Brilliant Bordeaux
Brilliant Bordeaux
Dining on board the S.S Bon Voyage
Dining on board the S.S Bon Voyage
S.S Bon Voyage Deck
S.S Bon Voyage Deck
S.S Bon Voyage Suite Stateroom
S.S Bon Voyage Suite Stateroom
Cruise on board the S.S Bon Voyage
Cruise on board the S.S Bon Voyage
S.S Bon Voyage Upper Deck Pool
S.S Bon Voyage Upper Deck Pool
S.S Bon Voyage Restaurant and Upper Deck
S.S Bon Voyage Restaurant and Upper Deck
Comfortable seating areas and delicious local produce on board the S.S Bon Voyage
Comfortable seating areas and delicious local produce on board the S.S Bon Voyage
Enjoy wine tasting excursions
Enjoy wine tasting excursions

Brilliant Bordeaux River Cruise

All Inclusive 8 nights from €2,899 per person Including Flights

Overview

Get ready to immerse yourself in France’s breath-taking waters of Garonne, Dordogne, and Gironde. Bordeaux derived from the French word au bord de l’eau which means along the waters, provides the perfect backdrop for wines and cultural explorations.

Whilst discovering the gems of this region which include Fort Médoc, Cadillac, Blaye and Libourne you will have the pleasure to enjoy 7 nights aboard S.S. Bon Voyage. The S.S. Bon Voyage is one of the newest Super Ships has been designed to immerse guests in French culture, with its stunning lobby clad in polished wood, to the stylish emerald tones found in bar Le Salon Champagne, inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s personal villa. On the top deck the stunning Soleil Deck waits for you, awash in vibrant fabrics, it features the only infinity pool on the rivers with complimentary spectacular views of the French countryside.

In this part of France, food is an art form and S.S. Bon Voyage has multiple dining venues to enjoy. These include the lavish Le Grand Fromage, which excels in authentic farm to table dining to the private dining experience of La Cave des Vine, which allows guests to enjoy a culinary 6 course masterpiece accompanied with perfectly paired wines from the region.

On shore you will have a daily choice of excursions to enjoy, one of the highlights is the Saint Emilion walking tour and private wine tasting experience. A must visit for anyone lucky enough to experience this region. Of course, on this journey, you can choose to do as much or as little as you like whilst you sail through the wonderful region of Bordeaux.

We have included a night's stay in Bordeaux before the cruise for an easier arrival.

Highlights

  • All excursions are included on this river cruise, and they have been curated so that you enjoy truly special experiences, such as…
  • Savour the flavours of the Medoc region with Medoc Oyster tasting.
  • Choice of local experiences from a guided bicycle ride through Medoc’s vineyards to a Medoc local led walking tour with private wine tasting.
  • Once in a lifetime walking tour of UNESCO site Saint-Emilion with wine tasting in the cellars of a premier Grand Cru Estate.
  • Enjoy delicious meals onboard throughout the cruise, with unlimited beverages and evening entertainment, all fully inclusive.

 

Whats included?
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • CAR licensed & bonded
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Day 1
Bordeaux

Fly to Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport where you will be transferred to your pre-cruise hotel in Bordeaux.

Day 2
Bordeaux

Enjoy this morning at leisure before you are transferred to Bordeaux port to embark this afternoon making a stress-free start to your magnificent cruise ahead.

Day 3
Blaye, Bourg sur Gironde

Sailing north of Bordeaux along to Blaye, a quaint commune in Gironde where you’ll have a leisurely walking tour through Bourg sur Girone. You can also have of two excursions a visit to the Panoramas of the Route de la Corniche Fleurie, a scenic and beautiful road with picturesque hamlets and stilted fishing huts lined along limestone cliffs. On this tour, journey towards the impressive UNESCO listed Citadelle de Blaye (Blaye Fortress), a maze of stone walls, each level a walls height higher than the next to make up the historic military fortification looking over the estuary. Your other choice of excursion is an intimate experience with a local win and art connoisseur – because of course you have to in the Bordeaux region!

Dine this evening with a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner.

Day 4
Cussac Fort Médoc

Today is all about the renowned Médoc region with its reputable wine chateaux and impressively extensive vineyards. With a beautiful backdrop have a choice of a private wine tasting at Médoc Chateaux or biking through the Médoc vineyards. You will also have the chance as some fresh Médoc oyster tasting whilst you’re here.

Day 5
Cadillac

Sailing this stretch of Garonne you will arrive at Cadillac, a place known for its gorgeous dessert wines. During your time here you can have the choice of excursions of a private owner’s tour of the Royal Chateau de Cazeneuve, a 14th century fortress and favoured residence of Henry IV. After your intimate visit you will meet Louis and Caroline de Sabran-Pontevès, the owner and his wife for a Sauternes toast, sampling the unique perfume and flavour of the area. Your other choice is a tour of the Chateau Malromé and learning the history of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and his post-impressionist pieces. After, you’ll be treated to an absinthe tasting at Café les Pèlerins.

Please be advised that that the sailing along Garonne depends on the tides. If it’s not possible to sale to Cadillac, you will be transferred to your chosen destinations by coach.

Day 6
Libourne (Saint-Émilion)

The medieval town of Saint Émilion is a perfect place for leisurely meandering through its cobbled streets, dressed with boulangeries and speciality wines. Your walking tour guides you through these passages and stopping by to admire the church that stretches beneath the city’s streets. At the end of your tour, you will be walking underground to the cellars of a Grand Cru estate to sample the world’s most highly rated wines.

Day 7
Libourne, Bordeaux

The beating heart of the region’s impeccable cuisine is the town of Lisbourne. A rich agricultural land and the chance to browse, sample and purchase produce at the farmer’s market. See the delicious seasonal fruits, browse the stalls for cheese, flowers, bread and meats. Not only that, you will have the chance to be invited into some of the homes of the ateliers meeting the artisans who make the local goods.

Day 8
Bordeaux

See Bordeaux in detail today as you discover the city’s charm. You can have the choice of exploring the streets either by foot or by bike! You will visit the Cité Du Vin Museum – which you don’t need to be an expert in French to read this as the Museum of Wine. Stop by the concierge to pick up a few drink tickets, then head out on your own to visit one of the city’s wine bars and see first-hand how the wines of the many local châteaux are enjoyed by today’s sophisticated clients.

This evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 9
Bordeaux

Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport taking you home after your wonderful experience of the S.S Bon Voyage and what Bordeaux has to offer!

 

  • Return flights to Bordeaux
  • Overseas transfers
  • 1 night pre-cruise hotel in Bordeaux
  • Accommodation in Deluxe Stateroom on board S.S Bon Voyage for 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners. All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 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
  • Activities and excursions listed

 

All luxury staterooms have river views, handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in wardrobes, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-controlled thermostat, phone, and flat-screen TV with infotainment centre, marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, soft bathrobes and slippers.

Classic - Includes porthole windows, desk, armchair and coffee table – 151sq ft.
Deluxe - Includes panoramic windows, desk, armchair and coffee table - 151sq ft.
French Balcony – Includes floor to ceiling sliding glass doors leading to French balcony, seating area and desk – 140sq ft
Suite – Includes floor to ceiling sliding glass doors leading to French balcony, sofa, coffee table, chair, desk triple door wardrobes, walk-in shower, double vanity sink, mirror TV - 210sq ft. Includes additional suite amenities.
Grand Suite - Includes floor to ceiling sliding glass doors leading to French balcony, sofa, coffee table, armchair, walk-in shower and separate bath, double vanity sink, mirror TV - 280sq ft. Includes additional suite amenities.

Additional Suite 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 arrival, shoe shine and free laundry service.

Included Excursions
6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts:

"Choice is Yours"

  • Panoramas of Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress or Intimate Experience with Local Wine & Art Connoisseurs
  • “Let’s Go” bike in the Médoc vineyards or Médoc Châteaux route with private wine tasting
  • Private owner's tour of Royal Château with Sauternes toast or The colourful life of Toulouse Lautrec at Château de Malromé
  • “Let’s Go” bike Bordeaux backstreets or “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour

Featured Excursions

  • Bourg sur Gironde walking tour
  • Fresh Médoc oysters tasting
  • Saint-Émilion walking tour with wine tasting
  • Libourne “Village Day” with farmer's market
  • Cité du Vin Museum visit

State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

 

Please note that standard check-in and check-out times will apply regardless of flight schedules or transfer arrangements.

Arrivals: On the day of embarkation, your stateroom will be ready after 3:00 PM. Guests who embark prior to 3:00 PM can wait in one of the public areas onboard. For itineraries beginning at a hotel, your room will be ready after the hotel’s standard check-in time. Uniworld is unable to request early check-ins.

Departures: On the day of disembarkation, you must vacate your stateroom by 8:00 AM. Guests with flights departing later in the day may wait onboard in one of the public areas until 1:00 PM or later, depending on the sailing schedule. For itineraries ending at a hotel, you must vacate your room by the hotel’s standard check-out time. Uniworld is unable to request late check-outs.

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