The desires of vacation-goers are ever-evolving. Gone are the days when trips were planned solely around sightseeing. We are now in the age of experiential travel—where clients want a true taste of the heart and soul of local cultures. And what’s a more delicious way to savor the sights of Europe than through its wine and cuisine?
Travelers can learn so much about the land, local people and customs by trying the foods and drinks that are enjoyed there and–as all foodies know–experiencing new flavor is such fun. This is why AmaWaterways has created a variety of unique Wine Cruises on the Rhine, Danube, Mosel, Rhone, Seine, Douro and Garonne rivers. In addition to the amazing tours in grand capitals and charming towns, these cruises enhance already-spectacular itineraries with opportunities to uncork local traditions through wine and food-related activities both on board and during excursions–all at no additional cost.
The palate-pleasing adventures begin once your clients board their luxurious ship. During the Welcome Reception, guests meet their host–a qualified wine expert who brings along premium, hand-selected bottles to be served during meals, tastings and discussions. The smorgasbord of mouthwatering delights served at the Welcome Dinner is just the beginning. Every day, your clients can expect to be wined and dined with multi-course lunches and dinners featuring regionally-inspired, world-class cuisine and wine pairing suggestions prepared by award-winning chefs. A specialty restaurant on board called The Chef’s Table features chefs expertly crafting meals in front of guests. It will come as no surprise to clients that AmaWaterways has been inducted into the prestigious French culinary organization, La Chaine des Rotisseurs.
Mornings begin brilliantly with a splash of sparkling wine, as well as familiar and foreign specialties from the buffet. Afterwards, a full plate of exclusive shore excursions are a sweet treat–your clients can see famous sights while imbibing in local traditions. Dabble in fine wines when visiting Europe’s illustrious vineyard-covered landscapes–like Austria’s Wachau Valley and Bordeaux, France–and indulge in tastings and conversations with the owners of private cellars. Guests also visit select wineries, where vintners and growers explain the winemaking process, and offer tastings of special varieties. During free time, travelers can explore local restaurants and swirl glasses above delectable, authentic dishes.
If your clients have an appreciation for fine wines and foods, and wish to experience European culture in a unique way, then AmaWaterways’ Wine Cruises are the trip they’re craving. For more information, visit amawaterways.com.