Join FAMTrips.travel and AmaWaterways as we delight in the most amazing region of France-Bordeaux! Together we will explore this thriving tourist destination and mecca for wine enthusiasts. In one week together we will discover vineyards and amazing landscapes in the Bordeaux region and meet those famous people that make the wine! This itinerary is truly magical each day! Many of the motorcoach and walking tours will take you throughout the most beautiful vineyards and inside of so many amazing Chateau properties that have been in the winemaking industry for generations! For those who are interested to do some biking tours, Bordeaux provides a background canvas of countryside not to be missed as your group winds its way from chateau to chateau!
You may elect to begin this cruise with an option four night stay in the Basque region of Spain with two nights in Bilbao and two nights in San Sebastian! Continue on to Bordeaux, the capital of Aquitaine in Southwestern France and one of the world’s undisputed wine capitals. Or if you prefer to begin your journey in Bordeaux, AmaWaterways can fly you directly to Bordeaux to begin this lovely cruise. If you were looking to combine two river cruises while in Europe, you could also book the April 2-9 Vineyards of the Rhine and Moselle fam cruise which sails from Luxembourg to Amsterdam, and proceed to Bordeaux on April 9 when you exit the AmaDante to join the lovely AmaDolce in Bordeaux. FAMTrips.travel is hosting both fam sailings back to back. There are many flights available between Amsterdam (AMS) and Bordeaux (BOD) on April 9th if you want to consider that option. For more info on that earlier fam sailing, you can go to our website, www.famtrips.com or www.famtrips.travel or call us at 941 322 1800.
You’ll revel in the beauty of so many stately chateaux, abundant vineyards and stunning scenery as you sail along the Garonne River and its surrounding natural estuaries, as your ship, the AmaDolce calls upon unforgettable port cities including Cadillac, Pauillac, Bourg and Libourne. Enjoy tastings of some of the region’s most distinguished wines and visit notable sights before concluding your journey in the Loire Valley. Based upon availability there is an optional 3 nt post stay in the Loire Valley .
Join FAMTrips.travel to experience the finest service available on the rivers of Europe, lovely accommodations, exceptional tours and so much more! During your cruise, AmaWaterways also includes wonderful complimentary white and red Bordeaux wines each day at lunch and dinner! Agents may bring one guest in their own stateroom, and also may book additional staterooms through FAMTrips.travel at a special “Friends and Family Rate” based upon availability!
DAY 1 – April 9: BORDEAUX – EMBARKATION
Today you step aboard your lovely AmaDolce along the riverside in 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. It is an amazing walking city and one never knows what wonderful activities you may come across during your strolls along the riverfront and along these fantastic medieval streets! This evening aboard the AmaDolce, we will meet the wonderful staff of our ship and gather for a Welcome Dinner. (D)
DAY 2 – April 10: 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 3 – April 11: LIBOURNE – BLAYE
Stroll through the colorful, open-air market, tasting some of the region’s specialties. Or, you can get your heart pumping by venturing deeper into town on an invigorating bike tour or hiking through one of Libourne’s renowned vineyards. Later in the day, set sail for Blaye, where you’ll enjoy an evening at your leisure. (B,L,D)
DAY 4 – April 12: 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. 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 5 – April 13: 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 6 – April 14: CADILLAC
Today we will 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 7 – April 15: 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. Bordeaux is truly a lovely walking city with so many lovely neighborhoods to discover! With its abundance of medieval architecture, mixed with great dining all around, and unique shopping, you can enjoy strolling right from the ship this evening in one of the most beautiful small cities in France! (B,L,D)
DAY 8 – April 16: BORDEAUX – DISEMBARKATION
Disembark the ship and prepare for your flight home. (B) Our amazing cruise experience ends here. You may choose to extend your stay for and optional post stay of three nights, with the first two nights being in the lovely Loire Valley while touring, enjoying more wine tastings and overnight stays in Amboise on April 16 and 17, returning to Paris for one final evening of April 19. If so, you will disembark your ship in Bordeaux and continue your journey to Amboise and begin your experience of 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.
FAM Agent Pricing
Agent Rate for Category D picture window stateroom: $1795 PP + tax
(To compare, the regular retail rate is $3698 pp + tax)
Agent Rate for Category C French Balcony stateroom: $1895 PP + port tax
To compare, the regular retail rate is $4398 pp + tax)
Agent Rate for Category B French Balcony staterooms: $1995 pp + port tax
(To Compare, the regular retail rate is $4598 pp +tax)
Agent Rate for Category A French Balcony staterooms: $2095 pp + port tax
(To Compare, the regular retail rate is $4698 pp + tax)
Non Industry Guests in same stateroom, add $250.
Port tax is $182 pp
Special Offer through FAMTrips.travel!
Agents are also invited to bring other friends and family guests in separate staterooms
at the rate of $200 additional added on to the Non Industry Guest Rate.
These additional staterooms are also booked through FAMTrips.travel
and are a great savings for your friends, family or group leaders!
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