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A portrait of majestic France

14-Night Cruise Paris to Bordeaux
UNI Bordeaux Vineyards and Chateaux
Bordeaux cruise map
2017 & 2018 Departure Dates & Pricing

Paris to Bordeaux - 15 days

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Ship - River Royale (Seine cruise) , Joie de Vivre *new ship in 2017* (Bordeaux cruise)
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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Paris (Embarkation Day)

Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and board your ship. (D)

Day 2: Vernon (Giverny), Les Andelys

Featured Excursion: Monet’s Giverny and hike to Château Gaillard -or- exclusive guided “Go Active” Nordic walking tour

Today, as you dock at the small town of Vernon, you have the opportunity to explore one of the most famous gardens in art, Claude Monet’s Giverny.  

Visit Monet’s home in his beloved village of Giverny, where he lived and worked for more than 40 years. When Monet bought the property, most of it was an orchard; he transformed it over the years into the enchanted vision that he painted, essentially creating each work of art twice: once as a living garden and again as a painting. Stroll through the gardens and admire the familiar Japanese bridge and water garden that inspired him. Though the town suffered bomb damage during WWII, you’ll still be able to recognize many scenes from the master’s iconic paintings. Step even further into the past with a hike to Château Gaillard. Your adventure takes you to the dramatic white-stone remains of the English king’s stronghold. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the river and surrounding countryside. Or take a guided Nordic walking tour along the popular trail to Château Gaillard and the cliffs above St. Jaques hospital. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Rouen (Normandy Beaches)

Featured excursions: "Choice is Yours" Excursion options: Full-day Normandy Beaches with choice of D-Day Museum at Arromanches -or- Juno Beach and the Canadian Center -or- the Tapestry Museum in Bayeux

Normandy’s proximity to the sea has made it the site of many battles, including the famous D-Day Invasion by Allied forces during WWII. Before visiting the beaches of Normandy, you’ll go to Mulberry Harbor at Arromanches and explore the D-Day Museum. Or choose to visit Juno Beach where the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division landed, and take in the exhibits at the Canadian Center. Or, after spending time in Arromanches, drive to Bayeux to see the famous 11th-century tapestry depicting the Battle of Hastings. Continue to the Allied landing sites at Omaha Beach before visiting a haunting reminder of the Allied forces’ hard fight for freedom—the American Cemetery. Located in Colleville-sur-Mer, near the section of coastline designated “Omaha Beach,” the cemetery and memorial honor American soldiers who lost their lives while fighting in Europe. Uniworld guests can participate in a special ceremony during their visit that involves a wreath laying, the American national anthem, and a moment of silence.(BB, D)

Note: The Tapestry Museum is a popular attraction in summer; therefore, the order of events may change to accommodate scheduling issues.

Day 4: Rouen

Featured Excursions: Choice of walking tour of Rouen -OR- exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride along the Seine River

Rouen, founded in pre-Roman times and the Medieval capital of the region, has managed to preserve many notable buildings despite being invaded, conquered, and bombed countless times over the years. Your visit will take you to the stunning Gothic cathedrals, the haunting Medieval quarter and the Gros Horloge, a Renaissance clock tower. The walk ends at Vieux Marché, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake by the English in 1431. Or enjoy a bike ride along the Seine with an expert guide. The Seine River banks are popular with locals, and cycling on the docks is part of the art of enjoying Rouen. (BB, L, D)

Day 5: Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur)

Featured Excursion: Honfleur walking tour

After crossing the Pont de Tancarville (Tancarville Bridge), you’ll drive through the beautiful Calvados countryside on your way to Honfleur, a major defensive port in the 17th century and the starting point of many expeditions to the New World. Birthplace of the unconventional French composer Erik Satie, the town has blossomed into a delightful seaside harbor and city of painters; over the years, it has been favored by artists such as Gustave Courbet, Eugene Boudin, and Claude Monet.

Your walking tour of the fishing village begins at the former smugglers’ harbor of Vieux Bassin - the most frequently painted scene in Honfleur - which looks much as it did a century ago, though these days the boats in the harbor are likely to be pleasure craft rather than fishing vessels. From the pedestrian streets lined with artists’ workshops to the Medieval town center, Honfleur is a delight to ramble through. Your local guide will take you through the tiny lanes, where houses stand shoulder to shoulder in a jumble of styles: narrow 19th-century slate-roofed townhouses, 15th-century fishermen’s homes, tall and elegant mansions, many adorned with figures of chimeras or saints. You’ll see St. Catherine’s church, built in the 15th century by shipwrights, who gave it an oak ceiling that looks like the hull of a boat.

Enjoy some free time amid a myriad of shops known for their paintings and handicrafts. The quaint houses converted into cafés and brasseries serving wine and seafood make for a special treat. Sample some fresh oysters and fruits de mer from local fishermen before you board the motorcoach to return to the ship in Caudebec-en-Caux via the majestic Pont de Normandie (Normandy Bridge). (BB, L, D)

Day 6: Conflans-Sainte- Honorine (Auvers sur Oise)

Featured Excursions: “Vincent van Gogh’s Footsteps” walking tour of Auvers-sur-Oise

Find yourself in Auvers-sur-Oise, following the footsteps of Impressionist master Vincent van Gogh. The ill-fated artist spent just the last two months of his life here, but in that time painted many of its buildings, including the Town Hall, the church, and the home of his doctor, Dr. Gachet. You can see the former inn where he stayed until his death in 1890 and then visit his tomb in the “new cemetery” (inaugurated in 1858). He’s buried beside his brother, Theo, who died a year later. Your guide will transport you to the 19th century and give you a true-to-life sense of the artist’s final days as you stand in the very place where Van Gogh set his easel. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, Captain's Farewell Dinner)

Day 7: Paris

Featured Excursions: Choice of Paris city tour or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter walking tour or exclusive guided “Go Active” Nordic walking tour of parks and Eiffel Tower

Your panoramic city tour includes the most Parisian of sights: the grand Champs-Élysées, where you will pass the Arc de Triomphe before stopping at the Champs de Mars for an opportunity to photograph the Eiffel Tower. Then continue on to the Place Vendôme, Hôtel de Ville, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Latin Quarter. Then it’s on to Les Invalides, the Louvre courtyard, and Luxembourg Gardens, where you can stretch your legs and see a slice of Parisian life. Or, take a more intimate look at Parisian daily life with a walking tour of the Île de la Cité, the historic center of Paris, which is home to the famous Cathedral of Notre Dame. Your tour also includes a stop by a traditional open-air market to shop as the Parisians do for bread, cheese, and other regional delicacies. Or take a guided Nordic walking tour under Paris’s bridges, and along the Seine River to discover many styles of houseboats, the Statue of Liberty, and the Eiffel Tower. (BB, L, D)

Day 8: Paris (Disembarkation), transfer to Bordeaux via high speed TGV train (Embarkation)

Today, you’ll disembark the ship and be transferred to the railway station for your TGV transfer to Bordeaux, where you’ll join your next ship and begin the second part of this exciting journey. A host of charming towns and many epicurean delights await you in this ancient and beautiful corner of France. This is one of the world’s most celebrated wine regions, and you can look forward to exclusive tastings of its finest offerings - á votre santé! (BB, L, D)

Day 9: Cruising the Garone River and Gironde Estuary, Pauillac

Featured Excursion: Choice of Médoc panoramic tour with exclusive winery visit and tasting or exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard bicycle ride

Set sail on the Garonne river for the pretty town of Pauillac, gateway to the Médoc wine route. Not far out of Bordeaux, the GaronnSet 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. (BB, L, Captain's Welcome Gala)

Day 10: Cruising the Gironde Estuary, Blaye

Featured excursions:  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. (BB, L, D)

Day 11: Libourne (Bergerac and Périgord)

Featured Excursion: 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)

Day 12: Libourne (Saint- Emilion), cruising the Dordogne River, Bordeaux

Featured excursion: Saint-Émilion walking tour with wine tasting and exclusive nighttime 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.” (BB, L, D)

Day 13: Bordeaux, Cadillac

Featured excursions: Cadillac, chateaux and the 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. (BB, L, Captain's Farewell Dinner)

Day 14: Bordeaux

Featured Excursion: 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. (BB, L, D)

Day 15: Bordeaux (Disembarkation Day)

Disembark the ship and transfer to Bordeaux–Mérignac International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Biarritz.   (CB/BB)

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

2017 and 2018 Departures

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin.

From Paris

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Category 5- Lower Deck fwd w/ high fixed window
Category 4- Lower Deck w/ high fixed window
Category 3-Middle Deck fwd & aft w/ window
Category 2- Lower Deck w/ window
Category 1 - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Apr 2, 2017
$6,099
$6,899
$8,099
$8,599
$9,699
$13,599
Apr 9, 2017
$6,199
$6,999
$8,199
$8,699
$9,799
$13,699
Apr 16, 2017
$6,599
$7,399
$8,599
$9,099
$10,199
$14,099
Apr 23, 2017
$6,999
$7,799
$8,999
$9,499
$10,599
$14,499
Apr 30, 2017
$7,499
$8,299
$9,499
$9,999
$11,099
$14,999
May 7, 2017
$7,699
$8,499
$9,699
$10,199
$11,299
$15,199
May 14, 201 7
$7,699
$8,499
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$15,199
May 21, 2017
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$8,499
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$11,299
$15,199
May 28, 2017
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$8,499
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$11,299
$15,199
Jun 4, 2017
$7,499
$8,299
$9,499
$9,999
$11,099
$14,999
Jun 11, 2017
$7,499
$8,299
$9,499
$9,999
$11,099
$14,999
Jun 18, 2017
$7,499
$8,299
$9,499
$9,999
$11,099
$14,999
Jun 25, 2017
$7,499
$8,299
$9,499
$9,999
$11,099
$14,999
Jul 2, 2017
$7,299
$8,099
$9,299
$9,799
$10,899
$14,799
Jul 9, 2017
$7,299
$8,099
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$14,799
Jul 16, 2017
$7,299
$8,099
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$14,799
Jul 23, 2017
$7,299
$8,099
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$14,799
Jul 30, 2017
$7,299
$8,099
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$10,899
$14,799
Aug 6, 2017
$7,299
$8,099
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$14,799
Aug 13, 2017
$7,299
$8,099
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$10,899
$14,799
Aug 20, 2017
$7,399
$8,199
$9,399
$9,899
$10,999
$14,899
Aug 27 , 2017
$7,599
$8,399
$9,599
$10,099
$11,199
$15,099
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$8,099
$8,899
$10,099
$10,599
$11,699
$15,599
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$8,099
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$10,599
$11,699
$15,599
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$8,099
$8,899
$10,099
$10,599
$11,699
$15,599
Sep 24, 2017
$8,099
$8,899
$10,099
$10,599
$11,699
$15,599
Oct 1, 2017
$7,999
$8,799
$9,999
$10,499
$11,599
$15,499
Oct 8, 2017
$7,999
$8,799
$9,999
$10,499
$11,599
$15,499
Oct 15, 2017
$7,399
$8,199
$9,399
$9,899
$10,999
$14,899
Oct 22, 2017
$7,399
$8,199
$9,399
$9,899
$10,999
$14,899
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$6,099
$6,899
$8,099
$8,599
$9,699
$13,599
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$5,799
$6,599
$7,799
$8,299
$9,399
$13,299
2018 Departures
Cruise Start Date
Category 5- Lower Deck fwd w/ high fixed window
Category 4- Lower Deck w/ high fixed window
Category 3-Middle Deck fwd & aft w/ window
Category 2- Lower Deck w/ window
Category 1 - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Mar 18, 2018
$5,299
$5,499
$6,799
$7,199
$8,099
$11,599
Mar 25, 2018
$5,299
$5,499
$6,799
$7,199
$8,099
$11,599
Apr 1, 2018
$5,599
$5,799
$7,099
$7,499
$8,399
$11,899
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$5,599
$5,799
$7,099
$7,499
$8,399
$11,899
Apr 15, 2018
$5,999
$6,199
$7,499
$7,899
$8,799
$12,299
Apr 22, 2018
$5,999
$6,199
$7,499
$7,899
$8,799
$12,299
Apr 29, 2018
$6,999
$7,199
$8,499
$8,899
$9,799
$13,299
May 6, 2018
$6,999
$7,199
$8,499
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$13,299
May 13, 2018
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May 20, 2018
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$13,299
May 27, 2018
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$13,299
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Jul 15, 2018
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Jul 22, 2018
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Jul 29, 2018
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$7,199
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$13,299
Aug 5, 2018
$6,999
$7,199
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$13,299
Aug 12, 2018
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Aug 19, 2018
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$7,199
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$13,299
Aug 26, 2018
$6,999
$7,199
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$8,899
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$13,299
Sep 2, 2018
$7,599
$7,799
$9,099
$9,499
$10,399
$13,899
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$7,599
$7,799
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$9,499
$10,399
$13,899
Sep 16, 2018
$7,599
$7,799
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$9,499
$10,399
$13,899
Sep 23, 2018
$7,599
$7,799
$9,099
$9,499
$10,399
$13,899
Sep 30, 2018
$7,599
$7,799
$9,099
$9,499
$10,399
$13,899
Oct 7, 2018
$6,999
$7,199
$8,499
$8,899
$9,799
$13,299
Oct 14, 2018
$6,999
$7,199
$8,499
$8,899
$9,799
$13,299
Oct 21, 2018
$6,999
$7,199
$8,499
$8,899
$9,799
$13,299
Oct 28, 2018
$5,499
$5,699
$6,999
$7,399
$8,299
$11,799
Nov 4, 2018
$5,299
$5,499
$6,799
$7,199
$8,099
$11,599
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
2018 Departures: Port charges are additionanl $280 per person.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please inquire.
Prices Include:
▪ 14 nights Cruise in selected riverview stateroom
▪ All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
▪ 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 14 dinners
▪ 2 Captain’s Welcome Gala and 2 Farewell Dinners
▪ Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
▪ Shore excursions including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
▪ Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day,” and “Gentle Walking” programs
▪ 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
▪ Services of an experienced Cruise Manager and attentive, all English-speaking staff
▪ State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
▪ Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks throughout your cruise
▪ Captivating onboard local entertainment
▪ Cultural enrichment, including 2 Signature Lectures
▪ 24-Hour Room Service (new in 2017)
▪ Concierge services
▪ All gratuities for all onboard and onshore services
▪ Free Internet and Wi-Fi access onboard
▪ Transfers on Embarkation and Disembarkation Days.Transfers are subject to transfer guidelines. Please ask for details.
▪ Taxes
 
Prices Do Not Include:
▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare)
▪ Travel insurance
▪ Port charges (For 2017 Departures: Port charges are included in the cruise prices)
▪ Personal expenses

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