B. Wise Vineyards in Bordeaux — Brion and Ronda on the River

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Liz & Ronda in Bordeaux City – Nov. 14, 2018

7 NIGHT BORDEAUX RIVER CRUISE – M/S AMADOLCE

CRUISE DATE: THURSDAY, MAY 28 – THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2020

Blaye – AmaDolce at Citadel dock

DAY 1: THURSDAY, MAY 28th

EMBARKATION – BORDEAUX, FRANCE

INCLUDED MEALS
B= BREAKFAST, L= LUNCH, D= DINNER

Board the AmaDolce between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm to embark on your B. Wise Bordeaux River Cruise. You’ll have time to unpack and relax before our first dinner together, preceded by a champagne reception, hosted by Brion and Ronda Wise. Meet the ship’s Captain, crew and your fellow river cruise travelers. (D)

Bordeaux La-Cite-Du-Vin-museum

DAY 2: FRIDAY, MAY 29TH

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 followed by a visit to the immersive and interactive Cite du Vin- Wine Museum. This extraordinary building has a top floor with a full wine bar and panoramic views of Bordeaux and the Port of the Moon. We have arranged an exclusive food and wine pairing for our guests at the famed  Le 7 Restaurant, which shares the 7th floor. Bike enthusiasts may join a tour along the city’s amazing network of bicycle paths, with many shops, restaurants and sites along the way. (B,L,D)

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DAY 3: SATURDAY, MAY 30TH

CADILLAC

Visit the impressive Castle of Roquetaillade, an amazingly preserved masterpiece of medieval architecture owned by the same noble family for 700 years.  Behind the medieval walls and stone fortresses lies an interior castle rich with period furniture, fire places, tapestries and decor. This remarkable site has been filmed in numerous movies and television shows and is a must see! Next, we will travel to the Sauternes wine region along the Garonne River and its tributary, the Ciron. You can visit Chateau de Rayne Vigneau or Chateau Guiraud to taste the highly prized golden-hued  wines, so uniquely sweet, complex and lovingly produced. (B,L,D)

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DAY 4: SUNDAY, MAY 31ST

BLAYE – BOURG

This morning, we explore the 17th-century stone wall citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This incredible stone structure was reconstructed around the ruins of a medieval castle.  Designed by the Marquise de Vauban, an architectural genius of his time, the Citadel at Blaye is now occupied by a community of artists, galleries and  boutique shops.  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 local wine growers and taste the delicious fruits of their labors. Our evening includes a very special Chaine des Rotisseurs dinner, proceeded by a lively cocktail hour with French musicians. After dinner, disco.. (B,L,D)

MARGAUX – Chateau Durfort Vivens exterior

DAY 5: MONDAY, JUNE 1ST

PAUILLAC AND MARGAUX CHATEAU TOUR

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. Brion and Ronda invite you for a private wine tasting and luncheon in Margaux, as we visit Chateau Durfort-Vivens, a 2nd Grand Cru winery owned by the Lurton family. The Lurton family is a prominent name in Bordeaux wine for over 200 years.  Along the way, see some of the most beautiful and famous wine estates in France, including Château Latour, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Pichon Longueville. Tonight, we celebrate with the Captain’s Gala Dinner and Brion Wise will select favorite wines from renowned chateaux in Bordeaux. (B,L,D)

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DAY 6: TUESDAY, JUNE 2ND

LIBOURNE AND FRONSAC

This morning, we dock in Libourne, gateway to one of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions. Spend time discovering the Bastide town of Libourne on a walking tour or 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. This afternoon, we have a special tour and tasting planned at a well-known Chateau in nearby Fronsac. (B,L,D)

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DAY 7: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3RD

LIBOURNE AND ST. EMILION

Join an excursion to Saint Émilion, known for its celebrated vineyards.  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. Or explore the countryside and get closer to the iconic grapes of Libourne on a vineyard hike. Tonight is very special evening with our signature event  “BRION Red Dress Fête”. Celebrating with all the best from BRION, Bordeaux, and the incredible team of chefs on board.  Finish the evening on the Observation Deck for an Illuminations cruise, gazing at the iconic structures of Bordeaux city as they glow against the night sky. Music and dancing into the wee hours. (B,L,D)

Europe, France, Gironde (33), Bordeaux, Place de la Bourse, Listed as World Heritage By UNESCO

DAY 8: THURSDAY, JUNE 4TH

BORDEAUX – DISEMBARKATION

Say “Au revoir” to AmaDolce! Disembarkation is by 9am.  Transfers can be arranged to Bordeaux Merignac Airport or Bordeaux Train Station upon request.  (B)

Note: Itinerary may be subject to change.

PHOTO – Brion and Rousemount Magnum
Taste of Bordeaux River Cruise
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PLEASE NOTE:

Most of the guided tours provided on your cruise are walking tours.  Many historic villages in Europe are located on hilltops, where it is necessary to walk up and down hilly, cobblestone streets that may have narrow passageways.  Ships docked in port are often rafted side-by-side with another river ship.  Passengers are then required to ascend and descend flights of 12 or more stairs to walk up to observation deck, down to gang planks to enter or exit the rafted ships. To participate in tours and get on and off the ship, travelers must be able to walk unaccompanied.

 

Disabilities and Wheelchairs
Persons with a walking disability or an injury, or who require a wheelchair, must have another dedicated person traveling with them to assist/push etc. Please contact Expanding Horizons for further details of tour and travel conditions and policies.