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Taste of Bordeaux

Spend 2 nights in Paris, followed by an enchanting 7-night cruise roundtrip from Bordeaux, ending with 2 nights in the Loire Valley and 1 night in Paris
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13 days - Travel to Paris and return from Paris

OVERVIEW

Begin with a two-night stay in Paris, the magical “City of Light,” and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city’s top sights. Continue on to Bordeaux, the capital of Aquitaine in Southwestern France and one of the world’s undisputed wine capitals. You’ll discover stately châteaux, abundant vineyards and stunning scenery as you sail along the Garonne River and its surrounding estuaries, calling upon port cities like Cadillac, Pauillac, Bourg and Libourne. Enjoy tastings of some of the region’s most distinguished wines and visit notable sights before concluding your journey in the Loire Valley.


  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1ParisHotel check-in
2ParisCity tour
3ParisTGV train to Bordeaux
BordeauxEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
4CadillacSauternes wine tasting and Roquetaillade Castle
5PauillacGrand Cru Classé wine tasting
6BlayeCitadel visit
OR Bike tour
Blaye to Bourg bike tour
BourgBourg Festival of wine and music
7LibourneSaint Emilion excursion and Grand Cru Classé wine tasting
OR Saint Emilion bike tour
8LibourneChâteau de Vayres
OR Bastide town and traditional market
Château de Montaigne
OR Fronsac wine tasting
BordeauxFarewell Dinner
9BordeauxCity tour and Wine Museum
OR Bordeaux bike tour
Free time
10BordeauxDISEMBARKATION
TGV train to Tours
ToursWalking tour and free time
Loire ValleyHotel check-in
11Loire ValleyChâteau d’Amboise and Du Close Luce
Château de Chenonceau excursion
12Loire ValleyHotel check-out
Château de Chambord and
Blois Royal Château excursion
Transfer to Paris
ParisParis Airport hotel check-in
13ParisReturn flight home
DayDestinationActivities
1BordeauxEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
2CadillacSauternes wine tasting and Roquetaillade Castle
3PauillacGrand Cru Classé wine tasting
4BlayeCitadel visit
OR Bike tour
Blaye to Bourg bike tour
BourgBourg Festival of wine and music
5LibourneSaint Emilion excursion and Grand Cru Classé wine tasting
OR Saint Emilion bike tour
6LibourneChâteau de Vayres
OR Bastide town and traditional market
Château de Montaigne
OR Fronsac wine tasting
BordeauxFarewell Dinner
7BordeauxCity tour and Wine Museum
OR Bordeaux bike tour
Free time
8BordeauxDISEMBARKATION

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 2 nights hotel in Paris at the Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast.
  • Transfer to Bordeaux via High-speed TGV train
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French balconies
  • Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Multiple dining venues
  • Unlimited red and white wines from France's great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
  • Services of a professional Cruise Manager; English speaking staff on board
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on Sun Deck only)
  • Shore excursions in every port with personal headset included
  • Bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours
  • 2 nights hotel in the Loire Valley at the Novotel Amboise (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • 1 night hotel in Paris at the Pullman Paris Roissy CDG Airport (or similar) including buffet breakfast
  • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways

DETAILED ITINERARY


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Day 1ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE.
Arrive in Paris and check-in to your hotel. The balance of the day is yours to start exploring this beautiful city.
Day 2PARIS
Today, you’ll visit Notre Dame and then enjoy some free time to explore the “City of Light.” Afterwards, you’ll see some of the most famous sights on a panoramic city tour, followed by a photo stop at Champs de Mars for views of the Eiffel Tower. (B)
Day 3PARIS - BORDEAUX - EMBARKATION
Check out of your hotel in the morning, and board a TGV high-speed train that will take you straight to the legendary land of wine blends and monumental architecture – Bordeaux. Arrive at your luxurious ship, where you will gather this evening for a Welcome Dinner. (B,D)
Day 4CADILLAC
Arrive this afternoon in Cadillac, a region renowned for its sensational white wines. Today you will visit the Sauternes wine region, where you’ll taste the highly sought-after sweet wines made here. Afterwards, you will see historic Roquetaillade Castle, which is one of the most impressive castles in Europe. It is almost perfectly preserved and still owned by the original noble family that has possessed it for hundreds of years. (B,L,D)
Day 5PAUILLAC
Today, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the lovely village town on the Left Bank of the Gironde estuary known as Pauillac. Situated in the famed Médoc AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée, a government controlled destination of origin which signifies where grapes are grown), Pauillac’s gravelly soils are renowned for producing some of the world’s finest Bordeaux wines – especially those made from the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grape varietals. You’ll be able to taste local at an authentic Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and also have free time to explore Pauillac – we will be docked here overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 6PAUILLAC - BLAYE - BOURG
Take in the riverside scenery this morning as we make our way from Pauillac to Blaye. North of Bordeaux, this small town is best known for its red wine and historic military significance. You’ll have your choice of two activities. The first is an excursion to the city’s 17th century citadel – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – that was built by famous military engineer Vauban. From the top of this famous fortress, you can admire fantastic views of the impressive Gironde estuary. The second is a bike tour on which you will wind your way through vineyards, see amazing châteaux and cross Santiago’s path, a famous pilgrimage route from the middle ages. Return to the ship for a delicious lunch and prepare for an afternoon in Bourg, to which you can cruise or bike. The bike tour will take you along the “Captain’s Road,” a scenic coastal path that leads to Bourg sur Gironde. Ideally situated at the confluence of the Dordogne and Garonne, this historic village still lives inside medieval walls. Built during Roman times and later fortified by the English, it is filled with rich architectural tradition. Afterwards, enjoy an exclusive festival of music and wine from the appellation of Cotes du Bourg. The ship will remain here overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 7BOURG - LIBOURNE
This afternoon, you’ll arrive in the winemaking capital of Libourne. Two of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions are very close by – Saint Emilion and Pomerol. You can either enjoy a Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and a visit to the Underground Churches (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in St Emilion, as well as a panoramic tour of Pomerol, or join a guided bike tour through the vineyards of both towns followed by a wine tasting. The ship moors overnight in Libourne. (B,L,D)
Day 8LIBOURNE - BORDEAUX
Start your adventure today with a tour of the magnificent Château Vayres, located on the banks of the Dordogne River. As an alternative you can visit a well-preserved local bastide town, which was fortified during medieval times. This afternoon, you will have the option of a Fronsac wine tasting, or to visit Château de Montaigne, a stunning 14th century castle that was the family residence of the philosopher, Michel de Montaigne. We sail to Bordeaux this evening where we will dock and indulge in a spectacular Farewell Dinner with your Captain. (B,L,D)
Day 9BORDEAUX
Today you’ll see the elegant port city of Bordeaux. The breathtaking capital of the wine world is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, with over 360 historic monuments within its borders, it is also classified as a “City of Art and History.” You’ll have an opportunity to experience much of the rich culture and architecture here, including a tasting at the Wine Museum. You will see sights like the Pont de Pierre Bridge, Quinconces Monumental Square and the famed water mirror, Mirroir d’eau. Those seeking a more active way to see the city can join a guided bike tour instead. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore the town on your own. Tonight, the ship will stay in Bordeaux. (B,L,D)
Day 10BORDEAUX – DISEMBARKATION – TOURS
Disembark your ship in Bordeaux and continue your journey to Tours, France by TGV train. Experience this charming city in the Loire Valley, which offers the best of French lifestyle with medieval streets teeming with art, history, lovely gardens and tasty cuisine. You’ll have free time to stop at a lively restaurant or market for lunch on your own, and also join a walking tour. Transfer to your hotel in Amboise to check in this afternoon and then have dinner. (B,D)
Day 11AMBOISE
Today, you’ll tour the spectacular Renaissance style Château d’Amboise. Its extravagant residences, gardens and Gothic chapel belonged to several French kings in the past. You’ll also discover Château du Close Luce, Leonardo da Vinci’s last home. This is where he completed some of his most famous works, like The Mona Lisa, The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, and the Saint John the Baptist. You’ll have free time to use as you please and have lunch, followed by an afternoon tour of the stunning, river-crossing Château de Chenonceau. (B)
Day 12AMBOISE - PARIS
Check out of your hotel this morning before you visit the astoundingly massive Château de Chambord. Located at the heart of Europe’s largest enclosed wooded park, its 156-meter façade, 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 282 fireplaces make this the largest castle in Loire Valley. Next, marvel at the residence of seven kings and ten queens of France during your tour of the famous Château de Blois. Enjoy free time for lunch this afternoon, and then transfer by bus to your hotel, located at Charles De Gaulle Airport. (B)
Day 13PARIS
Bid farewell to Paris and prepare for your flight home. (B)
Day 1BORDEAUX, FRANCE - EMBARKATION
Welcome to Bordeaux, where you’ll board your luxurious river cruise. Meet your fellow passengers this evening during a delectable Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2CADILLAC
Arrive this afternoon in Cadillac, a region renowned for its sensational white wines. Today you will visit the Sauternes wine region, where you’ll taste the highly sought-after sweet wines made here. Afterwards, you will see historic Roquetaillade Castle, which is one of the most impressive castles in Europe. It is almost perfectly preserved and still owned by the original noble family that has possessed it for hundreds of years. (B,L,D)
Day 3PAUILLAC
Today, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the lovely village town on the Left Bank of the Gironde estuary known as Pauillac. Situated in the famed Médoc AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée, a government controlled destination of origin which signifies where grapes are grown), Pauillac’s gravelly soils are renowned for producing some of the world’s finest Bordeaux wines – especially those made from the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grape varietals. You’ll be able to taste local at an authentic Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and also have free time to explore Pauillac – we will be docked here overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 4PAUILLAC - BLAYE - BOURG
Take in the riverside scenery this morning as we make our way from Pauillac to Blaye. North of Bordeaux, this small town is best known for its red wine and historic military significance. You’ll have your choice of two activities. The first is an excursion to the city’s 17th century citadel – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – that was built by famous military engineer Vauban. From the top of this famous fortress, you can admire fantastic views of the impressive Gironde estuary. The second is a bike tour on which you will wind your way through vineyards, see amazing châteaux and cross Santiago’s path, a famous pilgrimage route from the middle ages. Return to the ship for a delicious lunch and prepare for an afternoon in Bourg, to which you can cruise or bike. The bike tour will take you along the “Captain’s Road,” a scenic coastal path that leads to Bourg sur Gironde. Ideally situated at the confluence of the Dordogne and Garonne, this historic village still lives inside medieval walls. Built during Roman times and later fortified by the English, it is filled with rich architectural tradition. Afterwards, enjoy an exclusive festival of music and wine from the appellation of Cotes du Bourg. The ship will remain here overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 5BOURG - LIBOURNE
This afternoon, you’ll arrive in the winemaking capital of Libourne. Two of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions are very close by – Saint Emilion and Pomerol. You can either enjoy a Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and a visit to the Underground Churches (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in St Emilion, as well as a panoramic tour of Pomerol, or join a guided bike tour through the vineyards of both towns followed by a wine tasting. The ship moors overnight in Libourne. (B,L,D)
Day 6LIBOURNE - BORDEAUX
Start your adventure today with a tour of the magnificent Château Vayres, located on the banks of the Dordogne River. As an alternative you can visit a well-preserved local bastide town, which was fortified during medieval times. This afternoon, you will have the option of a Fronsac wine tasting, or to visit Château de Montaigne, a stunning 14th century castle that was the family residence of the philosopher, Michel de Montaigne. We sail to Bordeaux this evening where we will dock and indulge in a spectacular Farewell Dinner with your Captain. (B,L,D)
Day 7BORDEAUX
Today you’ll see the elegant port city of Bordeaux. The breathtaking capital of the wine world is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, with over 360 historic monuments within its borders, it is also classified as a “City of Art and History.” You’ll have an opportunity to experience much of the rich culture and architecture here, including a tasting at the Wine Museum. You will see sights like the Pont de Pierre Bridge, Quinconces Monumental Square and the famed water mirror, Mirroir d’eau. Those seeking a more active way to see the city can join a guided bike tour instead. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore the town on your own. Tonight, the ship will stay in Bordeaux. (B,L,D)
Day 8BORDEAUX - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

 

 

DATES & RATES

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Mar 22ParisMar 23AmaDolceBordeauxMar 25$2,899$4,399Has Sailed
Mar 29ParisMar 30AmaDolceBordeauxApr 1$2,999$4,499Has Sailed
Apr 5 ParisApr 6AmaDolceBordeauxApr 8$3,199$4,699Has Sailed
Apr 12 ParisApr 13AmaDolceBordeauxApr 15$3,299$4,799Has Sailed
Apr 26ParisApr 27AmaDolceBordeauxApr 29$3,599$5,099Has Sailed
May 3ParisMay 4AmaDolceBordeauxMay 6$3,599$5,099Has Sailed
May 24ParisMay 25AmaDolceBordeauxMay 27$3,699$5,199Has Sailed
May 31ParisJun 1AmaDolceBordeauxJun 3$3,699 $5,199 Click to view upgrades
Jun 7ParisJun 8AmaDolceBordeauxJun 10$3,699 $5,199 Click to view upgrades
Jun 21ParisJun 22AmaDolceBordeauxJun 24$3,699 $5,199 Click to view upgrades
Jun 28 ParisJun 29AmaDolceBordeauxJul 1$3,599$5,099Click to view upgrades
Jul 12ParisJul 13AmaDolceBordeauxJul 15$3,599 $5,099 Click to view upgrades
Jul 19 ParisJul 20AmaDolceBordeauxJul 22$3,599 $5,099 Click to view upgrades
Aug 2 ParisAug 3AmaDolceBordeauxAug 5$3,599 $5,099 Click to view upgrades
Aug 9 ParisAug 10AmaDolceBordeauxAug 12$3,599 $5,099 Click to view upgrades
Aug 23ParisAug 24AmaDolceBordeauxAug 26$3,799 $5,299 Click to view upgrades
Aug 30ParisAug 31AmaDolceBordeauxSep 2$3,899 $5,399 Click to view upgrades
Sep 13ParisSep 14AmaDolceBordeauxSep 16$3,899 $5,399 Click to view upgrades
Sep 27ParisSep 28AmaDolceBordeauxSep 30$3,899 $5,399 Click to view upgrades
Oct 4ParisOct 5AmaDolceBordeauxOct 7$3,799 $5,299 Click to view upgrades
Oct 11ParisOct 12AmaDolceBordeauxOct 14$3,599$5,099Click to view upgrades
Oct 18 ParisOct 19AmaDolceBordeauxOct 21$3,499$4,999Click to view upgrades
Oct 25ParisOct 26AmaDolceBordeauxOct 28$3,399 $4,899 Click to view upgrades
Nov 1 ParisNov 2AmaDolceBordeauxNov 4$3,199 $4,699 Click to view upgrades
Nov 8 ParisNov 9AmaDolceBordeauxNov 11$3,099 $4,599 Click to view upgrades
Nov 15 ParisNov 16AmaDolceBordeauxNov 18$3,099 $4,599 Click to view upgrades

Wine Cruise.

Notes:

Important:  Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Port Charges:  $168 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise:  50% of twin price; A+ & Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.

Single Supplement for Land:  $750 per person.

Bedding:  Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).


All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-40.

SHIP(S)

AmaDolce

The custom-designed AmaDolce was introduced in 2009 and features spacious staterooms, most with French Balconies, Internet/WiFi access, walking track along our Sun Deck and guided bicycle tours at stops along the river.

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