Day 1 – Bordeaux (embark)
Arrive at Bordeaux–Mérignac International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 – Cadillac, Bordeaux
FEATURED EXCURSION: Cadillac, châteaux and Sauternes vineyards with exclusive artisanal wine-pairing lunch at Château de Cazeneuve
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.
Note: Sailing on 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.
Day 3 – Cruising the Garonne River and Gironde Estuary, Pauillac
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Médoc panoramic tour with exclusive wine tasting OR exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard bicycle ride with wine tasting
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 – Blaye, cruising the Gironde Estuary and Dordogne River, Libourne
FEATURED EXCURSION: Scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress
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 – Libourne (Saint-Émilion)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Saint-Émilion walking discovery tour with wine tasting
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, cruising the Garonne River, Bordeaux
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Libourne “Village Day” with farmers' market, and exclusive private evening tour of Bordeaux
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 – Bordeaux
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride through the Bordeaux back streets
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 – Bordeaux (disembark), transfer to the airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to Bordeaux–Mérignac International Airport for your flight home.
Experience the enduring allure of one of the world’s most celebrated wine destinations.
Bordeaux is a food and wine lover’s paradise and every Francophile’s dream. Encompassing three rivers—the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde—this luxurious journey through southwestern France showcases the unique heritage of the region, from the storied Médoc wine route to the elegant city of Bordeaux. Explore a 12th-century Monolithic Church, pedal your way across verdant vineyards, and indulge in a spectrum of culinary experiences—local delicacies, exalted wines and unique regional vintages. Delve into Premier Grand Cru cellars in Saint-Émilion, meet the winemakers of the Sauternes region, and enjoy a wine-pairing luncheon at Château de Cazeneuve. There’s no finer way to discover the douceur de vivre
(sweet life) for which Bordeaux is known.
Connoisseur Collection (Select sailings)
Experience the French joie de vivre
with world-class wine, cognac and spirits. Venture beyond the medieval walls of Château de Roquetaillade for a private luncheon with paired wines. Rendezvous at the House of Rémy Martin, which has produced premium cognac since 1724. Sip sunset cocktails on Patiras Island in the heart of the Gironde Estuary. Enjoy these and myriad other epicurean experiences on this all-inclusive culinary journey.
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
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, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks 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
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audioheadset system on all excursions
Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the breathtaking 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
Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
1 country: France
3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including 2 Signature Lectures
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
All transfers on arrival and departure days
All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
Exclusive Connoisseur Collection on select summer departures
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.