Taste of Bordeaux

A TASTE OF BORDEAUX
                                                           November 16, 2017-  November 23, 2017

Wine Lovers unite.....once again, we have an opportunity to join together all of our passions:  Food, Wine & Travel!

In the corner of southwestern France, the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers merge together to form the Gironde Estuary that naturally divides the famous Bordeaux region into Left and Right Banks.  The "Taste of Bordeaux" itinerary takes you to experience the most impressive wine growing areas and their signature blends.

Bordeaux is the largest controlled wine region in France, made up of several sub-regions.  Each sub-region has its own strictly governed appellation, unique climate and terroir that define it.  Unlike most wines around the world, the quality of Bordeaux wine is determined by these factors rather than the GRAPE varietal.  Producers combine many grape types together to create food-loving BLENDS.  While Bordeaux is acclaimed for its legendary red BLENDS, the small percentage of white blends from this region also make a big impression.  BLENDS, BLENDS, BLENDS!!!!   When you take a look at the wine labels here, something seems to be missing-  the type of grape.  That's because, in Bordeaux, blends rule the world and the grapes themselves are not as important as the region!
 

                                                             
We start in Paris.....depending on your needs, wants and desires, 2-3 days {or more}.  High speed train to Bordeaux, and board the AmaDolce for a 7 day sailing down the Garonne, Dordogne rivers and the Gironde estuaries.  We will enjoy tastings of some of the regions most distinguished wines, along with food pairings by Ama's award winning master chefs, featuring regionally-inspired dishes served with free-flowing wine and beer...ALL menus including expertly suggested wine pairing.

PLUS......{and for those of you who have sailed with us down the Seine and most recently the Rhone....you will most agreeably attest to this}  Once again we are so excited to have Mr. Preston Mohr, Wine Expert, IWS, WSET, owner of PARIS BY THE GLASS, as our on board wine host, lecturer and "wine" guide to this exciting region.  Check out his website:  www.parisbytheglass.com. ; For those staying a few days in Paris either Pre- or Post, we highly recommend his list of recommended restaurants/bistros for your best dining/wining experience in the "City of Light".  His inside knowledge of the wines and gastronomic experiences of these regions will definitely MAKE your stay, without breaking the bank.  Check him out on facebook also:  Paris by the Glass


 


We finish in the Loire Valley.  Again, depending on people's needs, wants and desires, those wishing to stay a little longer, we can arrange for lodging and train/airfare.  Also, those wishing to train back to Paris.....lodging and transportation can be arranged as well.                                                         

 
THE AmaDOLCE:  Accommodates 146 passengers, cabins C or above with french balconies. There are also 2 "single cabin's" available.  Free-flowing wine and beer with lunch and dinner.  Free in room wi-fi.  Over 40 bikes on board to use at your leisure.  Award winning dining, including the "La Chaine des Rotisseurs" dining experience!



What AmaWaterways is offering this group:

$1,500 per stateroom discount off published fare.  (Below rates reflect discount}

Cat. E-  $2,349/pp
Cat. D-  $2,648/pp
Cat. C-  $3,248/pp
Cat. B-  $3,448/pp
Cat. A-  $3,548/pp
Cat. A+ - $4,548/pp
Cat. S-  $4,748/pp {suite}

$400/pp deposit holds the cabin of your choice, final payment due 120 days out

THE ITINERARY:

November 16, 2017:  Train from Paris via the TGV to Bordeaux
                                 EMBARKATION
                                 Welcome Aboard Wine Toast

11/17:  Cadillac ~  Sauternes wine tasting and Roquetaillade Castle                

 


11/18:  Pauillac~  Grand Cru Classe wine Tasting
 

11/19:  Blaye ~  Citadel visit
           Bourg~  Bourg Festival of Wine and Music

   


11/20:  Libourne ~Saint Emilion excursion with Grand Cru Classe wine Tasting
           

11/21:  Libourne~  Chateau de Vayres
                         ORBastide town and traditional market
                         Fronsac Wine Tasting
                         ORChateau de Montaigne

           Bordeaux~  Captains' Gala Dinner and Illuminations Cruise

11/22:  Bourdeaux~City Tour and Wine Museum
                                 Free Time

11/23:  Bourdeaux~  DISEMBARKATION

11/24:  Loire Valley{add-on} and return to Paris

For those that wish to continue on their own, Dateline can assist with transfers, hotels and flights.  Those that have experienced past AMA adventures will receive "past passenger" discounts.  Nobody does it better than AMAWaterways....the service, the food, the excursions, THE WINE!!!!  Come see why AmaWaterways had the Highest rated ships in Europe in the Bertlitz River Cruising in Europe guide, rating 280 ships.



For more information, call Steve, Merilyn, Derek or myself {Katy} @ 503 786-5150 or email us @ dlitravel@aol.com