A wine cruise through Europe is perfect for a seasoned wine connoisseur or if you like to sip here and there enjoying a little bit of every blend. Wince cruises are a specialty cruise and right now we are only working with Ama Waterways on their full itineraries.
Why are we partnering with Ama Waterways?
Ama Waterways has the highest rated ships in Europe. We know that our clients will not be disappointed in their room, the food and beverage on board the ship or the sun deck pool complete with a swim-up bar. There is some entertainment each evening ranging from a local quartet to traditional Bavarian music. Their approach to wellness travel includes walking tours, morning jogs, guided bike and hiking tours, a fitness room, and healthy food choices.
Speaking of food…menu selections change daily, the executive chef uses the freshest ingredients crafting locally-inspired menus, and you will enjoy unlimited regional wines and beer. Onboard you will be joined by an expert wine host from a renowned North American winery, along with wine instructors and sommeliers.
How long is a wine cruise?
The length of the wine cruises vary between 7-14 days. You can choose to travel from Paris to Bordeaux, from Paris to Barcelona, start in Lisbon, Portugal and cruise the Douro River Valley, from Prague to Budapest, and more. On many of the wine cruises you have the opportunity to stay in a hotel for a couple nights before heading out on the cruise, and possibly another hotel stay at the end. Wine cruises can be a no-rush experience.
What is a day like on a wine cruise?
Here is a day experience from the Taste of Bordeaux wine cruise:
Take in the riverside scenery this morning as we make our way from Pauillac to Blaye. North of Bordeaux, this small town is best known for its red wine and historic military significance. You’ll have your choice of two activities. The first is an excursion to the city’s 17th century citadel – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – that was built by famous military engineer Vauban. From the top of this famous fortress, you can admire fantastic views of the impressive Gironde estuary. The second is a bike tour on which you will wind your way through vineyards, see amazing châteaux and cross Santiago’s path, a famous pilgrimage route from the middle ages. Return to the ship for a delicious lunch and prepare for an afternoon in Bourg, to which you can cruise or bike. The bike tour will take you along the “Captain’s Road,” a scenic coastal path that leads to Bourg sur Gironde. Ideally situated at the confluence of the Dordogne and Garonne, this historic village still lives inside medieval walls. Built during Roman times and later fortified by the English, it is filled with rich architectural tradition. Afterwards, enjoy an exclusive festival of music and wine from the appellation of Cotes du Bourg. The ship will remain here overnight.
Here is a day experience from the Provence and Spain wine cruise:
This morning’s tour will take you through the enchanting Beaujolais wine region, also known as the Pays d’Or or “land of the golden stones,” named for the richly colored limestone used to build local homes and castles. You will visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt as well as the home of a local vintner who will invite you for a wine tasting and vineyard tour as he shares the history of the region’s wine production. Return to the ship in the afternoon and enjoy a wine lecture and tasting on-board as you continue cruising towards Vienne. Upon arrival, make the most of your free time and venture about on your own or simply unwind on board.
How do you reserve your spot aboard a wine cruise with Ama Waterways?
There are benefits to booking early for 2017 and 2018. When you book by 7/31/17 you will receive up to $750 off per person. Wine cruises are a luxury experience that not everyone has the pleasure of experiencing. Contact Elite Escapes to assist you with your flight reservations, pre and post hotel stay, and any other special experiences.