From noble châteaux to breathtaking Bordeaux, the region is also known as a wine connoisseurs paradise and every traveller's dream. We sail three rivers on this journey - the Garonne, the Dordogne, and the Gironde - offering exceptional landscape of historic architecture and even more historic and virtually untouched Roman vineyards - savour the unique heritage of southwest France including the delectable fois gras, duck confit, oysters and of course the famous regional wines.
*Unlimited drinks excludes premium wines and spirits
Begin with Titan's VIP Home Departure Service® to London Heathrow or Gatwick for your scheduled British Airways or another leading airline flight to Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport. Meet your Uniworld representative and transfer to the port to embark the River Royale.
Included Excursion: Médoc panoramic tour and wine tasting
Alternative Excursion: Exclusive guided 'Go Active' vineyard bicycle ride
Set sail on the Garonne river for the pretty town of Pauillac, gateway to the Médoc wine route. Not far out of Bordeaux, the Garonne merges with the Dordogne river, forming the Gironde Estuary and when you arrive in Pauillac you will join a tour of the Médoc. Travelling through the Médoc wine route one after the other, beautiful châteaux rise up from the verdant hillsides, creating one of the most scenic vineyards landscapes in the world. A highlight of the tour will be visiting a château, where you'll meet the winemaker and enjoy vineyard and cellar tours, as well as a tasting. Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner this evening
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Included Excursion: Scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress
Alternative Excursion: Exclusive guided 'Go Active' Nordic walking tour of Blaye fortress
Today you'll sail across the estuary to Blaye. The scenic journey offers a unique look at the delta and its vineyard-covered hillsides, high limestone cliffs and grassy marshlands. Running along the cliffs of the Gironde, between the towns of Blaye and Bourg, is a little road known as the Route de la Corniche Fleurie. The road winds through tiny, picturesque hamlets, where you'll find charming stone houses built by 19th-century ship captains and you will see a variety of tropical and Mediterranean plants.
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Included Excursion: Bergerac city tour
We visit Bergerac; on your walking tour of the town you'll explore the popular farmers' market, hear the fateful story of Cyrano de Bergerac and his Roxanne, and watch the flat-bottom boats glide along the river. Stop at the 16th century Château de Monbazillac, which offers marvellous views overlooking Bergerac and the Dordogne River. The drive along the Dordogne is an especially scenic one, and you'll cross bridges to explore charming Bastide villages on both sides of the river. During an extra special dinner tonight you will discover why the 'gastronomic meal of the French' is so indelibly linked to the country's identity. World-famous French Master Chef Philippe Etchebest has loaned his gastronomic genius and his interpretation of the region's delicacies provide an exclusive specially-crafted onboard dinner menu.
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Included Excursion: Saint-Émilion walking tour with wine tasting and private night-time tour of Bordeaux
Saint-Émilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers an exceptional landscape of historic architecture and even more historic vineyards. The town, built atop the limestone hills, is particularly special for its history surrounding an 8th century monk named Émilion. Upon his death in 767 the area became known as Saint-Émilion and in the 12th century, near the site of Émilion's cave, work began on a subterranean cathedral carved into the limestone, creating a massive monolithic church with three naves, a high altar, and catacombs. After our visit it is time to taste this region's world-class wines. Later you will return to Bordeaux, where you can take an evening tour through the heart of this city which, after Paris, has more protected buildings than any other French city.
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Included Excursion: Cadillac, chateaux and the vineyards of Sauternes with exclusive artisanal lunch and wine tasting at Chateau d'Arche
Today join a tour to the nearby town of Cadillac to indulge in an exploration of Sauternes, the sweet wine which is named for the region. Sauternes, made from grapes that have been affected by Botrytis, or noble rot, is a concentrated and distinctly flavoured wine. You'll travel to one of Cadillac's finest estates to meet the winemaker and share a country lunch paired with Sauternes, before travelling to Château d'Yquem for a chance to view the beautiful grounds. Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
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Included Excursion: Exclusive 'Do as the Locals Do' Bordeaux walking tour
Though Aquitaine is profoundly French, its history and spirit owe a great deal to the Romans, and a period of tremendous British influence. The city has long been known as La Belle Au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty) and, over the last decade, her charming boulevards have been made pedestrian zones and her exquisite neoclassical architecture has been restored. On this fascinating walking tour, you will see the sights of Bordeaux like the Grand Théâtre, a 15th century bell tower, and Bordeaux Cathedral. This afternoon, you'll have free time to enjoy the city on your own.
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Disembark the ship and transfer to Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport for your British Airways or another leading airline flight home. Arrive at London Heathrow or Gatwick where our staff will greet you and our transport will transfer you to your own front door.
*Note for 2014: Details of te itinerary and the order of excursions may be subject to change by the operator
Uniworld River Royale
The River Royale was fully remodelled for the 2012 season with luxurious style and beautiful signature touches common to the entire Uniworld fleet. Large, comfortable sofas and leather armchairs are waiting for you in the Renior lounge whilst the Cézanne restaurant
Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suite have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in 100% Egyptian cotton linens and a menu of pillow choices. The staterooms and suite on the Azure Deck have floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening to French balconies.
* Payable locally.
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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.
Each stateroom has been decorated by the award-winning design team of Red Carnation Hotels with all the comforts necessary for a restful retreat. Every evening, you'll look forward to curling up in your handcrafted Savoir® of England bed which is draped in sumptuous high-thread count 100% Egyptian combed cotton sheets, along with an array of pillow options. As you sip your morning coffee, admire the sun rising from your picture window or balcony. And look forward to getting ready for your day in a luxurious marble bathroom stocked with L'Occitane products, plush towels, and soft robes.
Uniworld goes above and beyond with everything they do, including providing you with a truly remarkable dining experience. That's why Uniworld is the only river cruise company to be honored by Zagat Survey® as Top Dining.
An award-winning dining experience with Uniworld includes:
Sumptuous buffets at breakfast and lunch offer an extensive array of hot and cold selections. Breakfast features crispy Belgian waffles topped with whipped cream and warm maple syrup, a dozen or more homemade breads and jams, an omelet station, and hand-cut seasonal fresh fruit. Lunch offers a delectable feast with salads, soups, carved-to-order roasts, and more.
Evenings provide exquisite ambience with relaxed open seating. Each dish is flawlessly prepared using the finest ingredients-local meats and seafood along with tasty side dishes. Always included with lunch & dinner onboard are European fine wines and a selection of beer and soft drinks served by an attentive, caring staff. Of course, every meal concludes with a wide range of freshly prepared, decadent desserts that look every bit as delicious as they taste.
Uniworld also provides a variety of dining experiences including: al fresco under the stars and light-lunch dining-both on the sun deck; Captain's Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinners; early-riser breakfast; and afternoon tea. Plus, Uniworld gives you the choice of dining on lighter cuisine with our Traveling Lite menu.
On our boutique ships, meals are truly a feast for all the senses. From the delicious bouquet of a glass of perfectly aged pinot noir, to the inviting sight of candlelit tables draped in fine linen, to the pleasant sounds of friends engaged in intimate conversation, to the delicious flavor of each savoury dish, Uniworld's dining experiences have been designed to delight you.
Through integrated onboard and onshore programs, Uniworld provides a 360º encounter with each exciting port of call.
If you would like to get around the ports a little more easily, or even adventure a little further afield bicycles and nordic walking sticks are available on board.
At Uniworld, we treat our guests as one might treat one's best friends and family, which means no request too large, no detail too small.
Since Uniworld is a proud part of The Travel Corporation, a family-run business, treating our guests-and our team of staff members-as an extension of our family comes naturally.
Providing truly personalized, gracious, and consistently exceptional hospitality to our guests starts from within the organization. This means hiring the very best team of professionals in the industry and providing them with ongoing training.
In addition, we constantly challenge ourselves, so we have put in place fastidious Quality Assurance programs with onboard ship inspections and third-party mystery shoppers to elevate our service to the highest possible level. Only then can we provide our guests with the award-winning hospitality for which we have been recognized by esteemed consumer publications such as Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure.
We do all of this because we truly care about creating harmony both onboard and onshore in order to bring joy to our guests and ensure that everyone has the most memorable experience possible. This is our commitment to our guests and our staff.
|Depart||Ship||Cat 3||Cat 2||Cat 1||Suite|
|Mar 13||River Royale||£1050|
|Mar 20||River Royale||£2649||£3049||£3499||£4799|
|Mar 27||River Royale||£2699||£3099||£3549||£4849|
|Apr 3||River Royale||£2829||£3229||£3679||£4979|
|Apr 10||River Royale||£400|
|Apr 17||River Royale||£400|
|Apr 24||River Royale||£400|
|May 1||River Royale||£400|
|May 8||River Royale||£400|
|May 15||River Royale||£400|
|May 22||River Royale||£400|
|May 29||River Royale||£400|
|Jun 5||River Royale||£400|
|Jun 12||River Royale||£400|
|Jun 19||River Royale||£400|
|Jun 26||River Royale||£400|
|Jul 3||River Royale||£400|
|Jul 10||River Royale||£400|
|Jul 17||River Royale||£400|
|Jul 24||River Royale||£400|
|Jul 31||River Royale||£400|
|Aug 7||River Royale||£400|
|Aug 14||River Royale||£400|
|Aug 21||River Royale||£400|
|Aug 28||River Royale||£400|
|Sep 4||River Royale||£400|
|Sep 11||River Royale||£400|
|Sep 18||River Royale||£400|
|Sep 25||River Royale||£400|
|Oct 2||River Royale||£400|
|Oct 9||River Royale||£400|
|Oct 16||River Royale||£400|
|Oct 23||River Royale||£400|
|Oct 30||River Royale||£400|
|Nov 6||River Royale||£400|
|Nov 13||River Royale||£1999||£2399||£2849||£4149|
Single Occupancy Supplements: Cat 3: £1,180; Cat 2: £1,190; Cat 3: £1,200
Flight upgrades available on request
Prices are per person based on two sharing and are subject to availability at time of booking. Operators reserve the right to amend published prices prior to a confirmed booking being made.
Why not extend your stay with a few extra days Bordeaux and further explore this fabulous region.
Please call 0800 471 4754 for further information and assistance.
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