Cruise the Rhine and Mosel Wine Regions

Experience a Wine Cruise along the Rhine and Mosel Rivers

AMA Rhine and Mosel Wine Cruises are designed with wine connoisseurs in mind. However, did you know the historic beauty of the Rhine River makes this trip a Germany Castle Cruise as well? Take the Rhine River Cruise for the castles and the Mosel River Cruise for the vineyards – AMA combines the two treats in one deluxe package.

Cruise and Visit the Wine Villages of Germany

Ships docked on the Moselle RiverExplore the world’s oldest wine Road, the German Wine Route. Tour around the wine villages in Germany looking for the biggest wine barrel in the world, large enough to house a restaurant. Try pronouncing “Gewurztraminer” while you enjoy this crisp, spicy wine in Germany’s oldest vineyard. Wine villages in Germany are surrounded by castles, palaces and Roman ruins. Keep your camera handy to snap shots of romantic corners in these picturesque villages.

Wine Cruise

The wine cruise meanders along the Rhine and Mosel Rivers, waterways famous for their scenic views. A Rhine River Cruise includes castles surrounded by emerald green landscape. The Mosel River Cruise offers a vineyard-rich countryside. Step off the luxurious vessel straight into the heart of an ancient village, host to local wineries. Towns that boast over 1,000 years of wine history beckon with the promise of medieval marketplaces and fountains surrounded by quaint town squares.

Wine Tasting

In addition to delightful excursions to museums housing self-playing musical instruments as old as 300 years, the wine cruise offers, well, many chances for wine and even beer tasting. Enjoy sampling wines at the Bergweiler Winery in Bernkastel. Kick your heels up at a medieval wine festival in Zell. Admire the historic Cologne Cathedral before enjoying tastings of the city’s famous beer, Kölsch, at the Früh Brewery. Explore narrow alleys lined with wine taverns and indulge in tastings hosted by local vintners.

Starting in legendary Paris, take an exciting high-speed TGV ride and embark on your river cruise. The Rhine offers a Germany Castle Cruise while the Mosel is nestled into twisting landscapes of vineyards and villages. The cruises feature gourmet dining, free-flowing wine, beer and soft drinks and musical performances. Enjoy informative lectures and cooking demonstrations or explore on one of many culinary excursions or daily tours.

AMA Cruises along the Rhine and Mosel rivers offer guests the experience of lavish travel and site-seeing opportunities that create lasting memories. Castles, medieval villages and vineyards hosting wine tastings are waiting.

For more information contact us at 888-869-7907  or  to learn more about our wine themed river cruises in Europe.

AMA Wine Cruises – The Rhine River Valley

The Rhine River Valley, also known as “the heartland of the Holy Roman Empire”, is an extremely beautiful region and has been a great attraction for wine lovers since long ago. For centuries the region, has inspired poets and great thinkers such as Lord Byron and Goethe who immortalized it in their works. The Rhine River Valley has also inspired several myths and legends. The origin of the beautiful Rhine lies in the Alps whereon it winds its way north through Switzerland, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. The Rhine River Valley is renowned for fairytale castles and has the distinction of having more castles than in any other river valley in the world.

Begin Your Journey Through The Rhine River Valley

Our Rhine River Valley Cruise is the perfect choice for you to explore the enchanting Rhine wine region while enjoying the comforts of a deluxe river cruise vessel! Your wine cruise starts in vivacious Amsterdam where you enjoy the city’s legendary canals. Cologne is your next destination where you will see one of Europe’s most spectacular cathedrals and sample the city’s famous Kölsch beer. Your cruise takes you further to Koblenz where you can take a walking tour of a 2,000 year-old wine town situated at the conflux of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers.

Your tryst with German wines continues as you further cruise through the Rhine River Valley to the captivating town of Rudesheim where you learn about Rhine wines at a Berg Rottland wine tasting. Then from Speyer, you can take an excursion to the historic university town of Heidelberg and continue to Alsace’s capital of Strasbourg, where you’ll learn about the region’s famous Alsatian wines. From Breisach, another excursion is offered along the Alsatian wine route which takes you to Colmar and the fascinating wine village of Riquewihr.

Basel is your final destination on the cruise, located on the borders of Switzerland, France and Germany.  From Basel, you transfer to Lucerne and then to Zurich where you’ll fall in love with Switzerland’s beautiful and mesmerizing scenery and Alpine view.

Departures on the Rhine River Cruise for 2013 are scheduled on November 15th and 22nd. Prices start from $2,399 per person.

Your Hosts In The Rhine River Valley

Your hosts for these special Rhine River Valley themed cruises are:

  • November 15th: Culture and Wine Legacy of the Rhine with Holly Howell, who is a columnist for the Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester, New York and a well-respected authority on the wines of the Finger Lakes region, particularly Rieslings. She also teaches food and wine classes and makes her own wine
  • November 22nd: Culture and Wine Legacy of the Rhine with Mark Johnson of Chateau Chantal Winery in Michigan. Trained at the Geisenheim Research Institute in Germany, Johnson has been the winemaker at Chateau Chantal since it opened in 1986.

These wine cruises through the Rhine River Valley are great for small wine groups or organizations. As these cruises do book up quickly, please call to book your cruise today!

AMA Douro Wine Themed River Cruises

Europe has an extensive wine region, very scenic and captivating. The travel enthusiasts have always felt the allure to visit this beautiful and exciting region. AMA Waterways is well aware of people’s fascination with the wine region and has made wine trips an essential part of its cruises ever since the company was founded in 2002.

AMA Waterways offers special wine cruises as “In Celebration of Wine” cruises” which have been quite popular for some time. The latest wine cruise series offered by AMA is more extensive than ever with new excursions like Portugal’s Douro river cruise and the Seine River in France. And, the cruises that have already been established will remain as before.

The Douro River is one of the most renowned wine rivers in Europe comparable with the Rhine, the Loire and the Mosel. The river begins in Spain where it is known as “Duero”, and the Ribera del Duero wine region stretches along its banks and for over 200 kilometers into Portugal where is exits out into the Atlantic Ocean from the city of Oporto. The most beautiful part of the Douro is the Portuguese stretch between Mesão Frio and Pinhão, where you have an awesome view of vineyards clinging to the steep terraces on either side of the river.

Wine lovers will have a great time aboard our luxurious Douro river cruise and can immerse themselves in the wine culture and traditions of one of Europe’s top grape-growing regions.   Cruise through one of the wildest and unexplored regions of Europe, filled with vineyards, dramatic gorges and steeply terraced hillsides. Visit the small town of Pinhão, a Mecca for wine lovers; then travel on to the beautiful region of Tras-os-Montes and the village of Bitetos with its 11th-century monastery.

On our deluxe wine cruise, you will also have insightful and entertaining lectures and discussions with renowned wine experts. You will have a wonderful time enjoying inspired wine and food pairings featuring unique regional dishes and carefully selected local wines. Sit back and savor your favorite vintage of the moment on your wine cruise as you gaze out at the picturesque wine villages of Portugal!