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2-Hour Bordeaux Segway Tour
"Before the tour starts you will be briefed on how the segway works. You will meet your guide in the ""quartier Saint Pierre"" and start the visit with one of the best views of the big bell. You will continue into the historic part of the city with the ca Place de la Comédie with its big theater and Quinquonce Place which is the biggest square in Europe. You will continue to the quays to discover the two sides of the rivers between modernity and old bridges. Your guide will drive you all over the city and will make sure you have fun on your segway. After exploring the two sides of the river you will enter into the city to see all the things that make Bordeaux classified as UNESCO listed. Stop close to the ""Pont de Pierre"" and see why it's called that. Go along the little streets of the city where your guide will show you the bets palces t""Discover the city of Bordeaux on this segway tour of Bordeaux. During 2 hours you will cover about 14 kilometers of the city discovering the historic part of Bordeaux as well its river-banks.
From EUR55.00
 
Bordeaux Segway Tour
"Head to central Bordeaux at your chosen start time to meet your guide and receive a 10-minute orientation session. Clip on your helmet and learn how to use your 2-wheeled self-balancing battery-powered transportation device; simply lean in the direction you want to go. Once you feel comfortable on your Segway hit Bordeaux's streets for your 1-hour sightseeing tour with informative commentary from your guide.Ride down Bordeaux's historic streets to the UNESCO World Heritage–listed banks of the Garonne River. Take in panoramic views of this ancient waterway marked by an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble that was created in the age of the Enlightenment.Glide to Place des Quinconces to discover one of the largest public squares in Europe and on to Place de la Comédie to view the impressive Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux side-by-side with chic boutiques and inviting cafes.Cruise down atmospheric Rue Sainte-Catherine Bordeaux's main shopping street
From EUR30.00
 
Bordeaux City Sights Walking Tour
"Your 2-hour walking tour starts from the tourist office in central Bordeaux. The exact route may vary depending on the weather and number of people in the group but your guide will be sure to show you as many of the city’s highlights as possible.Walk to Monument aux Girondins a dramatic fountain statue commemorating the Girondists a group of political martyrs who were executed for their militant support during the French Revolution.Continue along the banks of the Garonne River to Place de la Bourse home to the stock exchange. This square was laid out in the 1700s by King Louis XV's architect Gabriel to act as a dramatic frame for an equestrian statue of the monarch.Make your way to Rue Sainte-Catherine the pedestrian street in the heart of the historical city center
From EUR10.00

Basilique Saint Michel Tips (7)

Basilique Saint-Michel

Visible from basically everywhere in Bordeaux, the Basilique Saint-Michel is also very beautiful and offers the best panoramic view from its belfry.

The basilica was built between the 14th and 16th century in Gothic "flamboyant" style. It is one of southern France's largest churches and measures some 75m in length. While interesting from the inside, I found it to be rather gloomy as well and didn't spend very much time in there.

More interesting was the "flèche" (=arrow), the church's 114m high belfry, which suffered severe damage during an earthquake in 1759 and during a hurricane in 1768 so that it had to be rebuilt in the late 19th century. Like the belfry of Bordeaux's Cathédrale Saint-André, it is not part of the actual building, but stands separated a few metres away from it. For an entry fee of 4.50 Euros you can ascend the narrow spiral staircase and, having reached the top, will be rewarded with the best view over Bordeaux. Surrounding the church are the thousands of roofs of the old quarter of Bordeaux. They seem to make up one uninterrupted area of houses, but there is of course the labyrinth of alleys. Only a stone's throw away is the Garonne, lined by the quais of Bordeaux with the magnificent Miroir d'Eau. In the distance, you can see the wine regions of Aquitaine.

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King_Golo
Nov 04, 2016

Tallest Belfry And Flamboyant Gothic Church

Bordeaux has many Churches of which the Largest is the Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux. However, the most famous church you can able to see the grandeur from a distance is the Basilique Saint Michel, which is located along Place Meynard, near the Garonne River of which you can have panoramic views of the Magnificent tower and Basilical if along the Garonne River or along the east enbankment of the Garonne River. The Basilique Saint Michel was built in the 14th century and finished in the 16th century in late gothic design and has a large cross shaped knave and several side chapels of which the altar represents Saint Michael slaying the dragon. It is part of the Unesco World Heritage Site of Churches in Bordeaux. The Belfry Tower is 114 meters long and is also open to the public at certain hours.

The Basilica is open from:

Monday, Saturday from 10:00 to 12:30 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Admission is free

Tower Admission is 3 euros per person.


Phone: +33 5 56 94 30 50

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machomikemd
Oct 19, 2016

Basilique and Tower of St-Michel

In the South side of the central town area is a stunning Gothic Basillica and huge separate belfry almost 400 feet tall. Apparently you can go to the top of the belfry, however, when I was there the base of the bellfry had been taken over by homeless protesters.

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Roadquill
Aug 16, 2011

Approach St. Michael's Basilica

St. Michael’s Basilica was built over a 200 year period starting in 1350 with many modifications and changes in style so that it blends Gothic and Renaissance. It is usually approached on its North sidee as one proceeds from the Stone Bridge. The transept doors and North side were undergoing a severely needed cleaning when we came. Each transept has a Rose window and a tympanum, while the West door supports a large window above its carved tympaum. The tympani are late creations and we could not find information on their programs. The doors display other good examples of stonework. To the west of the church stands its free standing bell tower (which we describe in a General Tip), the tallest point in the city.

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hquittner
Mar 16, 2009
 
 
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Go Inside of Basilica St.-Michel

The interior of the church discloses a tall and broad-arched nave in two levels. with a tall arcade and large upper windows.. The windows in the choir were destroyed in WWII and delightful new ones were created by Max Ingrand. The pretty pulpit of the 18C shows St.-Michel killing the dragon on its top. (The church is poorly illuminated and our photos are poor).

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hquittner
Mar 16, 2009

Basilica St. Michel

Construction of the Basilica St. Michel began sometime in the 1350's and took over 200 years to complete. The structure is a wonderful example of gothic architecture along with Fleche St. Michel. Although each structure stands on its own they both comprise what is considered to be one structure. They stand at a famous pilgrimage route and are a UNESCO world Heritage Site.

We didn't have the opportunity to view the interior of the building, but it is quite impressive from the outside. The Basilica does look like it can use a bit of cleaning.

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Gypsystravels
Nov 20, 2008

St Michel Church by night

thanks to Brewdog who visited bordeaux and sent me this pic

ST MICHEL BASILICA : More !

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lorgnierl
Aug 19, 2003

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Pont de Pierre

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Cathedral Saint Andre

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