19 June 2014

Cruise News: Uniworld's Bordeaux excursions

Fine eighteenth-century buildings along
Bordeaux's riverside quays.
Photo: Tourism Aquitaine
Uniworld has served up a range of shore excursions to showcase the Bordeaux region on its newest itinerary, Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux. Uniworld offers four activity types, so if guests are feeling energetic they can select a ‘Go Active’ tour, or ‘Do as the Locals do’ to get a feel for what life is like in the region. Alternatively they can choose from ‘Choice is Yours’ and ‘Gentle Walking’ excursions.  
The itinerary includes 10 excursions including several designed exclusively for Uniworld guests. On a discovery of the Mèdoc wine route, for example, guests tour the Haut-Mèdoc AOC (or appellation d'origine contrôlée, a geographical designation that denotes where grapes are grown) and enjoy an exclusive visit to a celebrated winery, Châteaux d’Arsac, where they’ll discover your personal ‘wine sign’ with a special blind tasting.
Beautiful wine country in
the Bordeaux region.
Photo: Tourism Aquitaine
Guests can also embark on a study of Sauternes, the sweet wine which is named for the region. Sauternes is made from grapes that have been affected by Botrytis cinerea, or noble rot, a fungus that causes a raisin-like decay, resulting in a concentrated and distinctly flavoured sweet wine. There’s an opportunity to meet the winemakers and enjoy an elegant wine-pairing lunch at Château d’Arche.
Captain Rivers also likes the idea of the ‘Do as the Locals Do’ walking tour in Bordeaux, which explores luxury food halls, allows guests to sample canelés and chocolates, discovers eighteenth-century architecture and visits an elegant wine bar popular with locals.

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