes with a short bus ride back to the pier.

Practical information:

  • Language: English and German

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

  • Walking information: 1.2 miles
  • Wheelchair accessible: No