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De Luca Fine Wines is proud to present

Sip & Sail 2019 – Taste of Bordeaux – AMA Waterways Tour.


June 20, 2019 Taste of Bordeaux – Bordeaux to Bordeaux

NAUTICAL ITINERARIES (subject to change)

June 20, 2019 Bordeaux to Bordeaux


Travel to France’s wine capital, Bordeaux. Iconic chateaux, timeless vineyards and delicious wine tastings are plentiful as you visit Cadillac, Pauillac, Saint-Emilion, Libourne and Bourg. This trip is a must for anyone interested in the best of French culture, lifestyle, wine and food.

Embark the ship in Bourdeaux for your Taste of Bordeaux cruise. (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, 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. (B,L,D)

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. (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 from Blaye through the idyllic French countryside. During the afternoon, you can 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 lead you 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. (B,L,D)

Libourne provides a gateway to one of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions, 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, and then go under the church to discover its catacombs and caves. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting at either Château de Ferrand or Château de Pressac. 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. (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, you will have two options of excursions. Visit Château de Montaigne, a
stunning 14th-century castle that was the family residence of philosopher Michel de Montaigne and enjoy a lovely wine tasting. Alternatively, visit Fronsac, where you can taste some of the regional wines at a grand wine cellar. (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 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 your ship in Bordeaux and continue your journey by TGV train to Tours, France—or prepare for your flight home (B)


AmaDolce offers a capacity of 74 outside deluxe staterooms. All staterooms have river view and 82% of these feature large French balconies. The 12 staterooms on the Piano Deck have fixed windows. Attached please find a highlight sheet and deck plan.

Rooms by category

4 Suites
20 Cat. ”A” cabins
28 Cat. “B” cabins 2 Cat. “B-Single” cabins
8 Cat. “C” cabins
7 Cat. “D” cabins
5 Cat. “E” cabins
Total: 74 cabins (146 beds)

PART CHARTER PRICING * – for 7 nights (including shore excursions)

June 20, 2019 Taste of Bordeaux – Bordeaux – Bordeaux – AmaDolce

Cabin Category Charter Group Rate in Canadian Dollars (CAD) per person in double occupancy (Cruise Only) Published Rate in Canadian Dollars (CAD) per person in double occupancy (Cruise Only) Total Savings CAD per person
E $3,910.70 $4,600.82 $690.12
D $4,210.59 $4,953.64 $743.05
C $4,812.94 $5,661.64 $848.70
B $5,012.99 $5,897.64 $884.65
A $5,113.29 $6,015.64 $902.35
A+ $6,116.94 $7,195.64 $1,078.70
Suite $6,316.89 $7,431.64 $1,114.75

***Exclusive Guests booked with LATravel Group included $50.00 onboard ship credit

***EARLY BOOKING BONUS – Book By November 1st, 2018 and Receive $200.00 OFF Cruise Only fare listed above per person.

Cruising on an AMAWATERWAYS’ vessel provides many things included in the fare that are additional cost items with our competitors. The above rates include the following for each vessel unless otherwise noted:

  • Accommodation during the cruise
  • All gourmet meals onboard (Early Riser Coffee and Croissants, a Rich Buffet Breakfast, a Festive Lunch Buffet, Afternoon Tea with cake & sandwiches and a multi-course dinner;
  • Free flowing red and white wine from the local regions, beer or soft drinks for lunch & dinner
  • Complimentary Happy Hour on five evenings before dinner
  • Choice of dining options at no additional cost including the main dining salon and an intimate Chef’s Table Restaurant where the Chef prepares the meal in person
  • Free coffee, tea, ice-eater and Iced-Tea are included all day. Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso can be requested free of charge during all meals! Complimentary coffee & tea station available 24 hours.
  • Captain’s Welcome Champagne Reception and Gala Dinner and Captain’s Farewell Champagne Reception and Gala Dinner plus several Theme dinners.
  • Bottled water, fluffy bathrobes and slippers are provided free of charge in each cabin
  • Use of the hot tub on the Sun Deck and the Wellness Center inside including fitness equipment (free of charge)
  • Use of the bicycles and helmets onboard free of charge
  • Complimentary use of the internet onboard (via flat-screen TV & keyboard in each stateroom and wireless in our two lounges)
  • Complimentary in-cabin movies
  • Elevator (Note: elevator does not go to the Sun deck, and on the AmaCello there is no elevator reaching the lowest stateroom level)
  • Nightly piano music and also during tea and coffee
  • Our daily shore excursion program during the cruise with English-speaking guides. Use of our Quietvox headsets is also included at no additional cost.
  • Services of our professional English-speaking cruise director

The rates do not include:

  • Flights to and from Canada (Flight options will be provided upon request)
  • Airport transfers (Options & Pricing will be provided upon request)
  • Pre- or post-land arrangements (Options & Pricing will be provided upon request)
  • All other beverages except of the ones mentioned above
  • Taxes and gratuities (Recommendation: EURO 13 pp/ night for the entire crew and EURO 3 pp/ night for the Cruise Director on board. This can be prepaid in the amount of CAD$166
  • Use of the telephone in each cabin
  • Items purchased in the Gift Shop
  • Port charges of CAD$215 per person (mandatory costs)
  • Optional shore excursions that might be offered in addition to our daily included shore excursion program


Pre-Cruise Land Program Package Bilbao & San Sebastian
(All rates in Canadian Dollars)
4nt package per person in double occupancy – $1370 CAD
4nt package per person in single occupancy – $2056 CAD
3nt package per person in double occupancy – $1175 CAD
3nt package per person in single occupancy – $1690 CAD
2nt package per person in double occupancy – $832 CAD
2nt package per person in single occupancy – $1176 CAD
1nt package per person in double occupancy – $490 CAD
1nt package per person in single occupancy – $661 CAD

Included in the package
a. 2 nights at the hotel in Bilbao (NH Collection Ria de Bilbao or similar) plus 2 nights in San Sebastian (NH Collection San Sebastian Aranzazu or similar) unless fewer nights are preferred
b. All hotel taxes
c. Baggage handling at the hotel
d. Daily breakfast at hotel
e. City tour of Bilbao including Guggenheim Museum and city tour in San Sebastian including an evening walk of Old Town
f. Motor coach transfer from Bilbao to San Sebastian and San Sebastian to Bordeaux with a stop in Arcachon
g. English-speaking AmaWaterways host or hostess at the hotel
h. Welcome Reception at the hotel in Bilbao

Post-Cruise Land Program Package Paris & Loire Valley
(All rates in Canadian Dollars)
3nt package per person in double occupancy – $1302 CAD
3nt package per person in single occupancy – $1816 CAD
2nt package per person in double occupancy – $1062 CAD
2nt package per person in single occupancy – $1404 CAD

Included in the package
a. 2 nights at the hotel in the Loire Valley -Chateau d’Amboise, Chateau de Chenonceau, DuClos Luce (or similar) and 1 night at the hotel in Paris (CDG)-Pullman Charles DeGaulle (or similar)
b. All hotel taxes
c. Baggage handling in conjunction with each hotel visit
d. Daily breakfast at hotel
e. All Transfers except airport transfers on either end including the high-speed train TGV to Tours, between the hotel in the Loire Valley and Paris via the high-speed train TGV
f. Excursions after the cruise en-route to and in the Loire Valley including a walking tour in Tours; a tour of Chateau de Chambord and Blois Royal Chateau
g. English speaking AmaWaterways host or hostess at the hotel

All land program package rates are quoted in Canadian Dollars
Any land program bookings will be contracted separately


To secure cabin full payment will be required at time of booking based on LATravel Group charter terms & conditions. (port charges will be included to cabin invoice on a per person basis)
*Please note that once a payment is due and paid it is non refundable.
*If your payment is not processed at the time of booking you are subject to any late fees incurred and/or cancellation.

Transoceanic airline flights and packages require an additional deposit of C$450 per person for economy class or C$750 per person for business/first class flights. Certain airline tickets require non-refundable, full payment at the time of reservation. Hotel Extra Nights require a non-refundable deposit of C$50 per person at the time of confirmation of the hotel availability. Final payment is due no later than 90 days before the travel start date.

Please refer to the applicable AmaWaterways brochure or for additional terms and conditions that apply to your booking. This booking is also governed by the AmaWaterways Passenger Ticket Contract, a copy of which can be found at

• Once group is booked, cabins will be held but not assigned until full names and full payment are processed. Name changes can be requested, but are at the discretion of AmaWaterways & LATravel Group and may incur a fee depending on when it is prior to departure.
• Cabin categories can be changed, upon request, without fee at any time subject to availability at the time of request.
• The amounts due are normally payable only by check or etransfer. Credit cards can be accepted for payment with an additional cost of 4% for each transaction to be charged to the supplier at the time of final reconciliation.

Cancellation Charges: In the unfortunate event a participant must cancel travel notice must be made to LATravel Group by contacting LATravel Group at (204) 988-8441 during normal hours. The effective date of the cancellation is the date we process the cancellation. Name changes, a substitution of a participant or a reduction in the number of guests in a stateroom are treated as a cancellation in that all applicable cancellation charges apply. Cancellation charges for bookings within charter and part-charter agreements are as per the charter contract.

Date Cruise & Land Cancellation Charges
Full payment at time of booking 100% of cruise and land price
Days Before Departure Air Cancellation Charge (Economy Contract Fares) / (Business/First Class Contract Fares) Other Charges (except insurance)
More than 131 days $450.00 CAD penalty*/$50.00 CAD penalty*
130-101 days $450.00 CAD penalty*/$750.00 CAD penalty*
100-60 days $450.00 CAD penalty*/$750.00 CAD penalty* 35% of all charges
59-30 days $450.00 CAD penalty*/$750.00 CAD penalty* 50% of all charges
29-7 days $450.00 CAD penalty*/$750.00 CAD penalty* 80% of all charges
6 days and less $450.00 CAD penalty*/$750.00 CAD penalty* 100% of all charges

*Certain airline tickets, including all intra-Asia Flights within 90 days of departure and published price tickets, are 100% non-refundable. Penalty rates shown are for flight arrangements deposited/booked from July 1, 2019 onward. Please see earlier confirmations for flights booked prior to July 1, 2019. Except as otherwise provided in your Passenger Ticket Contract, after travel begins, there is no refund for unused services, or unused portions of cruise, cruise/tour or airfare. Flight terms are subject to change once contracted air fare is finalized.


• Insurance is highly recommended and further information regarding our insurance carrier coverage will be provided at time of booking. Once your dates, cabins, flights and pre & post cruise land options are finalized we can provide each guest with an insurance quote.


Documents: Documents will be issued approximately 3-4 weeks prior to departure.

Transfers: Airport transfers are not included in our packages but may be purchased, for an additional charge, for guests with air schedule that coincide with the cruise-land departure and arrival dates. Guests that purchase AmaWaterways airfare plus land package will receive transfers provided there are no deviations from the published cruise-land schedule. Transfers for deviated air schedules may be available for an additional charge.

Payments: Email Transfers, or credit cards (VI, MC, AX and DS) are acceptable forms of payments. Credit card payments will be only accepted with an additional cost of 4% for each transaction to be charged at the time of final reconciliation.


In order to verify that we have the correct booking information on file for our guests, we kindly ask that all guests complete our pre-registration process upon deposit or no later than the final payment date. Guests (or their travel agent) may visit our website to complete this process at:

By checking in, guests can:
• Ensure that their personal information is correct on all necessary travel documents
• Inform us of any special occasions and dietary needs
• Sign up for Limited Edition Tours (upon receipt of final payment)
• Update their membership in the AmaWaterways Privilege Rewards Program

Please note: guest travel documents will only be released upon completion of the pre-registration process.


Required Travel Documents: It is the guest’s responsibility to obtain and possess all valid travel documents for their vacation. This includes acquiring all visas and immunizations required for their nationality by all countries on the itinerary.

Passports: All guests travelling with AmaWaterways are required to carry a valid passport. For your protection, passports must be valid for at least six (6) months after the scheduled return date to your home country.

Visas: Guests on the Vietnam/Cambodia Cruise & Land program that begins in Hanoi must obtain a Multiple Entry Visa for Vietnam, as they will have two different points of entry into Vietnam, and a Single Entry Visa for Cambodia. Guests on the Vietnam/Cambodia itineraries that begin in Siem Reap will require a single entry visa for Vietnam and Cambodia. The Cambodian government does not accept e-Visas for visitors entering from Vietnam by river cruise ship. The Vietnam government does not accept e-Visas for visitors entering and exiting Vietnam by river cruise ship. For travel to Africa, a valid passport with 8 open/non-stamped pages is required. At publication time, a visa is required for a US citizen to travel to Russia, Turkey, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe (as well as numerous other countries). Non-US citizens must consult the appropriate consulates regarding visa and other document requirements. Guests should check with the consulate of each country they will visit, or a visa service, to verify current regulations and be aware entry requirements may change without prior notice. Obtaining required visas and any other required travel documentation, and assuring these are complete and correct in all ways, is the sole responsibility of each participant.

As a service to our guests, AmaWaterways has contracted with an independent third party visa service, Visa Central, to assist our guests in obtaining required visas. If you would like to obtain your visa through our partner, please visit their website at

Special Requests: Please advise us, at the time of reservation, of any special dietary or services requests you may have so that every effort can be made to accommodate you as best as possible.

Travel Documents: After receipt of full payment and completion of the pre-cruise registration process, travel documents will be sent by regular ground delivery (US & Canada), approximately 3-4 weeks prior to departure. (Delay in final payment will delay delivery of travel documents.) Expedited deliver may be possible for an additional charge.



Child Policy: All guests under the age of 18 are to be in a cabin with an adult, and must remain supervised at all times, and their safety is the responsibility of the accompanying adult(s). Children between the ages of 4 – 10 at the time of embarkation may share a cabin with 2 adults provided the child is able to share the bed with the adults – no additional bed will be provided. Please be aware that balcony cabins of any kind may be unsafe for small children if left unsupervised. Children 4 – 7 years old are not recommended on any program and on our Africa program, due to safety precautions, there is a minimum age limit of 12 years old, unless otherwise agreed upon by AmaWaterways. AmaWaterways does not provide child-specific programs or child-minding facilities.

Disabled Participants: Handicapped facilities are not available on board or in many places visited on the cruises and cruise tours we offer. If you (participant) have a disability and reasonable accommodation may enable you to use the services, please let us know how you believe we can help. Participant must inform us in writing, at or immediately after making the reservation, but in any event as early as possible, of any mobility impairment or other condition, whether physical, emotional or mental, which may require accommodation or use of an assistive device during the travel. We shall have no liability to participant relating to any condition, treatment, failure to inform us of an impairment, or resulting exclusion.

Itineraries: AmaWaterways seeks to provide services as published or stated in the final documents, however cruise, cruise & land routes and all other aspects of travel are subject to change without notice. Such changes will not entitle you to a credit or refund, except as otherwise provided in the Passenger Ticket Contract.

Pregnancy: For the safety of parent and child, and depending on various circumstances, passengers who are at an advanced stage of pregnancy (after 5 months) may be subject to restrictions or exclusion concerning their ability to travel and/or board a ship. Please inform us immediately, so we can assess your personal circumstances and possible accommodation.


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