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France Wine River Cruise
August 2024

Set sail along three stunning rivers, the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde, on one fascinatingly historical and invigorating journey. 

Welcome to the 2024 Uniworld Brilliant Bordeaux River Cruise—an exclusive women's journey set against the backdrop of three enchanting rivers, the Garonne, Dordogne, and Gironde. Embark on a historical odyssey, a vibrant tapestry of exploration that unveils the treasures of Bordeaux, Fort Médoc, Cadillac, Blaye, Libourne, and more. 

Your adventure begins as you sail through these picturesque waterways, each turn revealing breathtaking landscapes and cultural wonders that define the essence of Southwest France. Immerse yourself in the heart of Bordeaux, where history and vineyards intertwine, creating a canvas of quintessentially French experiences. Wander through archaeological marvels, explore historic landmarks, and indulge in the flavors of the region's renowned wines.

Embark on a scenic drive from Blaye to Bourg along the captivating Route de la Corniche Fleurie. Marvel at the majestic sights of Blaye Fortress and Lansac Windmill, each a testament to the region's rich heritage.   As the pace slows in Libourne, relish the moment with multiple wine tastings, village tours, a farmers' market visit, and a Bordeaux heritage walking tour upon your return to the city.

This curated itinerary ensures you experience the best of Southwest France, a showcase of its historical treasures, exquisite wines, and the warm embrace of its charming villages.  Join us on this invigorating journey, where every stop is a celebration of the region's cultural tapestry—a testament to the richness and diversity that defines the Brilliant Bordeaux River Cruise.

Wine Cruise 2024 Itinerary

August 4, 2024

Welcome to France.  After landing and gathering your luggage, your driver will meet you and transport you to the ship. Enjoy getting to know the ship and crew today. This evening, you are invited to join us for a 'come as you are' cocktail party, where we can meet each other properly, enjoy some adult beverages and learn about the days ahead.

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August 5, 2024

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.

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August 6, 2024

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.

August 7, 2024

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 discover the wonders of this historic fortress, a UNESCO-designated citadel that once protected Bordeaux from attacks by sea.

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August 8, 2024

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

(Lunch on your own today)

August 9, 2024

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?  After dark, experience Bassins des Lumières, a stunning and immersive light show projected against the walls of a WWII submarine base.

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August 10, 2024

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.

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August 11, 2024

Today is the day we disembark and say 'Until Next Time',

as our driver transports us back to the airport where our journey began.

Each stateroom category is distinct and making the choice of room category can feel overwhelming.  That's where we come in.  Below is a breakdown of staterooms for our river cruise.  We hope you find this information useful in determining which stateroom is best for you.

 

All of the staterooms include Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center.  The marble bathroom comes with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, heated mirror, backlit magnifying mirror, comfortable bathrobes and slippers.  The differences between this cabin types is the access to outside. 

  • Classic -  151 sq ft with two river view portholes 

  • Deluxe -  151 sq ft with a large river view window 

  • French Balcony - 151 sq feet with a river view sliding door

  • Suite - 210 sq feet with a with a river view sliding door.  Additional amenities and services include in-suite butler service, packing and unpacking assistance, in-room breakfast, daily fruit and cookie plate and an elegant evening snack, Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas, fully stocked mini bar, bottle of wine upon request, shoeshine, and free laundry service

  • Grand Suite - 280 sq ft with a river view sliding door, and all of the amenities of the Suite stateroom. 

What's Included

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients

  • 7 breakfasts, 5 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 “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

  • 7-night cruise in a river view stateroom on the breathtaking S.S. Bon Voyage

  • Lavishly appointed river view 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

  • 1 country: France

  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites

  • Captivating onboard local entertainment

  • Cultural enrichment, including Signature Lectures

  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager

  • Group Transfers are included on arrival and departure days (please see terms and conditions for transfer guidelines)

  • Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour

  • A 10%, non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking.

  • Final payment due April 1, 2024

PRICING

Double Occupancy

Rates per person

Classic Stateroom - $3,219

Deluxe Stateroom - $3,919

French Balcony - $4,819

Suite - $7,619

Grand Suite - $9,819

SOLD OUT

Single Occupancy

Rates per person

Classic Stateroom - $5,019

Deluxe Stateroom - $6,069

French Balcony - $7,419

Suite - $15,618

Grand Suite - $20,018

SOLD OUT

Single Supplement Fee waived for the first three (3) single occupancy reservations to book in a Classic, Deluxe, or French Balcony stateroom.  

That's a savings of up to $2,600!!!

What you need to know

  • Rooms are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

  • International airfare is not included in your pricing. If you need assistance making flight arrangements, please click here for Airfare Assistance.

  • Arrange your flights to arrive and depart out of Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport.

  • All flight information must be submitted to The Curious Traveler by June 15, 2024.

  • Arrival transfers are provided only on August 4, 2024.

  • Departure transfers are provided only on August 11, 2024.

  • You must hold a passport that is valid for 6 months after August 11, 2024. The passport must have one (1) blank page available for entry stamp.

  • Optional Travel Insurance is not included in your pricing.  We will send you a quote via email once your deposit is submitted.

  • We cannot accommodate wheelchairs or assistive mobility devices on this trip.

  • Any optional expenses or expenses related to anything not specifically listed in this itinerary are not included.

Cancellation Policy

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  • A 10%, non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking.

  • Final payment due April 1, 2024

PRICING

Double Occupancy

Rates per person

Classic Stateroom - $3,219

Deluxe Stateroom - $3,919

French Balcony - $4,819

Suite - $7,619

Grand Suite - $9,819

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

Single Occupancy

Rates per person

Classic Stateroom - $5,019

Deluxe Stateroom - $6,069

French Balcony - $7,419

Suite - $15,618

Grand Suite - $20,018

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

Single Supplement Fee waived for the first three (3) single occupancy reservations to book in a Classic, Deluxe, or French Balcony stateroom.  

That's a savings of up to $2,600!!!

What you need to know

  • Rooms are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

  • International airfare is not included in your pricing. If you need assistance making flight arrangements, please click here for Airfare Assistance.

  • Arrange your flights to arrive and depart out of Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport.

  • All flight information must be submitted to The Curious Traveler by June 15, 2024.

  • Arrival transfers are provided only on August 4, 2024.

  • Departure transfers are provided only on August 11, 2024.

  • You must hold a passport that is valid for 6 months after August 11, 2024. The passport must have one (1) blank page available for entry stamp.

  • Optional Travel Insurance is not included in your pricing.  We will send you a quote via email once your deposit is submitted.

  • We cannot accommodate wheelchairs or assistive mobility devices on this trip.

  • Any optional expenses or expenses related to anything not specifically listed in this itinerary are not included.

Cancellation Policy

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