Wine-themed river cruise – Arles to Tournon

ABOARD THE AmaDAGIO – Today the program is completely dedicated to wine. It’s not as though we have been lacking in opportunities to enjoy the nectar of the gods, but if anyone on board could forget that this cruise was “A Celebration of Wine,” this day will straighten them out. Upon arriving mid-morning in the small town of Tournon, our tour immediately disembarked for a Wine & Chocolate Tasting, walking through narrow cobbled lanes to the Chateau. Our …

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Wine-themed river cruise – Avignon to Arles

ABOARD THE AmaDAGIO – Around breakfast-time we finally arrived at the spot where we thought we would begin this cruise. A place of fond memories from an earlier visit, we were anxious to return to Arles, and we were not let down. We joined a coach tour to an olive oil producer and to the medieval village of Les Baux, called the most beautiful village in France. Our guide explained that bau is the Provencal word for rocky …

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Wine-themed river cruise – Viviers to Avignon

ABOARD THE AmaDAGIO – Again we departed in the wee hours—in time to arrive in Avignon around breakfast-time, and to commence our shore excursions. One of the things that attracted us to this cruise, in addition to the wine theme and the itinerary, was that all shore excursions were included in the price. A decision we often faced—which excursion? In Avignon, in lieu of a walking tour of the city and the Pope’s Palace, we opted for a …

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Wine-themed river cruise – Lyon to Viviers

ABOARD THE AmaDAGIO – We departed Lyon around midnight and with the assistance of a fast current, arrived in Le Pouzin around noon. This was the port of debarkation for our first excursion and it was memorable. While cruising in the morning, Cruise Manager Kriss provided a general destination briefing for all interested passengers, followed by our first wine lecture from Steve Ledson, our wine host. Steve’s 10:00 A.M. talk included the opportunity to taste two white wines …

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SeaDream Yacht Club announces new wine education voyages

SeaDream Yacht Club announces four niche Wine Voyages, including a special Wine Education Voyage, taking place from September 20 through November 8, 2014. These experiences add to the two mega-yachts’ innovative culinary and beverage program, which features the first and only full raw cuisine menu onboard as well as showcasing local delicacies from ports of call. SeaDream most recently introduced a new Scandinavian menu for summer 2014 Northern Europe voyages that features reindeer, moose and fish caught …

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The American Empress to kick off wine program with Oregon’s Willamette Valley Vineyards

In celebration of the American Empress inaugural season and her itineraries through the heart of Oregon and Washington wine country, the American Queen Steamboat Company announces an innovative wine program featuring over 40 vineyards from across the region. Special tastings, visits to wineries and onboard winemaker lectures are among the program highlights.  To kick off the christening voyage and VIP celebration on April 5, Willamette Valley Vineyards has been selected as the first featured vineyard. “We are …

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Windstar Cruises partners with SAVEUR to offer premier culinary and wine cruise

Windstar Cruises, a leader in yacht-style cruising, partners with SAVEUR, a leading epicurean brand for culinary travel content, to offer food and wine enthusiasts its first culinary focused voyage exploring the local wine, culture, and regional cuisine of Spain. This eight-day Culinary & Wine Delights of Spain sailing will take place onboard Wind Surf departing from Lisbon, Spain on April 19, 2014, visiting Cádiz, Málaga, Almería, Cartagena, Valencia, Sóller and culminating in Barcelona. Guests who book by August …

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“Old World” and “New World” Wine Cruises With AmaWaterways

Fall is a gorgeous time of year in Europe, and a wonderful time to cruise there; I especially love visiting the “Old World” vineyards on the Rhine during the autumn.  AmaWaterways agrees: they have put together a wonderful set of “In Celebration of Wine Cruises” itineraries… they include the October 14 and November 13, 2011 “Vineyards of the Rhine and Mosel”; the November 6, 2011 “Europe’s Rivers and Castles” cruise; the November 12, 2011 “Enchanting Rhine” itinerary …

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A Vintage Experience in Store for AmaWaterways “In Celebration of Wine” Cruises

Fall is the perfect time to celebrate Europe’s renowned wine regions, which is why AmaWaterways has created its exclusive “In Celebration of Wine” cruises.  Taking place this October and November, the spectacular wine cruise series will showcase wines of both the “Old World” and the “New World.”  Depending on the itinerary, guests will sample wines from renowned California wineries, including Trinchero Napa Valley, Farrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery in Sonoma, Rodney Strong Vineyards and St. Francis Winery and …

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