Taste of Bordeaux : 2018 - 7-Night Cruise with 2 Nights Pre-Cruise and 3 Nights Post-Cruise : Paris to Paris : ms AmaDolce
Rendezvous in Paris before traveling to Bordeaux, one of the world's undisputed wine regions. Iconic chÃ¢teaux, timeless vineyards and delicious wine tastings are plentiful as you visit Cadillac, Pauillac, Saint-Ã?milion and Libourne. Be treated to an exclusive experience in Bourg, featuring live French music, dancing, wine and hors d'oeuvres. After cruising the Garonne and Dordogne rivers and surrounding Gironde Estuary, experience the lure of the UNESCO World Heritage Loire Valley for two nights before concluding your journey with an overnight stay in Paris. This trip is a must for anyone interested in the best of French culture, lifestyle, wine and food.
RIVERS: Dordogne, Garonne
Taste of Bordeaux
At A Glance
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.
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 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 ChaÃ®ne des RÃ´tisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner La ChaÃ®ne des RÃ´tisseurs exclusive dining experience Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks Tapas, sandwiches, 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
Land Program 2 nights hotel in Paris at the Marriott Opera Ambassador (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast Transfer from Paris to Bordeaux via high-speed TGV train Transfer from Bordeaux to Tours via high-speed TGV train 2 nights hotel in the Loire Valley at the Amboise Novotel (or similar), including city tour, chÃ¢teaux visits and daily breakfast 1 night hotel in Paris at the Pullman Charles de Gaulle (or similar), including daily breakfast
Day 1 : ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE
Arrive in Paris and check-in to your hotel.
Day 2 : PARIS
Get acquainted with some of Paris's many iconic sites, including Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower on a panoramic city tour. (B)
Day 3 : PARIS - BORDEAUX - EMBARKATION
Check-out of your hotel and board a TGV train that takes you to the legendary land of wine, Bordeaux, where you'll board your luxurious ship. (B,D)
Day 4 : 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 ChÃ¢teau de Rayne Vigneau or ChÃ¢teau Guiraud to taste the highly prized golden-hued sweet wines produced here. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : PAUILLAC
Pauillac, a lovely village on the Left Bank of the Gironde Estuary, is the gateway to the famed MÃ©doc 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 ChÃ¢teau Latour, ChÃ¢teau Mouton Rothschild, ChÃ¢teau Lafite Rothschild and ChÃ¢teau Pichon Longueville. You'll then visit either ChÃ¢teau Gruaud Larose or ChÃ¢teau LÃ©oville PoyferrÃ© for a tasting of Grand Cru wines. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : PAUILLAC - 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. Alternatively, visit a prehistoric cave, Pair non Pair, offering one of the best examples of art made by prehistoric man. 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 and then explore the underground passageways that lead you to the immense oil tanks from the Second World War. Later in the day, experience the hospitality of this charming medieval village with an exclusive wine festival complete with live French music, dancing, wine and hors d'oeuvres. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : BOURG - LIBOURNE
Libourne provides a gateway to one of Bordeaux's most elite wine regions, Saint-Ã?milion, known for its picturesque architecture, monuments and celebrated vineyards. Join an excursion to historic Saint Ã?milion, 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 wine tasting at either ChÃ¢teau de Ferrand or ChÃ¢teau de Pressac. Prefer a more active adventure, pedal through the vineyard-rich countryside to Saint-Ã?milion and then to ChÃ¢teau Soutard for a Grand Cru ClassÃ© wine tasting. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : LIBOURNE - BORDEAUX
Tour the magnificent ChÃ¢teau 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 can visit Fronsac, where you can taste some of the regional wines at a grand wine cellar; or if you missed the countryside hike in the morning, you can do it in the afternoon, followed by a wine tasting. (B,L,D)
Day 9 : 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 10 : BORDEAUX - DISEMBARKATION - TOURS
Disembark your ship in Bordeaux and continue your journey by TGV train to Tours, France-gateway to the Loire Valley chÃ¢teaux. Renowned for good food and good living and teeming with art, history and lovely gardens, it's the perfect place to explore or join a walking tour. You'll then be transferred to your hotel in Amboise. (B)
Day 11 : AMBOISE
Visit three of the Loire Valley's regal chÃ¢teaux starting with the ChÃ¢teau de Chenonceau, one of the most beautiful castles in France. This chÃ¢teaux has been referred to as the "Women's Castle" since it is the only castle in the region that has been built, inhabited and saved by women during the Renaissance. ChÃ¢teau du Close LucÃ© was Leonardo da Vinci's last home where he completed some of his most famous works under the patronage of the King of France. The ChÃ¢teau d'Amboise, perched on a promontory overlooking the Loire River, was the first Renaissance chÃ¢teau built in the Loire Valley and features extravagant residences, gardens and a Gothic chapel, where Leonardo da Vinci is buried. (B)
Day 12 : AMBOISE - PARIS
En route to Paris, visit two more majestic chÃ¢teaux. While ChÃ¢teau de Chambord, located at the heart of Europe's largest enclosed wooded park, began as an unassuming hunting lodge, it is now the biggest chÃ¢teau in the Loire Valley with 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 282 fireplaces. Next, marvel at the residence of seven kings and ten queens of France at the famous ChÃ¢teau de Blois where you'll discover the secrets of the French court. Afterwards, transfer by motorcoach to your hotel at Charles De Gaulle Airport. (B)
Day 13 : DEPART PARIS
Bid farewell to Paris and prepare for your flight home. (B)
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Port Charges not included in cruise price$168 per person.
Single Supplement for Cruise50% of twin price; A+ & Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
Single Supplement for Land$800 per person.
BeddingPlease 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).
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