Wine & Dine Your Way Through Europe

Wine & Dine Your Way Through Europe
Lourdes Galindo October 16, 2022

Experienced cruisers know that one of the best parts of travel is being able to savor local cuisine and sample regional wines across the destinations they visit. Vantage Deluxe World Travel knows the importance of food and drink and how they can enhance a guest’s journey with us, and our luxurious European river cruises offer many opportunities to “tickle your taste buds” while you travel.

Porto: Attend a port wine tasting at a local cellar. A pioneer in the process of modern port wine-making, this local winery is the perfect introduction to this rich, sweet beverage that dates back to the 17th century.

Quinta da Avessada: Enjoy lunch and a wine tasting at the Quinta da Avessada winery, in the heart of the Douro wine region. You’ll meet the winery host, view generations of wine production, and come closer to a true understanding of this region's way of life.

Bitetos & Régua: Visit Aveleda Winery in Bitetos and enjoy a tasting of Vinho Verde before heading to Régua, where you will enjoy an authentic Portuguese tea experience — complete with delectable pastries — while learning about the traditions surrounding tea drinking and production.

Lamego: Lamego is a town known for its wine production. Visit a local quinta to sample more fantastic regional wines in yet another breathtaking Douro setting.

Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo: Savor a culinary tasting of local cheese, jam, breads, and wines during a tour of the small medieval village of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo.

Rüdesheim: While in Rüdesheim, guests will have the option to participate in a wine hike that includes walking through vineyards, popping into different Weinstuben, and sampling regional vintages.

Würzburg: Tour the Residenz Palace in UNESCO-listed Würzburg, with an included visit to the Residenz’s wine cellar where guests can enjoy a tasting and talk conducted by an experienced sommelier.

Amsterdam: Work up an appetite during an exclusive cooking workshop at world-famous De Kookfabriek. Here, guests will learn how to whip up their own lunch of local delicacies.

Alsatian Wine Route: Set off on a full-day tour of the fabled Alsatian Wine Route, stopping first to stroll through the charming colorful streets of Colmar, renowned as the capital of Alsatian wine.

Enkhuizen: Get an insider’s look at local Dutch customs when you're invited for a refreshing aperitif in a local home. Served before a meal to stimulate appetite, this dry, still beverage is only part of the experience. It also gives guests an opportunity to engage in conversation with local hosts.

In addition to these tasty tours, many of our European river cruises also include onboard cooking demonstrations, wine-paired dinners, and culinary lectures. To learn more, contact one of our travel experts today.

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