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AmaWaterways Taste of Bordeaux Wine River Cruise

Experience a luxurious 7-night, all-inclusive Bordeaux Wine River cruise with AmaWaterways. Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers as you sail in a luxurious French Balcony stateroom. During the trip, you will visit Saint-Émilion and indulge in a Grand Cru Classé wine tasting. Get ready for a remarkable vacation filled with unforgettable excursions.
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AmaWaterways Taste of Bordeaux Wine River Cruise

DEPARTURE DATE: March 14, 2024
Countries Visited: France
Departure Port:Bordeaux, France


Amid a backdrop of Europe’s most regal castles, historic ruins and vineyard-laced hills, all the while tasting world-class wines sourced from the very spots you’re traveling through.

Wine hosts and sommeliers will share their passion for viticulture through discussions and wine tastings on board. On shore, the insightful Wine Host—always a professional winery owner, winemaker, wine instructor or certified sommelier from a renowned North American winery—will lead guests through discussions and wine tastings on board, accompanying you to local wineries and vineyards where you'll learn first-hand from regional European experts.

And all of this comes at no extra cost. Whether you are a wine novice or a self-described oenophile with your own home wine cellar, this is the perfect chance to indulge in one of the world’s most perfect trifectas: travel, wine and elegant cuisine. From romantic cities to foodie havens, AmaWaterways will bring you into the very heart of Europe’s most exciting and legendary vineyards.

As with all of our itineraries, you can further enliven your senses by indulging in complimentary Special Interest Tours with local guides. Enjoy the perfect blend of visits to vineyards with excursions to nearby landmarks and destination hotspots

Along the way, tempt your increasingly refined palate with a glass of locally produced wines depending on your chosen itinerary—wines such as Moscatel de Favaios, Vinho Verde, Beaujolais, Reisling, Côtes du Rhône, Hermitage, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Grüner Veltliner, Sauvignon blanc, Pinot blanc and Pinot d’Alsace will be among either your favorite varietals or new flavors to which you will be introduced.

Our Wine Cruises also offer a smorgasbord of exciting epicurean tours designed for travelers who relish the idea of honing their culinary skills.

A signature experience available on all of our itineraries, you’ll also be treated to unlimited, hand-selected local wines during every onboard lunch and dinner. These change daily and are paired with locally-inspired menus.

Travel Dates & Pricing

March 14, 2024$5,264 CAD - Compared to $6,509 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 7 night river cruise round trip from Bordeaux France in French Balcony stateroom
  • Prepaid gratuities
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Guided hikes
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Taxes and port charges


1Thu Mar 14 Bordeaux
2Fri Mar 15 Bordeaux
3Sat Mar 16Libourne
4Sun Mar 17Blaye
5Mon Mar 18Cussac Fort Medoc
6Tue Mar 19Cadillac
7Wed Mar 20Bordeaux
8Thu Mar 21Bordeaux

DAY 1 – Bordeaux


Embark the ship for your Taste of Bordeaux cruise. (D)

DAY 2 – Bordeaux

Morning scenic cruising


Saint-Émilion excursion and Grand Cru Classé wine tasting

OR Saint-Émilion Excursion

OR Saint-Émilion bike tour

Welcome to 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.

DAY 3 – Libourne

Bastide town and market visit

OR Château Boutinet hike with wine and tapas tasting

Stroll through the colorful, open-air market, tasting some of the region’s specialties. Or, you can get your heart pumping by venturing deeper into town by hiking through one of Libourne’s renowned vineyards.

DAY 4 – Blaye

Citadel visit

OR Blaye Chemin de Fer bike tour

Blaye to Bourg bike tour


OR Bourg walking tour, Carriage Museum, and WWII Petrol Cistern

Exclusive wine festival

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 along a former railway. Later in the day, you can choose to bike from Blaye through the idyllic French countryside to Bourg. Or, in the ancient village of Bourg, take a walking tour and visit the Carriage Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of horse-drawn vehicles, and the World War II Petrol Cistern. Towards the evening, 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)

DAY 5 – Cussac Fort Medoc

Medoc Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and scenic vineyard tour

OR Margaux Vineyard hike and local specialties tasting

OR Soulac-sur-Mer excursion

Cussac-Fort-Medoc is a peaceful commune in southwestern France and your 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. More active guests can hike through the vineyards of Château Margaux and taste local specialties. Alternatively, you may enjoy a drive along the coast 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)

DAY 6 – Cadillac

Roquetaillade Castle with Sauternes wine tasting


OR Roquetaillade and Cadillac visit


OR Cadillac bike tour

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)

DAY 7 – Bordeaux

UNESCO city tour and market tasting

OR Bordeaux bike tour

Bordeaux Cité du Vin (wine museum) visit

OR Bassins des Lumières

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.

DAY 8 – Bordeaux


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