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Patland Estate Vineyards, Lower Danube, August 2019


From Budapest to Bucharest, and countless treasures in between, touch history in Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania, as you sail along the exotic lower Danube. Celtic fortifications, medieval towns and grand cities, along with the natural beauty of pastoral landscapes and the Danube’s famed Iron Gate, showcase the best of eastern Europe. Wine connoisseurs will have a chance to taste history from the centuries-old wine-growing hills dating back to the Romans in Ilok, Croatia a royal and vinous town. And the active adventurers will appreciate hiking to the UNESCO-designated Ivanovo Rock Hewn Churches and biking through Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Park and Vidin’s Baba Vida castle. Be treated to the flavors, sights, sounds and cultures of this diverse swath of the continent. 
Reservations made with MmMmTravel ensure your participation in all Patland Estate Vineyards events aboard.

Exclusive Limited Time Offer: Guests of MmMmTravel and Patland Estate Vineyards receive a $250 per person savings!

Cruise Highlights

 

MmMmTravel & AMAWaterways Wine Cruise Highlights:

  • Only guests who make their reservations through MmMmTravel will experience a private Patland Estate Vineyards Wine-Paired Dinner in the 24-seat Chef’s Table with Henry & Olga Patland, owners of Patland Estate Vineyards.
  • A welcome reception, three tasting seminars, two wine pared dinners hosted by Henry & Olga Patland, owners of Patland Estate Vineyards, wine themed shore excursions, and a Wine-Paired CHAINE des ROTISSEURS dinner.

 

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily

 

AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
  • Wellness Program with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • 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
  • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain’s Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • 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
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

 

OPTIONAL LAND PROGRAMS
  • 2 nights hotel in Vienna at the Intercontinental Vienna (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast with transfer from the hotel in Vienna to Budapest with city tour (with 2 night Vienna Pre-Cruise Program for $580 per person)
  • 2 nights hotel in Budapest at the Sofitel Chain Bridge (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast (with 2 night Budapest Pre-Cruise Program for $520 per person)
  • Transfer from the ship in Giurgiu to Bran Castle and then Brasov; 1 night hotel in Brasov at the Kronwell Brasov Hotel (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast; Transfer from the hotel in Brasov to Bucharest via Sinaia with Peles Castle tour; 2 nights hotel in Bucharest at the Athenee Palace Hilton (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast (With 4-night Post Cruise Program for $1,200 per person)
  • 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

 

Itinerary

Date Destination Activities

August 9-11, AMAWaterways Pre-Cruise Programs: 2 Nights in Vienna  OR   2 Nights in Budapest

August 11 Budapest, Hungary EMBARKATION
Welcome Reception followed by a private 5-course Patland Vineyards
wine-paired dinner in the Chef’s Table hosted by Henry & Olga
Patland (MmMmTravel Exclusive!).
Evening Illuminations Cruise
August 12 Mohacs,  Hungary Scenic cruising
  Pécs excursion 

OR Szekszárd wine tasting

August 13 Vukovar, Croatia City tour and Eltz Palace
Ilok, Croatia OR Croatian wine tasting
Novi Sad, Serbia “The Athens of Serbia” walking tour
OR Novi Sad bike tour   

OR Fortress hike

Evening Petrovaradin Fortress visit
August 14 Belgrade, Serbia “The City by Two Rivers” tour
    Royal Palace and Tito’s Memorial tour
    OR Quburich Brandy tasting  

OR Belgrade bike tour

August 15 Iron Gates Full-day scenic cruising
August 16 Vidin, Bulgaria Baba Vida Fortress and Belogradchik hike
    OR Banitsa pastry and yogurt tasting

OR Vidin bike tour

August 17 Rousse, Bulgaria Veliko Tarnovo excursion
OR Rousse walking tour and Rock-hewn Churches tour
August 18 Giurgiu, Romania DISEMBARKATION from 8am to 9:30am

August 18-22: Optional AMAWaterways Post-Cruise Program: 2 Nights in Brasov and 2 nights in Bucharest

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

 

Pricing

Your Cruise-Only Fares are listed per person, in USD, based on double occupancy.  Included in your AMAWaterways cruise fare are complimentary shore excursions daily in every port, tours and tastings at local wineries and private cellars, onboard wine pairings with award-winning cuisine, complimentary WiFi, Unlimited select red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board, all meals included, bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours, onboard music performances. Past guests of AMAWaterways receive an additional $100 per person savings off of fares below. Patland Estate Vineyards activities will take place during August 11-18, 2019. Only guests booking through MmMmTravel will all have access to all Patland Estate Vineyards events. 

Cruise Fares below include an exclusive LIMITED TIME MmMmTravel and Patland Estate Vineyards savings of $250 per person!

Stateroom Category Patland & MmMmTravel
7-Night
Cruise Fares
AMA 2-night Vienna
Pre Cruise  
AMA 2-night Budapest
Pre Cruise  
AMA 4 night Brasov & Bucharest
Post Cruise  
Category E: Piano Deck
Fixed Windows, 160 sq. ft.
 $3,349 $580 $520 $1,200
Category D: Piano Deck
Fixed Windows, 160 sq. ft.
 $3,648 $580 $520 $1,200
Category C: Violin & Cello Decks
French Balcony
, 170 sq. ft.
 $4,248 $580 $520 $1,200
Category BB: Cello Deck
French & Outside Balcony
, 210 sq. ft.
 $4,748 $580 $520 $1,200
Category BA: Violin Deck
French & Outside Balcony
, 210 sq. ft.
 $4,948 $580 $520 $1,200
Category AB: Cello Deck
French & Outside Balcony
, 235 sq. ft.
 $5,148 $580 $520 $1,200
Category AA: Violin Deck
French & Outside Balcony
, 235 sq. ft.
 $5,348 $580 $520 $1,200
Suite: Violin Deck
French & Outside Balcony, 300 sq. ft.
 $6,648 $580 $520 $1,200

 

* Pricing does not include airfare, recommended travel insurance or taxes, fees and port charges of $182 per person. Land programs, roundtrip airfare, and gratuities to staff and guides are additional. AmaWaterways reserves the right to change the itinerary. $250 per person exclusive limited time savings may be withdrawn by AMAWaterways at any time. Other restrictions apply. 

 

Detailed Cruise Itinerary

AUGUST 11: CRUISE EMBARKATION in BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: Welcome reception followed by a private 5-course PATLAND Vineyards wine-paired dinner in the intimate Chef’s Table dining room hosted by Henry & Olga Patland (MmMmTravel Exclusive!). This evening, be treated to an illuminations cruise past the capital’s glittering river front. (D)

AUGUST 12: MOHACS, HUNGARY: Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Pécs, founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans. Visit the UNESCO-designated Christian Necropolis; St. Peter’s Basilica, the city’s main Catholic cathedral along with its catacombs; and Széchenyi Square, the heart of Old Town Pécs. You will also see the Mosque of Pasha Qasim the Victorious, one of the symbols of the city. For wine connoisseurs, you’ll want to go to the Szekszárd wine region, one of the oldest red-wine-growing areas in Hungary, established more than 2000 years ago. (B,L,D)

AUGUST 13: VUKOVAR, CROATIA; ILOK, CROATIA; & NOVI SAD, SERBIA: Vukovar is a Croatian symbol of resistance, which you’ll better understand on your city tour showcasing the Ovsara Memorial and Eltz Palace. Alternatively, choose a wine tasting in Ilok, a center of wine production since Roman times, where you’ll sample its famous Grasevina, Traminac and Frankovka wines. Back on board, cruise to Novi Sad, sometimes called the “Serbian Athens.” Discover Novi Sad on a walking tour to Dunavski Park and through Stari Grad, the Old Town center. If you prefer a more active exploration, join a guided biking or hiking tour. During the evening, visit Petrovaradin Fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached. (B,L,D) 

AUGUST 14: BELGRADE, SERBIA: Explore Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, on a city tour, which includes the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. Later, choose from three intriguing excursions. Visit the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Serbian Royal Family; and then tour the House of Flowers, the mausoleum of Marshal Tito, who became the first President of Yugoslavia. Or enjoy a taste of the region by sampling Serbian plum brandy, Šlivovitz, and delicious local delights at the Quburich Distillery. For those wishing a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)

AUGUST 15: IRON GATES: The Iron Gates is one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. The Danube narrows as it winds through a series of magnificent gorges between the Carpathian and Balkan mountains. The banks of the river dazzle with sheer-faced rocks that stretch high overhead along this natural border between Serbia and Romania. (B,L,D)

AUGUST 16: VIDIN, BULGARIA: Explore Vidin, one of Bulgaria’s oldest cities, and surrounding areas with a choice of excursions. Discover Baba Vida Fortress, the largest preserved medieval castle in Bulgaria overlooking the Danube. Continue on to Belogradchik, one of Bulgaria’s natural wonders, where you can hike around its most spectacular rock formations. Alternatively, visit a local home for a demonstration of traditional Bulgarian yogurt and Banitsa, a pastry you will also get to make. You also have the choice to bike through Vidin and to the castle. (B,L,D)

AUGUST 17: ROUSSE, BULGARIA: Visit Bulgaria’s ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo, with its medieval fortress and multiple orthodox temples. You can opt instead to go to Rousse, known for its 19th- and 20th-century Neo- Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture, and then afterwards visit the UNESCO-designated Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo with frescos revealing exceptional artistry of 14th-century paintings and Bulgarian medieval art. (B,L,D)

AUGUST 18: GIURGIU, ROMANIA– DISEMBARKATION from 8am to 9:30am

 

Pre & Post Cruise

AMAWaterways Pre & Post Cruise Options
Pre Cruise, August 9-11, 2019:
2 Nights in Vienna, $580 per person
Pre Cruise, August 9-11, 2019:  2 Nights in Budapest, $520 per person
Post Cruise August 18-22, 2019: 2 Nights in Brasov & 2 Nights in Bucharest, $1,200 per person

 

AMAWaterways VIENNA Pre Cruise: August 9-11, 2019 ($580 per person)

  • August 9: VIENNA, Hotel Check-in: Arrive in Vienna and transfer to your hotel. 
  • August 10: VIENNA,Imperial Vienna Tour: The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems on a city tour that showcases its regal splendors. See the majestic Opera House & the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO Site. (B)
  • August 11:  VIENNA to BUDAPEST & EMBARKATION: Check out of your hotel and enjoy a transfer from Vienna via motorcoach to Budapest where you’ll be taken on a city tour. Visit the UNESCO listed Castle Hill district, Fisherman’s Bastion, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Houses of Parliament and the Chain Bridge. During the evening, be treated to an Illuminations cruise past the capital’s glittering river front. (B,D)

 

AMAWaterways BUDAPEST Pre Cruise: August 9-11, 2019 ($520 per person)

  • August 9: BUDAPEST, Hotel Check-in: Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel.
  • August 10: BUDAPEST, Queen of the Danube Tour: You cannot help but fall in love with Budapest, known as the “Queen of the Danube.” Your city tour begins with visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall brimming with vendors selling everything from food to souvenirs. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. (B)
  • August 11:  BUDAPEST & EMBARKATION: Check out of your hotel and transfer from the hotel to the ship. During the evening, be treated to an illuminations cruise past the capital’s glittering river front. (B,D)

 

AMAWaterways BRASOV & BUCHAREST Post Cruise: August 18-22, 2019 ($1,200 per person)

  • August 18, BRAN & BRASOV: Disembark the ship in Giurgiu and board a motorcoach to journey through the Romanian countryside to Bran, where you’ll visit Transylvania’s legendary Bran Castle, which is forever linked with the legend of Dracula. Afterwards, you’ll travel to the lovely village of Brasov. Enjoy a tour of the town and then check into your hotel. (B) 
  • August 19, BRASOV, “Dracula’s Birthplace” Tour: Dracula lovers will be in for another treat with an excursion to Sighisoara, birthplace to Transylvania’s most notorious ruler, Vladsepes, also known as Vlad the Impaler, or Dracula. It’s hard to believe that this perfectly preserved UNESCO designated town filled with resplendent pastel-colored buildings, stone lanes, medieval towers and pedestrian-friendly Old Town was Vlad’s place of birth. His home is still here, marked with a placard; however, today it houses a kitschy restaurant called “Casa Dracula.” (B)
  • August 20,  BRASOV, SINAIA & BUCHAREST: En route to Bucharest, stop in Sinaia to visit the enchanting Peles Castle, considered by many to be one of the most stunning in Europe. Tour the castle, which was once the residence of the royal family. Later in the day, check into your hotel. (B)
  • AUGUST 21, BUCHAREST, “Paris of the East” Tour: Bucharest, Romania’s capital, has earned its nickname, the “Little Paris of the East,” with its wide boulevards and Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy a visit to the city’s most impressive sites—including the historic city center and the Palace of the Parliament, second only to the Pentagon as the largest administrative building in the world. (B)
  • AUGUST 22, BUCHAREST: Bid farewell to Bucharest as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

 

AMACerto

About AMACerto: Inspired by classic ocean yachts, the 162-passenger AmaCerto, provides a distinctive river cruise experience. Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms range in size from 160-290 sq. ft. or indulge even more in one of the suites at 300 sq. ft. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaCerto offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. The stunning Main Lounge provides an exhilarating backdrop for meeting your fellow guests and enjoying nightly entertainment. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You’ll also relish a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track and heated swimming pool on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

 

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Patland Estate Vineyards

About Patland Estate Vineyards

“Rarely is it that someone visits the beautiful and tranquil Napa Valley, without imagining themselves leading the life of a winemaker. There is something wholesome and true about making wine.” 

Twenty-five years ago, when Henry and Olga first came to Napa as a young couple, it was no different. They could not escape the lure of this charming land, and so they returned, year after year. The welcoming atmosphere, the wonderful wine, the laughter, and the beautiful scenery just kept bringing them back.

On one occasion, they visited a small wine cellar, where the owner himself was pouring wine for the visitors; no other employees in sight. The wines they tasted were excellent, and so the little vineyard became a must for the pair on each of their visits. Little by little, they saw the transformation the winery underwent, from a small, dark cellar to a magnificent estate–a heaven for wine enthusiasts and art lovers. That winery became an inspiration for them. Motivated by what they saw, they began looking for a way to turn their dream of winemaking into a reality. After several years of searching, they finally found the gem they were looking for; a place that spoke directly to their hearts: The beautiful and serene Terra Del Cuore, which translates from Italian as “Land of the Heart.”

Once the idea of winemaking truly took root, the next step was to decide on what wines to create. The Patlands, always being fans of the traditional, heavy and full bodied Napa style red wines, decided to create exceptional, distinctive red wines they themselves would enjoy.

 

Your Hosts: Henry & Olga Patland, Owners of Patland Estate Vineyards

In 1978, Henry immigrated to the United States with his family from the Ukraine.  Living during Soviet regime, he understood early on the value of hard work. He found his first job in the states at the age of twelve, delivering newspapers at night and going to school during the day.  Henry graduated from Washington High School in San Francisco and continued his education in UC Santa Cruz in Computer Engineering.  During his second year, he met Olga, who had only recently immigrated to the United States from Israel.  She later graduated with a degree in Multimedia Communication and Graphic Arts.  Two years after the birth of their first son, Michael, Henry co-founded a High Tech company in Silicon Valley.  Olga then gave birth to twins, Felix and Kevin.  While raising her three boys, she maintained her work in publishing.  And while the dream of a winery was put on hold, it was never too far from their hearts.  In 2007, Terra Del Cuore was purchased and Patland Estate Vineyards was established. In 2010, the first PEV wines were released.

Today, Henry and Olga, together with their three sons, the support of their family, and the exceptional talent of Jay Buoncristiani, have taken Patland Estate Vineyards to a great start, and continue to reach new heights.

 

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.

 
 

For additional information, please fill out the form below and we will respond to your request within 1 business day. Please remember that our response to your query may accidentally be directed to your junk mail folder.  To make a reservation please contact us directly at (831) 659-0151 or cruises@MmMmTravel.com.