Breisach, Germany

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Built on the Musterberg hillknown as the gateway to the Black Forest, Breisach overlooks the Rhine valley and the houses of the town. As a significant stronghold of the Holy Roman Empire in the 16th century, Breisch is a wonderful example of medieval art and architecture and houses one of Europe’s largest wine cellars.  

 

Take a tour of Riquewihr, a picturesque place that looks much as it did back in the 16th century.  The gorgeous buildings are breathtaking and dainty wine shops are scattered throughout this lovely town.

maxresdefaultFreiburg, small streams, delicacies and wine paired with sustainability – you will find all of this and much more in Freiburg. Go on a tour of discovery through the sunny city and let the pleasant Baden way of life combined with the flair of an international university and ecological flagship city work its magic on you.

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Gift Giving in Wine Country

img_5783This Thanksgiving, avoid the ridiculous crowds of the malls and shopping centers and visit us for our annual Thanksgiving in Wine Country event.  Wine sampling, warm soup, tasty pairings and nice visits with your Coyote Canyon friends will make your shopping experience so much more enjoyable.  We will be having special wine discounts as a thanks to all of our loyal friends.

Also as a thanks to our long time friend, Charlie, our newest port style dessert wine, Pour It Charlie, will be released on Friday along with a 10% discount to all.   Mike and the winemakers will be there to sign your purchase to make this gift even more special. pouritcharlie

 

Once you’ve decided on that perfect wine for that perfect wine loving person, take them over to our gift box assembly station.  Wine boxes, bags, inserts, cards and more will be available to help you finish the gift buying process.  Done……and all with a glass of wine in your hand. Honestly, I cannot think of a better way to shop.

Don’t forget about our wine gifts: stoppers, decor, apparel, glasses and so much more.

We cannot wait to see you and be able to personally thank you for this wonderful year.

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Strasbourg, France

489530f9ded294e951c932e69ba61d0aThe charming city of Strasbourg, capital city of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region of northeastern France sits on the Rhine near the German border. The culture and architecture of the city blends German and French with a medieval quarter filled with amazing UNESCO-rated buildings.  

After arriving this morning, enjoy a panoramic city tour that will take you past the Parc de l’Orangerie, the town’s oldest park, the European Parliament, and the Place de la Republique.

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Catch the miracle of medieval technology at the 12:30pm daily performance of the 15th Century Strasbourg Cathedral’s astronomical clock. Enjoy the 468 foot spire in rose-colored sandstone while waiting for the timepiece to strike.

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Or stroll along the waterways and enjoy the half-timbered houses of the Petite France District, “La Petit France”. The beautiful houses of the district date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. After delighting in the shops and restaurants of the Petite France District, admire the architecture of the Ponts Couverts bridge at the end of the district.

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Speyer Germany

speyer-heidelberg-morning-fogOn Day 5  you will visit the beautiful city of Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities.  Speyer is home to a 10th century Cathedral, which holds the title for being the biggest preserved Romanesque Church in the world.  

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Stroll through the streets of this quaint town, lined with boutiques, galleries, coffee shops and restaurants. Cross the 18th century stone bridge, which links the Old Town to the Philosopher’s Walk and enjoy the picturesque views of the city stretched along the Nekar River.  

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Speyer is regarded as the birthplace of the Protestant faith due to the Protestation at Speyer in 1529. An attempt to repeal the Edict of Toleration, the first act allowing free exercise of religion in Europe

Arrive around noon in Speyer, choose either a city tour of Speyer or a half-day excursion to historic Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask) and see beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below. This evening, the ship continues onward to Strasbourg, France. (B,L,D)

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Special pricing continues through October 31, 2016.
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Rudesheim am Rhein

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Situated in a large winemaking region, Rudesheim is one of Germany’s most prolific and scenic wine regions and is partly a UNESCO World Heritage siteIt offers beautiful hikes through the surrounding mountains and prime views over the dazzling Rhine river valley. Next to its extensive vineyards, the city’s rich cultural and historic background make it one of the most intriguing places to visit in Germany. 

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On the fourth morning of your Rhine River Cruise, sail through the picturesque Rhine Gorge, admiring its many castles and fortress ruins and the legendary Lorelei Rock and arrive in the winemaking town of Rüdesheim where you will enjoy an afternoon wine tasting with a local vintner. You may also choose to take a gondola ride above the city and see the famous Niederwalddenkmal Statue.  The monument was created between 1870 and 1880 as a commemoration of the end of the Franco-Prussian, and with that the historic unification of the German people

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For those interested in touring the city, in Rüdesheim’s old town visitors can wander through Drosselgasse, a cobbled street filled with historic buildings, restaurants, bars and shops. This street in particular is lined with some of the city’s best restaurants, where you can enjoy regional dishes, live bands and local wines

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This evening, visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Instrument Museum, home to a remarkable collection of old robotic and self-playing musical instruments.

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The ship sails overnight. (B,L,D)

Special pricing continues through October 31, 2016.
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Cologne, Germany

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COLOGNE – This beautiful city is the second stop along your gorgeous Rhine River Wine Cruise.  You will enjoy a guided tour through this extremely old cathedral city.  On the river Rhine, this city is one of the most important commercial and cultural centers in western Germany.  Your tour will take you to through the Old Town in the heart of the city.  

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Cologne is home to 12 great Romanesque churches but boasts Cologne Cathedral. Begun in 1248, the building of this Gothic masterpiece took place in several stages and wasn’t completed until the late 1800s.  

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Just a few minutes’ walk from Cologne Cathedral, the Roman-Germanic Museum offers a fascinating insight into the city’s rich archaeological heritage from the Paleolithic period to the early Middle Ages. Those with a sweet tooth may visit the Schokoladenmuseaum or Chocolate Museum where they can learn all about cocoa and chocolate while tasting freshly made treats. And yes, there is a chocolate fountain. 

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Or enjoy a light Kolsch beer at one of the many historic beer halls in the old town areaThe city has an expansive selection of shops, from well know German department stores such as Peek & Cloppenburgas well as local speciality boutiques, art and antique shops.  

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For a break from the city, take a walk through Rheinpark Park, a beautiful stretch of 40 hectares which lines the river Rhine. If amazing panoramic views of Cologne and the Rhine peak your interest, jump on the Cologne Cable Car. Established in 1957, the Cable Car travels from Rheinpark Park to Riehl, where you can enjoy the Botanical Garden or Cologne’s Zoo Bridge. 

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Pre Cruise Hotel Special – The Grand Amsterdam Hotel

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Cruise guests may begin their trip with a extraordinary 2 night stay at the luxurious Sofitel Legend, The Grand Amsterdam Hotel, easily regarded as the best hotel in Amsterdam.

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Relax and enjoy Amsterdam from above as this special includes a guaranteed upgrade to a Superior Room with gorgeous views of the canal below.

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To aid in making your trip as stress free as possible, this package also includes breakfast as well as provide transportation from the hotel to the ship on the day of departure.

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Package- 2 nights $510 per person double; $1016 single occupancy

Included in the 2 night package:
Hotel nights at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam Hotel (or similar)

* Guaranteed Upgrade to Superior Room With Canal View
* USD $50 F&B hotel credit
* Transfer from hotel to ship
* Hot buffet Breakfast
* Baggage handling at the hotel
* All hotel taxes

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Amsterdam – First Stop on your Rhine River Wine Cruise

 

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Amsterdam, the gorgeous capital city of the Netherlands, is  known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses.  On your Rhine River Cruise you’ll enjoy this beautiful city and its many wonders.  Enjoy a cruise through Amsterdam’s lovely canals which circle around and throughout the oldest parts of the city. Considered the Venice of the north, Amsterdam’s houses were built entirely on water with long poles dug deep into the ground to prevent them from sinking. Over time many of these houses have become fascinatingly lopsided. 

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Cross under or over the beautiful Magere Brug bridge, a draw-bridge connecting the sides of the river Amstel. The traditional double-leaf design was originally build in 1670 and has been maintained to keep its historic charm throughout the centuries.

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You’ll see the house where Anne Frank and her family lived in hiding during WWII and the famous windmill painted by Rembrandt.

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Art fans have many museums to visit in Amsterdam. Those interested in Dutch arts and history will want to visit the Rijksmuseum museum located in Museum Square.

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Just around the corner is the Van Gogh Museum, which houses the world’s largest van Gogh collection. For a more personal look at the life of a 17th century Dutch master artist, visit the Rembrandt House Museum. A historic house and art museum, Rembrandt lived and worked in the house between 1639 and 1656. 

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This is just the first of 6 amazing cities that you will see during your time on the Rhine River Wine Cruise.
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We hope you will join us on this once in a lifetime event.

The Beautiful AmaSonata

image005The AmaSonata is a sister ship to the AmaCerto and features the most advanced design of any river cruise vessel currently in operation. The AmaSonata was build in 2014 in the Netherlands.  The ship proudly has a crew of 51 with 82 beautiful staterooms.  Our exclusive Twin Balconies are available in most staterooms, which measure a spacious 210-235 sq. feet, with four suites measuring 300 sq. feet. Passengers will enjoy gourmet dining with free-flowing fine wines at multiple onboard dining venues; a heated sun deck swimming pool with a ‘swim-up’ bar; fitness center and spa; complimentary ship-wide Wi-Fi and in-room Internet and entertainment on demand; and a fleet of bicycles carried onboard for passengers to enjoy on their own or on guided bike tours.

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Your Rhine River Cruise Schedule

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Day 1 ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND – EMBARKATION
Arrive in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship. Meet your fellow travelers tonight at the Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2 AMSTERDAM
After breakfast, your tour of Amsterdam begins with a scenic canal cruise through the city known as the “Venice of the North.” See the tall narrow homes lining the water, the Skinny Bridge, and the house where Anne Frank and her family lived in hiding during WWII. Later, enjoy a panoramic city tour that will show you many key sights, including a photo stop at the windmill famously painted by Rembrandt. You’ll have some free time to explore on your own before returning to the ship. The ship departs this afternoon, en route to Germany. (B,L,D)
Day 3 COLOGNE, GERMANY – KOBLENZ
Enjoy a guided tour of Cologne this morning, which will take you to the Old Town, Cathedral Square, and the city’s majestic 13th-century Gothic cathedral. Afterwards, you’ll have free time to visit some of the local shops or have a coffee at a quaint café. Late tonight, the ship cruises to Koblenz and moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 4 RÜDESHEIM
This morning, cruise through the picturesque Rhine Gorge, admiring its many castles and fortress ruins and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Arrive in the winemaking town of Rüdesheim where you will enjoy an afternoon wine tasting with a local vintner. Or, take a Gondola Ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue. Later you’ll have free time to explore the Drosselgasse, the town’s most famous and charming street, a narrow passage lined with shops and taverns. This evening, visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Instrument Museum, home to a remarkable collection of old robotic and self-playing musical instruments. The ship sails overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 5 SPEYER – HEIDELBERG
Arrive around noon in Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for its cathedral, numerous churches and the 13th-century Altpörtel (“Old Gate”). Choose either a city tour of Speyer or a half-day excursion to historic Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask) and see beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below. This evening, the ship continues onward to Strasbourg, France. (B,L,D)
Day 6 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Capital city of the Alsace region in northeastern France, Strasbourg is situated on the Rhine at the German border. After arriving this morning, enjoy a panoramic city tour that will take you past the Orangery, the town’s oldest park, the European Parliament, and the Place de la Republique. Afterwards, take a walking tour of the lovely “La Petite France” neighborhood, where you will see the Gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 7 BREISACH, GERMANY
You have two exciting excursions to choose from today. The first is a walking tour of Riquewihr, a picturesque town that looks much as it did back in the 16th century. A second option is a walking tour of Breisach and Freiburg. Breisach is a beautiful town that houses one of Europe’s largest wine cellars. In Freiburg, you will visit the historical city center and the Augustinerplatz, site of Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. Tonight, the ship cruises to Switzerland. (B,L,D)
Day 8 BASEL, SWITZERLAND – DISEMBARKATION
Disembark after breakfast. (B)