For the first time, Playbill Travel and Intermezzo Magazine have partnered to bring you Broadway in Bordeaux, a remarkable week-long cruise within the renowned wine region of France. Aboard the River Royale, Uniworld River Cruises’ luxury river yacht, our journey will celebrate the luscious wines and sites of the region, as well as the outstanding Broadway talent who travel right alongside you.
For this luxurious week, the River Royale will first take guests from Bordeaux to Pauillac, where you can experience both the tastes and vast history of the region. Next will be Cadillac, a town known for its sweet dessert wines and medieval architecture. After traveling through Blaye and Bourg sur Gironde, we will sail on the Dordogne River to Libourne, the home of some of the most picturesque vineyards in the region. The trip finishes in Bordeaux, at the port of Quai des Chatrons, where guests can experience the exquisite museum and cultural center Cité du Vin where the heritage of wine comes to life through interactive exhibits, shows, and seminars
Join Playbill president and CEO Philip Birsh, Intermezzo CEO and founder Roseann Tully, and Intermezzo editor Margaret Johnson for this memorable and delectable journey through one of the most storied culinary regions of the world.
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On a round trip from Bordeaux, Playbill Travel passengers will experience the sights and tastes of this legendary culinary region. Please check back to this page in the future as we add excursions to each destination detail pop-up.
Bordeaux and Pauillac
Guests will have the opportunity to visit the historic village Cussac-Fort-Médoc for a wine tasting and chateau tour. Later in the day, we take a short trip to Pauillac. Once a crucial enemy stronghold during World War II, Pauillac is still home to remnants of its war-torn past. Embark on an afternoon Bunker Archaeology tour, where you’ll begin to understand WWII from the enemy’s point of view. Led by a local guide, tour the remains of defensive army camps, wander inside bunkers and get up close and personal with the Atlantic Wall, an extensive coastal defense system and series of fortifications built by Nazi Germany that lies along the coast of numerous European countries.
Shore Excursions in Bordeaux and Pauillac
- Wine passion in Médoc: intimate château visit and wine tasting
- Choice of Bunker Archaeology tour
Guests will satisfy their sweet tooth in elegant Cadillac, a town known for its production of sweet dessert wines as it is perfectly situated in the center of an acclaimed international wine region. The town, which still holds on to its medieval structure, is home to a plethora of impressive wine estates, beautiful chateaus and trails perfect for enjoying the French countryside. Travelers can experience an exclusive artisanal wine-pairing lunch at Château Royal de Cazeneuve prior to an appropriate photo stop at Château d’Yquem.
A full day in Libourne means guests will have plenty of time to explore the majestic landscape of villages and vineyards. Nestled along the confluence of the Isle and Dordogne rivers, the quaint town is as pretty as a postcard. On the outskirts of Libourne, you will find neighboring Saint-Émilion. Discover the wine-making town by foot on a tour of its most picturesque sights, such as the magnificent Monolithic Church, all capped by a wine tasting at a beautiful château. Before making the journey back to Bordeaux the following day, you’ll have plenty of time to continue exploring Libourne’s Gothic architecture, splendid chateaus and charming streets
Shore Excursions in Libourne
- Landscapes of Saint-Emilion village discovery tour with wine tasting
Bordeaux (Quai des Chartrons)
There’s so much to discover with a full day in Bordeaux’s port of Quai des Chartrons. The architecture is impressive, the wine is exquisite and the shopping is to die for. Explore La Cité du Vin, a one-of-a-kind cultural center and museum that brings the heritage of wine to life through interactive exhibits, shows, academic seminars and more. Do as the locals do and uncover Bordeaux’s unique heritage on a walking tour or choose to traverse the city by bike. Celebrate the end to a spectacular trip with a farewell dinner onboard.
Shore Excursions in Bordeaux (Quai des Chartrons)
- Exclusive “Bordeaux under the Stars” tour
- “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux Heritage walking tour
- Choice of ”Let’s Go” biking in Bordeaux backstreets