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From Bilbao, Spain to Paris, France
Length: 15 Days - Departs: Sun, Jun 06, 2021
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Departure
Jun 06, 2021
Arrival
Jun 20, 2021

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Cyber Sale, Save up to $1600 on 2021/2022 River Cruises

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During our Cyber Sale you will receive an additional $100 off per person in combination with our up to $1500 off promotion we currently have going on. Don't miss this deal, it ends soon!
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Valid only on new FIT bookings made November 23 – December 6, 2020. Receive $100 per person savings on all 2021 & 2022 sailings in Europe and Asia (Excluding: Portugal and Christmas Market/New Year’s cruises). Not applicable to Group bookings. Combinable with Past Guest and Future Cruise Benefit Program. Combinable with other promotions. Combinable with Consortia Block and Amenity Programs. Additional restrictions apply.

25% Single Supplement on 2021 Europe and Asia river cruise

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25% Single Supplement on 2021 Europe and Asia river cruise

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Enjoy 25% single supplements on Europe and Asia sailings or 25% single supplements on Balcony staterooms on select 2021 sailings. (Contact your Travel Consultant for applicable sailings.)
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25% Single Supplement: A supplement equal to 25% of the full per person cruise fare will be assessed in addition to the cost of a single per person fare. 25% Single Supplement is not available on AmaMagna and is not combinable with any other offer. Limited-time Savings of 25% Single Supplement is only applicable to 2021 Europe and Asia sailings with a current offer and applies to balcony staterooms, excluding A+, AA+ and Suites. Offer is applicable to new FIT and Group reservations made between October 7, 2020 and December 31, 2020 and is combinable with Past Guest Privilege Rewards and Future Cruise Benefit programs. 25% Single Supplement is also available on all sailings, applicable to Category E and D (Europe) and Category C (Asia). 25% Single Supplement offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, is limited to availability, is capacity controlled and is subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs, roundtrip airfare, and gratuities are additional. Other restrictions apply.

Save up to $1500 on 2021 River Cruises

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Save up to $1500 on 2021 River Cruises

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Save up to $1500 on select 2021 river cruises. Amount varies by sailing date and not all dates apply, contact your Travel Consultant for applicable sailings.
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All rates are per person in USD for cruise only, based on double occupancy in a E category stateroom for Europe, BB (AB category for AmaMagna) for Holiday Cruises, and category C for Egypt, unless stated otherwise. Discount is not combinable with FREE AIR or COMPANION AIR offer. Promotional rates are valid on select sailings for new bookings only made from October 1 – December 31, 2020. Up to $1,500 Savings are per stateroom, based on double occupancy, and varies by itinerary and sailing date. Complimentary upgrades for Holiday cruises are applicable to categories BB – AB (AB – SB for AmaMagna). Onboard credit of $100 per stateroom ($50 per person) is based on double occupancy in USD and can be applied towards all onboard purchases. 25% Single Supplement Savings applicable to select 2021 Europe and Asia sailings with a current retail offer and applies to balcony staterooms, excluding A+, AA+ and Suites. Offers are combinable with AmaWaterways’ Past Passenger Privilege Program and Future Cruise Benefit Program. Offers are not combinable with any Solo Travelers booked with 25% Single Supplement, or any other promotions, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change/termination without notice. Port charges, optional land programs, visas, airfares and gratuities are additional. Other restrictions apply. Most Christmas markets open during the last week of November until approximately December 22. Check with each country’s tourist office for more information. Free Air promotion: for applicable gateways, offer details and complete terms and conditions, visit our website. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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$100 per person Military Service Member Savings

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If you are an active or retired military service member you will receive a $100 per person discount on any river cruise.
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Military discount is $100 [C$120] off per person, applicable to cruise only, and is valid on new bookings only. Must be active military or retired with valid military ID. Offer is combinable with other promotions and discounts available at the time of booking. Offer is limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.


River Cruise Itinerary

2 nights in Bilbao, 2 nights in San Sebastian, 7-night roundtrip Bordeaux cruise, 2 nights in the Loire Valley and 1 night in Paris

  1. Day 1
    Sun, Jun 06, 2021
    BILBAO, SPAIN. Check into your hotel for the beginning of your Basque Country land program.
  2. Day 2
    Mon, Jun 07, 2021
    BILBAO. 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)
  3. Day 3
    Tue, Jun 08, 2021
    BILBAO ''' SAN SEBASTIAN. 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 fa''ade 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 Sebasti''n 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)
  4. Day 4
    Wed, Jun 09, 2021
    SAN SEBASTIAN. Discover the charms of the '''City by the Bay of Biscay.''' Known in the Basque language as Donostia, San Sebasti''n 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)
  5. Day 5
    Thu, Jun 10, 2021
    SAN SEBASTIAN ''' ARCACHON, FRANCE ''' BORDEAUX ''' EMBARKATION. Check out of your hotel and transfer to Bordeaux via the French Basque town of Bayonne. Later, embark the ship in Bordeaux for your Taste of Bordeaux cruise. (B,D)
  6. Day 6
    Fri, Jun 11, 2021
    BORDEAUX - 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 ''milion, 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 Class'' wine tasting at either Ch''teau de Ferrand or Ch''teau de Pressac. Alternately, you can enjoy an excursion to Saint-''milion solely to discover more of the small historic town. If you prefer a more active adventure, pedal through the vineyard-rich countryside to Saint-''milion and then to Ch''teau Soutard for a Grand Cru Class'' wine tasting. You can also choose to tour the magnificent Ch''teau Vayres, one of the most prestigious historic buildings of Aquitaine. (B,L,D)
  7. Day 7
    Sat, Jun 12, 2021
    LIBOURNE - BLAYE. The Libourne wine region, including Saint ''milion, Pomerol and Fronsac, is one of the major cradles of viticulture in the Bordeaux area, dating back to Gallo-Roman times. The first vines were planted in Fronsac two thousand years ago. In the 18th century, the wines of Fronsac enjoyed the best reputation in the Libourne region, selling for higher prices than their neighbors in Saint ''milion and Pomerol. Today, Fronsac includes several beautiful wine estates such as Ch''teau de la Dauphine, Ch''teau de la Rivi''re and Ch''teau Gaby. Here you will visit a cellar and taste local wines from one estate. (B,L,D)
  8. Day 8
    Sun, Jun 13, 2021
    BLAYE ''' 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. (B,L,D)
  9. Day 9
    Mon, Jun 14, 2021
    CUSSAC FORT MEDOC. After arriving in Cussac Fort Medoc, venture to Pauillac, a lovely village on the Left Bank of the Gironde Estuary. This is a gateway to the famed M''doc 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 Ch''teau Latour, Ch''teau Mouton Rothschild, Ch''teau Lafite Rothschild and Ch''teau Pichon Longueville. You'''ll then visit either Ch''teau Gruaud Larose or Ch''teau L''oville Poyferr'' for a tasting of Grand Cru wines. Alternately, you can visit Lynch Bages, a quaint wine estate and village, followed by a wine and local specialties tasting. Or, enjoy a coast drive 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. (B,L,D)
  10. Day 10
    Tue, Jun 15, 2021
    CADILLAC. Visit the impressive Castle of Roquetaillade, an amazingly preserved masterpiece of medieval military architecture owned by the same noble family for 700 years and 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. For those wishing to explore more of the history on the decadent castles, you can enjoy a visit to the Roquetaillade castle and Cadillac castle. Or, pedal through the charming town of Cadillac for a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)
  11. Day 11
    Wed, Jun 16, 2021
    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 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 Lumi''res. Or, explore the enriching city of Bordeaux at your own leisure. In the evening, enjoy a spectacular illumination cruise, gazing at the iconic structures of Bordeaux as they glow against the night sky. (B,L,D)
  12. Day 12
    Thu, Jun 17, 2021
    BORDEAX ''' DISEMBARKATION ''' TOURS ''' AMBOISE. 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)
  13. Day 13
    Fri, Jun 18, 2021
    AMBOISE. Visit three of the Loire Valley'''s regal ch''teaux starting with the Ch''teau de Chenonceau, one of the most beautiful castles in France. This ch''teau 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. Ch''teau du Clos Luc'' 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 Ch''teau d'''Amboise, perched on a promontory overlooking the Loire River, was the first Renaissance ch''teau built in the Loire Valley and features extravagant residences, gardens and a Gothic chapel, where Leonardo da Vinci is buried. (B)
  14. Day 14
    Sat, Jun 19, 2021
    AMBOISE ''' PARIS. Check out of your Amboise hotel and, en route to Paris, visit two more majestic ch''teaux. While Ch''teau de Chambord, located at the heart of Europe'''s largest enclosed wooded park, began as an unassuming hunting lodge, it is now the biggest ch''teau 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 Ch''teau 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)
  15. Day 15
    Sun, Jun 20, 2021
    DEPART PARIS. Bid farewell to Paris and prepare for your flight home. (B)

Countries Visited

France

Rivers Visited

Dordogne, Garonne

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Inclusions

  • SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with French balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
  • Desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
  • Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck whirlpool and walking track
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • AWARD-WINNING DINING
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef'''s Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Cha''ne des R''tisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Cha''ne des R''tisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine 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
  • Tapas, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
  • Land Program
  • 2 nights hotel Hesperia Bilbao (orsimilar), including city tour, Guggenheim Museum,Mercado de la Ribera, Guernica and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from Bilbao to San Sebastian
  • 2 nights hotel in San Sebastian at the NH Collection Ar''nzazu (or similar), including city tourand daily breakfast
  • Transfer from San Sebastian to ship in Bordeauxwith stop in Bayonne
  • Transfer from Bordeaux to Tours via motorcoach
  • 2 nights Ch''teau in the Loire Valley, including city tour,ch''teaux visits and daily breakfast
  • 1 night hotel in Paris at the Pullman Charles deGaulle (or similar), including daily breakfast

Health and Safety Protocols for AmaWaterways

Whether you are a loyal past guest or are considering river cruising with us for the first time, we thank you for entrusting AmaWaterways with your future river cruise plans. Here are some of the measures we are taking to protect our guests on board and ashore:

Pre-Cruise

  • Prior to boarding, an online health and contact screening questionnaire will be required.

Embarkation

  • At embarkation, guests’ temperatures will be taken with no-contact infrared thermometers. If, for any reason, further testing is required, shoreside medical treatment centers are within close proximity.
  • Your luggage handles will be sanitized before delivery to your stateroom.

On Board

  • Protocols continue to change; however, at this time, guests are required to wear face coverings when moving through public spaces.
  • We will have ample hand sanitizers available throughout the ship and their frequent use is required by all guests and crew.
  • Our crew has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures throughout the ship.
  • We use state-of-the-art fan coil air conditioning units; there is no recirculating of air on board our ships.
  • There will be limitations to the number of guests allowed to sail with us.
  • Safety and social distancing will be enhanced throughout our dining room.
  • You will still get plenty of fresh air and exercise as our bicycles, fitness mats and equipment will be thoroughly sanitized after each use. Use of the Fitness Room is by appointment with cleaning time between use. Throughout Europe and Asia, we provide a variety of onboard wellness activities led by professionally trained Wellness Hosts. Whenever weather permits, these small-group classes will be held on our spacious open-air Sun Decks.
  • Non-essential visitors are not permitted on board.

Exploring Ashore

  • Your personal portable Quietvox commentary systems will allow you to hear guides while social distancing.
  • Shore excursions will be conducted in small groups. Guests must use hand sanitizers when getting on and off our coaches that are thoroughly cleaned each morning.
  • In the event that ships are docked side by side, guests will be required to pass over Sun Decks.

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.5
Accommodations
4.5
Itinerary
4.4
Professional Staff
4.8
Repeat with Operator
4.6
Value for Money
4.3

Ratings based off 16 reviews - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

This was our third cruise with AmaWaterways and we are quite pleased. Our Cruise Manager was outstanding. The ship's crew were professional, courteous and efficient. We will book another cruise with them.

Excellent trip, great staff on board, size of the ship made it a more friendly and intimate cruise.

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