Wine aficionados and food connoisseurs can taste the best of Europe on one of APT’s world-class river cruises. As you sail to Europe’s most enviable locations, you can delve deep into the heart and soul of local culture. What better way to experience local life than with food and drink? Whether you tour an award-winning vineyard, dine inside an ancient castle or savour sweets from a famous bakery, you will be enamoured by Europe’s culinary creations. On board an APT river cruise, you can enjoy delicious eats prepared by expert chefs, designed to showcase local flavours and seasonal produce.
Choose to set sail on one of APT’s new Bordeaux River cruises. As you make your way through the highlights of France, you will have the opportunity to enjoy exceptional gourmet experiences, synonymous with the region. Taste the finest French fare alongside perfectly paired wines at Château Pape Clément or explore the renowned vineyards of Bordeaux. The 18-day Wonders of Bordeaux and Rhone cruise will include a visit to a family-owned cooperage and a wine-tasting experience in Ludon. APT’s Freedom of Choice sightseeing options also includes a unique trip to a caviar farm.
The Douro, Basque Country and Bordeaux River cruise will delight hungry travellers with a wealth of culinary experiences. Located in the heart of the Sousa Valley wine region, you will visit Casa de Vila Verde, a magnificent manor spanning 100 hectares. Enjoy the sprawling views from the terrace as you sip the estate’s famous drops and devour a traditional dinner. Onwards to the ancient town of Lamego, you will sample regional dishes and enjoy a wine tasting at a local Portuguese winery. A further highlight of this particular cruise will be savouring sparkling wines and macarons in the historic town of Saint-Émilion in France.
On the other hand, why sail one river when you can sail three? From Paris to Monte Carlo, you can see all the sights on APT’s comprehensive voyage of the Rhine, Rhone and Moselle Rivers. Begin with a culinary walking tour in Paris, where you can feast on French delicacies. Perhaps, you can munch on a freshly baked croissant or an expertly crafted macaron? Highlights include a lavish banquet at the magnificent Namedy Castle in Germany and an excursion in Viviers to a truffle-hunting farm. Wine tasting and vineyard tours will also be dotted throughout the journey.
Alternatively, you could choose to cruise from beautiful Amsterdam to Dubrovnik on APT’s Croatia and The Balkan Peninsula cruise. Begin with a sumptuous cheese tasting in Amsterdam and be wowed by the array of flavours and aromas. Be tempted by freshly baked gingerbread in Nuremberg and experience Vienna’s vibrant cafe culture. On the way to Slovenia’s capital, you will indulge in a special lunch at the World Heritage-listed Otocec Castle before cruising down the Ljubljana River, with a glass of sparkling wine in hand. Wherever you choose to cruise, take a delicious bite of Europe with APT.