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Indulge yourself with all the beauty and charm of the Bordeaux region on this exclusive 8-day cruise aboard the glamorous MS Amadolce. Begin this delightful cruise in Bordeaux, the capital of Aquitaine in Southwestern France and one of the world’s undisputed wine capitals. Discover stately chateaux, abundant vineyards, and stunning scenery as you sail along the Garonne River and its surrounding estuaries, calling upon port cities like Cadillac, Bourg, and Libourne. Enjoy tastings of some of the region’s most distinguished wines and visit notable sites before concluding your journey.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bordeaux, France | Embark
Day 2 : Cadillac, France
Day 3 : Pauillac, France
Day 4 : Pauillac | Blaye | Bourg, France
Day 5 : Bourg | Libourne, France
Day 6 : Libourne | Bordeaux, France
Day 7 : Bordeaux, France
Day 8 : Bordeaux, France | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the city of Bordeaux, capital of the wine world & a UNESCO Site
  • Taste wine from France's most well-known wine region
  • Tour some of the most famous wine estates, including Ch√Ęteau Latour
  • Stroll through Libourne's open-air market tasting some of its specialties

Ship

MS Amadolce

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sprawling vineyards of France Taste the wines of the Bordeaux region of France The gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral towers over the streets of Paris Visit the unique Sacre Coeur Basilica while touring through Paris Walk through the vineyards of Europe

Day 1 Bordeaux, France | Embark

Welcome to Bordeaux, where you board your luxurious river cruise. Meet your fellow passengers this evening during a delectable Welcome Dinner. 

Day 2 Cadillac, France

  • 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. 

Day 3 Pauillac, France

  • 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 4 Pauillac | Blaye | Bourg, France

  • 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 5 Bourg | Libourne, France

  • 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 6 Libourne | Bordeaux, France

  • 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 7 Bordeaux, France

  • 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 can join a tour along the city’s amazing network of bicycle paths. 

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 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 8 Bordeaux, France | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight.

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Notes

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

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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