PARIS & BORDEAUX WINE REGION RIVER EDUCRUISE 2020

CREDIT UNION CRITICAL GOVERNANCE ISSUES FORUM 2020

October 9 - October 18th, 2020

UniWorld Boutique River Cruises – ‘S.S. Bon Voyage’

Paris – Bordeaux - Fort Médoc – Cadillac – Blaye – Bourg - Libourne

Explore the Latest Governance & Regulatory Issues

Board this Credit Union EduCruise to attend one of the most timely educational programs you have ever experienced! Board this CU EduCruise to develop your leadership strengths, examine new governance models, and prepare for those seen and unseen forces that may impact your credit union’s future survival and thrival. 

You will begin your extraordinary educational event with a visit to Paris.  No visit to France would be complete without seeing the city that is widely regarded as the most beautiful in the world. Nothing compares to the charm of its neighborhoods, the grandeur of its awe-inspiring architecture and monuments, or the cosmopolitan elegance of its boulevards. Spend two (included) nights in this beautiful city before transferring to Bordeaux by train.

Arriving in Bordeaux, you will be transferred from the train station to the beautiful boutique river ship, the SS Bon Voyage. 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 you’ll be treated to a sampling of quintessentially French experiences during the PEAK of the grape season. 

Embark on a scenic drive from Blaye to Bourg along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie and marvel at the sights of Blaye Fortress and Lansac Windmill along the way. Slow things down in Libourne and on your return to Bordeaux with multiple wine tastings, village tours, a farmers’ market visit and Bordeaux heritage walking tour. Join us on a showcase of the best Southwest France has to offer while participating in timely Credit Union educational and networking sessions.

This CU EduCruise is packed with powerful topics and information, focused around these key strategic areas of concentration:

*What’s Ahead for Credit Unions – Changes in Regulations

*Governance? It's More Than a Free Lunch - How You Can Become A Better Board

*Top 10 Compliance and Legal Issues (Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff)

*NCUA Board of Directors Policies - Which Ones Require Action?

*CEO, Director and Officer Liabilities and the Risks of Being Sued

*Let’s Talk: An Open Forum Discussion of Key Areas of Credit Union Challenges, Concerns & Opportunities

All Sessions are very interactive. Questions, discussion, and exchange of ideas are highly encouraged. Plenty of networking opportunities throughout this educational journey

Benefits To You & Your Credit Union:

*Free consultation with our on-board industry leader

*Discover how to better protect yourself from lawsuits

*Learn about critical governance practices

*Discuss the impact of the latest regulatory changes

*Share with other CU volunteers and senior management

Speaker for the Course

ANDY KEENEY
Previous Co-Chair of the Kaufman & Canoles Credit Union Team. Andy is a nationally recognized credit union attorney, industry speaker and frequent EduCruise speaker as well. Credit Union Times has identified him as a veteran credit union attorney. One credit union CEO has called Andy the “Dr. Marcus Welby” of credit unions. Andy has served as general counsel for dozens of credit unions, and has been representing credit unions for more than 30 years.

Andy is a top rated speaker at credit union industry events around the country where he regularly receives rave reviews. His clients have included credit unions from New York to Florida and as far west as Hawaii. Andy also has been specially retained by NCUA.

Andy serves as the legal counsel for the Maryland & DC Credit Union Association and is one of their strategic partners. His practice also includes a range of commercial real estate services from zoning to leasing and purchase and sale of commercial real estate for credit unions.

About the Ship

 S.S. BON VOYAGE 

We are excited to welcome our newest Super Ship 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 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.

The S.S. Bon Voyage was specifically designed to elegantly and comfortably immerse guests in French culture, art, wine and cuisine. Like the finest couture, the S.S. Bon Voyage was built with a singular purpose, to share the marvels of this amazing destination with the guests and there isn’t another ship like it in the world.

Begin with a sophisticated and stylish setting. Toss in a cheerful atmosphere. Add our sumptuous cuisine, wonderful regional wines and attentive service; then sprinkle in gorgeous views. The result — an outstanding dining experience. Our expert chefs create culinary masterpieces that highlight regional cultures and traditions.

The dining venues 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. Poolside service at the Le Café du Soleil completes this delightful ambiance, offering a casual cuisine reflective of relaxed French culture, as well as open-air cooking demonstrations from specialist chefs.

Every lunch and dinner on board includes free-flowing regional wines as well as complimentary beer and soft drinks. There is a full service bar that offers a wide variety of spirits most of the day and well into the night.  Relax, while enjoying a nice beverage and good conversation, in the beautiful lounge. In fact, adult beverages are available, at no charge, both day and night throughout the cruise.

Enjoy a wide array of music and song from local entertainers brought aboard the ship several evenings. Dance away the night while enjoying your favorite tune played by our onboard musician. 

The complimentary Small Group Excursions will take you to the heart of your destination, visiting its most famous landmarks as well as its hidden gems. You’ll find an intensive and immersive introduction to the culture and heritage of the region you are visiting. With UniWorld, there is no waiting in line to visit famous landmarks, no getting lost as your bus drops you off within walking distance from your tour, and no language barrier as all local UniWorld guides and crew members speak English.

Immersive offshore excursions, and an integrated wellness program, also distinguish the S.S. Bon Voyage. New guest opportunities include a walking tour and wine tasting at Saint-Emilion, a key wine town in Bordeaux; exploring Libourne’s local farmer’s market to choose the freshest vegetables, fruits and cheeses; an artisanal wine tasting at Château de Cazeneuve; and a bike ride tour through the lush Médoc vineyards.

Schedule

 
(NOTE) - Because river conditions are always subject to change, exact meeting days and times will also change on a daily basis. Meeting Times will be announced each evening.
DAYPORT/CITYABOUT EACH PORT
DAY 1: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9Welcome to PARIS, FRANCEWelcome to Paris!
Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant city.

(Hotel: Hotel Du Louvre (or similar)
DAY 2: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10PARIS FRANCEJoin your expert Local Guide for an included sightseeing tour in Paris. Afternoon, you are free for sightseeing on your own.

(Hotel: Hotel Du Louvre (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 3: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11TRAIN TO BORDEAUX (EMBARKATION)

This morning we take the train from Paris to Bordeaux. Upon arrival in Bordeaux, you’ll board your beautiful river ship - S.S. Bon Voyage.

Ship: S.S. Bon Voyage
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: MONDAY, OCTOBER 12BLAYE, BOURG SUR GIRONDEEnjoy a walking tour of Bourg sur Gironde, or take a scenic drive along the Route del la Corniche Fleuire with the 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.
Upon returning to Blaye, your guide will take you through the 17th-century demilune-shaped citadel built by famed military engineer Vauban. 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.

Ship: S.S. Bon Voyage
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13CUSSAC FORT MEDOC, PAULLAC LA FAYETTE
Choice of Médoc Châteaux route with private wine tasting, or a Bunker archaeology tour, or “Let’s Go” bike in the Médoc vineyards.

Médoc Châteaux route ~ 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’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.

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.

Ship: S.S. Bon Voyage
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14BORDEAUX, CADILLAC, LIBOURNEToday, enjoy a choice of tours, the Sauternes Vineyard with private artisanal wine tasting at Chateau de Cazeneuve, or the colorful life of Toulouse Lautrec at Chateau de Malrome.

It’s called the noble rot. Botrytis cinerea, a fungus that affects wine grapes, results in a concentrated and distinctive sweet wine that takes its name from the region, Sauternes. Today’s tour is devoted to an exploration of this region and its delectable wine. You’ll visit one of the area’s finest estates for an intimate wine tasting as special as the wine itself, sampling the unique perfume and flavor of Sauternes. After your tasting, you’ll journey to Château 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.

OR: 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.

Ship: S.S. Bon Voyage
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15LIBOURNE A full day in Libourne means you’ll 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’ll 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.
Featured Excursion: Saint-Émilion walking tour with wine tasting

Ship: S.S. Bon Voyage
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16LIBOURNE, BORDEAUXThe French insist that the key to their superb wines is the soil in which they’re grown, the terroir. That same terroir also makes for extraordinary produce—the foundation for the country’s acclaimed cuisine—as you’ll discover today at a local farmers’ market.
Featured Excursions: Libourne “Village Day” with farmer's market and Bordeaux night stroll

Ship: S.S. Bon Voyage
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 9: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17BORDEAUXThere’s so much to discover with a full day in Bordeaux’ port of Quai des Chatrons. 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’ 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.
Featured Excursion: Cité du Vin Museum visit. Choice of “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour, or ”Let’s Go” bike Bordeaux backstreets

Ship: S.S. Bon Voyage
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 (DISEMBARKATION)
Enjoy breakfast before you disembark the ship. You will be transferred to Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport for your flight home.
(NOTE) - Daily Itinerary is subject to change. In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program. Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.

Room Choices:

 

Rates

CU EDUCRUISES CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEE:

  • $1,700.00 registration fee for each seminar attendee  
  • Book by October 1, 2019 and receive a $200 registration fee discount!

 

Double Occupancy: (Per Person based on double occupancy accommodations) 

*Deluxe Large Window Cabin: $5,218.00 per person, double occupancy 

*French Balcony Cabin:   $5,818.00 per person, double occupancy   

Single Occupancy: (Per Person based on single occupancy accommodations) 

*Deluxe Large Window Cabin:     $7,767.00 per person, double occupancy    

*French Balcony Cabin:     $8,667.00 per person, double occupancy 

 

Initial Deposit: $700.00 per person cabin deposit (non refundable), plus the Conference Fee

Final Payment: No later than June 2, 2020

Requirements: A valid US passport is necessary with a minimum validity of 6 months from date of return

* Transfers are included if arriving in Paris on flights October 9 between 5:00 AM – 3:30 PM / Transfer are included on departure from Bordeaux if departing October 18 to the airport for flights from Bordeaux between 6:00am – 6:00 PM.

 

Cancellation Penalties:

From date of deposit to June 2, 2020  (Initial deposit of $700.00 per person) 

June 2 – August 7, 2020  (50% package price cancellation fee)  

August 8 – September 8, 2020  (75% package price cancellation fee) 

Sept 9, 2020 to 0 days prior to travel  (No Refund)

What Your Rate Includes:

  • Two nights hotel accommodation in Paris, at the Hotel Du Louvre (or similar) including breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfers are included if arriving in Paris on flights on October 9 between 5:00 AM – 3:30 PM / Transfer are included on departure from Bordeaux if departing on October 18 to the airport for flights from Bordeaux between 6:00am – 6:00 PM.
  • Hotel gratuities, service charges, taxes and porterage
  • Opera Garnier discovery Walk tour in Paris
  • Train transportation from Paris to Bordeaux
  • Deluxe 7-night Uniworld river cruise in a riverview stateroom on the beautiful new S.S. Bon Voyage
  • All gratuities to onboard staff, and to Uniworld onshore coach drivers and tour guides during your cruise
  • All meals onboard, with world-class cuisine made from the freshest ingredients, locally sourced from the destinations you visit            
  • Unlimited complimentary fine wine, beer, spirits, and soft drinks onboard the ship 
  • Six days of Uniworld excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts 
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager 
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions 
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Luxuriously appointed riverview staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options; iPhone/iPod charger and player
  • Bathrooms stocked with Asprey bath and body products and cozy robes and slippers
  • Customized informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

*Not Included: Airline flights, air-imposed baggage fees, gratuities for airport porters, meals (other than those included in the package); optional excursions that may be offered, and any items of a personal nature. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.

GROUP REGISTRATION FEE DISCOUNT:

If your Credit Union books 4 or more cabins aboard the same EduCruise, each of your conference attendees, who book aboard said EduCruise, will receive an additional $200 Conference Registration Fee Discount. 

* To attend this EduCruise cruise conference, your cruise ship cabin MUST be booked directly through our official EduCruise travel partner – FOX World Travel

 

Contact Information

Contact our Travel Team at:

FOX World Travel

educruises@foxworldtravel.com 

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