Wed, Aug 2: Overnight flight to Bordeaux, France.
Thu, Aug 3: Arrive in Bordeaux and transfer to your luxurious ship, the AmaDolce, where you will gather this evening for a Welcome Dinner. (D)
Fri, Aug 4: Cadillac. Arrive this afternoon in Cadillac, a region renowned for its sensational white wines. Today you will visit the Sauternes wine region, where you’ll taste the highly sought-after sweet wines made here. Afterwards, you will see historic Roquetaillade Castle, which is one of the most impressive castles in Europe. It is almost perfectly preserved and still owned by the original noble family that has possessed it for hundreds of years. (B,L,D)
Sat, Aug 5: Pauillac. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the lovely village town of Pauillac on the Left Bank of the Gironde estuary. 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. Enjoy an authentic Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and also have free time to explore Pauillac as you will be docked here overnight. (B,L,D)
Sun, Aug 6: 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 châteaux 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. Afterward, enjoy an exclusive festival of music and wine from the appellation of Cotes du Bourg. The ship will remain here overnight. (B,L,D)
Mon, Aug 7: Bourg & Libourne. This afternoon, you’ll arrive in the winemaking capital of Libourne. Two of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions are very close by: Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. Enjoy either a Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and a visit to the Underground Churches (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Saint-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)
Tue, Aug 8: Libourne & Bordeaux. Start your adventure today with a tour of the magnificent Château 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 a visit to Château de Montaigne, a stunning 14th-century castle that was the family residence of the philosopher, Michel de Montaigne. Sail to Bordeaux this evening where the ship docks and indulge in a spectacular Farewell Dinner with your Captain. (B,L,D)
Wed, Aug 9: Bordeaux. See the elegant port city of Bordeaux. This 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. See sights such as 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. Afterward, you will have free time to explore the town on your own. Tonight, the ship will stay in Bordeaux. (B,L,D)
Thu, Aug 10: Disembark in Bordeaux and transfer to the Paris airport or continue on a post-cruise extension to the Loire Valley.
Optional Pre-Cruise Extension Paris: price $900 per person double / $1,220 single
Mon, July 31: Overnight flight to Paris, France.
Tue, Aug 1: Paris. Arrive in Paris and check-in to your hotel. The balance of the day is yours to start exploring this beautiful city.
Wed, Aug 2: Paris. Visit Notre Dame then enjoy some free time to explore the “City of Light.” Afterward, you’ll see some of the most famous sights on a panoramic city tour, followed by a photo stop at Champs de Mars for views of the Eiffel Tower. (B)
Thu, Aug 3: Paris & Bordeaux. Check 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 with fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner. (B,D)
Optional Post-Cruise Extension Loire Valley: price $1,020 per person double / $1,500 single
Thu, Aug 10: Bordeaux & Tours. 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)
Fri, Aug 11: Amboise. 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 such as the Mona Lisa, the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, and 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-spanning Château de Chenonceau. (B)
Sat, Aug 12: Amboise & Paris. Check 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 512-foot 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 then transfer by motorcoach to your hotel, located near Charles De Gaulle Airport. (B)
Sun, Aug 13: Bid farewell to Paris and fly home. (B)
Built in 2009, the AmaDolce features impeccable service, dining and onboard entertainment by local performers. Complimentary small group shore excursions with top local guides are available from each port. Highlights: 74 spacious outside staterooms with twin balconies or French balconies in most staterooms (3 suites also available) • all staterooms have AmaWaterways’ exclusive Entertainment On demand system, including complimentary Internet access, first-run Hollywood movies and music library • spacious wardrobes • hotel-style plush bedding and terry bathrobes • marble-appointed bathrooms with showers and multi-jet shower heads • hotel-style plush bedding and terry bathrobes • in-stateroom large-screen Apple computer/TV • complimentary bottled water replenished daily • complimentary ship-wide Wi-Fi • two dining rooms • lounge with bar, piano and dance floor • wine bar • 24/hour specialty coffee and tea station • heated pool with swim-up bar and whirlpool • fitness center • sauna • walking track • sun deck with lounge chairs • complimentary bicycles and bike tours • massage, beauty and hair salon • gift shop • elevator (reaches main restaurant, lobby/main lounge and staterooms on the Violin and Cello Decks).