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8 Day Cruise on AmaDante, AmaWaterways Cruises from £2,310 pp
Departure 15 August 2019 | Medieval Treasures Wine Cruise
Fares are cruise-only unless otherwise stated. Contact us to add flights and tailor-make your holiday.
- Rüdesheim am Rhein
Medieval Treasures Wine Cruise
Exclusive Wine Cruise - save £700
Exclusive Wine Cruise - Hosted by William Betts, WSET Level 4
Some careers take unanticipated turns... Born in Britain and living near Oxford, with a degree in chemistry and an MBA, Will started by working for a global consultancy, before building a company that designs and blends racing fuels for Formula One. It was the extensive business travel involved, with periods spent overseas, that sparked and developed his passion for wine.
After years of study and practical research, Will joins AmaWaterways as an experienced, qualified and award-winning wine professional who splits his time advising private clients on their wine collections, judging in competitions, and teaching professional sommeliers and enthusiasts.
Will has launched a highly acclaimed Gin brand, and is being sponsored to study for the coveted Master of Wine qualification. Walking the vineyards, over dinner and in lectures, Will looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for the vinous treasures that we will encounter along the famous Rhine and Main rivers.
Save £700 per stateroom - fares were from £2,663 pp, now from £2,310 pp
- 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
- Computer for internet access
- Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
- Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
- Wellness Program with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
- Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
- Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
- Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Bike tours and hikes
- Special Interest Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
Immerse yourself in the many flavours of Europe on one of AmaWaterways unique Wine Cruises, which let you add a unique, epicurean dimension to one of their European itineraries. Like their standard river cruises, guests have the opportunity to join tours that highlight the famous sights in each port of call. These special itineraries, however, offer guests a perfect blend of wine-related experiences and excursions in grand capitals and charming towns. You’ll taste local cuisine, discover how wine is made and, of course, partake in tastings — all at no additional cost. Whether you have a seasoned appreciation for fine wine, or simply indulge in a sip here and there, this is a wonderful way to uncork the traditions of the local culture and learn about the region you’re visiting.
About the Wine Region – The Rhine and Main Rivers
The Rhine along with its main tributaries—the Moselle and Main—have created a wine connoisseur’s paradise, which can be discovered on Europe’s Rivers & Castles, Enchanting Rhine, Captivating Rhine and Rhine & Moselle Splendors itineraries.
The Upper Middle Rhine’s slate soil combined with a semi-continental climate have proven to be a recipe for wine-growing success for the Rheingau vineyards, yielding high-quality white wine varieties, and some fine reds.
Day by day itinerary
Embark your cruise in Basel and indulge in a Welcome Dinner
Capital city of France’s Alsace region, Strasbourg is situated on the Rhine at the German border. After arriving this morning, enjoy either a panoramic bus tour or guided bike tour that will take you past the Orangery, the town’s oldest park, the European Parliament and the Place de la Republique. Afterwards, explore on foot with a walking tour of the lovely “La Petite France” neighborhood, where you will see the Gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. You also have the option of exploring Strasbourg on a guided hike that begins at the Orangery and makes its way to the cathedral. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish before the ship departs tonight.
Arrive in Mannheim, where you have a choice of either visiting the city’s famed Baroque Palace or joining a walking tour of Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for its cathedral, numerous churches and the medieval Altpörtel (Old Gate). Continue on to Rüdesheim, where tonight you will enjoy an exclusive wine tasting
Your exploration of Rüdesheim continues with your choice of one of three excursions: a gondola ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue followed by a wine tasting with a local vintner; a visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, home to a remarkable collection of old robotic and self-playing musical instruments; or a half-day excursion to the historic university town of Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon wine cask) and enjoy beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below. Afterwards, you’ll cruise to the metropolitan capital of Germany, Frankfurt, where you’ll take in the sights on a panoramic city tour. Tonight, immerse yourself in local flavors with an authentic Romerberg beer tasting
Wake up in Miltenberg this morning and either join a walking tour of this delightful old town, with its narrow cobblestone streets and steeply gabled houses, or indulge in a tasting of local specialties
This morning’s guided tour of Würzburg will show you all of the city’s major sights, or you may prefer to visit the Residenz Palace and gardens, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. You also have the option to participate in a local wine tasting.
Arrive this afternoon in enchanting Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you will have one of three ways to explore. The first is a guided walking tour of this medieval gem to see its cathedral, Old Town Hall and elegant old mansions, as well as sample some of Bamberg’s famous smoked beer. The second is a guided bike tour along the Main River, and the third is a Bamberg Specialties tasting where you will enjoy smoked beer, licorice root and Hornla, a local favorite whose recipe dates back to 1427. This evening, we continue cruising towards Nuremberg
Depart the ship after breakfast
Sailing on AmaDante
Introduced in 2008, the custom-designed MS AmaDante offers French balconies on most of its staterooms, in addition to a wealth of relaxation amenities.