Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Tauck's Rhone River Revels

Tauck's  river cruise on the Rhone celebrates and explores the rich culinary traditions of France.  The new 10-day “A Taste of France” itinerary begins with a two-night hotel stay and exploration of local food culture in Paris, followed by a seven-night river cruise through the Rhone Valley aboard Tauck’s MS Swiss Emerald riverboat.  Tauck has crafted the new itinerary in collaboration with Churchill & Turen, Ltd., the luxury travel
Tauck’s “A Taste of France” (from $5,390 per person, double occupancy, plus air) begins with guided culinary-themed sightseeing in Paris and a two-night stay at the Hilton Arc de Triomphe.  In Paris, guests will enjoy a Tauck-exclusive, hands-on introduction to French sauces with a tasting at the new Alain Ducasse culinary school, Ecole de Cuisine.  They’ll also attend a workshop and blind tastings highlighting “The Joy of Chocolate” led by Chloe Doutre-Roussel, author of “The Chocolate Connoisseur,” and visit the former haunts of chef Julia Child and learn about contemporary Parisian life during a walking tour of the Left Bank.
Other culinary-themed experiences include:

·       A market visit in Provence with local chefs who will buy ingredients and prepare regional specialties for tasting, such as tapenade, anchoiade and stuffed tomatoes Provencale.

·       A visit to Lyon’s famous market, Les Halles, with tastings of local meats and cheeses.

·       A memorable Provencal evening featuring dinner, local wines and entertainment in the shadow of Pont du Gard, the incredible Roman aqueduct.

·       A wine tasting in Beaujolais.

·       A demonstration of French culinary techniques at a cooking school operated by a three-star Michelin chef. 

Included in Tauck’s cruise price are all sightseeing, activities and shore excursions, two nights hotel accommodations in Paris, all gratuities, complimentary wine with onboard meals, all taxes and port charges, airport transfers, luggage handling, most meals, and more.

Travelers on “A Taste of France” will cruise in relaxed elegance aboard Tauck’s stylish MS Swiss Sapphire riverboat.  Launched in 2006, the ship was recently enhanced with new décor and other improvements.  As with Tauck’s other riverboats, the MS Swiss Emerald accommodates just 118 guests to ensure a relaxed and intimate atmosphere, compared to other lines that accommodate up to 160 passengers on ships of the same approximate size. 

Those interested in more information can visit their local travel professional, call Tauck at 1 800 468 2825, or go to the company’s website at

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