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Announcing our next Joe Sixpack Beer Themed River Cruise

Oct 11th – 18th 2018

Tasting beer with AmaWaterways

Tasting beer with AmaWaterways

Germany's Reichsburg Castle

A lion in a knight’s suit at Reichsburg castle

Cruise the Moselle, Rhine, and Main Rivers for our next Joe Sixpack Beer Themed trip.  Cruise in luxury with fellow beer enthusiasts and Don Russell, aka Joe Sixpack our host and beer expert.  Click on the tabs below to learn more or call Susan Wolfson at 610-398-2444 to reserve your spot.

 

 

  • Europe’s Rivers & Castles

    Go Astro Travel, LLC is offering our fourth Joe Sixpack beer themed trip.  This time we start in Prague (Optional pre-cruise) and sail from Nuremberg Germany to Luxembourg.  This scenic cruise will take us to the home of Rauschbeir (smoked beer) in Bamberg, past scores of castles high above the Rhine River and into Trier, filled with Roman ruins and fantastic white wine.


     Features:

    • Several beer themed excursions just for our group
    • Search out new varieties of beer and wine not exported to the US
    • Compare notes with Don Russell, acclaimed beer expert
    • AmaWaterways luxury including first rate food and service
    • All the usual excursions on the AmaWaterways cruise
    • Opportunities for bicycle excursions, wine tastings and world class scenery
    • Over 70 castles, several of which can be toured
    Castle in Cochem as viewed from the river

    Castle in Cochem as viewed from the river


     

     

     

  • Itinerary for Europe's Rivers and Castles

    Itinerary for the cruise portion of our trip

    Europe’s Rivers and Castles

    The cruise starts in Nuremberg which has a beautifully restored old city from the middle ages and a strong beer tradition.  We continue to Bamberg, known not only for their smoked beers but for a beautifully restored palace and cathedral.  We continue to Wurzburg, Kitzingen and Wertheim filled with wine, palaces, Gothic architecture and even pretzels.  We then cruise north along the Rhine gorge past castles lining both sides high above us.  On the Moselle River we’ll visit Cochem with it’s fully restored castle perched high above the river.  Finally we’ll visit Trier, once the center of Roman life and still filled with beautiful ruins.  Enjoy packing and unpacking once, stopping in 7 different parts of Germany, enjoying beer and wine with friends in a truly luxurious yet unpretentious atmosphere.

    Pre-Cruise Extension:

    You’ll have the opportunity to start in Prague a few days before the cruise.  This beautiful city has a rich beer tradition and is filled with spires, a 1000 year old castle and one of the oldest bridges in Europe.   We will be offering a customized tour with our private guide who will take us on a tour of beautiful Prague.  In addition we will offer beer dinners and events.

    Flights:

    For those doing the Prague extension, you’ll fly directly into Prague.  For those starting in Nuremberg, you’ll fly into Munich.  You can either fly out of Luxembourg or take a transfer to Paris.

    Detailed Itinerary:

    DAY 1 – Nuremberg
    EMBARKATION
    Embark your cruise in Nuremberg. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers on board. (D)

    DAY 2 – Bamberg, Schweinfurt

    Bamberg
    Walking tour and smoked beer tasting
    Schweinfurt
    Free evening

    Discover enchanting Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guided walking tour includes the Imperial Cathedral and the charming fishermen’s village known as “Little Venice” as well as taste the city’s famous smoked beer, Rauchbier. (B,L,D)

    DAY 3 – Kitzingen, Würzburg

    Kitzingen
    Walking tour and wine tasting
    Würzburg
    City tour and Residenz Palace visit
    OR Kitzingen bike tour

    Explore Kitzingen, Franconia’s wine trade center, with a city tour. Later, the Aulic (wine) Council and Wine Queen will welcome you with a special five-wine tasting in one of Germany’s oldest wine cellars. During the afternoon, you have a choice of two excursions. Join a guided bike ride from Kitzingen to Würzburg along the Main River and “Romantic Road,” or take a walking tour through Würzburg and then visit its Residenz Palace. The 300-room palace took nearly 60 years to complete and contains the world’s largest ceiling fresco, created by Venetian painter Tiepolo, as well as one of the most beautiful staircases in the world (B,L,D)

    DAY 4 – Wertheim
    Walking tour
    OR Main River bike tour
    OR Pretzel bakery visit and tasting
    OR Castle hike

    Wertheim’s old town center still features half-timbered houses and the Gothic architecture of the Stiftskirche, its oldest Protestant church. You may either join a guided walking tour through the historic city center or learn the art of pretzel making with a visit to a local bakery. For those seeking a more active adventure, take a scenic bike ride through the Main River Valley or hike high above the town for a visit to the castle, one of the most picturesque ruins in Germany. (B,L,D)

    DAY 5 – Mainz, Rüdesheim, Rhine Gorge & Koblenz

    Mainz
    City tour with Chagall windows
    OR Full-day Heidelberg excursion
    OR Mainz to Rüdesheim bike tour
    Rüdesheim
    Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum
    OR Vineyard hike
    OR Gondola ride
    Rhine Gorge
    Scenic cruising
    Koblenz
    Evening walking tour

    Arrive in Mainz, located at the confluence of the Main and Rhine rivers, where you have a choice of three excursions. Join a walking tour of Mainz, home to many historic treasures, including one of Germany’s most important churches, the Romanesque cathedral and the Chagall stained-glass windows depicting scriptural scenes in stunning blue, which you will get to see. Alternatively, visit Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town, where you will tour the Old Town and visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat. For a more active adventure, cycle along the Rhine River to Rüdesheim. During the afternoon, you can participate in one of three excursions while in Rüdesheim. Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, home to one of the greatest collections of self-playing musical instruments; take a ride over the vineyards of Rüdesheim in a gondola to the Niederwald Monument; or go on a hike through the vineyards. Later in the day, set sail towards Koblenz through the Rhine River Gorge, famous for its beautiful and imposing castles and legendary Lorelei Rock. After dinner, join a tour of Koblenz to explore its romantic narrow streets, historic squares and 12th-century churches. (B,L,D)

    DAY 6 – Cochem, Zell

    Cochem
    Reichsburg Castle and walking tour
    OR Cochem Mustard Mill tour
    OR Bike tour
    Zell
    Exclusive wine festival

    Wake up in fairytale Cochem and visit the Reichsburg Castle followed by a walking tour. As an alternative, visit one of Europe’s oldest working mustard mills where you will sample Cochem’s famous mustard. You may also opt to take a guided bike tour along the captivating Moselle River. Later cruise to Zell, famous for their Riesling and the well-known arched black cat icon, often seen on the labels of local German wines. Experience the hospitality of the citizens of Zell, including the local Wine Queen and Mayor, at an exclusive wine festival where you’ll sample local wines, sausages and more. (B,L,D)

    DAY 7 – Trier
    City tour
    OR Secrets of Porta Nigra tour
    OR Amphitheater Hill hike

    Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Moselle to Trier, Germany’s oldest city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its rich ancient Roman past. Join a guided tour of the city, including the old Roman amphitheater, Roman Baths, Basilica of Constantine and the Porta Nigra Gate that dates back to 180 A.D. Alternatively, you can join a tour to discover the Secrets of the Porta Nigra; or go on a hike to Trier’s amphitheater where gladiators once held contests. (B,L,D)

    DAY 8 – Luxembourg
    DISEMBARKATION
    This morning, bid farewell to your luxurious river cruise ship. (B)

     

     

     

     

     

    • Top Reasons Why AmaWaterways Outshines Other River Cruise Lines:
    1. Because the owner designs his own ships, they are designed with lower draft and less weight –  This allows them to sail in more extreme water conditions.  A common problem in river cruising is high and low water situations.  AmaWaterways ships are less susceptible to theses issues. AmaWaterways had zero cancellations due to low water levels in 2015; the other popular lines had cancellations, extended bus routes and/or required transferring ships.
    2. More Excursions Included – AmaWaterways offers an excursion in every port while many lines only offer 1 excursion per day.
    3. More excursion choices included at no extra cost – gentle, regular and active tour paces, Limited Edition tours, even some tours for late risers.
    4. Bikes on board –  AmaWaterways has bikes on board for you to enjoy any time you’d like.
    5. Local Wines – When in Austria enjoy Austrian wines, in Budapest enjoy Hungarian wines.  Other lines give you house wines or charge you a fee for an upgraded wine package.
    6. Less Passengers – AmaWaterways twin balcony ships are the same physical size as other ships but the Ama ships carry about 30 less passengers.  When other lines have to bring out folding chairs for entertainment and informational sessions Ama can comfortably fit every passenger. There’s always plenty of room in the restaurant.
    7. Family owned and operated.  Personalized service, world class cruise managers, attention to detail. You are not a number on an AmaWaterways cruise.
    8. Best Food – The Only River Cruise Line Inducted into La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
    9. The Highest Rated Ships in Europe, Berlitz Guide to River Cruising in Europe
    10. Included amenities include pool or hot spa on many ships.   Massage services and hair salon available (as an extra) as well.
    11. Very favorable terms and conditions including deposit requirements and airline rates
    12. Pre and post extensions in world class cities hosted with the same cruise manager as on the river
    13. A fabulous second restaurant for 24 people, The Chief’s Table which provide that “next level” of dining experience
  • Ship Information – The AmaDante

     

    AmaDante will host our beer themed tour

    AmaDante

    The 144-passenger AmaDante made her debut in 2008. Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, ranging in size from 170-225 sq. ft., or in a single stateroom of 140 sq. ft. You can always indulge even more in one of the suites at 255 sq. ft. Most staterooms have a French balcony. 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 AmaDante offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a sauna, whirlpool, massage and hair salon, a stylish and inviting Main Lounge, and specialty coffee station. 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 enjoy 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 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.

     

     

    Deck Plan

    AmaDante

    AmaDante

     

     

    Cabins

    Category A, B & C cabin

    Category A, B & C cabin

     

     

     

    Cabins are efficient and well appointed.  Shown is the Category A at 170 sq ft of space.  Categories B & C are identical to Category A.  The only difference is location. For  Most cabins have French Balconies; some of fixed windows.

    Category D or E High Fixed Window

    Category D or E High Fixed Window

     

  •  Pricing

    Costs are per person
    AmaDante cabin category Brochure Price (cruise only) Our discount represents $250 off of best Ama price available Limited time 5% savings** Port Charges Total cost, per person (cruise only, excludes airfare)
    Category S $5,798 ($1,000) ($240) $168 $4,726
    Category A $4,598 ($1,000) ($180) $168 $3,586
    Category B $4,498 ($1,000) ($175) $168 $3,491
    Category C $4,298 ——————— ————– ————- sold out
    Category D $3,698 ($1,000) n/a $168 $2,866*
    Category E ————- ——————— ————– ————- sold out
    *Only 1 cabin left
     

    Notes:
    ●     Your AmaWaterways past guest savings would apply and would lower the above rates. 
    ●     2 Nights Prague package (Pre-cruise) USD: $520 per person double occupancy (includes transfers)
    ●     3 Nights Paris (Post-cruise) $1320 per person double occupancy, includes transfers
    ●     $400 per person is needed to reserve; Must be reserved by 11/30/2017 to get the 5% savings.
    ●     The above rates are based on double occupancy.  Single rates are available; please call for pricing
    **5% savings is not combinable with Future Cruise Credits.


    What’s Included?

    Your Stateroom & Ship

    • Deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom – most staterooms offer French Balconies 
    • State-of-the-art Infotainment System in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library & English language TV stations
    • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
    • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily

    Your Excursion & Events

    • Beer events/excursions designed especially for our group by Joe Sixpack
    • Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
    • “Limited Edition Tours”
    • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
    • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, on board music performances and piano music
    • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)

    Your Meals & Drinks

    • New for 2018 Cocktail Hour each evening before dinner
    • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
    • Multiple dining venues
    • Unlimited red & white wines from Europe’s great wine regions during meals
    • Beer & soft drinks with every lunch & dinner on board
    • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
    • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner
    • Cocktails each evening