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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.

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.

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 WaterwaysTauck (which offers only four extraordinary departures in France), and Uniworld which features their extraordinary Epicurean Adventure on seventeen European cruise itineraries.

Wine themed river cruises are very special. They could be the reason you select a particular departure date. But, wine is only one ingredient of the recipe for a remarkable, exciting and worry-free river cruise vacation to France, Germany or a combination of the two.

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After all, it’s Europe; for many the origin of Western Civilization as we know it. You’ll have the opportunity to become immersed in the mind-blowing charm and historical places where many of us have ancestral roots, It's the birthplace of the waltz, medieval towns and villages, castles dating back to the Crusades, incredible architecture and cities like Vienna, Budapest, Heidelberg, Salzburg and Paris. Then, of course, there’s the shopping... Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and many more await your visit.

Imagine unpacking just once and relaxing on a beautifully appointed 140-passenger river cruise ship. Look… there’s your stateroom or suite with a private balcony and huge viewing windows. There’s your luggage, unpacked and tucked away from day one, wonderfully forgotten until time to return home. No more worries. No reason to rush. No reason to reach into your wallet every time you sit down for a divine meal or glass of wine. Remember, you’re on board a luxurious river cruise ship! There’s no need to fuss with cash or fumble with credit cards. Your meals, including those wonderful regional wines and beers are complementary, as is a trip to the gym or sauna (to work off those sinfully delectable meals, wines and desserts).

Wine themed river cruises occur throughout the sailing season (Apr thru Nov), predominantly in France and Germany. But, if you’re looking for the best value for a wine cruise, look no further than one of the many November sailings where prices are generally 30% lower AND you can actually redeem and use your air miles. Wow, how unusual! Don’t think that the November cruises will cause you to miss out on anything. Sure, the vines have been cleared of their annual harvest and are now fermenting and the weather is on the cool side, but that’s about the only thing that’s different. The wineries are in full swing. The winemakers have more time for you. The shops, museums, important sights and restaurants are all open and far less crowded. Everything is less expensive, even your airfare.

While time is short, there is still space on some of this year's wine-themed sailings, but you must book soon. Don’t just daydream about a wine or epicurean themed river cruise... call us today (or use the "GET A QUICK QUOTE" email option above) — and you’ll soon find yourself floating down a beautiful river in luxurious comfort with a glass of fine wine in your hand!


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