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A Palate-Pleasing Adventure with AmaWaterways

From cellar tastings to vineyard hikes, AmaWaterways’ Wine & Food Cruises provide a uniquely epicurean spin on already-spectacular European itineraries.

From underground cellar tastings to vineyard hikes to gondola rides high above the grape vines, AmaWaterways’ Wine Cruises provide a uniquely epicurean spin on already-spectacular European itineraries with unforgettable excursions for every kind of traveler.

Rich Flavor in the Rheingau

During AmaWaterways’ delightful 7-night Captivating Rhine Wine Cruise, guests will enjoy an immersive journey through Germany’s Rheingau wine region. There’s no more exciting time to visit than summer, when one can witness the beauty of sun-kissed vineyards, renowned for their Riesling wines, as their green grapes slowly begin to ripen for fall’s harvest. However, guests won’t be limited solely to tastings of this celebrated white varietal. While visiting Cologne, for example, guests may opt for a Special Interest Tour during which they can visit a local tavern for an authentic taste of the city’s legendary Kölsch beer paired with reibekuchen, potato pancakes typically served with applesauce. They’ll also visit the charming winemaking town of Rüdesheim, where they can soar high above iconic vineyards by gondola and later indulge in a tasting. For those interested more in the history of viticulture, an enriching excursion to the medieval city of Heidelberg provides an opportunity to visit Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat, an 18th-century 49,0000-gallon wine cask.

Discover the Best of Bordeaux

If the allure of French reds is more appealing, AmaWaterways’ 7-night Taste of Bordeaux Wine Cruise offers a true feast for the senses in one of the world’s most undisputed wine regions. Never has there been a museum so intriguingly immersive as La Cité du Vin, Bordeaux’s interactive wine museum, which guests will have a chance to explore. A skillfully crafted, immersive experience sprawling over 10 stories, it features virtual tours, an archaeological exploration and a tantalizing buffet of the five senses. Of course, what’s a Wine Cruise without a tasting? Guests will have a chance to taste legendary Grand Cru Classé wines at a lovely château within the famed Médoc region, as well as bottles from local winegrowers during an exclusive festival in the medieval village of Bourg, complete with lively French music and dancing. The more active guest will enjoy venturing deeper into history on a guided hike through the renowned vineyards of Libourne.

AmaWaterways - A family-owned company celebrating 17 years on the river, we offer unforgettable river cruises with 23 ships sailing Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhone, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River. AmaWaterways is renowned for its innovative stateroom design featuring unique “twin balconies”; their wide choices of included shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options for the active traveler; and there award-winning dining—including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant as well as complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, each ship features onboard amenities such as hair and massage salons and a fitness room, and many have heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars.

AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation including the upcoming launch of AmaMagna in May 2019, at twice the width of traditional river ships, she will offer a new dimension in luxury river cruising.  They also offer a variety of themed sailings geared towards travelers and families as well as groups.


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