Food & Wine Trails is excited to bring you the opportunity to cruise the Dordogne and Garonne rivers with O’Brien Estate and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises.
This 7-night cruise through the Southwest of France is hosted by winery owners, Barb and Bart O’Brien. Together you will explore France’s breathtaking backdrops, wines and cultural treasures across the region of Bordeaux, Fort Médoc, Cadillac, Blaye, Libourne and more. Wander through archaeological marvels, historic landmarks and magnificent vineyards where you’ll be treated to a sampling of quintessentially French experiences.
Just in time for the fabulous adventure, Uniworld’s ship River Royal will be upgraded and transformed to a Super Ship, as the new S.S. Bon Voyage! A fantastically French floating boutique hotel, she will emerge from design renovations and extensive upgrades with a dazzling new look and we can’t wait to share the details as they are announced.
And because you’re traveling with O’Brien Estate, you also will taste their impeccable wines at select dinners on the ship, plus enjoy a seminar and private tasting with Barb & Bart. Great wine, food, and scenery is the hallmark of any O’Brien Estate hosted trip, but don’t take our word for it. Here’s what some past O’Brien cruise guests said about their 2017 wine cruise:
“Bart and Barb were fabulous hosts and the wine was wonderful!”
“The experience was World Class. The entire trip and everything involved was planned well and provided such a wonderful time”
“Bart and Barb were excellent hosts. Enjoyed meeting the other wine club members and sharing the experience with them”
For reservations call Food & Wine Trails at 800-367-5348 or download the Registration Form below.
Uniworld's Boutique River Cruises'
Round-trip Bordeaux, France
Owners and winemaker, O'Brien Estate
Destination: Bordeaux, France
To & From: Round-trip Bordeaux
Dates: September 8 – 15, 2019
Length: 7 Nights
Ship: S.S. Bon Voyage
F&WT Optional 3-Night Pre-Cruise Program: Meet me in Paris
F&WT Onboard Event: Welcome Toast & Dinner with O’Brien Estate Owners
Uniworld Included Shore Tours, Choice of: Scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress (AM) OR “Let’s go” yoga in the historic heart of Blaye Fortress (AM) AND Bourg Walking Tour (PM)
F&WT Onboard Event: O’Brien Estate Seminar & Tasting
Uniworld’s Welcome Dinner
Uniworld Included Shore Tours, Choice of: Médoc Château route with private wine tasting (PM) OR Bunker Archaeology tour (PM) AND “Let’s Go” bike in the Médoc Vineyards
F&WT Optional Shore Tour: Cru of the Haut Médoc – Left Bank
Uniworld’s Included Shore Tours, Choice of: Sauternes vineyard with private artisanal wine tasting at Château de Cazeneuve OR The colorful life of Toulouse Lautrec at Château de Malromé
F&WT Onboard Event: O’Brien Estate Wine Paired Dinner
Uniworld Included Shore Tour: Saint-Emilion walking discovery tour with wine tasting (AM)
F&WT Optional Shore Tour: The Rising Reds of Bordeaux – Right Bank
Uniworld Included Shore Tours: “Village Day” with farmers market (AM) Night stroll around Cité du Vin (PM)
Uniworld’s Farewell Dinner
Uniworld Included Shore Tours, Choice of: “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour (AM) OR “Let’s Go” biking in the Bordeaux backstreets (AM) AND Cité du Vin Museum visit
F&WT Onboard Event: O’Brien Estate Farewell Reception
Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include shipboard accommodations, all scheduled airport transfers, port charges of $170 per person, onboard meals, gratuities, unlimited beverages of select wines, beers, and spirits, unlimited soft drinks, specialty coffee beverages and tea, complimentary Uniworld shore excursions, wines served with dinners provided by host winery, onboard wine program and limited travel management services. Prices do not include roundtrip air, premium wine and spirits, Food & Wine Trails’ optional pre-cruise program and shore tour, travel insurance, or all items of a personal nature. F&WT reserves the right to correct pricing errors or omissions. Prices will not increase after deposit received, except for fuel surcharges and any taxes, charges or levies imposed by government agencies. Suite prices available upon request.
The NEW S.S. Bon Voyage
Voted #1 River Cruise Line in 2018 & 2019
by Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards
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Award-winning Uniworld—the world’s ONLY authentic boutique cruise line™—offers itineraries in spectacular destinations throughout Europe, Russia, 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.
Uniworld elevates all-inclusive river cruising in Europe to an entirely new level. As we see it, our guests deserve the absolute best of everything and the difference is truly in the details. Included with all Uniworld cruises: all gratuities, airport transfers, in-suite butler service, all dining onboard and unlimited beverages, complimentary excursions, ship-wide Internet and Wi-Fi access, and onboard entertainment and signature lectures.
Uniworld is excited to welcome their newest Super Ship to the rivers of Bordeaux – the S.S. Bon Voyage (former River Royal)- designed to immerse guests in French culture, art and wine, from its stunning lobby clad in polished wood, subtle brass details and hand-crafted balustrade, to the stylish emerald tones found in bar Le Salon Champage, inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s personal abode, Villa Majorelle.
The dining venues also capture the essence of France. The quintessential La Brasserie, with its natural green and pops of yellow decor inspired by the famous Bouillon Pigalle, serves traditional bistro fare. Le Grand Fromage offers menus reflective of the local cuisine, prepared from locally-sourced ingredients. La Cave du Vin is an intimate space where connoisseurs can gather for expert food and wine pairing dinners upon request.
The stunning Soleil Deck, awash in vibrant fabrics, features the only infinity pool on the rivers and spectacular views of the French countryside. Poolside service at Le Café du Soleil offers casual French cuisine as well as open-air cooking demonstrations from Uniworld chefs.
In addition to the public spaces, the S.S. Bon Voyage features four new spacious suites, and every stateroom has received an exquisite redesign with cool marble bathrooms and unique features.
Soleil Deck & Infinity Pool
Suites & Staterooms
Suite 315 Suite 302
Restaurants & Lounges
La Cave du Vin
Le Salon Champagne
Le Grand Fromage
To book a stateroom on this sailing, you must submit a completed registration form with deposit. For your convenience the registration form can be completed and electronically signed online by all passengers traveling.
For PC users the PDF form can be completed online, saved and returned via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For MAC users, the process for properly filling in and saving a PDF form is slightly different than on a Windows machine. By default, the Mac’s Preview application is set to open all PDF files, but Preview will not save the data you put into the forms. Right-click on the pdf or hold down the Control key on your keyboard and click on it. A menu will appear, select “Open With”. Choose Acrobat Reader from the list of programs. From within Acrobat you will be able to fill in the fields and save the file with your text and submit the completed form via email.
If you are paying for the deposit by check, mail to: Food & Wine Trails, 141 Stony Circle, Suite 260, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
If you are paying for the deposit with a credit card, include your card information on page two of the registration form and FAX to (707) 526-9147.
Deposit: $875 per person is due at time of booking for all standard stateroom categories. Deposit amount varies by suite categories, see page 1 of the Registration form for details.
FINAL PAYMENT DUE DATE: May 1, 2019
All Guests will be required to check‐in online to complete and submit their PASSENGER INFORMATION FORM before final documentation will be processed. Check‐in online at www.uniworld.com/before‐you‐go/expresscheckin. Please complete Express Check‐in as soon as possible after making your booking.
F&WT strongly recommends the purchase of (Allianz) travel insurance to safeguard your trip investment.