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OPTIONAL: TWO NIGHTS IN BORDEAUX CITY

Tuesday, July 13 – Thursday, July 15, 2021

Day 1: Tuesday, July 13

ARRIVE BORDEAUX CITY

You will be met on arrival at Bordeaux Merignac Airport and transferred to your hotel. The 4 star Bayonne Etche-Ona is located in the heart of Bordeaux city, steps from the renowned Opera House and nearby the Ecole du Vin. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception at Les 3 Pinardiers, a delightful and innovative wine bar.

OVERNIGHT (2 nights):Hotel Bayonne Etche-Ona

Day 2: Wednesday, July 14

GOURMET WALKING TOUR

This morning, join our guided walking tour of the best gourmet shops and attractions in Bordeaux city. Visit Jean d’Alos, the foremost “fromager-affineur” or matured cheese vendor in France. Learn about the history and ingredients that shape the famous Bordelaise cuisine of southwest France. This afternoon and evening are at leisure. TIP: Explore the Cite du Vin, the marvelous Bordeaux museum dedicated to wines around of the world.(B)

Day 3: Thursday, July 15

CAP FERRET / ARCACHON / EMBARKATION

After our 10 AM, checkout and depart Bordeaux city for the wild Atlantic coast of southwest France. The area is marked by dramatic sand dunes, sea grass and extreme tides. In Cap Ferret, enjoy a relaxing seafood luncheon washed down with white Bordeaux wines, looking back at Arcachon town. Then, travel by boat the short distance across the water to Arcachon, with time to explore and shop. Arrive at our ship AmaDolce approximately 4PM. Tonight’s champagne reception is hosted by the ship’s Captain. After dinner, gather in the main lounge for drinks with Scott and Erica Lindstrom-Dake. (B,L,D)

7-Night Taste of Bordeaux Cruise

Thursday, July 15 – Thursday, July 22, 2021

Day 1: Thursday, July 15

EMBARKATION – BORDEAUX, FRANCE

Embark the ship for your Taste of Bordeaux cruise. (D)

Day 2: Friday, July 16

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: Saturday, July 17

LIBOURNE – BLAYE

Stroll through Libourne’s 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: Sunday, July 18

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: Monday, July 19

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: Tuesday, July 20

CADILLAC

Today is Bastille Day, the French version of our own 4th of July!  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, lit by Bastille Day fireworks. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Wednesday, July 21

BORDEAUX CITY

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 Bordeaux Wine Museum, housed in an awe-inspiring building. Bike enthusiasts will wish to join a tour along the city’s amazing network of bicycle paths. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Thursday, July 22

BORDEAUX – DISEMBARKATION

Disembark the ship and prepare for your onward flight or journey. (B)

PLEASE NOTE:

A reasonable degree of mobility is required for all passengers on this program. 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 to 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/scooter or other mobility device, must have another dedicated person traveling with them to assist/push etc. The ship’s crew and other cruise guests are not available to assist persons with limited mobility. On customized pre or post cruise land programs, the Expanding Horizons tour manager is authorized to remove, or ask to leave from the tour, any traveler incapable of, unwilling to, or impeding the overall movement and progress of the tour group.