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The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
In partnership with Uniworld
We’ve tried few pairings finer than Bordeaux, land of legendary wine and equally lauded biking. Aboard the opulent S.S. Bon Voyage, float past world-famous vineyards along the legendary Garonne and Dordogne rivers. We elevate the journey with thoroughly researched off-ship experiences, meeting with our local insiders who will regale us with wine specs as we sample. The dedicated bike paths, culinary delights and impromptu picnics are sure to be a hit. But what’s perhaps most luxurious? Unpacking once. Ah oui!
Trip designed by Travel Expert Lewis EvansView Lewis’s Profile
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Day by Day
Upon arrival in Bordeaux, embark the ship at your leisure. We take a casual stroll through the UNESCO-listed heart of the city before dinner on board as we begin to sail north up the Gironde Estuary.
From the port, we roll along the Right Bank of the Gironde. After a tasty bistro lunch, we loop back for an early evening wine tasting in the Medieval village of Bourg-sur-Gironde.
Starting near Margaux, we follow the Route des Châteaux to lunch and a tasting in the village of Bages. Our afternoon ride takes us through the St-Estèphe, arguably the most scenic appellation of the Médoc.
Venture through the Barsac, Graves and the Sauternes appellations, passing by the legendary Château d’Yquem. At Château Guiraud, enjoy a tasting and private tour followed by a picnic lunch on the estate.
Today will be dedicated to exploring The Right Bank—the ancestral home of the world’s best Merlots. After working up an appetite, sample organic wines from a family-run vineyard over a relaxing picnic lunch.
We set out for today’s ride through the vineyards of Entre Deux Mers. Pause for a wine tasting and lunch at the 14thC family-owned Château de Castelnaud while the owner shares his winemaking tales.
We take our wheels from the countryside to the city streets with a morning bike tour of Bordeaux. This evening, we put our new-found wine knowledge to the test during a wine blending class.
After breakfast on the ship, depart Bordeaux at your leisure. We can assist in arranging a car to take you to the airport or train station.
Sail down historic waterways.
Uniworld S.S. Bon Voyage, Bordeaux
Fully re-fitted in 2017, the S.S. Bon Voyage is ready to take on the estuaries and rivers of the Bordeaux in utmost style. Spacious suites feature sleek marble bathrooms, while brass details and emerald tones adorn the common areas. Savour the flavours of the Bordelais with your choice of three French restaurants and perch yourself poolside to soak up the views and southern sunshine from the Soleil Deck. View hotel website »
"We love that B&R's personable guides really add to the trip rather than just facilitating it."— Jane Santogrossi
There was a great sense of freedom being in Bordeaux vineyards at such close range.— Robyn Barrie
Most of the riding on this trip is flat to gently undulating on quiet roads and dedicated bicycle paths. There are some long options for eager riders. Daily rides range between 45 and 60 km (28 to 37 mi.).
“I ride my bike once or twice a month and am comfortable on two wheels.”
Relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- Shipboard accommodation for 7 nights
- Meals as indicated
- Services of B&R guides and support van(s)
- Services of the ship's crew for on-board needs
- Gratuities for ship staff
- All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
- Use of a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
- A handlebar-mounted 7” Samsung Galaxy tablet with preloaded GPS bike routes
- B&R biodegradable water bottle
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
You can’t enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you’ll be riding a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
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Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help.
Call us to create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—we can also arrange for a local guide.
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