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TOR Wines in Bordeaux, August 2018


Join Tor and Susan Kenward  of TOR Wines for on an unforgettable AMAWaterways cruise in the world-renowned Bodeaux wine region!  Board the ship in the city of Bordeaux after an optional pre-cruise program in Paris (through AMAWaterways). You will journey to, and explore, the renowned vineyards of Saint-Émilion, Pauillac, Pomerol and Libourne, discovering timeless traditions from the winemakers themselves. You’ll b
e treated to delicious wine tastings throughout your journey, including a tasting at the 14th-century Château de Montaigne, and  a “wine festival” in Bourg—an exclusive event for AmaWaterways guests. You may choose to conclude your journey with an optional exclusive Post-Cruise Program in Bordeaux with TOR Wines (through MmMmTravel) or in the Loire Valley & Paris (through AMAWaterways). Guests wishing to participate in all TOR Wines events must make their reservation through MmMmTravel.   

Cruise Highlights

AMAWaterways Wine Cruise Highlights:

  • Only guests who make their reservations through MmMmTravel will experience a private Wine-Paired TOR Wines CHAINE des ROTISSEURS dinner in the 25-seat Chef’s Table with Tor & Susan Kenward.
  • Enjoy three wine receptions, tastings and discussions hosted by Tor & Susan Kenward comparing the wines of California with those of Bordeaux.
  • Special tours and tastings at local wineries and private cellars
  • Learn about winemaking in renowned vineyards
  • Wine pairings with award-winning cuisine aboard
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation aboard the 146 guest AMADolce ship in an outside stateroom, most with French balconies
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily
  • Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, Hollywood movies, music library and English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding
  • All meals included during your cruise
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Special highlights including lectures, onboard music performances and piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • 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
  • All local taxes

 

Itinerary

2018 Day

Destination

Activities

August 14-16: Optional AMAWaterways Paris Pre-Cruise

August 16 Bordeaux

EMBARK Ship from 3pm

August 17 Cadillac Sauterne wine tasting and Roquetaillade Castle
August 18 Pauillac Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and scenic vineyard tour
August 19 Blaye Citadel visit
    OR Bike tour; OR Prehistoric cave art
    Blaye to Bourg bike tour
  Bourg Bourg walking tour, Carriage Museum & Bourg wine festival
August 20 Libourne Saint Emilion excursion and Grand Cru Classé wine tasting
    OR Saint Emilion bike tour and wine tasting
August 21 Libourne Château de Vayres
    OR French Bastide town, market & tasting
    OR Countryside hike with wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres
    Fronsac wine tasting
August 22 Bordeaux City tour and Wine Museum; OR Bordeaux bike tour
August 23 Bordeaux DISEMBARK Ship until 9:30am

2 Exciting Post Cruise Options:
Exclusive TOR Bordeaux Post-Cruise Aug 23-25 exploring Bordeaux Vineyards with Tor & Susan
OR AMAWaterways Loire Valley & Paris Post Cruise Aug 23-27


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

 

Pricing

Included in your AMAWaterways cruise fare are complimentary shore excursions daily in every port, tours and tastings at local wineries and private cellars, onboard wine pairings with award-winning cuisine, complimentary WiFi, Unlimited select red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board, all meals included, bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours, onboard music performances.

All staterooms include: In-room temperature control, Deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian linen, down pillows and duvet, Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads, Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone, Flat-screen TV that also works as a computer, Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library, Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi, Complimentary bottled water replenished daily, Desk and chair.

Fares are per person based on double occupancy in USD.  Only guests booking through MmMmTravel will all have access to all TOR Wines events.

Room Type
 & Notes
Cruise
Only Fare
TOR
Post Cruise
AMA
Pre-Cruise
AMA
Post-Cruise
Category E: Piano Deck
Fixed Windows, 170 sq. ft. (midship)
$2,949 TBA $900 $1,020
Category D: Piano Deck
Fixed Windows, 170 sq. ft. (midship)
$3,248 TBA $900 $1,020
Category C: Violin & Cello Decks
French Balcony, 170 sq. ft. (aft)
Waitlist TBA $900 $1,020
Category B: Violin & Cello Decks
French Balcony, 170 sq. ft. (midship)
$4,048 TBA $900 $1,020
Category A: Violin Deck
French Balcony, 170 sq. ft. (midship)
$4,148 TBA $900 $1,020
Suite: Violin Deck
French Balcony, 255 sq. ft. (midship)
Waitlist TBA $900 $1,020

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 to staff and guides are additional. AMAWaterways reserves the right to change the itinerary. Other restrictions apply.

 

Cruise Only Itinerary


wine_bordeaux_bod_bod_mapAUGUST 14-16: AMAWaterways Optional Paris Pre-Cruise

AUGUST 16: EMBARKATION IN BORDEAUX (D)

AUGUST 17: CADILLAC: 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. Afterwards, visit the impressive Castle of Roquetaillade, an amazingly preserved masterpiece of medieval military architecture owned by the same noble family for 700 years. (B,L,D)

AUGUST 18: 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. (B,L,D)

AUGUST 19: PAUILLAC – 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 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)

AUGUST 20: BOURG – LIBOURNE: 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)

AUGUST 21: LIBOURNE –  BORDEAUX: 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 and hors d’oeuvres. Later in the day, you will have two options of excursions. Later in the afternoon, you can visit Fronsac, where you can 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 and hors d’oeuvres. (B,L,D)

AUGUST 22: 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 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)

AUGUST 23: BORDEAUX – DISEMBARKATION: Disembark your ship in Bordeaux until 9:30am

Post Cruise Options:

  • AUGUST 23-25: TOR Wines Optional Post-Cruise in Bordeaux with Tor & Susan Kenward 
  • AUGUST 23-27: AMAWateraways Optional Post-Cruise in the Loire Valley & Paris

 

TOR Post Cruise


EXCLUSIVE TOR WINES POST CRUISE (price & details TBA)
We are currently putting together the details for the exclusive post-cruise program in Bordeaux with TOR Wines. To participate in this exclusive post-cruise program, reservations must be made through MmMmTravel.  The below is a preliminary itinerary only. All times, events and details will be finalized at a later date and details will be announced to MmMmTravel guests.

August 23, 2018: BORDEAUX Half Day Touring & Tasting
Disembark the beautiful AMADolce with your luggage to begin an exclusive post-cruise tour of Bordeaux with Tor & Susan Kenward of TOR Wines. Today we will explore the Smith Haut Lafite wine estate to focus on the notions of terroir and blending. If present, we will have the opportunity to meet Daniel & Florence Cathiard, the dynamic owners of Château Smith-Haut-Lafite Wine estate and dig into their cellar. Our curiosity and taste buds then beckon us to the château where we will learn more about winemaking and participate in a food and wine pairing lesson while enjoying a sit-down lunch in the classic French tradition!  At the end of lunch our driver will transfer us to our 5-star hotel. The afternoon is free to unpack, settle in, enjoy spa treatments and explore all that the Bordeaux region has to offer. Meet Tor and Susan this evening for a glass of wine.

August 24, 2018:  BORDEAUX Touring and Wine Tastings
9:15am: After breakfast at our hotel this morning we will embark on a special day dedicated to Bordeaux’s vineyards to experience the “best of” Bordeaux! In 2017, 22 wine estates received ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ awards thanks to their architecture, gardens, or the originality of the visits they offer. Tor is reaching into his cellar-master list to determine which wine estates will impress you the most. On the right bank Saint-Emilion and Pomerol; on the left Margaux, Pauillac … Undertaken at the request of Napoléon III and unchanged since 1855, the famous 1855 classification of the wines of Bordeaux officially recognized 86 estates, and divided them into 5 categories (first, second, third, fourth and fifth growths). These are located in the Médoc, in Sauternes and Barsac and one in the Graves. Expect to savor two magnificent wineries different styles and tastes of the Bordeaux regions. Mid-day we will delight in lunch provided at the second estate. This unique day is an extraordinary opportunity to visit beautiful family-owned estates, meet their enthusiastic owners, and sample memorable wines of tradition alongside our favorite Napa Valley Winemaker! Early evening we will return to our hotel – the balance of the evening is yours to explore Bordeaux.  (B,L)

August 25, 2018:   BORDEAUX Airport Transfer
All too soon we bid farewell to the beautiful Bordeaux region. After breakfast at our hotel you will enjoy a  group transfer from the hotel to the Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD). Group transfer time will be dependent on average guest flight times. Private transfers available upon request for additional fee.

Summary of Bordeaux: Bordeaux, hub of the famed wine-growing region, is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France. It’s known for its Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, 18th- to 19th-century mansions and notable art museums such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux. Public gardens line the curving river quays. The grand Place de la Bourse, centered on the Three Graces fountain, overlooks the Miroir d’Eau reflecting pool. A Bordeaux wine is any wine produced in the Bordeaux region of southwest France, centered on the city of Bordeaux and covering the whole area of the Gironde department, with a total vineyard area of over 120,000 hectares, making it the largest wine growing area in France. Average vintages produce over 700 million bottles of Bordeaux wine, ranging from large quantities of everyday table wine, to some of the most expensive and prestigious wines in the world. The vast majority of wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called “claret” in Britain), with sweet white wines (most notably Sauternes), dry whites, and (in much smaller quantities) rosé and sparkling wines (Crémant de Bordeaux) collectively making up the remainder. Bordeaux wine is made by more than 8,500 producers or châteaux. There are 54 appellations of Bordeaux wine.

 

AMA Pre & Post Cruise

Bordeaux_ss112137761_Paris_EiffelTower_galleryAMAWaterways PRE CRUISE (additional $900 per person)
August 14: PARIS,
Arrive in Paris and check-in to your hotel.

August 15: PARIS, Get acquainted with some of Paris’s many iconic sites, including Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower on a panoramic city tour. (B)

August 16: PARIS – BORDEAUX – EMBARKATION, 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. Cap the day off with a welcome aboard wine toast. (B,D)

Bordeaux_Bordeaux_ss_310774847_galleryAMAWaterways POST CRUISE (additional $1,020 per person)
AUGUST 23: BORDEAUX – DISEMBARKATION – AMA POST CRUISE: 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. (B)

AUGUST 24: AMA POST CRUISE, AMBOISE: 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. (B)

AUGUST 25: AMA POST CRUISE, AMBOISE – PARIS: 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. (B)

AUGUST 26: AMA POST CRUISE, PARIS: Bid farewell to Paris and prepare for your flight home – OR extend your time in Paris. (B)

AMAWaterways LAND PROGRAMS INCLUDE:
  • 2 nights hotel in Paris at the Marriott Opera Ambassador (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast (AMA pre-cruise program)
  • Transfer from Paris to Bordeaux via high-speed TGV train (AMA pre-cruise program)
  • Transfer from Bordeaux to Tours via high-speed TGV train (AMA post-cruise program)
  • 2 nights hotel in the Loire Valley at the Amboise Novotel (or similar), including city tour, châteaux visits and daily breakfast (AMA post-cruise program)
  • 1 night hotel in Paris at the Pullman Charles de Gaulle (or similar), including daily breakfast (AMA post-cruise program)

 

About TOR

torTor Kenward, Owner
 The fanatic. The fantasist. Rules by equal part instinct and equal part logic. A willful revisionist, meticulously blending, over and over until he gets it right.

“To me, one of the most enjoyable parts of the wine business is the challenge – when the heat’s on and there is pressure. You’re trying to work out the timing. All of those stressful things have become part of the enjoyment for me. It used to bother the hell out of me – I wanted to get everything perfect, perfect, perfect. And now it’s – you still want to do the same thing, but you realize you’re not totally in charge.”

2016 marks my 40th year as a Napa Valley vintner. The first 27 years were with Beringer Vineyards helping build a wine company known to collectors for its reserve and single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays. I retired in 2001, and with my wife, Susan, started our dream: TOR Kenward Family Wines. Our plan was simple. Our wines would come from only the best blocks in great vineyard sites I knew and revered. All our wines are hand-made in every sense and in very small quantities.

My first three decades in the Napa Valley laid the foundation. I had extraordinary mentors all willing to openly share their knowledge and passion. Robert Mondavi, André Tchelistcheff, Warren Winiarski, Ed Sbragia, Maynard Amerine and many others encouraged me to learn and experiment. We tasted together and exchanged information. Beringer also sent me to travel and walk Europe’s most renowned vineyards, talk and taste with other winemakers, taste more, kick the dirt where world class wines are grown, and listen.

Our winemaking is driven by what I heard and learned making small experimental lots of wine at Beringer. Great vineyards deserve respect, and experience has taught me that in winemaking, less is more.

About my name: I am often asked, What does TOR mean? According to The American Heritage Dictionary, a “tor” is “a lofty pinnacle, a peak of bare rocky mountain.” The honored California poet, Robinson Jeffers, names his beautiful stone home in Carmel the TOR HOUSE. My dad was a writer and my mother a painter and respected (stage) thespian, which may explain this oddness to a certain degree.

Susan Kenward, Owner: Susan is all about keeping it simple and sensible without it looking as if you are trying too hard. Her path has taken her from the culinary to the fashion to the beauty worlds in a series of creative endeavors. She and a partner opened a Hampton’s specialty store called Loaves and Fishes, which won many kudos. Susan has written five cookbooks, receiving two James Beard Awards.

In 1985, Susan’s reputation as a food and lifestyle writer had earned her an assignment to interview a woman winemaker in Napa Valley who then introduced her to the man she would marry, Tor. In 1991 she started Flora Napa Valley and Olivina, a fragrance and body care line based on the scents and ingredients of the Napa Valley. “I easily fell in love with the Napa Valley, it is the perfect parade of the posh and the down-to-earth, farmers and sophisticates.”

 

TOR KENWARD  – an Insightful story about TOR Wines

Here are some moments in the life of Tor that shaped his lifelong passion of wine in Napa Valley – an inspiring story that he will showcase and share with our guests aboard ship this August while sailing the Garonne River. An interesting story to tell!

  1. Why do you believe you are the right wine host for this cruise? Share your credentials and passion for wine.
    I’ve been a well-known winemaker/vintner for four decades in the Napa Valley.  I’ve been very fortunate to study winemaking and work with some of the great winemakers of Bordeaux over these years. Some worked with me as consultants in Napa and I often visited Bordeaux to taste thru the great Chateaux cellars.
  2. Tell us something special about yourself that would make someone unfamiliar with you want to travel with you on this river cruise?
    I am a well-traveled cork dork with an excellent knowledge of winemaking and wine history.
  3. What was your “Aha Moment” when you fell in love with wine?
    Visiting the Napa Valley in the mid-70s, falling in love with the passion these early wine pioneers shared during those formative years.
  4. What is one thing you are most looking forward to on your river cruise?
    Re-visiting friends and Chateaux that helped shape my opinions of what makes a great wine.
  5. What is something fun/unique you wish to share—perhaps something nobody knows until now?
    I had a successful jazz club before I became a vintner, and presented many well known artists.  Vietnam Vet before that.
  6. What is one of the most interesting places you have traveled to and why?
    Love most wine producing parts of the world.  Have visited the vineyards/wineries of France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, and Croatia.
  7. If you were stranded on a desert island, and could only have one bottle of wine, what would it be and why?
    1959 La Tache.  I was fortunate to have two cases and drank every bottle over many special occasions with friends.  It is the memories as much as the great wine.

 

AMADolce

About AMDolce:  The intimate AMADolce features only 76 luxurious staterooms, most with French balconies, and includes spacious marble-appointed bathrooms, showers and multi-jet shower heads; plus complimentary Internet access and 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 hair Salon will refresh the body while the river views and incomparable AmaWaterways service “sweeten” the soul.

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Category E: yellow
Category D: orange
Category C: purple
Category B: green
Category A: royal blue
Suite: pink

 

About 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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