Experience a special GetAway “Taste of Bordeaux” with Spring City Wine House on a journey through one of the worlds most iconic wine regions in France
November 12 – 19, 2020
This special All-Inclusive river cruise is hosted by Tom and Stacy Hockel, owners of Spring City Wine House in Waukesha, WI. Tom is a Certified Specialist of Wine and has been selling wines for over 20 years.
Where else but on the Garonne and Dordogne rivers can one see historic wine estates and châteaux, an interactive wine museum and timeless vineyards? Our all-encompassing Taste of Bordeaux river cruise and land adventure is the perfect blend of exquisite wine, gastronomic delights and French culture and lifestyle.
Immerse yourself in the many flavors of Europe on our AmaWaterways unique Wine Cruise, which adds unique, epicurean dimension to one of our European itineraries. This special itinerary provides a perfect blend of wine-related experiences and excursions in charming towns and countryside. You’ll taste local cuisine, discover how wine is made and, of course, partake in tastings — all at no additional cost. Whether you have a seasoned appreciation for fine wine, or simply indulge in a sip here and there, this is a wonderful way to uncork the traditions of the local culture and learn about the region you’re visiting.
About the Wine Region – The Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde Estuary
In the corner of southwestern France, the Garonne and Dordogne rivers merge together to form the Gironde Estuary that naturally divides the famous Bordeaux region into the Left and Right banks. One of the largest controlled wine regions in France, Bordeaux is made up of several sub-regions each with its own strictly governed appellation, unique climate and terroir. Unlike most wines around the world, the quality of Bordeaux wine is determined by these factors rather than the grape varietal. Bordeaux is acclaimed for its legendary red blends, though white blends from this region also make a big impression. The Left and Right banks of the river have diﬀerent soil types that bring these exceptional blends to life.
Here is what’s included in our GetAway Taste of Bordeaux group with Spring City Wine House –
- 7 nights on board the AMADolce in Stateroom with French Balcony (Suite, CatA and CatB)
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Breakfast and lunch buffets featuring regional cuisine
- Exquisite multi-course dinners made with fresh local ingredients
- Exclusive La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs dining experience
- Hand-selected wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Sip & Sail Cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- All-day tapas menu and afternoon tea
- 24-hour coffee station
- Featured excursions with knowledgeable local guides and personal headsets.
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Bike tours and hikes
- Port fees*
- Pre-paid Gratuities*
- Premium Drink Package*
- Special AMA wine cruise with on-board wine host. Discover how wine is made and partake in included tastings. Join Jim Wilford, Winemaker & Co-owner of Fletcher Bay Winery on board as he leads insightful discussions and shares his passion and vision for making premium handcrafted wines.
*GetAway Travel LLC – Spring City Wine House – Taste of Bordeaux exclusive
Taste of Bordeaux Nov 12-19, 2020 Wine host – Jim Wilford, Winemaker & Co-owner of Fletcher Bay Winery
Jim Wilford began creating wine at his Bainbridge Island home back in 2008, using his garage as the winery and his waterfront cottage, on Fletcher Bay, as the tasting room. His first trip to Bordeaux, was in the Spring of that same year, prior to Fletcher Bay Winery’s first harvest in the Fall. He traveled with his daughter, Tara, to Saint-Emilion, located on the right bank of Bordeaux. Their goal was to taste and find the perfect Saint-Emilion style blend to release as the first red wine blend for Fletcher Bay Winery. Inspired by that journey, Jim began crafting full bodied, unfiltered red wines, as well as some flavorful whites and as Fletcher Bay Winery’s production and popularity increased, they moved the winery to its current location in 2012. Jim is excited to visit Bordeaux again, this time bringing along Fletcher Bay Winery followers and close friends and he is looking forward to meeting new friends on the beautiful AmaDolce.
About Taste of Bordeaux cruise
Day 1 Bordeaux
Today’s the day you board the ship for our amazing Spring City Wine House – Taste of Bordeaux cruise.
Day 2 Bordeaux and Morning scenic cruising to Libourne
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 Émilion, 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 Classé wine tasting at either Château de Ferrand or Château de Pressac. If you 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. You can also choose to tour the magnificent Château Vayres, one of the most prestigious historic buildings of Aquitaine.
Featured Excursions –
- Saint-Émilion excursion and Grand Cru Classé wine tasting
- OR Saint-Émilion bike tour and wine tasting
- OR Château de Vayres
Day 3 Libourne to Blaye
Stroll through the colorful, open-air Bastide town market amid 16th century architecture, while indulging in some of the region’s specialities. Or, you can get your heart pumping by venturing deeper into town on an invigorating bike or hiking tour in Libourne’s breathtaking scenery and renowned vineyards.
- Walking Tour
- or Bastide town and market visit
- or Chateau Boutinet hike with wine and tapas tasting
- or Bike tour
Day 4 Blaye to 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.
- Citadel visit
- OR Blaye bike tour
- Blaye to Bourg bike tour
- Bourg walking tour, Carriage Museum and exclusive wine festival
Day 5 Pauillac
Pauillac, a lovely village on the Left Bank of the Gironde Estuary, is 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.
- Medoc Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and scenic vineyard tour
Day 6 Cadillac & Bordeaux Illuminations cruise
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.
- Roquetaillade Castle with Sauternes wine tasting
- Illuminations cruise
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 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)
- UNESCO city tour and Wine Museum
- OR Bordeaux bike tour
Day 8 Bordeaux DISEMBARKATION
Today you disembark the ship.You’re amazing GetAway on board the AMADolce has come to an end, but you can continue on if you wish. Some of you may go home, some may stay longer in France or Europe – we can help make any plans you desire.
The Ship – AMAWaterways AMADolce
Length: 360 ft, Width 38 ft, Crew 45, Passengers 144
Enjoy the sweet life aboard AmaDolce. Your experience starts in your elegantly appointed stateroom, where Entertainment-On-Demand and soothing bath and body products bring you the ultimate in comfort before your cozy bed envelops you in sweet dreams. Warm caramel and honey-colored tones adorn the room while a French balcony allows you to indulge in scenic views. Follow your nose to the Main Restaurant or clink glasses in the bar, where rich, chocolate-hued woods bring beauty to the backdrop of your every craving. The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant is the cherry on top of an already exquisite culinary experience on board that includes lunch and dinners paired with unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks. And should you wish to stay active, a Sun Deck walking track, fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles are ready and waiting to assist you on your wellness journey.
- Spacious River-view staterooms with French Balconies
- Marble bathrooms, multi-jet showers, soothing bath products, cotton bathrobes, slippers and hair dryer
- Generous closet and storage space with in-room safe
- Entertainment-On-Demand with high speed internet, movies, music and English-language TV
- Individually controlled air-conditioning
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Suite has larger sitting area, mini-fridge, bathtub and separate shower
Suite with French Balcony – 255 sq ft. (only 1 available)
Cat A/B/C with French Balcony – 170 sq ft.
More about AMAWaterways
We have contracted directly with AMAWaterways for special pricing for our cruise. Our exclusive GetAway Travel – Spring City Wine House – Taste of Bordeaux price is a fantastic value and includes port fees, premium drink package and pre-paid gratuities.
Please call us for more details. 262-538-2140