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Bordeaux & Basque Region Golf Tour & River Cruise – August 2019

Bordeaux & Basque Region Golf Tour & River Cruise Luxury 15 Day / 14 Night Tour with 7 Golf Games – 13 to 27 August 2019

Including 7 Night Cruise on Uniworld SS Bon Voyage

from A$11,999 per person twin share

Trendsetter Travel & Cruise Centre invites you to join us on this luxury Bordeaux and Basque Region Golf Tour which includes a 7 day golf and wine cruise on on-board Uniworld’s SS Bon Voyage. Uniworld, a leader in luxury river cruising, is regularly rated the world’s best river cruise line.

Our journey commences near Biarritz (an easy inexpensive direct flight or 4 hour train ride from Paris) with a 5 night stay at the historic Chantaco Hotel, which abuts the famous Harry Colt designed Golf de Chantaco. We have booked the best rooms in this recently (2016) refurbished boutique 25 room hotel.

We will play golf at 3 of the leading courses in and around Biarritz and spend our 4th day taking a guided tour of the Basque Region. From there, we transfer by coach and board the boutique 130 guest SS Bon Voyage to commence a 7 night cruise on the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde Rivers. The cruise starts and finishes in Bordeaux. Following the end of the cruise, we transfer to Golf du Medoc Hotel et Spa MGallery by Sofitel located 20 km from the centre of Bordeaux and play the two highly rated golf courses at Golf de Medoc. Our 14 night tour includes 7 games of golf of which 2 games will be played while based on SS Bon Voyage.


On board SS Bon Voyage, your cruise includes all meals and beverages (standard alcoholic drinks (which include extensive choice of premium wines, 11 vodkas, 28 whiskeys/bourbons and French champagne) and non-alcoholic), gratuities, wifi, shore excursions and use of an on-board fitness centre. Between now and August 2019, SS Bon Voyage will undergo a “top to toe” transformation. The 7 nights pre and post-cruise includes accommodation, breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners (including drinks) and a one day guided coach tour of the Basque region. The 7 rounds of golf include green fees, all coach transfers, prize money, and drinks post golf. This tour will proceed regardless of numbers. Golf carts will be available for hire at all golf courses we play.

Golfers should not be concerned about joining the tour with non-golfing partners as the cruise includes complimentary shore excursions ensuring that partners will be kept well entertained. Pre and post cruise, you will stay at pleasant quality hotels with a chance to both chill out and explore Biarritz/Saint Jean de Luz (and the nearby Basque region) and Bordeaux regions.

While on SS Bon Voyage, as a Virtuoso booking, there is a unique on-board credit of A$260 pp which increases to A$390 provided our group has a minimum of 10 guests. There is an A$200 pp discount for past guests on Uniworld or any of its group tour companies. The cruise fares are presented net of a special discount of between A$370 pp and $1,200 pp (depending upon room category) currently on offer to Trendsetter Travel by Uniworld.

For additional information on the 7 night Uniworld “Brilliant Bordeaux” cruise, please refer to the following web page link:

Trendsetter will be happy to organise additional nights pre and post tour at advantageous rates, and some with special benefits, so that you can make the most of your time in Europe.

Your tour hosts Adrienne Witteman and David Cooper, Directors of Trendsetter Travel & Cruise Centre, are both enthusiastic golfers and are longstanding members of two prestigious Sydney golf clubs. They have golfed and cruised extensively throughout the world.

They invite you to join them on this fantastic golf tour, including the chance to play 7 golf games, at most of the best courses in the Bordeaux 0 /Basque region of France.


Day 1 – Tuesday 13 August 2019 – Biarritz / Saint Jean de Luz

Today you arrive at either Biarritz train station or Biarritz airport – from there it is a fast 17 to 20 km drive to our hotel accommodation at the renovated (2016) Hotel Chantaco Golf and Wellness (5 nights). You can either take an
inexpensive flight direct to Biarritz from Paris or take the fast train (2 hours) from Paris to Bordeaux and add an extra 2 hours to train down to Biarritz. Perhaps use an early arrival to have a practice game on Golf de Chantaco. The
course is located a short 200 metre walk from the front steps of the hotel. The course is subject to a 3 year progressive upgrade and was originally designed (1927) by Hary Colt (of Pine Valley fame). Due to concern over its current conditioning, we have not included the course in our 3 game golf programme near Biarritz.

Enjoy a get together with Adrienne and David, and fellow golf cruise tour participants, prior to the tour welcome dinner.

Our tour is booked in deluxe double rooms (25 sqm), all with private balcony or patio. For a modest premium of A$50 pp/night, you can upgrade to a Junior Suite (30 to 35 sqm)

Tour Inclusions: dinner and pre dinner drinks (1st night only) and 5 nights at Hotel Chantaco on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2 – Wednesday 14 August 2019 – Biarritz / Saint Jean de Luz Golf - Golf de Seignosse

Today we drive 45 minutes north and play the Robert von Hagge designed Golf de Seignosse, ranked # 2 in South West France. The course was built within a forest of cork and pine with many elevation changes and water holes.

Tour Inclusions: breakfast and golf

Day 3 – Thursday 15 August 2019 – Biarritz / Saint Jean de Luz – Guided Tour of Basque Region

Today we give golf a rest and undertake a full day guided tour of the Basque Region. This is expected to include travel into nearby Spain and a visit to San Sebastian.

Tour inclusions: breakfast and guided coach tour of the Basque Region

Day 4 – Friday 16 August 2019 – Biarritz / Saint Jean de Luz – Golf at Biarritz Le Phare

Today we travel 30 minutes north and play the magnificently conditioned Biarritz Le Phare, a course located just north of Biarritz and was redesigned by Harry Colt in the 1920s. . We will drive back to our hotel via Biarritz, and if time permits, have a walk along the famous Biarritz waterfront. .

Tour inclusions: breakfast and golf and visit to Biarritz

Day 5 – Saturday 17 August 2019 – Biarritz / Bordeaux – Golf d’Arcangues

After breakfast, we travel 15 km to Golf d’Arcangues. This park styled course is over-looked by the Pyrenees and winds through forests and meadows. This is a wonderful layout with many elevation changes – stunning club rooms with fantastic views to the Pyrenees awaits the end of your round

Tour Inclusions: breakfast and golf

Day 6 – Sunday 18 August 2019 – Biarritz / Bordeaux – Board SS Bon Voyage

A 2 hour 30 minute coach transfer north to board SS Bon Voyage in Bordeaux with a free afternoon to independently explore the historic city of Bordeaux – but a short walk from where our ship will be berthed.

Tour inclusions: breakfast, coach transfer and all inclusive cruise (including lunch today) for the next 7 nights

Day 7 – Monday 19 August 2019 – Uniworld Cruise / Bordeaux

After over-nighting in Bordeaux, we depart at 9 am and sail north up the Garonne River into the Gironde Estuary. Around mid-day, SS Bon Voyage berths at the historic village of Cussac Fort Medoc for a couple of hours before arriving mid afternoon at Pauillac la Fayette. From there you have the option of a Chateau wine tasting tour or undertake the Bunker Archeology Tour visit to the Atlantic Wall and inspect the extensive German fortifications prepared by Nazi Germany in advance of the D Day landings. You will sail back that evening and berth around 10 pm in Bordeaux.

Tour inclusions: inclusive cruise with on shore touring

Day 8 – Tuesday 20 August 2019 – Uniworld Cruise / Cadillac

This morning we sail south down the Garonne River to the elegant river town of Cadillac, famous for its sweet sauterne wines. Here we will experience an exclusive artisanal wine-paring lunch at Chateau Royal de Cazeneuve.

Tour inclusions: inclusive cruise with on shore touring

Day 9 – Wednesday 21 August 2019 – Uniworld Cruise / Blaye / Libourne

This morning we arrive at Blaye where the morning is spent undertaking a scenic tour by coach along the Route de La Corniche Fleuri. Alternatively, the morning can be spent undertaking a cycle tour along quiet roads, riverside paths and charming villages. Late afternoon we stop at Bourg sur Gironde for 3 hours with more exploring and bike riding opportunities. Tonight, we berth at Libourne.

Tour inclusions: inclusive cruise with on shore touring

Day 10 – Thursday 22 August 2019 – Uniworld Cruise – Golf – Chateau des Vigiers

After an early start, we will drive 50 minutes and play the stunning Château des Vigiers golf course. Designed by Donald Steel, the 27 hole course layout was built in 1992. Each nine starts and finishes at the namesake chateau (refer photo). We will return via St Emilion and allow time for a stop and look around the historic cobblestone township. Our ship will over-night in Libourne.

Tour inclusions: inclusive cruise, golf and visit to Saint Emilion.

Day 11 – Friday 23 August 2019 – Uniworld Cruise – Golf – Grand Saint Emilionnais

Another early start sees us drive 30 minutes through the wine country surrounding St Emilion to arrive at the highly rated Tom Doak designed Grand Saint-Emilionnais Golf Club. We will tee off at 8.30 am. After a leisurely drink post golf, we return to SS Bon Voyage  for lunch prior to its scheduled 3 pm departure.

We sail leisurely up the Dordogne River and back down the Garonne River arriving in Bordeaux around 8 pm.

Tour inclusions: inclusive cruise and golf

Day 12 – Saturday 24 August 2019 – Uniworld Cruise – Bordeaux

This morning’s activity is a guided walk around historic Bordeaux followed by a caviar tasting.

The afternoon is free for shopping and further exploring of Bordeaux. However, for those that
prefer, an afternoon optional game of golf (at a surcharge of Euro 225 pp) will be offered at one of
the leading courses near Bordeaux.

Tour inclusions: inclusive cruise and optional golf (surcharge applies).

Day 13 – Sunday 25 August 2019 – Bordeaux – Disembark Uniworld – Golf

Today we disembark from SS Bon Voyage  and have a transfer to Golf du Medoc Hotel et Spa MGallery by Sofitel a leading 36 hole 4 star golf resort hotel located 20 km from the centre of Bordeaux.

Late morning we play the Bill Coore designed Chateaux course at Golf du Medoc. Coore has partnered Ben Crenshaw in many iconic golf courses including The Plantation Course on Kapalua. This course is rated # 1 in South West France and in the top 10 in France.

Tour inclusions: 4 Star hotel plus golf at Golf de Medoc

Day 14 Monday 26 August 2019

After a leisurely breakfast, we play Golf du Medoc’s Vines course, designed by Canadian Rod Whitman. It is rated as one of the top 10 courses in south west France. This fine golfing experience will be enhanced by a late lunch at the resort.

This evening we will have our tour finale dinner, including pre dinner drinks and wine over dinner.

Tour inclusions: 4 Star hotel, breakfast, golf at Golf de Medoc and dinner (including drinks)

Day 15 Tuesday 27 August 2019

Out tour concludes after breakfast.

Tour inclusions: breakfast

The Finer Details...

ALL guests will receive a 15 day, 14 night golf tour, which includes a 7 night inclusive luxury cruise, 7 nights in minimum 4 star hotels (including breakfast), 7 games of golf, coach transfers, prize money, drinks post golf, welcome/farewell dinners (including drinks) and full day guided coach tour of the Basque region. Tour includes, courtesy of Trendsetter Travel, an on-board Uniworld Virtuoso credit of $260 pp increasing to $390 pp subject to 10 or more persons in the tour party.

Our Group Cruise fares are priced between A$370 pp and A$1,200 pp below those advertised on the Uniworld web page (as at 11 November 2018) and thus present great value.


13 to 27 August 2019 – Bordeaux and South West France Golf Tour (including Uniworld Cruise)
Staterooms without French Balcony – lower deck
14 sqm)
Staterooms without French Balcony – middle deck
(14 sqm)
Stateroom with French Balcony – top deck
(13 sqm)
(20.3 sqm)
(8 staterooms)
Categories 4 & 5
(29 staterooms)
Categories 2 & 3
(26 staterooms)
Category 1
1 Suite
7 night Cruise Fare (A$ pp) $5,499 $6,299 $7,099 $9,899
Golf Package Golfer (A$ pp) $6,500  $6,500  $6,500  $6,500
Package Non Golfer (A$pp) $4,200 $4,200 $4,200 $4,200
Cruise Fare + Golf Package (A$ pp)  $11,999 $12,799 $13,599 $16,399
 Cruise Fare +Package – Non Golfer (A$pp)   $9,699  $10,499  $11,299  $14,099

All the above cruise fares are based upon shared twin/double. As a group booking, all cruise payments must be made directly to Trendsetter Travel. A 10% cruise fare deposit is payable. Balance is due at least 120 days prior to departure. Up until 120 days from departure, the cruise can be cancelled and the cruise payments refunded less an A$250 pp cancellation charge (which constitutes a credit able to be applied to any Uniworld cruise over the following 5 years). The golf package requires a non-refundable payment of A$2,000 pp (30%). All the above Cruise Fares are reducible by A$200 pp for past passengers of Uniworld or any other TCC tour (refer link of to see a list of the 24 TTC brands). 

Cruise prices subject to change until deposit paid and price locked in. Single fares available on request. Non golfing partner package is reduced to reflect the absence of participation in the 7 game golf programme. 

  • Uniworld General Terms and Conditions (including cancellation provisions etc) can be found on
  • The package price does NOT include golf club hire, or cart/electric/pull buggy hire. Golf will be played on the courses as specified but Trendsetter cannot be held responsible for any cancellation/s necessitated by a change to the ship’s itinerary due to weather or any other event, or late amendment by the golf course (including our concern over golf course conditioning). If such an event occurs and, in the unlikely event, Trendsetter cannot organise an alternative golf course, Trendsetter will pass through any refund available.
Tel. +61 2 9428 5900 (Longueville/Northwood office)

Policies of Bordeaux & Basque Region Golf Tour & River Cruise – August 2019

Golf cruises offer golfers an interesting way to travel, enjoy your passion for the game and remain fit while partaking in the gourmet delights most luxury cruise ships offer.  For those looking at the options available for you and your fellow keen golfers, here are some pro tips to help you find a cruise that meets all your needs. Finally, your ship has come in!  

Check the itinerary

Check the itinerary before you book, to ensure it is a realistic schedule. Seek a cruise that features long and plentiful shore days at ports with good golf courses.  You will probably appreciate the occasional sea day to rest up and relax.  

Go all-inclusive to save

High-profile US tour companies typically price their golf at US$500 (A$650) plus per person per round in addition to the cost of the cruise. Trendsetter Travel and Cruise Centre specialises in small all-inclusive luxury ships, and recommends this for the best experience.  Playing the same courses as its more expensive pier group, the golf package component of a Trendsetter cruise less than half the price of its international competitors.  

Ship size does matter

Be wary of cruises for more than 1,300 passengers.  Large ships will give priority to their own tours when it comes to disembarking, preventing independently organised golfers from exiting the ship quickly.  Delays can mean missing tee-off times.  Even if you can overcome a late arrival, the delay can cause disappointment when you must abandon the course early to return to your cruise shipboat. David Cooper, the director of Trendsetter Travel, recommends selecting a cruise ship with between 100 and 900 passengers. “These smaller ships can also get to the smaller ports, such as St. Tropez, St. Malo, Menorca, Portofino, which all have great golf courses.”  

Make sure you get enough time at port

Most golf excursions take at least eight hours—including return transportation to the course, an un-pressured golf game and importantly time post golf at the club for refreshments and prize giving. To make the most of your day, aim for a minimum of ten hours in port. Your group will need to arrive at the course an hour prior to tee-off, and allow for a round of four balls to be completed (plan on four and ½ hours hours).  

Healthy competition and fair play

Select a golf cruise where the organisers incorporate adjustments up and down for players’ handicaps, after each round.  This means that the prize money is spread around over the tour. David Cooper advises to ask about this when you are booking.  “We run a handicap adjustment system after each round to establish a par stableford score for the day,” he says. “After eight games, the better performers may see their handicaps reduce perhaps two shots and the ‘battlers’ might earn four or five shots back.” Every tour golfer wants at least one collect.  

Swing your partner ‘round

Cooper advises, “Where our golf tour participants book as a couple, they will always play as a couple unless they request otherwise.”  If you are booking as a single or wish to enhance the challenge by playing outside of your group, find an organiser who is mindful of matching players’ handicaps, so that you can get the most out of the cruise.  

Beware the fake golf cruise

You may discover cruises advertised as a golf tour but, on closer inspection, find they only offer golfing pre and post cruise.  Check for this, as it might not be what you have in mind. Trendsetter golf cruises schedule a minimum of six games on cruise shore days.  David Cooper mentions, “We even create opportunities where a golf enthusiast can play additional optional rounds, and others can have a more limited golf programme depending on what they are looking for with equitable downward price adjustments.”   To learn more about the great golf cruises that Trendsetter Travel and Cruise Centre have available, please contact David on (02) 9428 5900 or on