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Brilliant Bordeaux

Operated by: Uniworld River Cruises

8 Days from $3,499 per person
River Royale cruising through Blaye

Countries Visited

France

Locations Visited

Bordeaux, Pauillac, Libourne
  1. Day 1 Bordeaux (embark)

    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.

    meals Dinner
  2. Day 2 Bordeaux, Pauillac

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  3. Day 3 Cadillac

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  4. Day 4 Blaye, Bourg sur Gironde, Libourne

    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

    meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  5. Day 5 Libourne (Saint-Émilion)

    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

    meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. Day 6 Libourne, Bordeaux Cité du Vin

    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

    meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  7. Day 7 Bordeaux (Quai des Chatrons)

    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

    meals Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner
  8. Day 8 Bordeaux (disembark)

    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.

    meals Breakfast
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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
Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Connoisseur Collection
Cruise Start Date Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite Availability Price
30 Jun 19 $4,199pp $4,799pp $5,399pp $7,499pp Call 1-877-622-9109
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
Connoisseur Collection
7 Jul 19 $4,399pp $4,999pp $5,599pp $7,699pp Call 1-877-622-9109
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
14 Jul 19 $3,999pp $4,599pp $5,199pp $7,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
21 Jul 19 $3,999pp $4,599pp $5,199pp $7,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
28 Jul 19 $3,999pp $4,599pp $5,199pp $7,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
4 Aug 19 $3,999pp $4,599pp $5,199pp $7,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
11 Aug 19 $3,999pp $4,599pp $5,199pp $7,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
Connoisseur Collection
18 Aug 19 $3,999pp $4,599pp $5,199pp $7,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
25 Aug 19 $4,399pp $4,999pp $5,599pp $7,699pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
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
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
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 $3,499pp $4,099pp $4,699pp $6,799pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
3 Nov 19 $3,499pp $4,099pp $4,699pp $6,799pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Bon Voyage
Bordeaux to Bordeaux
  • Connoisseur Collection: This departure features additional epicurean highlights spotlighting France's finest culinary traditions.
Extend Package

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.

UNIWORLD'S 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.

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
P Ulrich
Travel date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Service
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.
Carol Maas
Travel date: Monday, September 10, 2018
Service
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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