AmaWaterways kicks off first Bordeaux cruises

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Bordeaux is considered a gateway to some of France's most well-known wine regions.
Bordeaux is considered a gateway to some of France's most well-known wine regions. Photo Credit: Michelle Baran

AmaWaterways introduced its first Bordeaux river cruise sailings this week, which the company says underscores its “continued confidence in France.”

AmaWaterways repositioned its 148-passenger AmaDolce, which launched in 2009, from the Danube to Bordeaux to sail its new Taste of Bordeaux itinerary.

The new Bordeaux cruises are part of a larger initiative to grow the line’s popular wine-themed sailings. AmaWaterways has 34 wine sailings in 2016, double the amount it had in 2015. Ten of its 24 Taste of Bordeaux sailings in 2016 will be wine-themed voyages led by wine experts.

The Taste of Bordeaux itinerary includes a 7-day round-trip river cruise from Bordeaux along the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. Along the way, travelers will visit chateaus and vineyards, with stops at Cadillac’s Roquetaillaide Castle, a Grand Cru Classé wine tasting in Pauillac, and an excursion to Chateau de Montaigne in Libourne, among other highlights. There are optional pre- and/or post-cruise land extensions available in Paris and the Loire Valley. The cruise starts at $3,099 per person based on double occupancy.

The AmaDolce features French balconies in most of the staterooms, a fitness room with sauna, walking track, hair and nail services, and nightly entertainment in the main lounge. Complimentary unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks are served with lunch and dinner.

The launch of the Bordeaux itinerary comes just after AmaWaterways launched its newest river cruise vessel, the 158-passenger AmaStella, on the Danube earlier this month.

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