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Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
River Royale cruising through Blaye
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
8 Days from $2,699 per person

From its noble châteaux to its breathtaking estuary, Bordeaux is an oenophile’s paradise and every traveler’s dream. Sail three stunning rivers—the Garonne, the Dordogne and the Gironde—on one amazing journey.

 

Savor the unique heritage of southwest France, from delightful Pauillac, the gateway to the storied Médoc wine route, to elegant Bordeaux, the “Pearl of the Aquitaine,” as the region is also known. Throughout your journey, you’ll be treated to a grand display of culinary magic. Taste lovely Médoc vintages; visit the cellars of Premier Grand Cru in Saint-Émilion, where you’ll savor the world’s most highly rated wines; and embark upon a study of Sauternes, meeting the winemakers and enjoying a wine-pairing lunch at Château de Cazeneuve. Discover the douceur de vivre (sweet life) for which this region is known.

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  1. Arrive at Bordeaux–Mérignac International Airport.

    If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship. Your ship is conveniently docked right in the heart of the city, so if time allows, why not stroll to the nearby food markets or take the tram to the popular Saint-Michel flea market, which is just a few stops away?

    meal(s):Dinner
  2. The French phrase “la douceur de vivre” is an accurate description for your time in Cadillac, known for its deliciously flavored dessert wines. Meet a local Sauternes producer and also enjoy a delectable wine-pairing lunch at a 14th-century fortress.

    Featured Excursion:
    Choice of Cadillac, châteaux and Sauternes vineyards with exclusive artisanal wine-pairing lunch at Château de Cazeneuve

    NOTE: Sailing this stretch of the Garonne depends on the tides. If it is not possible to sail to Cadillac, you will be transferred to your destination via motorcoach.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  3. Enjoy the waters of the Garonne River and the Gironde Estuary before heading to the pretty town of Pauillac, gateway to the storied Médoc wine route and the prestigious “châteaux road.” Visit a celebrated winery for an exclusive special tasting. Or take a guided bicycle ride through the Médoc vineyards.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Médoc châteaux route with exclusive wine tasting or Exclusive guided "Let's Go" vineyard bicycle ride with wine tasting

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  4. The Route de la Corniche Fleurie…could this be the most beautiful road you’ve ever traveled? Find out today on the drive to Blaye Fortress, passing through one impossibly picturesque hamlet after another, with exotic flowers (brought here by local sea captains) all along the way.

    Featured Excursion:
    Choice of Scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  5. With Libourne as your base, travel to nearby Saint-Émilion and immerse yourself more deeply in the region’s history and wine culture.

    Featured Excursion:
    Choice of Saint-Émilion walking discovery tour with wine tasting

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. The French insist that the key to their superb wines is the soil in which they’re grown, the terroir. That same terroir also makes for extraordinary produce—the foundation for the country’s acclaimed cuisine—as you’ll discover today at a local farmers’ market. Tonight, see Bordeaux under the stars on an exclusive illuminations tour of the city.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Libourne “Village Day” with farmers’ market or Exclusive “Bordeaux under the Stars” tour

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  7. How to spend your last day in Bordeaux? You have a wonderful selection of exclusive opportunities to see this magnificent place, whose seamless blend of classical and neoclassical architecture led to its being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. “Do as the Locals Do” with a walking tour of the city, or venture out on a bicycle ride through the city. Either way, you’ll have an up-close and personal view of one of the world’s most bustling and dynamic cities.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour or Exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride through the back streets of Bordeaux

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner
  8. Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport for your flight home.

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  • All Meals All Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Professional Cruise Management Professional Cruise Management
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Six-Star Ships Six-Star Ships

Taste

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water

Travel

  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the breathtaking River Royale
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days

Explore

  • 1 country
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day,” “Go Active” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

Experience

  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “Aquitaine: Three Rivers, One Ocean and a Unique Land”
  • Exclusive Connoisseur Collection on select summer departures
  • Connoisseur Collection
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18 Mar 18 $2,799pp $2,899pp $3,599pp $3,799pp $4,299pp $6,199pp Request Quote
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25 Mar 18 $2,699pp $2,799pp $3,499pp $3,699pp $4,199pp $6,099pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
Connoisseur Collection
1 Apr 18 $2,999pp $3,099pp $3,799pp $3,999pp $4,499pp $6,399pp Request Quote
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8 Apr 18 $2,999pp $3,099pp $3,799pp $3,999pp $4,499pp $6,399pp Request Quote
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15 Apr 18 $2,999pp $3,099pp $3,799pp $3,999pp $4,499pp $6,399pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
22 Apr 18 $3,099pp $3,199pp $3,899pp $4,099pp $4,599pp $6,499pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
Connoisseur Collection
29 Apr 18 $3,499pp $3,599pp $4,299pp $4,499pp $4,999pp $6,899pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
6 May 18 $3,499pp $3,599pp $4,299pp $4,499pp $4,999pp $6,899pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
13 May 18 $3,599pp $3,699pp $4,399pp $4,599pp $5,099pp $6,999pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
20 May 18 $3,499pp $3,599pp $4,299pp $4,499pp $4,999pp $6,899pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
Connoisseur Collection
27 May 18 $3,699pp $3,799pp $4,499pp $4,699pp $5,199pp $7,099pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
3 Jun 18 $3,599pp $3,699pp $4,399pp $4,599pp $5,099pp $6,999pp Request Quote
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17 Jun 18 $3,499pp $3,599pp $4,299pp $4,499pp $4,999pp $6,899pp Request Quote
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24 Jun 18 $3,499pp $3,599pp $4,299pp $4,499pp $4,999pp $6,899pp Request Quote
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1 Jul 18 $3,499pp $3,599pp $4,299pp $4,499pp $4,999pp $6,899pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
Connoisseur Collection
8 Jul 18 $3,499pp $3,599pp $4,299pp $4,499pp $4,999pp $6,899pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
15 Jul 18 $3,499pp $3,599pp $4,299pp $4,499pp $4,999pp $6,899pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
22 Jul 18 $3,499pp $3,599pp $4,299pp $4,499pp $4,999pp $6,899pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
29 Jul 18 $3,499pp $3,599pp $4,299pp $4,499pp $4,999pp $6,899pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
Connoisseur Collection
5 Aug 18 $3,499pp $3,599pp $4,299pp $4,499pp $4,999pp $6,899pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
12 Aug 18 $3,599pp $3,699pp $4,399pp $4,599pp $5,099pp $6,999pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
19 Aug 18 $3,499pp $3,599pp $4,299pp $4,499pp $4,999pp $6,899pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
26 Aug 18 $3,499pp $3,599pp $4,299pp $4,499pp $4,999pp $6,899pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
2 Sep 18 $3,799pp $3,899pp $4,599pp $4,799pp $5,299pp $7,199pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
9 Sep 18 $3,899pp $3,999pp $4,699pp $4,899pp $5,399pp $7,299pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
16 Sep 18 $3,799pp $3,899pp $4,599pp $4,799pp $5,299pp $7,199pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
23 Sep 18 $3,799pp $3,899pp $4,599pp $4,799pp $5,299pp $7,199pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
30 Sep 18 $3,899pp $3,999pp $4,699pp $4,899pp $5,399pp $7,299pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
7 Oct 18 $3,799pp $3,899pp $4,599pp $4,799pp $5,299pp $7,199pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
14 Oct 18 $3,499pp $3,599pp $4,299pp $4,499pp $4,999pp $6,899pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
21 Oct 18 $3,499pp $3,599pp $4,299pp $4,499pp $4,999pp $6,899pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
28 Oct 18 $2,999pp $3,099pp $3,799pp $3,999pp $4,499pp $6,399pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
4 Nov 18 $2,699pp $2,799pp $3,499pp $3,699pp $4,199pp $6,099pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
11 Nov 18 $2,699pp $2,799pp $3,499pp $3,699pp $4,199pp $6,099pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Royale
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
  • Connoisseur Collection : This departure features additional epicurean highlights spotlighting France's finest culinary traditions.

NOTE: Flights must arrive between 5am and 5pm and depart between 6am and 6pm. Airport arrival and departure transfers are included on arrival and departure days only.

Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

 Price shown is per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded Stateroom. Single rooms are available at a supplement. Port charges for 2018 are an additional $140 per person.

Must Pay in Full at time of booking to receive Early Payment Discount where available. 

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details. 

Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the cruise.

Special Discounts and Promotions: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Frequent Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details.

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Length: 361 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 130 / Staff: 41

Suite: 1 (217 sq ft) / Staterooms: 64 (140-151 sq ft) / Rivers: Garonne River, Dordogne River

The River Royale was remodeled in 2014 to capture the essence of the Bordeaux region, with a timeless style that emphasizes elegance and comfort as you sail through southwestern France. Carrying no more than 130 passengers, this intimate ship is a wonderful place to savor the scenery, dine on exquisite cuisine, and relax with friends over drinks in the Salon Gascogne’s Aquitaine Bar and other richly appointed public areas.

Click HERE to view a PDF of ship facts.

Staterooms

Suite

Lavishly appointed riverview suite (217 sq ft - 20.2 sq m) with French Balcony

Handcrafted Savoir of England beds draped in fine linens with choice of pillows, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV wit infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Bathroom features L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Category 1

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (140 sq ft - 13 sq m) with French Balcony

Handcrafted Savoir of England beds draped in fine linens with choice of pillows, built-in closets, hair dryers, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Bathroom features L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Category 2

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) with full picture windows

Handcrafted Savoir of England beds draped in fine linens with choice pillows, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Bathroom features L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

Features & Amenities

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options.

Our meticulously designed ships feature enticing public areas and luxurious amenities, including a lounge with full-service bar, well-equipped fitness center, restaurant, Serenity River Spa, and a Sun Deck where you can relax and take in the ever-changing views.

Reception

Restaurant

River Queen Lounge

River Queen Main Lounge

Serenity River Spa

Captain Lounge

  • U.S. citizens traveling to France must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering France.

  • The currency in France is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in France, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in France. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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Add An Optional Cruise Extension Package:

Paris

Included in your 3-day stay:

  • 2 nights at the Hotel du Louvre (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Opera Garnier walking discover tour
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov Pricing: 
From $899 per person (single supplement $399)

July, Aug Pricing:
From $999 per person (single supplement $399)

May, June, Sept Pricing
From $1,099 per person (single supplement $499)

Additional fees may apply, please call for details. 
Note: This extension is for cruises that begin or end in Paris.

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