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Often when coming to Bordeaux, travelers land and move on quickly out into the wine country. Of course, Bordeaux is considered the land of legends by wine lovers, but this city has so much more to offer beyond its world-renown wines. Its beautiful architecture is inseparable from the city's identity. From charming public gardens to monuments full of history, Bordeaux definitely has something to say … and you will have the chance to listen carefully on this 3-night custom-curated, pre-cruise tour of history, architecture, gourmet food, and wine. Once sated with your immersion into Bordelaise culture, you will be ready to embark on your 7-night Uniworld river cruise on the fully renovated S.S. Bon Voyage to further explore the region in comfort and style.
Uniworld S.S. Bon Voyage River Cruise
October 10-October 17, 2021
From $4,199 Based on Double Occupancy; Deluxe Cabin
Plus $200 Port Charges Per Person
Optional 3-Night Extension in Bordeaux
Depart the United States for Bordeaux, France and a three-night, pre-cruise culinary adventure.
You will be greeted at Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport by our local Premier Tours & Travel representatives for a group transfer** to your upscale accommodations, Hôtel & Spa de Sèze, to refresh and relax in advance of a quintessential Bordeaux welcome dinner at Brasserie Bordelaise.
Following your breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a morning tour of Bordeaux to immerse yourself in the world’s wine capital. This tour offers you a panorama of the architectural trends of the city from the Middle Ages to present day. It crosses one of the largest private sectors of France with the majority of the buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. You will pass over the Pont de Pierre to the right bank of the Garonne River, where you will have an excellent view to appreciate these architectural masterpieces. At the end of the bus tour, you will go on a walking adventure through the old city, including charming historic neighborhoods where you will visit renown merchants selling delicacies. You will be introduced to key regional foods and learn how their carefully guarded production impacts Bordeaux’s culinary heritage. Following the tour, you will have the balance of your day at leisure to dine, shop or rest in this magical city. Hôtel & Spa de Sèze is conveniently located near wonderful restaurants and wine bars, and offers an amazing restaurant on site should you wish to enjoy the property.
Enjoy this day at leisure in Bordeaux before embarking on your cruise and your exciting itinerary with Uniworld.
Uniworld River Cruise Through Bordeaux
Private transfers will take your luggage to the S.S. Bon Voyage, while allowing you time to stroll through the Saturday market in route to the dock and Uniworld’s newly renovated ship, for embarking on your seven-day sail through Brilliant Bordeaux. Your 7-night cruise includes 19 meals, including 1 Welcome Dinner and 1 Farewell Dinner, 14 included excursions, 2 private experiences, all gratuities, and beverage package.
Today the ship will dock in Blaye, Bourg sur Gironde where you will enjoy a walking tour.
You will also have the choice of a scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress or “Let’s Go” yoga in the historic heart of Blaye Fortress.
You will spend time in Cussac Fort Médoc, Pauillac la Fayette in the Médoc region. Take a scenic drive through the storied wine route, followed by a wine tasting at a beautiful wine estate. Enjoy the waters of the Garonne River and the Girond Estuary and enjoy a fresh Médoc oysters tasting. Choose between the Médoc Châteaux route with a private wine tasting, a Bunker archaeology tour, or “Let’s Go” bike in the Médoc vineyards.
Enjoy exploring Cadillac and Libourne today with a choice of a Sauternes Vineyard with private artisanal wine tasting at Château de Cazeneuve or the colorful life of Toulouse Lautrec at Château de Malromé.
Today will be a full day in Libourne means you’ll have plenty of time to explore the majestic landscape of villages and vineyards. Nestled along the confluence of the Isle and Dordogne rivers, the quaint town is as pretty as a postcard. On the outskirts of Libourne, you’ll find neighboring Saint-Émilion. Discover the wine-making town by foot on a tour of its most picturesque sights, such as the magnificent Monolithic Church, all capped by a wine tasting at a beautiful château. Featured Excursion: Saint-Émilion walking tour with wine tasting
The French insist that the key to their superb wines is the soil in which they’re grown, the terroir. That same terroir also makes for extraordinary produce — the foundation for the country’s acclaimed cuisine — as you’ll discover today at a local farmers’ market in Libourne.
Featured Excursions: Libourne “Village Day” with farmer's market and a Bordeaux night stroll
There’s so much to discover with a full day in Bordeaux’ port of Quai des Chatrons. The architecture is impressive, the wine is exquisite and the shopping is to die for. Explore La Cité du Vin, a one-of-a-kind cultural center and museum that brings the heritage of wine to life through interactive exhibits, shows, academic seminars and more. Do as the locals do and uncover Bordeaux’ unique heritage on a walking tour or choose to traverse the city by bike. Celebrate the end to a spectacular trip with a farewell dinner onboard.
Featured Excursion: Cité du Vin Museum visit
Choice of “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour or ”Let’s Go” bike Bordeaux backstreets
Upon returning to Bordeaux, you will disembark the ship to reacquaint yourself with your land legs and be transferred to Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport for your flight home.
Optional Post-Cruise Extension
Premier Tours & Travel is able to offer a bespoke extension package to Paris post-cruise upon request.
PREMIER TOURS & TRAVEL NOTE: Itinerary subject to change. Premier Tours & Travel reserves the right to modify programs and itineraries (including arranged sightseeing, accommodations, dining experiences, aircraft, trains, vessels, and so forth) at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond Premier Tours & Travel’s control. Every effort is made to operate our itineraries as planned but alterations may need to be made after the final itinerary has been issued. One glass of wine is provided with the Welcome Dinner; additional beverages will be the responsibility of each passenger at the time of service. Airfare is not included. **When purchasing the three-night extension package, transportation is provided to the hotel if your flight arrives during the designated time for group transfers; if not, transportation from the airport will be your responsibility. Luggage transfers from the hotel to the ship are provided for three-night extension package participants and hotel-only participants.
Uniworld Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise. See Uniworld.com/brilliantbordeaux for full disclaimers.
Premier Experiences, Premier Advantages
English-speaking director and local Premier representatives
Airport meet and greet
Group transfers and luggage transfer**
Curated high-end accommodations at Hôtel & Spa de Sèze (or similar)
Full breakfast included daily and a 3-course Welcome Dinner with a glass of wine
Curated panoramic city tour and a gourmet walking tour with tastings (including entrance fees, taxes, and gratuities)
7-Night Uniworld River Cruise, 19 meals, 14 included Excursions, 2 Private excursions, all gratuities, and beverage package
Internet (where available)
24/7 Premier support