Exclusive Wine Cruise ROMANTIC DANUBE NOVEMBER 6-13, 2017


Hosted by L. Paul Vezzetti II, Co-Owner & Winemaker
The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey, Middletown, PA

Carving out a niche for signature white wines in an unconventional wine region can be tough, but Mr. Vezzetti has done just that. His wine philosophy revolves around handcrafting approachable vintages that focus on aromatics and balance. Since opening, The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey has been committed to experiential interactions with wine, and more recently, craft beer and cider. Every sip is an opportunity to discover what’s new, and rediscover some of the long-lost favorites, and underneath that experience, a knowledgeable and trusted guide to take you on the journey. An added bonus, Mr. Vezzetti is an experienced chef, having made numerous guest appearances at local establishments for one-time-only wine pairings.

Q&A With L. Paul Vezzetti

Why are you the right wine host for this cruise? Share your credentials and passion for wine.

As a young winemaker from a non-traditional wine region, I have to say I’ve encountered some of the most challenging winemaking there is. European winemaking is steeped in tradition, with many producers having century-old stylist preferences. My background, will allow for a truly unique point/counterpoint presentation of these wines, mixing respectful reinvention, with the traditional.

Tell us about yourself and your passion for wine!

Who doesn’t want to travel with a winemaker who moonlights as a professional photographer/videographer? If I see a single guest carrying a $2,000 DSLR only to have it set on automatic mode, we’re going to have a photography 101 class ON. THE. SPOT. It is my personal mission to not only ensure that you’re finding perfection in wine, but that you have the perfect pictures to show to your friends and family back home...

How do you stand out from our other incredible wine hosts?

I began my wine journey sampling basement home-brew as a youngster in a heavily Italian outlying steel town outside of Pittsburgh. Despite this, I somehow developed a taste over the years for, of all things, big & over-the-top Chardonnays (that are becoming more and more difficult to find). I’m also a fan of the elegance of light floral white wines; i.e. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, etc.

How did you first fall in love with wine?

I’ve always been a fan of the Wachau Valley’s rich expertise in producing white wine. They’re famous for the production of some of my favorite varieties: Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, etc. I’m most looking forward to seeing if I can be surprised by any of their red wines, like Spatburgunder and Blaufrankisch.

What are you most looking forward to on your river cruise?

I happen to be something of an amateur historian on the topic of the sinking the R.M.S. Titanic. Perhaps it’s tempting fate to mention that in relation to embarking upon a cruise, but at least we’ll all be prepared.

What is one of the most interesting places you have traveled to?

My wife and I are avid Scuba Divers and some of the most interesting places I’ve been involve me being 120 feet underwater crawling through holes in 100 year old fishing trawlers, derelict naval vessels, or merchant ships...

If you were stranded along on a desert island and could only have one bottle of wine, what would it be and why?

Since I’m stranded and alone, I’d probably want a port or a Madeira. As fortified wines, there is an element of medicinal value should the need arise, and they’d be less likely to spoil in the climate.


Immerse yourself in the many flavors of Europe on one of AmaWaterways unique Wine Cruises, which let you add a unique, epicurean dimension to one of our European itineraries. Like our 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 – Wachau Valley

Brilliant architectural masterpieces and vine-strung hillsides on the Danube River have inspired artistic creations for hundreds of years. The Romantic Danube journeys through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, so you can experience some of the most celebrated wines and sights in Europe’s heartland.

Over 3,700 acres of terraced vineyards rise from Austria’s illustrious Wachau Valley. Located between the towns of Melk and Krems, this cooler-climate wine region brings a wide variety of refreshing, peppery white-grape wines to fruition. Grüner Veltliner is considered to be the most important grape in Austria. Grown in loess soils by the river’s edge, these favored wines offer aromatic stone fruit flavors reminiscent of the terroir. Riesling, the second most popular grape, loves rocky inclines, so it is extensively sewn into the rich hillside. Fruity notes and floral scents surface from these unique whites.


CRUISE FROM : Vilshofen to Budapest
Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards, and medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries. Travel to legendary destinations on a 7-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest. Explore a 2,000 year-old city, savor Wachau Valley wines, and experience the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Vienna and Budapest.
COUNTRIES: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
RIVERS: Danube


On our cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
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Dates & Prices

EMBARK November 6
7-NIGHT CRUISEVilshofenBudapest
Save $750 Per Person
ImportantDates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Port Charges not included in cruise price$168 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise50% of twin price; A+, AA+ & Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.

Single Supplement for Land$480 per person.

BeddingPlease select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

Itinerary ChangePlease note that due to local closures, we will not visit Bratislava during cruises departing in November or December. Guests will instead spend this time in Vienna and the Wachau Valley.

Terms & Conditions:

All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare are not included in cruise price. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-40.

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