Taste of Bordeaux 2019 AmaWaterways Wine Themed River Cruise
Discover the gems of Spain’s Basque Country, including Bilbao, home to the Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim Museum, and the stunning seaside resort, San Sebastián, before travelling to France’s wine capital, Bordeaux. Iconic châteaux, timeless vineyards and delicious wine tastings are plentiful as you visit Cadillac, Pauillac, Saint-Émilion, Libourne and Bourg. After cruising the Bordeaux region, experience the lure of the UNESCO Loire Valley for two nights before concluding your journey with an overnight stay in Paris. This trip is a must for anyone interested in the best of French culture, lifestyle, wine and food.
Welcome to Bordeaux, where you’ll board your luxurious river cruise ship
Meals included: Dinner
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. 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.
Stroll through Libourne’s colorful, open-air market, tasting some of the region’s specialties. Or, you can get your heart pumping by venturing deeper into town on an invigorating bike tour or 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 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.
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.
Visit the impressive Castle of Roquetaillade, an amazingly preserved masterpiece of medieval military architecture owned by the same noble family for 700 years. Next, 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. In the evening, enjoy a spectacular illumination cruise, gazing at the iconic structures of Bordeaux as they glow against the night sky.
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. Bike enthusiasts will wish to join a tour along the city’s amazing network of bicycle paths. Both the city tour and bicycle tour will be followed by a visit to the immersive and interactive Bordeaux Wine Museum, housed in an awe-inspiring building.
Disembark after breakfast on board and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Meals included: Breakfast
|07 November 2019||£2,725|
|14 November 2019||£2,655 Cat B French Balcony|
Extend Your Cruise
Extend your stay, pre or post cruise, with these great value cruise extensions! Simply give our award winning team a call for full details on 0800 810 8220
- 2 night pre cruise stay in Bilbao & San Sebastian plus 2 night post cruise stay in Loire Valley & Paris Charles De Gaulle from £1,648pp
- Savings of £500pp if booked by 31st October 2019
- Return UK Flights & non UK transfers
- 7 nights luxury accommodation on board AmaDolce
- All local taxes
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
- 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
- Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
- 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