Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, Sauternes, Médoc and Margaux are but a handful of the appellations that make Bordeaux wines world famous. At the heart of this legendary region, the city of Bordeaux invites visitors to savor its grand architecture, tempting cafés and superb museums. Celebrate joie de vivre in this land of wine and oysters, truffles and cognac, as you cruise the Dordogne, Garonne and Gironde Rivers.Please Note: The Garonne, Gironde and Dordogne Rivers are part of a tidal river system that results in changing water levels in the region. Every effort is made to follow the scheduled itinerary, however, based on tides it may be amended or modified as required.
Discover the proud legacy of one of the world’s most acclaimed wine regionsFrom its noble châteaux to its breathtaking estuary, Bordeaux is an oenophile’s paradise and every traveler’s dream. Sail three stunning rivers—the Garonne, the Dordogne and the Gironde—on one amazing journey.Savor the unique heritage of southwest France, from delightful Pauillac, the gateway to the storied Médoc wine route, to elegant Bordeaux, the “Pearl of the Aquitaine,” as the region is also known. Explore Saint-Émilion’s astonishing 12th-century Monolithic Church, and enjoy the beautiful Médoc vineyards on a bicycle.Throughout your journey, you’ll be treated to a grand display of culinary magic. Taste regional delights and delve deeply into the region’s exalted wines. Taste lovely Médoc vintages; visit the cellars of Premier Grand Cru in Saint-Émilion, where you’ll savor the world’s most highly rated wines; and embark upon a study of Sauternes, meeting the winemakers and enjoying a wine-pairing lunch at Château de Cazeneuve. Discover the douceur de vivre (sweet life) for which this region is known.Who will enjoy this cruiseNature lovers and those interested in epicurean pursuits, winemaking (and tasting!) and culture.Connoisseur Collection (select sailings)Experience the joie de vivre of French life with world-class wines, rich cognacs and sunset cocktails. Behind medieval walls lies the famous Renaissance Château de Roquetaillade, neighbor to Château de Cazeneuve, where you’ll enjoy an artisanal wine-pairing lunch. Rendezvous at the House of Rémy Martin, which has been producing premium cognac since 1724 for the world’s most discerning connoisseurs. And celebrate sunset on Patiras Island in the heart of the Gironde Estuary with cocktails and a view of Pauillac, known for its world-famous wines. These are only a few highlights you’ll be treated to on your culinary journey.
France : The Gironde Estuary And The Dordogne And Garonne Rivers
Discover the unparalleled riches of Aquitaine and its charming capital city, Bordeaux. Bordeaux, on France’s Southwestern coast, is a unique region unto itself, yet still profoundly French. You’ll cruise three rivers as you explore the stunning countryside, alive with stately Châteaux and abundant vineyards and wine estates. Uniworld’s Epicurean Adventure Program™ includes a special French Master Chef-set dinner menu and a tasting of Arcachon oysters—a local delicacy—onboard, as well as chateau and wine estate tastings and a Cannelé-making demonstration on this culinary-rich journey.
Though settled by the Romans and ruled by the English, Aquitaine is profoundly French. From its noble châteaux to its breathtaking estuary, Bordeaux, as the region is also known, is an oenophile’s paradise and every traveler’s dream.
Sail three rivers on this journey—the Garonne, the Dordogne, and the Gironde—and savor the unique gastronomical heritage of southwest France. You’ll be treated to a sumptuous display of culinary magic throughout your journey. Taste regional delights including—duck confit, caviar d’Aquitaine, and oysters. Indulge in an onboard meal designed by French Master Chef (and owner of the two-Michelin-star-rated Relais and Chateau Hostellerie de Plaisance in Saint-Émilion) Philippe Etchebest. And delve deeply into the Bordeaux region’s exalted wines. You’ll travel the Médoc wine route to partake in a wine tasting at an exclusive wine estate; visit the cellars of Premier Grand Cru to savor some of the world’s most highly rated wines; and embark on a study of Sauternes, meeting the winemakers of this region’s sweet wine and enjoying a wine-pairing lunch at Château d’Arsac. With great food and wine; the charming towns of Bergerac, Saint-Émilion, and Bordeaux; and ample time to take in the breathtaking scenery, you’ll discover the many pleasures of French life.
Who will enjoy this cruise
Those interested in epicurean pursuits, winemaking (and tasting!), history, and culture, as well as nature lovers.
Epicurean Adventurer Program™
Wine tasting at Château d’Arsac and a Saint-Émilion wine estate
Epicurean dinner with menu set by award-winning French Master Chef Philippe Etchebest
Cannelé-making demonstration and tasting
Arcachon oyster tasting onboard
TRUE ALL-INCLUSIVE BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISING™ in 2014: All gratuities onboard and onshore; unlimited beverages onboard including an extensive selection of distinctive wines, craft and regional beers, spirits, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages; shore excursions with local experts as your guide; free Internet and Wi-Fi; and all arrival and departure day transfers.
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