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8 Day Brilliant Bordeaux

Sail 3 beautiful rivers - the Garonne, the Dordogne and the Gironde to discover one of the most acclaimed wine regions of the world!

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Departure Date

May 8, 2022

Multiple Dates

Cruise Line

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Uniworld River Cruises

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S.S. Bon Voyage

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Overview

Uncover the proud legacy and heritage of Southwest France.

Set sail along three stunning rivers, the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde, on one fascinatingly historical and invigorating journey. Explore the country’s breathtaking backdrops, wines and cultural treasures across the region in Bordeaux, Fort Médoc, Cadillac, Blaye, Libourne and more. Wander through archaeological marvels, historic landmarks and magnificent vineyards where you’ll be treated to a sampling of quintessentially French experiences.

Embark on a scenic drive from Blaye to Bourg along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie and marvel at the sights of Blaye Fortress and Lansac Windmill along the way. Slow things down in Libourne and on your return to Bordeaux with multiple wine tastings, village tours, a farmers’ market visit and Bordeaux heritage walking tour. Join us on a showcase of the best Southwest France has to offer.

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Accommodations

  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the breathtaking S.S. Bon Voyage
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

Dining

  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions

Excursions

  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Let's Go,” “Do as the Locals Do” and “Village Day” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

Experiences

  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including Signature Lectures
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour

Included Promotion

2022 EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS

Book by March 31, 2021 and save 12% on all 2022 cruises when you pay in full at time of booking.

Package Pricing

Taxes are included. Pricing is per person, based on double occupancy and in CAD.

River Cruise Only
Deluxe 6599pp
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Shore Excursions

Whether wine tasting in Burgundy, zip-lining in Costa Rica or photographing penguins in Chile, let CruisePlus & Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Shore Excursions help you connect deeply to the people and places you visit.

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Itinerary

Enjoy this Cruise Only deal from Bordeaux Roundtrip with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises onboard the beautiful S.S. Bon Voyage. This journey departs on May 08, 2022 so don't miss out!

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.

DAY 2: Blaye, Bourg sur Gironde

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. Once you arrive, you’ll find your center with a unique and expertly led yoga session in the heart of this historic fortress, a UNESCO-designated citadel that once protected Bordeaux from attacks by sea.

Featured Excursion:

Bourg sur Gironde walking tour

Choice of Panoramas of Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress or “Let’s Go” yoga in the historic heart of Blaye Fortress

Connoisseur Collection Excursion:

Rendez-vous chez Rémy Martin

This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Connoisseur Collection program.

In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

DAY 3: Cussac Fort Médoc, Pauillac la Fayette

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 through the storied Médoc wine route, 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, the Atlantic coast and remnants of the Atlantic Wall erected during WWII.

Featured Excursion:

Fresh Médoc oysters tasting

Choice of “Let’s Go” bike in the Médoc vineyards or Bunker archaeology tour or Médoc Châteaux route with private wine tasting

DAY 4: Cadillac

The French phrase “la douceur de vivre” is an accurate description for your time in Cadillac, known for its deliciously flavored dessert wines. Visit Château Royal de Cazeneuve, site of Henry IV’s and Queen Margot’s tempestuous love. Meet the owner around a glass of Sauternes in the reception hall.

Choice of Private owner's tour of Royal Château with Sauternes toast or The colorful life of Toulouse Lautrec at Château de Malromé

Note: Sailing this stretch of the Garonne depends on the tides. If it is not possible to sail to Cadillac, you will be transferred to your destination via motorcoach.

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 Grand Cru estate. With Libourne as your base, travel to nearby breathtaking Saint-Émilion and immerse yourself more deeply in the region’s history and wine culture.

Featured Excursion:

Saint-Émilion walking tour with wine tasting

DAY 6: Libourne, Bordeaux

France’s rich agricultural tradition is the heart and soul of the region’s exquisite cuisine—and what better way to get a taste for the freshest vegetables, cheeses, breads and fruits than with a visit to Libourne’s lively farmers’ market?

Featured Excursion:

Libourne “Village Day” with farmer's market

DAY 7: Bordeaux

Discover Bordeaux’s many charms today, either on foot with a local expert or on two wheels—the locals’ preferred way to navigate the city’s charming backstreets. You have a wonderful selection of active opportunities to see this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Featured Excursion:

Cité du Vin museum visit

Choice of “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour or ”Let’s Go” bike Bordeaux backstreets

Connoisseur Collection Excursion:

Bordeaux walking tour with caviar tasting

This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Connoisseur Collection program.

In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

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.

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Terms & Conditions

New bookings only. Fares are per person in the currency noted (CAD), based on double occupancy, are capacity controlled, subject to availability at the time of booking and may be withdrawn without notice. Optional supplier charges may apply and are not included. Amenities, if offered, are available for the first two in a stateroom only & based on double occupancy unless specifically stated otherwise.

CruisePlus reserves the right to correct any human or electronic errors in the offers above.

Trip highlights are normally booked excursions and may not be accessible without booking directly through the Cruise Line.

Pricing, amenities, itinerary and availability may change anytime without notice and many not be reflected immediately on this page.
This deal was last updated on Mar 19, 2021.

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Expert Tips & Advice

Opt for late seating. Most cruise lines offer multiple dinner seatings. Pick the late seating because many of the excursions won't get you back in time for the early dinner seating.

Sherri Brooks

Sales supervisor

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