The River Royale was remodeled last year and will sail in France for Uniworld. // ©2013 Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
The latest destination from Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is Bordeaux, France, with two itineraries launching next year. Guests will also benefit from the company’s added inclusions and its personalized and authentic approach to the onshore program.
“We have added one of the most beautiful regions of the world to our 2014 sailings, with two outstanding itineraries,” said Guy Young, president of Uniworld. “We are also very proud that Uniworld will expand their services and amenities on all Uniworld European boutique river cruises to include unlimited fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks and bottled water, and all gratuities for all onboard and onshore services, including pre- and post-cruise extensions.”
The eight-day Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux and the 15-day Portrait of Majestic France itineraries both take guests along the three rivers of Aquitaine: the Garonne, the Gironde and the Dordogne in the southwestern part of France, on the Atlantic coast.
The city of Bordeaux dates from 300 B.C. Wine was introduced here by the Romans and the area is known for its distinctive cuisine. Uniworld passengers will enjoy a regional meal by Master Chef Philippe Etchebest, owner of the two Michelin-starred Hostellerie de Plaisance in Saint-Emilion. In addition, there will be an onboard oyster tasting and wine tastings at Chateau d’Arsac and a Saint-Emillion wine estate.
Guests will sail on the 132-passenger River Royale, remodeled last year, with its striking reception area and sun-filled rooms. Passengers will visit some of the Aquitaine region’s most prestigious chateaux, as well as Pauillac, gateway to the Medoc wine route and Saint-Emilion, the oldest wine area of the Bordeaux region and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The season for the eight-day itinerary, roundtrip Bordeaux, runs from April 6 to Nov. 9, with pricing from $3,199 and savings of $300 a couple for booking before Jan. 15.
The 15-day sailings travel from Paris to Bordeaux, adding a roundtrip Paris cruise onboard River Baroness to Giverny, the Normandy Beaches, Rouen, Honfleur and Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, then transferring to Bordeaux via high-speed TGV train to sail on River Royale. Fares start at $6,499, with $600 per couple in savings for booking before Jan. 15.