Discover the TV chef's French roots on this exclusive eight-day gourmet cruise through this wonderful region, visiting Saint-Emilion, Cadillac, Blaye and Libourne

Why we love this trip: The perfect way to explore Bordeaux is by five-star luxury river cruise. Visit beautiful medieval towns and stunning chateaux, and sample delicious local wines, with expert guidance on-hand from esteemed TV chef James Martin.

I'ts breathtaking scenery and year-round glorious weather make the Bordeaux region one of the loveliest parts of France for any food and wine lover to explore.

Television chef and presenter James Martin describes the region as 'the food destination that has it all' - and he'll share its secrets and delights with you on this fabulous eight-day luxury cruise along the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde. The chef, who hosts his own ITV show, Saturday Morning With James Martin, says his early trips to the Bordeaux region are what cemented his passion for food and set him on the path to a culinary career. He worked as a trainee in the Michelin-starred Hostellerie de Plaisance in Saint-Emilion and is a regular visitor to this beautiful part of France.

James will share his passion for the area during an exclusive talk about his career, as well as giving a cooking demonstration and joining you for a foodie tour of the Gironde town of Cussac-Fort-Medoc. Setting off from Bordeaux, you'll discover the magnificent, 17th Century Unesco-listed citadel in Blaye. You'll then visit traditional wineries and charming chateaux in Cussac-Fort-Medoc, Cadillac and Saint-Emilion while learning about this romantic region's history and wine culture. Your gourmet voyage ends where it began: in majestic Bordeaux.

On this memorable trip, you'll be travelling on SS Bon Voyage, the newest and most luxurious river cruise ship in France. The vessel is uniquely designed to immerse guests in French culture, art and wine, from its stunning, polished-wood lobby to the staterooms with marble bathrooms. On board, there's a choice of restaurants offering five-star cuisine, with all meals and unlimited drinks included, as well as a lounge, sun deck with infinity pool, well-equipped fitness centre and the luxury Serenity River Spa.

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Before gracing UK televisions, James Martin travelled throughout France working in the kitchens of French châteaux. At 21, he opened the Hotel and Bistro du Vin in Winchester as Head Chef, where he changed the menu daily. James' TV shows have included James Martin: Home Comforts, Saturday Kitchen and James Martin's French Adventure. He can be found at James Martin Manchester and The Kitchen at Chewton Glen.

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James Martin
Television presenter and chef
James Martin is one of the nation's favourite chefs

Before gracing UK televisions, James Martin travelled throughout France working in the kitchens of French châteaux. At 21, he opened the Hotel and Bistro du Vin in Winchester as Head Chef, where he changed the menu daily. James' TV shows have included James Martin: Home Comforts, British favourite Saturday Kitchen and James Martin's French Adventure. He can be found at James Martin Manchester and The Kitchen at Chewton Glen.

Price includes

  • Join James Martin on exclusive excursions

  • Enjoy an extra special gala dinner curated by James

  • Watch James cook during a live cooking demonstration

  • Hear all about James' stellar career during an open Q&A Session onboard

  • Enjoy six days of immersive, flexible, and specially curated excursions

  • Sail on the luxury S.S Bon Voyage in Deluxe Medoc Cabin

  • Enjoy delicious meals and drinks on board, prepared with the finest ingredients

  • Also included: All on board gratuities, Eurostar or return flights from a range of UK airports, seven night's all-inclusive sailing

Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Apr 2, 2023
To
Sun, Sun, Apr 9, 2023
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,399*

* Price based on two sharing a Classic cabin, subject to availability, for bookings made before 30 October 2022 (usual price: £2,999pp). Deposit: 15%. Single supplement available at request. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. The itinerary presented is subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programmes as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted and expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. This holiday is sold by, operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld River Cruises Limited (ABTA and ATOL protected).

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Bordeaux
    Bordeaux, France

    Today you'll arrive in Bordeaux-Mérignac and transfer to your ship.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Blaye, Bourg sur Gironde
    Blaye, France

    Today you'll drive along the beautiful Route de la Corniche Fleurie 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. In the evening, a special Captain's Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you, and James Martin will give an insightful talk about his career and answer your questions in a Q&A.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Cussac Fort Medoc
    Médoc, France

    This morning, James will give a live cooking demonstration before joining you on a foodie tour. You'll take a scenic drive along the storied Médoc wine route, followed by a wine tasting at a beautiful wine estate.

    In the evening, there will be a gala dinner with James, during which you will be able to meet him and take pictures before he departs tomorrow.

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

    The French phrase 'la douceur de vivre' will accurately describe your time in Cadillac, known for its deliciously flavoured dessert wines. Today you'll visit Château Royal de Cazeneuve, the site of Henry IV's and Queen Margot's tempestuous love and meet the current owner for a glass of Sauternes in the reception hall.

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

    With Libourne as your base, today you'll travel to the nearby 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. To finish off the day, there'll be a wine tasting in the cellars of a Grand Cru estate.

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

    France's rich agricultural tradition is the heart and soul of the region's exquisite cuisine. Today you'll get a taste of the freshest vegetables, cheeses, breads and fruits on a visit to Libourne's lively farmers' market.

    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. You'll visit the Cité du Vin museum and learn even more about the region's fine wines.

    This evening, a special Captain's Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Depart Bordeaux
    Bordeaux, France

    Today you'll disembark and transfer to the airport or train station to make your way home.

    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 SS Bon Voyage is a luxury river ship uniquely designed to immerse guests in French culture, art, and wine, from its stunning polished wood lobby to the staterooms with luxury marble bathrooms and Savoir beds. On board, you will find a choice of restaurants offering freshly prepared five-star cuisine and fine wines. There is nothing better than relaxing on the sundeck enjoying the ever-changing scenery or taking a dip in the only infinity pool on the world's rivers.

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Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Apr 2, 2023
To
Sun, Sun, Apr 9, 2023
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,399*

* Price based on two sharing a Classic cabin, subject to availability, for bookings made before 30 October 2022 (usual price: £2,999pp). Deposit: 15%. Single supplement available at request. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. The itinerary presented is subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programmes as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted and expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. This holiday is sold by, operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld River Cruises Limited (ABTA and ATOL protected).

Call now to book 08082786844
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