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Set sail along three stunning rivers, the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde, on one fascinatingly historical and invigorating journey. Explore the country’s breathtaking backdrops, wines and cultural treasures across the region in Bordeaux, Fort Médoc, Cadillac, Blaye, Libourne and more. Wander through archaeological marvels, historic landmarks and magnificent vineyards where we’ll be treated to a sampling of quintessentially French experiences. All of our days and nights organized by your friendly, professional Concierge and all singles over 50 who love “la douceur de vivre” (the sweetness of life)! A votre santé!

INCLUSIVE FEATURES OF OUR SINGLES CRUISE

  • Bordeaux, France, Pre Cruise Night INCLUDED at a beautiful 4-star hotel* in the heart of the town!
  • Cruise aboard Travel & Leisure’s #1 Choice for River Cruises in 2021 – Deluxe, 7-night cruise aboard the S.S. Bon Voyage in one of 4 category staterooms.
    Classic Staterooms on Lower Deck (Beaujolias) with 2 Port Hole Windows.
    Deluxe Staterooms with Picture Window on Middle Deck (Medoc),
    French Balcony Staterooms on Upper Deck (Bordeaux) with floor-to-ceiling, sliding glass door.
    Pamper yourself with a luxurious Suite with Floor-to-Ceiling, sliding glass door, Marble Bathroom, Butler Service: packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; and free laundry service!
  • 22 Meals: 5-Star, Farm to table, local cuisine with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D), including a welcome reception, welcome dinner, and Captain’s dinner
  • UNLIMITED, Complimentary premium spirits and wines!
  • Onboard FITNESS CENTER and WELLNESS CLASSES with a certified wellness instructor.
  • Prepaid Gratuities to Cruise Crew
  • Complimentary Ship wide INTERNET and WI-FI access
  • BICYCLES and NORDIC WALKING STICKS for onshore use for Active Singles
  • Airport Transfer at the end of the cruise
  • Carefully Curated Excursions Included in 6 Ports of Call  and Enjoyed with Other Solo Travelers, not Alone!
    • Cadillac: Private owner’s tour of Royal Château with Sauternes toast or The colorful life of Toulouse Lautrec at Château de Malromé
    • Médoc: Fresh Médoc oysters tasting plus Your Choice of “Let’s Go” bike in the Médoc vineyards OR Médoc Châteaux route with private wine tasting
    • Blaye, Bourg sur Gironde: Intimate Experience with Local Wine & Art Connoisseurs OR Panoramas of Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress
    • Libourne (Saint-Émilon): Saint-Émilion walking tour with wine tasting
    • Libourne (Bordeaux): Libourne “Village Day” with farmer’s market AND Nights Out: After Hours at the Bassins des Lumières
    • Bordeaux: ”Let’s Go” bike Bordeaux backstreets OR “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour

WHAT MAKES THIS THE PERFECT TRIP FOR SINGLES?

  • Premium Members Save Up to $1,940 on Your Own Space™!! Click here to start saving or purchase at check-out.
  • Pre Cruise Night INCLUDED at a beautiful 4-star hotel* in the heart of the town (July 22-23), with Breakfast and Transfer to the Ship on July 23
  • Complimentary Welcome Cocktail at our Singles-Only Happy Hour in Bordeaux (July 22)
  • STI SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE! Enjoy a three-course Gourmet Lunch with wine pairing at Michelin-star restaurant La Terrace Rouge (or similar) while we’re in Saint Émilion! 
  • 22 Meals & up to 4 Tastings Included and All Shared with other Singles, not Alone
  • Breakfast Club™ Together Each Morning
  • ALL Excursions Included and Enjoyed with Other Singles, not Alone!
  • More Time at Leisure vs. Time Spent on a Bus
  • Special Attention from Experienced, Professional, Friendly & Attentive Singles Travel Concierge
  • Customized, Day-to-Day, Activities Calendar exclusive to our singles group!
  • Company of Other Singles with Similar Interests and Zest for Life
  • Virtual Pre-Trip Get-Together to plan excursions and more!
  • Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Vacation – Plan your Trip and Make New Friends!
  • Free Membership to SingleLife.Today, our 365 online community for singles ages 50+
  • Safe travel protocols – Reference our Travel with Confidence Promise
  • Fit & Willing to Travel Commitment signed by all members assures a mutually respectful environment

*Hotel accommodations are subject to change at any time at the discretion of Singles Travel International and we reserve the option to swap for a similar property for any reason, at any time.

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of Singles Travel International. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios. In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motor coach.

Itinerary

Sat, Jul 22:  Bordeaux – 1 Night Pre Cruise Package  Welcome drink (included) at hotel bar during  Singles Only happy hour, followed by optional dinner with your Singles Travel International Concierge.  
Sun, Jul 23:  Bordeaux – Embarkation
Mon, Jul 24:  Cadillac      
Tue, Jul 25:  Cussac, Fort Médoc  
Wed, Jul 26:  Blaye, Bourg sur Gironde
Thu, Jul 27:  Libourne – Saint-Émilon
Fri, Jul 28:  Libourne – Bordeaux 
Sat, Jul 29 :  Bordeaux 
Sun, Jul 30:  Bordeaux – Disembark & Transfer to Airport or 2 Night Add on to Paris! OPTIONAL 2 Night Post Cruise Package  
Mon, Jul 31:  Paris, France OPTIONAL 2 Night Post Cruise Package  
Tue, Aug 1:  Paris, France OPTIONAL 2 Night Post Cruise Package ends
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Day 1 – Saturday – July 22

Bordeaux
Bienveue! Your pre cruise package in Bordeaux begins and is included in your vacation package.
Arrive at Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport. Transfer to hotel on your own.
Meet your Singles Travel Concierge, Vicki for a Welcome drink (included) at hotel bar during Singles Only happy hour.
After getting to know one another, join your new friends for optional dinner in this beautiful city, a Unesco World Heritage site!

Day 2 – Sunday – July 23 (B,D)

Bordeaux (Embarkation)
Guided tour, “Spectacular Seascapes of the Mediterranean Coast;” transfer to the ship; onboard welcome reception.

Day 3 – Monday – July 24 (B,L,D)

Cadillac
The French phrase “la douceur de vivre” is an accurate description for your time in Cadillac, known for its deliciously flavored dessert wines.

Choose one of these experiences:

Private owner’s tour of Royal Château with Sauternes Toast
We’ll journey through the vineyards to Château Royal de Cazeneuve, a polygonal 14th-century fortress with a royal pedigree. A favored residence of Henry IV, who inherited it from his mother, Jeanne d’Albret. The beautifully restored château still belongs to descendants of the Albret family. After our intimate visit we’ll meet Louis and Caroline de Sabran-Pontevès, the owner and his wife for a Sauternes toast, sampling the unique perfume and flavor of the area.

The colorful life of Toulouse Lautrec at Château de Malromé
Uncover the history of artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec with a visit to Château Malromé. Originally the home of his mother, Adèle, Malromé would soon inspire much of his artwork. As one of the best painters of the post-impressionist period, Toulouse-Lautrec is known for his distinctive and colorful take on Paris in the late 1800s as well as his fascination with Moulin Rouge dancers and famous singers, who were prominent in much of his work. Venture to the nearby town of Verdelais, where you’ll notice two beautiful central walkways lined with trees and 19th-century façades. It is in Verdelais’ cemetery that Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is buried. After, you’ll be treated to an absinthe tasting at Café les Pèlerins.

In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for us!

Day 4 – Tuesday – July 25 (B,L,D)

Cussac, Fort Médoc
The legendary Médoc region abounds with prestigious wine châteaux in a dizzying array of architectural styles, as well as miles of grapevines stretching to infinity. Take a scenic drive through the storied Médoc wine route, followed by a wine tasting at a beautiful wine estate.  We’ll all have an opportunity to sample Fresh Médoc oysters at a private tasting, some of the best anywhere for seafood lovers!

Choose one of these experiences:

Let’s Go” bike in the Médoc Vineyards
Combine fresh air, gorgeous scenery and fine wine with a bicycle ride among the prestigious Médoc vineyards. Meet your guide and mount your bicycle in Pauillac and wheel out of town, pedaling through the lush landscapes of historic estates that have seemingly remained unchanged for centuries. Truly experience the atmosphere—the earth, the sunshine—of this famous wine-growing region.

Médoc Châteaux Route with Private Wine Tasting
In 1855, when Napoleon III asked for a classification of the best wines in France to give visitors, some 60 Médoc wines were awarded Grand Cru status—out of 61 total. A panoramic tour of this legendary landscape takes you from Pauillac to the tip of the Médoc peninsula, past storied vineyards of the region, including Château Latour, Mouton Rothschild and Pichon Longueville Baron, and through the villages of Margaux, Saint-Julien and Saint-Estèphe. You might be surprised to discover that the peninsula is only three miles wide, though it is 50 miles long, and the road carries you past a dizzying array of architectural styles— Renaissance, Greek Revival and medieval—as well as miles of grapevines. You’ll turn off the road and enter one of these estates for a private tour and a tasting of premier Grand Cru wines—but you won’t know which one of these exceptional châteaux is your destination until you open your invitation.

Day 5 – Wednesday – July 26 (B,L,D)

Blaye, Bourg sur Gironde
The Route de la Corniche Fleurie…could this be the most beautiful road you’ve ever traveled? Find out today on the drive to Blaye Fortress, passing through one impossibly picturesque hamlet after another. Once you arrive, you’ll discover the wonders of this historic fortress, a UNESCO-designated citadel that once protected Bordeaux from attacks by sea.

Choose one of these experiences:

Intimate Experience with Local Wine & Art Connoisseurs
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Panoramas of Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress
This little road between Blaye and Bourg-sur-Gironde winds through picturesque hamlets with equally picturesque names—Pain de Sucre, Marmisson and Roque de Thau among them—limestone cliffs on one side, the Gironde on the other. Fishing huts on stilts stand above the waters of the estuary; charming 19th-century stone houses built by sea captains sit tidily along the road. Many of these captains traveled to far-off places and returned with exotic plants, which they planted in their gardens and along the road (hence the route’s name). But the history of these cliffs extends far beyond the 19th century—people have inhabited the area for thousands of years.

Upon returning to Blaye, your guide will take you through the 17th-century demilune-shaped citadel built by famed military engineer Vauban. This fortress design was the one Vauban, Louis XIV’s favorite military engineer, found most satisfactory, and he built some 300 of them in the Sun King’s realm. The citadel contains the ruins of a medieval castle, houses, squares, streets, even a convent, all enclosed within stark walls. If you stand on top of those walls, you will have a terrific view of the estuary— this view was the field of fire, giving the citadel command of the river.

Day 6 – Thursday – July 27 (B,L,D)

Libourne – Saint-Émilon
With Libourne as your base, travel to nearby breathtaking Saint-Émilion and immerse yourself more deeply in the region’s history and wine culture. The medieval town of Saint-Émilion is an ideal place to linger. Wander its cobblestone lanes lined with wine shops and bakeries, and stop to admire the amazing rock-hewn church that extends beneath the city’s streets. Another treasure awaiting you underground? A wine tasting in the cellars of a Grand Cru estate.

Saint-Émilion Walking Tour with Wine Tasting
Hilltop Saint-Émilion offers both exceptional architecture and historic vineyards. The Romans were the first to plant grapes here, and this was the first vineyard region to be protected by UNESCO because of its history. Shops brimming with wine and wine tools line the steep cobblestone streets; medieval ramparts that bore witness to battles for control between French and English monarchs still stand; and vineyards encroach upon the village. Of all the sights, however, perhaps the most extraordinary is the 12th-century church carved into a cliff. Only the tower is above ground; the rest of the church is subterranean. Its numerous underground galleries provided refuge during periods of strife, and include the grotto where St. Émilion, for whom the town is named, lived out his life in the ninth century. You have to see it for yourself—you’ll be amazed by its almost unfathomable construction. After touring Saint-Émilion, we’ll visit the cellars of a premier Grand Cru estate where we’ll taste some of the world’s most highly rated wines.

Singles Travel International Signature Experience – 3 Course Gourmet Lunch with Wine at Michelin Star Restaurant La Terrace Rouge

Delight your palate with savory and sweet perfectly paired with local, Saint Émilion wines at a top restaurant overlooking the vineyards of Saint Émilion.  Only the best for members of Singles Travel Internatonal!

Day 7 – Friday – July 28 (B,L,D)

Libourne – Bordeaux
France’s rich agricultural tradition is the heart and soul of the region’s exquisite cuisine—and what better way to get a taste for the freshest vegetables, cheeses, breads and fruits than with a visit to Libourne’s lively farmers’ market?

Enjoy both of these experiences:

Libourne “Village Day” with farmer’s market
How could you visit this rich agricultural land without delving into a farmer’s market? Libourne’s market is the heart and soul of the town; everyone comes here to choose the freshest vegetables, the ripest cheeses, the most luscious fruits, the loveliest flowers, and to chat with the producers and growers. Check out the stalls brimming with produce in the market square, then duck into the covered market and savor the enticing aromas of bread and cheese, fish and meat. After exploring the market, you and a small group of other travelers will be invited to push open the doors of ateliers, homes and shops, meeting the artisans who make some of the goods arrayed so enticingly in the market.

After Hours at the Bassins des Lumières
Bordeaux’s Port de la Lune is home to a submarine base with a checkered past. Originally built during the German occupation of France in WWII, and later the target of allied bombings, this building has since attracted artists who wish to reclaim the site for beauty and culture. Its stark walls and history have served as a poignant backdrop to artistic installations for decades. Tonight, we’ll experience this for ourselves at the Bassins des Lumières, a stunning and immersive light show projected against the walls of the base.

Day 8 – Saturday – July 29 (B,L,D)

Bordeaux
Discover Bordeaux’s many charms today, either on foot with a local expert or on two wheels—the locals’ preferred way to navigate the city’s charming backstreets. You have a wonderful selection of active opportunities to see this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Choose one of these experiences:

”Let’s Go” Bike Bordeaux Backstreets
Hop on a bike and wheel with your expert guide along the Quai des Chartrons, a riverfront neighborhood that was the purview of British wine merchants back when they dominated the wine trade. It fell on hard times in the 20th century, but the tall merchant houses have since been reclaimed; now they house welcoming shops and cafés. Pedal past the antiques shops of Rue Notre Dame and the Church of St. Louis on your way to major city squares such as the Bourse and Parliament before heading back to the ship along the banks of the Garonne. Of course your outing will include a stop for refreshments at one of the delightful cafés you pass.

“Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux Walking Tour
Catch a tram at the Quai des Chartrons to the Place de la Comédie, the heart of Bordeaux’ Golden Triangle. Though Bordeaux was the capital of Aquitaine in the Middle Ages and has its share of Gothic churches, it reached its apex in the 18th century. The splendid honey-colored stone buildings from this era make up a city core that UNESCO has designated a World Heritage Site (this is the district that inspired Baron Haussmann when he redesigned Paris at the behest of Napoleon III). Trade with the French colonies built this handsome district, furnishing vanilla, sugar, spices and cocoa to inventive chocolatiers and bakers, who used these goods to create iconic desserts. Chocolate, once a Spanish monopoly, became part of Bordeaux’ culinary heritage when banished Spanish Jews brought the art of chocolate-making to France. What are Bordeaux’ present-day residents enjoying when they step inside the luxurious food halls and elegant shops in this neighborhood? Find out as you sample the delicious handiwork of Bordeaux’ bakers, as well as cheeses and chocolates—learn a few recipes, too!

This evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for us!

 

Day 9 – Sunday – July 30 (B)

Bordeaux – (Disembarkation)

Our cruise ends with breakfast this morning and your Singles Travel International Concierge will make sure that everyone gets to the airport on time. Flights may depart Bordeaux any time between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.

**ADD MORE FUN TO YOUR VACATION BY ADDING ON OUR TWO-NIGHT PARIS PACKAGE! Click “Book Now” to add this package before it sells out!

Day 9 – Sunday – July 30 (B)

Bordeaux – Paris

After breakfast, we’ll disembark and travel aboard the high-speed TGV (train de grande vitesse) train bound for the dazzling city of Paris, riding at speeds up to 320 km/hr through the French countryside. Once we reach our hotel, we will be greeted by our local guide, who will show us the neighborhood. The rest of the day is ours to do with as we wish. Unwind at the hotel or go out and explore the city, our location is fabulous! There are so many top sites to see and things to do in Paris; our Singles Travel Concierge will offer suggestions to help us make the best use of your time. You might visit the Louvre, sit with a café au lait and people watch along the Rue de Rivoli or shop at exclusive, name brands such as Vuitton, Chanel, Hermès near Rue Saint-Honoré.

Dinner this evening is at leisure and our helpful, friendly Concierge will be ready with all our options.

Overnight at the Hotel du Louvre

Day 10 – Monday – July 31 (B)

After breakfast in our luxurious hotel, we are treated to a special, insiders tour of Paris.

FEATURED EXCURSION:
 Opera Garnier Discovery Walk
Put on comfortable walking shoes and plan to spend a couple of hours strolling through the geographical heart of Paris. Begin in the 9th arrondissement and the Opéra de Paris Garnier, also known as Palais Garnier. Work on this extravagant opera house began in 1865 and continued for 15 trouble-filled years, which included the discovery of an underground lake beneath the construction site. It’s still there, incidentally—confined to an enormous cistern where carp swim and rescue divers’ train. Our guide will take us inside to explore this glorious tribute to Second Empire opulence, complete with dazzling chandeliers, red-velvet wall coverings and draperies, gold-leafed cherubs, marble friezes—and a spectacular 20th-century ceiling by Marc Chagall.

Then head out through the 8th arrondissement, exploring the wide avenues and arcades designed by Baron Haussmann when he modernized Paris between 1852 and 1870. As we walk toward the river and the 1st arrondissement, we’ll come to the Palais-Royal, built by Cardinal Richelieu in 1629 (Louis XIV lived here as a child). The palace itself now houses government offices, but the garden offers a lovely breath of fresh air and greenery.

Our next destination, just a block or two away, is the La Comédie-Française, the only state theater to have its own troupe—it specializes in the work of Molière— before we loop back toward our hotel, passing the National Library and the Paris Bourse.

Dinner this evening is at leisure and our helpful, friendly Concierge will be ready with all our options.

Overnight at the Hotel du Louvre

Day 11 – Monday – August 1 (B)

We have sampled exquisite culinary delights and experienced the best of Paris’ legendary sights. Now it’s time to check out of the hotel and be transferred to Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport for your trip home. Your Singles Travel International adventure may be over, but we know you’ll enjoy the memories you’ve made for years to come and stay in touch with all your new travel friends!

 

 

 

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PASSPORT MANDATORY
A passport is required for US citizens. Be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your return date. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.

Flight and Passport Info: *Two months prior to your vacation, you’ll receive an email with a link to a Vacation Form. The form will ask for all your pertinent information such as passport info as well as flight info. Note: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your return.

Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.

INSURANCE Travel Insurance is not mandatory, but, based on our experience, we highly recommend it. In addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.

When selecting a travel insurance policy, we recommend that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. We also strongly recommend that the policy cover personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days, or CLICK HERE to go directly to Travel Guard and request a policy quote. It only takes a few minutes.

FINAL PREPARATION
Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

The vacation begins in Bordeaux on July 22, 2023 with one night in a 4-Star hotel in the heart of the city. The cruise ends in Bordeaux on July 30. So the trip is 8 nights/9 days.

To make this the ULTIMATE French vacation, add our 2 night optional package in Paris with a ride on the high speed TGV train from Bordeaux to Paris and staying in a luxury, 5-Star hotel in the best arrondisement!

Arrive in Bordeaux (BOD) at any time on July 22, but it would be great if you arrive by 5:00 pm in order to make our Singles Travel International, Singles Only Happy Hour at the hotel.

Your return flight should depart on July 30 any time between 6:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. local time to take advantage of our included transfers. If adding Paris, make your return flight reservation from Paris on August 1.

No vaccine nor testing is required.

Your knowledgeable team at Singles Travel International will keep you up to date with plenty of time to prepare.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. Please schedule a physical check-up, before your trip, to discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician.

You and your physician may access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling) on the CDC website. Click their “Traveler’s Health” link or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)

A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by March 24, 2023. A reminder will be emailed to you 14 days prior to due date.

We’ve made paying your balance online as easy as 1-2-3! You’ll be able to see your balance directly within your Singles Travel International profile. Under the shopping cart icon, choose “Reservations and Payments” from the drop down to view your dashboard. To see how to use this NEW reservation and payment feature, watch this quick VIDEO. You may also call us at 877-765-6874 ext. 4 and provide us with your preferred payment information.

If you make a reservation after March 24, 2023, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.

We’ve taken out all the risk so you don’t have to worry about losing your vacation dollars.

After deposit and at any time of cancellation prior to March 24, 2023, your deposit of $700 is refundable less a $75 future vacation credit toward any Singles Travel International vacation.

All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows unless the cruise is cancelled by the cruise line.**

– After March 24, 2023, any cancellations or “no-shows” – 100% penalty.

Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.

**When the cruise is cancelled by the cruise line, you will generally be offered a full refund or the option to move your reservation to another date without penalty, often with a perk.  All changes are subject to current terms and conditions at the time of cancellation. Your team at Singles Travel International will advocate for you in all cases.

Send cancellation requests to our Help Center team at service@singlestravelintl.com

 

Arrive in Bordeaux before 5:00 pm on July 22, 2023, in order to join our Singles Only Welcome Happy Hour.

Coming in a day early gives you peace of mind and get a head start on making new friends which is why Singles Travel International includes the pre cruise stay on all of our cruise vacations.

 

Of course. We have already included the pre cruise package in Bordeaux. If you need an extra night, just contact us at seervice@singlestravelintl.com to make your request.

Now, for the “piéce de rèsistance”, add our 2 night post cruise package in Paris at the luxurious Hotel du Louvre, located in the 1st Arrondisement!

Click ‘Price my Trip’ or ‘Book now’ to make your reservation. Although we make every effort, Singles Travel International does not guarantee roommate shares for optional pre and post cruise stays. If no roommate is found, single occupancy rates prevail and are payable 30 days prior to departure.

In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.

In order to be ready to begin the tour in Bordeaux, fly into Bordeaux (BOD) on July 22, 2023, by 5:00 pm. You may be required to depart your home city on the day before. The trip concludes at 8 a.m. on July 30, 2023. Departure airport will be Bordeaux (BOD) and we recommend scheduling your flight to depart anytime between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. local time.

If you decide to take advantage of the 2-night post cruise package in Paris (CDG), then you will schedule your return flight from Paris on August 1, 2023.

 

Airport transfers are included with our cruise and post cruise package in Paris, except on arrival in Bordeaux on July 22.

 

Our tour does not include your airfare, arrival transfer in Bordeaux and meals/drinks not listed in our itinerary. You are responsible for incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, plus gratuities to your Singles Travel International Concierge ($15 per day).

If you haven’t heard about our Premium Membership saving singles $1000s of dollars on Your Own Space™, join now and start saving!

Still want to share? Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single cabin is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by March 24, 2023. Of course, single cabins are available at fantastic rates for Premium Members! Not yet a member?

Even after the cut-off date, we get so many calls that finding a roommate is easy. So please let us know if you are interested when making your booking.

Our guarantee is based on the lowest, inside cabin share rate. If you opt for a higher category and we are unable to match in that category, you are responsible for the difference to move a member into your cabin to make a match. You may also opt to take your own cabin at that time for the single cabin rate. Assessments are made at final payment date, 120 days prior to departure.

Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. STI reserves the right to make any match up until day of cruising, including roommate changes once onboard for members who select the Share & Save option.

We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked members have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other members on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the roommate guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

Read more about Roommate Matching on our Frequently Asked Questions found at the Help Center.

Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

We are excited to welcome one of our newest Super Ships to the rivers of Bordeaux—the S.S. Bon Voyage— designed to immerse guests in French culture, art and wine, from its stunning lobby clad in polished wood, subtle brass details and hand-crafted balustrade, to the stylish emerald tones found in bar Le Salon Champagne, inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s personal abode, Villa Majorelle.

The dining venues also capture the essence of France. The quintessential La Brasserie, with its natural green and pops of yellow décor inspired by the famous Bouillon Pigalle, serves traditional bistro fare. Le Grand Fromage offers menus reflective of the local cuisine, prepared from locally-sourced ingredients. La Cave des Vins is an intimate space where connoisseurs can gather for expert food and wine pairing dinners upon request.

The stunning Soleil Deck, awash in vibrant fabrics, features the only infinity pool on the rivers and spectacular views of the French countryside. Poolside service at Le Café du Soleil offers casual French cuisine as well as open-air cooking demonstrations from our chefs.

In addition to the public spaces, the S.S. Bon Voyage features four new spacious suites, and every stateroom has received an exquisite redesign with cool marble bathrooms and unique features.

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every cruise sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 30 years, we have perfected the singles cruise experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you meet in Bordeaux, our Singles Travel International Concierge is waiting to meet you at our Welcome Get Together. Once onboard the ship, our first evening begins with a welcome aboard cocktail party followed by daily activities both onboard the ship as well as in each port. We dine together each evening in an open seating arrangement so that you have a chance to meet as many people as possible.

Our “Baby Boomer” vacations cater to singles in their 50s and 60s but you will often meet singles ranging anywhere from 45-75. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.

We recommend that you meet the members of the Singles Travel International Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.

We encourage our members to complete their personal profiles including a photo. Knowing who’s on the trip in advance makes socializing before and during your vacation easier and more fun.

Take a few minutes to plan your wardrobe for the cruise by visiting the following sites.

The weather changes from year to year but nevertheless, prepare for all conditions. July weather in Bordeaux, France has daily temperatures from 79°F to 82°F, rarely falling below 69°F or exceeding 93°F. Daily low temperatures are around 59°F, rarely falling below 52°F or exceeding 67°F

The best time to visit Paris is from June to August and September to October. From June to August the weather in Paris is just about parfait (perfect). Average highs are in the high 70s and there are long days of sunshine.

Check out www.wunderground.com for up to date predictions as well as historical data for you destination,

 

Currently, most international airlines will allow you to check one bag, weighing 50 pounds each, for free. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Please check with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage.

Bring layered clothing, and we recommend that you mix and match using 1-3 colors, such as black, brown and khaki or one other color. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Our cruise will stop in some of the most charming little towns and once we dock, we’re off for adventure. Walking is the best way to see it all. Note that dress code aboard a river cruise is very casual and some days you may have dinner in the same outfit you wore during day when the schedule is full.

Packing Tips: Of course, a scarf is mandatory, it looks chic and turns a daytime outfit into evening easily. Take only what you need; don’t over pack. A river cruise is casual. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around one or two colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.

Essential Items for a River Cruise: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.

– A smile and an open minded attitude
– Binoculars for best sightseeing while cruising
– Light Jacket (wind-and rainproof outer shell)
– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes
– A pair of shoes for restaurants, evenings on the town (ship is casual)
– Collapsible umbrella and/or lightweight raingear.
– Sunglasses
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials.
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, money or other anti-bacterial medication.
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face, especially for guests in an inside cabin.
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material.
– Small, basic sewing kit with a few extra buttons. Remember to pack scissors in your checked bag!
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film and extra batteries.

A passport is required for cruise travel to Europe. Be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your return. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.

Non US citizens are responsible for contacting all countries on our itinerary to secure appropriate documentation in advance.

No inoculations are required for travel to Europe. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. In addition, we suggest that you have a physical check-up before your trip, and discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician.

You and your physician may access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling) on the CDC website. Click their “Traveler’s Health” link or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

The currency used throughout the cruise is the Euro (in port) and US Dollar (onboard). Exchange rates fluctuate often. You may find the current exchange rates in the financial sections of newspapers and on the Internet. You may also find a number of websites by typing “foreign exchange rates” in your search engine. Two specific websites are: xe.com and Money.com.

Currency Exchange: Many locations will accept major credit cards, but for incidentals and small vendors you will need some local currency. ATM machines will dispense local currency for internationally accepted ATM cards and/or credit cards. They are usually conveniently located in large cities, but are limited in smaller towns and rural areas. You may exchange cash and traveler’s checks for local currencies at hotels, banks and exchange bureaus. Banks no longer make change in many European countries.

Credit Cards: Your credit card will be accepted to settle your incidentals bill at all hotels and in major shops, restaurants and aboard the SS Bon Voyage.

Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.  If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.

Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date.

The SS Bon Voyage has free unlimited Wi-Fi, as well as computer terminals that you may rent by the hour in the Internet Corner. You may also telephone, telex, radiogram or fax to anywhere in the world and be billed at applicable ship-to-shore rates. Guests may also be contacted onboard our ship via satellite in an emergency, but we recommend that you arrange to make and receive calls, send and receive text messages and read emails on your own cell phones and mobile devices. Check with your phone carrier for rates.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.

On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.

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Hi! My name is Vicki, and I am so happy to have joined the STI family as a Concierge! After having a career as a health-and-fitness writer and then having children, I decided to make a career change in order to pursue my love for travel. For 9 years now, I have designed small-group tours all over Europe and have led tours in Italy, Malta and Croatia. From the moment I began leading tours, being able to share wonderful experiences and make people smile through discovering a new location - or perhaps through discovering something about themselves - I felt as if I had found exactly what I was meant to do! I look forward to making your vacation dreams come true.

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Just returned home after a WONDERFUL Rockin', Romantic Rhine Cruise with STI. It was a very different experience from a large cruise ship, as it had about 140 passengers. I got to meet many people from STI and others from outside the group. Terrific experience! Each day, we had excursions, included in the tour. We really got to see the cities where we stopped. The local color was amazing. It was quite an experience to see castles, windows, Gutenberg Bibles up close and personal. Plenty of time to shop or just walk around.  The food was wonderful. With breakfast, we could have sparkling wine or mimosas. With dinner, the wine and beer were flowing freely. My favorite two optional excursions were a German Dinner (not to miss) and a trip to a functioning windmill, where we went right inside to see how it works. While cruising, we experienced going thru canal locks. In the mid portion of the Rhine, we saw castle after castle and vineyards, vineyards, vineyards. I highly recommend this trip. Heaven for photography. It is an experience of a lifetime!

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The Rockin Rhine River Cruise was one of the best vacations I have ever had. Our group kept things lively and there was always someone that was around to do things like shopping or tours....or just to sit around in a Biergarten and relax with a glass of local wine or beer.

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