France’s wine capital is one big Unesco World Heritage Site, so it’s little wonder that the tourist office encourages visitors to take a two-hour city stroll through 500 years of architecture. A €33, three-day city pass grants access to the history and wi
For Bordeaux’s finest, hit the fashionable Chartrons quartier, once the heart of the city’s wine trade. Bars in this quayside locale scribble inexpensive vintages on blackboards out front. For wine tours and tasting masterclasses, try Bordovino, which runs a two-hour sommelier course for €49. Serious oenophiles should take a trip to Saint-Émilion by bus, bike or boat. It’s another Unesco-protected town, where hundreds of miles of wine caves burrow beneath the commune. From Bordeaux, the most enchanting route runs up the River Garonne and then down the River Dordogne, passing the appellations of Margaux and Haut-Médoc en route. The oyster ports and towering dunes of the Baie d’Arcachon (all criss-crossed by cycling paths) are due west of Bordeaux.