As a member of the prestigious international culinary society La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, AmaWaterways provides guests with one-of-a-kind dining in which food is not merely sustenance – it’s an unforgettable experience enhanced by spectacular local wine while cruising the world’s most legendary rivers.
The Farm-to-Table Dining Experience
Included in every unparalleled river cruise experience, bountiful breakfasts, tempting lunches and mouthwatering multi-course dinners are prepared using only the freshest ingredients sourced from the destinations visited ashore.
Start the day off with fresh-squeezed juices, sparkling wine, coffee and tea, with a morning meal that includes omelets made to order using cage-free eggs, freshly baked pastries and bread, fresh fruit and cereals. Lunch offers an array of fresh salads, soups and sandwiches. Evenings offer casual elegance with a range of delicious entrees, including filets of salmon, beef tenderloin and peppers expertly sautéed and grilled. Appetizers and handmade desserts are artfully presented – while delicious vegetarian, low sodium and gluten-free choices are available. Before dinner, a complimentary Sip & Sail cocktail hour gives you the chance to unwind.
In addition, daily hand-selected complimentary regional wine is chosen by acclaimed European sommeliers and served with every lunch and dinner on board. Further, menus are often updated based upon seasonal ingredients found in local markets. According to AmaWaterways’ Executive Chef Daniel Tanase, “One night, we had planned to serve chicken confit, but found local venison that was beautiful. So, we switched, and I sent our Hotel Manager to get fresh, local organic chestnuts, a wonderful accompaniment for the venison.”
Exclusive Dining Experience
During one special night on board, you can indulge your culinary wanderlust in a truly unforgettable dining event at The Chef’s Table. The only venue of its kind on the rivers, The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant is a highlight of the AmaWaterways experience. There, you can watch as a master chef chops, sears and meticulously plates a multi-course tasting menu skillfully paired, of course, with hand-selected wines – and it’s all included in your cruise fare.
A Truly Epicurean Adventure
For those who appreciate wine, AmaWaterways offers nearly 70 Wine Cruises through Europe’s most distinguished wine regions, from France’s iconic Bordeaux and equally distinguished Côtes du Rhône regions to Germany’s Rheingau and Moselle valleys to Austria’s UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley and beyond. Hosted by a dedicated wine expert, guests visit renowned cellars, indulge in an unforgettable wine pairing dinner and often discover a newfound passion for Old-World wines. Best of all, these enhanced epicurean experiences are included in the cruise fare.
Join AmaWaterways for an immersive Wine Cruise along Europe’s Danube River and you’ll savor timeless traditions at renowned cellars like Austria’s Schloss Gobelsburg, once under the care of Cistercian monks, where you’ll sip some of the world’s greatest examples of Riesling and Grüner Veltliner wines. Cozy up on the Sun Deck with a glass of white wine from Austria’s UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley while gliding through its vineyard-rich landscape. On one of AmaWaterways’ included Special Interest Tours, stroll through the charming village of Dürnstein, known for its unparalleled apricots, and sample some of nearby Weissenkirchen’s wines. And while in Vienna, dip your fork into a rich chocolate sacher torte, dazzling your palate with this Austrian delicacy – paired with sekt, the local sparkling wine.
Of course, you’ll also be able to choose from a variety of included excursions that venture beyond wine-related themes, such as a walking tour through Passau, Germany – the “City of Three Rivers,” a guided bike ride through the “Cultural Mile” of Linz, Austria, or a hike to historic Dürnstein Fortress.
Delicacies on the Rhine
While cruising the Rhine, you might get to try a rich asparagus risotto created using Germany’s celebrated white asparagus (spargel) during springtime – and paired with a local Riesling. Or perhaps a Rheinischer Sauerbraten – red wine marinated beef in raisin sauce, served with red cabbage, broccoli and a potato dumpling in autumn, paired with an Alsatian Pinot Noir as you cruise through the city of Strasbourg, France.
And ashore, on complimentary culinary-themed Special Interest Tours, you can taste the region’s Kölsch beer at a traditional brauhaus (German pub) in Cologne, straight from a stange (the narrow beer glass it is exclusively served in). Or sip decadent Rüdesheimer coffee in the winemaking village it was named for, enjoying how it is ceremoniously made with Asbach brandy and served with whipped cream, vanilla sugar and dark chocolate shavings on top.
And if you choose one of AmaWaterways’ Christmas Markets on the Rhine cruises, you’ll also have a chance to taste the region’s renowned Nurnberger sausages with a variety of mustards, spicy lebkuchen gingerbread and sweet glühwein (hot mulled wine).
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