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7 Nights Bordeaux Region with Uniworld Cruises


Cruise ID 2765
Book By 01Oct15
Embarkation Bordeaux, Western Europe
Disembarkation Bordeaux, Western Europe
Multiple Departures Multiple departures 11Oct15-15Nov15
Duration 7 nights
Arrival Dates Multiple arrivals from 18Oct15 to 22Nov15
Region Europe
Cruise Ship River Royale
Cruise Type Ocean
Cruise Package Type Cruise Only

Highlights
  • Save up to $2425 per person when you book and pay by 16May14
Important Terms
  • Rates are in AUD
  • Prices are per person, based on twin share, inclusive of port charges, taxes, and all discounts unless otherwise stated.
    Single occupancy and 3rd guest rates are available upon request.
  • Prices are based on best available cruise fare per person, inclusive of all discounts.
  • All prices based on cash or cheque payment - credit card fees may apply.
  • Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply.

2015 Departures

 

Departures Fares From
11-Oct-15 $5,295
18-Oct-15 $4,925
25-Oct-15 $4,825
01-Nov-15 $4,325
08-Nov-15 $4,095
15-Nov-15 $3,875

 

Prices are per person in AUD, based on twin share, inclusive of port charges, taxes, and all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Exclude land tours unless otherwise stated. All prices based on cash or cheque payment – credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. For more information and full terms and conditions please contact on of our travel specialists

 

*Rates are subject to availability and changes without notice. Rate are based on the lowest available and may differ at time of booking. Other travel dates may be available at an additional cost.
For more information and other conditions please confirm with our Travel Specialists at time of booking.



Itinerary

Day 1: Bordeaux (embark) Embark/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.

Day 2: Cruising the Garone River and Gironde Estuary, Pauillac Choice

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

Set sail on the Garonne for the pretty town of Pauillac, gateway to the storied Médoc wine route. In Pauillac, 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) before enjoying a visit to a winery where you’ll get a chance to taste the celebrated Médoc wines. Or experience the terroir in 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 a real feel for the atmosphere—the earth, the sunshine—of this famous wine-growing region. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 3: Libourne (Saint-Émilion) 

FEATURED EXCURSION: Saint-Émilion walking tour with wine tasting 

Saint-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.

Day 4: Libourne (Bergerac) 

FEATURED EXCURSION: Bergerac city tour 

Bergerac, which is located in the southernmost part of the Périgord and boasts 12 AOCs, 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.

Day 5: Blaye, cruising the Garonne River, Bordeaux

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress and exclusive private evening tour of Bordeaux 

Be treated to a scenic drive alongside limestone cliffs on 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. Return to Blaye for a guided walk through the 17th-century citadel built by famed military engineer Vauban. Its fortress and tunnels are a UNESCO monument. Board the ship to sail back to Bordeaux. Upon returning to Bordeaux, enjoy an exclusive 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.”


Day 6: Cadillac, Bordeaux 

FEATURED EXCURSION: Cadillac, châteaux, and Sauternes vineyards with exclusive artisanal wine-pairing lunch at Château d’Arche 

Vous êtes arrivé à Cadillac, the area known for producing sweet dessert wines under the celebrated Cadillac AOC designation. Today, 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, a nearly 100-acre vineyard with a 17th-century manor house. Enjoy a fabulous luncheon paired with three Sauternes wines of different estates and vintages. You’ll discover the characteristics of each wine: the flavors that result from the different terroir and the different personalities of the wine makers. This wine not only pairs well with desserts—it also proves an exciting match to smoked salmon and beautifully balances a spicy meal. Learn how easy (and fun!) it is to pair a sweet wine with a whole new variety of dishes. The tour concludes with an opportunity to see the grounds of the legendary wine estate, Château d’Yquem, a Premier Cru Supérieur and producer of some of the world’s most sought-after and exclusive wines. A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.


Day 7: Bordeaux

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

See 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, enjoy the “Pearl of Aquitaine” from the seat of a bike on a guided ride. You’ll have plenty of free time to further enjoy Bordeaux on your own. Revisit some of the places you saw on your tour, explore new sights, or indulge in a little shopping. The choice is yours!


Day 8: Bordeaux (disembark) Embark/Disembark

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





River Royale Suite
River Royale Suite

Lavishly appointed riverview suite (217 sq ft – 20.2 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 center and satellite, and bottled water. Bathroom features L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, cozy bathrobes and slippers. Many more additional special amenities and services



River Royale Category 1
River Royale Category 1

Lavishly appointed riverview 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 center and satellite, and bottled water. Bathroom features L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, cozy bathrobes and slippers.



River Royale Category 2
River Royale Category 2

Lavishly appointed riverview 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 center and satellite, and bottled water. Bathroom features L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, waffle bathrobes, and slippers.



Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft – 14 sq m)

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 center and satellite, and bottled water. Bathroom features L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, waffle bathrobes, and slippers.


River Royale

The River Royale

The River Royale was remodeled 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 cuisine, and relax with friends over drinks in the Salon Gascogne’s Aquitaine Bar and other richly appointed public areas.


River Royale

 

River Royale Deck Plan


 
Call a Luxury Cruise Specialist on 1300 308081 and Quote #2765
Call a Luxury Cruise Specialist on 1300 308081 and Quote #2765