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Brilliant Bordeaux

8 Days from $2,589 per person

Style: Boutique River Cruises | Pace: Leisurely

Uncover the proud legacy and heritage of Southwest France. Sail three stunning rivers—the Garonne, the Dordogne and the Gironde—on one fascinatingly historical and invigorating journey.

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Overview

Uncover the proud legacy and heritage of Southwest France. Sail three stunning rivers—the Garonne, the Dordogne and the Gironde—on one fascinatingly historical and invigorating journey.

  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.

    meal(s):Dinner
  2. Journey from Bordeaux, the “Pearl of the Aquitaine,” a famed wine-growing region, to the historical village of Cussac-Fort-Médoc, before arriving in coastal Pauillac later in the afternoon. Pauillac, once a crucial enemy stronghold during World War II, is still home to remnants of its war-torn past. Embark on an afternoon Bunker Archaeology tour, where you’ll begin to understand WWII from the enemy’s point of view. Led by a local guide, tour the remains of defensive army camps, wander inside bunkers and get up close and personal with the Atlantic Wall, an extensive coastal defense system and series of fortifications built by Nazi Germany that lies along the coast of numerous European countries.

    Featured Excursion:
    Wine passion in Médoc: intimate château visit and wine tasting
    Choice of Bunker Archaeology tour

    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. Satisfy your sweet tooth in elegant Cadillac, a town known for its production of sweet dessert wines and perfectly situated in the center of an acclaimed international wine region. The town, which still holds on to its medieval structure, is home to a plethora of impressive wine estates, beautiful chateaus and trails perfect for enjoying the French countryside. We’ll treat you to an exclusive artisanal wine-pairing lunch at Château Royal de Cazeneuve prior to an appropriate photo stop at Château d’Yquem.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  4. Spend your morning on a scenic drive along the Route de La Corniche Fleurie. Marvel at the spectacular homes etched into cliffs, sprawling gardens, Blaye Fortress and Lansac’s windmills along your way. Or, choose to experience it by bike, where you’ll cycle towards quiet roads, riverside paths and charming villages.

    Featured Excursion:
    Scenic drive along the Route de la Cornice
    Choice of "Let's Go" bike tour: Corniche Fleurie from Blaye to Bourg or Bourg walking tour

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  5. A full day in Libourne means you’ll have plenty of time to explore the majestic landscape of villages and vineyards. Nestled along the confluence of the Isle and Dordogne rivers, the quaint town is as pretty as a postcard. On the outskirts of Libourne, you’ll find neighboring Saint-Émilion. Discover the wine-making town by foot on a tour of its most picturesque sights, such as the magnificent Monolithic Church, all capped by a wine tasting at a beautiful château.

    Featured Excursion:
    Landscapes of Saint-Emilion village discovery tour with wine tasting

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. Before making the journey back to Bordeaux, you’ll have plenty of time to continue exploring Libourne’s Gothic architecture, splendid chateaus and charming streets. Stroll around the main square which is flanked by medieval buildings, restaurants and cafés, shops and town hall. Get a feel for the local life with a pit stop at the town’s farmers' market. Arrive back in Bordeaux that night, just in time for an exclusive tour of the city as seen under the glow of the night sky.

    Featured Excursions:
    Exclusive “Bordeaux under the Stars” tour

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  7. There’s so much to discover with a full day in Bordeaux’s port of Quai des Chatrons. The architecture is impressive, the wine is exquisite and the shopping is to die for. Explore La Cité du Vin, a one-of-a-kind cultural center and museum that brings the heritage of wine to life through interactive exhibits, shows, academic seminars and more. Do as the locals do and uncover Bordeaux’s unique heritage on a walking tour or choose to traverse the city by bike. Celebrate the end to a spectacular trip with a farewell dinner on board.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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Cruise Start Date Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite Availability Price
Connoisseur Collection
14 Apr 19 $3,699 pp
$2,589 pp
$4,299 pp
$3,009 pp
$4,899 pp
$3,429 pp
$6,999pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
21 Apr 19 $3,199pp $3,799pp $4,399pp $6,499pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
28 Apr 19 $4,199 pp
$2,939 pp
$4,799 pp
$3,359 pp
$5,399 pp
$3,779 pp
$7,499pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
5 May 19 $4,299 pp
$3,439 pp
$4,899 pp
$3,919 pp
$5,499 pp
$4,399 pp
$7,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
Connoisseur Collection
12 May 19 $4,299 pp
$3,439 pp
$4,899 pp
$3,919 pp
$5,499 pp
$4,399 pp
$7,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
19 May 19 $4,299 pp
$3,009 pp
$4,899 pp
$3,429 pp
$5,499 pp
$3,849 pp
$7,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
26 May 19 $4,299 pp
$3,439 pp
$4,899 pp
$3,919 pp
$5,499 pp
$4,399 pp
$7,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
2 Jun 19 $3,699pp $4,299pp $4,899pp $6,999pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
Connoisseur Collection
9 Jun 19 $4,299 pp
$3,439 pp
$4,899 pp
$3,919 pp
$5,499 pp
$4,399 pp
$7,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
16 Jun 19 $4,699 pp
$3,289 pp
$5,299 pp
$3,709 pp
$5,899 pp
$4,129 pp
$7,999pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
23 Jun 19 $4,699 pp
$3,289 pp
$5,299 pp
$3,709 pp
$5,899 pp
$4,129 pp
$7,999pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
30 Jun 19 $4,199 pp
$2,939 pp
$4,799 pp
$3,359 pp
$5,399 pp
$3,779 pp
$7,499pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
Connoisseur Collection
7 Jul 19 $3,999 pp
$2,799 pp
$4,599 pp
$3,219 pp
$5,199 pp
$3,639 pp
$7,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
14 Jul 19 $3,999 pp
$2,799 pp
$4,599 pp
$3,219 pp
$5,199 pp
$3,639 pp
$7,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
21 Jul 19 $3,999 pp
$2,799 pp
$4,599 pp
$3,219 pp
$5,199 pp
$3,639 pp
$7,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
28 Jul 19 $3,999 pp
$2,799 pp
$4,599 pp
$3,219 pp
$5,199 pp
$3,639 pp
$7,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
4 Aug 19 $3,999 pp
$2,799 pp
$4,599 pp
$3,219 pp
$5,199 pp
$3,639 pp
$7,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
11 Aug 19 $3,999 pp
$2,799 pp
$4,599 pp
$3,219 pp
$5,199 pp
$3,639 pp
$7,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
Connoisseur Collection
18 Aug 19 $3,999 pp
$2,799 pp
$4,599 pp
$3,219 pp
$5,199 pp
$3,639 pp
$7,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
25 Aug 19 $4,399 pp
$3,519 pp
$4,999 pp
$3,999 pp
$5,599 pp
$4,479 pp
$7,699pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
8 Sep 19 $3,999pp $4,599pp $5,199pp $7,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
15 Sep 19 $3,999pp $4,599pp $5,199pp $7,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
22 Sep 19 $3,999pp $4,5399pp $5,199pp $7,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
29 Sep 19 $3,999pp $4,599pp $5,199pp $7,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
13 Oct 19 $3,699pp $4,299pp $4,899pp $6,999pp Request Quote
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Bordeaux to Bordeaux
20 Oct 19 $3,699pp $4,299pp $4,899pp $6,999pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
27 Oct 19 $3,299pp $3,899pp $4,499pp $6,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
3 Nov 19 $2,899pp $3,499pp $4,099pp $6,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
  • Connoisseur Collection: This departure features additional epicurean highlights spotlighting France's finest culinary traditions.
  • All fares are per guest in US Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted.
  • Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed.
  • Single Supplement applies for single accommodation.
  • Itineraries, hotels, and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors.
  • The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments.
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $170 per person.
  • AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive $100 Member Benefit Discount on all Uniworld River Cruises booked through Grand European Travel plus receive a free travel gift.
  • Past Travelers receive additional savings. Call for details.
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  • All Meals Included Onboard All Meals Included Onboard
  • 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

Connoisseur Collection (select sailings)

Experience the joie de vivre of French life with world-class wines, rich cognacs and sunset cocktails. Behind medieval walls lies the famous Château de Cazeneuve, where you’ll enjoy an artisanal wine-pairing lunch. Rendezvous at the House of Rémy Martin, which has been producing premium cognac since 1724 for the world’s most discerning connoisseurs. Visit La Cité du Vin, an interactive museum dedicated to French wine culture that has been aptly described as the “Guggenheim of wine.” And celebrate sunset on Patiras Island in the heart of the Gironde Estuary with cocktails and a view of Pauillac, known for its world-famous wines.

Dining

  • All meals included 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

Accommodations

  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the breathtaking River Royale
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

Excursions

  • 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,” “Let's Go” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

Experiences

  • 1 country: France
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “Aquitaine: Three Rivers, One Ocean and a Unique Land”
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • Exclusive Connoisseur Collection on select summer departures
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UNIWORLD' NEWEST SUPER SHIP

after an extensive full-ship renovation, the River Royale will reemerge as the S.S. Bon Voyage in Spring 2019. Inspired by the renowned wine and gastronomic expertise of the region, the S.S. Bon Voyage will represent the bountiful destination—from the beautiful design on the ship’s bow to the enhanced culinary opportunities onboard.

With her transformation, the S.S. Bon Voyage will debut a completely different look—including a redesigned top deck with an added swimming pool and lounge area, with an adjacent casual dining venue featuring lighter fare with a local spin and chef-led cooking classes. Inside, four new gorgeously-appointed suites will be introduced, as well as marble bathrooms throughout the ship, an enhanced dining room with an added chef demonstration area, and a new bistro inspired by Bouillon Pigalle in Paris. All finished perfectly in the unique and beautiful design aesthetic that Uniworld is known for, and paired with the addition of more crew members for a higher crew-to-guest ratio. Join us next Spring onboard Uniworld’s newest luxurious Super Ship—the S.S. Bon Voyage.

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Reviews

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
P Ulrich
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Jake worked miracles to put this wonderful river cruise together for us in two days when our Rhine river cruise was canceled due to lack of water. We are loyal customers from now on and will always ask them first to handle our future travel plans.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for being flexible and working with us during this unexpected change. WE are so happy that everything went well and you enjoyed the cruise.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Vacation : This river cruise was a great purchase.
Monday, September 10, 2018
Carol Maas
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : After being told our original river cruise was being canceled, GET worked miracles to find us another river cruise we could take at the time our other cruise was to depart. This was important since I still work and taking planned time off at the busiest time of my business was not easy so rebooking for a later time would have been impossible. We were thrilled at the service by GET to get us back on track to have a wonderful vacation. Can't sing their praises loud enough, they were great!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for being flexible and working with us during this unexpected change. WE are so happy that everything went well and you enjoyed the cruise.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Vacation : This was a wonderful cruise in a beautiful part of France. Loved the countryside, the wines and the experience of getting out into French life. All tours were excellent and well though out and tour guides were very knowledgeable.
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  • Transfer Guidelines - Europe

    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.

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  • 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 24 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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  • Transfer Guidelines - Europe

    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.

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 gratuities, service charges, taxes and porterage
  • Opera Garnier Discovery Walk
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

March, April, October, November Pricing: 

$949 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $499.

Additional fees may apply, please call for details.

May, June, July, August, September Pricing: 

$999 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $499.

Additional fees may apply, please call for details.

Note: This extension is for cruises that begin in Paris.

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  • Transfer Guidelines - Europe

    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.

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