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Brilliant Bordeaux

From £2,499 pp

Uncover the proud legacy and heritage of Southwest France. Set sail along three stunning rivers, the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde, on one fascinatingly historical and invigorating journey. Explore the country’s breathtaking backdrops, wines and cultural treasures across the region in Bordeaux, Fort Médoc, Cadillac, Blaye, Libourne and more. Wander through archaeological marvels, historic landmarks and magnificent vineyards where you’ll be treated to a sampling of quintessentially French experiences. Enjoy an exquisite wine tasting in Fort Médoc before discovering World War II in France from the enemy’s point of view with a visit to a defensive army camp and portions of the Atlantic Wall.

Embark on a scenic drive from Blaye to Bourg along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie and marvel at the sights of Blaye Fortress and Lansac Windmill along the way. Or, choose to experience that same impressive scenery from the seat of a bike. Slow things down in Libourne and on your return to Bordeaux with multiple wine tastings, village tours, a farmers’ market visit and Bordeaux Heritage walking tour. Join us on a showcase of the best Southwest France has to offer.

What’s Included:

  • An all-inclusive, boutique  night cruise in a riverview stateroom on
  • 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
  • 6 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 rail from the UK
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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

Dinner

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

Day 2 - Bordeaux, Pauillac

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Day 3 - Cadillac

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

Day 4 - Blaye, Bourg sur Gironde, Libourne

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Libourne

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

Day 5 - Libourne

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 Excursion:
Exclusive “Bordeaux under the Stars” tour

Day 6 -Libourne, Bordeaux Cité du Vin

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 onboard.

Featured Excursion:

“Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux Heritage walking tour
Choice of ”Let’s Go” biking in Bordeaux backstreets

Day 7 - Bordeaux (Quai des Chatrons)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Or transfer by TGC to Paris for A Portrait of Majestic France itinerary.

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

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

French balcony 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

Deluxe 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

Classic 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

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Mar 31River RoyaleBordeaux£2599Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2599  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3049  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£3999  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5149  
Apr 7River RoyaleBordeaux£2599Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2599  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3049  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£3999  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5149  
Apr 14River RoyaleBordeaux£2799Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2799  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3249  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4199  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5349  
Apr 21River RoyaleBordeaux£2699Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2699  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3149  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4099  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5249  
Apr 28River RoyaleBordeaux£2999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3449  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4399  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5549  
May 5River RoyaleBordeaux£2999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3449  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4399  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5549  
May 12River RoyaleBordeaux£3099Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£3099  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3549  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4499  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5649  
May 19River RoyaleBordeaux£2999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3449  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4399  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5549  
May 26River RoyaleBordeaux£2999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3449  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4399  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5549  
Jun 2River RoyaleBordeaux£2999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3449  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4399  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5549  
Jun 9River RoyaleBordeaux£3099Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£3099  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3549  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4499  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5649  
Jun 16River RoyaleBordeaux£2999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3449  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4399  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5549  
Jun 23River RoyaleBordeaux£2999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3449  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4399  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5549  
Jun 30River RoyaleBordeaux£2999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3449  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4399  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5549  
Jul 7River RoyaleBordeaux£3099Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£3099  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3549  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4499  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5649  
Jul 14River RoyaleBordeaux£2999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3449  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4399  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5549  
Jul 21River RoyaleBordeaux£2999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3449  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4399  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5549  
Jul 28River RoyaleBordeaux£2999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3449  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4399  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5549  
Aug 4River RoyaleBordeaux£2999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3449  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4399  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5549  
Aug 11River RoyaleBordeaux£2999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3449  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4399  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5549  
Aug 18River RoyaleBordeaux£3099Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£3099  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3549  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4499  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5649  
Aug 25River RoyaleBordeaux£2999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3449  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4399  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5549  
Sep 1River RoyaleBordeaux£3299Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£3299  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3749  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4699  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5849  
Sep 8River RoyaleBordeaux£3299Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£3299  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3749  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4699  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5849  
Sep 15River RoyaleBordeaux£3299Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£3299  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3749  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4699  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5849  
Sep 22River RoyaleBordeaux£3299Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£3299  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3749  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4699  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5849  
Sep 29River RoyaleBordeaux£3299Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£3299  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3749  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4699  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5849  
Oct 6River RoyaleBordeaux£2999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3449  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4399  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5549  
Oct 13River RoyaleBordeaux£2999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2999  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3449  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4399  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5549  
Oct 20River RoyaleBordeaux£2699Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2699  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£3149  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£4099  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5249  
Oct 27River RoyaleBordeaux£2499Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2499  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£2949  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£3899  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5049  
Nov 3River RoyaleBordeaux£2499Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic151 ft², Fixed Windows£2499  
Middle DeckDeluxe151 ft², Panoramic Windows£2949  
Upper DeckFrench Balcony140 ft², French Balcony£3899  
Upper DeckSuite217 ft², French Balcony£5049  


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