An Epicurean’s Dream Vacation “AmaWaterways Wine Cruise”
Story and Photos courtesy of AmaWaterways
The desires of vacation goers are really evolving. Gone are the days where trips were planned primarily around seeing all of the sights in a particular destination. We are now in the age of experiential travel – where becoming one with the culture has become the “why” behind your adventures – and what better way to get acquainted with local life than by getting a taste of it?
The heart and soul of a culture can be discovered in many ways, one of the most exciting being its cuisine. Travelers can learn so much about the land, local people and their customs by trying the foods and drinks that are enjoyed there and – as all foodies will agree – experiencing new flavor is so much fun. This is why the river cruise line has created a variety of unique Wine Cruises on the Rhine, Danube, Mosel, Rhone, Seine, Douro and Garonne rivers that offer guests the option to immerse themselves even deeper in the tastes of Europe. In addition to the amazing tours in grand capitals and charming towns, these cruises enhance already-spectacular itineraries with opportunities for your clients to uncork local traditions through wine and food-related activities both on board and during excursions – all at no additional cost.
“We are doing another Wine Cruise with AmaWaterways – to Bordeaux! To me, Bordeaux is the Mecca – the heartland of the wine world. A week floating the Garonne visiting the storied chateau’s while enjoying all the good food and drink AMA is known for is just too good for us to pass up! My good friend Sam Pillsbury will be co-hosting the cruise, and he and I will bring all kinds of great wines along for the tastings and classes we’ll be hosting. So, please consider joining us. We’d be honored to have you, and confident that you’ll have the time of your life. Cheers!” – Eric Glomski, Page Springs Cellars & AZ Stronghold
As soon as guests step aboard their luxurious ship, the palate-pleasing adventure begins. During the Welcome Reception, you are introduced to your local host – a qualified wine expert who brings premium, hand-selected bottles on the ship to be served during meals, tastings and discussions. The smorgasbord of mouthwatering delights served at the Welcome Dinner sets the stage for the rest of the trip.
“Ah, Bordeaux! What a treat . . . I haven’t been to Saint-Émilion since the ‘80s and I can’t wait to share these surprising, eye-opening, Merlot-based wines with my fellows. Join us on this super luxury river cruise for more elegance than you have ever experienced!” – Sam Pillsbury, Pillsbury Wine Company
Every day, 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. There’s even a specialty restaurant on board called The Chef’s Table, where the chefs craft an exquisite tasting menu right in front guests. It comes as no surprise to learn that AmaWaterways has been inducted into the prestig¬¬ious French culinary organization, La Châine des Rôtisseurs.
Each morning begins brilliantly with a splash of sparkling wine and familiar and foreign specialties from the breakfast buffet. Afterwards, you will be treated to a full plate of exclusive shore excursions so you can see famous sights while savoring local traditions. Dabble in fine wines when visiting Europe’s illustrious vineyard-covered landscapes – like the Wachau Valley in Austria and Bordeaux, France – and indulge in tastings and conversations with the owners of private cellars. Guests also visit a number of wineries, where vintners and growers will talk about the winemaking process, and offer a taste of some special varieties, too. And during free time, guests can explore local restaurants on their own and swirl glasses above delectable, authentic dishes.
If you have an appreciation for fine wines and foods, and wish to experience European culture in a unique way, then an AmaWaterways Wine Cruise is the trip you’ve been dreaming about.
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