For Oenophiles and Gourmets: Onboard the AMAWaterways AMADOLCERiverboat: 360' x 38', 150 passengers, 45 crew 4 October to 11 October 2018
Single cabin (140sqft) $3717
Windowed double (170sqft $4016pp
French Balcony dble (170sqft) $4616pp
Jr Suite dble (225sqft) $5916pp
Suite dble (255sqft) $6116pp
The 148-passenger AmaDolce, newly deployed in 2016 to France's Bordeaux region, offers an elegant and warm-hearted river cruise experience. Part of a class of ships that represented the first new-builds that AmaWaterways designed itself, AmaDolce is a hybrid riverboat. There's room for some more modern elements -- a spacious sun deck has a whirlpool, the front-facing lounge is both a social spot and a place for quiet repose depending on the time of the day and there's a spa for hair treatments and massage. Additionally, The Chef's Table open-kitchen boutique restaurant is one-of-a-kind on the rivers but manages to also have a traditional feel to it. At the same time, what really fuels the AmaWaterways experience is the personal connections you make with fellow passengers and crew onboard. You may board AmaDolce knowing just your traveling companions (or even solo -- this is a terrific option for single passengers), but you'll depart your cruise feeling like you've made a whole crowd of new friends, primarily because you're spending more time together at meals; the passenger count itself is smaller than some of its competitors. We experienced many easy, bonding moments that made our trip special.On shore, the balance between tours for gentle travelers and active recreationalists was superb. Complimentary half-day options utilized motor coaches primarily (unless walking tours were available) and yet we were pleasantly surprised at the fact that there were four or more guided cycling opportunities throughout the week at no extra charge as well. The ship stocks Nordic walking sticks and a fleet of its own bicycles so passengers hankering for a casual hike or stroll could also sightsee independently.If there's a passion that goes beyond the convivial camaraderie on board, it has to be the lines' devotion to the culinary arts. Meals reflected a continental European style and offered a balance of exotic local dishes (frog legs anyone?) with simpler steaks and grilled fish. There's plenty of attention paid to healthful dining, too; beyond designated healthy choice items on all menus, we loved the varying selection of special waters. The Gemstone Water, made with traces of rose quartz, amethyst and mountain crystal and reputed to help relieve jetlag, at least made us feel like we were making an effort.
The AmaDolce made its debut in 2009. It features luxurious staterooms, most with French balconies, and includes spacious marble-appointed bathrooms, showers and multi-jet shower heads; plus complimentary Internet access and movies. The Main Lounge is a stunning yet comfortable public space and exhilarating backdrop for meeting your fellow guests and enjoying nightly entertainment. A fitness room with sauna; walking track and whirlpool; plus a hair Salon will refresh the body while the river views and incomparable AmaWaterways service "sweeten" the soul.
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
Start from Bordeaux, one of the world’s finest & most famous wine regions. Iconic châteaux, timeless vineyards and delicious wine tastings are plentiful as you visit Cadillac, Pauillac, Saint-Émilion and Libourne. Be treated to an exclusive experience in Bourg, featuring live French music, dancing, wine and hors d'oeuvres. This trip is a must for anyone interested in the best of French culture, lifestyle, wine and food. Click here for a video and picture gallery of the cruise
DAY 1 EMBARKATION – BORDEAUX, FRANCE Welcome to Bordeaux, where you’ll board your luxurious river cruise. Meet your fellow passengers this evening. (D)
DAY 2 CADILLAC Visit the impressive Castle of Roquetaillade, an amazingly preserved masterpiece of medieval military architecture owned by the same noble family for 700 years. Afterwards, travel to the Sauternes wine region to either Château de Rayne Vigneau or Château Guiraud to taste the highly prized golden-hued sweet wines produced here. (B,L,D)
DAY 3 PAUILLAC Pauillac, a lovely village on the Left Bank of the Gironde Estuary, is the 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. (B,L,D)
DAY 4 PAUILLAC – BLAYE – BOURG 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 from Blaye through the idyllic French countryside. Alternatively, visit a prehistoric cave, Pair non Pair, offering one of the best examples of art made by prehistoric man. During the afternoon, you can cruise to Bourg or join a bike tour along Santiago’s path—a famous pilgrimage route—to Bourg. While in the ancient village of Bourg, visit the Carriage Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of horse-drawn vehicles and then explore the underground passageways that lead you to the immense oil tanks from the Second World War. Later in the day, experience the hospitality of this charming medieval village with an exclusive wine festival complete with live French music, dancing, wine and hors d'oeuvres. (B,L,D)
DAY 5 BOURG – LIBOURNE Libourne provides a gateway to one of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions, Saint-Émilion, known for its picturesque architecture, monuments and celebrated vineyards. Join an excursion to historic Saint Émilion, 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 wine tasting at either Château de Ferrand or Château de Pressac. Prefer a more active adventure, pedal through the vineyard-rich countryside to Saint-Émilion and then to Château Soutard for a Grand Cru Classé wine tasting. (B,L,D)
DAY 6 LIBOURNE – BORDEAUX Tour the magnificent Château Vayres, one of the most prestigious historic buildings of Aquitaine, or spend time discovering the Bastide town of Libourne and then stroll through its colorful open-air market tasting some of the region’s specialties. For a more active exploration of the countryside, enjoy a hike followed by a wine tasting. Later in the day, you can visit Fronsac, where you can taste some of the regional wines at a grand wine cellar; or if you missed the countryside hike in the morning, you can do it in the afternoon, followed by a wine tasting. (B,L,D)
DAY 7 BORDEAUX 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 Bordeaux Wine Museum, housed in an awe-inspiring building. Bike enthusiasts will wish to join a tour along the city’s amazing network of bicycle paths. (B,L,D)
DAY 8 BORDEAUX – DISEMBARKATIONYour cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
I highly recommend at least spending a few days in Paris and/or Bordeaux before or after the cruise, sampling the plethora of Michelin Starred Restaurants offering some of the finest cuisine in the world!
or... MAKE IT A TRIP OF A LIFETIME! Pre ( 2 nights) and post (3 nights) cruise tours available including Paris and the Loire Valley!
Amawaterways devotion to the culinary arts with local ingredients
A glass of Bordeaux, a loaf of french bread and local cheese, sunshine and a hot tub! Who could ask for more?
Celebrate life’s sweetest moments with an intoxicating pairing of ultra-rich, honeyed Sauternes wine from Bordeaux. .