Wine River Cruises
Your palate will applaud as this enriching adventure teaches you what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished Master of Wine will come on board to teach you the ropes during a lecture and wine tasting. Visit a local winery and attend wine tastings conducted by a wine expert. Also, savor a special dinner featuring food and wine pairings. Depending on cruise departure, other features may include visits to wine museums, an onboard chocolate and wine tasting, and excursions into famous wine regions with tastings. A remarkable journey that would inspire Bacchus himself!
Wine Appreciation Special Interest River Cruises
Grand France Wine River Cruises
16 days from Paris to Côte d'Azur
This splendid vacation showcases France's exciting scenery, history, and culture as you sail along its beautiful rivers. Embark in Paris and head northwest along the Seine River into the picturesque Normandy region. Dock at Conflans and choose between a guided excursion to Vincent van Gogh's Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine's elegant Château de Malmaison. Next up: your choice of a guided visit of Claude Monet's stunning gardens at Giverny or remarkable Bizy Castle. On to Joan of Arc's historic Rouen, where you choose between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating "Taste of Normandy." Continue to Les Andelys—home of Château Gaillard, built by England's King Richard the Lionheart in 1196—and enjoy free time to explore this medieval town on your own. Return to Paris, where you'll disembark and travel south to fascinating Beaune for a wine tasting. In Chalon-sur-Saône, board your second cruise ship and sail on to medieval Tournus, Mâcon, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage, Viviers, Avignon, and Arles as well as France's gastronomic capital of Lyon, where you have time to explore this fascinating city. Your vacation ends with an overnight in the stunning Côte d'Azur on the French Riviera.
Burgundy & Provence Wine River Cruise
11 days from Paris to Côte d'Azur
Opportunities abound on this grand vacation to learn about France and to taste its sumptuous wines and cuisine. Your adventure begins with two overnights and guided sightseeing in Paris, the "City of Light." Travel south to fascinating Beaune for a Burgundy wine tasting; then board your ship in quaint Chalon-sur-Saône and set sail for lovely Tournus, Mâcon, France's gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Before disembarking your ship in Arles, sail through the peaceful Camargue area. Your vacation ends with an overnight on the French Riviera, also known as the Cote d'Azur. This cruise vacation has it all—historic sites, charming towns, spectacular cuisine, and more!
The Legendary Danube Wine River Cruise
11 days from Prague to Budapest
From the splendor of Prague to the Gypsy violins of Budapest, you'll treasure every moment of this memorable Danube River cruise. Enjoy three nights in Prague with guided sightseeing as well as time to explore this marvelous city on your own. Discover the Hradcany Castle grounds, wander through Prague's Jewish Quarter, shop for hand-cut crystal, savor authentic Czech dumplings, stand in the square where protestors demonstrated against Communism, or visit one of the many churches. Then drive to Nuremberg and set sail for medieval Regensburg, Passau, Vienna, and Budapest, with guided sightseeing in each city. Sail through the fascinating Main Danube Canal and witness the scenic beauty as you cruise past quaint towns. Attend a beer tasting, tour Melk's splendid Benedictine Abbey, and experience the music, art, culture, and historical sites in romantic Vienna—a memorable vacation!
The Blue Danube Discovery Wine River Cruise
13 days from Budapest to Prague
The delightful Danube sets the stage for this incredible journey as you sail through beautiful scenery and quaint towns. Begin in Budapest, Hungary, with two overnights and guided sightseeing. Enjoy Hungarian cuisine, explore its famous produce market—Central Market Hall, wander around the former royal palace grounds, explore its famous churches, or visit one of the many museums. Then, board your river cruise vessel and sail westward, with guided sightseeing in magical Vienna, Passau, and medieval Regensburg. Also take a guided walk in the charming town of Dürnstein and see the baroque Stiftskirche, and visit the awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey in Melk. Enjoy wine tasting in Melk and beer tasting in fascinating Regensburg. Disembark your ship and travel to the "Golden City" of Prague for a final three overnights, guided sightseeing, and plenty of free time to discover the Hradcany Castle grounds, wander through Prague's Jewish Quarter, shop for hand-cut crystal, savor authentic Czech dumplings, stand in the square where protestors demonstrated against Communism, or visit one of the many churches. All of this and more await you on this marvelous vacation!
Windmills, Vineyards & Paris Wine River Cruises
10 days from Paris to Amsterdam
Experience France, Luxembourg, Germany, and Holland on this fantastic river cruise vacation. Your adventure starts with two overnights and guided sightseeing in Paris, the incomparable "City of Light." Take the high-speed train from Paris to Metz, then travel to Remich, Luxembourg, to board your river vessel. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Trier, the oldest city in Germany, and Cologne, the capital of the Rhineland. Cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of river—and pass the legendary Lorelei rock. Visit a local wine cellar in Bernkastel, Reichsburg Castle in Cochem, and Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in the pretty wine village of Rüdesheim. Conclude your vacation with a canal cruise in Amsterdam and time to explore on your own.