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Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux

Itinerary, Prices and Dates


Round Trip from Bordeaux 8 Days

Uniworld River Royale - Andance, River Rhône
Uniworld River Royale - Andance, River Rhône

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.

What's Included

  • VIP Home Departure Service
  • Duration 8 days, 7 night cruise
  • Scheduled British Airways or another leading airline direct flights
  • Transfers to and from airport and ship
  • 7-night, all inclusive, boutique river cruise
  • Unlimited drinks onboard including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and bottled water*
  • All gratuities onboard and ashore
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all excursions
  • Included shore excursions with English speaking guides, as per itinerary
  • Epicurean Adventurer Program
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Onboard entertainment and insightful lectures
  • All airport taxes, security charges and UK Air Passenger Duty
  • All port charges
  • Airline imposed fuel surcharge

*Unlimited drinks excludes premium wines and spirits

Uniworld Cruise Companion - France

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Day 1: London, Bordeaux

Map of the Gironde, Garonne & Dordogne Rivers
Map of the Gironde, Garonne & Dordogne Rivers

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 Meals D

Day 2: Garonne River & Gironde Estuary - Pauillac

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
Included Meals B (L) D

Day 3: Gironde Estuary - Blaye, Libourne

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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Libourne (Bergerac and Périgord Luxury Motorcoach Transfer)

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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Libourne (Saint-Émilion Luxury Motorcoach Transfer), Dordogne River, Bordeaux

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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Bordeaux, Cadillac

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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Bordeaux

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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Bordeaux, London

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.
Included Meals B

*Note for 2014: Details of te itinerary and the order of excursions may be subject to change by the operator


  • Included Meals  Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.

  • Tour or Transfer by Luxury Motorcoach  Transfer or Tour via Luxury Motorcoach

Uniworld River Royale


Overview

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.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 65 lavishly decorated outside staterooms with French Balconies on the Azure Deck
  • Individually decorated suite with French Balcony
  • Sun deck with panoramic views
  • Renoir lounge with full-service bar and dance floor
  • Elegant Cézanne Restaurant
  • Outdoor jaccuzi on the sun deck
  • Fitness center with Sauna & Serenity River Spa
  • Library
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi
  • Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar
  • 24-hour reception service
  • Elevator
  • Boutique*
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.


Uniworld River Royale - deck plan
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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.

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.

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

Uniworld River Royale - Suite Uniworld River Royale - Suit Plan

Additional Features

  • Individually decorated suite size: 217 sq. ft.
  • In-room Butler service with packing and unpacking assitance
  • Spacious living room with sofas, table and chair
  • French Balcony & Full balcony that encloses with glass to create a conservatory at the touch of a button
  • large Marble bathroom with bath, shower & secluded WC area
  • Daily fruit & cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Bottle of wine upon arrival & a special dinner in the l'Orangerie Sky Lounge
  • Morning coffee, tea & continental breakfast
  • Refrigerator
  • Free laundry service & shoe shine

Category 1 Staterooms

Uniworld River Royale - Cat 1 Stateroom Uniworld River Royale - Cat 1 Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 140 sq. ft.
  • French balcony with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors

Category 2 Staterooms

Uniworld River Royale - Cat 2 Stateroom Uniworld River-Royale - Cat 2 Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 151 sq. ft.
  • Large picture window

Category 3 Staterooms

Uniworld River Royale - Cat 3 Stateroom Uniworld River-Royale - Cat 3 Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 151 sq. ft.
  • Twin porthole windows

World Class Dining

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:

  • A certified Global Master Chef leading a professional culinary team in the preparation of gourmet cuisine that offers a delicious fusion of style, unique culinary creations, and tastes inspired by the regions of your itinerary
  • Menu selections that change every day and are designed for each region you visit and tailored to the season
  • All meals flawlessly prepared daily using only the freshest ingredients, which are often brought onboard from local farmers' markets
  • A distinctive, international menu of wines developed by Red Carnation Hotels' acclaimed sommelier from their Relais & Ch&acric;teaux hotel
  • Award-winning Signature Dishes from Mrs. Beatrice Tollman, President and Founder of Red Carnation Hotels, Uniworld's sister company and partner
  • Relaxed open seating, so you can dine where and with whomever you wish
  • The refined and intuitive service of a professionally trained, caring staff standing ready to fulfill your wishes in an atmosphere of casual sophistication and elegance
Gourmet Dining onboard a Uniworld Ship

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.


Cultural Highlights

Through integrated onboard and onshore programs, Uniworld provides a 360º encounter with each exciting port of call.

  • Signature lectures
  • Intriguing onboard entertainment
  • Captivating shore excursions fully hosted by English-speaking local experts using state-ofthe-art Quietvox audio systems immerse you in the history, tradition, and culture of each stop on your itinerary.
  • With Uniworld's included Choice Is Yours, Go Active, and Gentle Walking, programs, you can customize your travel experience even more.

Complimentary Bicycles & Nordic Walking Sticks

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.


Uniworld Staff &Service

The Uniworld Standard

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.

DepartShipCat 3Cat 2Cat 1Suite
Mar 13River Royale£2549
£1499
£2949
£1899
£3399
£2349
£4699
£3649
£1050
Mar 20River Royale£2649£3049£3499£4799
Mar 27River Royale£2699£3099£3549£4849
Apr 3River Royale£2829£3229£3679£4979
Apr 10River Royale£2879
£2479
£3279
£2879
£3729
£3329
£5029
£4629
£400
Apr 17River Royale£2929
£2529
£3329
£2929
£3779
£3379
£5079
£4679
£400
Apr 24River Royale£3049
£2649
£3449
£3049
£3899
£3499
£5199
£4799
£400
May 1River Royale£3099
£2699
£3499
£3099
£3949
£3549
£5249
£4849
£400
May 8River Royale£3199
£2799
£3599
£3199
£4049
£3649
£5349
£4949
£400
May 15River Royale£3199
£2799
£3599
£3199
£4049
£3649
£5349
£4949
£400
May 22River Royale£3279
£2879
£3679
£3279
£4129
£3729
£5429
£5029
£400
May 29River Royale£3279
£2879
£3679
£3279
£4129
£3729
£5429
£5029
£400
Jun 5River Royale£3199
£2799
£3599
£3199
£4049
£3649
£5349
£4949
£400
Jun 12River Royale£3199
£2799
£3599
£3199
£4049
£3649
£5349
£4949
£400
Jun 19River Royale£3199
£2799
£3599
£3199
£4049
£3649
£5349
£4949
£400
Jun 26River Royale£3199
£2799
£3599
£3199
£4049
£3649
£5349
£4949
£400
Jul 3River Royale£3099
£2699
£3499
£3099
£3949
£3549
£5249
£4849
£400
Jul 10River Royale£2949
£2549
£3349
£2949
£3799
£3399
£5099
£4699
£400
Jul 17River Royale£2949
£2549
£3349
£2949
£3799
£3399
£5099
£4699
£400
Jul 24River Royale£2949
£2549
£3349
£2949
£3799
£3399
£5099
£4699
£400
Jul 31River Royale£2949
£2549
£3349
£2949
£3799
£3399
£5099
£4699
£400
Aug 7River Royale£2949
£2549
£3349
£2949
£3799
£3399
£5099
£4699
£400
Aug 14River Royale£2949
£2549
£3349
£2949
£3799
£3399
£5099
£4699
£400
Aug 21River Royale£2999
£2599
£3399
£2999
£3849
£3449
£5149
£4749
£400
Aug 28River Royale£2999
£2599
£3399
£2999
£3849
£3449
£5149
£4749
£400
Sep 4River Royale£3199
£2799
£3599
£3199
£4049
£3649
£5349
£4949
£400
Sep 11River Royale£3379
£2979
£3779
£3379
£4229
£3829
£5529
£5129
£400
Sep 18River Royale£3379
£2979
£3779
£3379
£4229
£3829
£5529
£5129
£400
Sep 25River Royale£3379
£2979
£3779
£3379
£4229
£3829
£5529
£5129
£400
Oct 2River Royale£3379
£2979
£3779
£3379
£4229
£3829
£5529
£5129
£400
Oct 9River Royale£3329
£2929
£3729
£3329
£4179
£3779
£5479
£5079
£400
Oct 16River Royale£3149
£2749
£3549
£3149
£3999
£3599
£5299
£4899
£400
Oct 23River Royale£3099
£2699
£3499
£3099
£3949
£3549
£5249
£4849
£400
Oct 30River Royale£2879
£2479
£3279
£2879
£3729
£3329
£5029
£4629
£400
Nov 6River Royale£2499
£2099
£2899
£2499
£3349
£2949
£4649
£4249
£400
Nov 13River 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.


Extend Your Stay

Why not extend your stay with a few extra days Bordeaux and further explore this fabulous region.

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