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An Epicurean’s Dream Vacation

Nothing can turn any occasion into a celebration, spark a conversation, and elevate a meal from ordinary to elegant quite like wine, and when you travel with AmaWaterways, every day is a celebration. Drink up the splendor of idyllic Provence while sailing the Rhône River indulging in the perfect pairing of French wines and elegant cuisine. Soak up the unadulterated beauty of Portugal’s Douro River Valley as well as its luscious Port wine. Toast to the good life with a glass of sparkling Brut Reserve or a peppery, fruity Grüner Veltliner cruising through Austria’s Wachau Valley.

Why plan your vacation solely around sightseeing when you can also savor the heart and soul of local cultures by tasting its legendary wine and cuisine? AmaWaterways’ expertly curated wine-themed cruises add a unique, epicurean dimension to standard itineraries—all at no additional cost. Ignite your taste buds and adventurous spirit while traveling abroad and embracing the wonderful flavors of Europe—especially when traveling on board the highest-rated river cruise ships as voted by premier travel authority, Berlitz. AmaWaterways’ ships are inspired by luxury yachts and designed specifically to maximize the enjoyment and comfort of every guest, and include thoughtfully conceived public areas, ranging from multiple dining venues, such as the Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, to a sun deck pool with a swim-up bar. Elegant staterooms provide the ultimate home-away-from-home floating sanctuary and offer not one, but two private balconies—a French balcony and a full outside balcony—so you can enjoy the views however you would like.

France’s Garonne, Dordogne, Rhône and Seine rivers; Portugal and Spain’s Douro River; and the heart of Europe’s rivers, the Danube, Rhine, Moselle and Main, all yield way to a delicious epicurean exploration. Not only do you visit Europe’s grand capitals and charming villages, you’ll be treated to always included excursions designed to immerse you into the richer and more appetizing side of the destinations you visit. Walk alongside artisan and vintners through the same fields their ancestors toiled in and learn the timeless traditions that have been passed down through the centuries. Authentic encounters add to the rich tapestry of local culture, always making for memorable experiences—especially when they’re exclusive to Amawaterways’ guests. Learn the nuances of wine and chocolate pairings in a 16th-century French castle. Be treated to lunch at one of the most distinguished of all Port houses in Portugal, Quinta da Roêda. Taste history at Austria’s majestic Greinburg Castle—complete with traditional music and a sparkling wine reception.

Be joined by a wine host—knowledgeable winery owners and professional winemakers from renowned North American wineries—who enthusiastically share their passion of wine with you. On board, your host will recommend food and wine pairings, lead discussions and hold tastings—all while you savor a range of delicious wine. Have fun learning how to really tantalize your taste buds at a food and wine pairing dinner designed to heighten the dynamic relationship between the two. Rosemary-crusted lamb? A clear match for Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Oysters on the half shell? Try a Loire white. Rich chocolate cake? Port is in order. Take home a few insiders’ tips to share at your next gathering, and maybe even impress a friend or two.

And since AmaWaterways is a member of La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, a prestigious international gastronomic society dedicated to fine cuisine, you can be assured of an extraordinary gourmet journey. Menu selections change daily and feature both locally-inspired cuisine and traditional favorites; and with every lunch and dinner, you’ll be treated to unlimited, always changing, hand-selected wines along with beer and soft drinks.

Whether you are a foodie, wine connoisseur or simply indulge in a sip here and there, set sail on an epicurean adventure with AmaWaterways.

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