Oct 22 – Nov 04, 2018
Tour Status: Available
Rendezvous in Paris before traveling to Bordeaux, one of the world’s undisputed 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. After cruising the Garonne and Dordogne rivers and surrounding Gironde Estuary, experience the lure of the UNESCO World Heritage Loire Valley for two nights before concluding your journey with an overnight stay in Paris. This trip is a must for anyone interested in the best of French culture, lifestyle, wine and food.
This tour is a small group departure and will go with a minimum of 10 passengers traveling.
- Airfare from major North America cities
- Airport transfers
- Land tour of France including tours and meals as outlined
- River Cruise in Bordeaux Region of France including meals and tours as outlined
- Escorted by Garth from Select Holidays
Day 1 - October 22, 2018 : Depart North America (IFM)
Depart North America on an overnight flight to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France.
Day 2 - October 23, 2018 : Paris, France (B)
Arrive in Paris and check-in to your hotel.
Day 3 - October 24, 2018 : Paris(B/L/D)
Get acquainted with some of Paris’s many iconic sites, including Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower on a panoramic city tour.
Day 4 - October 25, 2018 : Paris - Bordeaux - Embarkation (B/D)
Check-out of your hotel and board a TGV train that takes you to the legendary land of wine, Bordeaux, where you’ll board your luxurious ship, AmaDolce.
Day 5 - October 26, 2018 : Bordeaux– Cadillac (B/L/D)
Sail to Cadillac to 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.
Day 6 - October 27, 2018 : Cadillac-Pauillac (B/L/D)
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. 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
Day 7 - October 28, 2018 : Pauillac - Blaye - Bourg (B/L/D)
Once in Blaye, 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. Visit a prehistoric cave, offering one of the best examples of art made by prehistoric man. During the afternoon, 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 leads 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.
Day 8 - October 29, 2018: : Bourg - Libourne (B/L/D)
Libourne provides a gateway to one of Bordeaux’s most elite wine region of 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, then go under the church to discover its catacombs and caves. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting. 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.
Day 9 - October 30, 2018: : Libourne - Bordeaux (B/L/D)
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, visit Fronsac, to 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.
Day 10 - October 31, 2018: Bordeaux (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.” Experience the rich culture on a city tour followed by a visit to the Bordeaux Wine Museum. Bike enthusiasts will wish to join a tour along the city’s amazing network of bicycle paths.
Day 11 - November 01, 2018: Bordeaux - Disembarkation - Tours (B)
Disembark your ship in Bordeaux and continue your journey by TGV train to Tours, France—gateway to the Loire Valley châteaux. Renowned for good food and good living and teeming with art, history and lovely gardens, it’s the perfect place to explore or join a walking tour. You’ll then be transferred to your hotel in Amboise.
Day 12 - November 02, 2018: Amboise (B)
Visit three of the Loire Valley’s regal châteaux starting with the Château de Chenonceau, one of the most beautiful castles in France. This châteaux 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. Château du Close Lucé 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 Château d’Amboise, perched on a promontory overlooking the Loire River, was the first Renaissance château built in the Loire Valley and features extravagant residences, gardens and a Gothic chapel, where Leonardo da Vinci is buried.
Day 13 - November 03, 2018: Amboise - Paris (B)
En route to Paris, visit two more majestic châteaux. While Château de Chambord, located at the heart of Europe’s largest enclosed wooded park, began as an unassuming hunting lodge, it is now the biggest château in the Loire Valley with 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 282 fireplaces. Next, marvel at the residence of seven kings and ten queens of France at the famous Château de Blois where you'll discover the secrets of the French court. Afterwards, transfer by motorcoach to your hotel at Charles De Gaulle Airport.
Day 14 - November 04, 2018: End of Tour: (B/IFM)
Tour comes to an end as you transfer to airport to board your flight back to North America.
Price Per Person / Based on Double Occupancy
From: $8,996.00 CAD French Balcony Cat "C"
Plus $730.55 air/cruise/government taxes
Deposit: $3,000.00 on to hold your reservation
Final Payment: is due by July 20, 2018