A 14-Day first class package with an 8-day luxury river cruise/tour of Bordeaux,
followed by a 3-night stay in the Loire Valley and 2-nights in Paris, France
Day 1 — Sunday, September 18, 2019 CANADA – BORDEAUX, FRANCE
Meet your fellow travellers at the departure gate in Toronto for your flight to Bordeaux, France.
Day 2 – Thursday, September 19 BORDEAUX, FRANCE
Upon arrival in Bordeaux airport you will be met by our local guide and transferred to the pier where you will board your luxury river boat and meet your fellow travellers. Accommodation: AMADolce for 7 nights with AMA Waterways. (D)
Day 3 – Friday, September 20 CADILLAC, FRANCE
Sauternes wine tasting and Roquetaillade Castle. Visit the impressive Castle of Roquetaillade, an amazingly preserved masterpiece of medieval military architecture owned by the same noble family for 700 years. Afterwards, travel to the Sauternes wine region to either Château de Rayne Vigneau or Château Guiraud to taste the highly prized golden-hued sweet wines produced here. (B/L/D)
Day 4 – Saturday, September 21 PAUILLAC, FRANCE
Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and scenic vineyard tour Pauillac, a lovely village on the Left Bank of the Gironde Estuary, is the 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 5 – Sunday, September 22 BLAYE, FRANCE
Bourg walking tour, Carriage Museum and exclusive Bourg wine festival Once in Blaye, you can join a tour of its 17th-century citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the afternoon cruise to the ancient village of Bourg, 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 complete with live French music, dancing, wine and hors d’oeuvres. (B/L/D)
Day 6 – Monday, September 23 LIBOURNE, FRANCE
Saint Emilion excursion and Grand Cru Classé wine tasting. Libourne provides a gateway to one of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions, Saint-Émilion, known for its picturesque architecture, monuments and celebrated vineyards. Join an excursion to historic Saint Émilion, 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. (B/L/D)
Day 7 – Tuesday, September 24 LIBOURNE, FRANCE
Château de Vayres OR French Bastide town and market with tastings OR Countryside hike with wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres Fronsac wine tasting Tour the magnificent Château Vayres, one of the most prestigious historic buildings of Aquitaine, or spend time discovering the Bastide town of Libourne and then stroll through its colorful open-air market tasting some of the region’s specialties. For a more active exploration of the countryside, enjoy a hike followed by a wine tasting. Later in the day, you can visit Fronsac, where you can taste some of the regional wines at a grand wine cellar. If you missed the countryside hike in the morning, you can do it in the afternoon, followed by a wine tasting. (B/L/D)
Day 8 – Wednesday, September 25 BORDEAUX, FRANCE
City tour and Wine Museum. 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 Bordeaux Wine Museum, housed in an awe-inspiring building. (B/L/D)
Day 9 – Wednesday, September 26 BORDEAUX – LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE
Your river cruise comes to an end, enjoy breakfast before you join our guide and private coach that will take you to the beautiful Loire Valley and the city of Tours, a university town between France’s Cher and Loire rivers. Once a Gallic-Roman settlement, today it’s a university town and a traditional gateway for exploring the chateaux of the Loire Valley region. Upon arrival in Bordeaux, you will be met by our local representative after disembarking your ship for your transfer to Tours visiting Chenonceaux en route. Chenonceaux is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. It is situated in the valley of the River Cher, a tributary of the Loire, about 26 km east of Tours and on the right bank of the Cher. Visit the Castle of Chenonceau, where you get access and embark on a tour of the chateau’s stunning architecture. Stroll through the Renaissance-style gardens surrounding the castle and learn about its history and relationship to famous women such as Catherine de Medici. Lunch will be enjoyed in one of the villages along the way to Tours. After the visit, continue to Tour our hotel. This stylish hotel is a 3-minute walk from the Jardin de la Préfecture, a short walk from the fine arts exhibitions at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours, and the Basilique Saint Martin. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant. Accommodation: HOTEL OCEANIA DE L’UNIVERS TOURS or similar (3 nights). (B/L/D)
Day 10 – Thursday, September 27 LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE
Breakfast at our hotel. A morning stroll with your guide through the old quarter of Tours, offers many distractions and delights. Rue Colbert which lies midway between Place Plumereau and the cathedral is gaining a reputation as one of the most fashionable streets in the city for its young population. Today immerse yourself in the idyllic scenery and fine wines of the Loire Valley on this full-day tour from Tours, France. Explore one of the Loire Valley’s fairytale castles and discover the legacy of Tin at Cheverny. Along the way, stop to sample fine Cheverny wines and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Head onward to Cour-Cheverny winemaking region — famous for its chardonnay, gamay, pinot noir, and sauvignon grapes — and sample a locally made white wine. Afterward, head onward for lunch with wine in a local restaurant. After lunch, beat the entrance queues and visit the Château de Cheverny with your guide. Here, admire the beautiful fittings, fixtures, and furniture for which the castle is famous and learn of the historic Hurault de Vibraye family who own the property. Return to our hotel and rest of the evening at leisure. (B/L)
Day 11 – Friday, September 28 LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE
Breakfast at our hotel. Departure to visit the Chateau de Blois widely considered among the Loire Valley’s finest historic castles. On arrival, begin exploring with your guide, admire the fine medieval, Gothic, Renaissance, and classical architecture you find, and learn of life here during the reigns of Kings Louis XII and François I of France. After free time for lunch, continue to visit two of the most renowned castle in the Loire Valley—aka French château country— Château de Chambord is known for their Renaissance architecture and picturesque riverside settings. With a knowledgeable guide, enjoy views from little-known panoramic spots, and hear historical details and amusing anecdotes about the French kings and other nobles who have lived here. Return to our hotel for dinner at hotel or local restaurant. (B/D)
Day 12 – Saturday, September 29 LOIRE VALLEY – PARIS, FRANCE
Breakfast at our hotel. Departure to Paris, upon arrival enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, followed by a guided tour of Paris. Discover the major sites of Paris: Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. Route: Concorde Square – Louvre Museum – Seine river and its bridges – French Academy – Cité Island with the Palace of Justice and Notre-Dame Cathedral (stop and free time) Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) – the Latin Quarter with the Sorbonne and the Pantheon of famous French Men – Arch of Triumph – Champs-Elysées Avenue – Eiffel Tower (photo-stop) – Invalides with the dome of Napoleon’s Tomb – Opera House, Montmartre (stop near Sacré-Coeur Basilica and the artists’ square, Place du Tertre). Accommodation: HOTEL PULLMAN TOUR EIFFEL or similar (2 nights). (B/L)
Day 13 – Sunday, September 30 PARIS, FRANCE
Breakfast at hotel. Today you will have a full day at your leisure to explore this beautiful city. Tonight, we will gather for our special Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. (B/D)
Day 14 – Monday, October 1 PARIS – CANADA
Breakfast at hotel followed by check-out and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Canada. (B)
All prices are in Canadian dollars (per person) and include:
8 Day luxury river cruise aboard AMADolce.
All your meals during your river cruise.
Wine, beer, soft drinks with lunch and dinner.
Unlimited bottled water during your cruise
All shore excursions during your cruise.
All gratuities for the shipboard crew.
All port taxes/fees and surcharges.
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FARES: SINGLE OCCUPANCY FARES:
Outside Category “E” $9,795 (Waitlisted) Outside Category “E” $13,195 (Waitlisted)
Outside Category “D” $10,095 Outside Category “D” $13,695
French Balcony Cat. “C” $10,795 French Balcony Cat. “C” $14,595
French Balcony Cat. “B” $11,095 French Balcony Cat. “B” $14,895
French Balcony Cat. “A” $11,195 French Balcony Cat. “A” $15,095
French Balcony “Suite” $12,895 (Waitlisted)
Initial deposit of $1,500 per person is required to secure your space. Final payment is due by: MAY 16, 2019.
Please note a cancellation fee of $500 per person will apply for any cancellation prior to the final payment.
Save an additional 2% if you deposit and pay for your package by cheque.
An AMA Waterways river cruise is about more than the destination – it’s the journey.
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION