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Taste of Bordeaux

2 Nights in Bilbao, 2 Nights in San Sebastian, 7-Night Roundtrip Bordeaux Cruise, 2 Nights in the Loire Valley and 1 Night in Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

AMA Bordeaux cruise
AMA Bordeaux cruise map
2019 & 2020 Departure Dates & Pricing

Bilbao to Paris - 14 days

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Ship - Amadolce

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Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: BILBAO, SPAIN

Arrive in Bilbao and check-in to your hotel.

Day 2: BILBAO

Immerse yourself in culture on an informative walking tour through Bilbao. Visit an authentic market where you’ll find a variety of local specialties, from cheese to peppers to fish and learn how to order Basque tapas, known locally as pintxos, which are revered for their small size and big taste. (B)

Day 3: BILBAO – SAN SEBASTIAN

Take a deep dive into the contemporary art within the world-famous Guggenheim Museum, a work of art itself. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the museum features a daring and innovative façade and showcases work by such artists as Andy Warhol, German artist Anselm Kiefer, and Basque masters Eduardo Chillida and Jorge Oteiza. You’ll also 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. Later in the day, transfer to San Sebastián and check into your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a guided stroll through Old Town, the second oldest neighborhood in the city, where distinctive architecture and pintxos bars beckon, made even more romantic by the evening light. (B)

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 – ARCACHON, FRANCE – BORDEAUX (EMBARKATION DAY)

Check out of your hotel and transfer to Bordeaux via Saint Jean de Luz and Bay of Archachon. 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 Libourne’s indoor market, tasting some of the region’s specialties. Alternatively, tour the magnificent Château de Montaigne, a stunning 19th-century castle where you will enjoy a tasting of the wines of the Mahler-Besse family during your visit to this historic property. You can also choose to visit the place where the first vines in the Libourne wine region were planted 2,000 years ago, Fronsac, and taste local wines from a cellar at a beautiful wine estate. Or, you can get your heart pumping by hiking through one of Libourne’s renowned vineyards and rewarding yourself with a wine and tapas tasting. 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. Bike enthusiasts will wish to join a tour along the city’s amazing network of bicycle paths. Both the city tour and bicycle tour will be followed by a visit to the immersive and interactive Bordeaux Wine Museum, housed in an awe-inspiring building. (B,L,D)

Day 12: BORDEAX (DISEMBARKATION DAY) – TOURS – AMBOISE

Disembark the ship and transfer to the Loire Valley, where you will check into the château. (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 “Château de Dames” (Women’s Castle) as it was looked after by many women, including Diane of Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis, whose legacies are honored by the remarkable gardens named for them outside the castle. 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 15: PARIS

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

Departures & Pricing

 

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
  • Guided bicycle tours are capacity contolled.

2019 and 2020 Departures

Start City

Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin
From Bilbao
Program Start Day

Cruise Embarkation Day (in Bordeaux)

Ship
Cat. E - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed windows
Cat. D - Lower Deck w/ fixed windows
Cat. C - Middle Deck aft & Upper Deck aft w/ french balcony
Cat. B - Middle Deck w/french balcony
Cat. A - Upper Deck w/french balcony
Cat. A+ Upper Deck w/french balcony
Suite - Upper Deck w/french balcony
Mar 24, 2019
Mar 28, 2019
Amadolce
$5,439
$5,738
$6,338
$6,538
$6,638
$7,638
$7,838
Mar 31, 2019
Apr 4, 2019
Amadolce
$5,639
$5,938
$6,538
$6,738
$6,838
$7,838
$8,038
Apr 7, 2019
Apr 11, 2019
Amadolce
$5,839
$6,138
$6,738
$6,938
$7,038
$8,038
$8,238
Apr 14, 2019
Apr 18, 2019
Amadolce
$5,939
$6,238
$6,838
$7,038
$7,138
$8,138
$8,338
Apr 21, 2019
Apr 25, 2019
Amadolce
$6,039
$6,338
$6,938
$7,138
$7,238
$8,238
$8,438
Apr 28, 2019
May 2, 2019
Amadolce
$6,139
$6,438
$7,038
$7,238
$7,338
$8,338
$8,538
May 5, 2019
May 9, 2019
Amadolce
$6,239
$6,538
$7,138
$7,338
$7,438
$8,438
$8,638
May 12, 2019
May 16, 2019
Amadolce
$6,239
$6,538
$7,138
$7,338
$7,438
$8,438
$8,638
May 19, 2019
May 23, 2019
Amadolce
$6,239
$6,538
$7,138
$7,338
$7,438
$8,438
$8,638
Jun 2, 2019
Jun 6, 2019
Amadolce
$6,239
$6,538
$7,138
$7,338
$7,438
$8,438
$8,638
Jun 9, 2019
Jun 13, 2019
Amadolce
$6,239
$6,538
$7,138
$7,338
$7,438
$8,438
$8,638
Jun 16, 2019
Jun 20, 2019
Amadolce
$6,239
$6,538
$7,138
$7,338
$7,438
$8,438
$8,638
Jun 23, 2019
Jun 27, 2019
Amadolce
$6,239
$6,538
$7,138
$7,338
$7,438
$8,438
$8,638
Jul 7, 2019
Jul 11, 2019
Amadolce
$6,239
$6,538
$7,138
$7,338
$7,438
$8,438
$8,638
Jul 14, 2019
Jul 18, 2019
Amadolce
$6,239
$6,538
$7,138
$7,338
$7,438
$8,438
$8,638
Jul 21, 2019
Jul 25, 2019
Amadolce
$6,239
$6,538
$7,138
$7,338
$7,438
$8,438
$8,638
Jul 28, 2019
Aug 1, 2019
Amadolce
$6,239
$6,538
$7,138
$7,338
$7,438
$8,438
$8,638
Aug 4, 2019
Aug 8, 2019
Amadolce
$6,239
$6,538
$7,138
$7,338
$7,438
$8,438
$8,638
Aug 11, 2019
Aug 15, 2019
Amadolce
$6,239
$6,538
$7,138
$7,338
$7,438
$8,438
$8,638
Aug 18, 2019
Aug 22, 2019
Amadolce
$6,239
$6,538
$7,138
$7,338
$7,438
$8,438
$8,638
Sep 1, 2019
Sep 5, 2019
Amadolce
$6,339
$6,638
$7,238
$7,438
$7,538
$8,538
$8,738
Sep 8, 2019
Sep 12, 2019
Amadolce
$6,339
$6,638
$7,238
$7,438
$7,538
$8,538
$8,738
Sep 15, 2019
Sep 19, 2019
Amadolce
$6,339
$6,638
$7,238
$7,438
$7,538
$8,538
$8,738
Sep 29, 2019
Oct 3, 2019
Amadolce
$6,339
$6,638
$7,238
$7,438
$7,538
$8,538
$8,738
Oct 6, 2019
Oct 10, 2019
Amadolce
$6,239
$6,538
$7,138
$7,338
$7,438
$8,438
$8,638
Oct 13, 2019
Oct 17, 2019
Amadolce
$6,139
$6,438
$7,038
$7,238
$7,338
$8,338
$8,538
Oct 20, 2019
Oct 24, 2019
Amadolce
$6,039
$6,338
$6,938
$7,138
$7,238
$8,238
$8,438
Oct 27, 2019
Oct 31, 2019
Amadolce
$5,839
$6,138
$6,738
$6,938
$7,038
$8,038
$8,238
Nov 3, 2019
Nov 7, 2019
Amadolce
$5,639
$5,938
$6,538
$6,738
$6,838
$7,838
$8,038
Nov 10, 2019
Nov 14, 2019
Amadolce
$5,539
$5,838
$6,438
$6,638
$6,738
$7,738
$7,938
Mar 15, 2020
Mar 19, 2020
Amadolce
$5,499
$5,798
$6,498
$6,698
$6,798
$7,798
$7,998
Mar 29, 2020
Apr 2, 2020
Amadolce
$5,799
$6,098
$6,798
$6,998
$7,098
$8,098
$8,298
Apr 12, 2020
Apr 16, 2020
Amadolce
$6,099
$6,398
$7,098
$7,298
$7,398
$8,398
$8,598
Apr 26, 2020
Apr 30, 2020
Amadolce
$6,299
$6,598
$7,298
$7,498
$7,598
$8,598
$8,798
May 3, 2020
May 7, 2020
Amadolce
$6,399
$6,698
$7,398
$7,598
$7,698
$8,698
$8,898
May 10, 2020
May 14, 2020
Amadolce
$6,399
$6,698
$7,398
$7,598
$7,698
$8,698
$8,898
May 31, 2020
Jun 4, 2020
Amadolce
$6,399
$6,698
$7,398
$7,598
$7,698
$8,698
$8,898
Jun 7, 2020
Jun 11, 2020
Amadolce
$6,399
$6,698
$7,398
$7,598
$7,698
$8,698
$8,898
Jun 14, 2020
Jun 18, 2020
Amadolce
$6,399
$6,698
$7,398
$7,598
$7,698
$8,698
$8,898
Jun 21, 2020
Jun 25, 2020
Amadolce
$6,399
$6,698
$7,398
$7,598
$7,698
$8,698
$8,898
Jun 28, 2020
Jul 2, 2020
Amadolce
$6,399
$6,698
$7,398
$7,598
$7,698
$8,698
$8,898
Jul 5, 2020
Jul 9, 2020
Amadolce
$6,399
$6,698
$7,398
$7,598
$7,698
$8,698
$8,898
Jul 12, 2020
Jul 16, 2020
Amadolce
$6,399
$6,698
$7,398
$7,598
$7,698
$8,698
$8,898
Jul 19, 2020
Jul 23, 2020
Amadolce
$6,399
$6,698
$7,398
$7,598
$7,698
$8,698
$8,898
Jul 26, 2020
Jul 30, 2020
Amadolce
$6,399
$6,698
$7,398
$7,598
$7,698
$8,698
$8,898
Aug 2, 2020
Aug 6, 2020
Amadolce
$6,399
$6,698
$7,398
$7,598
$7,698
$8,698
$8,898
Aug 9, 2020
Aug 13, 2020
Amadolce
$6,399
$6,698
$7,398
$7,598
$7,698
$8,698
$8,898
Aug 16, 2020
Aug 20, 2020
Amadolce
$6,399
$6,698
$7,398
$7,598
$7,698
$8,698
$8,898
Aug 23, 2020
Aug 27, 2020
Amadolce
$6,499
$6,798
$7,498
$7,698
$7,798
$8,798
$8,998
Aug 30, 2020
Sep 3, 3030
Amadolce
$6,499
$6,798
$7,498
$7,698
$7,798
$8,798
$8,998
Sep 6, 2020
Sep 10, 2020
Amadolce
$6,499
$6,798
$7,498
$7,698
$7,798
$8,798
$8,998
Sep 13, 2020
Sep 17, 2020
Amadolce
$6,499
$6,798
$7,498
$7,698
$7,798
$8,798
$8,998
Sep 27, 2020
Oct 1, 2020
Amadolce
$6,499
$6,798
$7,498
$7,698
$7,798
$8,798
$8,998
Oct 4, 2020
Oct 8, 2020
Amadolce
$6,399
$6,698
$7,398
$7,598
$7,698
$8,698
$8,898
Oct 11, 2020
Oct 15, 2020
Amadolce
$6,299
$6,598
$7,298
$7,498
$7,598
$8,598
$8,798
Oct 18, 2020
Oct 22, 2020
Amadolce
$6,199
$6,498
$7,198
$7,398
$7,498
$8,498
$8,698
Oct 25, 2020
Oct 29, 2020
Amadolce
$5,999
$6,298
$6,998
$7,198
$7,298
$8,298
$8,498
Nov 1, 2020
Nov 5, 2020
Amadolce
$5,799
$6,098
$6,798
$6,998
$7,098
$8,098
$8,298
Nov 8, 2020
Nov 12, 2020
Amadolce
$5,699
$5,999
$6,698
$6,898
$6,998
$7,998
$8,198
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges: Additional $182 per person (2019 departures); Additional $189 per person (2020 departures)
For 7-Night Bordeaux Cruise Only (No Bilbao, San Sebastian, Loire Valley and Paris land extension): Subtract $2,340 from above 2019 per person rates ; Subtract $2,400 from above 2020 per person rates.
Transfers from Start/End of Program are available for purchase. Please call for details.
Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The choices are: Choice A - Two twin beds; Choice B - One large bed (larger than queen size)

Prices Include:

▪ 2 nights hotel accommodations in Bilbao at the NH Collection Riá de Bilbao (or similar) including daily breakfast, Guggenheim Musuem, Mercado de la Ribera, Guernica, and the transfer from Bilbao to San Sebastian
▪ 2 nights hotel accommodations in San Sebastian at the NH Collection Aránzazu (or similar); including daily breakfast and a city tour, the transfer from San Sebastian to the ship in Bordeaux on Embarkation Day
▪7 nights deluxe Bordeaux cruise with accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French balconies
▪ Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library & English language TV stations
▪ Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
▪ Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
▪ Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
▪ Multiple dining venues
▪ Unlimited red and white wines from France's great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
▪ Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
▪ Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
▪ Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
▪Services of a professional Cruise Manager; English speaking staff on board
▪ Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on Sun Deck only)
▪ Shore excursions in every port with personal headset included
▪ Use of Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
▪ Transfer from Bordeaux to the Loire Valley via motorcoach
▪ 2 nights hotel accomodations in the Loire Valley, including city tour, châteaux visits and daily breakfast
▪ 1 night hotel in Paris at the Pullman Charles de Gaulle (or similar) including daily breakfast
▪ All local Taxes 

Prices Do Not Include:

▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Port charges
▪ Gratuities
▪ Personal Expenses

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