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Basque Country (Spain) - River Cruise (France) - Loire Valley


October 18 - November 1, 2020

land tour and river cruise including
Certified Sign Language Interpreter Service

If you book this cruise before APRIL 30, 2020
you will receive a discount of $500 per person double occupancy.


Bordeaux (Picture Source: AMAWATERWAYS)

CLICK HERE to watch the video for a virtual visit of Bordeaux

Prices include all of the following:
    • Deluxe accommodation on board the AmaDolce
    • Port charges
    • Terry bathrobes and plush bedding in all cruise cabins
    • Welcome Cocktail and Welcome Dinner on board the ship
    • Breakfast, lunch, tea time, dinner on board the ship
    • Unlimited wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board the ship
    • Pre-dinner cocktail hour with wine, beer, spirits, and soft drinks on board the ship
    • Bottled water in each cabin every day
    • Free espresso and cappuccino at any time during the cruise
    • Farewell Cocktail on board the ship
    • Sightseeing, wine tastings, and bus transportation as shown in the itinerary below
    • WiFi during the cruise
    • Hotel accommodation, breakfast, and sightseeing during the land tour as shown below
Chateau Chambord

Chateau Chambord (Picture Source: AMAWATERWAYS)


(Picture Source: AMAWATERWAYS)

October 18 BILBAO, SPAIN
Check into your hotel for the beginning of your Basque Country land program. Afternoon free time.
October 19 BILBAO
Travel to the Basque town of Guernica, infamously bombed by German and Italian air forces during the Spanish Civil War - and the subject of one of Picasso's most renowned paintings. Immerse yourself in culture and visit the open-air market where you'll find a variety of local specialties, from cheese to peppers to fish. Later in the day, take an informative walking tour through Bilbao and learn how to order Basque tapas, known locally as pintxos, and revered for their small size and big taste. (B)
Take a deep dive into the contemporary art within the world-famous Guggenheim Museum, a work of art itself. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the museum features a daring and innovative facade and showcases work by such artists as Andy Warhol, German artist Anselm Kiefer, and Basque masters Eduardo Chillida and Jorge Oteiza. Later in the day, transfer to San Sebastian and check into your hotel. In the evening, take a stroll through Old Town, the second oldest neighborhood in the city, where distinctive architecture and pintxos bars beckon, made even more romantic by the evening light. (B)
Discover the charms of the "City by the Bay of Biscay." Known in the Basque language as Donostia, San Sebastian was once a prominent fishing village and was burned to the ground in 1813 after being occupied by Napoleonic troops. However, by 1887, after rebuilding, the city flourished as a popular tourist destination and spa resort. Later in the day, enjoy some free time in the city renowned for holding the second highest number of Michelin stars per square meter. (B)
Check out of your hotel and transfer to Bordeaux via the French Basque town of Bayonne. Later, embark the ship in Bordeaux for your Taste of Bordeaux cruise. (B,D)
Take in the romance of Bordeaux as you pass iconic sights on a scenic morning cruise. Later in the day, dock in Libourne, a gateway to one of Bordeaux's most elite wine regions. Join an excursion to Saint Emilion, 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 Classe wine tasting at either Chateau de Ferrand or Chateau de Pressac. If you prefer a more active adventure, pedal through the vineyard-rich countryside to Saint-Emilion and then to Chateau Soutard for a Grand Cru Classe wine tasting. You can also choose to tour the magnificent Chateau Vayres, one of the most prestigious historic buildings of Aquitaine. (B,L,D)
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 on an invigorating bike tour or hiking through one of Libourne's renowned vineyards. Later in the day, set sail for Blaye, where you'll enjoy an evening at your leisure. (B,L,D)
October 25 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 around Blaye. Later in the day, you can choose to bike from Blaye through the idyllic French countryside to Bourg. While in the ancient village of Bourg, take a walking tour and visit the Carriage Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of horse-drawn vehicles. Later in the day, 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)
October 26 PAUILLAC
Pauillac, a lovely village on the Left Bank of the Gironde Estuary, is gateway to the famed Medoc 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 Chateau Latour, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Chateau Pichon Longueville. You'll then visit either Chateau Gruaud Larose or Chateau Leoville Poyferre for a tasting of Grand Cru wines. (B,L,D)
October 27 CADILLAC
Visit the impressive Castle of Roquetaillade, an amazingly preserved masterpiece of medieval military architecture owned by the same noble family for 700 years. Next, 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. In the evening, enjoy a spectacular illumination cruise, gazing at the iconic structures of Bordeaux as they glow against the night sky. (B,L,D)
October 28 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 immersive and interactive 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)
Disembark the ship and transfer to Chateau before arriving in the Loire Valley, where you will check in to your Amboise hotel. (B)
October 30 AMBOIS
Visit three of the Loire Valley's regal chateaux starting with the Chateau de Chenonceau, one of the most beautiful castles in France. This chateau has been referred to as the "Women's Castle" since it is the only castle in the region that has been built, inhabited and saved by women during the Renaissance. Chateau du Clos Luce was Leonardo da Vinci's last home where he completed some of his most famous works under the patronage of the King of France. The Chateau d'Amboise, perched on a promontory overlooking the Loire River, was the first Renaissance chateau built in the Loire Valley and features extravagant residences, gardens and a Gothic chapel, where Leonardo da Vinci is buried. (B)
October 31 AMBOISE - PARIS
Check out of your Amboise hotel and, en route to Paris, visit two more majestic chateaux. While Chateau de Chambord, located at the heart of Europe's largest enclosed wooded park, began as an unassuming hunting lodge, it is now the biggest chateau in the Loire Valley with 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 282 fireplaces. Next, either marvel at the residence of seven kings and ten queens of France at the famous Chateau de Blois where you'll discover the secrets of the French court, or enjoy free time. Afterwards, transfer by motorcoach to your hotel at Charles De Gaulle Airport. (B)
Bid farewell to Paris and prepare for your flight home. (B)

B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner


Our ship, the AMADOLCE (Picture Source: AMAWATERWAYS)

Land & River Cruise Category E*, Panoramic Window, 170 sq. ft.: sold out
Land & River Cruise Category D*, Panoramic Window, 170 sq. ft.: sold out
Land & River Cruise Category C, French Balcony, 170 sq. ft.: $7,387 per person
Land & River Cruise Category B, French Balcony, 170 sq. ft.: $7,587 per person
Land & River Cruise Category A, French Balcony, 170 sq. ft.: $7,687 per person
Land & River Cruise Category A+, French Balcony, 225 sq. ft.: $8,687 per person
Land & River Cruise Category Suite, French Balcony, 255 sq. ft.: $8,887 per person
*close to the water line, steep staircase with no elevator access

MS AMADOLCE: Deck Plans, Ship and Stateroom Information

All prices are based on double occupancy. Prices and itinerary are subject to change at any time without prior notification. Prices do not include travel insurance, tips, round trip air from the U.S. etc. The full deposit payment of $450 per person double occupancy is due NOW in order to make a firm reservation ($900 per cabin). Flight arrangements are offered by AMAWATERWAYS and can be booked through Kerstin's Deaf Travel. A passport, valid for 6 months beyond the completion date of your travel is required. Appropriate physical fitness is required since the tour includes walking at each stop and some walking over cobblestones. Minimum group size: 20 guests, maximum group size: approx. 40 guests.

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