Amawaterways Bordeaux Wine & Golf (Optional) Luxury River Cruise June 22-29, 2023
Are you interested in French culture/lifestyle, history, architecture, great wines, gourmet food, and an option for golfing on 2 fabulous courses in Southwest France?
Join Patti Mills-Roy, Owner of Mills-Roy Luxury Travel, LLC for an exciting, luxurious Wine & Golf (optional) river cruise in Southwest France in June of 2023.
Iconic chateaux, timeless vineyards, delicious wine tasting, and optional golf experiences in the lovely Medoc & Dordogne regions of Southwest France. We’ll sail on an 8 day/7 night private ship charter in luxury, aboard AmaWaterways’ beautiful AmaDolce and be able to experience all that France’s legendary wine capital has to offer in the Bordeaux region.
There’s a pre-cruise 5 day/4 night option available in Spain’s renowned Basque country including both Bilbao and San Sebastian. There’s also a 3 night post-cruise option in the lovely historic Loire Valley which includes a night in Paris prior to your return to North America. (Details to follow.) If anyone would like to have a Paris add-on, that too can be arranged.
I'm pleased to announce that AmaWaterways extended the early booking date as part of their re-opening celebration! Share this trip of a lifetime with colleagues, friends and family.
Thursday, June 22 | BORDEAUX
Embark the ship for your Taste of Bordeaux cruise
Friday, June 23 | BORDEAUX
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. Alternately, you can enjoy an excursion to SaintÉmilion solely to discover more of the small historic town. If you prefer a more active adventure, pedal through the vineyard rich countryside to SaintÉmilion 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.
Saturday, June 24 | LIBOURNE
Stroll through the colorful, openair market, tasting some of the region’s specialties. You can also choose to enjoy a tasting of local wines from one of the beautiful wine estates in the Fronsac region. Or, you can get your heart pumping by venturing deeper into town by 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.
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 around Blaye. Later in the day, you can choose to bike from Blaye through the idyllic French countryside to Bourg. While in the ancient village of Bourg, take a walking tour and visit the Carriage Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of horsedrawn 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.
Monday, June 26 | 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. Alternately, you can visit Lynch Bages, a quaint wine estate and village, followed by a wine and local specialties tasting. Or, enjoy a coast drive to SoulacsurMer where you’ll see unique sights, such as the Statue of Liberty and the Cordouan lighthouse known to be the oldest in France.
Visit the impressive Castle of Roquetaillade, an amazingly preserved masterpiece of medieval military architecture owned by the same noble family for 700 years and travel to the Sauternes wine region to either Chateau de Rayne Vigneau or Chateau Guiraud to taste the highly prized goldenhued sweet wines produced here. For those wishing to explore more of the history on the decadent castles, you can enjoy a visit to the Roquetaillade castle and Cadillac castle. Or, pedal through the charming town of Cadillac for a guided bike tour.
Wednesday, June 28 | 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 famed indoor Les Halles de Bacalan market for a tasting of local specialties to please the palate. Bike enthusiasts will wish to join a tour along the city’s amazing network of bicycle paths. Depending on your interests, you have a choice from three excursions in the afternoon. Enjoy a visit to the immersive and interactive Bordeaux Wine Museum, housed in an aweinspiring building. Alternately, be treated to a spectacular sound and light show, Les Bassins des Lumières. Or, explore the enriching city of Bordeaux at your own leisure. In the evening, enjoy a spectacular illumination cruise, gazing at the iconic structures of Bordeaux as they glow against the night sky.
Thursday, June 29 | BORDEAUX
Disembark the ship.
INCLUDED DURING YOUR CRUISE
All gourmet meals onboard (Early Riser Coffee and Croissants, a Rich Breakfast, a Festive Lunch, Afternoon Tea & Coffee with Cake, Cookies & Sandwiches and a Multi-Course Dinner)
Free Flowing Red and White Wine from the local regions, Unlimited Beer or Soft Drinks for lunch and dinner
Complimentary “Sip & Sail ” menu cocktail hour offering a selection of beverages on five evenings- one hour before dinner (Captain’s Receptions the other two nights)
Captain’s Welcome Champagne Reception and Gala Dinner and Captain's Farewell Champagne Reception and Gala Dinner plus several Theme Dinners
Choice of dining options at no additional cost including the main dining salon and an intimate Chef’s Table Restaurant where the Chef prepares the meal in person
Free Coffee, Tea, Ice-Water, and Ice-Tea are included all day. Cappuccino, Latte, and Espresso can be requested free of charge during all meals. Complimentary coffee & tea station available 24 hours.
Bottled water, fluffy bathrobes, and slippers are provided free of charge in each cabin
Use of the Hot Tub on the Sun Deck and use of the indoor fitness equipment free of charge
Use of the Bicycles and helmets onboard free of charge
Complimentary internet access (via your in room entertainment system and via WiFi for up to 3 personal devices per stateroom)
Complimentary In-Cabin Movies
Daily live piano music in the Lounge during Afternoon & Tea Service as well as after dinner;
Our daily shore excursion program during the cruise with English-speaking guides. Use of our Quiet vox headsets is also included at no additional cost
Services of our professional English Speaking Cruise Director
Extra cost required for the following:
Airport transfers and airfare (although both can be arranged for you)
Pre and/or post land arrangements (more detail to follow for the pre-Spain and post Loire Valley/Paris, if interested)
Use of the Telephone in each cabin
Items purchased in the Gift Shop
Port charges of $210 per person
Optional shore excursions that might be offered in addition to our daily included shore excursion program
Travel insurance is strongly recommended (and can also be arranged for you)