Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux 2018 Uniworld River Cruise

Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin on this exquisite journey through southern France; the same beautiful countryside and culture that inspired the masters will now inspire you.

Cruise the Rhône and Saône rivers, enjoying the region's incomparable wine and cuisine and discovering its many treasures—from the medieval wonders of UNESCO-designated Avignon to Lyon's lively Les Halles food market. Stroll the very streets of Arles made famous by Van Gogh. Visit Avignon's majestic Palace of the Popes. Experience "Village Day" in enchanting Viviers, including a recital of music composed by Bach and Handel. And for those who wish for a more active exploration of the area, you can kayak on the tranquil Gardon River under the UNESCO-designated Pont du Gard; hike the steepest vineyards on the Rhône; and pedal through the city designed with bike riders in mind while in Lyon. Explore unforgettable "Burgundy & Provence" where tradition is as deeply rooted as the historic grapevines on the hills.

River Royale

Itinerary

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

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

You're 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 motorcoach.

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." You'll have 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.

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 wends 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'll be guided through the imposing 17th-century Blaye Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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, you'll visit the cellars of a premier Grand Cru estate where you'll taste some of the world's most highly rated wines.

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.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: hoice 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.

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

Price Guide

Date Price from (pp)
18 March 2018 £1,899
25 March 2018 £1,899
01 April 2018 £1,899
08 April 2018 £1,899
15 April 2018 £1,899
22 April 2018 £2,399
29 April 2018 £2,679
06 May 2018 £2,679
13 May 2018 £2,679
20 May 2018 £2,679
27 May 2018 £3,099
03 June 2018 £2,679
10 June 2018 £3,299
17 June 2018 £2,679
24 June 2018 £2,679
01 July 2018 £2,679
08 July 2018 £2,679
15 July 2018 £2,679
22 July 2018 £2,679
29 July 2018 £2,679
05 August 2018 £2,679
12 August 2018 £2,679
19 August 2018 £2,679
26 August 2018 £2,679
02 September 2018 £2,819
09 September 2018 £2,819
16 September 2018 £2,819
23 September 2018 £2,819
30 September 2018 £2,819
07 October 2018 £2,819
14 October 2018 £2,679
21 October 2018 £2,679
28 October 2018 £2,399
04 November 2018 £2,189
11 November 2018 £2,189

What's Included

  • NEW YEAR SALE! Flights or Eurostar is included from the UK plus savings of up to 30%*
  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the River Royale
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • 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, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • 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
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including 2 Signature Lectures
  • Exclusive Connoisseur Collection on select summer departures