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Bordeaux Gardens, Chateaux, Vineyards & History

A week long river cruise aboard the MS AmaDolce

  • 30 May 2019
  • History and Culture
  • Château La Roche Courbon

We are delighted to be working with our Australian associates at Botanica World Discoveries in offering this unique opportunity to explore the glories of the French landscape and the famous wine region of Bordeaux which produces the world’s highest concentration of fine wines. From the comfort of our floating hotel we will cruise through charming scenery, visit beautiful gardens, discover historic treasures and enjoy wine tasting at some marvellous chateaux along the way. The programme combines guided excursions ashore as well as time at leisure, so you can truly relax and experience all that this wonderful region of France famous for its ‘Art de Vivre’ has to offer.

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AmaDolce

AmaDolce

The 144-passenger MS AmaDolce was launched in 2009 and has been designed for luxury and comfort. From the moment you walk on board you will be greeted with a warm welcome from the crew and treated to a distinctive river cruise experience. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, the delicous, locally-inspired cuisine is paired with wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. There are also a variety of dining venues to enjoy, including The Chef’s Table.

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Itinerary

  • Bordeaux
  • Cadilllac
  • Pauillac

Day 1 London to Bordeaux, France.

Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival transfer to the MS AmaDolce moored on the Garonne River. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner and meet your crew and Guest Speakers.

Day 2 Cadillac.

Enjoy a morning sailing through French villages and landscapes. From Cadillac travel to Le Temple-sur-Lot to see a unique water lily garden where Claude Monet began his obsession with painting water lilies. Founded in 1280, the walled village of Cadillac offers a wealth of historic treasures and sights. Others may choose to visit Château de La Brède, once the home of the philosopher, Montesquieu, to tour its English style garden. Afterwards, head to the family winery of Château De Myrat for a tour which includes a tasting of Sauternes’ world-famous dessert wines.

Day 3 Pauillac.

Today, we visit the lovely town of Pauillac on the left bank of the Gironde estuary. Situated in the famed Médoc AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée), a government-controlled designation of origin which signifies where grapes are grown. You will be able to dabble in local blends this afternoon at an authentic Médoc wine tasting and learn the art of barrel making. There is also the option to visit a beautiful private garden.

Day 4 Blaye, Cognac & Chateau Gardens.

Today you can choose to spend a full day visiting château gardens including the well-known Château La Roche Courbon also known as ‘Sleeping Beauty’s Castle’. Alternatively, discover the town of Blaye, including a walk along its 17th century citadel. After lunch, perhaps journey to Cognac for a tour and a tasting or sail to the town of Bourg.

Day 5 Bergerac & Saint Émillion.

Enjoy a relaxing morning cruising, then explore the picturesque and historic village of Bergerac on the northern bank of the Dordogne River. Visit the nearby Les Jardins de Sardy, one of the best private gardens in the Dordogne area with its Italian style yet English garden feel. Alternatively, travel to World Heritage-listed Saint-Émilion. Explore its remarkable network of cellars and tunnels which have been used in the making of sparkling wines since the 19th century. After a tour, enjoy a glass of bubbles and a selection of Saint-Émilion’s macarons.

Day 6 Libourne & Bordeaux.

This morning tour Libourne including a visit to a caviar estate. This afternoon enjoy an art lecture as we cruise to Bordeaux where we will dock and indulge in a spectacular dinner. Later, take in the sights on a cruise of this magical city.

Day 7 Bordeaux.

Your choices this morning include seeing the elegant port city of Bordeaux on foot or perhaps visit the Musee des Beaux Arts with an art expert. You may also wish to visit Bordeaux Botanical Gardens, recognised for its progressive projects of landscape architecture. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore further at your own pace.

Day 8 Bordeaux to London.

Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to London.

  • Libourne
  • Château La Roche Courbon
  • Saint-Emilion

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER - SAVE £1000 PER PERSON FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
30 May to 6 June 2019
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Category E £3490 £2490
Category D £3850 £2850
Category C £4450 £3450
Category B £4790 £3790
Category B+ £4990 £3990
Category A £5240 £4240
Category A+ £5490 £4490
Owners Suite £6790 £5790
Category E for Sole Use £5290 £4290
Single Cabin £4880 £3880

Tour Reference Code: RCAD300519

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel – Seven nights aboard the MS AmaDolce on a full board basis - Wine, beer & soft drinks with meals on board – Shore excursions - Botanica Cruise Director and Guest Speaker- Transfers - Port taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance.

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AmaDolce

The 144-passenger MS AmaDolce was launched in 2009 and has been designed for luxury and comfort. From the moment you walk on board you will be greeted with a warm welcome from the crew and treated to a distinctive river cruise experience. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, the delicous, locally-inspired cuisine is paired with wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. There are also a variety of dining venues to enjoy, including The Chef’s Table.

 
  • AmaDolce
    AmaDolce
  • Reception
    Reception
  • Lounge
    Lounge
  • Bar
    Bar
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Suite
    Suite
  • Standard Cabin
    Standard Cabin
  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    There are a variety of dining options on board including the Main Restaurant and The Chef’s Table, a speciality restaurant featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. The expert chefs design menus that feature delicious, locally-inspired cuisine as well as international fare and healthy meal choices are always available. You can also order delicious tapas and snacks between meals in the Main Lounge.

  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Your Cabin / Suite

    Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, with double cabins ranging in size from 170-225 square feet, and a single stateroom of 140 square feet. The suites provide further indulgence at 255 square feet and the staterooms on the Cello and Violin Decks have a French balcony. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air-conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet shower heads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hairdryers. The suites have the additional benefit of a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The MS AmaDolce offers a host of amenities designed for your comfort and entertainment whether you are relaxing in your cabin, enjoying the company of your fellow travellers in one of the public areas or simply out on deck admiring the passing scenery. These include a unique library, a beautiful main lounge and bar, a reception area, gift shop, an aft-facing lounge, a bow-facing seating area, and The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant. There is a lift on board which serves the Violin and Cello Decks.

  • Deck plans
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  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    There are a variety of dining options on board including the Main Restaurant and The Chef’s Table, a speciality restaurant featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. The expert chefs design menus that feature delicious, locally-inspired cuisine as well as international fare and healthy meal choices are always available. You can also order delicious tapas and snacks between meals in the Main Lounge.

  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Your Cabin / Suite

    Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, with double cabins ranging in size from 170-225 square feet, and a single stateroom of 140 square feet. The suites provide further indulgence at 255 square feet and the staterooms on the Cello and Violin Decks have a French balcony. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air-conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet shower heads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hairdryers. The suites have the additional benefit of a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The MS AmaDolce offers a host of amenities designed for your comfort and entertainment whether you are relaxing in your cabin, enjoying the company of your fellow travellers in one of the public areas or simply out on deck admiring the passing scenery. These include a unique library, a beautiful main lounge and bar, a reception area, gift shop, an aft-facing lounge, a bow-facing seating area, and The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant. There is a lift on board which serves the Violin and Cello Decks.

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Travelling with You

  • Brain Healy

    Brian Healy

    Brian has enjoyed a lifetime of artistic exploration and learning, pursuing parallel careers as a modern linguist, professional artist and director of his own design company. After a highly successful career teaching at prestigious public schools in both the UK and Austria, for the last fifteen years he has become widely known throughout the cruise and travel industry for his inspirational lectures and art workshops to which he brings a unique practical insight. A fully accredited Arts Society lecturer, he has an extensive program of speaking engagements including Australia, courtesy of ADFAS, in 2020. Examples of his atmospheric watercolours can be seen in private collections all over the world.

    Brian Healy will be on the following tour dates: 30 May 2019 to 6 June 2019
  • Anthea Guthrie

    Anthea Guthrie

    Anthea turned her hobby into a career. She entered her first show garden for the Royal Horticultural

    Society in 2003, and has since achieved numerous accolades, including two medals at the Chelsea Flower Show and

    Gold for Botanica at Hampton Court Flower Show in 2015.

     

    Anthea Guthrie will be on the following tour dates: 30 May 2019 to 6 June 2019

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