O’Brien Estate and Food & Wine Trails team up once again for a 2019 river cruise through the vineyards and châteaux of Bordeaux Sept 8-15, 2019, aboard Uniworld’s newly refurbished SS Royale.
Join Barb & Bart O'Brien as you discover the proud legacy and heritage of one of the world’s most acclaimed wine regions on this culinary and fascinatingly historical journey in Southwest France. Set sail aboard Uniworld’s newly refurbished SS Royale through the vineyards and châteaux of Bordeaux along three stunning rivers, the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde.
Bordeaux is an oenophile’s paradise and every traveler’s dream, from its noble châteaux to its breathtaking estuary. Savor the unique heritage of southwest France, from delightful Pauillac, the gateway to the storied Médoc wine route, to elegant Bordeaux, the “Pearl of the Aquitaine,” as the region is also known.
Explore the country’s breathtaking backdrops, wines and cultural treasures across the region in 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. Enjoy an exquisite wine tasting in Fort Médoc before discovering World War II in France from the enemy’s point of view with a visit to a defensive army camp and portions of the Atlantic Wall.
Embark on a scenic drive from Blaye to Bourg along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie and marvel at the sights of Blaye Fortress and Lansac Windmill along the way. Or, choose to experience that same impressive scenery from the seat of a bike. Discover the UNESCO world heritage site Saint-Émilion by foot visiting its most picturesque sights, such as the magnificent Monolithic Church, all capped by a wine tasting at a beautiful château. Slow things down in Libourne and on your return to Bordeaux with multiple wine tastings, village tours, a farmers’ market visit and Bordeaux Heritage walking tour.
Based on the preliminary interest, we expect this trip will sell out early, so if you're interested, be sure to reserve your cabin today with Food & Wine Trails!