Taste of Bordeaux (Wine Themed) : 2017 - Bordeaux to Bordeaux : ms AmaDolce (Cruise Only)

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 chateaux, abundant vineyards and stunning scenery as you sail along the Garonne River and its surrounding estuaries, calling upon port cities like Cadillac, Bourg and Libourne. Enjoy tastings of some of the region's most distinguished wines and visit notable sights before concluding your journey with a two night stay in the Loire Valley and one night in Paris.

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • Special tours and tastings at local wineries and private cellars
  • Learn about winemaking in renowned vineyards
  • Onboard wine pairings with award-winning cuisine
  • A wine expert that leads tastings and discussions
  • 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

    Day 1 : BORDEAUX, 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 2 : CADILLAC
    Arrive this afternoon in Cadillac, a region renowned for its sensational white wines. You have your choice of two tours today. The first option is a visit to the Sauternes wine region, where You'll taste the highly sought-after sweet wines made here. As an alternative, you can choose to see the historic Roquetaillade Castle, a fortress which was initially built in the 10th century by Charlemagne as his army advanced toward the Pyrenees. (B,L,D)

    Day 3 : PAUILLAC
    Today, you will enjoy a tour of the lovely village town on the Left Bank of the Gironde estuary known as Pauillac. Situated in the famed Medoc AOC (appellation d'origine controlee, 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 Merlot grape variety. You'll be able to dabble in local blends this afternoon at an authentic Medoc wine tasting. Return to the ship for a wonderful dinner, and then spend the evening as you please - we will be docked in Pauillac overnight. (B,L,D)

    Day 4 : PAUILLAC - 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 significance. Today, You'll be able to enjoy an excursion to the city's 17th century citadel - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - which was built by famous military engineer Major Vaubon. From the top of this famous fortress, you can admire fantastic views of the impressive Gironde estuary. Return to the ship for a delicious lunch and prepare for an afternoon in Bourg. 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. Here, You'll be able to see the home of legendary French corsair, Jean Bart. The ship will remain overnight in Bourg. (B,L,D)

    Day 5 : BOURG - LIBOURNE
    This afternoon, You'll arrive in the wine-making capital, Libourne. Two of Bordeaux's most elite wine regions are very close by - St. Emilion and Pomerol. First, you will have the unique opportunity to savor exquisite blends during a tasting at a cave in St. Emilion, an old historic village known for its picturesque architecture and historic vineyards that were first introduced to the land by the Romans. Afterwards, enjoy a panoramic tour of the celebrated landscapes in Pomerol. The ship moors overnight in Libourne. (B,L,D)

    Day 6 : LIBOURNE - CUBZAC - BORDEAUX
    Start your adventure today with a tour of the magnificent Chateau D'Montaigne, a stunning 14th century castle which was the family residence of the philosopher, Michel de Montaigne. As an alternative you can visit a well-preserved local bastide town which was fortified during medieval times. We also offer an optional tour for guests to explore the flavors of Bergerac, a wine-growing region in the southern part of the Dordogne department that is home to 13 AOCs. Return to the ship for lunch as we cruise to Cubzac. This old town near the Dordogne once served as a watchtower during the Middle Ages and contains many historic treasures. While here, You'll taste wines from the Cotes de Bourg region. We sail to Bordeaux this evening where we will dock and indulge in a spectacular Farewell Dinner with your Captain. Later on, take in the brightly-lit sights on an illuminations cruise of this magical city. (B,L,D)

    Day 7 : BORDEAUX
    Today You'll see the elegant port city of Bordeaux on foot. 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. An optional tour will also be available for those who wish to see Cognac, a place best-known for its unique, double-distilled spirit and six prominent AOCs. Tonight, the ship will stay in Bordeaux. (B,L,D)

    Day 8 : BORDEAUX - DISEMBARKATION
    Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

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    Cruise Line
    AmaWaterways
    Duration
    8 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms AmaDolce

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Bordeaux  
    Day 2CADILLAC  
    Day 3PAUILLAC  
    Day 4BLAYE  
    Day 5LIBOURNE  
    Day 6LIBOURNE  
    Day 7Bordeaux  
    Day 8Bordeaux  
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    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.

    Single Supplement for Land: $800 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).

    Terms & Conditions: All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom, unless stated otherwise. Total savings are per stateroom based on double occupancy and are applicable to cruise only fare; not combinable with any other offer or discount. Other restrictions apply. Offer is capacity-controlled and subject to modification, reduction or withdrawal without notice. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

      
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