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Bilbao - San Sabastian - Bordeaux River Cruise - Loire Valley


October 6 - 20, 2024

land tour & river cruise including
Sign Language Interpreter Service



Our ship, the AMADOLCE, docking in Libourne.


Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain


Basque tapas, known locally as pintxos

San Sebastian

Zurriola Bridge in San Sebastian, Spain

Saint Emilion

Catacombs entrance in Saint Emilion, France


Itinerary Map

Saint Emilion

Shope in charming Saint Emilion, France


The Citadel in Blaye, France


Cadillac Castle in Cadillac, France


Wine Museum in Bordeaux, France


Old city gate in Bordeaux, France


Chateau de Chenonceaux, France

Clos Luce

Chateau du Clos Luce, France


Chateau de Chambord, France

Prices include all of the following:
  • Hotel accommodation, breakfast, and sightseeing during the land tour as shown below
  • Deluxe accommodation on board the AmaDolce
  • Port charges
  • Breakfast, lunch, tea time, dinner on board the ship
  • Pre-dinner cocktail hour with wine, beer, spirits, and soft drinks on board the ship
  • Unlimited wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board the ship
  • Unlimmited bottled water in each ship cabin every day
  • Free bicycle rental during the river cruise
  • Farewell Cocktail on board the ship
  • Sightseeing and bus transportation during the river cruise as shown in the itinerary below
  • WiFi during the river cruise in all cabins and public areas
Check into your hotel for the beginning of your Basque Country land package, rest of the day at leisure
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 river cruise. (B, D)
Welcome to 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. If you prefer a more active adventure, pedal through the vineyard-rich countryside to Saint-Emilion. (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 by hiking through one of Libourne's renowned vineyards.(B, L, D)
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 along a former railway. Later in the day, you can choose to bike from Blaye through the idyllic French countryside to Bourg. Or, in the ancient village of Bourg, take a walking tour and visit the Carriage Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of horse-drawn vehicles, and the World War II Petrol Cistern. Towards the evening, 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)
Cussac-Fort-Medoc is a peaceful commune in southwestern France and gateway to the famed Medoc region, renowned for producing some of the world's finest Bordeaux wines. Drive along the coast to Soulac-sur-Mer where you'll see unique sights, such as the Statue of Liberty and the Cordouan lighthouse known to be the oldest in France. More active guests can hike through the vineyards of Chateau Margaux and taste local specialties. (B, L, D)
Visit the impressive Castle of Roquetaillade, an amazingly preserved masterpiece of medieval military architecture owned by the same noble family for 700 years. Afterwards, stop in Cadillac and walk to the Cadillac castle. For those wishing to join a more active tour, they can participate in a guided bike tour. (B, L, D)
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 famed indoor Les Halles de Bacalan market for a tasting of local specialties to please the palate. Bike enthusiasts will wish to join a tour along the city's amazing network of bicycle paths. Depending on your interests, you have a choice from three excursions in the afternoon. Enjoy a visit to the immersive and interactive Bordeaux Wine Museum, housed in an awe-inspiring building. Alternately, be treated to a spectacular sound and light show, Les Bassins des Lumieres. Or, explore the enriching city of Bordeaux at your own leisure. (B ,L, D)
Disembark the ship and transfer to Tours for free time for lunch before arriving in the Loire Valley, where you will check in to your Amboise hotel. (B)
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)
Check out of your Amboise hotel and, en route to Paris, visit two more majestic châteaux. 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)
Oct 20 PARIS
Hotel check-out, bid farewell to Paris. (B)
Land & River Cruise Category E*, two fixed windows, 170 sq. ft.: sold out
Land & River Cruise Category D*, two fixed windows, 170 sq. ft.: $7,502 per person
Land & River Cruise Category C, French Balcony, 170 sq. ft.: $8,502 per person
Land & River Cruise Category B, French Balcony, 170 sq. ft.: $8,802 per person
Land & River Cruise Category A, French Balcony, 170 sq. ft.: $8,902 per person
Land & River Cruise Category A+, French Balcony, 225 sq. ft.: $9,902 per person
Land & River Cruise Category Suite, 255 sq. ft.: $10,202 per person
*close to the water line, steep staircase with no elevator access

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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. A deposit payment is due NOW in order to make a firm reservation. 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 and an ETA are required. Appropriate physical fitness is required since the tour includes walking at each stop. Minimum group size: 20 guests, maximum group size: approx. 40 guests.

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