Exclusive Wine Cruise Europe’s Rivers & Castles Aug 1 - 8, 2019

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Hosted by Matthieu Finot, Winemaker, King Family Vineyards, Crozet, VA


Matthieu was born in Crozes Hermitage in the Rhone Valley of France. Coming from a family of viticulturists and wine lovers, Matthieu was predisposed to continue his family’s pursuit of making and enjoying wine. He first studied viticulture and oenology at Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy. After graduating in 1995, Matthieu worked in many different wine regions around France including Rhone Valley, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Provence, and Jura. He then worked in Italy and South Africa to gain experience around the world before settling in Virginia. Since arriving in 2003, Matthieu has worked with wineries throughout the state. He enjoys working in the Monticello Appellation most because he likes the excitement of the region’s growth and being close to Charlottesville.

Q&A With Matthieu Finot

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

From a “vigneron” family in northern Rhone, I have been a winemaker for more than 20 years, through my career i have worked in some of the most famous wine region, Burgundy, Rhone, Provence, Bordeaux, Jura, Italy and South Africa before settling in Virginia. Since 2007, with my brother, we’ve created the Domaine Finot a winery in Isere and Northern Rhone.

2. Tell us something special about yourself that would make someone unfamiliar with you want to travel with you on this river cruise?

I do have a French accent…. it helps to talk about wine!

3. What was your “Aha Moment” when you fell in love with wine?

I probably was too young to remember when I fell in love with wine as wine was always a part of my life because of my family.

4. What is one thing you are most looking forward to on your river cruise?

Sharing my love and passion for wine

5. What is something fun/unique you wish to share—perhaps something nobody knows until now?

I was born in the middle of harvest time and when my father came back from the hospital to announce my birth to the family everyone was around the press, pressing some wine…. I don’t know if I should see a sign in that!

6. What is one of the most interesting places you have traveled to and why?

I just love traveling and there are so many places that I would like to go, but I did find South Africa fascinating - the history, the diversity of culture and the landscape are quite unique.

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

La Tache, a grand cru from Burgundy, one of the best Burgundy wines that I drank when I was in wine-making school, this is the wine that also made me fall in love with Burgundy.

Expertly Curated WINE EXPERIENCES

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 – Alsace and Moselle

Historic villages, medieval mansions, and towering hillsides wrapped in vineyards are just a few of the amazing things that overlook the river’s edge from Nuremberg to Luxembourg. Our Europe’s Rivers & Castles itinerary takes you through the Mosel, Rhine and Main rivers to discover some of Europe’s most fascinating scenery while dabbling in the remarkable wines grown in Germany.

For over one thousand years, a wide variety of tantalizing wines have been surfacing from the special soils of the Franconia region, alongside the Main River in Eastern Germany. These grapevines benefit from a continental climate with a Mediterranean influence, which is ideal for growing grapes. Both dry, fruity white wines and rare, decadent reds are made with superb quality here.

Overview Europe's Rivers & Castles (Wine Cruise)
CRUISE FROM : Nuremberg to Luxembourg
From the meandering Main to the UNESCO-designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley with its multitude of castles dotting its shores to the vineyard-clad hills of the Moselle, enjoy Europe at its most picturesque. Let the storybook villages of Wertheim, Bernkastel and Cochem captivate you. Marvel at the world's largest ceiling fresco in the Würzburg Residence and then enjoy an historic wine tasting beneath the Residenz at one of the world’s most beautiful wine cellars where you’ll taste the wine of Franconia. Celebrate with the local citizens of Zell, including Zell’s Wine Queen and Mayor, at an exclusive AmaWaterways Zell Wine Festival event—which includes live music, wine tasting and dancing. Fall under Heidelberg’s spell, perfectly nestled in Germany’s Neckar River Valley, and savor the many flavors of Germany with a chance to sample the world-famous wines of the Rheingau, the hearty smoked beer of Bamberg and Rüdesheim’s famed coffee. All along the way, gain an intimate understanding of the history, culture and culinary delights of the places you visit.
COUNTRIES: Germany, Luxembourg
RIVERS: Danube, Main, Moselle, Rhine

Europe's Rivers & Castles (Wine Cruise) At A Glance

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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Included Features Europe's Rivers & Castles (Wine Cruise)

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with French balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
  • Desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
  • Wellness Activities 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 whirlpool and walking track
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
AWARD-WINNING DINING
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala 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
  • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • 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
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
Dates & Prices Europe's Rivers & Castles (Wine Cruise)
EMBARK August 1
7-NIGHT CRUISENurembergLuxembourg
Save $1000 Per Stateroom
PRICES ARE PER PERSON
ADD 3 NIGHTS PRAGUE PRE-CRUISE AND 3 NIGHTS PARIS POST-CRUISE
Category E
Fixed Windows
Piano Deck
170 sq. ft.
INCLUDED IN PRICE
LOCATED ON DECK:
Piano Deck
Category D
Fixed Windows
Piano Deck
170 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $299 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Piano Deck
Category C
French Balcony
Violin & Cello Deck
170 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $899 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Violin & Cello Deck
Category B
French Balcony
Violin & Cello Deck
170 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $1,099 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Violin & Cello Deck
Category A
French Balcony
Violin Deck
170 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $1,199 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Violin Deck
Category A+
French Balcony
Violin Deck
225 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $2,199 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Violin Deck
Suite
French Balcony
Violin Deck
255 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $2,399 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Violin Deck
Notes:
ImportantDates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Port Charges not included in cruise price$182 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise50% of twin price & Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.

Single Supplement for LandA single supplement charge will be applied to pre- and post-cruise hotel extensions. Please call for pricing details.

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).

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.

Ships Europe's Rivers & Castles (Wine Cruise)
The custom-designed AmaDante was introduced in 2008 and features spacious staterooms, most with French Balconies, Internet/WiFi access, walking track along our Sun Deck and guided bicycle tours at stops along the river.Learn more
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