AmaWaterways has introduced two new wine-themed itineraries to its 2020 lineup of specialty voyages on the Main, Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Next year’s program features 67 Wine Cruises, including two new options that showcase France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
The voyages are hosted by notable North America wine experts, certified sommeliers, and vineyard owners, who offer guests onboard lectures and tastings to complement the extensive array of included shore excursions.
“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. “As demand for these sailings grows, our focus is to partner with engaging hosts and craft new wine-themed experiences that encourage our guests to discover the most beautiful wine-growing regions in the world.”
In 2020, AmaWaterways will debut the Treasures of the Main & Rhine, taking guests on a seven-night sailing between Nuremberg, Germany, and Amsterdam – showcasing the best of the Main and Rhine rivers. Itinerary highlights include a visit to Würzburg, set in the middle of Germany’s largest wine-producing region; sampling Hornla pastry, a regional favourite whose recipe dates back to 1427; touring a local bakery to learn the art of pretzel making; 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 journey between Luxembourg and Amsterdam, melding culinary and vinicultural adventure. Guests will enjoy soaring gondola rides over Rüdesheim’s vineyards, delectable samples of Reibekuchen – German potato pancakes – and Kölsch beer found exclusively in Cologne, and a Bernkastel winery visit and tasting.
Guests looking for an enhanced wine experience through these two new itineraries can join wine hosts Susanne Sapier, owner of Vineyard Grant James, on the 6 August Treasures of the Main & Rhine sailing; Dan McDonnal and Alix Bosch, co-owners of De Tierra Vineyards, on the 2 April Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle sailing; and Cindy and Nicholas Palumbo, co-owners of Palumbo Family Vineyards, on the 14 October Vineyards of Rhine & Moselle sailing.
For full details on all 67 specialty Wine Cruises and hosts, click here.