AmaWaterways Announces Special Wine-Themed Cruise this Fall

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Award-winning river cruise line AmaWaterways will offer a special wine-themed cruise this fall on the luxurious MS Amalegro.

Vineyards of the Rhine and Mosel

Europe’s Rhine and Mosel rivers are famous for their bucolic scenery, historic destinations and hillside vineyards. This fall, AMAWATERWAYS showcases this spectacular region with a unique wine-themed cruise on the luxurious MS Amalegro. Departing November 12, 2010, the “Vineyards of the Rhine and Mosel” cruise will sail a special itinerary that includes visits to world-famous wineries, off-site dinners hosted by renowned winemakers, onboard lectures and more. Hosted by AMAWATERWAYS President, Rudi Schreiner, the 7-night cruise will travel from Amsterdam to Trier, Germany, followed by 3 nights in magnificent Paris.

Accompanying the cruise will be winemaker Jim Clendenen, owner of the internationally-acclaimed Au Bon Climat winery in Santa Maria, California and Archie McLaren, founder and chairman of the Central Coast Wine Classic. A portion of the cruise proceeds will be donated to charities supported by the Central Coast Wine Classic, one of the country’s preeminent wine auctions.

Highlights of the “Vineyards of the Rhine and Mosel” itinerary include the scenic Rhine Gorge town of Rudesheim, famous for its quaint wine taverns and the setting for an exclusive wine tasting dinner sponsored by renowned local vintner Georg Breuer. In Koblenz, guests will discover a 2,000-year old wine town at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine Rivers. Continuing through the Mosel river valley, the world’s steepest vineyards, picturesque villages and charming wine towns appear at every turn. Guests will enjoy a wine tasting at the small riverside wine town of Winningen, followed by a visit to Cochem, known for its perfectly preserved timber-framed homes, medieval squares and the spectacular Reichsburg Castle perched above the Mosel. A welcoming wine fest awaits in the Mosel town of Zell, famous for its "Zeller Schwarze Katz" (Black Cat) wine. An evening wine tasting in a local underground wine cellar showcases the area’s famous varietals. Guests will also enjoy a wine tasting at the Wine Museum in Bernkastel hosted by the famous Dr. Loosen winery. Strategically located in the heart of the Mosel wine-producing region, Bernkastel boasts over 500 years of documented wine history, and is known as “the international town of vine and wine."

Of course, throughout the cruise, guests will enjoy gourmet dining accompanied by complimentary local wines (plus beer and soft drinks) at dinner. Additional AMAWATERWAYS amenities include French Balconies, complimentary 3G high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi; complimentary first-run Hollywood films; complimentary specialty coffees and bottled water, a fleet of bicycles on board plus much more.

After the 7-night cruise, guests will head to Luxembourg for a city tour of the Grand Duchy, followed by a high-speed TGV transfer to Paris. The three-night stay in the City of Lights includes a guided city tour, plus an exclusive excursion to the Champagne region.
About AMAWATERWAYS
AMAWATERWAYS offers the industry’s most luxurious, all-inclusive river cruise vacations in Europe, Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia. The line’s custom-designed fleet of 7 river cruisers in Europe includes the new MS Amabella, featuring exclusive amenities such as twin balconies; an intimate alternative restaurant with its own chef; library with fireplace and swimming pool. A sister ship to Amabella, the MS Amaverde, will debut in 2011.

In Southeast Asia, AMAWATERWAYS’ spectacular “Vietnam, Cambodia and the Riches of the Mekong” itinerary features a 7-night Mekong River cruise on the beautiful new MS La Marguerite. The new 124-passenger MS Amalotus will join La Marguerite in offering Mekong River cruises in the fall of 2011.
AMAWATERWAYS also offers a Provencal sojourn on the romantic Rhone River in France aboard the MS Swiss Pearl. In Russia, AMAWATERWAYS sails a spectacular St. Petersburg-Moscow “Russian Waterways” itinerary. In 2011 the line will introduce the newly-refurbished 212-passenger MS Amakatarina, the most luxurious vessel to sail the Volga-Baltic Waterway. For more information about the world’s most luxurious river cruises, log on to http://www.amawaterways.com or call 800-626-0126.

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