The Garonne, Dordogne
and Gironde Estuary
Bordeaux River Cruise
7 night Bordeaux to Bordeaux Cruise
Optional 2 nights pre hotel stay in Paris and 3 nights post hotel stay in the Loire Valley
BORDEAUX EXCURSIONS AVAILABLE ON AN
AMAWATERWAYS BORDEAUX RIVER CRUISE
On our cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
PARIS TO PARIS
(including optional pre and post land program)
DAY 1 PARIS
Arrive in Paris and check-in to your hotel.
DAY 2 PARIS
Get acquainted with some of Paris’s many iconic sites, including Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower on a panoramic city tour.
DAY 3 PARIS
TGV train to Bordeaux
Check-out of your hotel and board a TGV train that takes you to the legendary land of wine, Bordeaux, where you’ll board your luxurious ship.
DAY 4 CADILLAC
Sauternes wine tasting and Roquetaillade Castle
Visit the impressive Castle of Roquetaillade, an amazingly preserved masterpiece of medieval military architecture owned by the same noble family for 700 years. Afterwards, travel to the Sauternes wine region to either Château de Rayne Vigneau or Château Guiraud to taste the highly prized golden-hued sweet wines produced here.
DAY 5 PAUILLAC
Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and scenic vineyard tour
Pauillac, a lovely village on the Left Bank of the Gironde Estuary, is the 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 BLAYE
Citadel visit OR Blaye bike tour OR Prehistoric cave art
Blaye to Bourg bike tour
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.
Bourg walking tour, Carriage Museum and exclusive Bourg wine festival
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.
DAY 7 LIBOURNE
Saint Emilion excursion and Grand Cru Classé wine tasting OR Saint Emilion bike tour and wine tasting
Libourne provides a gateway to one of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions, Saint-Émilion, known for its picturesque architecture, monuments and celebrated vineyards. Join an excursion to historic Saint Émilion, 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 wine tasting at either Château de Ferrand or Château de Pressac.
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.
DAY 8 LIBOURNE
Château de Vayres OR French Bastide town and market with tastings OR Countryside hike with wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres (am or pm option)
Tour the magnificent Château Vayres, one of the most prestigious historic buildings of Aquitaine, or spend time discovering the Bastide town of Libourne and then stroll through its colorful open-air market tasting some of the region’s specialties. For a more active exploration of the countryside, enjoy a hike followed by a wine tasting.
Fronsac wine tasting
Later in the day, you can visit Fronsac, where you can taste some of the regional wines at a grand wine cellar; or if you missed the countryside hike in the morning, you can do it in the afternoon, followed by a wine tasting.
DAY 9 BORDEAUX
City tour and Wine Museum OR Bordeaux 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.” You’ll 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 will wish to join a tour along the city’s amazing network of bicycle paths.
DAY 10 BORDEAUX
TGV train to Tours
Walking tour and free time
Disembark your ship in Bordeaux and continue your journey by TGV train to Tours, France—gateway to the Loire Valley châteaux. Renowned for good food and good living and teeming with art, history and lovely gardens, it’s the perfect place to explore or join a walking tour. You’ll then be transferred to your hotel in Amboise.
DAY 11 LOIRE VALLEY
Château de Chenonceau, Du Clos Lucé and Château d’Amboise
Visit three of the Loire Valley’s regal châteaux starting with the Château de Chenonceau, one of the most beautiful castles in France. This châteaux has been referred to as the “Women’s Castle” since it is the only castle in the region that has been built, inhabited and saved by women during the Renaissance.
Château du Close Lucé was Leonardo da Vinci’s last home where he completed some of his most famous works under the patronage of the King of France.
The Château d’Amboise, perched on a promontory overlooking the Loire River, was the first Renaissance château built in the Loire Valley and features extravagant residences, gardens and a Gothic chapel, where Leonardo da Vinci is buried.
DAY 12 LOIRE VALLEY
Château de Chambord and Blois Royal Château excursion
Transfer to Paris
Paris Airport hotel check-in
En route to Paris, visit two more majestic châteaux. While Château de Chambord, located at the heart of Europe’s largest enclosed wooded park, began as an unassuming hunting lodge, it is now the biggest château in the Loire Valley with 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 282 fireplaces.
Next, marvel at the residence of seven kings and ten queens of France at the famous Château de Blois where you'll discover the secrets of the French court. Afterwards, transfer by motorcoach to your hotel at Charles De Gaulle Airport.
DAY 13 PARIS
Transfer to airport