TASTE OF BORDEAUX

CRUISE FROM : BORDEAUX TO BORDEAUX

Travel to France’s legendary wine capital, Bordeaux. Iconic châteaux, timeless vineyards and delicious wine tastings are plentiful as you visit Libourne, Blaye, Bourg, Pauillac and Cadillac. This trip is a must for anyone interested in the best of French culture, lifestyle, wine and food.

COUNTRIES: FRANCE,
RIVERS: GARONNE, DORDOGNE

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DAY 1 Bordeaux EMBARKATION

Embark the ship for your Taste of Bordeaux cruise. (D)

DAY 2 Bordeaux Morning scenic cruising
Libourne Saint-Émilion excursion and Grand Cru Classé wine tasting
OR Saint-Émilion bike tour and wine tasting
OR Château de Vayres

Take in the romance of Bordeaux as you pass iconic sights on a scenic morning cruise. Later in the day, dock in Libourne, a gateway to one of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions. Join an excursion to Saint Émilion, known for its celebrated vineyards, 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. You can also choose to tour the magnificent Château Vayres, one of the most prestigious historic buildings of Aquitaine. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 Libourne French country market visit with tastings
OR Château de Montaigne
OR Fronsac Wine Tasting
OR Hike with Wine and Tapas Tasting

Blaye Free evening

Stroll through Libourne’s indoor market, tasting some of the region’s specialties. Alternatively, tour the magnificent Château de Montaigne, a stunning 19th-century castle where you will enjoy a tasting of the wines of the Mahler-Besse family during your visit to this historic property. You can also choose to visit the place where the first vines in the Libourne wine region were planted 2,000 years ago, Fronsac, and taste local wines from a cellar at a beautiful wine estate. Or, you can get your heart pumping by hiking through one of Libourne’s renowned vineyards and rewarding yourself with a wine and tapas tasting. Later in the day, set sail for Blaye, where you’ll enjoy an evening at your leisure. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 Blaye Citadel visit
Bourg Bourg walking tour, Carriage Museum and exclusive wine festival
Blaye OR Blaye bike tour
OR Blaye to Bourg bike tour

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 around Blaye. Later in the day, you can choose to bike from Blaye through the idyllic French countryside to Bourg. While in the ancient village of Bourg, take a walking tour and 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 Pauillac Medoc Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and scenic vineyard tour

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 6 Cadillac Roquetaillade Castle with Sauternes wine tasting
Bordeaux Illuminations cruise

Visit the impressive Castle of Roquetaillade, an amazingly preserved masterpiece of medieval military architecture owned by the same noble family for 700 years. Next, travel to the Sauternes wine region to either Chateau de Rayne Vigneau or Chateau Guiraud to taste the highly prized golden-hued sweet wines produced here. In the evening, enjoy a spectacular illumination cruise, gazing at the iconic structures of Bordeaux as they glow against the night sky. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 Bordeaux UNESCO city tour and Wine Museum
OR Bordeaux bike tour and Wine Museum

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. Bike enthusiasts will wish to join a tour along the city’s amazing network of bicycle paths. Both the city tour and bicycle tour will be followed by a visit to the immersive and interactive Bordeaux Wine Museum, housed in an awe-inspiring building. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 Bordeaux DISEMBARKATION
Disembark the ship and prepare for your flight home. (B)


WHATS INCLUDED:
SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with French balconies)
Computer for internet access
Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
Desk and sitting area
Bottled water replenished daily

AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
Internet and Wi-Fi access
Sun deck whirlpool and walking track
Fitness room, massage services and hair
Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
Daily entertainment including cultural performances

AWARD-WINNING DINING
All onboard dining in a variety of venues
Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
Tapas, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
Immersive tours in every destination
Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
Bike tours and hikes
Special Interest Tours
Knowledgeable guides
Personal headset for easy exploration
Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways



Terms & Conditions: Prices quoted are per person, reflect the 2 for 1 savings, are cruise only & based on double occupancy. Airfare extra. Limited time offer - Book by May 31, 2019. Private Sales are deep discounts and are not combinable with any other promotions. Other restrictions apply. Offers are based on double occupancy and are valid on select sailings only for new FIT bookings. Not applicable to Suites. Offers are not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, consortia programs, are limited to availability, are capacity controlled and are subject to change or termination without notice. Other restrictions apply. Land programs, visas, roundtrip airfare and gratuities are additional.