Exclusive to Mail on Sunday readers: Discover the food of Bordeaux with TV chef James Martin


Exclusive to Mail on Sunday readers: Discover the food of Bordeaux with TV chef James Martin

The breathtaking scenery and wonderful weather all year round make the Bordeaux region one of the most beautiful parts of France for any food and wine lover to explore.

Television chef and presenter James Martin describes the region as ‘the dining destination that has it all’ – and he will share its secrets and delights with you on this fantastic 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 fueled 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: On The Mail on Sunday’s exclusive eight-day luxury river cruise, you’ll explore Bordeaux, ‘the dining destination that has it all’. Above is the city’s Pont de Pierre bridge

James will share his passion for the area during an exclusive talk about his career and give a cooking demonstration. You will also enjoy a special gala dinner with a menu created by James himself.

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Departing from Bordeaux, you will discover the beautiful 17th-century UNESCO-listed citadel in Blaye.

You will then visit traditional wineries and charming castles in Cussac-Fort-Medoc, Cadillac and Saint-Emilion while learning about the history and wine culture of this romantic region.

You will travel on SS Bon Voyage, the newest and most luxurious river cruise ship in France (photo)

You will travel on SS Bon Voyage, the newest and most luxurious river cruise ship in France (photo)


You will be accompanied by James Martin

You will be accompanied by James Martin

Before becoming a TV presenter, James Martin traveled all over France to work in the kitchens of castles. At the age of 21 he joined the Hotel and Bistro du Vin in Winchester as a chef. His TV shows have included Saturday Kitchen, James Martin’s American Adventure, and James Martin’s French Adventure.

Your gastronomic journey ends where it began: in majestic Bordeaux.

On this memorable journey, you’ll travel on SS Bon Voyage, the newest and most luxurious river cruise ship in France, and along the way, soak up French culture, art, and wine while admiring the boat’s beautiful, polished wood lobby, staterooms, and marble bathrooms. .

Onboard there is a choice of restaurants serving five-star cuisine, including all meals and unlimited drinks, as well as a lounge, sundeck with infinity pool, well-equipped fitness center and the luxurious Serenity River Spa.

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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 lecture, he talks about tasting his first croissant during his formative years in the kitchens in the area, and shows you how to make classic dishes during a special demonstration.

Discover the beautiful Bordeaux: Discover Bordeaux, the port city on the Garonne known for its Gothic cathedral, 18th- and 19th-century mansions and famous art museums. Explore the charming medieval town of Saint-Emilion, with its world-famous wineries and beautiful architecture, and the fascinating Unesco fortress of Blaye, which was built to protect Bordeaux from invasions from the sea.

Cruising in luxury: Sailing with Uniworld is like cruising in a five star hotel. You will enjoy industry-leading service as you travel through the beautiful countryside. Your Classic Stateroom features handmade Savoir beds and Wi-Fi is included throughout the ship, as well as gratuities.

Unforgettable excursions: You will visit the most beautiful castles, including Chateau Royal de Cazeneuve, once owned by King Henry IV. When you travel with Uniworld, your daily choice of excursions is included as part of the premium, all-inclusive service.


  • Return flights from the UK or travel on Eurostar.
  • Seven nights in a Deluxe Medoc Deck cabin on SS Bon Voyage.
  • Gala dinner, exclusive talk, Q&A and cooking demonstration with James Martin.
  • All meals on board, 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.
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YOUR ROUTE: 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


The data: 2 to 9 April 2023. The price: From €2,399 pp*.

Call 0808 239 0954 quoting reference MOS JAMES MARTIN. For more information, visit mailtravel.co.uk/jamesmartin.

REQUIREMENTS: *Price based on two people sharing a Deluxe Medoc Deck cabin, subject to availability, for bookings made before 30th September 2022 (usual price £2,999 pp). Deposit: 15 percent. Single supplement on request. Price and itinerary subject to change. Local charges may apply. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be replaced and will not last for your entire duration of travel. Travel insurance is not included. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. This holiday is subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld River Cruises Limited (ABTA and ATOL protected).