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Taste of Bordeaux - Cruise Only

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Join the crew of the MS Amadolce on this beautiful tour to Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Begin this delightful cruise in 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 and cuisine.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bordeaux, France | Embarkation
Day 2 : Cadillac
Day 3 : Pauillac
Day 4 : Pauillac | Blaye | Bourg
Day 5 : Bourg | Libourne
Day 6 : Libourne | Cubzac | Bordeaux
Day 7 : Bordeaux
Day 8 : Bordeaux | Disembarkation

Highlights

  • Explore the city of Bordeaux, capital of the wine world & a UNESCO Site
  • Taste wine from France's most well-known wine region
  • See the home of legendary French corsair, Jean Bart, in Bourg
  • Tour the magnificent Château D’Montaigne, a 14th-century castle

Ship

MS Amadolce

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sprawling vineyards of France Loire Valley 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

Day 1 Bordeaux, France | Embarkation

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

Day 2 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 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 | Disembarkation

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

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Notes

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
- 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
- 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 AmaWaterways

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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