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Join FAMTrips.travel and AmaWaterways as we delight in the most amazing region of France, the famous wine region of Bordeaux! Join Gary and Melody Fee, executive team at FAMTrips.travel and explore this thriving tourist destination and mecca for wine enthusiasts. We invite you to join us as we discover vineyards and amazing landscapes in the Bordeaux region and meet those famous people that make the lovely Bordeaux wines!

If you truly want to enjoy the best of France, you may also elect to add the Paris Normandy 7 day cruise, one week prior with us from Paris to the Beaches of Normandy on the AMA Lyra from July 27-Aug 3, allowing you to connect these two lovely itineraries together for a 14-day river cruise at the most lovely time of the year! The Paris cruise to the Beaches of Normandy is a moving, heartwarming experience which includes the romance of beautiful village of Giverny, home to Monet’s beautiful gardens and his inspiration for his water lilies works of art and lovely picturesque port, Honfleur, as well as Rouen, the city were Joan of Arc was martyred. In Normandy, on the first week’s cruise, ( Paris to Normandy) we take part in the amazing WW II historical tours to the famous beaches of Normandy where our Allied Forces waged the battles that turned the tables of WW II!.

If you elect Not to take the previous week Paris Normandy cruise ( July 27-Aug 3) then you might elect to begin your Bordeaux cruise with an optional two-night stay in Paris, the magical “City of Light,” and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city’s top sights. If you take the pre stay in Paris, then the TGV high speed train cost is included in the pre stay ( quoted separately) or simply come straight to Bordeaux on your own and board the AMA Dolce with us on August 3rd. During your Bordeaux cruise, 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, Pauillac, Bourg and Libourne. Enjoy tastings of some of the region’s most distinguished wines and visit fabulous sights before concluding your journey back in Bordeaux. You will also have the option to include a three night post (optional) stay in the Loire Valley which will return you to Paris, as well. On both of these cruises, you are welcome to bring one non industry guest at the same rate in your stateroom. However, you may also book additional staterooms at a great savings which is almost 50% below retail rates at a special Friends and Family Rate through FAMTrips.travel. You, the agent, must be traveling on the same voyage for this special offer to apply for additional staterooms.

 

Day1

DAY 1: PARIS – BORDEAUX – EMBARKATION

If you have enjoyed the optional pre stay in Paris, today you will transfer from Paris and board a TGV high-speed train that will take you straight to the legendary land of wine blends and monumental architecture – Bordeaux. Bordeaux, an amazing city which has the highest number of preserved historical buildings in France, except for Paris, is the world’s major wine industry capital. It is home to the world’s main wine fair, Vinexpo. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as “an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble” of the 18th century. You will arrive at your luxurious AmaDolce, where you will gather this evening for a Welcome Dinner. (B,D)

Day2
DAY 2: CADILLAC

Today, we will enjoy a panoramic 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 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grape varietals. You’ll be able to taste local at an authentic Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and also have free time to explore Pauillac. We will be docked here overnight. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: PAUILLAC

Today, we will enjoy a panoramic 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 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grape varietals. You’ll be able to taste local at an authentic Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and also have free time to explore Pauillac. We will be docked here overnight. (B,L,D)

Day4

DAY 4: PAUILLAC – BLAYE – BOURG

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 military significance. You’ll have your choice of two activities. The first is an excursion to the city’s 17th century citadel – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – that was built by famous military engineer Vauban. From the top of this famous fortress, you can admire fantastic views of the impressive Gironde estuary. The second is a bike tour on which you will wind your way through vineyards, see amazing chateaux and cross Santiago’s path, a famous pilgrimage route from the middle ages. Return to the ship for a delicious lunch and prepare for an afternoon in Bourg, to which you can cruise or bike. The bike tour will take you along the “Captain’s Road,” a scenic coastal path that leads to Bourg sur Gironde. 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. Afterwards, enjoy an exclusive festival of music and wine from the appellation of Cotes du Bourg. The ship will remain here overnight. (B,L,D)

Day5

DAY 5: BOURG – LIBOURNE

This afternoon, we arrive in the winemaking capital of Libourne. Two of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions are very close by – Saint Emilion and Pomerol. You can either enjoy a Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and a visit to the Underground Churches (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in St Emilion, as well as a panoramic tour of Pomerol, or join a guided bike tour through the vineyards of both towns followed by a wine tasting. The ship moors overnight in Libourne. (B,L,D)

day6

DAY 6: LIBOURNE – BORDEAUX

We start our adventure today with a tour of the magnificent Chateau Vayres, located on the banks of the Dordogne River. As an alternative you can visit a well-preserved local bastide town, which was fortified during medieval times. This afternoon, you will have the option of a Fronsac wine tasting, or to visit Chateau de Montaigne, a stunning 14th century castle that was the family residence of the philosopher, Michel de Montaigne. We sail to Bordeaux this evening where we will dock and indulge in a spectacular Farewell Dinner with your Captain. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: BORDEAUX

Today we experience the elegant port city of Bordeaux. 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 will have an opportunity to experience much of the rich culture and architecture here, including a tasting at the Wine Museum. You will see sights like the Pont de Pierre Bridge, Quinconces Monumental Square and the famed water mirror, Mirroir d’eau. Those seeking a more active way to see the city can join a guided bike tour instead. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore the town on your own. Tonight, the ship will stay in Bordeaux. (B,L,D)

Day8

DAY 8: BORDEAUX – DISEMBARKATION – OPTIONAL TOUR BEGINS

Our amazing cruise experience ends here. You may elect to take part in the optional post stay in the lovely Loire Valley. If so, you will disembark your ship in Bordeaux and continue your journey to Tours, France by TGV train. Experience this charming city 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 also join a walking tour. Transfer to your hotel in Amboise to check in this afternoon and then have dinner. (B,D)
DAY 9 (POST STAY ITINERARY ONLY): AMBOISE
Today, you’ll tour the spectacular Renaissance style Chateau d’Amboise. Its extravagant residences, gardens and Gothic chapel belonged to several French kings in the past. You’ll also discover Chateau 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 de Chenonceau. (B)

DAY 10 – AMBIOSE – PARIS

Check out of your hotel this morning before you visit the astoundingly massive Chateau 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 Chateau de Blois. Enjoy free time for lunch this afternoon, and then transfer by bus to your hotel, located at Charles De Gaulle Airport. (B)

DAY 11 – PARIS

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

 

Cost of FAM

Rate for Category B French Balcony: $1599. + port tax
Rate for Category A French Balcony $1699. + port tax
Special “Friends and Family” Discount $2095 pp + tax for Cat B & $2195 + tax for Cat A
(You can compare retail rate for this sailing which are $3695++ for category B)
All Shore excursions during cruise and complimentary local specialty beer and wine selections each day with lunch and dinner!

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