Private jet charter to Bordeaux
Just the name Bordeaux evokes images of sipping wine on shaded rue-side terraces, wandering along wide boulevards lined with Neoclassical buildings and exploring sun-drenched vineyards and châteaus. Sitting on the banks of the River Garonne, this historic city sits at the heart of one of France’s most famous wine producing regions and reflects the area’s prosperity. Contact our experts today to start planning your trip by private aircraft with Air Charter Service.
Beautiful Bordeaux boasts one of France’s most well preserved historic urban centres. And you don’t just have to take our word for it: UNESCO has granted around half of the entire city World Heritage status. You can wander along the medieval streets of the Saint Pierre district and then pass through 15th-Century gate towers into wide-open squares overlooked by grand 18th-Century Neoclassical buildings.
The Gothic-style Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux was built between the 13th and 15th Centuries and sits at the centre of the maze of streets of the oldest part of town. Sharing the historic square with the cathedral is the Per Beyland belltower, a free-standing structure that was built in 1440. You can climb the 229 steps to the top of the 50 -metre tower for fantastic views over the city. Another well-preserved medieval relic is the Porte Cailhau, a 35-metre high defensive gate that was once the main entrance to the city.
The 18th Century was a time of great prosperity for Bordeaux and, under the orders of Emperor Napoleon III, much of the city was rebuilt. Spacious squares were laid out and resplendent mansions and palaces were constructed. One of the most recognisable Bourdeaux landmarks is Place de la Bourse which is framed by the beautiful Palais de la Bourse and Hotel des Fermes. Photographers will love the square’s Miroir d’Eau – the world’s largest reflective pool – which mirrors the façades of the buildings in a shallow cover of shallow or hides them behind an atmospheric cloud of rising mist. Another striking building from the city’s golden era is the Grand Theatre. Designed by the prolific French architect Victor Louis, this magnificent building is now home to the Bordeaux National Opera.
For an introduction to the region’s most famous produce, visit La Cité du Vin. This striking and modern museum celebrates everything to do with wine and features immersive permanent and temporary exhibits that tell tales of the history of wine throughout the world. There’s also a belvedere where you can enjoy a small glass of wine and 360-degree city views and regular themed tasting workshops. Another must-visit attraction for budding viticulturists is the Musee de Vin et Negoce which is located in a historic cellar in the Chartrons district. The focus here is on Bordeaux wine and its reputation around the world.
No visit to Bordeaux isn’t complete without a visit vineyard or two. The Bordeaux wine region is split by the River Garonne into the Left Bank and the Right Bank and both of these are divided further into sub-regions. As a general rule, the red wines made in the Left Bank area are produced using a base of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes while those in the Right Bank are Merlot based. Head to Graves on the Left Bank for an overall insight into Bordeaux wine; it’s the only place where all three varieties (red, white and sweet wines) are produced.
If you’re exploring the châteaus of the Right Bank, we recommend setting aside a few hours to visit the breathtaking town of Saint-Émilion, the epitome of a charming French village. You can spend hours walking along its cobbled, sloping streets, popping into historic churches like the unique Monolithic Church of Saint-Émilion, and refuelling at a local brasserie.
The city is served by Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport which is located on the western outskirts. Simply contact one of our team and we can arrange everything you need to charter a private jet to Bordeaux.