You’re Invited to Join Us on an Exclusive Wine Cruise
CAPTIVATING RHINE - November 17-24, 2018
Hosted by Matt Wengel, Winemaker for Lemelson Vineyards, Carlton OR
Immerse yourself in the many flavors of the Rhine region and add a unique, epicurean dimension to your European itinerary. On the Captivating Rhine Cruise you’ll have the opportunity to join tours that highlight the famous sights in each port of call along with a perfect blend of wine-related experiences and excursions. You’ll taste local cuisine, discover how wine is made and, of course, partake in tastings — all at no additional cost. Whether you have a seasoned appreciation for fine wine, or simply indulge in a sip here and there, this is a wonderful way to uncork the traditions of the local culture of the Rhine region.
The Cruise – Amsterdam to Basel
Contoured by stretches of vineyard-clad hills and castles from yesteryear perched high above its shores, the captivating Rhine stands out as one of the world’s most storied rivers. Experience the friendly allure of France’s Alsace region in its welcoming capital, Strasbourg, and its priceless gem, Riquewihr. Then there is Breisach, rising above the vineyards of the Rhine, and Freiburg, gateway to the Black Forest. Fabled towns lost in time present you with the chance to taste local flavors—Alsatian and Rheingau wines, Rüdesheimer coffee and Kölsch beer—and to touch history up close with guided hikes and bike rides in Heidelberg and Cologne. From Amsterdam’s colorful canals to the majestic peaks of the Swiss Alps, journey into the heart and soul of the destinations you visit.
COUNTRIES: FRANCE, GERMANY, NETHERLANDS, SWITZERLAND RIVERS: RHINE
About the Wine Region – The Rhine
The Rhine along with its main tributaries—the Moselle and Main—have created a wine connoisseur’s paradise, which can be discovered on our Europe’s Rivers & Castles, Enchanting Rhine, Captivating Rhine and Rhine & Moselle Splendors itineraries.
The Upper Middle Rhine’s slate soil combined with a semi-continental climate have proven to be a recipe for wine-growing success for the Rheingau vineyards, yielding high-quality white wine varieties, and some fine reds.