The host of PBS’s Samantha Brown’s Places to Love and contributor to the Well-Traveled with AAA podcast (on Spotify and Apple Podcasts) returned to international travel in August 2021, when she joined other AAA Members on a river cruise in France aboard the AmaWaterways ship AmaDolce.
Cruising the byways
Brown hosted the seven-day river cruise that begins and ends in Bordeaux, France, sailing the Dordogne and Garonne rivers. Whereas some river cruises, like those on the Rhine and Danube, take travelers to major cities—what Brown calls “exclamation point” destinations—the cruise from Bordeaux takes passengers to small towns and villages at a relaxed pace.
“It really checked the box for why I love river cruising. You’re docked right in the middle of the city,” she says of Bordeaux. “You can just walk into the neighborhood, and there are little jazz clubs playing outside and people enjoying drinks.”