Immerse yourself in the many flavours of Europe on our unique Wine Cruises, which let you add a unique, epicurean dimension to Bordeaux itineraries. Like our standard river cruises, guests have the opportunity to join tours that highlight the famous sights in each port of call. These special itineraries, however, offer guests a perfect blend of wine-related experiences and excursions. You’ll taste local cuisine, discover how wine is made and, of course, partake in tastings — all at no additional cost. Whether you have a seasoned appreciation for fine wine, or simply indulge in a sip here and there, this is a wonderful way to uncork the traditions of the local culture and learn about the region you’re visiting.
Itinerary – 7 night cruise
Day 1: Fly from Larnaca to Paris and transfer to your 4-star hotel for a 4 nights stay on a bed and breakfast basis. We have included the incredible 2 day Paris Pass. Discover the joy of sightseeing with the Paris Pass, which gives you free entry to the best attractions Paris has to offer. Save time as you skip the queues with fast track entry at many attractions, including the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay, and take advantage of special offers at various Paris restaurants and shops. Paris Pass includes:
- Included in the 2-day Paris Pass
- A free map of Paris
- 1-day hop-on hop-off tour
- Free entry to over 60 sights and attractions
- Additional special offers and benefits at selected restaurants and shops
- Free use of public transport within Paris Zones 1 - 3 (Metro and public buses) for the validity of your pass
Day 2: Paris
Day 3: Paris
Day 4: Paris
Day 5: Fly from Paris to Bordeaux – Depart 09.55, arrive 11.10. Upon arrival, transfer to the AmaDolce and embark for your 7-night cruise
Welcome to Bordeaux, where you’ll board your luxurious river cruise. Meet your fellow passengers this evening during a delectable Welcome Dinner.
DAY 6: Cadillac
Sauternes wine tasting
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. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Pauillac
Medoc wine tasting
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 8: Blaye, Bourg
Citadel visit, walking tour, afternoon Blaye to Bourg bike tour, City tour and exclusive Bourg wine festival
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 will remain overnight in Bourg. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Libourne
Saint Emilion excursion and wine tasting OR Saint-Émilion bike tourThis 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. This evening, indulge in a special Captain's Gala dinner. The ship moors overnight in Libourne. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Libourne
Chateau de Montaigne OR optional Bergerac excursion; Cotes du Bourg wine tasting, Chateau visit, Captain's Dinner and Illuminations Cruise.
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 Cubzac. 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. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Bordeaux
City tour; Wine Museum OR optional Cognac excursion.
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. A spectacular Farewell dinner awaits you tonight, and the ship will stay in Bordeaux. (B,L,D)
Day 12: Bordeaux
Disembark and transfer to Bordeaux airport for your flight back to Larnaca via Paris
Return flights from Larnaca, transfers in Paris and Bordeaux, 4 nights b/b in Paris, domestic flights Paris/Bordeaux, 2 day Paris Pass, 7 night cruise including complimentary tours and meals as specified. B-breakfast / L-Lunch/D-dinner
Each Wine Cruise is hosted by a qualified wine expert, who usually brings hand-selected wines on board that are served during meals and at tastings. Some wines come from the expert’s own winery and other varieties are sourced from local wineries located along the cruise itinerary. The wine expert will recommend food and wine pairings, lead discussions and hold tastings during your cruise. They will talk all things wine and provide insight into different varieties.
|Dates||Window Cabin||French Balcony Cabin||Suite|
|27th July 2019||€ 4,599||€ 5,249||€ 6,599|
|18th August 2019||€ 4,599||€ 5,249||€ 6,599|
|3rd November 2019||€ 3,859||€ 4,599||€ 5,799|
|10th November 2019||€ 3,499||€ 4,299||€ 5,549|
Check availability: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Quoting Taste of Bordeaux. All prices are per person and are based on 2 people sharing a room/cabin. Single supplements do apply. All prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.