Exclusive river cruise to Bordeaux, Saint Emilion, Cadillac, Libourner and more in the company of cricketer Ian Botham and chef Matt Tebutt

On this seven-night all-inclusive journey, you will explore the best of this region of France - from Blaye, Cadillac and Saint-Émilion to Libourne, Pauillac and Bordeaux itself. You will taste clarets at some of the region's most famous châteaux - including special tastings with wine expert and cricket legend Ian Botham.

You will enjoy a cooking demonstration, exclusive talk and Q&A and a gourmet dinner designed by Matt Tebbutt. Uniworld's new Super-Ship Bon Voyage is the picture of elegance with French balconies, indulgent furnishings, first-class suites, delicious food and fabulous facilities.

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Ian Botham

Ian Botham is one of cricket's best-loved figures as a player and commentator, as well as a prolific charity fundraiser. He was knighted in 2007. Ian has developed his own range of wines, Botham Wines.

Matt Tebbutt
TV chef

Saturday Kitchen presenter Matt Tebbutt trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine before working as a trainee for the fiery Marco Pierre White, then learning from a master of classic French food Bruce Poole at Chez Bruce. Matt has also written two cookbooks and presented Food Unwrapped, Family Food Fight, Save Money: Good Food and Market Kitchen.

Price includes

  • Gala dinner, cooking demonstration and exclusive talk and Q&A with Matt Tebbutt
  • Exclusive interview and Q&A with Ian Botham
  • Return flight from a range of UK airports (Eurostar or self-drive options available)
  • Seven-night all-inclusive river cruise in a Classic stateroom on new Super-Ship Bon Voyage
  • Travel with Uniworld, one of the world's best river cruise lines
  • All meals on board, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Six days of immersive, flexible and curated excursions
  • Complimentary bottle of Botham wine per booking**
  • Uniworld is ABTA bonded and ATOL protected


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  1. Day
    Arrive in Bordeaux
    Bordeaux, France

    Arrive at Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    Blaye, Bourg and dinner with Matt
    Blaye, France

    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 find your center with a unique and expertly led yoga session in the heart of this historic fortress, a UNESCO-designated citadel that once protected Bordeaux from attacks by sea.

    This afternoon, you'll will be joined by Matt Tebbutt for an introduction. Matt will share anecdotes from Saturday Morning Kitchen, his experiences and his career. In the evening, a special gala dinner will be curated and prepared for you by Matt Tebbutt himself.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    Fort Medoc and Pauillac
    Pauillac, France

    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. Enjoy the waters of the Garonne River and the Gironde Estuary before heading to the pretty town of Pauillac, gateway to the storied Médoc wine route, the Atlantic coast and remnants of the Atlantic Wall erected during WWII. Matt Tebbutt will join you today as you sample some Fresh Médoc oysters at an exclusive tasting.

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

    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. This evening you will be joined by Ian Botham for an exclusive wine tasting. Ian will be show casing Botham wines, alongside some French classics.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    Saint-Emilion wine tasting with Ian
    Saint Emilion, France

    With Libourne as your base, travel to nearby breathtaking Saint-Émilion and immerse yourself more deeply in the region's history and wine culture. Ian Botham will join you as you visit the medieval town of Saint-Émilion, 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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    Libourne farmers market and evening with Ian
    Libourne, France

    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? This evening, Ian Botham will share some of his cricket career highlights and be on hand to answer your questions.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    Bordeaux and Captain's dinner
    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. In the evening, a special Captain's Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    Return home from Bordeaux
    Bordeaux, France

    Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport for your flight home.

    Meals - Breakfast


SS Bon Voyage

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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Uniworld is one of the world's outstanding luxury river cruise lines. 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.

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