Experience the best of the magnificent Médoc with one of Britain’s best-loved chefs and a taste of its amazing wines with expert Susy Atkins

Glorious châteaux, delicious wines, stunning scenery, a luxurious ship and the company of one of Britain's best-loved chefs - you have all the ingredients for the perfect river cruise.
The Bordeaux region is where it all began for James Martin as a trainee in the Michelin-starred Hostellerie de Plaisance, Saint-Émilion, and he's been coming back to this beautiful part of France ever since.
On this eight-night journey, you will try first-growth clarets, including tastings with wine expert Susy Atkins. You will also join James at an oyster tasting, hear about his life in a talk, learn how to cook French classics and enjoy avery special dinner designed by James himself.
You'll also take in farmers' markets, go on guided tours and do yoga at Blaye's historic fortress.
The SS Bon Voyage is the newest and most luxurious ships operating in France. She has been uniquely designed to immerse guests in French culture, art and wine.

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Travel with Uniworld, consistently ranked as the best river cruise line

Return flights from a range of UK airports, or Eurostar or self-drive

Seven night's all-inclusive on the new Super-Ship, S.S. Bon Voyage in Classic stateroom

Oyster and wine tasting

Gala dinner cooked by James Martin

Cooking demonstration with James Martin

Exclusive talk and Q&A with James Martin

Wine tastings with Susy Atkins, including stunning wineries in Libourne and Saint-Emilion

All meals on board, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients

Six days of immersive, flexible and specially curated excursions

All gratuities included, both on ship and land

Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Mar 28, 2021
To
Sun, Sun, Apr 4, 2021
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,249*
* *Price based on two people sharing a cabin. Subject to availability. Single supplement applies. ** Uniworld is ABTA-bonded (Y6200) and your trip is ATOL-protected (10975) . Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld, a company wholly independent of Hearst UK. This offer is exclusive to a select group of media brands, including Hearst UK brands. Always check the FCO travel advice, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health.
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Bordeaux
    Bordeaux, France

    Arrive from the UK via flight, Eurostar or Uniworld's new self-drive option. On arrival you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Blaye and Bourg
    Blaye, France

    Drive along the beautiful Route de la Corniche Fleurie to Blaye Fortress. Explore this Unesco World Heritage site and enjoy a yoga sessio in the heart of the citadel. Tonight you will enjoy an exclusive Q&A session with James as he discusses his life and love of food - from his French roots and culinary adventures to his presenting career.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Fort Medoc and Pauillac
    Pauillac, France

    This morning as you sail to the Médoc, James will give a private cooking demonstration on the French Classics on the top deck of the Café Du Soleil? When you reach the legendary Médoc region, he will also join you to experience the local produce with an exclusive oyster tasting session.
    After a day of sightseeing and wine tasting at a beautiful wine estate you will enjoy a exclusive gala dinner, designed and prepared by James alongside Uniworld's French executive chefs.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Cadillac and Libourne
    Cadillac, France

    The French phrase "la douceur de vivre" is an accurate description for your time in Cadillac, known for its deliciously flavoured 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. Later today Susy Atkins will host a small get together where you can get to know your guest over a glass of fine wine.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Saint-Emilion
    Saint Emilion, France

    Wander its cobblestone lanes of Saint Emilion which are lined with wine shops and bakeries, and stop to admire the amazing rock-hewn church that extends beneath the city's streets. Susy will accompany you on an unforgettable tour and wine tasting at Château Beauséjour Bécot, a perfect way to immerse yourself in the regions rich wine culture.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Libourne
    Libourne, France

    France'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? Later today feel inspired as Susy Atkins gives an incredible insight into her career and hosts a fantastic wine tasting on board.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Bordeaux
    Bordeaux, France

    Discover 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. Later on this afternoon enjoy an opportunity to take part in an interactive tour to the La Cité du Vin.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Return home from Bordeaux
    Bordeaux, France

    Your culinary journey has come to an end. Disembark the ship to begin your journey home. If you have travelled by plane or train your transfer will be waiting to drop you to the airport. Or opt for the self-drive option.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

SS Bon Voyage

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Cruise ship

Sailing with Uniworld is like cruising in a five-star hotel – you’ll enjoy industry- leading service throughout your journey through the beautiful countryside. The new SS Bon Voyage is one of the world's finest river ships uniquely designed to immerse guests in French culture, art and wine, from its stunning polished wood lobby to the marble-bathroomed staterooms and Savoir Beds. On board, you will find a choice of restaurants offering freshly-prepared five-star cuisine with all meals and unlimited drinks including fines wines and spirits, a sun deck with stunning infinity pool, well-equipped fitness centre and the luxury Serenity River Spa.In your Classic Stateroom you will find hand-crafted Savoir Beds.

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Award-winning Uniworld offers itineraries in spectacular destinations throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, and Asia. The company’s European fleet features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry, enticing shore excursions, world-class gourmet cuisine, impeccable hospitality, and numerous other all-inclusive benefits.

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Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Mar 28, 2021
To
Sun, Sun, Apr 4, 2021
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,249*
* *Price based on two people sharing a cabin. Subject to availability. Single supplement applies. ** Uniworld is ABTA-bonded (Y6200) and your trip is ATOL-protected (10975) . Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld, a company wholly independent of Hearst UK. This offer is exclusive to a select group of media brands, including Hearst UK brands. Always check the FCO travel advice, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health.
Call now to book 08082394833
Quote ref: GH James Martin