Taste of Bordeaux

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Start from Bordeaux, one of the world’s undisputed wine regions. Iconic châteaux, timeless vineyards, and delicious wine tastings are plentiful as you visit Cadillac, Pauillac, Saint-Émilion, and Libourne. Be treated to an exclusive experience in Bourg, featuring live French music, dancing, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. This trip is a must for anyone interested in the best of French culture, lifestyle, wine, and food.

 

 

AAA Vacations Amenities**

Receive up to $500 savings per stateroom PLUS $150 onboard credit on select sailings (inclusive of AAA Member Benefits)

 

Inclusions

  • All Deluxe riverview staterooms — most with signature twin balconies
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board with Entertainment–On-Demand in all staterooms with complimentary high-speed internet access
  • La Chaîne de Rôtisseurs dining experience — featuring all meals onboard including the Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
  • Free flowing fine red and white wines, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Choice of expertly guided shore excursions in every port as active as you choose to be
  • Active guided biking and hiking tours
  • Carefully crafted exclusive Special Interest Tours including culinary tours, off-the-beaten-path tours and art & history tours
  • Fully escorted river cruise tours by an AmaWaterways cruise manager

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Bordeaux – Embarkation

Welcome to Bordeaux, where you’ll board your luxurious river cruise. Meet your fellow passengers this evening.

Meal: Dinner

Day 2: Cadillac

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Pauillac

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Pauillac – 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. 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. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Bourg – Libourne

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Libourne – Bordeaux

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. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: 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 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Bordeaux – Disembarkation

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

Meals: Breakfast

 

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*Rates are per person in USD for cruise only, based on double occupancy in a Category E stateroom. Promotional rate is valid on select departures for new FIT bookings made from January 1 – February 28, 2018. Savings are per stateroom, based on double occupancy. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions.

**AAA Vacations® amenities are applicable to select 2018 departures. AAA Vacations® amenities receive $500 savings per stateroom based on double occupancy (solo travelers receive half) and Onboard credit is $150 per stateroom (solo travelers receive half) on select departures.

Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change/termination without notice. Port charges, stateroom upgrades, land programs, roundtrip airfare, and gratuities are additional. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-40.