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  • All gratuities for all onboard and onshore services
  • Enjoy a panoramic tour of the heart of the Haut-Médoc AOC
  • Visit the popular Saint-Michel antique market
  • Take part in a guided Nordic walking tour of Blaye Fortress.
  • Enjoy a private evening tour of Bordeaux Saint-Émilion
  • Enjoy wine tasting to all the vineyards we visit
  • Plenty of shore excursions with local experts as your guide

Discover the unparalleled riches of Aquitaine and its charming capital city, Bordeaux. Bordeaux, on France’s Southwestern coast, is a unique region unto itself, yet still profoundly French. You’ll cruise three rivers as you explore the stunning countryside, alive with stately Châteaux and abundant vineyards and wine estates. Uniworld’s Epicurean Adventure Program™ includes a special French Master Chef-set dinner menu and a tasting of Arcachon oysters—a local delicacy—onboard, as well as chateau and wine estate tastings and a Cannelé-making demonstration on this culinary-rich journey. Though settled by the Romans and ruled by the English, Aquitaine is profoundly French. From its noble châteaux to its breathtaking estuary, Bordeaux, as the region is also known, is an oenophile’s paradise and every traveler’s dream. Sail three rivers on this journey—the Garonne, the Dordogne, and the Gironde—and savor the unique gastronomical heritage of southwest France. You’ll be treated to a sumptuous display of culinary magic throughout your journey. Taste regional delights including—duck confit, caviar d’Aquitaine, and oysters. Indulge in an onboard meal designed by French Master Chef (and owner of the two-Michelin-star-rated Relais and Chateau Hostellerie de Plaisance in Saint-Émilion) Philippe Etchebest. And delve deeply into the Bordeaux region’s exalted wines. You’ll travel the Médoc wine route to partake in a wine tasting at an exclusive wine estate; visit the cellars of Premier Grand Cru to savor some of the world’s most highly rated wines; and embark on a study of Sauternes, meeting the winemakers of this region’s sweet wine and enjoying a wine-pairing lunch at Château d’Arsac. With great food and wine; the charming towns of Bergerac, Saint-Émilion, and Bordeaux; and ample time to take in the breathtaking scenery, you’ll discover the many pleasures of French life.

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This cruise through the Bordeaux wine country in southwestern France –perhaps the world’s premier red-wine-producing region -- travels roundtrip from the city of Bordeaux along three rivers: the Garonne, the Dordogne, and the Gironde. Along the way you’ll follow the Médoc wine route, home of Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild, to visit the cellars of Premier Grand Cru and enjoy a wine-pairing lunch at a château. You’ll also meet winemakers along the Garonne River specializing in Sauternes, a sweet white dessert wine. Onboard, Uniworld’s gourmet meals include many regional specialties to complement wines at meals.

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I'd take Uniworld Again January 2015

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Uniworld is one of the best river cruise lines I've taken -- I did the Yangtze in China with them and thought they did a great job. Everything was first class. Next I'd like to do their Russia cruise.
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Uniworld Grand France June 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Excellent itinerary with land tours of superior quality, well planned and conducted.
Your tour director took special care in her consideration of varying physical abilities of all passengers. Staff on your ship seemed to be competing who can assist / please your clients more...

May we suggest ensuring your pre-cruise information to include specific location / address of your ships' departure places, so independent travelers do not have to search for it in vain.
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Professioal, friendly and unforgetable experience for the cruise February 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The facility on ship was good. Staff servicing us were very professionally good. For the meals it was indeed very nice especially the kitchen was able to provide some Asian dishes that is fantastically great.
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Amazing time, Amazing ship February 2017

  • Value 5.0
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  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I had never been on a river cruise before and did not know what to expect. After this cruise, I was ready to sail right back with Uniworld. Everything on the ship, from the food and amenities, to the excursions and especially the crew, made the week one of the best I've had.
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I've enjoyed 6 UW cruises February 2017

  • Value 5.0
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  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I've enjoyed 6 UW cruises (2 of them being repeats from prior years) and feel the UW product is superior to competitors at relatively the same price point for the same itinerary and trip length. On this cruise, the ship personnel were superb in all services I experienced. The front desk, dining room and lounge personnel were always most gracious and accommodating, ditto for the cabin attendants.
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Day 1: Bordeaux (embark)

Meals : D

Arrive at Bordeaux–Mérignac International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. Your ship is conveniently docked right in the heart of the city, so if time allows, stroll to the nearby food markets or visit the popular Saint-Michel antique market.

Day 2: Cruising the Garone River and Gironde Estuary, Pauillac

Meals :BB, L, WD

Choice of Médoc panoramic tour with exclusive winery visit and tasting or exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard bicycle ride Set sail on the Garonne for the pretty town of Pauillac, gateway to the storied Médoc wine route, where you’ll begin a panoramic tour of the heart of the Haut-Médoc AOC (or appellation d’origine contrôlée, a geographical designation that denotes where grapes are grown). Enjoy an exclusive visit to a celebrated winery, Châteaux d’Arsac, where you’ll discover your personal “wine sign” with a special blind tasting. Or experience the terroir in an entirely different way: with a guided bike ride through the beautiful Médoc vineyards. You’ll get an up-close look at the vines and truly take in the atmosphere—the earth, the sunshine—of this famous wine-growing region. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner

Day 3: Cruising the Gironde Estuary, Blaye

Meals :BB, L, D

Choice of scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress or exclusive guided “Go Active” Nordic walking tour of Blaye Fortress Today you’ll sail across the Gironde Estuary to Blaye. The scenic journey through the estuary offers a unique look at the delta, where fishing huts rise above grassy marshlands edged by limestone cliffs. Running along those cliffs is a little road called the Route de la Corniche Fleurie. The road winds through the picturesque hamlets of Pain de Sucre, Marmisson, and Roque de Thau, where you’ll find charming stone houses built by 19th-century ship captains. Upon returning to Blaye, your guide will take you through the 17th-century citadel built by famed military engineer Vauban. Its fortress and tunnels are a UNESCO monument. Then enjoy some free time to explore the town on your own. Or take part in a guided Nordic walking tour of Blaye Fortress.

Day 4: Libourne (Bergerac)

Meals : (BB, L, D)

Bergerac city tour Bergerac, which is located in the southernmost part of the Périgord and boasts 12 AOCs, and is your jumping-off point for today’s adventure. On your walking tour of the town you’ll explore the popular farmers’ market, hear the fateful story of Cyrano de Bergerac and his Roxanne, and watch the flat-bottom boats glide along the river. Stop at the 16th-century Château de Monbazillac, which offers marvelous views overlooking Bergerac and the Dordogne River. The drive along the Dordogne is an especially scenic one, and you’ll cross bridges to explore charming Bastide villages on both sides of the river. The “gastronomic meal of the French” is so indelibly linked to the country’s identity that it was added to UNESCO’s list of “intangible cultural heritage”in 2010, and tonight you will discover why during an extra special dinner. World-famous French Master Chef Philippe Etchebest has loaned his gastronomic genius to River Royale’s culinary team. His interpretation of the region’s delicacies will inform a specially crafted onboard dinner menu for Uniworld guests only. Bon appétit! (BB, L, D)
ale’s culinary team. His interpretation of the region’s delicacies will inform a specially crafted onboard dinner menu for Uniworld guests only. Bon appétit! (BB, L, D)

Day 5: Libourne (Saint-Émilion), cruising the Dordogne River, Bordeaux

Meals : (BB, L, D)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Saint-Émilion walking tour with wine tasting and private evening tour of Bordeaux Saint-Émilion offers exceptional historic architecture, and historic vineyards too. The Romans were the first to plant grapes here, and this was the first vineyard region to be protected by UNESCO. The town, built atop limestone hills, offers many interesting shops, but what makes it extraordinary is what exists below the cobbled streets—Saint-Émilion’s Monolithic Church which dates back to the 12th century. 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. Once you’re back in Bordeaux, you will enjoy an evening tour. Bordeaux under the stars—what could be more magical? After Paris, Bordeaux has more protected buildings than any other French city. From the alleyways of the Saint-Pierre district to the avenues of the Place des Quinconces, you’ll see why Queen Elizabeth II deemed Bordeaux“the essence of elegance.”

Day 6: Cadillac, Bordeaux


Cadillac, châteaux and vineyards of Sauternes with exclusive artisanal lunch and wine tasting at Château d’Arche During a tour to nearby Cadillac you’ll embark on a study of Sauternes, the sweet wine which is named for the region. Sauternes is made from grapes that have been affected by Botrytis cinerea, or noble rot, a fungus that causes a raisin-like decay, resulting in a concentrated and distinctly flavored sweet wine. You’ll meet the winemakers and enjoy an elegant wine-pairing lunch at Château d’Arche. You’ll also see the grounds of legendary Château d’Yquem. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 7: Bordeaux

Meals : (BB, L, D)

Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour or exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride along the Garonne River banks See Bordeaux à pied on a fascinating walking tour of the Golden Triangle, where you’ll encounter the very best the city has to offer. Explore luxury food halls, sample Bordeaux’s famous canelés and chocolates, discover marvelous 18th-century architecture, and visit an elegant wine bar popular with locals. If you’re looking for something more active, consider joining a guided bicycle ride along the scenic banks of the Garonne River. You’ll have plenty of free time to further enjoy Bordeaux on your own. Revisit some of the places you saw on your tour or explore new areas. It’s a great chance to do a little shopping too.

Day 8: Bordeaux (disembark)

Meals : (CB/BB)

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

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Trip Includes
  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the breathtaking River Royale
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • 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, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and bottled water
  • 10 excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do,” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • 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 a Signature Lecture: “Aquitaine: Three Rivers, One Ocean, and a Unique Land”
  • Exclusive Epicurean Adventurer Program™
Trip Excludes
  • Airfare
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
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