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Miner Family Winery and the girl & the fig, Nov. 2017

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This itinerary is truly captivating. Embark your intimate River Cruise in Lyon, France’s gastronomical capital. From there cruise through Provence and France’s legendary wine growing regions, home to such famous vintages as Côte du Rhône, and Chateauneuf du Pape. Enjoy wine tastings at local vintners, marvel at ancient Roman ruins, stroll through medieval villages and shop for Provencal crafts. Your itinerary includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avignon as well as Arles, the city where Vincent Van Gogh spent much of his life. You’ll have the option to begin with three nights in Paris, then travel in style aboard the high-speed TGV train to Lyon. Conclude your journey with an optional three nights stay in magnificent Barcelona or opt for a 2 night stay in Marseille, one of France’s most vibrant cities. Guests wishing to participate in all Miner Family Winery and the girl & the fig events onboard with Dave Miner and Sondra Bernstein must make their reservation through MmMmTravel. View Sondra Bernstein’s invitation video and Dave Miner’s invitation video for brief overviews of this exciting culinary & wine cruise.

Cruise Highlights

AMAWaterways Wine Cruise Highlights:

  • Only guests who make their reservations through MmMmTravel will experience a private Miner Family Winery and the girl & the fig Wine-Paired CHAINE des ROTISSEURS dinner in the 24-seat Chef’s Table with Dave Miner and Sondra Bernstein.
  • Enjoy receptions, tastings & discussions hosted by Dave Miner, Owner of Miner Family Winery, and Sondra Bernstein, Owner of the girl & the fig.
  • 3 nights hotel in Paris at the Pullman Paris Montparnasse (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast (with purchase of the pre-cruise land package)
  • Transfer to Lyon via High-speed TGV train (with purchase of the pre-cruise land package)
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom, most with French balconies
  • Life enriching tours and complimentary excursions daily
  • Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from France’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
  • Motorcoach from Arles to Perpignan and on to Barcelona
  • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own
  • 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
  • 3 nights hotel in Barcelona at the Le Meridien or 2 nights in Marseille at the Grand Hotel Beauvau (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast (with purchase of the post-cruise land package)

 

 

Itinerary

Day Destination Activities
Pre Cruise Oct. 30 Paris Hotel check-in
Pre Cruise Oct. 31   Paris City tour
Optional Montmartre & Illuminations tour
Pre Cruise Nov. 1 Paris Free time
Optional Parisian Cabaret at the Paris Latin show
November 2 Paris TGV high-speed train to Lyon
Lyon Cooking demonstration
Or champagne tasting
EMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
November 3 Lyon City tour & Fourviere visit
Free time
November 4 Belleville Beaujolais excursion with winery visit & wine tasting
Vienne Free evening
November 5 Vienne Walking tour
Onboard wine lecture & tasting
Tournon Red Wine & Chocolate Pairing
November 6 Tournon Hermitage Wine Tasting
Viviers “Ghost Walk” tour
November 7 St Etienne Avignon walking tour & Papal Palace
Avignon Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine tasting
Captain’s Gala Dinner
November 8 Arles Les Baux and olive farm excursion
OR “Artist Experience” tour
Arles walking tour
November 9 Arles DISEMBARKATION
Perpignan Free time for lunch
Transfer to Barcelona
Barcelona Hotel check-in
Post Cruise Nov. 10 Barcelona City tour
Post Cruise Nov. 11 Barcelona Optional Montserrat excursion
Post Cruise Nov. 12 Barcelona Return flight home

 

* Text in Bold = Rhone River Cruise. Text in Italics = optional pre and post cruise extensions in Paris & Barcelona. 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. Miner Family Winery and the girl & the fig activities will take place during November 2-9. Only guests booking through MmMmTravel will all have access to all Miner Family Winery and the girl and the fig events.

Fares below reflect MmMmTravel added savings of $750 per person.

Stateroom Category 8-day  Cruise 14-day Cruise
& Land
Category E: Piano Deck
Fixed Windows, 170 sq. ft.
$2,449 (waitlisted) $4,879
Category D: Piano Deck
Fixed Windows, 170 sq. ft.
$2,748 $5,178
Category C: Violin & Cello Decks
French Balcony
, 170 sq. ft.
waitlist (waitlisted) $5,778
Category B: Violin & Cello Decks
French Balcony
, 170 sq. ft.
$3,548 $5,978
Category A: Violin Deck
French Balcony, 170 sq. ft.
$3,648 (waitlisted) $6,078
Suite: Violin Deck
French Balcony, 255 sq. ft.
$4,848 (waitlisted) $7,278

11-day package pricing available upon request. 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 are additional. AmaWaterways reserves the right to change the itinerary and events. Other restrictions apply.

 

Detailed Itinerary

Oct 30, Pre Cruise Day 1; ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE: Arrive in Paris & check-in to your hotel.

Oct 31, Pre Cruise Day 2; PARIS: Enjoy some of Paris’ most famous sights during your guided tour this morning, such as the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral. The afternoon is free for you to explore the “City of Light.” Or, you may decide to join the optional “Montmartre & Illuminations” tour this evening. (B)

Nov 1, Pre Cruise Day 3; PARIS: Your last day in Paris is free for you to enjoy at your leisure. This evening, an optional “Parisian Cabaret at Paradis Latin” dinner show is available for you to enjoy. (B)

 Nov 2; PARIS – LYON – EMBARKATION: After checking out of your hotel, you will board the TGV high-speed train that will whisk you through the French countryside to Lyon. Nestled between the Saone and Rhone rivers, Lyon is one of France’s most important cities its gastronomic capital. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time for lunch on your own before a private cooking demonstration. Or partake in a special champagne tasting. Later, transfer to your luxurious ship, where you will gather this evening for a Welcome Dinner. (B,D)

Nov 3; LYON: Today your panoramic tour of Lyon will take you to Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, Place des Terreaux with Bartholdi’s Fountain, and the Town Hall. Afterwards, visit Fourvière, part of the historic region designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the “Hill of Prayers,” Fourvière is famous for its iconic white Basilica of Notre-Dame, ruins of an ancient Roman theater, and majestic views of the city below. The afternoon is yours to enjoy. (B,L,D)

Nov 4; BELVILLE – VIENNE: This morning’s tour will take you through the enchanting Beaujolais wine region, also known as the Pays d’Or or “land of the golden stones,” named for the richly colored limestone used to build local homes and castles. You will visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt as well as the home of a local vintner who will invite you for a wine tasting and vineyard tour as he shares the history of the region’s wine production. Return to the ship in the afternoon and enjoy a wine lecture and tasting onboard as you continue cruising towards Vienne. Upon arrival, make the most of your free time and venture about on your own or simply unwind on board. (B,L,D)

Nov 5; VIENNE – TOURNON: Situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne’s Roman past can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. This morning, you will take a walking tour and see an ancient Roman temple, the ruins of a Roman theater, and the medieval Abbey Church of St. Pierre, today an Archaeological Museum. Return to the ship and enjoy an onboard lecture and wine tasting as you sails towards Tournon. This evening, enjoy a “Red Wine & Chocolate Pairing” at the Tournon Chateau. (B,L,D)

Nov 6; TOURNON – VIVIERS: This morning, enjoy a scenic drive to the Tain-l’Hermitage region for a wine tasting. Later, enjoy an on board wine lecture and tasting this afternoon as we cruise to Viviers. After arriving this evening, you may take a “Ghost Walk” tour through this medieval town, where colorful stories and local legends are brought to life by local residents. (B,L,D)

Nov 7; VIVIERS – AVIGNON: Today you arrive in Avignon, site of the bridge made famous by the French children’s song “On the Bridge of Avignon.” Seven popes once resided in the magnificent Papal Palace, which you will visit during your walking tour. You will also see the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, visit the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape region where you will enjoy a wine tasting, tour a local vineyard and learn about the wines and winemaking process. (B,L,D)

Nov 8; AVIGNON – ARLES: After arriving Arles this morning, board a motor coach for an excursion to the village of Les Baux de Provence. The village’s castle has a fascinating exhibit of medieval weapons. Later, visit an olive farm to learn about this age-old Provençal farming tradition. As an alternative, take the “Artist Experience” tour to the Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh once lived and painted such well-known works as The Irises and Starry Night. You will also visit the Carrières de Lumières, a stone quarry that projects artwork on its walls. Late this afternoon, a city tour of Arles will show you the city’s top sights including the Romanesque cathedral and Roman amphitheater. The ship moors overnight in Arles. (B,L,D)

Nov 9; ARLES – DISEMBARKATION or POST CRUISE to BARCELONA, SPAIN: Disembark your ship in Arles and transfer to Barcelona. Along the way, you will pass through the eerie Camargue marshland and stop in the medieval town of Perpignan in France, where you will have free time for lunch and some exploring on your own. (B)

Nov 10, Post Cruise Day 1; BARCELONA: Your full day in Barcelona begins with a driving tour to the top of Montjuic Hill where you will enjoy glorious views of the city below. Continue along the waterfront to Las Ramblas, an iconic tree-lined boulevard, and explore the Gothic Quarter in the medieval center of the city. Your tour also includes the unique architectural works of Antoni Gaudí, including Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and La Sagrada Familia, the basilica and UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been under construction for over a century. This evening, explore Barcelona by night on your own, or participate in a special tapas tasting optional tour. (B)

Nov 11, Post Cruise Day 2; BARCELONA: Enjoy a full day at your leisure, or take part in an optional excursion to Montserrat to visit the famous Benedictine Abbey atop Montserrat Mountain. This evening, explore Barcelona by night on your own, or participate in a tapas tasting optional tour. (B)

Nov 12, Post Cruise Day 3; DEPART BARCELONA: Bid farewell to Barcelona and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

 

AMACello Deck Plan

About AMACello: This spectacular 148-passenger ship features spacious staterooms ranging in size from 170-255 sq. ft, most with French Balconies. Decorated in a vibrant palette of gold and orange, the AmaCello debuted in 2008. Enjoy all the amenities of a fine hotel: plush down bedding, marble appointed bathrooms, large closets, complimentary high-speed Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies. Enjoy additional complimentary amenities such as Wi-Fi, a specialty coffee station and a fleet of bicycles. The AmaCello also features a fitness area, sauna, Sun Deck with a walking track and whirlpool, Chef’s Table restaurant and a stylish Main Lounge.

AMACello deck plan

 

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Miner Family Winery

Dave Miner

Dave Miner, Founder & Owner, Miner Family Winery

Dave Miner Dave Miner began his journey in the wine business in 1993 as President of Oakville Ranch Vineyards following a number of years spent working in the software industry. He launched his own label beginning with the 1996 vintage to critical acclaim that quickly solidified his position as a serious new vintner in Oakville. Born and raised in Chicago, Dave lived for a number of years in southern California before staking his claim in Napa Valley. Miner Family Winery is a dynamic family owned winery tucked into the eastern hills of the Oakville appellation, squarely within the heart of Napa Valley. Founded in 1998 by Dave & Emily Miner, Miner is defined first and foremost by a sensational portfolio of wines, wines consistently characterized by and committed to individualistic style and uncommon quality. Each wine is crafted in a style to encapsulate the distinctive elements and the indelible fingerprints of their respective vineyards. This combination of excellent vineyard sites along with passionate and thoughtful winemaking injects the necessary components for creating profoundly joyful wines.

 

 

the girl & the fig

SondraSondra Bernstein – Proprietor, the girl & the fig

Just like a plump ripe fig, the girl & the fig food is fresh, healthy and bursting with flavor. With a seasonal menu featuring sustainable and locally sourced ingredients, garden vegetables, herbs, and an abundance of creativity, the rustic Provencal-inspired cuisine allows Mother Nature’s true and natural flavors to flourish.

Owner Sondra Bernstein quietly opened the girl & the fig in 1997 originally in Glen Ellen, California. Slowly people began to discover the rustic French food and the distinctive way of marketing and presenting it. In 2000, she relocated the restaurant into more upscale quarters on the northwest corner of the Plaza in Sonoma in the historic Sonoma Hotel. Over the past fourteen years, the girl & the fig has made its mark in Wine Country becoming a favorite for both locals and visitors. the girl & the fig continues to be featured in many magazines as well as on national television.

Sondra believes the dining experience should continue after your time at the restaurant. She wants her guests to be able to take home a tangible piece of the girl & the fig and something to remember their visit to wine country. December 2011 brought the release of Sondra’s celebration of Sonoma’s bounty—Plats du Jour—a coffee-table style book featuring full page color photos and intimate stories of local food purveyors along with over 100 recipes, as a follow-up to the girl & the fig Cookbook, published in 2004 by Simon & Schuster. The other way to extend the “fig experience” is with the “FIGfood” product line, which includes jam, chutney, compote, vinegar, vinaigrette and herb blends that are sold nationwide. These are all natural, artisan-produced gourmet food products available in the restaurants, at www.thegirlandthefig.com and in stores across the country.

Sondra sets the tone at her restaurants—just the right balance of quirky and elegant—to create a casual yet very singular dining experience. And the impeccable attention to the flavor and freshness of the cuisine, as well as your service, culminate in a memory that will linger long after the meal itself.
Sondra Bernstein’s acclaimed Sonoma restaurants have been cited by food lovers and national media as iconic wine country destinations. the girl & the fig and the fig café and winebar offer country food with a French passion. Both restaurants are ingredient driven and in 2012 The Huffington Post observed, “Sondra Bernstein’s restaurants have focused on seasonality since 1997.” Her commitment is enhanced by an award-winning in-house salumi program, hand made pastas, the FIGfood line of gourmet food products and their 2+ acre biodynamic farm that supplies the restaurants. In 2012, Sondra was celebrated “Person of the Year,” by the Hospice du Rhone, an international vintners association at their 20th anniversary event for her commitment to promoting Rhone wines. the girl & the fig was the first restaurants to offer a “Rhone-Alone” wine list in 1997, introducing patrons to new varietals and expanding their palettes. Along with her partner Executive Chef John Toulze, Sondra has created the only restaurants in the California Wine Country that offer you the California version of Wine Country cuisine from both Italy and France–two wine country regions whose micro climates match that of Sonoma.

Her short story … D.C. born, Philadelphia bred, BFA from Philadelphia College of Art (photography), TGI Friday’s Trainer & Team Leader for their national restaurant openings, graduate of The Restaurant School (culinary & restaurant management),  Operations Manager for several restaurants in Philadelphia (The Fish Market & Marabella’s) and Los Angeles (Alice’s Restaurant & Tavern on Main), and Director of Operations for Viansa Winery in Sonoma County.

The long story … Sondra has spent over twenty years dedicated to the hospitality business. With a passion for food and wine, the trip from Philadelphia to Sonoma County was inevitable. Having restaurants in Sonoma County is a tribute to the efforts of the farmers, ranchers, cheese makers and, of course, grape growers & vintners in this bountiful landscape.

One sure thing that can be said about Sondra Bernstein is that, as a true Restaurateur, her restaurants are a real expression of her personality. Many of the guests who frequent Sondra’s establishments feel as if she is a friend of theirs, which is understandable given her close attention to ensuring that their experience is distinctive and memorable. Her passion for the hospitality business is her driving force and continues to inspire her to create and recreate. Sondra is the Proprietor of the girl & the fig and  the fig café & winebar in Glen Ellen. She is also the author of the the girl & the fig Cookbook published in 2004 by Simon & Schuster and her newest book, Plats du Jour: the girl & the fig’s Journey Through the Seasons in Wine Country, which was called “enchanting by NBC TV in their 2011 holiday round-up of cookbooks. Her gourmet food product line is available nationwide under the girl & the fig label.

 

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.

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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.

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