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8 Days Bordeaux Wine Tour by Cruise Boat

8 Days Bordeaux Wine Tour by Cruise Boat

  • Bordeaux, France

Culinary and Wine Cruise France

Get ready for a week of bliss! Throughout your journey, you will be treated to a grand display of culinary magic. Taste regional delights and delve deeply into the region’s exalted wines.Go and explore, enjoy sunsets, and let Uniworld take care of the rest. This is the tour you need to just simply enjoy life and live to the fullest, and what better ways to do it than to go on a cruise!

Highlights

  • Wine tasting sessions
  • Visit to various sites in the area of Bordeaux
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell receptions and gala dinners
  • Wine, chocolate, cognac tasting, and sunset cocktail party on an island
  • Château Royal de Cazeneuve, Château de Roquetaillade, and Rémy Martin Estate
  • Transfers from and to airport on arrival and departure day
  • 7 nights accommodation on board of River Royale
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all drinks
  • 7 days with instruction
  • French, English
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You will stay on the cruise in a river view stateroom on the breathtaking River Royale. You will have a shared double cabin; however the price will differ when you get the room with balcony. In your room you will find: 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.

Category one rooms

Lavishly appointed river view stateroom (140 square feet - 13 square meters) with French balcony. In your room you will find: 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.

River Royale boat

The River Royale was remodeled in 2014 to capture the essence of the Bordeaux region, with a timeless style that emphasizes elegance and comfort as you sail through southwestern France. Carrying no more than 130 passengers, this intimate ship is a wonderful place to savor 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.

Day 1

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

Day 2

Embark today on a study of Sauternes, the golden-hued dessert wine that takes its name from the region. Meet local winemakers, sample a variety of vintages and savor an elegant lunch with paired wines at a centuries-old manor house. In the evening, enjoy a captain’s welcome reception and gala dinner.

Day 3

Cruise the Garonne to Pauillac, gateway to the fabled Médoc wine route. You’ll have a panoramic tour of the celebrated Haut-Médoc wine region and taste wines at a local winery. Or, experience the local terroir in an entirely different way, with a wine tasting and a guided bike ride through lush Médoc vineyards.

Day 4

Head ashore for a wonderfully scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie, which winds its way through picturesque hamlets filled with old stone houses. Later, you’ll have a guided walk through the imposing 17th-century Blaye Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 5

Saint-Émilion was the first UNESCO-designated wine-growing region, with vineyards dating from Roman times. The quaint city of the same name is known for its 12th-century Monolithic Church, carved out of limestone and extending partially underground. After your tour, visit a Premier Grand Cru estate for a wine tasting.

Day 6

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. Later, enjoy an exclusive evening tour of the city of Bordeaux.

Day 7

Discover Bordeaux on a special tour featuring luxury food halls, local delicacies, grand 18th-century architecture and a popular wine bar. Or, see the sights on a guided bike ride. You’ll also have time to explore this charming and historic city on your own. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 8

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

  • Cadillac, châteaux and Sauternes vineyards with exclusive artisanal wine-pairing lunch at Château de Cazeneuve.
  • Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour or exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride through the Bordeaux back streets.
  • Choice of Médoc panoramic tour with exclusive wine tasting or exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard bicycle ride with wine tasting.
  • Libourne “Village Day” with farmers' market, and exclusive private evening tour of Bordeaux.
  • Saint-Émilion walking discovery tour with wine tasting.
  • Scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress.

From its noble châteaux to its breathtaking estuary, Bordeaux is an oenophile’s paradise and every traveler’s dream. Sail three stunning rivers - the Garonne, the Dordogne, and the Gironde - on one amazing luxurious journey through France.

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.

Activities
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Dining area
  • River
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

Your breakfasts, lunches, dinners, as well as unlimited beverages are all inclusive. Throughout your journey, you will be treated to a grand display of culinary magic. Taste regional delights and delve deeply into the region’s exalted wines. You will have the chance to 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.

  • Fine dining
  • Joining the social events
  • Shopping at the markets
  • Touring the cities
  • Visit UNESCO sites
  • Wine tasting
  • 3 visits of UNESCO world heritage sites
  • 6 days of excursions, including “choice is yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • 7 breakfasts, and dinners and six lunches, all prepared with the finest ingredients
  • 7 nights accommodation on board of River Royale cruise ship
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days to Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport (BOD)
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell receptions and dinners
  • Captivating on board local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including two signature lectures
  • Experienced crew
  • Guided “do as the locals do,” “village day,” “go active”, and “gentle walking” programs
  • State-of-the-art quietvox portable audioheadset system on all excursions
  • Unlimited beverages on board - wine, beer, spirits, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and mineral water
  • Use of bicycles and nordic walking sticks
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book flights to Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport (BOD). Uniworld will pick you up from the airport and take you to the cruise ship. Transfers from and to the airport on arrival and on departure day are included in the price.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.