Paul W. & Kim's Dream Vacation – Bordeaux
Dream Vacation #7… You trust us by now, right?! Then let us take you to one of the most indulgent regions on earth. One that you may never have thought to explore on your own. A region that you may have only seen on the side of a wine bottle. But offers way more than you could possibly imagine. A landscape lush with vine-ripened fruit and dotted with breathtaking chateaus. Old-world towns made up of cafes, bistros and unique shops. And the food… let’s just say this is a culinary lovers dream!
Paul W. & Kim’s Dream Vacation #7
Aboard the #1 River Cruise Line in the World – Uniworld
September 29 – October 10, 2023
Kim and I would like to personally invite you and a small group of other WJR listeners to join us on a mouthwatering journey through the Bordeaux region of France. We know this cruise is going to be incredible because when we were on our last river cruise with Uniworld, we surveyed the chef, the hotel manager, and the captain. We asked, “If you could go on a Uniworld River Cruise anywhere in the world, where would you go?” The answer: Bordeaux, Bordeaux, Bordeaux. We’ll cruise the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde rivers to idyllic towns and cities such as Cadillac, Libourne, Saint-Emilion and more. We’ll begin and end our cruise in the city of Bordeaux, described by many as “a little Paris…but better!”
If that is not enough already, we’ve bookended the cruise with a night at a 5-star chateau and two nights in the heart of Paris, complete with a farewell dinner at the Eiffel Tower. Kim and I are absolutely convinced this will be our dreamiest vacation yet. We can’t wait to eat, drink & laugh the nights away with you!!!
Per Person Double Occupancy
Single Supplement Available
Sep. 29-Oct. 10, 2023
12 Days / 11 Nights
Relax on your overnight flight to Paris, France.
Arrive Paris – Chateau Mont Royal
Your Dream Vacation begins with an evening at a 5-star chateau just outside Paris in Chantilly. Tonight you’ll gather to toast Champagne and get to know fellow WJR travelers. Then join Paul W. & Kim for a gourmet dinner before settling in for the evening. (D)
Train from Paris to Bordeaux
This morning after breakfast you’ll transfer to the TVG high-speed train where you’ll be whisked off to the city of Bordeaux. Here you’ll board the Uniworld S.S Bon Voyage for our 7-night luxury cruise. Completely refurbished in 2019, the Bon Voyage is a show stopper! (B, D)
The French phrase “la douceur de vivre” is an accurate description for your time in Cadillac, known for its deliciously flavored 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. (B, L, D)
Included Options: Choice of Private Owner’s Tour of Royal Château with Sauternes Toast or The Colorful Life of Toulouse Lautrec at Château de Malromé
Cussac Fort Médoc
The legendary Médoc region abounds with prestigious wine châteaux in a dizzying array of architectural styles, as well as miles of grapevines stretching to infinity. Take a scenic drive through the storied Médoc wine route, followed by a wine tasting at a beautiful wine estate. (B, D)
Featured Excursion: Fresh Médoc Oysters Tasting. Choice of “Let’s Go” Bike in the Médoc Vineyards or Médoc Châteaux Route with Private Wine Tasting
Blaye, Bourg sur Gironde
The Route de la Corniche Fleurie…could this be the most beautiful road you’ve ever traveled? Find out today on the drive to Blaye Fortress, passing through one impossibly picturesque hamlet after another. Once you arrive, you’ll discover the wonders of this historic fortress, a UNESCO- designated citadel that once protected Bordeaux from attacks by sea. (B, L, D)
Choice of Intimate Experience with Local Wine & Art Connoisseurs or Panoramas of Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress
With Libourne as your base, travel to nearby breathtaking Saint-Émilion and immerse yourself more deeply in the region’s history and wine culture. The medieval town of Saint-Émilion is an ideal place to linger. Wander its cobblestone lanes lined with wine shops and bakeries, and stop to admire the amazing rock-hewn church that extends beneath the city’s streets. Another treasure awaiting you underground? A wine tasting in the cellars of a Grand Cru estate. (B, L, D)
Featured Excursion: Saint- Émilion Walking Tour with Wine Tasting
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? (B, L, D)
Featured Excursions: Libourne “Village Day” with Farmer’s Market. Night Out: After Hours at the Bassins des Lumières
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. (B, L, D)
Choice of ”Let’s Go” Bike Bordeaux Backstreets or “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux Walking Tour
Train to Paris
After saying goodbye to the Bon Voyage crew, you’ll train back to the heart of Paris to check in at our 5-star hotel, with a panoramic Paris tour en route. The evening is yours to explore this amazing city. (B)
With so much to see and do in the “City of Lights”, we just couldn’t choose for you. So you’ll get a menu of options to choose from such as a Paris Fashion Tour or guided Louvre tour. Later this evening, we’ll gather as a group one last time to say farewell to new found friends. How do you end a Dream Vacation in style? With a gourmet dinner at the Eiffel Tower of course! (B, D)
Return to USA
Today you’ll transfer back to Charles De Gaulle airport for your flight to the United States. (B)
- Roundtrip economy class airfare from Detroit*
- 7 nights aboard the #1 luxury river cruise line Uniworld - S.S. Bon Voyage including all dining aboard & unlimited premium beverages, shore excursions, gratuities, WiFi
- 1 night in Chantilly - Chateau Mont Royal**
- 2 nights in Paris - Hotel du Louvre**
- All ground/train transportation
- Custom luggage handling
- Taxes, fees and port charges as of 10/1/22
- Complete services of Cruise & Tour including onboard cruise host
Paul W. & Kim Exclusives:
- 1-Night Chateau Package
- Welcome Champagne Toast
- Gourmet Welcome Dinner
- 2-Night Paris Package
- Paris Tours
- City Center 5-Star Hotel
- Breakfast Daily
- Farewell Dinner
- Cocktail Party
- Get to Know Paul W. over a Q&A
- $100 Shipboard Credit
*Other gateways may be available upon request. Additional charges may apply.
**Similar accommodations may be substituted
- Increases in taxes, fees or port charges after 10/1/22
- Travel insurance
- Airline baggage fees
- Items of a personal nature
COVID-19 NOTICE: All guests traveling with Uniworld in 2023 will be required to follow the entry requirements specified by each country visited along their itinerary. Currently, France does not require COVID-19 vaccination or testing to enter the country. However, if rules change, please be advised that all guests may be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or proof of up to date COVID-19 vaccination. Specific requirements will vary by destination governing bodies and travel vendor/operator and are subject to change at any time. Masks may be required to be worn during portions of your trip and specific requirements will vary by destination governing bodies and travel vendor/operator. Any costs associated with these requirements shall be at the travelers’ expense. This shall not release the passenger from the cancellation policy stated above or be grounds for adjustment of the price of the travel arrangements reserved.
|Category||Room Size||Per Person Double Occupancy|
|Classic Room||151 sq. ft.||$8999|
|Deluxe Room||151 sq. ft.||$9699|
|French Balcony||140 sq. ft.||$10,499|
|Suite||210 sq. ft.||$13,099|
|Grand Suite||280 sq. ft.||$15,099|
|Business Class Air Upgrade||Please Call|
|Single Supplement||Please Call|
|Travel Insurance||Quote Provide at Time of Reservation|
DEPOSITS AND PAYMENT:
$1500 per person deposit required with your reservation
$2500 per person second deposit due 3/3/23
Final payment due 5/22/23
CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS:
Initial $1500 deposit refundable through 3/3/23, less a $750 cancellation fee
3/4/23 to 5/22/23: Cancellation charge is 50% of deposits paid
After 5/22/23 or non-appearance on departure day: 100% of cost forfeited
How to Book
- Call Cruise & Tour at (800) 383-3131 or REQUEST A CALL
- Ask to have a place held on this trip
- You will receive an email with a link to our online registration form
Fill it out and you’re in!
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Travel Insurance Information
Worldwide Trip Protector
Cruise & Tour recommends that you purchase travel insurance.
To purchase travel protection insurance:
- Click here to view and print the Travel Insured International brochure which has a brief summary of coverage.
- After making your travel reservation and deposit, a Cruise & Tour representative will create an insurance quote for you. You will receive that travel insurance quote from Travel Insured International Customer Care.
- From here you will be able to view the quote, add additional coverage options such as Cancel for Any Reason, and purchase your policy all in the Travel Insured International Portal.
Please Note: Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion will be waived if you purchase the protection plan within 21 days of the date of your initial trip payment. Options such as Cancel for Any Reason or Interrupt for Any Reason must also be purchased within 21 days of the date of your initial trip payment.
To view and print the Explanation of Benefits, click here.