Vineyards and historic sights included
By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva
Well this wine lover perked up when learning that luxury riverboat operator, AmaWaterways is offering more than a dozen wine cruises next year.
The voyages showcase famed vineyards and historic sights of France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.
Top North American wine experts, certified sommeliers, and vineyard owners are available on each trip.
It’s a great way to learn everything you want to know about wine.
Discover a world of wines
“This has been a record-breaking year for AmaWaterways, and our specialty Wine Cruise program continues to evolve and flourish,” said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways’ executive vice president and co-founder.
Some of the theme cruises include Treasures of the Main & Rhine. This is seven-night sailing between Nuremberg, Germany, and Amsterdam that introduces the best of the Main and Rhine rivers.
There’s a visit to Würzburg, which lies in the middle of Germany’s largest wine-producing region. A stop at a bakery to sample Hornla pastry and wine-tasting with a local Rüdesheim vintner.
Another new itinerary is Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle, which provides wine enthusiasts with a seven-night culinary and viniculture journey between Luxembourg and Amsterdam.
Gondolas and potato pancakes
Other highlights include a gondola ride over Rüdesheim’s vineyards and a sampling of Reibekuche German potato pancakes and Kölsch beer.
Join Frank Ostini, Hitching Post Winery on the March 26 Rhine & Moselle Splendors. Kathy Joseph, Fiddlehead Cellars goes on board March 30 for a Romantic Danube journey. ) Both wineries appear in the iconic movie Sideways.
Paul Wagner, a renowned wine expert, author, and recipient of the 2018 Award of Merit from the American Wine Society heads a April 9 Taste of Bordeaux cruise.
On August 20 Jody Bogle, co-owner of Bogle Vineyards & Winery leads a Taste of Bordeaux.
And there’s more
Just click on https://www.amawaterways.ca/explore/wine-hosts/2020, or to book any AmaWaterways river cruise, at Pavlus Travel.
AmaWaterways operates 24 ships sailing Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhône, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River. Cruises are led by experienced river cruise co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst.
Each ship features innovative stateroom design exemplified by unique “twin balconies.”