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Taste of Bordeaux
CRUISE FROM : BASEL TO AMSTERDAM /_uploads/images/exclusive-email/amawaterwayslogo.jpg
April 14, 2022 | 7 Night Cruise
Ship: AmaDolce
Category E: Outside Stateroom
Travel to France’s legendary wine capital, Bordeaux. Iconic châteaux, timeless vineyards and delicious wine tastings are plentiful as you visit Libourne, Blaye, Bourg, Pauillac and Cadillac. This trip is a must for anyone interested in the best of French culture, lifestyle, wine and food.

$5,421 
CAD per person ($277 tax included)/_uploads/images/exclusive-email/basquecountry.jpg
INCLUDES: Complimentary 4-night Pre-River Cruise Land Package in Spain’s Basque Country (2 nights Bilbao, 2 nights San Sebastián) + $100 USD Onboard Spending Money per stateroom
What’s Included in Your Complimentary Pre- or Post-River Cruise Land Package:
- Stays at 4- and 5-star hotels conveniently located near the major sites
-  Daily breakfast at the hotel
-  City tours led by knowledgeable local guides
-  The services of one of our extraordinary Cruise Managers throughout your journey – unique in the industry
-  Convenient transfers to and from the ship


COUNTRIES: FRANCE
RIVERS: GARONNE, DORDOGNE

 

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ITINEARY AT A GLANCE

DAY 1 Bordeaux EMBARKATION

Embark the ship for your Taste of Bordeaux cruise. (D)

DAY 2 Bordeaux Morning scenic cruising

Libourne Saint-Émilion excursion and Grand Cru Classé wine tasting

OR Saint-Émilion Excursion

OR Château de Vayres

OR Saint-Émilion bike tour and wine tasting

Take in the romance of Bordeaux as you pass iconic sights on a scenic morning cruise. Later in the day, dock in Libourne, a gateway to one of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions. Join an excursion to Saint Émilion, known for its celebrated vineyards, 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 Grand Cru Classé wine tasting at either Château de Ferrand or Château de Pressac. Alternately, you can enjoy an excursion to Saint-Émilion solely to discover more of the small historic town. 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. You can also choose to tour the magnificent Château Vayres, one of the most prestigious historic buildings of Aquitaine. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 Libourne Bastide town and market visit

OR Fronsac Wine Tasting

OR Château Boutinet hike with wine and tapas tasting

Blaye Free evening

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. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 Blaye Citadel visit

OR Blaye bike tour towards Les Etauliers

Blaye to Bourg bike tour

Bourg Bourg walking tour and Carriage Museum

Exclusive wine festival

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 around Blaye. Later in the day, you can choose to bike from Blaye through the idyllic French countryside to Bourg. While in the ancient village of Bourg, take a walking tour and visit the Carriage Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of horse-drawn vehicles. Later in the day, experience the hospitality of this charming medieval village with an exclusive wine festival. Meet the local wine growers and taste the fruits of their labors as well as enjoy live French music and dancing. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 Pauillac Medoc Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and scenic vineyard tour

OR Lynch Bages Village visit & local specialties tasting

OR Soulac-sur-Mer excursion

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. You’ll then visit either Château Gruaud Larose or Château Léoville Poyferré for a tasting of Grand Cru wines. Alternately, you can 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. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 Cadillac Roquetaillade Castle with Sauternes wine tasting

Bordeaux OR Roquetaillade and Cadillac visit

OR Cadillac bike tour

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. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 Bordeaux UNESCO city tour and Wine Museum and market tasting

OR Bordeaux bike tour

Bordeaux Cite du Vin visit

OR Bassins de Lumières show

Illuminations cruise

The breathtaking capital of the wine world, Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and classified as a “City of Art and History.” You’ll have an opportunity to experience much of the rich culture and architecture on a city tour followed by a visit to the famed indoor Les Halles de Bacalan market for a tasting of local specialties to please the palate. Bike enthusiasts will wish to join a tour along the city’s amazing network of bicycle paths. Depending on your interests, you have a choice from three excursions in the afternoon. Enjoy a visit to the immersive and interactive Bordeaux Wine Museum, housed in an awe-inspiring building. Alternately, be treated to a spectacular sound and light show, Les Bassins des Lumières. Or, explore the enriching city of Bordeaux at your own leisure. In the evening, enjoy a spectacular illumination cruise, gazing at the iconic structures of Bordeaux as they glow against the night sky. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 Bordeaux DISEMBARKATION

Disembark the ship and prepare for your flight home. (B)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
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

AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
Internet and Wi-Fi access
Sun deck whirlpool and walking track
Fitness room, massage services and hair
Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
Daily entertainment including cultural performances

AWARD-WINNING DINING
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 Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
Tapas, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
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 AmaWaterways

Terms & Conditions:
Prices quoted are per person, based on double occupancy, and reflect ALL applicable savings. Airfare extra. All rates are per person in CAD for cruise only, inclusive of port charges and based on double occupancy in a base category stateroom, and includes complimentary land package as indicated above. Additional land packages associated with mentioned itineraries are also available at an additional cost. Free Land offer is valid on select 2021 & 2022 Europe sailings. Offer is applicable to new FIT and group bookings made between December 14, 2020 and January 31, 2021. Free Land is only valid with the purchase of a participating cruise at full fare. Hotel to/from ship transfer is included with eligible complimentary land package. Offer is combinable with Back-to-Back cruise savings. Past Guest Savings and Future Cruise Benefit Program may be combined with Free Land offer and is applicable only to past guests. Free Land offer is based on double occupancy. Solo travelers may receive 50% savings off of total land package rate for single occupancy; not combinable with any other offers. Offer is not applicable to travel advisors and does not apply to industry rates or other offers deemed by AmaWaterways. Free Land offer is not eligible for the Unlimited Cruise Flexibility Program. Other optional land programs, visas, airfares and gratuities are additional. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-20 Virtuoso Amenity: Virtuoso Amenity is applicable to new 2022 FIT and group bookings. Optional tour is limited to one per passenger/cruise. When optional excursions are unavailable, guests will receive $100 onboard credit in USD per stateroom. Onboard credit is $50 USD per person ($100 USD per stateroom). Optional tours are subject to availability and itinerary and may not be offered. Subject to change and other conditions apply. Combinable with other promotions in the marketplace. Not combinable with Virtuoso block. To redeem, must ask for Virtuoso Amenity at the time of booking. CST#2065452-40. V19APR01AD