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Exclusive Wine Cruise Enticing Douro Jul 17 - 24, 2021

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Hosted by Bob Aldridge, Sommelier, CFO & COO, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Sonoma CA

Robert (Bob) Aldridge has been an integral part of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards in Sonoma since joining the business in 2002 when he was hired as the Chief Financial Officer. With an interest in all aspects of the wine industry, Bob became a Sommelier by passing the exam given by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Bob also enrolled in UC Davis and graduated from their two year Viticulture and Enology program. Today Bob is the Vice President of French American Vintners West and also oversees the financial management and operations of Sequoia Grove Winery in Napa, Domaine Carneros in Napa and Résonance Winery in Oregon. Bob finds endless inspiration taking in the view from the top of St. Francis’ Lagomarsino Estate Vineyard and tasting wines and comparing blends with the winemakers to craft distinctive wines that are reflective of the beauty and diversity of Sonoma County’s wine regions.

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 Enticing Douro (Wine Cruise)
CRUISE FROM : Porto to Porto
Rambling vineyards and charming native farms cling to the steep sides of the Douro River Valley, creating an incomparable backdrop to one of Europe’s most unspoiled regions and to Port country— the world’s oldest demarcated wine region. Visit colorful Lisbon, the city that launched countless explores; Porto, the beautiful “City of Bridges”; and Salamanca, the “Golden City.” Taste wines from historic wineries and soak up the genuine beauty of one of Europe’s most unadulterated landscapes.
COUNTRIES: Portugal, Spain
RIVERS: Douro

Enticing Douro (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, hikes and Limited Edition 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 Enticing Douro (Wine Cruise)

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with outside balconies)
  • 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 pool with pool
  • Fitness room
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
Dates & Prices Enticing Douro (Wine Cruise)

Notes:
ImportantDates, fares & itineraries are subject to change.

Port Charges (included in cruise fare)£151 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£320 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).

Terms & Conditions:

Fares include port charges* and are cruise-only per person based on double occupancy of an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Fares do not include flights or transfers. Any offers shown are valid on select sailings only and are combinable with all past guest programmes and guest service certificates, but not combinable with any other offers or promotions. Solo guests must pay an additional solo supplement before receiving any savings. On certain sailings Solo Supplement Waivers are available (non-combinable with savings) – please ask for more details. Fares and offers are subject to availability and may be changed or withdrawn at any time Offers are capacity controlled and subject to change or withdrawal without notice. Land programmes and gratuities are additional. Other restrictions may apply. Please see our brochure or website for full Terms & Conditions.

Ships Enticing Douro (Wine Cruise)
The AmaDouro, sister ship to the AmaVida, brings AmaWaterways’ distinctive standard of excellence to the Douro River in Portugal. This grand 102-passenger vessel features balconies in the majority of its spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 323 sq. ft.Learn more
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