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15 Day Uniworld River Cruise from Bordeaux to Paris 2022
A Portrait of Majestic FranceStarting from $7,799
River Cruise DescriptionThe quintessential voyage for gourmets, oenophiles and lovers of all things French. This picture-perfect journey blends your passion for the good life—art, culture and gastronomy—with a broad sweep of lovely French landscapes. Travel from beautiful Bordeaux and delight in the countryside of southwest France. Explore Roman Saint-Émilion, with its astonishing Monolithic Church, and ancient Blaye, with its famous citadel. Journey through a land of noble wines, tasting the flavors of the regions as you go. Sail the Seine from Normandy, discovering the gems of the region. Marvel at magnificent Rouen Cathedral, tour the former smugglers’ harbor in Honfleur and follow in the footsteps of Monet at his beloved Giverny. And, of course, your majestic France experience ends with an exploration of the romance and magnificence of Paris. Enjoy the best France has to offer with Uniworld’s plethora of private excursions (including a private wine tasting of famous Médoc and Sauternes wines and an extraordinary evening tour of Bordeaux) as you cruise four rivers, visit bustling cities and charming towns and sample myriad culinary delights. Who will enjoy this cruise? Gourmets, oenophiles and lovers of life’s finer things will savor this quintessential French voyage. A Portrait of Majestic France is a combination of Brilliant Bordeaux and Paris & Normandy.
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|Jul 3, 2022||S.S. Joie de Vivre, S.S. Bon Voyage||$10,299||Call Us!|
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|Jul 17, 2022||S.S. Joie de Vivre, S.S. Bon Voyage||Waitlist||Call Us!|
|Jul 24, 2022||S.S. Joie de Vivre, S.S. Bon Voyage||$7,799||Call Us!|
|Jul 31, 2022||S.S. Joie de Vivre, S.S. Bon Voyage||$10,499||Call Us!|
|Aug 7, 2022||S.S. Joie de Vivre, S.S. Bon Voyage||$7,799||Call Us!|
|Aug 14, 2022||S.S. Joie de Vivre, S.S. Bon Voyage||$10,299||Call Us!|
|Aug 21, 2022||S.S. Joie de Vivre, S.S. Bon Voyage||$10,299||Call Us!|
|Aug 28, 2022||S.S. Joie de Vivre, S.S. Bon Voyage||Waitlist||Call Us!|
|Sep 4, 2022||S.S. Joie de Vivre, S.S. Bon Voyage||$10,999||Call Us!|
|Sep 11, 2022||S.S. Joie de Vivre, S.S. Bon Voyage||$8,299||Call Us!|
|Sep 18, 2022||S.S. Joie de Vivre, S.S. Bon Voyage||Waitlist||Call Us!|
|Sep 25, 2022||S.S. Joie de Vivre, S.S. Bon Voyage||$8,299||Call Us!|
|Oct 2, 2022||S.S. Joie de Vivre, S.S. Bon Voyage||$8,299||Call Us!|
|Oct 9, 2022||S.S. Joie de Vivre, S.S. Bon Voyage||Waitlist||Call Us!|
|Oct 16, 2022||S.S. Joie de Vivre, S.S. Bon Voyage||$19,199||Call Us!|
|Oct 23, 2022||S.S. Joie de Vivre, S.S. Bon Voyage||Waitlist||Call Us!|
River Cruise Itinerary
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.
Day 2 Blaye, Bourg sur GirondeThe 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.
Day 3 Cussac Fort Médoc, Pauillac la FayetteThe 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.
Day 4 CadillacThe 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.
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.
Day 6 Libourne, BordeauxFrance’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?
Day 7 BordeauxDiscover 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.
Day 8 Bordeaux (Disembark), Transfer to Paris via High-Speed TGV Train (Embark)Disembark the breathtaking S.S. Bon Voyage and transfer to Paris via high-speed, first-class TGV train. Your next ship, the magical S.S. Joie de Vivre, waits to carry you along the Seine on the next leg of your adventure. Note: Ship schedule and order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Tour to port of destination by motorcoach and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to the impact of water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors.
Day 9 La Roche-Guyon, Vernon, GivernyToday is a celebration of northern France’s natural beauty, with an excursion to a splendid château and gardens situated in an equally grand setting, plus a chance to immerse yourself in the very landscapes that inspired Impressionist master Claude Monet. Visit the hilltop Château de La Roche-Guyon, surrounded by beautiful gardens and offering sweeping views over the Seine. Later, you can visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet. Or take in the beautiful French countryside in a more invigorating way, with a guided bike ride from Vernon to Giverny.
Day 10 RouenWalk in the footsteps of greatness in Normandy’s medieval capital, a city with a historic quarter that remains amazingly intact. From the cathedral Monet painted dozens of times to the cross marking the spot where Joan of Arc was martyred, Rouen is a treasure trove for the culturally curious. The roll call of famous people who lived or died in Rouen is long and varied—Richard the Lionheart, Joan of Arc, Gustave Flaubert and Claude Monet are among them.
Day 11 Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Étretat)Caudebec-en-Caux, a lovely little town on the right bank of the Seine Estuary, is your base for one of two very different excursions. You could drive through the beautiful Calvados countryside to Honfleur, a delightful seaside harbor and city of painters, or head to the windy cliffs of Étretat for a game of golf.
Day 12 Rouen (Normandy Beaches)There are moments when we travel that move us on an otherworldly level—experiences that stir a profound emotional connection. The Normandy beaches certainly have that effect. On your full-day outing, you’ll visit Normandy’s beaches, including Utah Beach and Ste-Mère-Église, with a choice to venture to either the American, British and Australian or Canadian beaches. After, you’ll go to the American cemetery and partake in a private ceremony at the Omaha Beach Memorial—a sentimental remembrance of Operation Overlord.
Day 13 Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)How did France’s rulers live over the centuries? Step into the private rooms of the Palace of Versailles, the lavish palace built by the Sun King, to find out.
Day 14 ParisWhether you’re a first-time visitor to the “City of Light” or you’ve been here many times before, there’s something for everyone today in Paris. Enjoy a panoramic overview of the city, join a local expert for a walk through two much-loved neighborhoods, or pedal your way along the Left Bank, a fresh and fun way to take in the sights.
Day 15 Paris (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 Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.
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