Exclusive Wine Cruise Flavors of Portugal & Spain Apr 7 - 14, 2020

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Hosted by Paul & Merrill Bonarrigo, Owners & Winemakers Messina Hof Winery, Bryan, Texas


Founders of Messina Hof, Paul & Merrill Bonarrigo, married and settled in Bryan, Texas and together would re-introduce the concept of winemaking in Texas. The Bonarrigo family began making wine in the 1800s in Sicily. Paul & Merrill planted their first vineyard in 1977 and named it Messina Hof, after their family origins of Messina, Sicily and Hof, Germany. The Bonarrigos became pioneers of the Texas wine industry having established Messina Hof as the 4th winery in the state. Today, their son, Paul Mitchell Bonarrrigo and his wife, Karen, continue the legacy of world-class wines and hospitality with the same founding principles of family, tradition and romance. Messina Hof remains a leader in the Texas wine industry, which now has over 350 registered wineries. The Messina Hof brand has also grown from producing only 1,300 gallons to now over 130,000 gallons per year with three locations in Texas: Bryan, Fredericksburg, and Grapevine.

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 Douro

Land near a river, and naturally protected by mountain ranges, inspired winemakers to plant vineyards along the Douro, but wild landscapes and nutrient-poor soil made this an extremely difficult task. The birthplace of port wine would simply not exist today if it hadn’t been for the centuries of determined winegrowers who laboriously carved rows of vines into the steep, dramatic terrain.

Their efforts proved worthwhile. Angled, rocky terrain just so happens to be ideal for the growth of grapes. Over the years, the magnitude of the Douro Valley wine region has grown remarkably and it is now divided into three parts. Our Enticing Douro itinerary cruises through all three sub-regions, giving you a taste of Northern Portugal’s famous ports and table wines.

Overview
CRUISE FROM : Porto to Vega Terrón
Set sail in Porto, the beautiful “City of Bridges” and gateway to the Douro River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with rambling vineyards and charming quintas, which cling to the steep sides of the river. Taste wines from these vineyards and discover the timeless traditions of Portuguese winemaking throughout your journey before visiting some of Spain’s glorious cities.
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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, 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

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with outside balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
  • Desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck and pool
  • Fitness room
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
AWARD-WINNING DINING
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sip & Sail Daily 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
  • Guided hikes
  • Local Flavors tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
Dates & Prices

EMBARK April 7
7-NIGHT CRUISEVega de TerrónPorto
PRICES ARE PER PERSON
ADD 3 NIGHTS MADRID PRE-CRUISE AND 3 NIGHTS LISBON POST-CRUISE
Category E
Panoramic Window
Douro Deck
161 sq. ft.
INCLUDED IN PRICE
LOCATED ON DECK:
Douro Deck
Category D
Panoramic Window
Douro Deck
161 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL £221 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Douro Deck
Category B
Balcony
Lisbon Deck
215 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL £1,110 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Lisbon Deck
Category A
Balcony
Porto Deck
215 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL £1,333 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Porto Deck
Suite
Balcony
Porto Deck
323 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL £2,518 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Porto Deck
Notes:
ImportantDates, fares & itineraries are subject to change.

Port Charges (included in cruise fare)£140 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise50% of per person double occupancy fare; Suites 100% of per person double occupancy fare. Please see terms below for details.

Single Supplement for Land£640 per person.

BeddingPlease select bedding configuration at the time of booking. Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

For "The AmaWaterways 2020 Brochure Launch Terms & Conditions", please go to https://www.amawaterways.co.uk/terms-conditions#collapse2
Terms & Conditions:

Fares are per person based on double occupancy of the lead Category, unless otherwise stated and include cruise, port charges, return flights from the UK and standard transfers (between airport and ship). Single cruise supplement applies for Solo guests. ‘Fly for Free’ promotion applies to European sailings between 15th March and 28th December 2020 only, with flights from UK Mainland, Belfast and Dublin (excluding Channels Islands and Isle of Man). Flight schedules and airlines are fully at the discretion of AmaWaterways and will be confirmed as soon as soon as airline schedules become available. Cancellations are subject to full loss of deposit (£270.00 per person) once flights have been confirmed. Fares and offers are subject to availability and may be changed or withdrawn at any time. Offers are valid on new bookings only made between 1st March 2019 and 30th June 2019. Terms & conditions apply. For full details visit www.amawaterways.co.uk or view our 2020 Europe & Asia Preview brochure.

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