WHAT IS A WINE-THEMED RIVER CRUISE ALL ABOUT?
Updated: Nov 28, 2022
Imagine yourself amid a backdrop of Europe’s most regal castles, historic ruins, and vineyard-laced hills, all the while tasting world-class wines sourced from the very spots you’re traveling through.
Wine hosts and sommeliers will share their passion for viticulture through discussions and wine tastings onboard. Onshore, the insightful Wine Host—always a professional winery owner, winemaker, wine instructor, or certified sommelier from a renowned North American winery—will lead guests through discussions and wine tastings on board, accompanying you to local wineries and vineyards where you'll learn first-hand from regional European experts.
And all of this comes at no extra cost. Whether you are a wine novice or a self-described oenophile with your own home wine cellar, this is the perfect chance to indulge in one of the world’s most perfect trifectas: travel, wine, and elegant cuisine. From romantic cities to foodie havens, the Douro Valley to the Wachau Valley, France’s iconic Bordeaux region to the brilliant wines of the Rhine— your cruise will bring you into the very heart of Europe’s most exciting and legendary vineyards. Enjoy sparkling Champagne from France, dessert wines like Port from Portugal, dry Rieslings from Germany and Austria, strong reds and crisp whites, and the perfect apéritif.
As with all of Ama’s itineraries, you can further enliven your senses by indulging in complimentary Special Interest Tours with local guides. Enjoy the perfect blend of visits to vineyards with excursions to nearby landmarks and destination hotspots, such as Budapest’s Parliament, Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace, Cologne’s Cathedral, Giverny’s Monet Gardens, Amsterdam’s canals, Prague’s Old Town, and the World War II beaches of Normandy.
Along the way, tempt your increasingly refined palate with a glass of locally produced wines depending on your chosen itinerary—wines such as Moscatel de Favaios, Vinho Verde, Beaujolais, Reisling, Côtes du Rhône, Hermitage, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Grüner Veltliner, Sauvignon blanc, Pinot blanc, and Pinot d’Alsace will be among either your favorite varietals or new flavors to which you will be introduced.
Wine Cruises also offer a smorgasbord of exciting epicurean tours designed for travelers who relish the idea of honing their culinary skills. Go in search of “Black Diamond” truffles, learn how to pair chocolate with wine, visit the historic mustard mill in Cochem and enjoy German bratwurst in Nuremberg.
On all itineraries, you’ll also be treated to unlimited, hand-selected local wines during every onboard lunch and dinner. These change daily and are paired with locally-inspired menus.
Learn more about AmaWaterways' extensive calendar of wine cruises through Europe or get in touch with me today to chat.
And remember, you don’t need to be a wine expert to enjoy a wine cruise!