Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux

From Bordeaux to Bordeaux on the River Royale

From its noble châteaux to its breathtaking estuary, Bordeaux is the hub of the wine growing region. Sail three stunning rivers — the Garonne, the Dordogne and the Gironde — on one amazing journey.

Savour 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”. Explore Saint-Émilion’s astonishing 12th-century Monolithic Church and enjoy the beautiful Médoc vineyards on a bicycle. Throughout your journey, 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 to savour the world’s most highly rated wines. 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.

Highlights

  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites – Blaye Fortress; Saint-Émilion and Bordeaux
  • Cadillac, château and Sauternes vineyards with exclusive wine-pairing lunch at Château de Cazeneuve
  • Choice of Médoc panoramic tour with exclusive wine tasting or exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard bicycle ride with wine tasting
  • Scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress
  • Saint-Émilion walking discovery tour with wine tasting
  • Libourne “Village Day” with farmers’ market and exclusive private evening tour of Bordeaux
  • Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour or exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride through the Bordeaux back streets
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including 2 Signature Lectures
  • Max 130 passengers

What is Included

  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both on board and onshore
  • First class TGV train between Paris and Bordeaux
  • Exclusive Connoisseur Collection on select summer departures
  • 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,” “Go Active” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • 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, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All port charges (€168.00 per person)

What is Not Included

  • International return flights not included.
  • Single room supplement from €1,600.00 depending on cabin (always applies to full price, discounts do not apply)
  • Travel insurance €48.00 per person (+ 69 years double premium applicable)

Itinerary Details

Day 1 – Bordeaux (embark)

Arrive at Bordeaux–Mérignac International Airport where you will be transferred to the ship.

Day 2 – Cadillac, Bordeaux

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

You are in for a treat as you embark on a fascinating study of Sauternes, the highly prized, golden-hued sweet wine that takes its name from the region. Visit one of the area’s finest estates for a wine tasting, and then be treated to a delectable wine-pairing lunch at Château de Cazeneuve, an 85-acre estate. Learn how easy (and fun) it is to pair a sweet wine with a whole new variety of dishes. Extend your celebration into the evening with the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: Sailing this stretch of the Garonne depends on the tides. If it is not possible to sail to Cadillac, you will be taken to your destination via coach.

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

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Médoc city tour with exclusive wine tasting or exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard bike ride with wine tasting

Sail the Garonne River and the Gironde Estuary before heading to Pauillac, gateway to the storied Médoc wine route and the prestigious “châteaux road.” Enjoy a panoramic tour of the heart of the celebrated

Haut-Médoc wine-growing region and taste wines at one of its estates. If you wish for a more active exploration of the region, take a guided bicycle ride through Pauillac and the lush landscapes of historic estates that have seemingly remained unchanged for centuries. Do all those beautiful vineyards make you yearn to sample their fruit? Luckily, this adventure includes a stop at Château Lynch-Bages for a wine tasting.

Day 4 – Blaye, cruising the Gironde Estuary and Dordogne River, Libourne

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

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, Route de la Corniche Fleurie, which winds its way through picturesque hamlets filled with old stone houses. Stop in the medieval walled village of Bourg-sur-Gironde, with a rich historic and architectural heritage before heading back to Blaye, where you will be guided through the imposing 17th-century Blaye Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 5 – Libourne (Saint-Émilion)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Saint-Émilion walking discovery tour with wine tasting

Hilltop Saint-Émilion offers both exceptional architecture and historic vineyards. The Romans were the first to plant grapes here and this was the first vineyard region to be protected by UNESCO because of its history. Saint-Émilion is entered by way of one of the seven gates that are part of the original medieval fortifications. Inside the walls, discover steep, narrow cobblestone streets, stores brimming with wine and wine tools and the extraordinary 12th-century Monolithic Church, carved into a cliff—only the tower is above ground; the rest of the church is subterranean. After touring Saint-Émilion, visit the cellars of a premier Grand Cru estate and taste some of the world’s most highly rated wines.

Day 6 – Libourne, cruising the Garonne River, Bordeaux

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Libourne “Village Day” with farmers’ market, and exclusive “Bordeaux under the Stars” tour

How could you visit this rich agricultural land without delving into a farmers’ market? Libourne’s sprawling farmers’ market is a food lover’s paradise, with stands selling fresh produce, cheeses, charcuterie and more. Explore its bounty with a local expert and take a peek inside the workshops of talented local artisans. Cap the day off with the “Bordeaux under the Stars” tour via an open-top bus for a view of this extraordinarily beautiful city illuminated at night.

Day 7 – Bordeaux

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour or exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride through the Bordeaux backstreets

How to spend your last day in Bordeaux? You have two 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” as you stroll the most graceful streets with your local expert, including luxury food halls, local delicacies such as canelés and chocolates and popular wine bars. If you prefer a more active experience, join a guide for a bicycle ride through city. Celebrate your last evening onboard with the festive Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 8 – Bordeaux (disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship and transfer to Bordeaux–Mérignac International Airport for your flight home.

Accommodation

River Royale

The River Royale was remodelled in 2014 to capture the essence of the Bordeaux region, with a timeless style that emphasises elegance and comfort as you sail through southwestern France. Carrying no more than 130 passengers, this intimate ship is a wonderful place to savour the scenery, dine on exquisite food and relax with friends over drinks in the Salon Gascogne’s Aquitaine Bar and other richly appointed public areas.

Length: 110 m / Width: 11.4 m / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 130 / Staff: 41

Suite: 1 (20 sq m) / Category 1 Staterooms: 26 (13 sq m) / Categories 2–5 Staterooms: 38 (14 sq m)

Amenities include: Salon Gascogne with Aquitaine bar, Blue Fox Café, Claret Room, Le Bordelais Restaurant, sun deck with life size chess board and spa tub, well equipped fitness centre, Serenity River Spa, elevator,

24 hour speciality coffee and tea station, free internet and WiFi.


Suite

Lavishly appointed river view suite (217 sq ft - 20 sq m) with French Balcony

Handcrafted Savoir of England beds draped in fine linens with choice of pillows, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite and bottled water.

Bathroom features L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, cosy bathrobes and slippers. Many more additional special amenities and services.

Category 1 stateroom

Lavishly appointed river view stateroom (140 sq ft - 13 sq m) with French Balcony

Handcrafted Savoir of England beds draped in fine linens with choice of pillows, built-in closets, hair dryers, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water.

Bathroom features L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, cosy bathrobes and slippers.

Category 2 stateroom

Lavishly appointed river view stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) with full picture windows

Handcrafted Savoir of England beds draped in fine linens with choice pillows, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water. Bathroom features L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, waffle bathrobes and slippers.

Category 3 stateroom

Lavishly appointed river view stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m)

Handcrafted Savoir of England beds draped in fine linens with choice of pillows, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water. Bathroom features L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, cosy bathrobes and slippers.

Proposed Flights

Carrier

From / To

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Aer Lingus

Dublin/Bordeaux

11.50 hrs.

14.50 hrs.

Aer Lingus

Bordeaux/Dublin

15.20 hrs.

16.20 hrs.

Dates & Prices

Prices are per person sharing (flights not included)

Start Date

End Date

Category 5

Category 4

Category 3

Category 2

Category 1

Sun 15 Oct 2017

Sun 22 Oct 2017

€3,659.00

€4,009.00

€4,259.00

€4,559.00

€5,059.00

Sun 12 Nov 2017

Sun 19 Nov 2017

€2,989.00

€3,339.00

€3,589.00

€3,889.00

€4,389.00

Sun 18 Mar 2018

Sun 25 Mar 2018

€2,499.00

€2,599.00

€3,199.00

€3,399.00

€3,899.00

Sun 01 Apr 2018

Sun 08 Apr 2018

€2,799.00

€2,899.00

€3,499.00

€3,699.00

€4,199.00

Sun 06 May 2018

Sun 13 May 2018

€3,299.00

€3,399.00

€3,999.00

€4,199.00

€4,699.00

Sun 03 Jun 2018

Sun 10 Jun 2018

€3,299.00

€3,399.00

€3,999.00

€4,199.00

€4,699.00

Sun 01 Jul 2018

Sun 08 Jul 2018

€3,299.00

€3,399.00

€3,999.00

€4,199.00

€4,699.00

Sun 05 Aug 2018

Sun 15 Aug 2018

€3,299.00

€3,399.00

€3,999.00

€4,199.00

€4,699.00

Sun 02 Sep 2018

Sun 09 Sep 2018

€3,599.00

€3,699.00

€4,299.00

€4,499.00

€4,999.00

Sun 07 Oct 2018

Sun 14 Oct 2018

€3,599.00

€3,699.00

€4,299.00

€4,499.00

€4,999.00

Sun 04 Nov 2018

Sun 11 Nov 2018

€2,499.00

€2,599.00

€3,199.00

€3,399.00

€3,899.00

* Alternative dates may be available. Early booking discounts are subject to availability. Check with us for details.

**Connoisseur Collection (13 August sailing only) Experience the joie de vivre of French life with world-class wines, rich cognacs and sunset cocktails. Behind medieval walls lies the famous Renaissance Château de Roquetaillade, neighbour to Château de Cazeneuve, where you will enjoy a food and 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. 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. These are only some of the highlights you will be treated to on your culinary journey.

Optional Experiences

Pre-Cruise Extension in Paris (3 days)

Included in your stay:

  • 2 nights at the Marriott Opera Ambassador (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes and porterage
  • Paris city tour
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

From €1,099.00 per person sharing

Single supplement €679.00

Important Information

  • Prices listed are per person based on twin share
  • Single supplement from €1,600.00 depending in cabin, applies for sole accommodation with limited availability
  • Itineraries and vessels may change and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors
  • The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments
  • Airfare is not included in prices listed above. Please enquire at time of booking for best available airfare pricing
  • Additional departures are available upon request

How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with deposit of €250.00 per person (payment by cash/cheque /debit or credit card) should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 10 weeks prior to departure – payment by cash/cheque or debit card. A 2% surcharge applies only to balances paid by credit card

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