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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Chateaux and Vineyards

Discover magnificent chateaux, terraced vineyards and traditional cuisine in Bordeaux on board River Royale. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities

Exclusive Blue Water Package
7 nights from £1849pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Bordeaux vineyards
  • St Emilion, France
  • Bordeaux, France
  • Bordaux scenery

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday


Save £1000 per cabin - flight inclusive package from just £1849pp! Applies to 29 Oct and 5, 12 Nov 2017 departures. Subject to availability. Book by 30 Sep 2017

Save 10% PLUS free flights and private home-to-airport transfers on 2018 departures! Free flights are from selected UK airports. Private home-to-airport transfers are available for guests living within 150 miles of the chosen airport. Terms and conditions apply. Book by 30 Sep 2017

No single supplement on selected 2017 departures! Applies to Sep 10, 17; Oct 1, 15, 22, 29; Nov 5, 12 departures. Excludes suites and is not combinable with any other offer. Subject to availability

Chateaux and Vineyards of Bordeaux River Cruise Special Offer

From the charming town of Pauillac, travel through the Medoc wine route past magnificent chateaux and terraced vineyards and enjoy a wine tasting. Cruise across the picturesque Gironde Estuary and explore the Route de la Corniche fleurie.

Sample superb local cuisine at an open-air farmers' market in Bergerac, discover Perigord with its medieval architecture and sunflower fields and visit Saint-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can enjoy some of the region's wines.

Explore the picturesque grounds of Chateau d'Yquem and enjoy a walking tour of Bordeaux with highlights including the spectacular Bordeaux Cathedral.

H173 Operated by Uniworld


Chateaux and Vineyards of Bordeaux Itinerary

Day 1 - London (UK) – Bordeaux (France)

Fly from the UK to Bordeaux-Merignac Airport. Meet your representative on arrival and transfer to the port to embark your ship.

Day 2 - Bordeaux (Cadillac)

Join a tour to the charming town of Cadillac to explore Sauternes, the sweet wine which is named for the region. Visit one of Cadillac's finest estates where you will meet the winemaker and share a country lunch paired with Sauternes. Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 3 - Pauillac

Set sail on the Garonne for the pretty town of Pauillac, gateway to the Médoc wine route. Enjoy a guided tour of the heart of the Haut-Médoc region before heading to a winery for a tasting of the celebrated Médoc wines. Or experience the terroir in an entirely different way with a guided bike ride through the beautiful Médoc vineyards.

Day 4 - Blaye

The Route de la Corniche Fleurie road winds through the picturesque hamlets of Pain de Sucre, Marmisson, and Roque de Thau. Here you will find charming stone houses built by 19th-century ship captains. Upon returning to Blaye, your guide will take you through the 17th-century Blaye Fortress.

Day 5 - Libourne (Saint Emilion)

Saint-Émilion offers exceptional historic architecture, and historic vineyards, too. It was the first vineyard region to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site after the Romans were the first to plant grapes here. St Emilion's Monolithic Church dates back to the 12th century. After a tour of St Emilion, taste the local wines at a Premier Grand Cru estate.

Day 6 - Libourne - Bordeaux

Libourne’s sprawling farmers' market is a food lover’s paradise, with stands selling fresh produce, cheeses, charcuterie and more. Explore its bounty with a local expert and take a peek inside the workshops of talented local artisans. Later, enjoy an exclusive evening tour of the city of Bordeaux.

Day 7 - Bordeaux

Discover Bordeaux on a special tour featuring luxury food halls, local delicacies, grand 18th-century architecture and a popular wine bar. Or, see the sights on a guided bike ride. You’ll also have time to explore this charming and historic city on your own. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 8 - Bordeaux – London (UK)

Disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise on River Royale
  • Flight inclusive package prices include return flights from the UK and transfers
  • Unlimited beverages on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and bottled water (Unlimited beverages do not include premium wine and premium spirits)
  • Included shore excursions with English speaking guides, as per itinerary (subject to change) plus Quietvox portable audio headset system
  • All gratuities onboard and onshore
  • Epicurean Adventurer Program
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Complimentary Internet access and Wi-Fi on board
  • All airport taxes, security charges and UK Air passenger Duty
  • All port charges and airline imposed fuel surcharge

Special Features

  • Please note: On 1, 29 Apr, 27 May, 8 Jul and 5 Aug 2018 departures, the Connoisseur Collection is available.

2017 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Cruise Only from Exclusive Blue Water Package from
River Royale
Oct 01£3359£3609
Oct 08£3279£3529
Oct 15£3039£3289
Oct 22£2959£3209
Oct 29; Nov 05, 12£1599£1849

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Cruise Only from Exclusive Blue Water Package from
River Royale
Mar 18, 25£2069£2069
Apr 01, 08, 15, 22£2339£2339
Apr 29; May 06, 13, 20, 27; Jun 03, 17, 24; Jul 01, 08, 15, 22, 29; Aug 05, 12, 19, 26£2699£2699
Sep 02, 09, 16, 23, 30; Oct 07£2879£2879
Oct 14, 21£2699£2699
Oct 28£2339£2339
Nov 04, 11£2069£2069

Price Information

  • Please note: On 1, 29 Apr, 27 May, 8 Jul and 5 Aug 2018 departures, the Connoisseur Collection is available.
  • Prices are based on best available cabin at time of publication. Flight supplement may apply in peak season
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat 4 - 2017: £280pp 2018: £90pp
  • Cat 3 - 2017: £500pp 2018: £540pp
  • Cat 2 - 2017: £750pp 2018: £720pp
  • Cat 1 - 2017: £1150pp 2018: £1080pp
  • Suite - 2017: £2890pp 2018: £2520pp
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