AmaWaterways has launched its new e-brochure “A Celebration of Wine River Cruises Through Europe,” detailing more than 60 exclusive wine-themed departures planned for its upcoming 2021 season.
Each Celebration of Wine River Cruise will be hosted by a qualified wine expert, who will bring hand-selected wines on-board to serve during a special meal and tastings. Some wines will come from the expert’s own winery and others will be sourced from wineries located along the river cruise itinerary.
“When we launched our first hosted wine cruises in 2010, we simply wanted to share our appreciation of wine and showcase the enjoyment of both New World and Old World varietals through interesting excursions and fun wine tastings. The response we have received has been remarkable, and each year we have added more departures with interesting wine experts representing vineyards from across the country,” said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways’ executive vice president and co-founder in a press release statement. “Whether you are a wine lover, a knowledgeable connoisseur or simply enjoy a sip here and there, our intimate Celebration of Wine River Cruises provide an added dimension to the river cruise experience. We look forward to welcoming guests on more than the 60 wine cruises on 19 itineraries planned for 2021!”
The Essence of Burgundy & Provence itinerary will be AmaWaterways first entrance into the Burgundy region of France and will showcase traditional French wine and cuisine. Guests will uncover the Roman history of Chalon-sur-Saône and explore Tournus with its towering Romanesque abbey and historic apothecary shop. The wine cruise will explore French châteaux from Burgundy to Provence, inviting guests to taste their way through the French culinary capital of Lyon. Guests may opt to join a scenic cruise to Mâcon to enjoy a tasting of Mâconnais wines, a visit to a local French cooking school in Valence, a guided hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet and many other food, wine and wellness focused excursions.
The Onboard Impressions of the Seine & Paris itinerary will explore the most renowned Parisian destinations as well as sites memorialized by famous Impressionist painters along France’s Seine River. The AmaDante will sail from Paris to Le Havre (or reverse), and guests will enjoy traditional culinary treasures including Norman chocolate, cheese, apple-based Calvados and local cider. Highlight pre- or post-cruise are three nights in St. Malo with a visit to the magical island monastery of Mont St. Michel.
Also new for 2021 is the 7-night Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps itinerary that will explore France’s Alsace region in its capital, Strasbourg, and in Riquewihr, a small town known for its cobbled streets of quaint tasting rooms and wine shops. Additional highlights include Breisach, rising above the vineyards of the Rhine, and Freiburg, one of Germany’s sunniest cities and gateway to the Black Forest.
AmaWaterways invites future travelers to participate in a virtual “Sip & Sail” on May 21 at 3p.m. PST on Facebook Live. Offering a unique and interactive firsthand look at the wine cruises on offer, the virtual event will be hosted by AmaWaterways co-founder Kristin Karst, who will be joined by guests including wine educator Leslie Sbrocco. Visit Facebook.com/AmaWaterways for details on the event. Travel advisors are invited to pre-register by visiting the Webinar Wednesday page on AmaWaterways’ Travel Advisor Portal.
To view “A Celebration of Wine River Cruises Through Europe” e-brochure click here.