- Join Matthew Viotto, Executive Vice President of Talbott Vineyards for private dinners, receptions, tastings and events.
- Free-flowing red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner onboard AmaCerto
- Great Capitals & Vintages of the Danube sailing offers special included wine and cultural shore excursions
- Save $750 per person off AMAWaterway’s lowest published fares
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|March 27||Overnight flight to Czech Republic (not included)|
|March 28||Prague||Hotel check-in|
|March 29||Prague||City tour|
|March 30||Prague||Free time|
|Optional Terezin excursion|
|March 31||Prague||Transfer to Regensburg|
|Welcome Aboard Wine Toast|
|April 1||Vilshofen||Free Time|
|OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)|
|Onboard wine tasting|
|April 2||Linz||Onboard wine lecture & tasting|
|Cesky Krumlov excursion|
|OR Salzburg excursion|
|Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs Dinner with wine pairing|
|April 3||Linz||Onboard wine lecture & tasting|
|Melk||Benedictine Abbey tour|
|Vineyard visit with wine tasting|
|Captain’s Gala Dinner with wine pairing|
|April 4||Dürnstein||Walking tour|
|OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)|
|Krems||Wine Museum Visit|
|Winery visit with hors d’oeuvres|
|April 5||Vienna||City tour|
|Optional Schönbrunn Palace tour|
|Viennese Wine and Music evening|
|OR optional Mozart & Strauss concert|
|April 6||Budapest||Onboard wine lecture & tasting|
|Farewell Dinner with Hungarian folk music|
March 31 to April 7 Cruise Only Fares. Our Talbott Winery fares are $750 per person lower than AMAWaterways lowest prices, but include exclusive Talbott Winery events. Solo Travelers pay $750 more in all categories except suites.
Category E : $1,749 (160′ feet, fixed windows, Piano Deck)
Category D : $1,998 (160′ feet, fixed windows, Piano Deck)
Category C : $2,398 (170′ feet, French balcony, Aft Cello or Violin Deck) WAITLISTED
Category BB : $2,898 (210′ feet, French and outside balconies, forward or aft Cello Deck)
Category BA : $2,998 (210′ feet, French and outside balconies, Aft Violin Deck)
Category AB : $3,198 (235′ feet, French and outside balconies, Midship Cello Deck)
Category AA : $3,398 (235′ feet, French and outside balconies, Midship Violin Deck)
Suite : $4,398 (350′ feet, French and outside balconies, Center Violin Deck, tub in bathroom)
March 27-30 pre-cruise in Prague, $750.Pre cruise in Prague Single Supplement add $420.
Fares do not include port charges of $161 US dollars per person.. AMA TravelGuard Insurance is available for $355 per person and AMA’s Worry-Free insurance (a TravelGuard suppliment) is an additional $40 but must be purchased with deposit. Insurance premiums are not refundable in the case of cancellation.
Medical Cancellation Policy ($355) Highlights:
If purchased with deposit – covers pre-existing conditions
If purchased with final payment – does NOT cover pre-existing conditions
This insurance cannot be purchased after final payment
This policy covers all services booked with AMA Waterways
Medical Cancellation Policy and Cancel for Any Reason Policy ($395) Highlights:
Can only be purchased at the time of deposit
If cancelled for Medical Reason, it covers pre-existing conditions
This policy covers all services booked with AMA Waterways
Cancel for Medical Reason – the penalty amount will be claimed by the passenger through Travel Guard
Cancel for Any Reason – The penalty amount will be issed in a Future Cruise Voucher, with is valid for 2 years (cannot be transferred to a different name.
Premium is subject to change at any time without notice.
Pre-Cruise Prague Land Program
March 28, ARRIVE IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC. Arrive in Prague and check-in to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.
March 29, PRAGUE. Your morning sightseeing tour reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Your tour begins with a scenic drive. You will see the Dancing House and the Metronome overlooking the Vltava River before visiting the thousand-year-old Hradcany Castle. Afterwards, walk over Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square and the historic city center that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The balance of the day is free to mingle with the locals at Wenceslas Square or experience one of the city’s charming cafés or restaurants. This evening, an optional Folklore Dinner Show provides an opportunity to learn about Czech music, dance and traditions. (B)
March 30, PRAGUE. Spend a day at your leisure to stroll through a museum or gallery, wander along the banks of the Vltava River, relax at an outdoor restaurant or shop for local handicrafts and artwork. You may also join an optional tour, such as an excursion to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp, now a memorial to those who perished. (B)
March 31, PRAGUE – REGENSBURG, GERMANY – VILSHOFEN – EMBARKATION. This morning, depart Prague after breakfast, taking in the scenic beauty of the countryside of Franconia and Bohemia by motor coach. Stop in Regensburg for a guided walking tour of one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities; its Old Town a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch on your own, your transfer continues to the quaint 1200-year old Bavarian town of Vilshofen, on the confluence of the Vils and Danube rivers.
||VILSHOFEN – EMBARKATION
This evening meet your fellow passengers on board for the Welcome Aboard Wine Toast. The evening has a special treat in store: an “Oktoberfest” presented by the town of Vilshofen. Bavarian folk music, songs and dances set a lively scene as you gather at long tables to sample Vilshofen’s distinctive local beer and traditional pretzels. The Mayor and Beer Queen will be on hand to greet you and wish you a successful journey along the Danube. (D)
||VILSHOFEN – PASSAU
This morning, feel free to explore Vilshofen’s beautiful Old Town on your own, and take in the view of the imposing double-towers of the Benedictine Abbey Schweiklberg. During lunch you will cruise to Passau, known as “The Town of the Three Rivers,” where you will have your choice of two afternoon excursions. The first option is a walking tour through this 2,000-year-old fairy tale city, where you will see Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets, the city fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral (home to the largest pipe organ in the world). As an alternative, experience the city on a guided bike tour (capacity controlled). Prior to dinner, there will be an onboard wine tasting. (B,L,D)
||PASSAU – LINZ, AUSTRIA
This morning, enjoy a wine lecture and tasting as the ship cruises to Linz, the second largest city in Austria. Upon arrival, you will have your choice of an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border, and home to Bohemia’s second largest castle. After your tour, enjoy some free time on your own exploring the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As an alternative, take an excursion to Salzburg, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center, famous as the setting for the “Sound of Music” and as the birthplace of Mozart. The tour includes a visit to the Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart’s Square, and much more. Enjoy free time on your own, before returning to the ship with a scenic drive through the majestic countryside of Austria’s Lake District and Salzkammergut. Onboard this evening, enjoy a sumptuous Chaîne Des Rôtisseries Dinner paired with specially-selected wines. (B,L,D)
||LINZ – MELK
Enjoy a morning wine tasting and lecture about the Wachau Valley, Austria’s most important wine region, as your ship cruises to Melk and its famous Benedictine Abbey. Located atop a granite cliff overlooking the Danube, the 900-year-old Abbey is one of the largest Baroque monasteries in Europe. You will tour the Abbey this afternoon, followed by a visit to a local vineyard for an introduction to the famous wines of the Wachau. This evening, specially-selected wines will accompany a delectable menu at the Captain’s Gala Dinner. (B,L,D)
||MELK – DÜRNSTEIN – KREMS
Today you will cruise the renowned Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of incomparable beauty, historic and agricultural significance. You will arrive in Dürnstein in mid-morning and take a walking tour along cobblestone streets lined with quaint 16th-century town houses and wine taverns. One of Austria’s smallest towns, with only 1,000 inhabitants, Dürnstein is regarded as the most romantic place in the Wachau. Marvel at the magnificent blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche and the ancient terraced vineyards that surround the town. Looming overhead are the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart, King of England, was imprisoned in 1192. As an alternative, take a guided bike tour from Krems to Dürnstein and back (capacity controlled). The ship will cruise to Krems after lunch, arriving in the early afternoon. Krems offers a rich array of wine-related history, culture and tasting opportunities. Learn about the town’s thriving wine culture during an afternoon visit to a wine museum. After a light buffet dinner on board, head to a Wachau winery for drinks and hors d’oeuvres. (B,L,D)
Arrive this morning in vibrant Vienna. Your guided city tour includes the opulent Vienna Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. An optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace is available in the afternoon or enjoy free time to stroll along the Kärtnerstrasse or sample Vienna’s famous pastries in the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An early dinner will be served on board before this evening’s exciting options: an optional Mozart and Strauss concert or an excursion to a charming Viennese wine village to listen to folk music and sample newly pressed local wine. (B,L,D)
This morning, enjoy an onboard wine lecture and tasting as you cruise the scenic Danube Bend en route to Budapest. After lunch, enjoy a wine tasting on board. Arriving mid-afternoon in Budapest, you will have a guided sightseeing tour that includes the historic Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace and St. Stephen’s Basilica. This evening, enjoy a farewell wine dinner with Hungarian folk music. The ship will also sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” along Budapest’s river front. (B,L,D)
||BUDAPEST – DISEMBARKATION
Your magnificent Wine Cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Flights and transfers are only included if flight arrangements are purchased through AMA Waterways in conjunction with the cruise.
Built in 2012, AMACerto offers multiple dining venues, rooms with both French and seating balconies, and Infotainment systems featuring music, movies, wi-fi and English Language TV channels. The most detailed information about the 164 passenger AmaCerto can be found on AMAWaterways website. We’ll also send an AmaCerto Fact Sheet with the information about the cruise when you inquire. Remember to participate in the Talbott Winery events onboard – and receive $750 savings on AMAWaterways lowest published fare, your reservation must be made through MmmmTravel!
In 1982, Robb Talbott began planting his original Diamond T Estate vineyard on a cold, windswept mountaintop in Carmel Valley, California . Conventional wisdom was against him, and many said the steep, exposed site with its massive shale boulders was “too cold,” “too difficult to plant” and “too challenging to grow on.” But Robb had a vision—a vision he held on to as he prepared the cliff-side vineyard by hand, breaking apart its massive boulders with a 12-pound sledgehammer. “It all began with my first taste of a great Burgundy,” says Robb. “That experience profoundly shaped my palate, and as I grew older I knew that I wanted to create unique and exceptional Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Wines that took their inspiration from the traditions of Burgundy, but had their roots in California’s soils.”
To achieve this goal, Robb Talbott established one of the Central Coast’s most esteemed estate programs, featuring two of Monterey County’s grand cru sites: Diamond T Estate and the legendary Sleepy Hollow Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Though located a mere 18 miles apart, these two vineyards offer remarkably different growing conditions, yielding rich and distinctive Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs that embody their unique terroirs.
At its heart, the history of Talbott Vineyards is the story of one family’s determined focus and commitment to excellence. In 1950, Robert Talbott, Sr., his wife Audrey, and their son, Robb, moved to Carmel, California, where they started a luxury tie company. Audrey sewed the ties by hand and Robert, Sr. sold them up and down the California coast. During silk buying trips to Europe for their business, the Talbotts visited French and Italian vineyards and soon became interested in fine wine. As their interest grew, they aspired to produce their own California wines, using the Burgundian techniques that they had become passionate about.
In 1982, Robb planted Diamond T, and the Talbotts built their original winery in idyllic Carmel Valley. For his first plantings, Robb selected the storied Corton-Charlemagne Chardonnay clone, planting it in Diamond T’s almost soil-free chalky shale. Robb knew that the vines would have to struggle to survive at Diamond T, producing miniscule yields and wines of great intensity.
After years of working with fruit from Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, in 1994 the Talbotts achieved another important milestone when they were able to acquire the property—making Talbott an all-estate winery. Featuring blocks of old Wente clone vines planted in 1972, Sleepy Hollow has earned a reputation for producing wines of great depth and voluptuousness. Today, Sleepy Hollow’s River Road block is home to the winery’s state-of-the-art winemaking facility, where Robb Talbott and renowned winemaker Dan Karlsen guide Talbott’s storied Chardonnay and Pinot Noir programs. These estate wines have gained a reputation for their lushness, grace and great aging potential, and have become benchmarks of quality on the Central Coast.