Per person, twin share
Discover the proud legacy of one of the world’s most acclaimed wine regions. From its noble châteaux to its breathtaking estuary, Bordeaux is an oenophile’s paradise and every traveller’s dream. Sail three stunning rivers—the Garonne, the Dordogne and the Gironde—on one amazing journey. Savor 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,” as the region is also known. Explore Saint-Émilion’s astonishing 12th-century Monolithic Church, and enjoy the beautiful Médoc vineyards on a bicycle. Throughout your journey on the River Royale, you’ll 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, where you’ll savor the world’s most highly rated wines; and 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.
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the River Royale
• All gratuities for all onboard and onshore services
• All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
• Captain’s Welcome Gala and Captain’s Farewell Dinners
• Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
• 6 days excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
• Guided "Go Active", "Do as the Locals Do" and "Gentle Walking" programs
• An experienced Cruise Manager and attentive, all English-speaking staff
• State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
• Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks throughout your cruise
• Captivating onboard local entertainment
• Cultural enrichment including Signature Lecture
• Scheduled airport transfers on arrival and departure days
25 March and 01 April 2018
Other departure dates available between 18 March – 11 November 2018, seasonal surcharges and conditions apply.
unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.
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. Your ship is conveniently docked right in the heart of the city, so if time allows, why not stroll to the nearby food markets or take the tram to the popular Saint-Michel flea market, which is just a few stops away?
DAY 2: Cadillac
The French phrase “la douceur de vivre” is an accurate description for your time in Cadillac, known for its deliciously flavored dessert wines. Meet a local Sauternes producer and also enjoy a delectable wine-pairing lunch at a 14th-century fortress. Vous êtes arrivé à Cadillac, the area known for producing sweet dessert wines under the celebrated Cadillac AOC designation. You’re in for a treat! A special Captain’s Welcome Reception, and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
DAY 3: Cruising the Garonne River and Gironde Estuary, Pauillac
The legendary Médoc region abounds with prestigious wine châteaux in a dizzying array of architectural styles, as well as miles of grapevines stretching to infinity. Take a scenic drive to the tip of the peninsula or join a guide for a vineyard bicycle ride, followed by a wine tasting at a beautiful wine estate. Enjoy the waters of the Garonne River and the Gironde Estuary before heading to the pretty town of Pauillac, gateway to the storied Médoc wine route and the prestigious “châteaux road.” Visit a celebrated winery for an exclusive special tasting. Or take a guided bicycle ride through the Médoc vineyards.
DAY 4: Blaye, Bourg-sur-Gironde, Cruising the Dordogne River, Libourne
The Route de la Corniche Fleurie…could this be the most beautiful road you’ve ever traveled? Find out today on the drive to Blaye Fortress, passing through one impossibly picturesque hamlet after another, with exotic flowers (brought here by local sea captains) all along the way. 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.
DAY 5: Libourne (Saint-Émilion)
The medieval town of Saint-Émilion is an ideal place to linger. Wander its cobblestone lanes, lined with wine shops and bakeries, and stop to admire the amazing rock-hewn church that extends beneath the city’s streets. Another treasure awaiting you underground? A wine tasting in the cellars of a premier Grand Cru estate. With Libourne as your base, travel to nearby Saint-Émilion and immerse yourself more deeply in the region’s history and wine culture.
DAY 6: Libourne, Cruising the Garonne River, Bordeaux
The French insist that the key to their superb wines is the soil in which they’re grown, the terroir. That same terroir also makes for extraordinary produce—the foundation for the country’s acclaimed cuisine—as you’ll discover today at a local farmers’ market. Tonight, see Bordeaux under the stars on an exclusive illuminations tour of the city.
DAY 7: Bordeaux
For Francophiles who are all Eiffel(ed) out, the city of Bordeaux is a delightful find, as elegant and sophisticated as big sister Paris, but with a younger and hipper vibe. Discover its many charms today, either on foot with a local expert or on two wheels, the locals’ preferred way to navigate the city’s charming back streets. How to spend your last day in Bordeaux? You have a wonderful selection of 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” with a walking tour of the city, or venture out on a bicycle ride through the city. Either way, you’ll have an up-close and personal view of one of the world’s most bustling and dynamic cities.
A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
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.
*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 1 November 2017 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. Airfare not included unless otherwise stated. All savings are included in the advertised price. Advertised price is based on Cat. 5, 25 March 18 departure. Offer valid on selected 2018 itineraries and departure dates. Offer excludes suites. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers except River Heritage Club savings/benefits. Offer is capacity controlled and may be modified or withdrawn at any time. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Uniworld and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.
*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 1 November 2017 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. Airfare not included unless otherwise stated. All savings are included in the advertised price. Advertised price is based on Cat. 5, 25 March 18 departure. Offer valid on selected 2018 itineraries and departure dates. Offer excludes suites. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers except River Heritage Club savings/benefits. Offer is capacity controlled and may be modified or withdrawn at any time. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Uniworld and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.Read more