Taste of Bordeaux River Cruise Travel Dates: July 25 thru August 1, 2019 7 Nights AMA Waterways River Cruise
Optional 3-Night Pre-Cruise Stay In San Sebastian Spain* & Optional 2-Night Post-Cruise Stay In Chateau Hotel In The Loire Valley With 1-Night In Paris Near The Airport*
Discover the gems of Spain’s Basque Country with an optional 3-night stay in the stunning seaside resort of San Sebastian with The Barefoot Gang. Then begin your river cruise journey in Bordeaux, France’s wine capital. Iconic châteaux, timeless vineyards & delicious wine tastings are plentiful as you visit Cadillac, Pauillac, Saint-Émilion, Libourne & Bourg. After cruising the Bordeaux region, experience the lure of the UNESCO Loire Valley with an optional 2-night stay in a luxury chateau hotel with further exploration of France’s wine region & charming villages. Your trip will end in Paris with a 1-night stay in a deluxe Paris hotel near the airport. This trip is a must for anyone interested in the best of French culture, lifestyle, wine & food.
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On our cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
Roquetaillade Castle and Sauternes wine tasting
Médoc Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and scenic vineyard tour
Saint-Émilion excursion and Grand Cru Classé wine tasting
Château de Vayres OR French country market visit with tastings OR Countryside hike with wine tasting Afternoon Château de Montaigne OR Fronsac wine tasting
UNESCO city tour and Wine Museum OR Bordeaux bike tour
Day-To-Day Descriptive Cruise Itinerary
Day 1, BORDEAUX – EMBARKATION. Welcome to Bordeaux, where you’ll board your luxurious river cruise ship. (D)
Day 2, CADILLAC. Visit the impressive Castle of Roquetaillade, an amazingly preserved masterpiece of medieval military architecture owned by the same noble family for 700 years. Afterwards, travel to the Sauternes wine region to either Château de Rayne Vigneau or Château Guiraud to taste the highly prized golden-hued sweet wines produced here. (B,L,D)
Day 3, PAUILLAC. Pauillac, a lovely village on the Left Bank of the Gironde Estuary, is gateway to the famed Médoc region, renowned for producing some of the world’s finest Bordeaux wines. You will see some of the most beautiful and famous wine estates, including Château Latour, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Pichon Longueville. You’ll then visit either Château Gruaud Larose or Château Léoville Poyferré for a tasting of Grand Cru wines. (B,L,D)
Day 4, BLAYE – BOURG. Once in Blaye, you can join a tour of its 17th-century citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a more active excursion, take a bike ride from Blaye through the idyllic French countryside. During the afternoon, you can cruise to Bourg or join a bike tour along Santiago’s path—a famous pilgrimage route—to Bourg. While in the ancient village of Bourg, visit the Carriage Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of horse-drawn vehicles. Later in the day, experience the hospitality of this charming medieval village with an exclusive wine festival. Meet the local wine growers and taste the fruits of their labors as well as enjoy live French music and dancing. (B,L,D)
Day 5, LIBOURNE. Libourne provides a gateway to one of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions, Saint-Émilion, known for its celebrated vineyards. Join an excursion to historic Saint Émilion, and while here, explore the monolithic church carved out of one piece of limestone rock, and then go under the church to discover its catacombs and caves. Afterwards, enjoy a Grand Cru Classé wine tasting at either Château de Ferrand or Château de Pressac. If you prefer a more active adventure, pedal through the vineyard-rich countryside to Saint-Émilion and then to Château Soutard for a Grand Cru Classé wine tasting. (B,L,D)
Day 6, LIBOURNE. Tour the magnificent Château Vayres, one of the most prestigious historic buildings of Aquitaine, or spend time discovering the Bastide town of Libourne and then stroll through its colorful open-air market, tasting some of the region’s specialties. For a more active exploration of the countryside, enjoy a hike followed by a wine tasting. Later in the day, you will have two options of excursions. Visit Château de Montaigne, a stunning 14th-century castle that was the family residence of philosopher Michel de Montaigne and enjoy a lovely wine tasting. Alternatively, visit Fronsac, where you can taste some of the regional wines at a grand wine cellar. (B,L,D)
Day 7, BORDEAUX. The breathtaking capital of the wine world, Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and classified as a “City of Art and History.” You’ll have an opportunity to experience much of the rich culture and architecture on a city tour followed by a visit to the Bordeaux Wine Museum, housed in an awe-inspiring building. Bike enthusiasts will wish to join a tour along the city’s amazing network of bicycle paths. (B,L,D)
Day 8, BORDEAUX –DISEMBARKATION. Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight or your post-cruise extension. (B)
Enjoy the sweet life aboard AmaDolce. Your experience starts in your elegantly appointed stateroom, where Entertainment-On-Demand and soothing bath and body products bring you the ultimate in comfort before your cozy bed envelops you in sweet dreams. Warm caramel and honey-colored tones adorn the room while a French balcony—available in most staterooms—allows you to indulge in scenic views. Follow your nose to the Main Restaurant or clink glasses in the bar, where rich, chocolate-hued woods bring beauty to the backdrop of your every craving. The Chef Table specialty restaurant is the cherry on top of an already exquisite culinary experience on board that includes lunch and dinners paired with unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks. And should you wish to stay active, a Sun Deck walking track, fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles are ready and waiting to assist you on your wellness journey. View more information on AMA Waterways.
Every aspect of the staterooms on an AmaWaterways ship was thoughtfully conceived with the comfort of our guests in mind. Standard staterooms start from 160 square feet and suites can be as large as 350 square feet in Europe. From ample storage space, to a desk useful for writing correspondence or checking the Internet, to bathrooms with unique architecture and multi-jet shower heads... an array of innovations that really do set our floating hotels apart.
Standard staterooms range from 170 square feet
French balcony staterooms are 170 - 225 square feet
Suites range are 255 square feet
STATEROOM AMENITIES (all complimentary)
In-room device for internet access (with flat-screen monitor) and Wi-Fi
Entertainment on demand featuring movies, news, TV and music
Category S Suite, French Balcony, 255 Sq. Ft. Violin Deck, Mid-Ship Cabins, Deck 3, Limited Availability
$150 Per Person On-Board Credit Will Be Given For This Cruise!
Prices above include $182 per person in port charges. Prices also include a $500 per person discount that AMA Waterways is offering through November 30, 2018. Staff gratuities of $141 per person are extra. Airfare is extra.
Payment & Cancellation Terms & Conditions:
· $400 Per Person Deposit Is Required To Secure Cruise Reservation
· Final Payment Is Due 4/19/2019
· $200 of Deposit Is Non-Refundable
· 120 – 90 Days Prior To Departure: Loss of Deposit ($400)
· 89 – 60 Days Prior To Departure: 35% Of Cruise Price is Non-Refundable
· 59 – 30 Days Prior To Departure: 50% Of Cruise Price is Non-Refundable
· 29 – 7 Days Prior To Departure: 80% Of Cruise Price is Non-Refundable
· 6 Day Or Less Prior To Departure: 100% Of Cruise Price is Non-Refundable
Trip Insurance is recommended and will be offered for investment protection.
* Pre-and-Post Cruise Extensions are now being developed. Details and pricing will be communicated at a later date.