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From £2,469 pp

Discover the proud legacy of one of the world’s most acclaimed wine regions

From its noble châteaux to its breathtaking estuary, Bordeaux is an oenophile’s paradise and every traveller’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. Explore Saint-Émilion’s astonishing 12th-century Monolithic Church, and enjoy the beautiful Médoc vineyards on a bicycle.

Throughout your journey, you’ll be treated to a grand display of culinary magic. Taste regional delights and delve deeply into the region’s exalted wines. 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.

 

What’s Included:

  • An all-inclusive, boutique 7- night cruise in a riverview stateroom on River Royale
  • 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, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • 8 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Onboard entertainment and insightful lectures
  • All gratuities onboard and ashore
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Flights or Eurostar from the UK
Uniworld River Royale in Blaye
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Day 1 - Bordeaux

Arrive at Bordeaux–Mérignac International Airport. 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?

Dinner

Day 2 - Cadillac

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. Vous êtes arrivé à Cadillac, the area known for producing sweet dessert wines under the celebrated Cadillac AOC designation. You’re in for a treat!

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception, and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Featured Excursion:

Cadillac, châteaux and Sauternes vineyards with exclusive artisanal wine-pairing lunch at Château de Cazeneuve

Day 2 - Cadillac

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Cruising the Garonne River and Gironde Estuary, Pauillac

The legendary Médoc region abounds with prestigious wine châteaux in a dizzying array of architectural styles, as well as miles of grapevines stretching to infinity. Take a scenic drive to the tip of the peninsula or join a guide for a vineyard bicycle ride, followed by a wine tasting at a beautiful wine estate. 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 Excursion:

Choice of Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” vineyard bicycle ride with wine tasting or Médoc châteaux route with exclusive wine tasting

Day 3 - Cruising the Garonne River and Gironde Estuary, Pauillac

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Blaye, Bourg-sur-Gironde, Cruising the Dordogne River, Libourne

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. 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.

Featured Excursion:

Scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress

Day 4 - Blaye, Bourg-sur-Gironde, Cruising the Dordogne River, Libourne

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Libourne (Saint-Émilion)

The medieval town of Saint-Émilion is an ideal place to linger. Wander its cobblestone lanes, lined with wine shops and bakeries, and stop to admire the amazing rock-hewn church that extends beneath the city’s streets. Another treasure awaiting you underground? A wine tasting in the cellars of a premier Grand Cru estate. 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:

Saint-Émilion walking discovery tour with wine tasting

Day 5 - Libourne (Saint-Émilion)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Libourne, Cruising the Garonne River, Bordeaux

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.

Featured Excursion:

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Day 6 - Libourne, Cruising the Garonne River, Bordeaux

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Bordeaux

For Francophiles who are all Eiffel(ed) out, the city of Bordeaux is a delightful find, as elegant and sophisticated as big sister Paris, but with a younger and hipper vibe. Discover its many charms today, either on foot with a local expert or on two wheels, the locals’ preferred way to navigate the city’s charming back streets. 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.

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and  Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Featured Excursion:

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

Day 7 - Bordeaux

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Bordeaux (Disembark)

Disembark the ship.  You will be transferred to Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport for your flight home.

Breakfast

Uniworld River Royale in Blaye

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.

The signature touches for which Uniworld has become known-inspiring original hand-selected art, classic furnishings, old world antiques, marble, and clever use of mirrors can be found in the various public areas along with different hues of green, brown, beige, and gold adorning the walls and floors throughout.

Uniworld River Countess Buffet
  • 64 lavishly decorated outside staterooms many with French Balconies
  • 1 individually decorated suites with French Balcony
  • Sun deck with panoramic views
  • Lounge with full-service bar and dance floor
  • Salon Sky Lounge
  • Captain’s Lounge & Library
  • Elegant Le Bordelais Restaurant
  • Fitness center & Serenity River Spa
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi
  • Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar
  • 24-hour reception service
  • Elevator
  • Boutique*
  • Guest laundry & ironing room

World Class Staterooms

After one night in your magnificent riverview stateroom, you’ll understand why sailing with Uniworld is truly the best way to see the world. Rated Top Cabins by Zagat Survey®, your elegantly appointed boutique stateroom comes standard with Uniworld – as does the ever-changing breathtaking river scenery.

All Staterooms Feature

  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds
  • 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets
  • Marble bathrooms with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products
  • Individual climate control
  • Telephone, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Infotainment center with flat-screen TV and complimentary movie and entertainment options
  • Generous built-in closets
  • Plush Christy towels
  • Backlit magnifying mirror
  • Cosy waffle bathrobes & slippers
  • Towel warmers

River Royale Suite

217 ft² –  La Gironde (Upper) Deck

  • French balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets,
  • Hair dryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, individual climate-controlled thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence and Hermes bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers
  • Daily fruit & cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Bottle of wine upon arrival
  • Morning coffee, tea & continental breakfast
  • In-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack
  • Fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service
Uniworld - River Royale Suite
Uniworld - River Royale Cat 1 Stateroom

Category 1 Staterooms

140 ft² – La Gironde (Upper) Deck

  • French Balconies (floor to ceiling sliding glass doors)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets,
  • Hair dryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, individual climate-controlled thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence and Hermes bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers

Category 2 & 3 Staterooms

151 ft² – Bordeaux (Middle) Deck

  • Panoramic picture window (does not open)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets,
  • Hair dryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, individual climate-controlled thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence and Hermes bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers

Category 4 & 5 Staterooms

 151ft² – La Durance (Lower) Deck

  • High level window (does not open)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets,
  • Hair dryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, individual climate-controlled thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence and Hermes bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers

Why Choose This Cruise?

Enjoy the unique service & style of the very best boutique hotels of the world.  Uniworld truly is different.

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Oct 7River RoyaleBordeaux£4169ACabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat 5151 ft², Fixed Windows£4169  
Lower DeckCat 4151 ft², Fixed Windows£4269  
Middle DeckCat 3151 ft², Panoramic Windows£4769  
Middle DeckCat 2151 ft², Panoramic Windows£4969  
Upper DeckCat 1140 ft², French Balcony£5369  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£6969  
Oct 14River RoyaleBordeaux£4169ACabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat 5151 ft², Fixed Windows£4169  
Lower DeckCat 4151 ft², Fixed Windows£4269  
Middle DeckCat 3151 ft², Panoramic Windows£4769  
Middle DeckCat 2151 ft², Panoramic Windows£4969  
Upper DeckCat 1140 ft², French Balcony£5369  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£6969  
Oct 21River RoyaleBordeaux£4169ACabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat 5151 ft², Fixed Windows£4169  
Lower DeckCat 4151 ft², Fixed Windows£4269  
Middle DeckCat 3151 ft², Panoramic Windows£4769  
Middle DeckCat 2151 ft², Panoramic Windows£4969  
Upper DeckCat 1140 ft², French Balcony£5369  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£6969  


Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.

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