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Wine Cruise with Holly Howell

New World meets Old World! 

Holly Howell, Certified Sommelier through the Master Court of London and award-winning Finger Lakes wine writer, invites you to join her on a fun-filled, educational and very tasty wine tour of the Rhine River from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam. Traveling on the award winning AmaWaterways aboard the elegant AmaCello river ship you will see where it all started.

Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Gruner Veltliner, Lemberger, and Pinot Noir – all of the grapes that have found their niche in New York State originated right here in Europe.  As we travel down the magnificent Rhine… through Alsace, France and into the Rheingau of Germany… we will be sampling those mouthwatering Rhine wines alongside some of our Finger Lakes favorites.

A one-of-a-kind experience that will ultimately connect you to a unique part of our own local wine history.  Come along and enjoy the ride — with in-depth wine seminars, private wine tours, chef-inspired cuisine and the beauty of one of the most breathtaking waterways of Europe. November 15-22, 2013.

Enjoy our exclusive group benefits:

$250.00 per person discount on published rates

$100.00 per person on board credit

Contact us today for more details.

Savoring Switzerland in Three Courses

First Course: French Switzerland

Sleek and sophisticated Geneva is surrounded by France and oh, so French! As the home of the United Nations, Interational Red Cross amongst 23 international organizations, its ppopulation is truly a mix of all Nations and its culinary options cover all cuisines.

Centered around the beautiful Lake Geneva (Lac Leman), with views to spectacular snow-capped Mont Blanc (Europe’s highest peak), it is a breathtaking location.

The Old Town with cobbled streets reminiscent of old Paris, is surrounded by chic shopping with perhaps the world’s largest collection of fine Swiss watch shops.

The slopes of the lake are lined with vineyards which produce the delicious Swiss wines that rarely leave the country. Opportunities abound here for exquisite French cuisine highlighting the local fish, meats, cheese and produce. Lessons with a gourmet chef, wine tastings at the vineyards or in private cellars, and of course,chocolate, chocolate, chocolate complete the experience.

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Second Course: Swiss-German Switzerland

With its elegant cities of Zurich and Lucerne and countless towns and villages filled with houses covered in flowers, the majority of the country lies in this  region. Its cuisine is influenced by its bounty gathered from the romantic lakes, peaceful rivers, rolling plains, high pastures and spectacular mountains. Each region has its flavorful local produce to offer including a variety of cheeses, wines, meat, game, fresh-water fish, fruits and vegetables, herbs, breads and pastries and, of course, chocolate treats. This is the land of the famous Swiss Fondue, roesti and raclette, along with endless variations of sausage and air cured meats. But here you can also enjoy fine Swiss cuisine prepared by chefs gathering Michelin stars. As you travel by train or car from Basel to Bern, from Interlaken to Zermatt, from St. Gallen to St. Moritz, your scenic views will inevitably include happy cows grazing peacefully on mountainsides and in valleys who produce that incredibly rich milk and cream which the Swiss magically transform into over 450 varieties of some of the finest cheeses and the most delicious chocolates the world has to offer. Wineries all over the region produce high quality whites and reds that the locals will proudly serve to visitors but prefer not to send outside their borders.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Course: Italian Switzerland

Travel down to the southeastern corner of Switzerland and you’ll experience La Dolce Vita, Swiss style – the efficiency of the Swiss combined with the Italian lifestyle. Here Switzerland is steeped in the perfumes and flooded with the colors of the south as life goes on at a slower pace. Suddenly the menus are full of risottos, pastas and pizze and you are invited to dine lazily in the shade of a pergola, surrounded by lakes, cliffs, waterfalls and forests of chestnut trees. Here you need to take your time and enjoy life. Marvelous  local products, including cheeses from the valleys are combined with magical ingredients into amazing risotto, luganighe, costine and other delights and served with their outstanding Merlot wines. Delicioso!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Switzerland has long had a culture of fine cuisine and a reputation for making guests feel welcome. It started with the pioneer of luxury hotels, Cesar Ritz, in the 19th century and continues today with those who keep up with Swiss gastronomy at the forefront of the international scene. You are invited to savor the creations of the passionate chefs who practice their culinary artistry day after day. Let us prepare a delicious and flavorful itinerary for your 3-course visit to this incredible country.


Saveur Travel Advisory Board

Trisha Iannazzi, Certified Travel Counselor and owner of Iannazzi Enterprises in Mendon, an affiliate of Largay Travel, is appointed to the exclusive Saveur Magazine Travel Advisory Board

 

CURATORS OF AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES

SAVEUR has formed an alliance with Virtuoso, an invitation-only network of the world’s finest travel specialists,to bring you dream travel packages and authentic culinary experiences in locations all over the world.

Extraordinary travel experiences don’t just happen, they are created by people with both access and expertise. The result? Everlasting memories following a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

The all-new SAVEUR Travel Advisory Board – our network of the world’s top travel advisors – have the skills, resources, and connections across the globe to craft the perfect vacation for you. From adventurous to culinary-focused, and exotic to cultural, these experts explore the world and build itineraries with your desires in mind. Since culinary travel is one of the fastest growing travel trends today, we hand-selected the top 32 culinary travel specialistsfrom the Virtuoso network to make up the SAVEUR Travel Advisory Board to build culinary travel offers, exclusively for SAVEUR readers.The board brings destinations to life through the language of food and wine—geared towards travelers, not tourists.

SAVEUR is the definitive culinary and culinary-travel magazine of its generation. It has been honored with four American Society of Magazine Editors awards (including one for general excellence) and 17 James Beard journalism awards.

I am delighted and honored to have been appointed to this select group. Please look for our exclusive culinary focused travel programs in future issues of Saveur Magazine or on line at Saveur.com/Virtuoso

CHILE AND ARGENTINA WINE TOUR 2013

CHILE AND ARGENTINA WINE TOUR 2013

 

South America is a dream destination for many and a perfect place for a wine tour in March, the best time to enjoy the southern harvest.

Why not join our friends at Iberian Wine Tours in 2013 and make your friends jealous? Enjoy many fine wines and bodegas, 4 and 5 star hotels in the heart of the wine country and lots of fine meals too.

Ever wondered what (Andean) Napa was like 20 or 30 years ago? Call us for information on how to join the tour.

Wines Around the World - With Holly

Wines Around the World – With Holly

Join your favorite sommelier, wine educator and wine journalist, Holly Howell as she takes you on these magical journeys to explore the wonderful world of wines.

November 15-22, 2012

The Enchanting Rhine From Zurich to Amsterdam on the AMACello

On this fantastic program enjoy 4 nights in beautiful Switzerland before boarding the luxurious river ship, AMACello in Basel and cruising along the Rhine through the German and French Alsace region and on to Cologne and Amsterdam. Highlights include winery visits and wine oriented shore excursions, fine dining with wine tastings, lectures and wine pairings with your on-board hosts Barry and Kim Wiss from Napa Valley, Holly Howell and Gary Murphy, Vice-President of AMAWaterways. Holly will host this itinerary again in November 2013.

May 7-18, 2013

Wines of the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and British Columbia

San Francisco to Vancouver on the Regatta

 

 

Sleek, elegantly charming, Regatta is the Flagship of the Oceania Cruises fleet. With just 684 guests, Regatta offers every luxury you expect. Four unique, open seating restaurants await with menus designed by Master Chef Jacques Pepin, along with 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms, nearly 70% of which feature private verandas. On this magical journey, explore with Holly some very special wineries of the Northwest USA and Canada as well as visiting America’s last frontier, Amazing Alaska. For a limited time, enjoy 2 for 1 cruise fares plus free airfare!

 

For more information on these adventures with Holly, contact Trisha Iannazzi at 585-624-1285

COMPLIMENTARY STAYS IN PARIS AND LISBON WITH AMAWATERWAYS

We are so excited that our favorite River Cruise company will FINALLY have a fabulous new ship on the magnificent Douro River. This is one of the most scenic and wonderful experiences you will ever have.  Also the new Seine itinerary in France is super wonderful! Call us now before they all sell out!

AmaWaterways - Leading The Way In River Cruising
Introducing The Seine & Douro for 2013
Special Inaugural Season Savings
Complimentary land program in Paris or Lisbon
Or save $1,000 per stateroom
Paris & NormandyCruise the Seine River on board the beautiful AmaLegro, part of AmaWaterways Sensational Six. AmaWaterways Sensational Six are custom-designed, premium vessels carrying up to 150 passengers and introduce a new standard of River Cruising on the great waterways of Europe. Your journey takes you from Paris to Paris through the heart of Normandy, exploring the beautiful countryside that inspired many famous painters, including Monet and Van Gogh. Visit Giverny, Rouen and Les Andelys, as well as the famous Normandy beaches before returning to Paris, the “City of Lights.” Book this itinerary and receive a complimentary 2-night stay in Paris.

Paris Complimentary 2-night stay in Paris
With 7-night Seine cruise on board the beautiful AmaLegro

Select Paris & Normandy cruises embarking from March 29 through Nov. 8, 2013
Starting from $2499* per person
Paris | Vernon | Giverny | Rouen | Normandy | Honfleur | Les Andelys | Conflans & 2 nights in Paris 
The Douro River ValleyDiscover the rich history of Portugal and Spain as you journey through the Douro River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, onboard the brand new AmaVida. This grand 108-passenger vessel features balconies in most of its staterooms and suites. Receive a complimentary 3-night stay in Lisbon when booking the Enticing Douro or the Port Wine & Flamenco itineraries. Highlights include visits to Porto, Salamanca, Régua and dinner at the Alpendurada Monastery.

 

Lisbon Complimentary 3-night stay in Lisbon
With 7-night Douro cruise on board the brand-new AmaVida

Select Enticing Douro or Port Wine & Flamenco cruises embarking from Jun. 25 through Aug. 27, 2013
Starting from $2,899* per person
Porto | Régua | Barca d’Alva | Vega Terrón | Pinhão | Régua | Bitetos & 3 nights in Lisbon

PREMIUM RIVER CRUISE EXPERIENCE**
State-of-the-art ships | Spacious staterooms with French balconies or full balconies
Complimentary in-room Internet & Wi-fi access | Complimentary shore excursions
Gourmet dining with free wine, beer & soft drinks | Nightly onboard entertainment

Book Now – Limited Time Offer!

 

* All prices listed are in U.S. dollars. Offers are valid on new Enticing Douro and Port Wine & Flamenco cruise bookings made by June 30, 2012 or Paris & Normandy cruise bookings made by July 31, 2012. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions or discounts. Rates may vary per departure date. Offers are valid on new cruise bookings only and are not combinable with any other offers. Guests must purchase 7-night cruise to receive complimentary land program. Complimentary land program are based on double occupancy with a maximum of 2 persons per hotel room and applies to the hotels selected and contracted by AmaWaterways. $1,000 Savings is per stateroom, based on double occupancy and is not combinable with complimentary land program; single bookings receive $500 off per stateroom. Bonus commission is per double occupancy bookings, single occupancy bookings receive $250 commission per booking. Availability is limited on these cruises, capacity controlled and subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Some restrictions may apply. **Premium River Cruise Experience applies to most ships; please ask for details. AmaWaterways is registered as a seller of travel in the State of California. CST#2065452-40

The Flavours of Scotland

 

flavour_of_scotland190.jpgTemperate climate, varied landscape and soils, fruitful seas – these are just some of the factors that give Scotland the edge for top quality foods of all kinds. Choose any meal, any course and there are ingredients to inspire – from delicate seafood starters to soft-fruit dessert.

Distilleries set in inspiring scenery, Lowland farm shops, seacoast smokehouses, as well as restaurants, bistros and hotels, are just some of the places to encounter Scotland’s finest flavours.

Two New European Canal & River Cruises Offer Great Savings

For families and friends this is a fantastic vacation option…….

Reserve by May 31 and Save on Two New European Canal & River Cruises
Reserve by May 31 and Save on Two New European Canal & River Cruises

The charming old towns and villages of Western Europe are linked by a vast chain of water – rivers and canals that flow from bustling cities to quaint hamlets, passing through tranquil yet breathtaking landscapes. Set out to discover this intimate side of Europe on board two new comfortable barges for a leisurely, all-inclusive vacation – a great value in today’s European travel market.

Save Now on Two New Cruise Itineraries for 2012: Call us for more details – we just love barging….

Benefits of European Canal and River Cruising

A great value in Europe today
All-inclusive: accommodations, gourmet meals with wine, guided sightseeing and paid entry fees
Great for families or a group
Comfortable, leisurely holiday
An intimate view of Europe away from the crowds
'Panache': Alsace-Lorraine
‘Panache’: Alsace-Lorraine
7 days | 12 guests
Save $1,000 per cabin or 10% per charter
Cruise aboard ‘Panache’ through the German-influenced French region of Alsace-Lorraine. Find time to relax in the on-deck hot tub while you take in the incredible scenery. Reserve by May 31 and save $1,000 per cabin on hotel sailings or 10% on charter sailings from June 17-October 28.
'C'est la Vie'
‘C’est La Vie’
7 days | 8 guests
Save 10% per person or 20% per charter
Enjoy the ever-changing scenery of the Canal de Bourgogne in the Burgundy region of France, passing vineyard-clad hillsides and quaint villages along the way. Dine on gourmet cuisine on board and save 10% per person on May hotel sailings or 20% on any 2012 charter sailing when you reserve by May 31.

"In Celebration of Wine" Cruises

AmaWaterways - Leading The Way In River Cruising
"In Celebration of Wine" Cruises
“In Celebration of Wine” Cruises from $2,149*
Cruise through Europe’s most acclaimed wine regions
With $500 Savings & $300 Shipboard Credit

Join AmaWaterways this fall for an exceptional wine cruise experience.  Our “In Celebration of Wine” Cruises will venture to Europe’s premier wine regions along the Danube, Rhine, Mosel and — new for 2012 — the Rhone.

Wine Cruises Hosted by Experts
Wine Cruises Hosted by Experts
Each seven-night cruise is led by expert wine hosts from some of California’s most renowned wineries, such as St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Rodney Strong Vineyards and Trinchero Family Estates.  Each of these cruises will also be escorted by AmaWaterways Executives.
Excursions
Excursions in Europe’s Great Wine Regions
Enjoy Europe in its most picturesque fall hues, sampling wines from Austria’s Wachau Valley; the legendary wine regions of the Rhine; and celebrated Côtes du Rhône in France. Exclusive “In Celebration of Wine” excursions include visits to historic vineyards, wine cellars and wineries; meetings with wine-makers, and festivals laden with local food and drink.
Wine Culture
Distinctive On Board Wine Culture & Amenities
Our customized itineraries include onboard lectures, wine tastings and wine pairings with delicious regional cuisine prepared by our award-winning culinary staff. Also enjoy fine amenities such as luxurious staterooms with French balconies; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access and Wi-Fi; and a fleet of bicycles to explore on your own plus guided bike tours.

Only AmaWaterways can bring you this unique sampling of Europe’s wine heritage, culture and traditions.  And for a limited time, enjoy exciting savings as you “Celebrate Wine” with us this fall. Please call Iannazzi Enterprises for dates, rates and more details

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Marvelous Portugal

A sight from Alentejo, one of our favorite hidden gems…
Alentejo is the widest region of Portugal. Here the landscape is “gentle” composed by rolling hills covered by cork oak trees, vineyards and wheat fields. The lifestyle is serene in the small villages with white washed houses where the time slowly passes by… The gastronomy is robust and creative with wines to match it, in contrast with the calmness of the local people of the region. Évora is a beautiful small town and the most important of the Alentejo region. Still surrounded by the old walls it is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and will attract you for its medieval appearance, the narrow streets, the historic centre and the kindness of the locals. Amongst several interesting monuments, you shall not miss the Roman Temple from the 1st century, unique of this kind in Portugal. This is also the perfect place for a great gastronomic and wine experience, as this is one of the regions in Portugal with more traditional and quality at this level. You shall not miss the opportunity of having a meal in one of the city’s restaurants.
Alentejo is just one of the amazing places to visit in Marvelous Portugal. Let us craft your perfect itinerary……