Experience Wine on the Romantic Danube hosted by L. Paul Vezzetti II, Co-owner & Winemaker, The Vineyard at Hershey

Discounted Rates until March 31, 2017

Romantic Danube River Cruise

November 5 – 13, 2017

 

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

» Special tours and tastings at local wineries and private cellars

» Learn about winemaking in renowned vineyards

» Onboard wine pairings

» L. Paul Vezzetti II wine expert leads tastings and workshops

» Red & white wines, beer & soft drinks included with every lunch and dinner onboard the AmaCerto

» Fine dining with all meals included

» Cocktail Reception

» Welcome Dinner

» Captain’s Gala Dinner

» Life enriching tours and excursions daily

» Bottled water in every stateroom, replenished daily » Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board

 

TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL:

This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.

INCLUDED FEATURES

 

» Free parking with roundtrip transfers to local airport

» Roundtrip airfare

» Roundtrip transfers airport/pier/hotel

» Seven nights aboard the AmaCerto

» All meals while onboard, including a Welcome Dinner,

Captain’s Gala Dinner & a wine pairing dinner hosted by

L. Paul Vezzetti II

» Red & white wines, beer & soft drinks included with every lunch and dinner onboard the AmaCerto

» Life enriching tours and excursions daily

» Baggage handling

» AAA Group Leader

 

PRICE PER PERSON

STATEROOM CATEGORY              Double Rate

  • AA French & Outside Balcony $5,589
  • AB French & Outside Balcony $5,389
  • BB French & Outside Balcony $4,989
  • C French Balcony $4,489
  • D Fixed Window $3,889
  • E Fixed Window $3,589

 

 

Rates are subject to availability and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 20 full-fare passengers. Single occupancy price available upon request.

 

 

THE VINEYARD AT HERSHEY STORY

In 2008, four friends enjoyed freely-flowing wine and great happy hour conversation at a local piano bar. As the discussion continued, one of the friends, who dabbled in winemaking as a hobby, made a statement as bold as the Merlot being enjoyed that evening- that Pennsylvania is capable of making a world class wine, and that he could handcraft wines that would be among the best in the region. It didn’t take long for that statement to be turned into a challenge. The winemaker lived up to his bold statement, and then some. And so the idea was born. Their philosophy is that enjoying an artfully crafted wine is meant to be a shared experience with family and friends with an extensive list of unique wines and craft beer, The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey handcrafts every bottle for the enjoyment of new and the most experienced of palates.

ITINERARY

Sunday, November 5: Departure from the USA

Motorcoach from Central PA to local airport for your overnight flight.

 

Monday, November 6: Embarkation – Vilshofen, Germany

Transfer to the Vilshofen pier for your embarkation on AmaCerto. This evening you will meet your fellow passengers at an evening 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.

The Mayor and Beer Queen will be on hand to greet you and wish you a successful journey along the Danube. (Dinner)

 

Tuesday, November 7: Vilshofen & Passau, Germany

This morning you are free to explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before cruising to Passau. This afternoon you will have a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Guests looking for a more active afternoon may join a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress overlooking

Passau. Prior to dinner, there will be an onboard wine tasting. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Wednesday, November 8: Linz, Austria

The ship arrives this morning in Linz. Enjoy a walking tour of the second largest city in Austria or choose a guided bike tour that will show you around the Old City Center, along the Danube River, and past the ultra-modern Ars Electronica Center. Later, you will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is an excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center made famous by “The Sound of Music.” The second option is an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. The third option is a visit to the Austrian Lake District, the scenic Salzkammergut region. All three regions are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Tonight, you’ll savor a fabulous Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs Dinner complete with wine pairing. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Thursday, November 9: Weissenkirchen, Austria

Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning en route to Weissenkirchen. A guided tour will take you through Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest and most famous monastic sites, home to religious relics and a library filled with medieval manuscripts. Your Abbey tour will be followed by a visit to a local vineyard near Dürnstein for an introduction to the famous wines of the Wachau. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Friday, November 10: Weissenkirchen & Krems, Austria

This morning, travel to nearby Dürnstein, one of Austria’s smallest towns with only 1,000 inhabitants, and 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. You will have the option to take one of three tours: a walking tour along Dürnstein’s cobblestone streets, a hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held for ransom, or a guided bike tour along the Danube. 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 Wachau winery. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Saturday, November 11: Vienna, Austria

This morning, you will have a chance to savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna through your choice of one of three different excursions. The first option is a panoramic tour of Vienna that guides you past the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors, Parliament, Town Hall and Vienna University. Afterwards, you will visit Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben and the world famous Spanish Riding School. The second option is a walking tour of Vienna’s hidden treasures that takes you to secret places and sights like Ankeruhr, a whimsical Art Nouveau clock. Your third option is a guided bike tour along the Danube and through the Donaupark. After dinner you will be treated to an excursion to a charming Viennese wine tavern to listen to folk music and sample newly pressed local wine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Sunday, November 12: Budapest, Hungary

Your morning excursion includes sightseeing in the cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the river. You will see famed Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church and spectacular views of the Danube. Alternatively, you may also opt to join a hike up to Castle Hill on which you will see Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion and Parliament Square. After dinner, the ship will sail a special Illuminations Cruise past the glittering riverfront of Budapest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Monday, November 13: Budapest – Disembarkation

Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (Breakfast) Itinerary is subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

 

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank visa page for visa stamp(s).

 

PAYMENT

Deposit of $400 per person/$800 per cabin will confirm your reservation. Final payment is due to AAA by July 25, 2017.

Solo Travelers Rewards Club maximum voucher redemption: $100

 

CANCELLATION/PENALTIES

Deposit date to June 4, 2017 $225 per person, plus any additional suppliers’ fees

From June 5 – August 8, 2017 $400 per person/$800 per cabin, plus any additional suppliers’ fees

From August 9 – September 7, 2017 35% of gross fare per person, plus any additional suppliers’ fees

From September 8 – October 7, 2017 50% of gross fare per person, plus any additional suppliers’ fees

From October 8 – 30, 2017 80% of gross fare per person, plus any additional suppliers’ fees

After October 30, 2017 NON REFUNDABLE

*Airfare becomes non-refundable after final payment

 

INSURANCE

For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.

 

FLIGHT

Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airline(s) 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flights may contain code share agreements.

 

CLOTHING/CLIMATE

Average temperatures in this region for November is in the 50s. Daytime, casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Evenings require casual or semi-formal attire.

 

BAGGAGE

 

Two suitcases per person will be allowed by the cruise line. You may also bring a small carry-on bag. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.

 

TRAVEL ASSISTANCE

 

For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.

 

CONSUMER DISCLOSURE NOTICE – PART OF CONTRACT OF SERVICE.

 

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For reservations or more information, please contact:

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Harrisburg 717-657-2244 Lebanon 717-273-8534 Hershey 717-533-3381 Lewistown 888-222-3575