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Taste the wines of the Bordeaux region of France

Taste of Bordeaux

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Join the crew of the MS Amadolce on this beautiful tour to Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Begin with a two night stay in Paris, the magical “City of Light,” and participate in a panoramic tour of the city’s top sites. Continue to Bordeaux, one of the world’s undisputed wine capitals. Here, you can discover stately chateaux, abundant vineyards, and stunning scenery as you sail along the Garonne River and its surrounding estuaries. Enjoy tastings of some of the region’s most distinguished wines before going on to the Loire Valley for two nights and then concluding with an overnight stay in Paris.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Paris, France
Day 2 : Paris
Day 3 : Bordeaux | Embark
Day 4 : Cadillac
Day 5 : Pauillac
Day 6 : Blaye | Bourg
Day 7 : Libourne
Day 8 : Libourne | Fronsac
Day 9 : Bordeaux
Day 10 : Bordeax | Disembark | Loire Valley
Day 11 : Amboise
Day 12 : Paris
Day 13 : Depart Paris, France

Highlights

  • Discover Paris and its most famous landmarks, including Notre Dame
  • Enjoy France's most well-known wines
  • Visit the capital of wine, Bordeaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tour the Renaissance style Château d’Amboise

Ship

MS Amadolce

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Taste the wines of the Bordeaux region of France Eiffel Tower and the Seine River Sprawling vineyards of France Biking past the Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux The gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral towers over the streets of Paris

Day 1 Arrive 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 2 Paris

Get acquainted with some of Paris’s many iconic sites, including Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower, on a panoramic city tour.

Day 3 Bordeaux | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Check out of your hotel in the morning, and board a TGV high-speed train that takes you straight to the legendary land of wine blends and monumental architecture – Bordeaux. Arrive at your luxurious ship and gather this evening for a Welcome Dinner. 

Day 4 Cadillac

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Wine-themed Cruise: 
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. Afterwards, visit the impressive Castle of Roquetaillade, an amazingly preserved masterpiece of medieval military architecture owned by the same noble family for 700 years.

Day 5 Pauillac

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Pauillac, a lovely village on the Left Bank of the Gironde Estuary, is the gateway to the famed Médoc region renowned for producing some of the world’s finest Bordeaux wines. See some of the most beautiful and famous wine estates, including Château Latour, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Lafite Rothschild, and Château Pichon Longueville. Then visit either Château Gruaud Larose or Château Léoville Poyferré for a tasting of Grand Cru wines.

Day 6 Blaye | Bourg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
​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.

Day 7 Libourne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Libourne provides a gateway to one of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions, Saint-Émilion, known for its picturesque architecture, monuments, and 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 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.

Day 8 Libourne | Fronsac

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 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. 

Day 9 Bordeaux

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The breathtaking capital of the wine world, Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and classified as a “City of Art and History.” 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 may wish to join a tour along the city’s amazing network of bicycle paths.

Day 10 Bordeax | Disembark | Loire Valley

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark your ship in Bordeaux and continue your journey by TGV train to Tours, France—gateway to the Loire Valley châteaux. 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 are then transferred to your hotel in Amboise.

Day 11 Amboise

  • 1 Breakfast
Visit three of the Loire Valley’s regal châteaux starting with the Château de Chenonceau, one of the most beautiful castles in France. This châteaux 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. Château du Close Lucé 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 Château d’Amboise, perched on a promontory overlooking the Loire River, was the first Renaissance château built in the Loire Valley and features extravagant residences, gardens, and a Gothic chapel, where Leonardo da Vinci is buried.

Day 12 Paris

  • 1 Breakfast
En route to Paris, visit two more majestic châteaux. While Château de Chambord, located at the heart of Europe’s largest enclosed wooded park, began as an unassuming hunting lodge, it is now the biggest château 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 Château de Blois where you can discover the secrets of the French court. Afterwards, transfer by motorcoach to your hotel at Charles De Gaulle Airport.

Day 13 Depart Paris, France

  • 1 Breakfast
​Bid farewell to Paris and prepare for your flight home. 

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2017 Included Features:
- 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with French balconies)
- Computer for internet access
- Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
- Desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
- Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and 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
- Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Bike tours and hikes
- Limited Edition Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from the expedition company
- Land Program
- 2 nights hotel in Paris at the Marriott Opera Ambassador (or similar), including dailybuffet breakfast
- Transfer from the hotel to Bordeaux via high-speedTGV train"
- 2 nights hotel in the Loire Valley at the Amboise Novotel (or similar), including daily breakfast"
- 1 night hotel in Paris at the Pullman Charles de Gaulle (or similar), including daily breakfast".

2018 Included Features:
- 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
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- 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 Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
- 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 the expedition company
- 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-speedTGV 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, châteaux visits and daily breakfast
- 1 night hotel in Paris at the Pullman Charles de Gaulle (or similar), including daily breakfast.

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  • 12 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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