Departure Date: 01/07/2022
Enjoy great savings on this exclusive offer with Travel Counsellors. Normally this land only river cruise is R61,000 pps. Uncover the proud legacy and heritage of Southwest France onboard the Brillliant Bordeaux.
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.
DAY 1: Bordeaux (Embark)
Arrive at Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship. Note: For Arrival, Departure and Transfer details, please visit Uniworld.com/transfers. For Port Location details, please visit Uniworld.com/ports.
DAY 2: 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
Connoisseur Collection Excursion: Rendez-vous chez Rémy Martin
This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Connoisseur Collection program. In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
DAY 3: 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: 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: 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: Libourne, Bordeaux
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: 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. Connoisseur Collection Excursion: Bordeaux walking tour with caviar tasting. This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Connoisseur Collection program. In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
DAY 8: Bordeaux (Disembark)
Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport for your flight home.
Take a look at what you can expect from a Uniworld River Cruise.
* All prices are Rand Priced Guaranteed – the price you see is the price you pay.
* Highest Standards: As part of TTC, a 100 year old, family-owned collection of hospitality brands, we’re able to weather the most difficult of times without sacrificing our high standards.
* Lavishly appointed riverview 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
* All meals onboard are prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients, Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions, Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners.
* Booking Flexibility
* Enjoy a 3-day courtesy hold before you need to put your deposit down. Full payment is due at 120 days prior to departure.
* The Perfect Size: Enjoy all the benefits of cruising while traveling with small groups of people who share your passion for travel and exploration.
* In the Best Hands: With one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios and the most tenured staff on the rivers, take comfort in knowing you're always in the best hands.
* Book & Cruise with Confidence: Your well-being & peace of mind is Uniworld's priority. Uniworld is proud to become the first river cruise company to have our European ships sprayed with ACT CleanCoat™—the antimicrobial coating that is odorless, nontoxic and most importantly, kills bacteria and viruses including COVID-19.
All transfers on arrival and departure days, port charges, 7-night cruise in a Riverview stateroom on the breathtaking S.S. Bon Voyage, port charges, 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners and 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, onboard local entertainment, Cultural enrichment, including Signature Lectures, services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager, gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour, exclusive Connoisseur Collection on select summer departures
7 Nights exclusive from R56,000 pps
These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Valid for Sale from 28 April to 31 May 2022. Valid for travel on selected departures between May to October 2022. Offers are per person sharing. River Cruises are subject to availability, seasonal surcharge, high season supplements and currency fluctuations. Fares featured are for cruise or cruise/tour only, per person (unless otherwise noted) based on double occupancy. Rates and savings vary by itinerary, departure date and category of accommodations. Excludes: Flights, visas, travel insurance, spending money and items of a personal nature. Offer is capacity controlled and may be modified or withdrawn at any time. Other restrictions may apply. The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments. R5000 per person Exclusive Travel Counsellors Discount: book and deposit within 3 days of your booking, balance due 120 days prior to departure. Use promo codeTC2201-Z. Discount can be combined with other brochure discounts where applicable, does not apply to extra nights' accommodation, optional extensions, airfares, flight supplements and surcharges, taxes and fees and airport transfers. Travel Vaccination Policy Update: All guests booked to travel with Uniworld are required to be fully vaccinated, which may include a booster shot to keep the vaccination status current and valid, depending on the travel destination. Please speak to your Travel Counsellor for more info. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE.