Exclusively for Mail on Sunday readers, discover Bordeaux cuisine with TV chef James Martin
Stunning scenery and glorious year-round weather make the Bordeaux region one of the most beautiful areas of France for any foodie and wine lover.
TV chef and presenter James Martin describes the region as “the gastronomic destination that has it all” – and he will share his secrets and delights with you on this fabulous eight-day luxury river cruise along the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde.
The chef, who hosts his own ITV show Saturday Morning With James Martin, says his early trips to the Bordeaux region cemented his passion for food and set him on the path to a culinary career. He worked as an intern at the Michelin-starred Hostellerie de Plaisance in Saint-Emilion and is a regular visitor to this beautiful part of France.
Majestic: Explore Bordeaux, “the culinary destination that has it all” on The Mail on Sunday’s exclusive eight-day luxury river cruise. Above is the city’s Pont de Pierre bridge
James will share his passion for the region during an exclusive talk about his career and a cooking demonstration. You will also enjoy a special gala dinner with a menu created by James himself.
Departing from Bordeaux, discover the magnificent 17th-century citadel of Blaye, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Then, visit traditional wineries and enchanting châteaux in Cussac-Fort-Medoc, Cadillac and Saint-Emilion, learning about the history and wine culture of this romantic region along the way.
You will travel on the SS Bon Voyage, France’s newest and most luxurious river cruise ship (pictured)
OUR SPECIAL GUEST
They are accompanied by James Martin
Before becoming a TV presenter, James Martin traveled all over France and worked in the kitchens of the châteaux. At 21 he joined the Hotel and Bistro du Vin in Winchester as Executive Chef. His TV shows have included Saturday Kitchen, James Martin’s American Adventure, and James Martin’s French Adventure.
Your gourmet journey ends where it began: in majestic Bordeaux.
On this memorable voyage, you’ll travel aboard SS Bon Voyage, France’s newest and most luxurious river cruise ship, enjoying French culture, art, and wine along the way while taking in the boat’s stunning polished-wood lobby, staterooms, and marble bathrooms.
On board there is a choice of five-star restaurants with all meals and unlimited drinks included, as well as a lounge, sundeck with infinity pool, well-equipped fitness center and the luxurious Serenity River Spa.
REASONS TO BOOK
Meet James Martin: In his book James Martin’s French Adventure, James wrote, “France is the place that made me the chef I am today.” In an exclusive talk, he shares stories of how he got his first croissant during his formative years in tasted the area’s cuisines and will show you how to prepare classic dishes at a special demonstration.
Discover beautiful Bordeaux: Discover Bordeaux, the port city on the Garonne known for its Gothic cathedral, 18th and 19th century mansions and renowned art museums. Explore the enchanting medieval town of Saint-Emilion with its world-renowned wineries and grand architecture, as well as the fascinating Blaye Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built to protect Bordeaux from invasion from the sea.
Cruise in luxury: Sailing with Uniworld is like cruising in a five star hotel. You’ll enjoy industry-leading service as you travel through beautiful countryside. Your Classic cabin features handcrafted Savoir beds, and WiFi and gratuities are included throughout the ship.
Unforgettable excursions: You will visit the most beautiful castles, including the Chateau Royal de Cazeneuve, which once belonged to King Henry IV. When you travel with Uniworld, your daily choice of excursions is part of the premium all-inclusive service.
- Return flights from the UK or travel on Eurostar.
- Seven nights in a deluxe stateroom on the Medoc Deck on the SS Bon Voyage.
- Gala dinner, exclusive talk, Q&A and cooking demonstration with James Martin.
- All meals onboard are prepared with quality, locally sourced ingredients, plus unlimited drinks, including fine wines.
- Six days of immersive, flexible and specially curated excursions.
- All gratuities on board.
YOUR TRAVEL PLAN: DAY 1 Arrival in Bordeaux DAY 2 Blaye, Bourg-sur-Gironde DAY 3 Cussac Fort Medoc DAY 4 Cadillac DAY 5 Libourne, Saint Emilion DAY 6 Libourne, Bordeaux DAYS 7 AND 8 Bordeaux
HOW TO BOOK
The data: April 2-9, 2023. The price: From £2,399 per person*.
Call 0808 239 0954 and quote the reference MOS JAMES MARTIN. To find out more visit mailtravel.co.uk/jamesmartin.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: *Price based on two people sharing a deluxe cabin on the Medoc deck, subject to availability, for bookings made before 30th September 2022 (typical price £2,999 per person). Deposit: 15 percent. Single supplement on request. Price and itinerary changes reserved. Local fees may apply. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, experts can be substituted and will not accompany you for the entire duration of the trip. Travel insurance is not included. This holiday may be sold through other select brands. This voyage is subject to Uniworld River Cruises Limited Booking Conditions (ABTA and ATOL protected).