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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 sights. 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 : Paris | Bordeaux | Embarkation
Day 4 : Cadillac
Day 5 : Pauillac
Day 6 : Pauillac | Blaye | Bourg
Day 7 : Bourg | Libourne
Day 8 : Libourne | Cubzac | Bordeaux
Day 9 : Bordeaux
Day 10 : Bordeax | Disembarkation | Loire Valley
Day 11 : Amboise
Day 12 : Amboise | Paris
Day 13 : Paris

Highlights

  • Explore Paris and its most famous landmarks, including Notre Dame
  • Taste wine from France's most well-known wine region, Bordeaux
  • Bike along the “Captain’s Road,” a scenic coastal path to Bourg sur Gironde
  • 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 Loire Valley Sprawling vineyards of France The gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral towers over the streets of Paris Visit the unique Sacre Coeur Basilica while touring through 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

This morning, see some of the most famous sights in the “City of Light” on a guided tour. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the world-class museums, beautiful architecture and local culture on your own. 

Day 3 Paris | Bordeaux | Embarkation

  • 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
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 can 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. 

Day 5 Pauillac

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, enjoy a tour of the lovely village town on the Left Bank of the Gironde estuary known as Pauillac. Situated in the famed Médoc AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée, 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. Dabble in local blends this afternoon at an authentic Médoc wine tasting. Return to the ship for a wonderful dinner, and then spend the evening as you please – the ship docks in Pauillac overnight. 

Day 6 Pauillac | Blaye | Bourg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take in the riverside scenery this morning as you make your way from Pauillac to Blaye. North of Bordeaux, this small town is best known for its red wine and historic significance. Today, 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, see the home of legendary French corsair, Jean Bart. The ship remains overnight in Bourg. 

Day 7 Bourg | Libourne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This afternoon, arrive in the wine-making capital, Libourne. Two of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions are very close by – St. Émilion and Pomerol. First, take the unique opportunity to savor exquisite blends during a tasting at a cave in St. Émilion, 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. 

Day 8 Libourne | Cubzac | Bordeaux

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your adventure today with a tour of the magnificent Château 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. An optional tour is offered 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 you 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, taste wines from the Côtes de Bourg region. Sail to Bordeaux this evening 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. 

Day 9 Bordeaux

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today 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.” Take the opportunity to experience much of the rich culture and architecture here, including a tasting at the wine museum. An optional tour is also 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 stays in Bordeaux. 

Day 10 Bordeax | Disembarkation | Loire Valley

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Disembark your ship in Bordeaux and continue your journey to Tours, France. Experience this charming city in the Loire Valley, which offers the best of French lifestyle with medieval streets teeming with art, history, lovely gardens, and tasty cuisine. Take some free time to stop at a lively restaurant or market for lunch on your own, and then take a walking tour. Transfer to your hotel in Amboise to check in this afternoon and then have dinner. 

Day 11 Amboise

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, tour the spectacular Renaissance style Château d’Amboise. Its extravagant residences, gardens, and Gothic chapel belonged to several French kings in the past. Discover Château du Close Luce, Leonardo da Vinci’s last home. This is where he completed some of his most famous works, like The Mona Lisa, The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, and the Saint John the Baptist. Take free time to use as you please and have lunch, followed by an afternoon tour of the stunning, river-crossing chateau and village Chenonceaux. 

Day 12 Amboise | Paris

Check out of your hotel this morning before you visit the astoundingly massive Château de Chambord. Located at the heart of Europe’s largest enclosed wooded park, its 156 meter façade, 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 282 fireplaces make this the largest castle in Loire Valley. Next, marvel at the residence of seven kings and ten queens of France during your tour of the famous Château de Blois. Enjoy free time for lunch this afternoon, and then transfer by bus to your hotel, located near Charles De Gaulle Airport. 

Day 13 Paris

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

MS Amadolce

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Notes

Please note:
-Cruise fare does not include port charges, please add $168 per person
-Single supplement for cruise: 50% of twin price; A+ & Suites 100% of twin price
-Single supplement for land: $750 per person
-Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change

Included Features:
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Paris including daily buffet breakfast
- Transfer from the hotel to the ship in Bordeaux via high-speed TGV train
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom, most offer French balconies
- Shore excursions in every port with personal headset included
- Entertainment on demand in all staterooms with free internet, hit movies, music library and English language TV stations
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
- Superb dining with all meals included during your cruise
- Multiple dining venues on select vessels
- Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe's great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every dinner on board the ship
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in the Loire Valley including daily buffet breakfast
- Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon & evening piano music
- Use of bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours
- Services of professional cruise manager
- All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- All transfers with the purchase of cruise, land & air package
- All local taxes

Not included in cruise fare:
- International flights

Pre-Cruise Upgrade Option:
This optional extension includes a 2-night stay at Hotel Scribe, Paris city tour and guided visit at the Musee d’Orsay for an additional $560 per person.

Please Inquire about Special Wine Cruise Dates:
Add a unique, epicurean dimension to your itinerary.
Complimentary Bonus 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
*Embark Wine Cruise Dates:
Apr 8, Apr 15, Jul 1, Jul 22, Aug 5, Aug 12, Nov 11, Nov 18

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  • 12 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 8 Dinners
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