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 Bilbao and San Sebastian and 3 nights post hotel stay in the Loire Valley / Paris

 

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.

 

 

 

Taste of Bordeaux Map

 

 

 

DAY 1, BILBAO, SPAIN

Check into your hotel for the beginning of your Basque Country land program. (D)

DAY 2, BILBAO

Travel to the Basque town of Guernica, infamously bombed by German and Italian air forces during the Spanish Civil War – and the subject of one of Picasso’s most renowned paintings. Immerse yourself in culture and visit the open-air market where you’ll find a variety of local specialties, from cheese to peppers to fish. Later in the day, take an informative walking tour through Bilbao and learn how to order Basque tapas, known locally as pintxos, and revered for their small size and big taste. (B).

DAY 3, BILBAO - SAN SEBASTIAN

DAY 4, SAN SEBASTIAN

Discover the charms of the “City by the Bay of Biscay.” Known in the Basque language as Donostia, San Sebastián was once a prominent fishing village and was burned to the ground in 1813 after being occupied by Napoleonic troops. However, by 1887, after rebuilding, the city flourished as a popular tourist destination and spa resort. Later in the day, enjoy some free time in the city renowned for holding the second highest number of Michelin stars per square meter. (B)

DAY 5, SAN SEBASTIAN - ARCAHON, FRANCE - BORDEAUX - EMBARKATION

Check out of your hotel and transfer to Bordeaux via the French Basque town of Bayonne. Later, embark the ship in Bordeaux for your Taste of Bordeaux cruise. (B,D)

DAY 6, 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. (B,L,D)

DAY 7, LIBOURNE - BLAYE

Stroll through the 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. (B,L,D)

DAY 8, 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 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. (B,L,D)

DAY 9, 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. (B,L,D)

DAY 10, 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. (B,L,D)

DAY 11, BORDEAUX

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 immersive and interactive 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. (B,L,D)

DAY 12, BORDEAUX - DISEMBARKATION - TOURS - AMBOISE

Disembark the ship and transfer to Château before arriving in the Loire Valley, where you will check in to your Amboise hotel. (B)

DAY 13, 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 château 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 Clos 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. (B)

DAY 14, AMBOISE - PARIS

Check out of your Amboise hotel and, 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, either 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, or enjoy free time. Afterwards, transfer by motorcoach to your hotel at Charles De Gaulle Airport. (B)

DAY 14, PARIS

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

 

2019 / 2020 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
28-Mar-19** AmaDolce $3,099 $3,398 $3,998 $4,198 $4,298 $5,498
11-Apr-19 AmaDolce $3,499 $3,798 $4,398 $4,598 $4,698 $5,898
18-Apr-19** AmaDolce $3,599 $3,898 $4,498 $4,698 $4,798 $5,998
25-Apr-19 AmaDolce $3,699 $3,998 $4,598 $4,798 $4,898 $6,098
2-May-19 AmaDolce $3,799 $4,098 $4,698 $4,898 $4,998 $6,198
9-May-19 AmaDolce $3,899 $4,198 $4,798 $4,998 $5,098 $6,298
23-May-19 AmaDolce $3,899 $4,198 $4,798 $4,998 $5,098 $6,298
13-Jun-19 AmaDolce $3,899 $4,198 $4,798 $4,998 $5,098 $6,298
20-Jun-19 AmaDolce $3,899 $4,198 $4,798 $4,998 $5,098 $6,298
27-Jun-19 AmaDolce $3,899 $4,198 $4,798 $4,998 $5,098 $6,298
11-Jul-19 AmaDolce $3,899 $4,198 $4,798 $4,998 $5,098 $6,298
18-Jul-19 AmaDolce $3,899 $4,198 $4,798 $4,998 $5,098 $6,298
25-Jul-19 AmaDolce $3,899 $4,198 $4,798 $4,998 $5,098 $6,298
1-Aug-19** AmaDolce $3,899 $4,198 $4,798 $4,998 $5,098 $6,298
8-Aug-19 AmaDolce $3,899 $4,198 $4,798 $4,998 $5,098 $6,298
15-Aug-19 AmaDolce $3,899 $4,198 $4,798 $4,998 $5,098 $6,298
22-Aug-19** AmaDolce $3,899 $4,198 $4,798 $4,998 $5,098 $6,298
5-Sep-19 AmaDolce $3,999 $4,298 $4,898 $5,098 $5,198 $6,398
12-Sep-19 AmaDolce $3,999 $4,298 $4,898 $5,098 $5,198 $6,398
19-Sep-19 AmaDolce $3,999 $4,298 $4,898 $5,098 $5,198 $6,398
3-Oct-19 AmaDolce $3,999 $4,298 $4,898 $5,098 $5,198 $6,398
10-Oct-19 AmaDolce $3,899 $4,198 $4,798 $4,998 $5,098 $6,298
17-Oct-19 AmaDolce $3,799 $4,098 $4,698 $4,898 $4,998 $6,198
24-Oct-19 AmaDolce $3,699 $3,998 $4,598 $4,798 $4,898 $6,098
31-Oct-19 AmaDolce $3,499 $3,798 $4,398 $4,598 $4,698 $5,898
7-Nov-19** AmaDolce $3,299 $3,598 $4,198 $4,398 $4,498 $5,698
14-Nov-19** AmaDolce $3,199 $3,498 $4,098 $4,298 $4,398 $5,598
               
19-Mar-20 AmaDolce $3,099 $3,398 $4,098 $4,298 $4,398 $5,598
2-Apr-20 AmaDolce $3,399 $3,698 $4,398 $4,598 $4,698 $5,898
16-Apr-20 AmaDolce $3,699 $3,998 $4,698 $4,898 $4,998 $6,198
30-Apr-20 AmaDolce $3,899 $4,198 $4,898 $5,098 $5,198 $6,398
7-May-20 AmaDolce $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,198 $5,298 $6,498
14-May-20 AmaDolce $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,198 $5,298 $6,498
4-Jun-20 AmaDolce $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,198 $5,298 $6,498
11-Jun-20 AmaDolce $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,198 $5,298 $6,498
18-Jun-20 AmaDolce $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,198 $5,298 $6,498
25-Jun-20 AmaDolce $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,198 $5,298 $6,498
2-Jul-20 AmaDolce $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,198 $5,298 $6,498
9-Jul-20 AmaDolce $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,198 $5,298 $6,498
16-Jul-20 AmaDolce $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,198 $5,298 $6,498
23-Jul-20 AmaDolce $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,198 $5,298 $6,498
30-Jul-20 AmaDolce $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,198 $5,298 $6,498
6-Aug-20 AmaDolce $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,198 $5,298 $6,498
13-Aug-20 AmaDolce $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,198 $5,298 $6,498
20-Aug-20 AmaDolce $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,198 $5,298 $6,498
27-Aug-20 AmaDolce $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,298 $5,398 $6,598
3-Sep-20 AmaDolce $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,298 $5,398 $6,598
10-Sep-20 AmaDolce $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,298 $5,398 $6,598
17-Sep-20 AmaDolce $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,298 $5,398 $6,598
1-Oct-20 AmaDolce $4,099 $4,398 $5,098 $5,298 $5,398 $6,598
8-Oct-20 AmaDolce $3,999 $4,298 $4,998 $5,198 $5,298 $6,498
15-Oct-20 AmaDolce $3,899 $4,198 $4,898 $5,098 $5,198 $6,398
22-Oct-20 AmaDolce $3,799 $4,098 $4,798 $4,998 $5,098 $6,298
29-Oct-20 AmaDolce $3,599 $3,898 $4,598 $4,798 $4,898 $6,098
5-Nov-20 AmaDolce $3,399 $3,698 $4,398 $4,598 $4,698 $5,898
12-Nov-20 AmaDolce $3,299 $3,598 $4,298 $4,498 $4,598 $5,798

** "In Celebration of Wine" Themed Cruise"


Port Charges are an additional $182 (2019) / $189 (2020) per passenger // Single Supplement 50% of twin, Suite 100% of twin

Extend your stay with a pre hotel stay in Bilbao and San Sebastion for $1200 per person (2019)
Extend your stay with a post hotel stay in the Loire Valley/Paris for $1140 per person (2019)

Extend your stay with a pre hotel stay in Bilbao and San Sebastion for $1200 per person (2020)
Extend your stay with a post hotel stay in the Loire Valley/Paris for $1200 per person (2020)

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

rates include: standard or SLIDING GLASS DOOR CABIN, excursions, bicycles to use, free internet, and wine with dinner and a 1 hour happy hour before dinner each evening.


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