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Grosse Cloche Tours and Tickets

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One of Bordeaux’s most popular attractions is, predictably, also one of the most historically significant: Grosse Cloche. So much so, in fact, that the edifice is heavily featured in the city’s coat of arms. What once was the old Town Hall’s belfry dates back to the medieval times and was built as part of the city’s thick fortifications. It actually consists of two 40-meter-high towers connected by a central structure toward the top, which contains the famous bell and features an 18th-century solar dial. The tower is often referred to as the “golden lion,” a clear reference to the weather vane atop the central dome that represents the English Kingdom back when the Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine married King Henry II of England. Grosse Cloche–literally, the big bell, as it weighs well over 16,500 pounds (7,500 kilos)–was up until quite recently used by city magistrates to announce the start of harvest season, or alternatively, to warn residents of a fire. Rumor has it that locals were so attached to the bell that the king threatened to take it away when a resident misbehaved!

Nowadays, the bell only rings only six times a year, for national holidays and military celebrations.

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June 1-Sept. 30 every 45 minutes from 1-7 p.m.
Rue Saint-James, Bordeaux, France
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Bordeaux City - Private Guided Walking Tour with Local Sophia

Bordeaux City - Private Guided Walking Tour with Local Sophia

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Book a private tour around the city of Bordeaux, to get your bearings and the history at the same time. You'll walk with a local guide to explore the different monuments and city neighborhoods, discovering the notable landmarks and some lesser-known gems along the way. Extra perk? The logistics and the route can be customized as you like.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.03
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$64.03
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Private Tour of Bordeaux in a Sidecar 1h30

Private Tour of Bordeaux in a Sidecar 1h30

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See Bordeaux from a perspective rare to visitors on a private motorcycle tour. In addition to navigating while you take in views from the sidecar, your guide offers little-known anecdotes about top landmarks and hidden gems along the route, from Place de la Bourse to the Palais Gallien. Hotel pickup is included for your convenience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.97
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$94.97
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Half-Day Bordeaux Walking Tour

Half-Day Bordeaux Walking Tour

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I want take you on a journey to discover Bordeaux the way I love it! I came to this city 3 years ago and fell in love with it, and My purpose is to share this passion with you! The goal is to have fun and enjoy our time together! I want to tell you my personal stories in Bordeaux, discuss with you while showing you this amazing city. I promise you will have a great time during my tour! Looking forward to seeing you!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.54
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$24.54
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Bordeaux Sightseeing Private Sidecar Guided Tour

Bordeaux Sightseeing Private Sidecar Guided Tour

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Enjoy a one-of-a-kind perspective on Bordeaux—and see many of the city’s top sights in just a short amount of time—on this private sidecar tour. Head to central Bordeaux, meet your guide, and hop into your retro sidecar. Your guide will whisk you around Bordeaux’s key attractions, from the Place de la Bourse and Saint-Michel to the Grand Théâtre and beyond. The itinerary can also be customized, based on your interests.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.82
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1-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour

1-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour

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Discover the UNESCO-listed monuments and historic squares of Bordeaux on a fun and eco-friendly electric scooter tour. Avoid the traffic as you zip down Rue Sainte-Catherine, soak up the atmosphere in Place des Quinconces and Place de la Comédie, and hop off to admire landmarks such as Bordeaux Cathedral, the Grand Théâtre, and Porte Cailhau.
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  • 1 hour
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$26.68
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Early Bird City Tour - Nice morning walk in Bordeaux

Early Bird City Tour - Nice morning walk in Bordeaux

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Have you heard that Bordeaux is often called "la Belle Endormie" - The Sleeping Beauty? So why not to discover the city when it is awakening! If you are an early bird too, let's join me for a nice walk in the morning lights, when the city is still quiet, not crowded, stroll on the riverside, enjoy a coffee on a lovely place and try some of our local delicacies to start the day sweetly. Vous allez adorer Bordeaux
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$69.36
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Private Cultural Walking Tour in Bordeaux

Private Cultural Walking Tour in Bordeaux

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We offer you a super complete tour in Bordeaux. Our guides have designed exclusive tours in such a way that you can get to know the maximum of Bordeaux's attractions in the most complete, enjoyable and fun way.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$27.75
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$27.75

Gourmet tour of Bordeaux and its sweet specialties

Gourmet tour of Bordeaux and its sweet specialties

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Visit Bordeaux tasting delicious local specialties! During these two hours of guided tour, you will discover the historic center of Bordeaux, its main districts, monuments and squares: Saint-Paul, Saint-Pierre, the Grosse Cloche, the Saint André cathedral, the Monument aux Girondins or the Grand Theater... But above all, we will stop at 4 independent traders, each carrying a sweet specialty of the region that you will taste on the spot and with greed. It's not just canelé in Bordeaux, you'll see!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.68
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Private Tour of Bordeaux in a Citroën 2CV - 1h30

Private Tour of Bordeaux in a Citroën 2CV - 1h30

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UNESCO–listed Bordeaux is considered among France’s most elegant cities, but exploring on foot takes time and effort. On this tour, spin through the city streets by vintage soft-top Citroën 2CV and sightsee in traditional French style. With your private guide at the wheel and round-trip travel from your hotel included, hit top attractions and must-see neighborhoods like the Grand Théâtre and the pretty Quartier Sainte-Croix.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$105.08
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$105.08
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Discover Vibrant Bordeaux at Night : Night Tour

Discover Vibrant Bordeaux at Night : Night Tour

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Let's go on a beautiful journey to discover France's sleeping beauty at night! At night, Bordeaux is truly marvelous. I will take you on a walk to discover the vibrant heart of the city, getting to see and explore its amazing Lit landmarks while marveling at the beauty and its night vibes. This tour's aim is to show you the night vibes in this city that doesn't sleep all while discovering its history and seeing its most amazing attractions!
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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$28.81
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$28.81
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Bordeaux Market or Food Tour

Bordeaux Market or Food Tour

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Anne is a culinary school graduate who has cooked in some of the best restaurants and traveled cooking for clients in private yachting. Simona has traveled the world working in food security and now focuses her life in the French countryside growing as much on her land as possible. We look at food tours from an historian and chefs point of view. We try to give the whole, complete story to what you see and taste with fun personal antidotes. It's amazing all of the products that the SW of France has to offer, so this tour is always evolving with new products, small shops and chef owned restaurants to visit.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$117.38
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Private Tour of Bordeaux By Night in a Citroën 2CV - 1h30

Private Tour of Bordeaux By Night in a Citroën 2CV - 1h30

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In the evening, Bordeaux lights up and offers you a sumptuous show! Get onboard your 2CV and enjoy its convertible roof. Your chauffeur will reveal the most unexpected anecdotes that have made the history of this city... You will discover the must-see monuments and squares of Bordeaux By Night, such as the Place de la Bourse and its famous water mirror or the Grand Théâtre. Your chauffeur will take you to emblematic spots like the Chartrons district linked to the wine trade, or the St-Michel district known for its pleasant atmosphere. You will also pass on the other side of the Garonne River to enjoy a breathtaking view of the historic part of Bordeaux! The perfect place for taking unique pictures at night. You will keep a dazzling memory of this night ride in 2CV! * Each 2CV can take a maximum of 3 people (plus the chauffeur). If you book for 2 people you will have one 2CV. If you book for 6 people you will have two 2CVs, etc. When there are several 2CVs, we drive in convoy.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$124.85
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$124.85
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Grand tour of Bordeaux by bike

Grand tour of Bordeaux by bike

If you arrive in the Bordeaux region and you know nothing, this visit is for you because for 3 hours, I show you all the interesting monuments of the city. Passing from one district to another by crossing the small hidden squares of the city, and even crossing the bridges to see Bordeaux from the most beautiful point of view!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.03
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Self-Guided Tour of Bordeaux with Interactive City Game

Self-Guided Tour of Bordeaux with Interactive City Game

Get to know Bordeaux in a unique and affordable way. We offer you a self-guided tour, via our online App. You play a fun, family-friendly game. Answer questions about the locations and do search assignments. All on your smartphone. Log in on our free city game app and enjoy the city. Not a 'boring' guide, but you decide when to start, stop or pause. Use GPS to find the nicest squares, streets, and monuments. Get the most interesting facts about the city. Discover Bordeaux with our unique city game app. Instructions for starting the tour will be given after booking. You can do this tour anytime you choose. This city game is also a perfect activity for large groups.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.08
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$33.08
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Cultural Walk - Experience like a local - Historic Bordeaux & Wine Tasting Tour

Cultural Walk - Experience like a local - Historic Bordeaux & Wine Tasting Tour

This walking tour is provided by a local who has lived in Bordeaux for almost 10 years and who has been a professional guide for over 6 years. Guides also have a wine certification of the WSET level 3. The tour includes a tasting & discussion at a favorite local wine bar along with a sample of the city's local pastry - the canele. It's a fun filled tour with a balance of history and current life with a wine tasting included at the finish.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$52.29
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$52.29

Walk in the old Bordeaux

Walk in the old Bordeaux

I was born and raised around Bordeaux, I am passionate about my city and I really like to discover it by bike.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.73
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$54.73

Bordeaux Organic Food Tour - French Apéro Style

Bordeaux Organic Food Tour - French Apéro Style

DISCOVER THE HISTORY OF OLD TOWN BORDEAUX WHILE TASTING THE WIDE RANGE OF LOCAL & ORGANIC DELICACIES WITH OUR FOODIE GUIDE. Welcome to the first Organic Food Tour in Bordeaux. Join us to discover the typical French Apéro with chefs, sommeliers, and locals that will share with you their passion and their knowledge to give you a deep understanding of the French culture. But what is a French Apéro? - Sharing good moments with friends & family - Enjoying the traditional local delicacies We will taste the following local Bordeaux food - Bordeaux Bio Wines - Charcuterie platter, - French Bio Cheeses with baguette and accompaniments, - Foie gras curated from a local - 2 different local bio pastries - Café Bio This is not all : Walking tour of the most beautiful places in Old Bordeaux Town. This tour is the perfect combination of both History and Food with a lot of fun, entertainment & knowledge about the city & its culture. Are you ready to savor the French flavors? Cheers!!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.36
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$69.36

Bordeaux History & Wine tour

Bordeaux History & Wine tour

Welcome to a new way of discovering Bordeaux. Its stunning medieval and classical architecture, its vibrant history, and its world renowned local gastronomy will remind you that Bordeaux was once the most influential centre of power in France. Best explored on foot to witness the details no one sees, we’ll hit all the major highlights of the city and show you the unnoticed and the unexpected! Bonus: a local wine tasting on us! In this 4-hour walking tour, your local private guide, a true Bordelais, will retrace the city’s past, from its Roman origins, to the dark Medieval times and to today’s vivacious local cultural scene.
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  • 4 hours
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$159.54
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$159.54
Price varies by group size

Bordeaux Old District : Private Walking Tour

Bordeaux Old District : Private Walking Tour

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bordeaux on a private walking tour of its major attractions. Tailor the tour to suit your preferences and explore the historic port city’s sights, such as the Grand Théâtre and Saint André Cathedral. Take a walking tour of historic Bordeaux with a local tour guide, who will introduce you to the city’s beautiful buildings and significant heritage. Starting at the Grand Théâtre square in the city center, meander along charming streets lined with graceful buildings, and become immersed in the internationally renowned culture of Bordeaux. If you have a mobility issue/ reduced mobility please let us know after you have made your reservation, so that we can adapt this tour to you. We are happy to have you with us!
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  • 2 hours
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$143.53
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$143.53
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Private Bordeaux Tour in a Citroën 2CV with Wine tasting at a château - 3h

Private Bordeaux Tour in a Citroën 2CV with Wine tasting at a château - 3h

Get onboard your 2CV for an unforgettable visit of Bordeaux! Your chauffeur will reveal the most unexpected anecdotes that have made the history of Girondine capital... During this ride, you will discover the must-see monuments and spots of Bordeaux, such as the Place de la Bourse and its water mirror or the emblematic Chartrons district. You will also enjoy a breathtaking view of the city on the other side of the Garonne River! Finally, you will appreciate a visit / wine-tasting at Château les Carmes Haut-Brion. Belonging to the Pessac-Léognan appellation, it is the only château still in Bordeaux! * Each 2CV can take a maximum of 3 people (plus the chauffeur). If you book for 2 people you will have one 2CV. If you book for 6 people you will have two 2CVs, etc. When there are several 2CVs, we drive in convoy. ** The visit / wine-tasting at Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion can take place at another château of the Pessac-Léognan appellation if this one is not available.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$198.49
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$198.49
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Bordeaux in 3 hours with tastings, in a private sidecar

Bordeaux in 3 hours with tastings, in a private sidecar

Your private pilot/guide will tell you about the history of Bordeaux and how we experience the city and the region. A real moment of sharing and conviviality. You can discover all the monuments but also original places less known to tourists. Of course, we will stop as many times as you want to take pictures. The experience is unique and the memories unforgettable! You will also have small tastings during the ride, yum yum!! Remark: We can have two people per sidecar. One goes up in the "basket" and the other behind the pilot. You can change as you wish.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$208.09
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Bordeaux City Pass

Bordeaux City Pass

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Create your perfect (and cost-efficient!) 24H, 48H or 72H of Bordeaux’s best attractions with the Bordeaux Metropole City Pass! With your single-day or multi-day pass, visit museums, palaces, archeological sites and more! Your pass includes an unlimited public transit ticket, complimentary bus and walking tours, free entry to more than a dozen venues around town and other local discounts. Plus, it includes the entrance to La Cité du Vin (before 12pm only). The Bordeaux City Pass offers something for everyone!
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  • 2 to 3 days
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$44.82
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$44.82

Bordeaux Self-Guided Audio Tour

Bordeaux Self-Guided Audio Tour

Short and highly selective information in the audio commentary for tourist attractions in around Bordeaux Highlights of this Self-Guided Audio Tour • It allows you to go as per your own convenience of time, pace and locations; skip the content that doesn't interest you and listen longer with content that does interest you. • Not necessary to download any location tracking apps, Audio guide can be listen it on online (or) offline. •Available in multiple languages, you can choose the one which you’re more comfortable with. • It is one of the best option with lowest price when compared to hiring a tour guide. •If you have any questions about any attractions, No worries we will answer in your language instantly by message.
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  • 3 to 9 hours
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$6.00
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Grosse Cloche hours of operation: June 1-Sept. 30 every 45 minutes from 1-7 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.