Brilliant Bordeaux with Uniworld Cruises

Sunday, October 9 to Sunday, October 16, 2022

Optional add-ons in Paris or additional wine tour of Bordeaux available.

Uncover the proud legacy and heritage of Southwest France when you 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.

Tour cost per person in USD dollars land only sharing double accommodation: Classic category cabin $3,899.00.  Upgrade to deluxe cabin $700.00.  Upgrade to category French Balcony $1500.00.

Single occupancy: Classic cabin  $5,899.00  Upgrade to Deluxe $1,050.00  Upgrade to French Balcony $2,250.00




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October 09 - 16, 2022

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ITINERARY

Day 1 - Sunday, October 09: Bordeaux (Embark)

Arrive at Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport and transfer to your ship.  Complimentary transfers provided by Pauwels Travel regardless if you have booked your air with us or not.  If booking your own flights we will need arrival and departure details.  

Day 2 - Monday, October 10: 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 

Day 3 - Tuesday, October 11: 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 Médoc Châteaux route with private wine tasting or Bunker archaeology tour or “Let’s Go” bike in the Médoc vineyards

Day 4 - Wednesday, October 12: 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 The colorful life of Toulouse Lautrec at Château de Malromé or Private owner's tour of Royal Château with Sauternes toast
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 - Thursday, October 13: 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 - Friday, October 14: Libourne

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 - Saturday, October 15: 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

Day 8 - Sunday, October 16: Bordeaux (Disembark)

Disembark the ship and transfer to Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport for your flight home or continue your journey with one of our optional extensions.

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INCLUDED

• Transfers from Bordeaux airport • 7 nights river cruise in category selected and all meals and snacks during the cruise including wine or beer. • Transportation throughout the tour • All sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary • Pre-paid gratuities • All port charges and fees.

NOT INCLUDED

• Items of a personal nature • Meals not indicated • Optional travel insurance available from the office

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