Taste of Bordeaux

Overview

Taste of Bordeaux

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.

Whats Included

  • Free Return flights for 2019 departures
  • Free airport transfers for 2019 departures
  • 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
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • 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
  • Personal headset for easy exploration

Hand Picked By

Judy Scott

Uncork local traditions, savour intense flavours and enjoy palate-pleasing adventures on these exclusive, luxurious wine cruises with AmaWaterways. Drink up the beauty of the world’s most intoxicating wine regions and award-winning vineyards in such places as France’s iconic Bordeaux region, Germany’s Rhine and Moselle valleys while enjoying superb regionally-inspired dining and wine pairings on board your luxurious river cruise ship. I have recently returned from a wonderful AmaWaterways river cruise, for my own holiday, so contact me to find out more.

Judy Scott

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: Various departure dates from July 2019 - November 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Highlights: Travel to France’s legendary wine capital, Bordeaux. Iconic châteaux, timeless vineyards and delicious wine tastings.

Ship Overview

Ama Dolce

The 144-passenger AmaDolce made her debut in 2009. Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, ranging in size from 170-225 sq. ft., or in a single stateroom of 140 sq. ft. You can always indulge even more in one of the suites at 255 sq. ft. Most staterooms have a French balcony. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaDolce offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a sauna, whirlpool, massage and hair salon, a stylish and inviting Main Lounge, and specialty coffee station. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you'll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You'll also enjoy a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

Ama Dolce Profile

  • Built: 2009
  • Built in: Netherlands
  • Length: 360 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Crew: 45
  • Staterooms: 73
  • Suites: 3
  • Registry: Switzerland
  • Home port: Basel

Ama Dolce Deck Plan

Full Itinerary

Day 1 - Bordeaux

Embark the ship for your Taste of Bordeaux cruise.

Day 2 - Bordeaux - Libourne

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.

Day 3 - Libourne - Blaye

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.

Day 4 - Blaye - Bourg

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. 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.

Day 5 - Pauillac

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.

Day 6 - Cadillac

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.

Day 7 - Bordeaux

City tour and Wine Museum OR Bordeaux bike tour. Free time
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. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 8 - Bordeaux

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

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: Various departure dates from July 2019 - November 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Highlights: Travel to France’s legendary wine capital, Bordeaux. Iconic châteaux, timeless vineyards and delicious wine tastings.

Cabin and Fares

Cabin TypeGuide PriceAdditional InfoCabinEnquire
StateroomFrom £1,381ppSave up to £2,000 per couple PLUS free flights and transfers on 2019 departuresView Cabin

Stateroom

Cabins range from 160 square feet to 290 square feet

All cabins include bottled water, desk, chair, Wi-Fi and a TV which doubles as a computer.

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View Cabin

Stateroom

Cabins range from 160 square feet to 290 square feet

All cabins include bottled water, desk, chair, Wi-Fi and a TV which doubles as a computer.

Enquire Now