Wine travel is an immersive lifestyle experience that will awaken your vacation palate.
Wine is an agricultural phenomenon that transcends the world. Over 50% of global vineyards are found within Europe and historically has existed here for thousands of years which is why it is referred to as the “Old World”.
River cruising offers new opportunities to explore these regions’, see the sights and familiarize yourself with cultures and customs that have influenced the creation of celebrated wine regions.
Travel on inland waterways that transport you through the area. With exclusive excursions through impressive cities, quaint towns and historic villages that bring you up close with the destinations you want to visit. Explore local vineyards, enjoy exclusive private tours, participating in tastings and interact with the local wineries in a fun and enjoyable vacation experience. There is no better way to enjoy local traditions in world renowned wine regions without worrying about how you will get there or what you will be experiencing.
We have compiled five inspiring wine vacations along some of the unforgettable rivers of Europe. Each itinerary offers the opportunity for you to enjoy these renowned wine destinations the most fun and enjoyable way.
Every itinerary offers you the opportunity to cultivate your own travel experience as you immerse into and familiarize with the wines of the most important wine regions in Europe. Every itinerary travels a different river and will take you on a new and exciting journey into some amazing destinations. However all include benefits that even the most discerning luxury traveler wants:
- Country-club casual experience with finely appointed accommodations and amenities
- Fine dining experiences for all meals onboard including multi-course dining
- Champagne with breakfast and Red and White Wines from Europe’s wine regions that you are traveling with lunch and dinner
- Non-alcoholic beverages including bottled waters, specialty tea and espresso coffee drinks, soft drinks and juices
- Multiple guided and on your own excursion options at the sites you want to visit including bicycle and hiking tours with complementary bicycles to also explore on your own
- Special onboard programs including guest lectures, local demonstrations and local music performances
The world’s most famous wine region with history that dates back hundreds of years. The rivers here are the key to exploration as they transport you from the historic city of Bordeaux on the left bank of the Garonne river through the renowned wine region. Travel along both banks of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers in the Bordeaux wine region journing the foremost wine travel experience of the wine world both on land and by river while exploring the historic regions that make up the Bordeaux region of France.
During your travels you will explore UNESCO World Heritage sites, cathedrals, castles, magnificent gardens, and wine villages that make this area one of the most requested wine experiences. Included options for small group tours are provided in every port with plenty of time to explore on your own.
Focusing on the region of Bordeaux and its relationship to the world of vinology through travel can be a fun and knowledgeable journey into the history of wine when you are taken to the most important sites, sampling the best wines in the world along the way.
BURGUNDY & provence
Also considered among the world’s premier wine region’s the French ‘Bourgogne’ was home to the famed dukes and duchesses of France. The Saône river and her canals within the central eastern part of France will take you from the Côte-d’Or region into the heart of Burgundy known for both red and white wines.
Arriving in the historic capital city of Dijon you will transfer to your floating hotel in Chalon-sur-Saône to embark on a gastronomically French experience through Burgundy and onto the Rhone river into Provence. Explore the cobble-stoned streets of the medieval cities, walk the vineyards in the heart of the famed wine region and tour the beautiful château of the former Duchy of Burgundy before reaching France’s Mediterranean southern rose’ inspired province.
Visiting Burgundy and Provence is not just about the wine, since you will also be escorted through France’s culinary capital Lyon and on to the fresh foods of Avignon. Another layer of travel enjoyment with the opportunity to pair some of the best wines of France with the local dining pleasures of historic cities.
The Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the oldest wine regions in the world. Recognized for its production of Portuguese regional Port wines that are grown on the hilly terraced vineyards along the Douro river. The Douro runs from the Atlantic Ocean through Portugal and into Spain. This itinerary transports you from the historic city of Porto, the prime location for Port wine production. The city of bridges, Porto is the gateway for a round trip or one way cruise through Portugal’s historic inner waterway and wine route.
Visiting the Iberian peninsula starts with a few nights in the historic and vibrant city of Lisbon before boarding your floating hotel in beautiful Porto to embark on a 7 night cruise. Imagine meandering along the Douro river on one of the most scenic cruise experiences while sampling the local cuisine and Port wines of the region. Explore the sites, tour the cathedrals and palaces, visit the magnificent gardens, and walk the vineyards of historic family owned quintas that make this region one of the most requested river cruise experiences.
Many options for tours are provided in each port, with options to also hike or bike the area. Enjoy the highlights and landmarks with extra time to explore on your own. Finish your experience in the cosmopolitan Spanish city of Madrid with its elegant streets and iconic parks where you can indulge in the architecture and art of the hub of Southern Europe.
In the Rhineland of Germany the Mosel river flows from the mountains of Northern France into Luxembourg and then through southern Germany. Considered by many to be the most beautiful river in Germany, it is the oldest counties oldest wine region.
Enjoy the romance of this beautiful hilly area filled with small quaint wine towns and Riesling vineyards as you travel its waters. The riverbanks along the Mosel is where you will find some of the greatest German wines in production with small romantic towns and villages nearby each with its own personality.
The Mosel wine route that runs along the river leads you to key wineries. The largest growth area of Germany and a breathtaking experience from the water is the middle Mosel where the best of the best of wines are grown on the sloped terraced vineyards. In the lower Mosel, find timbered homes sitting below castles high above the river, scenes right out of a storybook. A bicycle path runs the entire region providing the opportunity to immerse yourself on one of the bicycles on board so you can explore til your hearts content.
Discovering the wines of the Rhine river is a journey that takes you through multiple countries with travel experiences that are not centered around wine but wine inclusive. Travel from Amsterdam in the Netherlands south through German villages influenced by wine, the northern French German Alsace region and into Switzerland and the home of the Alps.
Your itinerary will treat you to storybook ‘Old Towns’ featuring beautiful Gothic cathedrals and historic castles high above the river in the Rhine Gorge before reaching the iconic vineyards of Rüdesheim and Ludwigshafen. You travel on to the Alsatian region with its French/German towns and fairytalesque villages of half-timbered houses and cobble-stoned streets. Complete your Rhine experience arriving into medieval Switzerland with the opportunity to journey to the beautiful alps region of Lucerne and cosmopolitan city of Zurich.
Traveling the Rhine is a captivating experience. With so much to see the many options of included excursions offers the best opportunity to not miss the best sites with a variety of activities.
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