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UNIWORLD – Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux – 8 days

Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux

BORDEAUX TO BORDEAUX | 8 DAYS
Date Range: Apr 2014 – Nov 2014  Ship: River Royale
  • OVERVIEW
  • HIGHLIGHTS
  • PRICING & DEPARTURES
  • DAY-TO-DAY

Bordeaux to Bordeaux | 8 Days

Program offerings are subject to change.

Day 1: 

Bordeaux (embark) MotorcoachEmbark/Disembark
Arrive at Bordeaux–Mérignac International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. Your ship is conveniently docked right in the heart of the city, so if time allows, stroll to the nearby food markets or visit the popular Saint-Michel antique market. (D)

Day 2: 

Cruising the Garone River and Gironde Estuary, Pauillac Choice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachWinetastingGo Active
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Médoc panoramic tour with exclusive winery visit and tasting or exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard bicycle rideSet sail on the Garonne for the pretty town of Pauillac, gateway to the storied Médoc wine route, where you’ll begin a panoramic tour of the heart of the Haut-Médoc AOC (or appellation d’origine contrôlée, a geographical designation that denotes where grapes are grown). Enjoy an exclusive visit to a celebrated winery, Châteaux d’Arsac, where you’ll discover your personal “wine sign” with a special blind tasting. Or experience the terroirin an entirely different way: with a guided bike ride through the beautiful Médoc vineyards. You’ll get an up-close look at the vines and truly take in the atmosphere—the earth, the sunshine—of this famous wine-growing region. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, WD)

Day 3:

Cruising the Gironde Estuary, Blaye UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachGo Active
FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress or exclusive guided “Go Active” Nordic walking tour of Blaye FortressToday you’ll sail across the Gironde Estuary to Blaye. The scenic journey through the estuary offers a unique look at the delta, where fishing huts rise above grassy marshlands edged by limestone cliffs. Running along those cliffs is a little road called the Route de la Corniche Fleurie. The road winds through the picturesque hamlets of Pain de Sucre, Marmisson, and Roque de Thau, where you’ll find charming stone houses built by 19th-century ship captains. Upon returning to Blaye, your guide will take you through the 17th-century citadel built by famed military engineer Vauban. Its fortress and tunnels are a UNESCO monument. Then enjoy some free time to explore the town on your own. Or take part in a guided Nordic walking tour of Blaye Fortress. (BB, L, D)

Day 4:

Libourne (Bergerac) Motorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSION: Bergerac city tourBergerac, which is located in the southernmost part of the Périgord and boasts 12 AOCs, and is your jumping-off point for today’s adventure. 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 marvelous 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.The “gastronomic meal of the French” is so indelibly linked to the country’s identity that it was added to UNESCO’s list of “intangible cultural heritage”in 2010, and tonight you will discover why during an extra special dinner. World-famous French Master Chef Philippe Etchebest has loaned his gastronomic genius to River Royale’s culinary team. His interpretation of the region’s delicacies will inform a specially crafted onboard dinner menu for Uniworld guests only. Bon appétit! (BB, L, D)

Day 5:

Libourne (Saint-Émilion), cruising the Dordogne River, Bordeaux UNESCOMotorcoachWinetasting
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Saint-Émilion walking tour with wine tasting and private evening tour of BordeauxSaint-Émilion offers exceptional historic architecture, and historic vineyards too. The Romans were the first to plant grapes here, and this was the first vineyard region to be protected by UNESCO. The town, built atop limestone hills, offers many interesting shops, but what makes it extraordinary is what exists below the cobbled streets—Saint-Émilion’s Monolithic Church which dates back to the 12th century. After touring Saint-Émilion, you’ll visit the cellars of a Premier Grand Cru estate where you’ll taste some of the world’s most highly rated wines. Once you’re back in Bordeaux, you will enjoy an evening tour. Bordeaux under the stars—what could be more magical? After Paris, Bordeaux has more protected buildings than any other French city. From the alleyways of the Saint-Pierre district to the avenues of the Place des Quinconces, you’ll see why Queen Elizabeth II deemed Bordeaux“the essence of elegance.” (BB, L, D)

Day 6:

Cadillac, Bordeaux Uniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachDining OutWinetasting
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Cadillac, châteaux and vineyards of Sauternes with exclusive artisanal lunch and wine tasting at Château d’ArcheDuring a tour to nearby Cadillac you’ll embark on a study of Sauternes, the sweet wine which is named for the region. Sauternes is made from grapes that have been affected by Botrytis cinerea, or noble rot, a fungus that causes a raisin-like decay, resulting in a concentrated and distinctly flavored sweet wine. You’ll meet the winemakers and enjoy an elegant wine-pairing lunch at Château d’Arche. You’ll also see the grounds of legendary Château d’Yquem. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, FD)

Day 7:

Bordeaux UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveInsiderGo Active
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour or exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride along the Garonne River banksSee Bordeaux à pied on a fascinating walking tour of the Golden Triangle, where you’ll encounter the very best the city has to offer. Explore luxury food halls, sample Bordeaux’s famous canelés and chocolates, discover marvelous 18th-century architecture, and visit an elegant wine bar popular with locals. If you’re looking for something more active, consider joining a guided bicycle ride along the scenic banks of the Garonne River. You’ll have plenty of free time to further enjoy Bordeaux on your own. Revisit some of the places you saw on your tour or explore new areas. It’s a great chance to do a little shopping too. (BB, L, D)

Day 8:

Bordeaux (disembark) Embark/DisembarkMotorcoach
Disembark the ship and transfer to Bordeaux–Mérignac International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Biarritz. (CB/BB)Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.  Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.
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Pricing Details Per Person

Cruise Start Date Cruise Only Ship
Sunday, March 15, 2015 £1,954 River Royale
Sunday, March 22, 2015 £2,024 River Royale
Sunday, March 29, 2015 £2,154 River Royale
Sunday, April 05, 2015 £2,280 River Royale
Sunday, April 12, 2015 £2,344 River Royale
Sunday, April 19, 2015 £2,404 River Royale
Sunday, April 26, 2015 £2,534 River Royale
Sunday, May 03, 2015 £2,600 River Royale
Sunday, May 10, 2015 £2,734 River Royale
Sunday, May 17, 2015 £2,734 River Royale
Sunday, May 24, 2015 £2,794 River Royale
Sunday, May 31, 2015 £2,794 River Royale
Sunday, June 07, 2015 £2,734 River Royale
Sunday, June 14, 2015 £2,734 River Royale
Sunday, June 21, 2015 £2,734 River Royale
Sunday, June 28, 2015 £2,734 River Royale
Sunday, July 05, 2015 £2,600 River Royale
Sunday, July 12, 2015 £2,600 River Royale
Sunday, August 02, 2015 £2,600 River Royale
Sunday, August 09, 2015 £2,600 River Royale
Sunday, August 16, 2015 £2,600 River Royale
Sunday, August 23, 2015 £2,664 River Royale
Sunday, August 30, 2015 £2,664 River Royale
Sunday, September 06, 2015 £2,920 River Royale
Sunday, September 13, 2015 £2,920 River Royale
Sunday, September 20, 2015 £2,920 River Royale
Sunday, September 27, 2015 £2,920 River Royale
Sunday, October 04, 2015 £2,920 River Royale
Sunday, October 11, 2015 £2,854 River Royale
Sunday, October 18, 2015 £2,664 River Royale
Sunday, October 25, 2015 £2,600 River Royale
Sunday, November 01, 2015 £2,344 River Royale
Sunday, November 08, 2015 £2,224 River Royale
Sunday, November 15, 2015 £2,084 River Royale
  • Port Charges: £105 per person are included in the cruise price
  • Prices shown above include cruise in Category 3, twin share.
  • Single supplement applies for single accommodation.
  • Airfare is not included in the prices listed above.

Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person the following prices below:

Category 2  £380+
Suite           £1,910+
Category 1  £830+

Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Other restrictions may apply. A limited number of singles are available for an additional supplement.

 

TRAVEL
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the breathtaking River Royale
All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
7 breakfasts, 5 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

EXPLORE
1 country
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
3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio- headset system on all excursions
Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

EXPERIENCE
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “Aquitaine: Three Rivers, One Ocean, and a Unique Land”

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