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Brilliant Bordeaux River Cruise

Discover the cultural treasures, scenery, and gastronomic delights of Southwest France cruising three remarkable rivers, the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde. Explore Fort Médoc, Cadillac, Blaye, Libourne and more.

Enjoy village tours, farmers markets, heritage walking excursions through iconic vineyards, and numerous wine tastings! This area of France is a patchwork of historic landmarks, archaeological heritage, and quintessentially French cuisine.

Home for seven nights is a stylish river ship combining classic cruise chic with modern amenities. Pick from a selection of elegantly-appointed suites and staterooms and enjoy luxury facilities like an infinity pool and spa.

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  • Cruise Line: Uniworld
  • Ship: S.S. Bon Voyage
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Mar - Oct
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Brilliant Bordeaux River Cruise Itinerary

Enjoy the finest scenery, French cuisine, and wine on this leisurely 7-night cruise through the spectacular landscapes of Southwest France. Explore cultural and historic sites and landmarks, plus some of the numerous vineyards for which this area is famous. Luxuriate in five-star comfort on board a classic river ship where guests enjoy the tastes and flavours of the region with award-winning cuisine and fine wines.

Day 1


Arrive at Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport and transfer to your luxury cruise ship, your floating hotel, for the next eight days.

Day 2


On arrival in Cadillac, guests can choose a private owner’s tour of the Chateau Royal de Cazeneuve, a beautifully restored castle, or a visit to Toulouse-Lautrec’s family home. In the evening, enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner.

Day 3

Cussac Fort Médoc

Follow the stunningly scenic Médoc wine route and stop for a wine tasting at a prestigious château. The featured excursion is to join an oyster farmer at the Guards’ House terrace for a tasting accompanied by a chilled glass of local white wine.

Day 4

Blaye, Bourg Sur Gironde

Take a drive on the Route de la Corniche Fleurie, arguably the most beautiful in France, passing through picturesque hamlets to the Blaye fortress. There is also a Masterpiece Collection tour to the legendary cognac maker, Rémy Martin.

Day 5

Libourne (Saint- Émilion)

Travel from Libourne to medieval Saint-Émilion, an area of historic vineyards, stunning architecture, and exceptional beauty. Stroll cobblestone streets and lunch at a local café. Extra tours include a Chateau cookery class or a Grand Cru tasting.

Day 6

Libourne – Bordeaux

Wander the varied stalls of Libourne’s charming farmer’s market, brimming with local delicacies. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s Reception and Farewell Dinner plus, there’s an evening tour of the fascinating submarine base, the Bassins des Lumières.

Day 7


Discover the delights of Bordeaux with a walking tour with a local guide, or hop on a bike. A UNESCO World-Heritage site, Bordeaux is full of historic architecture and cultural sites. Guests can also opt for one of two Masterpiece Collection excursions.

Day 8


Disembark the S.S. Bon Voyage and transfer to Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport for your flight home, or choose a post-cruise extension with two nights in Paris.

Brilliant Bordeaux River Cruise Ships

S.S. Bon Voyage

Welcome aboard our newest Super Ship to the rivers of Bordeaux, designed to immerse guests in French culture, art and wine. With polished wood floors, subtle brass details and stylish emerald tones, this vessel aims to capture the essence of France through classic design.

Remodelled in 2019
Multiple Dining Areas
Length of 110m

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7 Nights
Mar Oct

Brilliant Bordeaux River Cruise

  • Bordeaux
  • Cadillac
  • Cussac Fort Médoc
  • Blaye, Bourg Sur Gironde
  • Libourne (Saint- Émilion)
  • Libourne - Bordeaux
£1,999pp Est. Price per person
  • S.S. Bon Voyage  
  • Garonne, Dordogne, Gironde

Brilliant Bordeaux River Cruise Review

“Everything was curated beautifully: the excursions, walking tours, and guides. The ship was stunning, and the food was delicious. The wine choices were lovely.”

Brilliant Bordeaux River Cruise FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Where will the ship dock?

In many of the ports, your ship is small enough to dock within easy walking distance of the town or city centre. A coach transfer is provided if the ship needs to anchor further away due to water levels or other factors. Sometimes, your ship will dock next to or between other vessels if it is a busy port. The local port authorities authorize docking locations, not the ship’s captain.

How do I book optional excursions once onboard?

Optional excursions can be booked with your Cruise Manager and are charged to your onboard account. Some excursions require a minimum number of guests, so they may not go ahead if uptake is low. Optional excursions cannot be reserved before the cruise start date. However, some Masterpiece Collection tours may be booked in advance.

Can I smoke on board the ship?

Smoking is only allowed on the ship’s Sun Deck; elsewhere on the vessel, such as the public areas, suites, and staterooms, smoking is prohibited. This includes tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and vape devices. Smoking is also not allowed on shore tours and excursions: many of the sites and attractions have a no-smoking policy.

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