Exclusive Wine Cruise Paris & Normandy Oct 31 - Nov 7, 2019

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Hosted by Friends and Colleagues of the Late Christopher Silva, Former President & CEO, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Santa Rosa, CA

In loving memory of Christopher Silva, Former President and CEO of St. Francis Winery

1964-2017

Join St. Francis Winery & Vineyards and J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines for a special Wine Cruise celebrating the life of Christopher Silva, one of AmaWaterway’s dearest friends and treasured Wine Hosts.

If you had the honor of taking a Wine Cruise hosted by Christopher Silva, then you experienced passion at its finest. The late President and CEO of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards was an ambitious and beloved vintner, described by all who knew him as “larger than life”. When Christopher passed over a year ago, he left priceless memories in the hearts of our AmaWaterways family. Although his wit, charm and unforgettable wine-themed sailings cannot be replaced, Christopher’s spirit lives on through his many friends and colleagues, both at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards and throughout the California wine industry.

Rick Bonitati of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards along with Lawrence Lohr, fellow wine educator of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, will be on hand as your co-hosts to share stories and knowledge of the wines and the Sonoma County wine region Christopher loved so well, while guiding you through some of the exclusive wine regions of France.

As a lasting tribute, a donation to the Christopher Silva endowment at the Santa Rosa Junior College will be made by AmaWaterways and the Karst Family for each guest in this select group.

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating and toasting a life well lived. Cheers to our friend Christopher!

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Hosted by Rick Bonitati, President & CEO of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Rick Bonitati joined the St. Francis team as President and CEO in early 2018. With over 30 years of experience in the fine wine business and a focus primarily on Sonoma County wines, Rick’s passion for premium Sonoma County wines is a perfect addition to St. Francis Winery and Vineyards. Rick believes it is imperative to “work hard and have fun doing it.” His knowledge and experience in winemaking, viticulture, and winery management, along with his collaborative approach to the pursuit of consistent development is perfectly aligned with the driving force behind St. Francis’ dedication to excellence.

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Hosted by Lawrence Lohr, Co-Owner of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, and other Special Guests

Lawrence Lohr works day-to-day with his father Jerry in all aspects of the company’s estate vineyards in Paso Robles, Monterey County and St. Helena while also helping to provide strategic direction as a member of the winery’s executive team. Drawing upon J. Lohr’s extensive history in its chosen appellations and a deep appreciation for family and place, Lawrence holds strong relationships with industry partners, regional trade associations, and subject-matter experts and works regionally and nationally in support of the winery’s sales and marketing programs. Lawrence serves on the board of directors for Wine Institute and the Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association.

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 – The Seine River

The curvy nature of the Seine River can be disorienting when you’re in Paris. Not to worry, just remember to face downstream, so you can tell the Left Bank from the Right. Our Paris & Normandy cruise itinerary is about as romantic as it gets, beginning with views of the art-inspiring “City of Light” that morphs into lush countryside and the historic Normandy Beaches. France’s second largest waterway allows us to sample some of the country’s most renowned champagne, ciders and Calvados.

The wine variety that instantly characterizes northern France comes from the Champagne region, about 90 miles east of Paris. These sparkling varieties produce a sweet effervescence and unparalleled quality that merit exclusive classification as the one-and-only wine known as Champagne. Another specialty drink found closer to the English Channel is Calvados, which comes from Normandy’s fruit-filled orchards. Made from over 170 apple (and pear) varieties, this rustic spirit is distilled twice and barrel-aged for at least two years before bottling. The result is a liqueur bursting with mainly complex flavors.

Overview Paris & Normandy (Wine Cruise)
CRUISE FROM : Paris to Paris
Paris always sparkles while Normandy beckons with its stunning coastline, incredible food and artistic beauty. The Normandy Beaches, charming Les Andelys, medieval Rouen and the harbor town of Honfleur, which were lovingly depicted by the Impressionists, forever inspire. Visit the Fécamp Monastery along Normandy's dramatic Alabaster Coast, where you'll be treated to its Benedictine elixir. Travel Normandy's Cider Route to sample some of their famous cider and Calvados; and taste the famed bubbly beverage, Champagne, as you listen to the story about a monk named Dom Pérignon. Relive the grandeur of royalty at Château de Bizy, once referred to as the "Versailles of Normandy," on an escorted tour of the salons and sample some delicious Norman cheeses and apple cider at special tasting stations throughout the estate. Soak up the art, architecture and timeless landscapes as you experience the best of the Normandy region.
COUNTRIES: France
RIVERS: Seine

Paris & Normandy (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 Paris & Normandy (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 Paris & Normandy (Wine Cruise)

EMBARK October 31
7-NIGHT CRUISEParisParis
PRICES ARE PER PERSON
ADD 2 NIGHTS PARIS PRE-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; A+ and Suite 100% of twin price. Single supplement waived on D and E categories. Please check at time of booking as offer is capacity controlled.

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. Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

**Note: Monet’s home and other attractions in Giverny are closed in March and November. Guests may participate in alternative excursions or visit another city on these cruises.

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 Paris & Normandy (Wine Cruise)
The AmaLyra offers spacious 170-255 sq. ft. staterooms, most with French balconies, complimentary high-speed internet and WiFi, a walking track along our Sun deck, and guided bicycle tours at stops along the river.Learn more
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