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.
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 Château Latour
Stroll through Libourne's open-air market tasting some of its specialties
Experience Bordeaux's romance as you pass through iconic sights on a scenic morning cruise. Later that day, dock in Libourne, the gateway to one of Bordeaux's most elite wine regions. Take a short trip to the famous vineyards of Sante Million, explore a monolithic church carved from a piece of limestone and go under the church to discover the catacombs and caves. Enjoy a Grand Cru Classe wine tasting at Château de Ferrand or Château de Pressac. Have fun in a short trip to Saint-Emilion and discover more of the smaller historic towns. For a more active adventure, pedal through the vineyard-rich countryside to Saint-Emilion, Château Soutard and enjoy a wine tasting at Grand Cru Classe. You can also visit the magnificent Château Vale, one of Aquitaine's most famous historic buildings.
Stroll through the colorful, open-air market, tasting some of the region’s specialties. You can also choose to enjoy a tasting of local wines from one of the beautiful wine estates in the Fronsac region. Or, you can get your heart pumping by venturing deeper into town by hiking through one of Libourne’s renowned vineyards. Later in the day, set sail for Blaye, where you’ll enjoy an evening at your leisure.
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.
Pauillac, a lovely village on the Left Bank of the Gironde Estuary, is gateway to the famed Médoc region, renowned for producing some of the world’s finest Bordeaux wines. You will see some of the most beautiful and famous wine estates, including Château Latour, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Pichon Longueville. The, visit either Château Gruaud Larose or Château Léoville Poyferré for a tasting of Grand Cru wines. Alternately, visit Lynch Bages, a quaint wine estate and village, followed by a wine and local specialties tasting. Or, enjoy a coast drive to Soulac-sur-Mer where you’ll see unique sights, such as the Statue of Liberty and the Cordouan lighthouse known to be the oldest in France.
Visit the impressive Castle of Roquetaillade, an amazingly preserved masterpiece of medieval military architecture owned by the same noble family for 700 years and travel to the Sauternes wine region to either Chateau de Rayne Vigneau or Chateau Guiraud to taste the highly prized golden-hued sweet wines produced here. For those wishing to explore more of the history on the decadent castles, you can enjoy a visit to the Roquetaillade castle and Cadillac castle. Or, pedal through the charming town of Cadillac for a guided bike tour.
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.
Day 8: Bordeaux, France | Disembark
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight.
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7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
7 Nights Accommodations
Accommodations as listed
Ground transportation as listed
Activities as listed
Meals as listed
Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
Bottled water replenished daily
Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
Beverages: Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.
Beverages: Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
Personal headset for excursions.
Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
Internet and Wi-Fi access
Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
Flight costs (please request a quote)
Additional excursions during free time
Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
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Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!