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Rock Wall Wine Company in Bordeaux July 2017

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Join father-daughter team Kent & Shauna Rosenblum, CEO and Winemaker of Rock Wall Wine Company for a cruise through the most famous winelands. You’ll have the option to begin with a two night stay in Paris, the magical “City of Light,” and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city’s top sights before continuing on to Bordeaux, the capital of Aquitaine, in Southwestern France and an undisputed wine capital of the world. You’ll discover stately chateaux, abundant vineyards and stunning scenery as you sail along the Garonne River and its surrounding estuaries, visiting charming cities like Cadillac, Bourg and Libourne. Enjoy tastings of some of the region’s most distinguished wines and visit notable sights before concluding your journey with an optional two night stay in the Loire Valley and one night in Paris. Guests wishing to participate in all Rock Wall Wine Company events must make their reservation through MmMmTravel. Review Shauna’s invitation video for a brief overview of this cruise.

Cruise Highlights

AMAWaterways Wine Cruise Highlights:

  • Only guests who make their reservations through MmMmTravel will experience a private Wine-Paired CHAINE des ROTISSEURS dinner in the 24-seat Chef’s Table with Kent and Shauna Rosenblum, CEO and Winemaker of Rock Wall Wine Company.
  • Enjoy receptions, tastings & discussions hosted by Kent and Shauna Rosenblum, CEO and Winemaker of Rock Wall Wine Company.
  • Special tours and tastings at local wineries. vineyards and private cellars.
  • Onboard wine pairings with award-winning cuisine.
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom – most staterooms offer French balconies.
  • Complimentary shore excursions in every port with personal headset included.
  • Bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours.
  • Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations, Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board.
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms.
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise.
  • Multiple dining venues.
  • Unlimited red and white wines from France’s great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board.
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily.
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner.
  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music.
  • Services of a professional Cruise Manager; English speaking staff on board.
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on Sun Deck only).
  • Optional 2 night pre-cruise program Paris at the Pullman Montparnasse (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast.
  • Transfer to Bordeaux via High-speed TGV train (with optional pre-cruise program).
  • Optional 2 nights hotel in the Loire Valley, including daily buffet breakfast, 1 night hotel in Paris near Charles de Gaulle Airport (or surrounding area) including buffet breakfast.
  • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways.

 

 

Itinerary

Day Destination Activities
July 24   Overnight flight to Paris
July 25 Paris Hotel check-in for 2 nights
July 26 Paris City tour
July 27 Paris TGV train to Bordeaux
 Garonne River, Bordeaux EMBARK AMADolce
Welcome Dinner
July 28 Cadillac Sauternes wine tasting
OR Roquetaillade Castle
July 29 Pauillac Medoc wine tasting
July 30 Blaye Citadel visit
Bourg Walking tour
July 31 Libourne Saint Emilion excursion and wine tasting
Aug 01 Libourne Chateau de Montaigne
OR optional Bergerac excursion
Cubzac-Les-Ponts Cotes du Bourg wine tasting
Chateau visit
Bordeaux Captain’s Dinner and Illuminations Cruise
Aug 2 Bordeaux City tour
Wine Museum
OR optional Cognac excursion
Aug 3 Bordeaux DISEMBARKATION
Loire Valley Hotel check-in
Aug 4 Loire Valley Chateau d’Amboise and Du Close Luce
Chenonceaux excursion
Aug 5 Loire Valley Hotel check-out
Chambord & Blois excursion
Transfer to Paris
Paris Paris Airport hotel check-in
Aug 6 Paris Return flight home

* Text in Bold = Bordeaux River Cruise. Text in Italics = optional pre and post cruise extensions in Paris & Loire Valley. Flights and transfers are only included if flight arrangements are purchased through AMA Waterways in conjunction with the cruise.

 

Pricing

Fares are per person based on double occupancy.  Rock Wall Wine Company activities will take place during July 27-August 3. Only guests booking through MmMmTravel will have access to all Rock Wall Wine Company events.

Stateroom Category 7-night Cruise 12-night
Cruise & Land
Category E: Piano Deck
Fixed Windows, 170 sq ft
$2,849 $4,769
Category D: Piano Deck
Fixed Windows, 170 sq ft
not accessible by elevator
$3,148 $5,068
Category C: Violin & Cello Decks
French Balcony
, 170 sq ft
$3,748 $5,668
Category B: Violin & Cello Decks
French Balcony
, 170 sq ft
$3,948 $5,868
Category A: Violin Deck
French Balcony, 170 sq ft
$4,048 $5,968
Suite: Violin Deck
French Balcony, 255 sq ft
$5,248 $7,168

All rates are per person in USD, based on double occupancy. Port charges are an additional $168 per person.  Land programs, roundtrip airfare, and gratuities are additional. 9 day package pricing available upon request. AmaWaterways reserves the right to change the itinerary. Other restrictions apply.

 

Detailed Itinerary

July 24, Pre Cruise Day 1 – DEPART USA/ CANADA: Board your overnight flight to Paris, France.

July 25, Pre Cruse Day 2 – PARIS, FRANCE: Arrive in Paris and check-in to your hotel. No tours.

July 26, Pre Cruise Day 3 – PARIS: This morning, you’ll see some of the most famous sights in the “City of Light” on a guided tour. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the world-class museums, beautiful architecture and local culture on your own. (B)

July 27, PARIS – BORDEAUX – EMBARKATION: Check out of your hotel in the morning, and board a TGV high-speed train that will take you straight to the legendary land of wine blends – Bordeaux. Arrive at your luxurious ship, where you gather this evening for a Welcome Dinner. (B,L,D)

July 28, CADILLAC: Arrive this afternoon in Cadillac, a region renowned for its sensational white wines. You have your choice of two tours today. The first option is a visit to the Sauternes wine region, where you’ll taste the highly sought-after sweet wines made here. As an alternative, you can choose to see the historic Roquetaillade Castle, a fortress which was initially built in the 10th century by Charlemagne as his army advanced toward the Pyrenees. This evening, the ship departs for Pauillac. (B,L,D)

July 29, PAUILLAC: Today, you will enjoy a tour of the lovely village town on the Left Bank of the Gironde estuary known as Pauillac. Situated in the famed Médoc AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée, a government controlled destination of origin which signifies where grapes are grown), Pauillac’s gravelly soils are renowned for producing some of the world’s finest Bordeaux wines – especially those made from the Merlot grape variety. You’ll be able to dabble in local blends this afternoon at an authentic Médoc wine tasting. Return to the ship for a wonderful dinner, and then spend the evening as you please – we will be docked in Pauillac overnight. (B,L,D)

July 30, PAUILLAC – BLAYE – BOURG: Take in the riverside scenery this morning as we make our way from Pauillac to Blaye. North of Bordeaux, this small town is best known for its red wine and historic significance. Today, you’ll be able to enjoy an excursion to the city’s 17th century citadel – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – which was built by famous military engineer Major Vaubon. From the top of this famous fortress, you can admire fantastic views of the impressive Gironde estuary. Return to the ship for a delicious lunch and prepare for an afternoon in Bourg. Ideally situated at the confluence of the Dordogne and Garonne, this historic village still lives inside medieval walls. Built during Roman times and later fortified by the English, it is filled with rich architectural tradition. Here, you’ll be able to see the home of legendary French corsair, Jean Bart. The ship with remain overnight in Bourg. (B,L,D)

July 31, BOURG – LIBOURNE: This afternoon, you’ll arrive in the wine-making capital, Libourne. Two of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions are very close by – St. Émilion and Pomerol. First, you will have the unique opportunity to savor exquisite blends during a tasting at a cave in St. Émilion, an old historic village known for its picturesque architecture and historic vineyards that were first introduced to the land by the Romans. Afterwards, enjoy a panoramic tour of the landscapes in Pomerol. Ship moors overnight in Libourne. (B,L,D)

August 1,  LIBOURNE – CUBZAC – BORDEAUX: Start your adventure today with a tour of the magnificent Château D’Montaigne, a stunning 14th century castle which was the family residence of the philosopher, Michel de Montaigne. As an alternative you can visit a well-preserved local bastide town which was fortified during medieval times. We also offer an optional tour for guests to explore the flavors of Bergerac, a winegrowing region in the southern part of the Dordogne department that is home to 13 AOCs. Return to the ship for lunch as we cruise to Cuzbac. This old town near the Dordogne once served as a watchtower during the Middle Ages and contains many historic treasures. While here, you’ll taste wines from the Côtes de Bourg region. We sail to Bordeaux this evening where we will dock and indulge in a spectacular Farewell Dinner with your Captain. Later on, take in the brightly-lit sights on an illuminations cruise (B,L,D)

August 2, BORDEAUX: Today you’ll see the elegant port city of Bordeaux on foot. The breathtaking capital of the wine world is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, with over 360 historic monuments within its borders, it is also classified as a “City of Art and History.” You’ll have an opportunity to experience much of the rich culture and architecture here, including a tasting at the wine museum. An optional tour will also be available for those who wish to see Cognac, a place best-known for its unique, double-distilled spirit and six prominent AOCs. Tonight, the ship will stay in Bordeaux. (B,L,D)

August 3, BORDEAUX – DISEMBARKATION/Post Cruise Day 1 — TOURS: Disembark your ship in Bordeaux and continue your journey to Tours, France. Experience this charming city in the Loire Valley, which offers the best of French lifestyle with medieval streets teeming with art, history, lovely gardens and tasty cuisine. You’ll have free time to stop at a lively restaurant or market for lunch on your own, and then take a walking tour. Transfer to your hotel in Amboise to check in this afternoon and then have dinner. (B,D)

August 4, Post Cruise Day 2 – AMBOISE: This morning, you’ll tour the spectacular Renaissance style Château d’Amboise. Its extravagant residences, gardens, and Gothic chapel belonged to several French kings in the past. You’ll also discover Château du Close Luce, Leonardo da Vinci’s last home. This is where he completed some of his most famous works, like The Mona Lisa, The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, and the Saint John the Baptist. You’ll have free time to use as you please and have lunch, followed by an afternoon tour of the stunning, river-crossing chateau and village Chenonceaux. (B)

August 5, Post Cruise Day 3 – AMBOISE – PARIS: Check out of your hotel before you visit the massive Château de Chambord. Located at the heart of Europe’s largest enclosed wooded park, its 156-meter façade, 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 282 fireplaces make this the largest castle in Loire Valley. Next, marvel at the residence of seven kings and ten queens of France during your tour of the famous Château de Blois. Enjoy free time for lunch this afternoon, and then transfer by bus to Paris, where you will check into your hotel. (B)

August 6, Post Cruise Day 4 – DEPART PARIS: Bid farewell to Paris and prepare for your flight home. (B)

 

AMADolce Deck Plan

About AMADolce: Inaugurated in 2009, this 148 guest vessel features luxurious staterooms, most with French balconies, and includes spacious marble-appointed bathrooms, showers and multi-jet shower heads; plus complimentary Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies. The Main Lounge is a stunning yet comfortable public space and exhilarating backdrop for meeting your fellow guests and enjoying nightly entertainment. A fitness room with sauna; walking track and whirlpool; plus a Beauty Salon will refresh the body while the river views and incomparable AmaWaterways service “sweeten” the soul.

 

AMADolce Deckplan

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Room Layouts:

 

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Shauna Rosenblum

Shauna Rosenblum in tankShauna Rosenblum, Winemaker Rock Wall Company
Shauna Rosenblum grew up a cellar rat in Alameda, CA on the site of what would come to be her father Kent Rosenblum’s Zinfandel empire namesake, Rosenblum Cellars. By the age of 2, she knew how to read brix levels on a refractometer. By the age of 10 she was working on the bottling line, and helping in the cellar, and by the age of 15, she was sitting in on blends created by her father, Kent, and his assistant winemakers.

After graduating high school, Shauna got a scholarship to study ceramics and sculpture and continued to further her studies in these practices on the masters level. It was during this time that she took several chemistry classes, which felt very natural, as she had been doing it her whole life in her family’s winery.  This was her ‘light bulb’ that not only was winemaking an amazing art, but it was also her true passion.

In 2008 her family sold Rosenblum Cellars, and started Rock Wall Wine Company.  By the end of the first harvest, it was evident that not only was she in love with winemaking, but she was indeed a natural. In 2008, the 25-year-old, with 23 years of winemaking experience under her belt, was named Head Winemaker of Rock Wall Winery.  Since then, she has garnered many Gold Medals, Double Gold Medals, Best of Shows, 90+ point WS and WE scores, “Best Zinfandel in California”, and even the accolade of “Best Winemaker.”

Shauna is also one of the youngest professional wine judges in the country and judges many prestigious International Wine Competitions.   Her most recent accolades for 2016 include 93 points from Wine Enthusiast on her Monte Rosso Zinfandel and being invited to speak at Twitter’s #sheinspiresme conference.

 

Kent Rosenblum

Kent Rosenblum, CEO Rock Wall Wine Company

Kent Rosenblum brings over 40 years of winemaking experience to Rock Wall Wine Company. After building Rosenblum Winery from a 400- to a 250,000-case producer, Founder/Winemaker Kent Rosenblum sold the winery in 2008. He then started up Rock Wall, with daughter, Shauna as winemaker. “We wanted to go back to a family business that focused on great wines and having a good time,” says Kent. For Kent, making wine has always been about a willingness to explore viticultural regions and experiment with winemaking techniques, which is the legacy he has passed on to his daughter. Today, Shauna heads up the cellar at the 30,000-case family venture, with Kent as CEO. A family affair, Rock Wall is about having fun, while making the best wines from the best regions and sharing the experience with others. As Kent always says, “Never underestimate the value of a little fun.”

 

About AMAWaterways

AmaDolce_ExteriorAbout AMAWaterways

When you travel with AmaWaterways, you do more than simply visit a destination – you experience it in a truly authentic and in-depth way. It begins with a champagne welcome as you step aboard and meet our courteous crew and your fellow passengers, many of whom you will consider friends by the end of your journey. You will also meet a personable and knowledgeable Cruise Manager who will be with you every step of the way, even on your optional pre-cruise or post-cruise land program. It is this attention to detail that distinguishes AmaWaterways from all the rest and keeps our satisfied guests coming back again and again.

We thoughtfully plan our itineraries to maximize your enjoyment of the scenery, history and atmosphere of your chosen destination. Marvel at the ever-changing views through the panoramic windows in your ship’s Main Lounge or from our expansive outdoor decks. Visit famous landmarks and explore “hidden gems.” Taste bold new flavors and delicious regional specialties, with menus designed by our revered team of classically-trained chefs. And every evening, there is onboard entertainment provided by local musicians and performers for you to enjoy.

Rest assured you will have ample time for socializing and relaxation, too. Our ships feature comfortable lounges, lively bar areas, swimming pools or whirlpools, salons and fitness rooms. At the end of the day, you will be pampered with turn-down service, plush linens, and peace and quiet for a good night’s sleep. Tomorrow, there is more to see and experience.

A Hotel That Travels with You: Rivers were once Europe’s “highways” across the continent, serving as life-sustaining links between the continent’s grandest capitals. Nowadays, your river cruise ship is a “floating hotel” that can often dock right in the heart of these historic cities, steps away from top cultural attractions and historic sites. Beautiful river views and superb locations…and you only have to unpack once! Daily shore excursions with expert guides will show you the “must see” sights of your destination, visiting famous landmarks as well as hidden gems.

An Intimate Onboard Setting: Every vessel in our luxurious European fleet has a capacity limited to no more than 164 passengers, allowing for truly personalized service in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

State-of-the-art Public Spaces: AmaWaterways’ custom-designed ships offer comfortable lounges with panoramic windows, inviting dining rooms, cozy libraries stocked with books and games, and a choice of enticing dining venues.

Onboard Entertainment: Whether it’s traditional Bavarian music, a “Sound of Music” sing-along, a classical quartet, or contemporary piano favorites, you will enjoy an eclectic schedule of onboard entertainment every night.

With Our Compliments: AmaWaterways offers a generous selection of complimentary amenities on all European voyages, including in-room Internet access, Wi-Fi and Infotainment (with movies, music and satellite TV). All of your onboard meals are included, along with unlimited fine wine, beer and sodas with lunch and dinner. AmaWaterways also provides complimentary bottled water, specialty coffees and teas throughout your cruise. In addition, your cruise price includes enriching shore excursions with expert guides in every port and bicycles for exploring on your own or on a guided bike tour.

Health & Beauty: Pamper your body and rejuvenate your spirit any time during your river cruise. Our Massage, Beauty and Hair Salon offers a variety of treatments. Your ship also has a Fitness Studio, Sun Deck walking track, sauna (select ships), and a heated whirlpool or swimming pool with swim-up bar.

 
 

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