You’re invited to join Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) for a culinary & wine extravaganza with the ultimate adventure through the rivers of France with Zin experts Doug & Nancy Beckett and Randle & MaryLee Johnson. During this 14-night back-to-back river cruise you’ll explore the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde rivers and some of the most magnificent wine regions in the world aboard Uniworld’s S.S. Bon Voyage. Then at mid-cruise, transfer to Paris and embark S.S. Joie de Vivre for a Seine River cruise through sprawling vineyards and historical sites, including the infamous Normandy Beaches.
Want more! Food & Wine Trails has arranged for exclusive pre and post-cruise land programs to enhance your experience. Consider reserving our optional 3-night pre-cruise Basque Country and post-cruise 3-night Loire Valley programs, curated exclusively for ZAP guests.
Of course, while onboard your river ships, you can expect ZAP’s unrivaled University of Zin activities, including receptions, seminar & tastings and group dinners with your onboard hosts as they share their passion for winemaking and some of their favorite Zins.
NOTE: If you wish to join only the 7-night Bordeaux ZAP cruise, click here for details. If you wish to join only the 7-night Paris & Normandy ZAP cruise, click here for details.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
Bordeaux to Paris
Proprietors & Founding Vintners, Peachy Canyon (Hosting Bordeaux Cruise)
Winemaker, Artezin Wines (hosting both cruises)
To & From: Bordeaux to Paris
Dates: May 2 – 16, 2021
Length: 14 Nights
Ship: S.S. Bon Voyage &S.S. Joie De Vivre
F&WT Optional 3-Night Pre-Cruise Program: Exploring The Best of Basque Country
Transfer from Bordeax airport to ship (approx. 25 minutes)
F&WT Onboard event: Welcome Reception with ZAP hosts
Uniworld Included Shore Tour, choice of: Panoramas of route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress (AM) OR “Let’s Go” yoga in the historic heart of Blaye Fortress (AM)
Uniworld’s Welcome Dinner
Uniworld Included Shore Tour: Bourg sur Gironde walking tour (PM0
F&WT Optional Shore Tour: The Rising Reds of Bordeaux – Left Bank
Uniworld Included Shore Tour: Fresh Arcachon oyster tasting (AM)
Uniworld Included Shore Tours, Choice of: Médoc Château route with private wine tasting (PM) OR Bunker Archaeology tour (PM) OR “Let’s Go” bike in the Médoc Vineyards
F&WT Onboard Event: Dinner with your Hosts (Group 1 of 3*) 7pm in Le Grand Fromage (main dining) *Each guest will dine with a host on one evening during the cruise
Uniworld Included Shore Tour, Choice of: Sauternes vineyards with private tasting at Château de Cazeneuve OR The Colorful Life of Tourlouse Lautrec at Château de Malromé (AM)
F&WT Onboard Event: ZAP University of Zin Seminar & Tasting & Dinner with your hosts (Group 2 of 3*) 7pm in Le Grand Fromage (main dining) *Each guest will dine with a host on one evening during the cruise
Uniworld Included Shore Tour: Libourne “Village Day” with farmers market (AM)
F&WT Onboard Event: Dinner with your Hosts (Group 3 of 3*) 7pm in Le Grand Fromage (main dining) *Each guest will dine with a host on one evening during the cruise
Uniworld Included Shore Tour: Bordeaux night stroll
Uniworld Farewell Dinner
Uniworld Included Shore Tour, Choice of: “Do As The Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour (AM) OR “Let’s Go” biking in the Bordeaux backstreets (AM) AND Cite du Vin Museum visit
F&WT Onboard Event: Farewell Toast
Complimentary Uniworld transfer from Bordeaux to Paris via TVG to join S.S. Joie De Vivre (see terms & conditions for more details)
F&WT Onboard Event: ZAP Welcome Toast
Uniworld Shore Tour, Choice of: Château La Roche-Guyon OR “Let’s Go” hike on the Crests trail OR Monet’s Gardens at Giverny OR “Let’s Go” bike ride to Giverny
Uniworld Captain’s Welcome Reception & Dinner
F&WT Onboard Event: ZAP University of ZIN Seminar & Tasting
Uniworld Included Shore Tour, Choice of: Rouen walking tour or the Dukes of Normandy’s capital
F&WT Optional Shore Tour: In Development
Uniworld Included Shore Tour, Choice of: Honfleur walking tour OR “Let’s Go” bike ride to Villequiers Village OR “Let’s Go” golfing in Étretat
F&WT Optional Shore Tour: Pays d’Auge:Calvados, Cider & Camembert
Uniworld Included Shore Tour: FULL DAY tours with Omaha Beach & American cemetery: Utah Beach, Sainte-Mère-Église, Airborne Museum, Pointe du Hoc OR Arromanches, Bayeux & Tapestry Museum or Juno Beach and Centre Juno Beach Museum
F&WT Onboard Event: ZAP Wine Paired Dinner
Uniworld Included Shore Tour, Choice of: Versailles Palace secret apartments OR Versailles Gardens and Queens Hamlet or “Let’s Go” scenic bike ride along the Seine River to La Butte Verte Parc
Uniworld Captain’s Farewell Reception & Dinner
Uniworld Included Shore Tour, Choice of: Paris city tour OR “Do as the Locals Do” Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter walking tour OR Heart of Paris Seine river cruise OR “Lets Go” Seine riverbanks bike ride
F&WT Onboard Event: ZAP Farewell Cocktail Party
Uniworld Ship to Airport transfer included
F&WT Optional 3-night Post-Cruise Program: Loire Valley Program In Development
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, already reflect $500-$600 per person back-to-back cruise savings and include shipboard accommodations, all scheduled airport transfers, transfer from Bordeaux to Paris, port charges of $400 per person, onboard meals, gratuities, unlimited beverages of select wines beers and spirits, unlimited soft drinks, specialty coffee beverages and teas, complimentary Uniworld shore excursions, wines served with dinners provided by host wineries, onboard wine program and limited travel management services. Please note: S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre differ in overall ship schematics and stateroom locations. Your shipboard accommodations will be made in the same category type booked for each ship. Prices do not include roundtrip air, premium wine and spirits, Food & Wine Trails’ optional pre-cruise program and shore tours, 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.
Voted #1 River Cruise Line in 2018 & 2019
by Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards
This is your opportunity to experience two unique river ships in Uniworld Boutique River Cruises ‘ fleet.
The first 7-nights of your journey through Bordeaux will take place aboard 130-guest S.S. Bon Voyage. Click here for ship details
The 2nd part of your journey visiting Paris & Normandy will take place aboard 128-guest S.S. Joie de Vivre. Click here for ship details
Click Here for Food & Wine Trails’ complete Terms & Conditions
The itinerary port and shore tour schedule as provided by Uniworld Cruises is based on their 2019 itinerary – please note it is likely this will change and be updated a few months prior to departure. Schedule and times are subject to change without notice due to water levels, wind factors and other conditions.
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.
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.
Please note that at least one individual traveling in a couple must have a valid ZAP membership as of the dates of travel. The price of an annual ZAP membership starts at $50.00 For more information or to join ZAP visit: www.zinfandel.org
TRANSFER FROM BORDEAUX TO PARIS
The transfer at the end of the first cruise from S.S. Bon Voyage in Bordeaux to S.S. Joie de Vivre in Paris will be provided complimentary by Uniworld via France’s TVG high-speed rail service. Guests will receive final details once onboard S.S. Bon Voyage from Uniworld’s cruise manager. The train usually departs around 9:00am and guests will be transferred from the ship to the train station. Upon arrival in Paris guests will be transferred from the train station to the S.S. Joie de Vivre for embarkation. A Uniworld representative will accompany the group for the duration of the transfers and train ride.
F&WT strongly recommends the purchase of (Allianz) travel insurance to safeguard your trip investment.