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Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
River Royale cruising through Blaye
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
9 Days from $2,839 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. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

  2. Arrive at Bordeaux–Mérignac International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

    meal(s):Dinner
  3. You’re in for a treat as you embark on a fascinating study of Sauternes, the highly prized, golden-hued sweet wine that takes its name from the region. Visit one of the area’s finest estates for a wine tasting, and then be treated to a delectable wine-pairing lunch at Château de Cazeneuve, an 85-acre estate. Learn how easy (and fun) it is to pair a sweet wine with a whole new variety of dishes. Extend your celebration into the evening with the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: Sailing this stretch of the Garonne depends on the tides. If it is not possible to sail to Cadillac, you will be taken to your destination via motorcoach.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  4. Sail the Garonne River and the Gironde Estuary before heading to Pauillac, gateway to the storied Médoc wine route and the prestigious “châteaux road.” You’ll have a panoramic tour of the heart of the celebrated Haut-Médoc wine-growing region and taste wines at one of its estates. If you wish for a more active exploration of the region, take a guided bicycle ride through Pauillac and the lush landscapes of historic estates that have seemingly remained unchanged for centuries. Do all those beautiful vineyards make you yearn to sample their fruit? Luckily, this adventure includes a stop at Château Lynch-Bages for a wine tasting.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  5. Sail across the peaceful waters of the estuary, where fishing huts rise above grassy marshlands edged by limestone cliffs, as you make your way to the town of Blaye. A visual feast awaits you on a storied road named for the many flowers that line it, Route de la Corniche Fleurie, which wends its way through picturesque hamlets filled with old stone houses. Stop in the medieval walled village of Bourg-sur-Gironde, with a rich historic and architectural heritage, before heading back to Blaye, where you’ll be guided through the imposing 17th-century Blaye Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. Hilltop Saint-Émilion offers both exceptional architecture and historic vineyards. The Romans were the first to plant grapes here, and this was the first vineyard region to be protected by UNESCO because of its history. Saint-Émilion is entered by way of one of the seven gates that are part of the original medieval fortifications. Inside the walls, discover steep, narrow cobblestone streets, stores brimming with wine and wine tools, and the extraordinary 12th-century Monolithic Church, carved into a cliff—only the tower is above ground; the rest of the church is subterranean. After touring Saint-Émilion, you’ll visit the cellars of a premier Grand Cru estate where you’ll taste some of the world’s most highly rated wines.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  7. How could you visit this rich agricultural land without delving into a farmers’ market? Libourne’s sprawling farmers’ market is a food lover’s paradise, with stands selling fresh produce, cheeses, charcuterie and more. Explore its bounty with a local expert and take a peek inside the workshops of talented local artisans. Cap the day off with the “Bordeaux under the Stars” tour via an open-top bus for a view of this extraordinarily beautiful city illuminated at night.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  8. How to spend your last day in Bordeaux? You have two 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” as you stroll the most graceful streets with your local expert, including luxury food halls, local delicacies such as canelés and chocolates, and popular wine bars. If you prefer a more active experience, join a guide for a bicycle ride through city. Celebrate your last evening onboard with the festive Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner
  9. Disembark the ship and transfer to Bordeaux–Mérignac International Airport for your flight home.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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  • 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
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#Solo Friendly Departures. Single Supplements waived on these dates. Call for details.  

+Connoisseur Collection on these departures.

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 and cruise in category 5 Cabin. Single rooms are available at a supplement.  Cabin upgrades available at a supplement. Port Charges included.

Early Booking and Pay in Full Discounts vary based on Stateroom category.

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 vacation.

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.

Cancellation Penalties: 90-60 days prior to departure: 35%; 59-30 days prior to departure: 50%; 29-1 days prior to departure: 80%; Day of departure: 100%.

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.

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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 Marriott Opera Ambassador (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Paris city tour
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

From $1,099 per person (single supplement $679)
Note: This extension is for cruises that begin in Bordeaux

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