7-Night Taste of Bordeaux

Onboard AmaDolce

April 27 – May 04, 2023

SOLD OUT

Price:

Starting At: $4,108.00 (USD) per person double occupancy

Duration:

7 Nights, 8 Days

Approximate Flight Time:

24+hrs, from  IAD to SGN

Our Culinary Journey

Bordeaux, France is famous around the globe for its celebrated wine. The city is home to many well-known châteaux, old vineyards, and some of the best wine tastings.

On our culinary journey, we will visitLibourne, Blaye, Bourg, Pauillac, and Cadillac to do exactly that. It is an essential trip for anyone who is interested in the finest of French culture, lifestyle, and art.

FULL PACKAGE INCLUDES: 

  • Distinctive Voyage Host
  • Private Welcome Reception
  • 7 nights onboard AmaDolce
  • Taxes, fees and port expenses
  • All transfers
  • Prepaid gratuities
  • Private Wine Tastings
  • Exclusive Shore Excursion
  • An Exclusive Amenity
  • Amazing Swag Bag
  • English Speaking Local Guide
  • Follow Food & Wine Lover Group Members To Share The Experience With

ABOUT AMADOLCE

Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms with amenities including Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring high-speed Internet, movies, music and TV; air conditioning; and an in-room safe. Enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath products, robes and hair dryers. Indulge in added comforts including a sauna, whirlpool, massage and hair salon, inviting Main Lounge, and specialty coffee station. You’ll be treated to exquisite cuisine paired with wine and beer. Enjoy a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring a tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy during your cruise.

Culinary Travel Experience

  • Main Dining Restaurant – offering Western cuisine as well as regional specialties using locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef’s Table Restaurant – a specialty restaurant, which serves as an intimate dining alternative to the main restaurant. It features a view of the chef as he prepares an array of delicious dishes for your gastronomic pleasure
  • Complimentary unlimited fine wine, beer, soft drinks and specialty coffees with lunch and dinner, plus sparkling wine at breakfast

Inclusive Amenities

  • Panoramic Lounge with bar, piano and dance floor; and Observation Lounge
  • Complimentary specialty tea and coffee station available 24/7
  • Elevator reaches the Violin and Cello Decks
  • Beauty salon, massage and spa services
  • Walking track, heated pool and fitness room
  • Bicycles for exploring on one’s own or on guided bicycle tours

7-Night Taste of Bordeaux

Embark the ship for your Taste of Bordeaux cruise.

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 Saint-Émilion solely to discover more of the small historic town. 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)

Stroll through the colorful, open-air 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. (B,L,D)

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 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)

Cussac-Fort Medoc, a lovely village on the 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 Margaux Vineyards, a quaint wine estate, followed by a wine and local specialties tasting. Or, enjoy a coast drive to Soulac-sur-Mer where you’ll see unique sights, such as the Statue of Liberty and the Cordouan lighthouse known to be the oldest in France. (B,L,D)

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 golden-hued 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. (B,L,D)

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 awe-inspiring 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. (B,L,D)

Disembark the ship and prepare for your flight home. (B)

OUR ACCOMMODATIONS

Interior

  • Fixed Windows, 170 sq. ft.
  • In-room temperature control
  • Deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian linen, down pillows and duvet
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library
  • Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily Desk and chair
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French Balcony

  • In-room temperature control
  • Deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian linen, down pillows and duvet
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library
  • Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Desk and chair

Suite – French Balcony

  • In-room temperature control
  • Deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian linen, down pillows and duvet
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library
  • Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Desk and chair

RESERVE YOUR SPOT

Unforgettable Culinary Journey

This distinctive ship is in a class of her own! AmaWaterways’ sole cruise ship on the Mekong River, the AmaDara features French Colonial décor and richly carved wood furniture inspired by the history of the region, as well as local artifacts made by native craftsmen. Air-conditioned interior corridors lead to spacious staterooms and suites, most featuring twin balconies that invite the ever-changing scenery of Southeast Asia inside.

On board, the AmaDara caters to your every whim, with massage rooms, fitness room, gift shop, hair salon and sun-deck pool. Her stunning Saigon Lounge provides respite by day and unites guests over intriguing local entertainment by night. Savor authentic regional delicacies and Western cuisine in the Main Restaurant or dine at The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant; and throughout your cruise, be treated to unlimited complimentary wine with lunch and dinner, as well as house brand spirits, local beer and soft drinks throughout your cruise.

Interior

DOUBLE: $4,108.00 per person

SINGLE: $5,333.75 per room

Club Veranda Stateroom

French Balcony

DOUBLE: $5,208.00 per person

SINGLE: $7,957.00 per room

ONBOARD DINING OPTIONS

Our ships in Europe are members of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – a prestigious international culinary society – and with good reason. Our expert chefs craft menus that feature exquisite, locally-sourced cuisine as well as traditional Western offerings. We are the only river cruise line that has The Chef’s Table, an intimate specialty restaurant included in the price of the cruise where you can watch the chef prepare a lavish multi-course menu right in front of you. Each dinner at The Chef’s Table is served with complimentary hand-selected local reds and whites from Europe’s renowned wine regions. There’s also sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast, menu service during lunch, as well as delicious tapas and snacks in the Main Lounge between meals. All onboard dining, as well as unlimited wine and beer with lunch and dinner, is included so you can indulge whenever and however you’d like.
Join a few of your fellow travelers at The Chef’s Table, where the kitchen — usually hidden — becomes part of the entertainment. You’ll have the opportunity to watch the chef prepare a special multi-course meal right in front of you. The menu here is unique, making this a truly distinct gastronomic experience. Indulge in delectable dishes served with unlimited fine wines, hand-selected just for this dinner. It is the only venue of its kind on the river.
You will enjoy complimentary, unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks during lunch and dinner, as well as sparkling wine and fresh-squeezed juices during breakfast. We hand pick only the highest quality wines and pair them with our cuisine. You’ll have the chance to savor different wines on each day of your cruise.

Our reds and whites are of the highest quality, and come from local wineries and vineyards. It is a fantastic way to savor the flavor of each region you are visiting. Rieslings from the Wachau Valley, Sauternes in Bordeaux and Calvados from Normandy are just a few examples of how you can indulge.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Flights to destinations and return flight home
  • Alcoholic beverages unless noted
  • Transportation from airport to cruise port

-Deposit of 15% of cruise fare, hotel, and non-discountable amounts is required within 3 days of booking to secure a reservation.
- All departure dates, final payment is due prior to 90 days before departure date.

All cancellations must be received in writing. All payments on your cruise are subject to the cruiseline guidelines.
- Each booking cancelled before 121 days to sailing will be subject to a $50 dollar per person cancellation fee.
- If you are cancelling between 120 - 90 days it would be 15% which is equal to your deposit.
- At 90 days, final payment is due and the cancellation fees increase as we get closer to cruising.
- Please review the full cancellation policy on your invoice that I am sending to you."
If you fail to make your final payment by the final payment date, your reservation will automatically cancel and all previous deposits will forfeit.

Deposit & Final Payment Requirements:
-Deposit of 15% of cruise fare, hotel, and non-discountable amounts is required within 3 days of booking to secure a reservation.
- All departure dates, final payment is due prior to 90 days before departure date.

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  • All payments are through Wine Lovers Group/Food & Wine Lovers Travel d/b/a Be Relaxed Destinations, LLC travel company

  • Passengers are responsible for ensuring that they have the proper travel documents and MUST CHECK with the respective consulate(s) or visa agency to determine whether any visas or passports are required. Passports are required to be valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Some countries require a full blank “VISA” page in the passport for stamping purposes. Any information provided on travel description pertains to US citizens only. Non-US citizens should check with the respective consulate of the country(s) to be visited for current entry requirements.

  • Reservations must be made in your FULL NAME as it appears on your passport. Your name on your invoice MUST match your passport.

  • Missing a vacation is bad enough. Losing the money you paid for your vacation is even worse. Therefore, we recommend Travel Protection that helps provide coverage for Trip

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  • Prices are subject to change without notice. Please make your reservations today at this price to be locked in.

  • Monthly payments are required to keep your reservations current. Your invoice will clearly note your payment plan. We suggest you put this payment plan on your personal calendar.

  • You must ensure your roommate, if applicable, is also making timely monthly payments.

  • Roommate Matching is available. Review our Roommate Matching Program.

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  • Name changes are allowed with a $100 name change fee up until the final payment date and $250 after final payment date.

  • Late payment of $250 per person is required after final due date listed on your payment plan. Late payment fees are automatically added to your reservations the day after your final due date.

  • All late payment requests must be approved by management before the final payment deadline on your account.

  • Single occupancy = one person to a room
  • Double occupancy = two persons to a room
  • Each person in a room will have his or her own bed. Couples will have one king bed.

The fear of missing (FOMO) is a horrible feeling...but losing your hard earned money you paid for your vacation is far worse. Because all of Wine Lovers Group d/b/a Be Relaxed Destinations, LLC are non-refundable and non-transferable, travel insurance is therefore highly recommended for this trip. Your premium is related to your trip cost, so you don’t have to worry about being over-insured. Click the link for our preferred travel insurance vendor list. If you choose not to purchase travel insurance you will be required to complete a form declining this options. This is to ensure you understand the repercussion of not purchasing travel insurance. 

  • Vaccination Requirements: Not Required
  • Covid-19 Testing Requirements: Not Required
  • Quarantine: Not Required
  • Additional Documentation: Not Required
  • Covid-19 Insurance Coverage: Strongly Recommended
  • Masks & Social Distancing: Masks are not required to be worn.