Bordeaux Wine Region


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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

 

The Garonne Bordeaux,France
…the Dordogne and the Gironde Estuary wind through the
famous world of gourmet flavor known as the Bordeaux
region – home to the most highly coveted blended wines
in the entire world.

 


In the corner of southwestern France, the Garonne and Dordogne rivers merge together to form the Gironde Estuary – that naturally divides the famous Bordeaux region into Left and Right banks. Our Taste of Bordeaux itinerary takes you to experience the most impressive winegrowing areas and their signature blends.


Bordeaux is the largest controlled wine region in France, made up of several subregions. Each subregion has its own strictly governed appellation, unique climate, and terroir that define it. Unlike most wines around the world, the quality of Bordeaux wine is determined by these factors rather than the grape varietal. Producers combine many grape types together to create food-loving blends. While Bordeaux is acclaimed for its legendary red blends, the small percentage of white blends from this region also make a big impression. The left and right banks of the river have different soil types that bring these exceptional blends to life.


Left Bank

The flatter, gravelly lands of the left bank embrace the heat of the sun south of the Gironde, giving life to many rich red blends and sweet white blends – like those of the Médoc and Sauternes regions. Dark fruit, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignons rule this side of the river, blended with Merlot, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot grapes.

Right Bank

The limestone and clay soils of the right bank are perfect for Merlot, the most popular grape used as a base for blends in Bordeaux. Prestigious appellations like Bourg and Saint Emilion produce some of the best Merlot based blends that are combined with Cabernet, and other grapes, to achieve significant structure and supple fruit flavors. Bordeaux's perfectly carved countryside and historic landmarks will take your breath away.

 

 

Seine River Cruise Map

 

 

 

DAY 
DESTINATION 
ACTIVITIES 
1
Overnight flight to France
2
Paris 
Hotel check-in 
3
Paris 
City Tour
4
Paris 
Transfer to Bordeaux  
Bordeaux
EMBARKATION Welcome Dinner
5
Cadillac
Sauternes wine tasting
OR Roquetaillade Castle 
6
Pauillac
Médoc wine tasting 
7
Blaye
Citadel
Bourg
Walking Tour
8
Libourne 
Saint Emilion excursion and wine tasting
9
Libourne 
Château de Montaigne
OR optional Bergerac excursion
Cubzac-Les-Ponts
Cotes du Bourg wine tasting
    Chateau visit
10
Bordeaux 
City tour 
    Wine Museum
OR optional Cognac excursion 
11
Bordeaux 
DISEMBARKATION 
Loire Valley 
Hotel check-in 
12
Loire Valley 
Château d’Amboise and Du Close Luce
    Chenonceaux
13
Loire Valley 
Hotel Check out
    Chambord and Blos excursion
 
Paris
Airport Hotel Check in
14
Paris
Return flight home 

 

 

DAY 1, DEPART USA

Overnight flight to Paris, France.

DAY 2, ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE

Arive in Paris and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

DAY 3, PARIS

This morning, you’ll see some of the most famous sights in the “City of Light” on a guided tour. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the world-class museums, beautiful architecture and local culture on your own. (B)

DAY 4, PARIS - BORDEAUX - EMBARKATION

Check out of your hotel in the morning, and board a TGV high-speed train that will take you straight to the legendary land of wine blends and monumental architecture – Bordeaux. Arrive at your luxurious ship, where you will gather this evening for a Welcome Dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 5, CADILAC

Arrive this afternoon in Cadillac, a region renowned for its sensational white wines. You have your choice of two tours today. The first option is a visit to the Sauternes wine region, where you’ll taste the highly sought-after sweet wines made here. As an alternative, you can choose to see the historic Roquetaillade Castle, a fortress which was initially built in the 10th century by Charlemagne as his army advanced toward the Pyrenees. This evening, the ship departs for Pauillac. (B,L,D)

DAY 6, PAUILLAC

Today, you will enjoy a 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 Merlot grape variety. You’ll be able to dabble in local blends this afternoon at an authentic Médoc wine tasting. Return to the ship for a wonderful dinner, and then spend the evening as you please – we will be docked in Pauillac overnight. (B,L,D)



DAY 7, 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 significance. Today, you’ll be able to enjoy an excursion to the city’s 17th century citadel – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – which was built by famous military engineer Major Vaubon. From the top of this famous fortress, you can admire fantastic views of the impressive Gironde estuary. Return to the ship for a delicious lunch and prepare for an afternoon in Bourg. 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. Here, you’ll be able to see the home of legendary French corsair, Jean Bart. The ship with remain overnight in Bourg. (B,L,D)



DAY 8, BOURG - LIBOURNE

This afternoon, you’ll arrive in the wine-making capital, Libourne. Two of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions are very close by – St. Émilion and Pomerol. First, you will have the unique opportunity to savor exquisite blends during a tasting at a cave in St. Émilion, an old historic village known for its picturesque architecture and historic vineyards that were first introduced to the land by the Romans. Afterwards, enjoy a panoramic tour of the celebrated landscapes in Pomerol. The ship moors overnight in Libourne. (B,L,D)



DAY 9, LIBOURNE - CUBZAC - BORDEAUX

Start your adventure today with a tour of the magnificent Château D’Montaigne, a stunning 14th century castle which was the family residence of the philosopher, Michel de Montaigne. As an alternative you can visit a well-preserved local bastide town which was fortified during medieval times. We also offer an optional tour for guests to explore the flavors of Bergerac, a wine-growing region in the southern part of the Dordogne department that is home to 13 AOCs. Return to the ship for lunch as we cruise to Cuzbac. This old town near the Dordogne once served as a watchtower during the Middle Ages and contains many historic treasures. While here, you’ll taste wines from the Côtes de Bourg region. We sail to Bordeaux this evening where we will dock and indulge in a spectacular Farewell Dinner with your Captain. Later on, take in the brightly-lit sights on an illuminations cruise of this magical city. (B,L,D)



DAY 10, BORDEAUX

Today you’ll see the elegant port city of Bordeaux on foot. 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. An optional tour will also be available for those who wish to see Cognac, a place best-known for its unique, double-distilled spirit and six prominent AOCs. Tonight, the ship will stay in Bordeaux. (B,L,D)



DAY 11, BORDEAUX - DISEMBARKATION - LOIRE VALLEY

Disembark your ship in Bordeaux and continue your journey to Tours, France. Experience this charming city in the Loire Valley, which offers the best of French lifestyle with medieval streets teeming with art, history, lovely gardens and tasty cuisine. You’ll have free time to stop at a lively restaurant or market for lunch on your own, and then take a walking tour. Transfer to your hotel in Amboise to check in this afternoon. (B)



DAY 12, AMBOISE 

This morning, you’ll tour the spectacular Renaissance style Château d’Amboise. Its extravagant residences, gardens, and Gothic chapel belonged to several French kings in the past. You’ll also discover Château du Close Luce, Leonardo da Vinci’s last home. This is where he completed some of his most famous works, like The Mona Lisa, The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, and the Saint John the Baptist. You’ll have free time to use as you please and have lunch, followed by an afternoon tour of the stunning, river-crossing chateau and village Chenonceaux. (B)



DAY 13, AMBOISE - PARIS

Check out of your hotel this morning before you visit the astoundingly massive Château de Chambord. Located at the heart of Europe’s largest enclosed wooded park, its 156 meter façade, 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 282 fireplaces make this the largest castle in Loire Valley. Next, marvel at the residence of seven kings and ten queens of France during your tour of the famous Château de Blois. Enjoy free time for lunch this afternoon, and then take a train to Paris and check into your hotel. (B)



DAY 14, PARIS

Bid farewell to Paris and prepare for your flight home. (B)

 

 

2017 Per Person Cruise Fares

Cruise Departure
Ship: Amalegro
Lower Deck -
Cat E
w/window
Lower Deck -
Cat D
w/window
Middle Deck - Cat C
w/French
balcony
Middle Deck - Cat B
w/French
balcony
Upper Deck -
Cat A
w/French
balcony
Upper Deck - Suite
w/French balcony
30-Mar-17 AmaDolce
$2,899
$3,198
$3,798
$3,998
$4,098
$5,298
6-Apr-17 AmaDolce
$3,199
$3,498
$4,098
$4,298
$4,398
$5,598
13-Apr-17 AmaDolce
$3,299
$3,598
$4,198
$4,398
$4,498
$5,698
20-Apr-17 AmaDolce
$3,399
$3,698
$4,298
$4,498
$4,598
$5,798
25-May-17 AmaDolce
$3,699
$3,998
$4,598
$4,798
$4,898
$6,098
8-Jun-17 AmaDolce
$3,699
$3,998
$4,598
$4,798
$4,898
$6,098
15-Jun-17 AmaDolce
$3,699
$3,998
$4,598
$4,798
$4,898
$6,098
22-Jun-17 AmaDolce
$3,699
$3,998
$4,598
$4,798
$4,898
$6,098
29-Jun-17 AmaDolce
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
20-Jul-17 AmaDolce
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
27-Jul-17 AmaDolce
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
3-Aug-17 AmaDolce
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
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$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
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$3,699
$3,998
$4,598
$4,798
$4,898
$6,098
7-Sep-17 AmaDolce
$3,899
$4,198
$4,798
$4,998
$5,098
$6,298
14-Sep-17 AmaDolce
$3,899
$4,198
$4,798
$4,998
$5,098
$6,298
5-Oct-17 AmaDolce
$3,799
$4,098
$4,698
$4,898
$4,998
$6,198
12-Oct-17 AmaDolce
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
26-Oct-17 AmaDolce
$3,399
$3,698
$4,298
$4,498
$4,598
$5,798
16-Nov-17 AmaDolce
$3,099
$3,398
$3,998
$4,198
$4,298
$5,498
               
22-Mar-18 AmaDolce
$2,899
$3,198
$3,798
$3,998
$4,098
$5,298
29-Mar-18 AmaDolce
$2,999
$3,298
$3,898
$4,098
$4,198
$5,398
5-Apr-18 AmaDolce
$3,199
$3,498
$4,098
$4,298
$4,398
$5,598
12-Apr-18 AmaDolce
$3,299
$3,598
$4,198
$4,398
$4,498
$5,698
19-Apr-18 AmaDolce
$3,399
$3,698
$4,298
$4,498
$4,598
$5,798
3-May-18 AmaDolce
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
10-May-18 AmaDolce
$3,699
$3,998
$4,598
$4,798
$4,898
$6,098
24-May-18 AmaDolce
$3,699
$3,998
$4,598
$4,798
$4,898
$6,098
31-May-18 AmaDolce
$3,699
$3,998
$4,598
$4,798
$4,898
$6,098
14-Jun-18 AmaDolce
$3,699
$3,998
$4,598
$4,798
$4,898
$6,098
21-Jun-18 AmaDolce
$3,699
$3,998
$4,598
$4,798
$4,898
$6,098
28-Jun-18 AmaDolce
$3,699
$3,998
$4,598
$4,798
$4,898
$6,098
5-Jul-18 AmaDolce
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
12-Jul-18 AmaDolce
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
26-Jul-18 AmaDolce
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
9-Aug-18 AmaDolce
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
16-Aug-18 AmaDolce
$3,699
$3,998
$4,598
$4,798
$4,898
$6,098
23-Aug-18 AmaDolce
$3,799
$4,098
$4,698
$4,898
$4,998
$6,198
6-Sep-18 AmaDolce
$3,899
$4,198
$4,798
$4,998
$5,098
$6,298
13-Sep-18 AmaDolce
$3,899
$4,198
$4,798
$4,998
$5,098
$6,298
20-Sep-18 AmaDolce
$3,899
$4,198
$4,798
$4,998
$5,098
$6,298
4-Oct-18 AmaDolce
$3,799
$4,098
$4,698
$4,898
$4,998
$6,198
11-Oct-18 AmaDolce
$3,699
$3,998
$4,598
$4,798
$4,898
$6,098
18-Oct-18 AmaDolce
$3,599
$3,898
$4,498
$4,698
$4,798
$5,998
25-Oct-18 AmaDolce
$3,399
$3,698
$4,298
$4,498
$4,598
$5,798
1-Nov-18 AmaDolce
$3,199
$3,498
$4,098
$4,298
$4,398
$5,598
8-Nov-18 AmaDolce
$3,099
$3,398
$3,998
$4,198
$4,298
$5,498
15-Nov-18 AmaDolce
$3,099
$3,398
$3,998
$4,198
$4,298
$5,498

** "In Celebration of Wine" Themed Cruise"


Port Charges are an additional $168 (2017/2018)per passenger // Single Supplement 50% of twin, Suite 100% of twin

Extend your stay with a pre hotel stay in Paris and a post stay in the Loire Valley for $1920 per person

Ship has 2 single cabins - Cat B at 140 sq. ft. Use Cat B pricing.

rates include: standard or SLIDING GLASS DOOR CABIN or CABIN WITH A USEABLE BALCONY, excursions, free internet, and wine with dinner


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