Optional Bordeaux Pre-extension: August 14th-17th
DAY 1 | EXPLORE THE GRAVES REGION
Morning arrival in Bordeaux and check in to your hotel, The Grand Hotel Bordeaux center. Cellar visit and tasting at one or two chateaux in the Graves appellation: Domaine de Chevalier and Chateau Carbonnieux. (Pending confirmation). Return to your hotel to relax before dinner. Welcome Dinner at Chateau Haut Bailly, preceded by a visit and tasting.
DAY 2 | DISCOVER THE GREAT MEDOC WINESDepart from your hotel for the Medoc with your guide. En-route to the first chateau your guide will give an explanation of the Medoc, its appellations, the 1855 classification and the wines. Cellar visit and tasting at Chateau du Tertre followed by a visit to Chateau Giscours, Classified Growth of Margaux. Casual Vigneron-style 3 course lunch with wines in the building of at la Ferme Suzanne of Chateau. Giscours with 3 wines served during the lunch. Group 1: Cellar visit and tasting Chateau Pichon Longueville, Baron, with 3 wines. Group 2: Tasting at Chateau Lynch Bages, Fifth classified Growth of Pauillac. Free time after the visit at the charming village of Bages. (pending confirmation) Group 2: Cellar visit and tasting Chateau Pichon Longueville, Baron. Group 1: Visit and tasting at Chateau Lynch Bages, Fifth classified Growth of Pauillac. Free time after the visit at the charming village of Bages. (pending confirmation).
DAY 3 | POMEROL, SAINT EMILION, AND THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE CENTERDepart hotel for the right bank with your guide. Cellar visit and tasting Chateau Pavie, First Classified Growth of St Emilion. Cellar visit and tasting at Chateau Figeac, First Classified Growth of St Emilion. (Pending confirmation) 3 course wine lunch at Chateau La Dominique’s restaurant, La Terrace Rouge, overlooking the vines. Cellar visit and tasting at Chateaux Nenin, Pomerol. (Pending confirmation.) Visit of the historic village of Saint Emilion with your guide. Free time to shop, have a glass of cremant or explore. (We will visit St Emilion during the cruise but guests comment that they would like more time here.) Return to your hotel with time to relax and change before dinner. Dinner at La Grand Maison, Pierre Gagnaire. Night at your hotel
DAY 4 | Pessac Leognan, in the Graves and Sauternes RegionCheck-out of your hotel. Depart for the Pessac in the Graves then Sauternes region with your guide. Cellar visit and tasting at Chateau Pape Clement, classified growth of the Graves. Cellar visit followed by Sauternes wine pairing lunch at Chateau Rayne Vigneau, classified growth of the Sauternes appellation. Cellar visit and tasting at Chateau Yquem, First Classified Growth of Sauternes. (pending confirmation) Return to Bordeaux and board your Ama ship.
Cruise Only Itinerary:
DAY 1 | BORDEAUX, FRANCEArrive at your luxurious ship, where you will gather this evening for a Welcome Dinner. (If you have purchased the Cruise and Land option, you will arrive from Paris by the TGV high-speed train that will take you straight to the legendary land of wine blends and monumental architecture – Bordeaux.)
DAY 2 | CADILLAC, FRANCE 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.
DAY 3 | PAUILLAC, FRANCE 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 designation 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
DAY 4 | PAUILLAC - BLAYE - BOURG, FRANCE
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.
DAY 5 | BOURG - LIBOURNE, FRANCE 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.
DAY 6 | 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 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 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.
DAY 7 | BORDEAUX, FRANCE
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.
DAY 8 | BORDEAUX DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your ship in Bordeaux and, if you choose the Cruise & Land option, continue your journey to the Loire Valley. Experience the charming city of Tours 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 and then have dinner.
Optional Cruise with Land Pre-extension in Paris
DAY 1 | Arrive in paris, france
Arrive in Paris and check-in to your hotel. The balance of the day is yours to start exploring this beautiful city.
Day 2 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.
Day 3 PARIS - BORDEAUX - EMBARKATIONCheck 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.
Optional Cruise with Land Post-extension in Loire:
DAY 1 | AMBOISE, FRANCE
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.
DAY 2 | AMBOISE-PARIS, FRANCECheck 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 transfer by bus to your hotel, located near Charles De Gaulle Airport.
DAY 3 | PARIS, FRANCE
Bid farewell to Paris and prepare for your flight home.
Cruise with Land Included Features:
Join Falkner Winery in the undisputed wine capital of the world, Bordeaux and the rivers of Aquitaine in southwest France. Together, you’ll discover stately chateaux, abundant vineyards, and stunning scenery as you sail along the Garonne River and its surrounding estuaries, calling upon port cities like Cadillac, Bourg, and Libourne. Enjoy tastings of some of the region’s most distinguished wines as well as special wine releases by Falkner onboard the AmaDolce.