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Bell Wine Cellars: Captivating Rhine April 2018

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Join Bell Wine Cellars for on an unforgettable AMAWaterways cruise! Starting off in vibrant Amsterdam, you’ll traipse south on the path of historic legends and sail the captivating Rhine River Valley, where nature and history have left a rich heritage along its shores. Bike and hike in Heidelberg and Rüdesheim, and then indulge in the some of the region’s delights, such as Rüdesheimer coffee and Kölsch beer. Explore the storybook charm of France in Riquewihr and Strasbourg, with their distinctive Alsatian culture.  You’ll disembark in Basel but have the option of continuing on to the heart of Switzerland; Lucerne, surrounded by the majestic Swiss Alps, and Zurich with world-famous architecture and quintessential medieval Old Town on the post cruise program. Reservations made with MmMmTravel ensure your participation in all Bell Wine Cellar events aboard.

Cruise Highlights

AMAWaterways Wine Cruise Highlights:

  • Only guests who make their reservations through MmMmTravel will experience a private Wine-Paired CHAINE des ROTISSEURS dinner in the 24-seat Chef’s Table with Anthony and Sandra Bell, owners of Bell Wine Cellars.
  • Enjoy a reception, tastings and discussions hosted by Anthony and Sandra Bell, owners of Bell Wine Cellars.
  • Special tours and tastings at local wineries and private cellars
  • Learn about winemaking in renowned vineyards
  • Onboard wine pairings with award-winning cuisine
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom, most with French balconies
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily
  • Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, Hollywood movies, music library and English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding
  • All meals included during your cruise
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Transfer from Basel to Lucerne (with optional post-cruise program)
  • 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Lucerne at the Radisson Blu including daily Buffet Breakfast (with optional post-cruise program)
  • 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Zürich Hotel Continental including daily Buffet Breakfast (with optional post-cruise program)
  • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
  • All local taxes

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

2018 Date Destination Activities
April 1 Amsterdam EMBARKATION
  Welcome Dinner
April 2 Amsterdam City tour & canal cruise
April 3 Cologne City tour & cathedral visit
April 4 Rhine Gorge Cruise past Rhine castles
Rüdesheim Wine tasting or Gondola Ride
Siegfried’s Music Museum
April 5 Speyer Heidelberg excursion
OR Speyer excursion
April 6 Strasbourg City tour
April 7 Breisach Riquewihr walking tour
OR Breisach & Freiburg excursion
April 8 Basel DISEMBARKATION
  City tour
Transfer to Lucerne
April 9 Lucerne Walking tour
OR optional tour to Swiss Mountain (seasonal)
April 10 Lucerne Lake cruise
Transfer to Zürich
April 11 Zurich City tour
Optional excursion to Rhine Falls
April 12 Zurich Return flight home

 

* Text in Bold = Rhine River Cruise. Text in Italics = optional post cruise extension in Lucerne & Zurich. Flights and transfers are only included if flight arrangements are purchased through AMA Waterways in conjunction with the cruise.

 

Pricing

Fares are per person based on double occupancy.  Bell Wine Cellars activities will take place during April 1 – 8, 2018. Only guests booking through MmMmTravel will all have access to all Bell Wine Cellars events.

Stateroom Category 7-night Cruise 11-night Cruise  
and Land
Category E: Piano Deck
Fixed Windows, 160 sq. ft.
$1,949 $3,629
Category D: Piano Deck
Fixed Windows, 160 sq. ft.
$2,248 $3,928
Category C: Violin & Cello Decks
French Balcony
, 170 sq. ft.
$2,848 $4,528
Category BB: Cello Deck
French & Outside Balcony
, 210 sq. ft.
$3,348 $5,028
Category BA: Violin Deck
French & Outside Balcony
, 210 sq. ft.
$3,548 $5,228
Category AB: Cello Deck
French & Outside Balcony
, 235 sq. ft.
$3,748 $5,428
Category AA: Violin Deck
French & Outside Balcony
, 235 sq. ft.
$3,948 $5,628
Category AA+: Violin Deck
French & Outside Balcony, 290 sq. ft.
$4,548 $6,228
Suite: Violin Deck
French & Outside Balcony, 300 sq. ft.
$5,248 $6,928

All rates are per person in USD, based on double occupancy. Port charges are an additional $168 per person. Land programs, roundtrip airfare, and gratuities to staff and guides are additional. AmaWaterways reserves the right to change the itinerary. Other restrictions apply.

 

Detailed Itinerary

mapApril 1, ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND – EMBARKATION: Arrive in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship. Meet your fellow travelers tonight at the Welcome Dinner. (D)

April 2, AMSTERDAM: After breakfast, your tour of Amsterdam begins with a scenic canal cruise through the city known as the “Venice of the North.” See the tall narrow homes lining the water, the Skinny Bridge, and the house where Anne Frank and her family lived in hiding during WWII. Later, enjoy a panoramic city tour that will show you many key sights, including a photo stop at the windmill famously painted by Rembrandt. You’ll have some free time to explore on your own before returning to the ship. The ship departs this afternoon, en route to Germany. (B,L,D)

April 3, COLOGNE, GERMANY – KOBLENZ: Enjoy a guided tour of Cologne this morning, which will take you to the Old Town, Cathedral Square, and the city’s majestic 13th-century Gothic cathedral. Afterwards, you’ll have free time to visit some of the local shops or have a coffee at a quaint café. Late tonight, the ship cruises to Koblenz and moors overnight. (B,L,D)

April 4, RÜDESHEIM: This morning, cruise through the picturesque Rhine Gorge, admiring its many castles and fortress ruins and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Arrive in the winemaking town of Rüdesheim where you will enjoy an afternoon wine tasting with a local vintner. Or, take a Gondola Ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue. Later you’ll have free time to explore the Drosselgasse, the town’s most famous and charming street, a narrow passage lined with shops and taverns. This evening, visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Instrument Museum, home to a remarkable collection of old robotic and self-playing musical instruments. The ship sails overnight. (B,L,D)

April 5, SPEYER – HEIDELBERG: Arrive around noon in Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for its cathedral, numerous churches and the 13th-century Altpörtel (“Old Gate”). Choose either a city tour of Speyer or a half-day excursion to historic Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask) and see beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below. This evening, the ship continues onward to Strasbourg, France. (B,L,D)

April 6, STRASBOURG, FRANCE: Capital city of the Alsace region in northeastern France, Strasbourg is situated on the Rhine at the German border. After arriving this morning, enjoy a panoramic city tour that will take you past the Orangery, the town’s oldest park, the European Parliament, and the Place de la Republique. Afterwards, take a walking tour of the lovely “La Petite France” neighborhood, where you will see the Gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)

April 7, BREISACH, GERMANY: You have two exciting excursions to choose from today. The first is a walking tour of Riquewihr, a picturesque town that looks much as it did back in the 16th century. A second option is a walking tour of Breisach and Freiburg. Breisach is a beautiful town that houses one of Europe’s largest wine cellars. In Freiburg, you will visit the historical city center and the Augustinerplatz, site of Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. Tonight, the ship cruises to Switzerland. (B,L,D)

April 8, BASEL, SWITZERLAND – DISEMBARKATION / Post Cruise Day 1, LUCERNE: Disembark after breakfast for a city tour of cosmopolitan Basel. Long an important center for banking, commerce and trade, Basel’s glorious past is still evident in its medieval Town Hall and exquisite 18th-century homes. After free time for lunch on your own, depart for Lucerne. You will visit the Lion Monument en route, a dramatic sculpture that honors the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution. Arrive in Lucerne mid-afternoon and check into your hotel. (B)

April 9, Post Cruise Day 2, LUCERNE: After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of this medieval gem. You will see some of the city’s lovely cobblestone streets, monuments, fountains, public squares, covered bridges and colorful frescoed buildings. The afternoon offers free time to shop for Swiss-made watches, knives and delicious chocolates. Or, if you prefer, join the optional tour and cable car ride to the top of a Swiss mountain with incredible views of the surrounding area (seasonal availability). (B)

April 10, Post Cruise Day 2, LUCERNE – ZURICH: Enjoy a free morning in Lucerne before checking out of your hotel. Enjoy a leisurely cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne to Vitznau, where you will board a motorcoach for a scenic drive to Zurich. Check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. (B)

April 11, Post Cruise Day 3, ZURICH: Your morning walking tour of picturesque Zurich will include Grossmünster Abbey, St.Peter (with the world’s largest church clock face), Old Town, Town Hall and Fraumünster, which was fully renovated in 2004 and now offers an exceptional 360° panoramic view of Zurich. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore the town on your own, or you may take an optional excursion to see the Rhine Falls. (B)

April 12, Post Cruise Day 4, DEPART ZURICH: After breakfast, bid farewell to Switzerland & prepare for your flight home. (B)

 

 

AMASonata Deck Plan

About AMASonata: The AmaSonata is a sister ship to the AmaCerto and features the most advanced design of any river cruise vessel currently in operation with only 164 guests aboard. Our exclusive Twin Balconies are available in most staterooms, which measure a spacious 210-235 sq. feet, with four suites measuring 300 sq. feet. Passengers will enjoy gourmet dining with free-flowing fine wines at multiple onboard dining venues; a heated sun deck swimming pool with a ‘swim-up’ bar; fitness center and spa; complimentary ship-wide Wi-Fi and in-room Internet and entertainment on demand; and a fleet of bicycles carried onboard for passengers to enjoy on their own or on guided bike tours.

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Bell Wine Cellars

Bell Wine Cellars Hills PhotoAbout Bell Wine Cellars

Established in 1991 by Anthony Bell, former Winemaker and General Manager of Beaulieu Vineyard, and a former Napa grape grower, Bell Wine Cellars is located in Yountville, the historic heart of Napa Valley grape growing. In June 2002 – Ron Berberian, former California wine wholesaler, and the Alex Spanos Family, owners of A. G. Spanos Company, a Stockton-based company that builds, markets and manages multi-housing units, and owners of the San Diego Chargers, acquired the real estate interests and joined Anthony as partners in the winery.

Through their frequent discussions about grape growing practices and wine quality, the partners reinforced their firm belief that great wines are not only a product of the vineyard – the terroir – but that balance and fruit are the hallmarks of a fine wine. The partners are committed to developing a world-class, limited production, Napa Valley brand, offering consumers wines of extraordinary value.

Situated off the beaten path, just south of Yountville, the exquisite pale stone winery, shrouded by oaks and bordered to the south by Hopper Slough, is surrounded by vineyard and cloaked in quiet. Guests enjoy walking the vineyard, or sitting in the winery between towering steel tanks, tasting selections from our extensive Cabernet portfolio as well as our limited production wines found only at the winery.

Our shaded patio looks west over the vineyard to the Mayacamas range across the valley.  One can watch the hills as they subtly change their shades of blue while the sun arcs overhead, culminating in an intense violet blue as the sun slips behind Mount St. John, flooding everything in golden light.  An Italian hearth-stone oven with adjacent grill, stands at the end of the patio, allowing the winery to cater to special guests.

We are open daily for retail sales, and our tasting room is open daily by appointment, from 10:00 to 4:00.  Arrangements can be made for varietal blending classes or Cabernet clonal seminars.  Join us for daily Grape to Glass tours, which include a cheese and wine pairing and barrel tasting. Special arrangements may also be made to accommodate special requests for wholesale or trade visits. Telephone 707-944-1673 or email info@bellwine.com to schedule an appointment, taste our extraordinary wines and enjoy the beauty…

Winery Statistics:

Production Capacity: 60,000 gallons (25,000 cases)
Stainless Steel Cooperage: 32,000 gallons
Barrels: 1,000 French and American oak barrels

Proprietors: Anthony Bell, Ron Berberian, and Alex Spanos Family
Administration, Winemaking & Sales: Anthony Bell
Cellarmaster: Rafael Garcia
Manager, Marketing, Sales & Hospitality: Sandra Hewitt-Bell
Director of Retail Sales: Maggie Bernat
Manager, Operations: Sharon Telle
Manager, Wine Club & Direct to Consumer Sales:Ron Edmunds Jr.

Wines Produced:
Clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford
Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Syrah, Canterbury Vyd., Block 6, Sierra Foothills
Syrah, Canterbury Vineyard, Sierra Foothills
Merlot, Yountville, Napa Valley (Estate)
Chardonnay, Yountville, Napa Valley (Estate)
Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County
*Plus single-vineyard proprietary wines based on Cabernet sauvignon

 78.5 Acres Owned/Under Contract
Cabernet Sauvignon 60.0 Acres
Merlot  3.0 Acres (own)
Malbec  0.5 Acres
Cabernet franc 0.5 Acres
Petit Verdot 0.5 Acres
Syrah 6.0 Acres
Chardonnay 2.0 Acres (own)
Sauvignon Blanc 6.0 Acres

 

Anthony Bell

Anthony Bell, PhotoAnthony Bell, Proprietor & Winemaker

Anthony Bell believes in terroir, the French term encompassing all the factors that differentiate one vineyard from another: climate, soil and clonal selection. “Wine is grown in the vineyard,” explains Bell. “We are merely stewards of nature while the wine is in our cellar.”

Perhaps this belief comes from a life lived with wine, from his birth into a South African wine family and through his youth at play among the vineyards.  Teenage work experience in Spain, France and South Africa developed an appreciation of the elegant, sophisticated   European wine style.  After completing his undergraduate viticultural degree at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and his Masters degree in enology at U.C. Davis, Anthony began a 15-year career at Beaulieu Vineyard, California’s royal house of Cabernet Sauvignon.

During his innovative tenure as director of winemaking and later as general manager, he pioneered educational grower-vineyard programs, wrote the definition of the Carneros appellation, and raised the bar on BV’s grape quality by conducting the now famous, groundbreaking research into the differences and impact of clonal variations on Cabernet Sauvignon.

In 1980, Anthony planted 14 different clone selections of Cabernet Sauvignon on BV’s block #4. With the help of Austin Goheen, professor at Davis and retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one clone was from a former UC experimental agricultural field station in Jackson, California that was closed in 1903.  Using an old parcel map from the Davis library archives, Goheen tracked down the abandoned field station, where he found the vines, overgrown and wild.  He brought back several vine cuttings from the Jackson station, including one believed to have been originally imported from Bordeaux to Santa Clara by either the Masson or Wente families in the early 1880’s. After repeated blind tastings a clear consensus developed among the panel at BV that the Jackson Clone, or Clone 6 as it was also called, exhibited lushly textured fruit, finesse, and exceptional concentration.  One hundred years after it arrived in California, this old world clone was to become the pedestal upon which Anthony created his dream.

A Rutherford grape grower for BV replanting his phylloxera stricken vineyard was convinced of the clone’s greatness, and planted 10 acres in 1984.  Anthony crushed his first vintage of Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone Six in 1991, thought to be the first single vineyard, single clone Cabernet produced and labeled in Napa. In 1994, Anthony left his positions of Director of winemaking, VP and GM of Beaulieu Vineyard to pursue fulltime his passion for Cabernet Sauvignon at Bell Wine Cellars, with a mission of producing small quantities of hand crafted, vineyard expressive wines.

In addition to their unique Clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bell Wine Cellars produces Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from select Napa Valley vineyards. We also produce limited quantities of Syrah from the Canterbury Vineyard in the Sierra Foothills, and both Chardonnay and Merlot from the estate vineyard surrounding the winery in Yountville. Each vineyard has been specifically chosen for its unique terroir, true expressions of the land and varietal.

Check out Anthony Bell’s Hollywood debut in “Decanted”, released at the Napa Valley Film Festival in 2016!

 

 

 

About AMAWaterways

About AMAWaterways

When you travel with AmaWaterways, you do more than simply visit a destination – you experience it in a truly authentic and in-depth way. It begins with a champagne welcome as you step aboard and meet our courteous crew and your fellow passengers, many of whom you will consider friends by the end of your journey. You will also meet a personable and knowledgeable Cruise Manager who will be with you every step of the way, even on your optional pre-cruise or post-cruise land program. It is this attention to detail that distinguishes AmaWaterways from all the rest and keeps our satisfied guests coming back again and again.

We thoughtfully plan our itineraries to maximize your enjoyment of the scenery, history and atmosphere of your chosen destination. Marvel at the ever-changing views through the panoramic windows in your ship’s Main Lounge or from our expansive outdoor decks. Visit famous landmarks and explore “hidden gems.” Taste bold new flavors and delicious regional specialties, with menus designed by our revered team of classically-trained chefs. And every evening, there is onboard entertainment provided by local musicians and performers for you to enjoy.

Rest assured you will have ample time for socializing and relaxation, too. Our ships feature comfortable lounges, lively bar areas, swimming pools or whirlpools, salons and fitness rooms. At the end of the day, you will be pampered with turn-down service, plush linens, and peace and quiet for a good night’s sleep. Tomorrow, there is more to see and experience.

A Hotel That Travels with You: Rivers were once Europe’s “highways” across the continent, serving as life-sustaining links between the continent’s grandest capitals. Nowadays, your river cruise ship is a “floating hotel” that can often dock right in the heart of these historic cities, steps away from top cultural attractions and historic sites. Beautiful river views and superb locations…and you only have to unpack once! Daily shore excursions with expert guides will show you the “must see” sights of your destination, visiting famous landmarks as well as hidden gems.

An Intimate Onboard Setting: Every vessel in our luxurious European fleet has a capacity limited to no more than 164 passengers, allowing for truly personalized service in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

State-of-the-art Public Spaces: AmaWaterways’ custom-designed ships offer comfortable lounges with panoramic windows, inviting dining rooms, cozy libraries stocked with books and games, and a choice of enticing dining venues.

Onboard Entertainment: Whether it’s traditional Bavarian music, a “Sound of Music” sing-along, a classical quartet, or contemporary piano favorites, you will enjoy an eclectic schedule of onboard entertainment every night.

With Our Compliments: AmaWaterways offers a generous selection of complimentary amenities on all European voyages, including in-room Internet access, Wi-Fi and Infotainment (with movies, music and satellite TV). All of your onboard meals are included, along with unlimited fine wine, beer and sodas with lunch and dinner. AmaWaterways also provides complimentary bottled water, specialty coffees and teas throughout your cruise. In addition, your cruise price includes enriching shore excursions with expert guides in every port and bicycles for exploring on your own or on a guided bike tour.

Health & Beauty: Pamper your body and rejuvenate your spirit any time during your river cruise. Our Massage, Beauty and Hair Salon offers a variety of treatments. Your ship also has a Fitness Studio, Sun Deck walking track, sauna (select ships), and a heated whirlpool or swimming pool with swim-up bar.

 
 

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