Raise a Glass to French Wine on an APT River Cruise

Published on October 13, 2015
  • Chateau des Vigiers

    Chateau des Vigiers

  • Grignan

    Grignan

  • Fine dining & wine tasting

    Fine dining & wine tasting

  • APT

    APT

Raise a Glass to French Wine on an APT River Cruise

Experience the charming destinations along the waterways of France with an all-inclusive luxury river cruise with APT.

As you meander between picture-perfect towns and intriguing cities you’ll experience France’s culture, tradition and exceptional food and wine. If it’s French wine that you love, you’ll be delighted to hear that APT has just launched a range of special wine-themed river cruises throughout France in 2016. Some of the leading figures from the Australian wine industry have pledged to become ‘Wine Ambassadors’ for APT and will host the departures. Travelling exclusively aboard APT’s new portfolio of Celebration of Wine Cruises on the  Rhône, Seine, Dordogne and Garonne Rivers, these special hosts will oversee tastings of regional wines, host special dinners complemented with locally paired wines, lead excursions to wineries to meet local vintners, explain the nuances of traditional wine-making techniques and educate guests on European wine heritage and traditions.Each ambassador will travel with guests for the duration of their cruise, bringing with them a combination of their own wines to showcase alongside local wineries located along the way.Some of the highlights of the program include the chance to visit Château Smith Haut Lafitte in Cadillac for a tour which includes a tasting of Sauternes’ world-famous dessert wines, and in Saint-Émilion the opportunity to explore Cordeliers Cloister, including its remarkable network of cellars and tunnels that stretch for three kilometres under the town.  

Guests have a choice of six all inclusive luxury APT Celebration of Wine Cruises in 2016:

16-day Charms of Southern France from Arles to Lyon, hosted by Thomas Keith Hardy from Thomas Hardy Wines. Priced from $9,895 per person, twin share, departs 24 June 2016;

8-day Grand Bordeaux return journey from Bordeaux hosted by Cherry Stowman from Taylors Wines. Priced from $5,195 per person, twin share, departs 8 July 2016;

8-day Romantic Seine return journey from Paris with Sarah and Sparky Marquis from Mollydooker Wines. Priced from $4,695 per person, twin share, departs 22 July 2016;

8-day Rhône Treasures from Lyon to Arles hosted by John Tomich from Tomich Wines. Priced from $5,595 per person twin share, departs 29 July 2016;

15 Day Rhine, Rhone & Moselle hosted by Bruce Tyrrell from Tyrrell’s Wines. Priced from $10,195 per person, twin share, departs 5 August 2016;

8-day Rhône Treasures from Lyon to Arles hosted by Nick Haselgrove from Adelaide Winemakers. Priced from $5,595 per person, twin share, departs 7 October 2016.

APT’s luxury European river cruises are all-inclusive and include all meals; complimentary beverages throughout; room service, all sightseeing and entertainment; and transfers, port charges and tipping. There is even a fleet of bicycles on board for guests to use at their leisure.

For further information about APT’s Wine Cruises throughout France call 1300 196 420, visit www.aptouring.com.au/WineSeries or see your local travel agent.

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