River Cruises/EUROPE (Central)

Taste of Bordeaux

8-DAYS

CRUISE FROM : Bordeaux to Bordeaux
Your cruise begins in Bordeaux, the capital of Aquitaine in Southwestern France and one of the world's undisputed wine capitals. You'll 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 sights before concluding your journey.

COUNTRIES: France
RIVERS: Dordogne, Garonne




ITINERARY

Day 1 : EMBARKATION – BORDEAUX, FRANCE
Welcome to Bordeaux, where you’ll board your luxurious river cruise. Meet your fellow passengers this evening during a delectable Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2 : CADILLAC
Arrive this afternoon in Cadillac, a region renowned for its sensational white wines. Today you will visit the Sauternes wine region, where you'll taste the highly sought-after sweet wines made here. Afterwards, you will see historic Roquetaillade Castle, which is one of the most impressive castles in Europe. It is almost perfectly preserved and still owned by the original noble family that has possessed it for hundreds of years. (B,L,D)
Day 3 : PAUILLAC
Today, you will enjoy a panoramic 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 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grape varietals. You'll be able to taste local at an authentic Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and also have free time to explore Pauillac – we will be docked here overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : PAUILLAC – BLAYE – BOURG
Take in the riverside scenery this morning as we make our way from Pauillac to Blaye. North of Bordeaux, this small town is best known for its red wine and historic military significance. You'll have your choice of two activities. The first is an excursion to the city's 17th century citadel – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – that was built by famous military engineer Vauban. From the top of this famous fortress, you can admire fantastic views of the impressive Gironde estuary. The second is a bike tour on which you will wind your way through vineyards, see amazing châteaux and cross Santiago's path, a famous pilgrimage route from the middle ages. Return to the ship for a delicious lunch and prepare for an afternoon in Bourg, to which you can cruise or bike. The bike tour will take you along the "Captain's Road," a scenic coastal path that leads to Bourg sur Gironde. 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. Afterwards, enjoy an exclusive festival of music and wine from the appellation of Cotes du Bourg. The ship will remain here overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : BOURG – LIBOURNE
This afternoon, you'll arrive in the winemaking capital of Libourne. Two of Bordeaux's most elite wine regions are very close by – Saint Emilion and Pomerol. You can either enjoy a Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and a visit to the Underground Churches (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in St Emilion, as well as a panoramic tour of Pomerol, or join a guided bike tour through the vineyards of both towns followed by a wine tasting. This evening, indulge in a special Captain's Gala dinner. The ship moors overnight in Libourne. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : LIBOURNE – BORDEAUX
Start your adventure today with a tour of the magnificent Château Vayres, located on the banks of the Dordogne River. As an alternative you can visit a well-preserved local bastide town, which was fortified during medieval times. This afternoon, you will have the option of a Fronsac wine tasting, or to visit Château de Montaigne, a stunning 14th century castle that was the family residence of the philosopher, Michel de Montaigne. We sail to Bordeaux this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : BORDEAUX
Today you'll see the elegant port city of Bordeaux. 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." You'll have an opportunity to experience much of the rich culture and architecture here, including a tasting at the Wine Museum. You will see sights like the Pont de Pierre Bridge, Quinconces Monumental Square and the famed water mirror, Mirroir d’eau. Those seeking a more active way to see the city can join a guided bike tour instead. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore the town on your own. A spectacular Farewell dinner awaits you tonight, and the ship will stay in Bordeaux. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : BORDEAUX – DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
(B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with French balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
  • Desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily

AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES

  • 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
  • Captain's Welcome Cocktail and 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
  • Tapas, sandwiches, 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
  • Limited Edition Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

NOT INCLUDED

  • Gratuities for guides & cruise personnel
  • Transatlantic air-fare (can be arranged by UET from any US city)
  • Items of personal nature & items not listed in the itinerary
  • Port charges

TOUR PRICES & DEPARTURE DATES:

2017 SAILINGS
EMBARK DATE EMBARKATION CITY DISEMBARKATION CITY SHIP NAME PRICES
Mar 30BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,149
Apr 6BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,449
Apr 13BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,549
Apr 20BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,649
Apr 25BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,699
Jun 8BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,449
Jun 15BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,699
Jun 22BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,699
Jun 29BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,849
Jul 13BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,599
Jul 20BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,599
Jul 27BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,849
Aug 3BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,599
Aug 10BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,849
Aug 17BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,949
Sep 7BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,899
Sep 14BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,899
Oct 5BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,799
Oct 12BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,349
Oct 26BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,399
Nov 2BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,449
Nov 9BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,099
Nov 16BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,349
CABIN UPGRADES PER PERSON
CATEGORY DECK STATEROOM ADDITIONAL
EPianoFixed WindowsBase Price
DPianoFixed Windows+$299
CViolin & CelloFrench Balcony+$899
BViolin & CelloFrench Balcony+$1,099
AViolinFrench Balcony+$1,199
A+ViolinFrench Balcony+$2,199
SuiteViolinFrench Balcony+$2,399

Note:

  • Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
  • Port Charges: $168 per person.
  • Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; A+ & Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
  • Bedding: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

  • * Where available additional AMA pre- and/or post cruise programs can be booked

Terms & Conditions:

    All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

2018 SAILINGS
EMBARK DATE EMBARKATION CITY DISEMBARKATION CITY SHIP NAME PRICES
Mar 22BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,649
Mar 29BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,249
Apr 5BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,449
Apr 12BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,549
Apr 19BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,149
May 3BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,349
May 10BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,449
May 24BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,449
May 31BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,449
Jun 14BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,449
Jun 21BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,449
Jun 28BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,949
Jul 5BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,349
Jul 12BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,849
Jul 26BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,349
Aug 9BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,849
Aug 16BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,949
Aug 23BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,549
Sep 6BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,649
Sep 13BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,649
Sep 20BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,649
Oct 4BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,549
Oct 11BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,449
Oct 18BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,349
Oct 25BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$3,149
Nov 1BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,949
Nov 8BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,349
Nov 15BordeauxBordeauxAmaDolce$2,349
CABIN UPGRADES PER PERSON
CATEGORY DECK STATEROOM ADDITIONAL
EPianoFixed WindowsBase Price
DPianoFixed Windows+$299
CViolin & CelloFrench Balcony+$899
BViolin & CelloFrench Balcony+$1,099
AViolinFrench Balcony+$1,199
A+ViolinFrench Balcony+$2,199
SuiteViolinFrench Balcony+$2,399

Note:

  • Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
  • Port Charges: $168 per person.
  • Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; A+ & Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
  • Bedding: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

  • * Where available additional AMA pre- and/or post cruise programs can be booked

Terms & Conditions:

    All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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The brand new fleet of AMA-WATERWAYS   ships are setting new standards in European river cruising and offer a number of features not found on other European river cruise ships. Clients will enjoy the luxury of more space, 2 panorama lounges, Fitness Center, Massage  and Beauty Salon. There are 25 bicycles on board for you to explore the small towns and to ride on the many bicycle paths along the various rivers. The ships operate  for the English speaking market only.