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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 | Embark
Day 4 : Cadillac
Day 5 : Pauillac
Day 6 : Pauillac | Blaye | Bourg
Day 7 : Bourg | Libourne
Day 8 : Libourne | Bordeaux
Day 9 : Bordeaux
Day 10 : Bordeax | Disembark | Loire Valley
Day 11 : Amboise
Day 12 : Amboise | Paris
Day 13 : Paris

Highlights

  • Discover Paris and its most famous landmarks, including Notre Dame
  • Enjoy France's most well-known wines
  • 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

Today, visit Notre Dame and then enjoy some free time to explore the “City of Light.” Afterwards, you can see some of the most famous sights on a panoramic city tour, followed by a photo stop at Champs de Mars for views of the Eiffel Tower.

Day 2 Paris

Today, visit Notre Dame and then enjoy some free time to explore the “City of Light.” Afterwards, you can see some of the most famous sights on a panoramic city tour, followed by a photo stop at Champs de Mars for views of the Eiffel Tower.

Wine-themed Cruise: 
This morning, observe 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 | 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
Arrive this afternoon in Cadillac, a region renowned for its sensational white wines. Today visit the Sauternes wine region, where you can taste the highly sought-after sweet wines made here. Afterwards, observe the historic Roquetaillade Castle, which is one of the most impressive castles in Europe. It is almost perfectly preserved and still owned by the original noble family that has possessed it for hundreds of years.

Wine-themed Cruise: 
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 panoramic 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 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grape varietals. Taste local at an authentic Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and have free time to explore Pauillac.

Wine-themed Cruise: 
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. Be able to 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 remains docked 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 military significance. Today choose between two activities. The first is an excursion to the city’s 17th century citadel – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – that was built by famous military engineer Vauban. From the top of this famous fortress, you can admire fantastic views of the impressive Gironde estuary. The second is a bike tour on which you can wind your way through vineyards, see amazing châteaux and cross Santiago’s path, a famous pilgrimage route from the middle ages. Return to the ship for a delicious lunch and prepare for an afternoon in Bourg, to which you can cruise or bike. The bike tour takes you along the “Captain’s Road,” a scenic coastal path that leads to Bourg sur Gironde. 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. Afterwards, enjoy an exclusive festival of music and wine from the appellation of Cotes du Bourg. The ship will remain here overnight.

Wine-themed Cruise: 
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, you can observe 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 winemaking capital of Libourne. Two of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions are very close by – Saint Emilion and Pomerol. You can either enjoy a Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and a visit to the Underground Churches (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in St Emilion, as well as a panoramic tour of Pomerol, or join a guided bike tour through the vineyards of both towns followed by a wine tasting. The ship moors overnight in Libourne. 

Wine-themed Cruise: 
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, 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 | Bordeaux

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your adventure today with a tour of the magnificent Château Vayres, located on the banks of the Dordogne River. As an alternative you can visit a well-preserved local bastide town, which was fortified during medieval times. This afternoon, you have the option of a Fronsac wine tasting, or to visit Château de Montaigne, a stunning 14th century castle that was the family residence of the philosopher, Michel de Montaigne.Sail to Bordeaux this evening indulge in a spectacular Farewell Dinner with your Captain.

Wine-themed Cruise: 
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 for guests to explore the flavors of Bergerac is also available, 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. 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.” Enjoy the opportunity to experience much of the rich culture and architecture here, including a tasting at the Wine Museum. You can see sights like the Pont de Pierre Bridge, Quinconces Monumental Square and the famed water mirror, Mirroir d’eau. Those seeking a more active way to see the city can join a guided bike tour instead. Afterwards, have some free time to explore the town on your own. Tonight, the ship stays in Bordeaux. 

Wine-themed Cruise: 
Today observe 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.” 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 | Disembark | Loire Valley

  • 1 Breakfast
​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

  • 1 Breakfast
​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. 

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2017 Included Features:
- 2 nights hotel in Paris at the Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast.
- Transfer to Bordeaux via High-speed TGV train
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French balconies
- Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
- Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
- Multiple dining venues
- Unlimited red and white wines from France's great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
- Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
- Services of a professional Cruise Manager; English speaking staff on board
- Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on Sun Deck only)
- Shore excursions in every port with personal headset included
- Bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours
- 2 nights hotel in the Loire Valley at the Novotel Amboise (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- 1 night hotel in Paris at the Pullman Paris Roissy CDG Airport (or similar) including buffet breakfast
- Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from the expedition company

2018 Included Features:
- 2 nights hotel in Paris at the Marriott OperaAmbassador (or similar), including dailybuffet breakfast
- Transfer from the hotel to Bordeaux via high-speedTGV train
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation inriverview stateroom or suite – most stateroomsoffer French balconies
- Fine dining, including unlimited complimentaryhand-selected wines, beer and soft drinks withlunch and dinner on board
- “Sip & Sail” Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentarywine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Cocktail Reception and Captain’s Gala Dinner
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Guided shore excursions in every port includingLimited Edition Tours
- Live entertainment, cooking demonstration and more
- Complimentary bicycles
- Services of a professionally trained CruiseManager throughout your cruise and land stay
- An all English-speaking staff on board
- 2 nights hotel in the Loire Valley at the AmboiseNovotel (or similar), including daily breakfast
- 1 night hotel in Paris at the Pullman Charles deGaulle (or similar), including daily breakfast
- Transfers between hotel and ship are included withthe purchase of cruise and land package; airporttransfers are included with the purchase of airfare from the expedition company

Wine-themed Cruse Included 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
- 2 nights hotel in Paris at the Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- Transfer to Bordeaux via High-speed TGV train
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French balconies
- Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
- Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
- Multiple dining venues
- Unlimited red and white wines from France's great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
- Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
- Services of a professional Cruise Manager; English speaking staff on board
- Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on Sun Deck only)
- Shore excursions in every port with personal headset included
- Bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours
- 2 nights hotel in the Loire Valley at the Novotel Amboise (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- 1 night hotel in Paris at the Pullman Paris Roissy CDG Airport (or similar) including buffet breakfast
- Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from the expedition company

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  • 12 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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