AmaWaterways has unveiled its newest French itinerary “Flavors of Burgundy,” debuting in 2024, taking guests on along the Saône River to visit a collection of vineyards in France. This announcement comes along with the unveiling of wine hosts on AmaWaterways’ 2023/24 series of “Celebration of Wine River Cruises.” Guests can choose from over 60 hosted departures each year to explore the flavors of Europe through a range of culinary and wine experiences.
The “Flavors of Burgundy” itinerary takes travelers on a river cruise between Dijon and Lyon, highlighting the distinctive French flavors throughout the Burgundy region.
Each “Celebration of Wine River Cruise” offers enhanced epicurean experiences and is hosted by a qualified wine expert from North America or Europe. AmaWaterways’ lineup of wine hosts represents a selection of wine experts, including vineyard owners, winemakers, sommeliers and wine educators. The hosts bring hand-selected wines onboard to serve during a special meal, tastings or seminars, all included in the price of the cruise. Some wines come from the expert’s own winery, while other selections may be sourced from wineries located along the river cruise itinerary.
In 2023, AmaWaterways offers more than 60 “Celebration of Wine River Cruises.” Highlights include:
- “Taste of Bordeaux” – Epicurean travelers will sail to France’s wine capital, Bordeaux, and explore iconic chateaux, vineyards and indulge in wine tastings in the towns of Libourne, Blaye, Bourg, Pauillac and Cadillac. Travelers can extend their stay with a pre-cruise land package of two nights in Bilbao and two nights in San Sebastian, and a post-cruise land package that includes two nights in the Loire Valley and one night in Paris. Guests can choose from eight “Bordeaux Celebration of Wine River Cruises” in June, July, August, October and November of 2023, including the November 9 cruise with wine host Mark Newman, CEO of Accolade Brands Inc. and SteakHouse Vineyards, CA.
- “Magna on the Danube” – Travelers can let wine and music carry them along the Danube onboard the AmaMagna between Budapest and Vilshofen. The adventure through Austria, Germany and Hungary takes guests through capital cities to indulge in the flavors of the regions, such as the apricot-scented wines of Austria’s Wachau Valley, besides an exclusive wine festival in Spitz. Guests can extend their journey with pre- or post-cruise land packages in Budapest and Prague. They can choose between two “AmaMagna Celebration of Wine River Cruises” in October and November of 2023, including the November 12 cruise with wine host Guy Davis, winemaker and owner of Davis Family Vineyards, Healdsburg, CA.
- “Captivating Rhine” – During this wine-themed journey along the Rhine River, travelers will discover the flavor of this region through wine tastings and a vineyard hike in Rüdesheim, known for its Riesling wine. Guests can also extend their journey with a two-night pre-cruise land package in Amsterdam or a post-cruise land package with two nights in Lake Lucerne and two nights in Zurich. They can choose from three “Captivating Rhine Celebration of Wine River Cruises” in August and November 2023, including the November 9 cruise with wine host Anna-Maria dos Remedios, winemaker and owner of Idle Hour Winery, Oakhurst, CA.