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Grand France 28 Night Wine River Cruise – Bordeaux to Chalon-sur Saône

Enjoy a seamless experience aboard 3 ships! This epic wine Journey is a 28-night river cruise with 28 wine events. Experience wines from 6 wine regions with world renowned wine experts. This exclusive Wine program features wine dinners, seminars, tastings, and expert wine hosts.

Grand France 28 Night Wine River Cruise – Bordeaux to Chalon-sur Saône

DEPARTURE DATE: April 20, 2023
Departure Port:Bordeaux, France

OVERVIEW

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime 28-night river cruise journey from Bordeaux to Chalon-sur Saône, France. Experience wine from six distinctive wine regions while cruising along France’s Garonne, Dordogne, Seine, Saône and Rhône rivers as well as Bordeaux’s Gironde Estuary. Plus, be treated to exquisite locally-sourced cuisine, a variety of enriching excursions such as guided hikes and bike rides, and unparalleled service. Internationally acclaimed wine educator Paul Wagner will accompany you throughout your journey, introducing a new world-renowned guest Wine Host each week. Reserve your space for this enhanced epicurean experience that includes 28 specially curated wine events.

BORDEAUX REGION April 20-27, 2023 Rivers: Garonne, Dordogne, Gironde Estuary
Ports: Bordeaux, Libourne, Blaye, Bourg, Pauillac, Cadillac
Taste your way through France’s legendary wine capital, Bordeaux. Savor French flavors paired with premium Grand Cru Classé wines, from Bordeaux’s signature red blends to the “liquid gold” of Sauternes. Tour the Castle of Roquetaillade, enjoy an immersive experience at Bordeaux’s famed Cité du Vin wine museum and visit several historic châteaux during the first leg of your Grand France Wine Cruise.

EXCLUSIVE EVENTS IN BORDEAUX REGION Be treated to a selection of red wines from Bordeaux at a special welcome reception. Plus, expand your palate at three mouthwatering Wine Dinners featuring wines from Bordeaux’s famed Right and Left banks and a local châteaux in Pauillac. You may also attend three special Wine Seminars encompassing the unique profiles of wines from Sauternes and Barsac, Bordeaux’s Left Bank and some lesser-known French varietals.

PARIS & NORMANDY April 27-May 4, 2023 River: Seine
Ports: Paris, Les Andelys, LeHavre, Caudebec-en-Caux, Rouen, Vernon
Allow our wonderful crew to take care of your luggage as you transfer ships in Paris via TGV high-speed train. Then, glide along the Seine River and experience the romance of Paris, the “City of Lights.” Monet’s Gardens and the charming harbor town of Honfleur will inspire you, as will Normandy, with its stunning coastline, incredible cuisine, artistic beauty and WWII history.

EXCLUSIVE EVENTS ON THE SEINE RIVER Your welcome reception highlights the sparkling wines of France. Wines of the Alsace and Loire Valley will also be featured during three Wine Seminars and Wine Dinners apiece, including an evening in Vernon with a special guest you won’t want to miss!

Exclusive: Bourg Wine Festival Experience the hospitality of the charming medieval village of Bourg during an exclusive wine festival! Meet the local wine growers and taste the fruits of their labor complemented by live French music and dancing. Taste Grand Cru Classé wines in Saint Émilion Normandy Landing Beaches An unforgettable day is in store for you when you tour either the American or British and Canadian sectors of these historic beaches. Both experiences include a visit to Arromanches and an exclusive wreath-laying ceremony in honor of fallen soldiers you will not soon forget. Visit Château Gaillard, former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart.

BURGUNDY & PROVENCE REGION May 4-18, 2023 Rivers: Rhône and Saône
Ports: Chalon-sur-Saône, Port of Dijon,Tournus, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Lyon, Arles, Avignon, Viviers, Le Pouzin, Valence, Macon, Beaune
Sit back and relax while you enjoy a complimentary transfer in Paris to Chalon-sur-Saône on the idyllic Saône River via TGV high-speed train. Once on board AmaCello, delight in charming Tournus with its towering Romanesque abbey and historic apothecary shop. Visit French châteaux, taste your way through the French culinary capital of Lyon and visit the Papal Palace in Avignon. Throughout the final leg of your journey, you will also sample Mâconnais, Cornas and Chalonnaise wines. The essence of Burgundy and Provence will linger on your palate – and in your heart – for a lifetime!

EXCLUSIVE EVENTS IN BURGUNDY AND PROVENCE A selection of fine white wines will be poured during your welcome reception. Your Wine Seminars will highlight Burgundy’s renowned reds and whites, as well as the wines of Provence, Lauguedoc, and the Northern and Southern Rhône. Indulge in exquisite locally-sourced cuisine at six Wine Dinners that include meals with châteaux owners in St. Jean and Macon and “the Surprise of Burgundy” while in Arles. Les Halles Market Visit with Tasting Witness the grandeur and the indulgent flavors of Lyon’s legendary Les Halles Market. From sausage in brioche to Comte cheese to delicious, sugar-coated tarts and paired wines, your taste buds will delight in this special culinary excursion. Truffle Hunting at a Local Farm Visit the enchanting Provencal town of Grignan, then join us in search of the highly prized “Black Diamond” truffles alongside a farmer and his trustworthy canine companion. This wonderful complimentary Special Interest Tour is a guest favorite!

Travel Dates & Pricing

What's Included

  • 28 night Grand France Wine Cruise in a spacious and elegantly appointed stateroom with French
  • Balcony on 3 Award-Winning River Cruise Ships
  • 28 Exclusive Wine Events
  • Exquisite locally-sourced cuisine at every meal, including at The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
  • Hand-selected fine wines with lunch and dinner and during exclusive events
  • Daily Sip & Sail cocktail hour
  • A variety of included excursions each day
  • High-quality complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Transfers between ships with porterage service
  • Complimentary laundry services (one bag per week)
  • One wonderful Cruise Manager throughout your journey
  • Regional onboard entertainment
  • Wellness Program with daily host-led fitness classes
  • Complimentary gratuities both on board and during shore excursions

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Thu Apr 20Bordeaux
2Fri Apr 21Bordeaux / Libourne
3Sat Apr 22Libourne / Blaye
4Sun Apr 23Blaye / Bourg
5Mon Apr 24Pauillac
6Tue Apr 25Cadillac
7Wed Apr 26Bordeaux
8Thu Apr 27Bordeaux to Paris
9Fri Apr 28Les Andelys
10Sat Apr 29Le Havre
11Sun Apr 30Le Havre / Caudebec-en-Caux
12Mon May 1Rouen
13Tue May 2Vernon
14Wed May 3Paris
15Thu May 4Paris to Chalon-Sur-Saône
16Fri May 5Chalon-Sur-Saône / St. Jean- Dijon
17Sat May 6St. Jean- Dijon / Tournus
18Sun May 7Villefranche-sur-Saône / Lyon
19Mon May 8Lyon
20Tue May 9Lyon / Tournon
21Wed May 10Arles
22Thu May 11Avignon
23Fri May 12Viviers
24Sat May 13Valence
25Sun May 14Vienne
26Mon May 15Mâcon
27Tue May 16Seurre - Beaune
28Wed May 17Chalon-Sur-Saône
29Thu May 18Chalon-Sur-Saône

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