A Taste of Bordeaux - a celebration of wine
Renowned for its high quality and offering some of the most exclusive wines in the world. Bordeaux is a key region for vin lovers who want a deep dive into discovering the famed region's first-growth "premier cru" vintages.
Join us on a judgment-free journey through appellations of the Bordeaux region. Immerse in the opportunity to discover the history, traditions, and techniques while sampling esteemed culinary cuisine and renowned "old world" wines.
City of Bordeaux
The core of the wine-growing region to which the appellation is named is the city of Bordeaux with a history that dates back thousands of years.
From here you will begin your journey. Both as a historic and modern location, you can explore gothic cathedrals, and renowned art museums, tour scenic gardens, visit the magnificent Place de la Bourse fountains, and the Miroir d’Eau reflecting pool plus the city's most contemporary and must-see location for wine lovers, La Cité du Vin wine museum.
The gastronomy here is top-notch for pairing regional wine while enjoying the local atmosphere at some of the best restaurants and cafes in France.
The city will become the base for your wine journey.
The Garonne and Dordogne Rivers
Two rivers divide the Bordeaux appellation into three sections:
To the west of the Garonne river lies the Left Bank. Home to the city of Bordeaux and the area known as the Médoc region. Here you will find the most highly celebrated châteaux featuring Grand Cru Classé Cabernet Sauvignon red blends.
South of the city of Bordeaux, Graves is home to the Bordeaux dry whites blended from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion grapes.
East of the Dordogne river, the Right Bank centered around the city of Libourne and the town of Saint-Émilion feature Merlot-based blends.
Between the two rivers, the Entre-Deux-Mer region offers the largest production of wines throughout Bordeaux.
A Celebration of Wine Travel
Your intimate journey begins in the heart of the city of Bordeaux.
The 144-passenger AmaDolce will guide you along both rivers.
Unpack only once as you scenically cruise through France's legendary wine capital.
En route visit iconic châteaux, walk timeless vineyards, and sip the delicious wines where the tastings are plentiful all while relaxing aboard a boutique floating hotel.
Guided excursions are personalized to your interests, with options for city tours, food and wine tastings, biking adventures, and more.
Featuring award-winning fine dining and wine-pairing at every meal, this journey is a must for anyone interested in the best of French culture, lifestyle, wine, and food.
Travel to Bordeaux, one of the world’s undisputed wine capitals. Rich in both history and taste, the Bordeaux region is a wine connoisseur’s paradise.
You will make your way through the renowned vineyards of the Médoc, Graves, Saint-Émilion, Pauillac, Pomerol, and Libourne, discovering the timeless traditions of the winemakers themselves.
Board the AmaDolce in the city of Bordeaux for your Taste of Bordeaux cruise. (D)
After check-in, step off the ship and begin your explorations of the Bordeaux wine culture with an afternoon visit to the Cité du Vin, an interactive wine museum. Finish your tour with the opportunity to taste wines from the very best regions of the world with a panoramic view of Bordeaux.
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 on the Right Bank — Saint Émilion and its celebrated vineyards — and enjoy your first Grand Cru Classé wine tasting(B,L,D)
Stroll through a colorful, open air market, sample some of the region’s specialties, and enjoy a taste of local wines as you hike through Libourne or visit one of the beautiful wine estates in the Fronsac region. Later in the day, you will cruise on to Blaye near the Gironde Estuary. (B,L,D)
While in Blaye, tour the 17th century UNESCO citadel or enjoy an active bike ride around the city or along the river from Blaye through the idyllic French countryside to the ancient medieval village of Bourg. Later in the day you will meet local wine growers and taste the fruits of their labors while enjoying live French music and dancing. (B,L,D)
A lovely village on the Left Bank is the gateway to the famed Médoc region. See some of the most famous wine estates, including Château Latour, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Lafite Rothschild, and Château Pichon Longueville before sampling some local Grand Cru wines. (B,L,D)
Visit the Entre-Deux-Mer and see the preserved architecture of the Castle of Roquetaillade, and travel to the Sauternes wine region to taste the highly prized golden-hued sweet wines produced here. For the more adventurous, pedal through the charming town of Cadillac for a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)
In the capital of the wine world, 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 sampling of local specialties. Later that day, explore the enriching city of Bordeaux at your 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 in the city of Bordeaux (B)
If you will be continuing on to the optional land tour in the Loire Valley you will transfer from Bordeaux by land to Amboise in the Loire Valley.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Inclusions and Amenities
- Award-winning floating boutique hotel accommodating 73 cabins
- Modern Stateroom with private bathroom and all the amenities of a five-star hotel
- La Chaine des Rôtisseurs dining experience with multi-course dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
- Chef's Table private wine pairing specialty menu dining
- Hand-selected unlimited complimentary Red and White Wines from the Bordeaux wine appellations, plus beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, champagne with breakfast
- Water, specialty teas, and espresso coffee drinks are available 24/7
- Nightly evening Sip and Sail cocktail hour with complementary spirits, in addition to wine and beer offerings before dinner
- Customized and guided or on-your-own excursions options including Biking and Hiking tours
- Special programs including guest lectures, local demonstrations, and music performances
- Onboard Wellness Programs, Beauty Salon*, and Massage services*
The standard Cruise fare starts at $4,399 p/p
- Group Offer -
Snag your cabin by August 31 and take $1,000 off per person*
*Group discount is off the standard cruise fare. Pricing does not include port charges of $210 per person. Reservations are subject to availability upon receipt of full names and a per-person deposit of $550. Terms and Conditions apply.
Custom Paris Pre-Cruise Option
A personalized itinerary designed for you in the "City of Lights".
Explore Paris in style with 4 and 5-star accommodations that match your wants, custom tours, transfers, and transportation, plus skip-the-line assistance to visit the most on-demand monuments and museums.
Visiting here for the landmarks, art, gardens, cafes, shopping or, because.... it's, Paris? Whatever your reason for visiting, you choose your number of days and we will guide you with a seamless itinerary.
Pricing is based on a custom itinerary.
Post Cruise Extension - Loire Valley
Extend your visit to the central region of the UNESCO-designated Loire Valley.
Following the cruise, transfer to the city of Amboise for two nights in a private château.
Discover the architectural heritage set among the world-famous vineyards. During your journey, you will visit some of the most impressive royal châteaux while appreciating crisp Chenin-Blancs and vibrant Cabernet Francs. Conclude your journey with an overnight stay at the airport in Paris.
$1,380 per person includes accommodations, breakfast, tours, and transfers.
Why Travel with the Crew de Vine?
I am Sandee Hughes,
As a certified specialist of wine and full-time travel advisor with BucketList Travel, together, we can design a custom experience while I provide value insight and knowledge to your wine travel itinerary.
Most importantly, I can provide the confidence that you will travel safely as your partner.
As the guide and leader for the Vine-os (Cru de Vine Travelers), I will be navigating and assisting you along the way.
Together we are the perfect pairing for providing seamless wine travel enjoyment.