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Are you a wine aficionado? A wine snob? Or, one who just enjoys a fine wine paired with an incredibly well-seasoned, grilled rare New York steak? Yes, I said it, steak! Wine has become fully integrated into American cuisine and is the ever-present, perfect complement to a nice meal. Wine themed European river cruises have become an important part of many cruise lines’ programs in France and Germany and are the perfect complement to an all-inclusive vacation aboard a river ship. (Take look at all the Wine Aficionado themed river cruises in the cruisGENIE™ CRUISE CHART below.)

Think about some of your favorite travel memories. I would venture a guess that many involve great food and wine, a special dinner or restaurant. The enjoyment and sampling of wonderfully divergent food and nice wines is one of the many reasons we travel, for some the primary reason.

Wine-focused river cruises are truly the best of many worlds. First, there is the river cruise... a stimulating, in-depth destination experience to France and/or Germany. Marry the extraordinary all-inclusive European river cruise with an ample blend of wine tasting, winery visits and wine “schooling” and you have an immensely memorable experience that is extremely rewarding for anyone who appreciates good wine and fine food.

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Wine producing areas in France and Germany including most of Provence, the Rhône Valley, the Mosel (Moselle), Payus de Bade and Wurtenberg. During the cruise, your pallet will be held in awe of the varietals enjoyed along the route and aboard ship. Enjoy a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau in a vineyard accompanied by a discussion with the winemaker. Sip a Côte du Rhône during an excursion in Tournon-sur-Rhône, perhaps possibly sampling a nice bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape in one of their century-old “caves.” If you’re a wine aficionado or just like wine, this is only a brief glimpse of what’s in store for you on a luxurious European wine-focused river cruise.

In addition to the aforementioned visits, tastings and discussions, most wine or epicurean river cruises offer exclusive dining options while ashore which highlight regional cuisine. You’ll eat like a gourmand in Paris and Lyon, or at some intriguing bistro along the Rhône or Rhine — and it is ALL included in your very affordable price. Have we mentioned that all of your onboard regional wines and beers are also included in your price, too? YES... not only on a wine cruise, but on EVERY European river cruise!

(Premier Hint... If you’ve never tried a bite of rich dark premium chocolate combined with a good full-bodied red wine — say a Bordeaux or Cabernet — do so after your meal. We picked that up on a visit to the Clos de Pegase Winery in Napa, and now it’s my wife’s favorite after dinner small-bite dessert.)

Many of the finest, most popular river cruise lines offer in-depth wine cruises: AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Crystal, Tauck (which offers only four extraordinary departures in France), and Uniworld which features their extraordinary Epicurean Adventure on seventeen European cruise itineraries.


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TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Unless otherwise noted, prices and offers are in USD, cruise only per person, based on double occupancy and do not include airfare, taxes or fees. The displayed prices are based on minimum category riverview window stateroom and applicable only to the sailing date(s) shown. Prices for other dates may vary based on the date and stateroom selected. Other than “Hot Deal” offers, price does not reflect any cruise line or Premier savings. Where Premier includes “prepaid tips” in an offer, it applies only to the cruise portion of the trip and not any land portion or shore excursions. To obtain the best price, please use the "Get Quote" button or call one of our river cruise and small ship cruise specialists. Certain discounts or prices may require full payment at the time of booking in order to be eligible. We urge you to book early as river and small ship cruises sell out almost a year in advance. Prices and availability may change without notice and are not guaranteed until a deposit is received and applied to your reservation. Call 1-855-255-1200, for complete details. We reserve the right to correct any informational or typographical errors. ©2010-2020 Premier River Cruises, LLC, a Travel of America Company. All rights reserved worldwide. CST #1015320-40.

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