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Nothing like Fresh oysters in the Medoc, washed down with Grand Cru wines in medieval Saint-Emilion. We are talking about the joys of river cruises to the best wine-growing regions in Europe and Bordeaux in France will be up there among the best.

“Everything about Bordeaux exudes easy-going opulence,” says Uniworld. “Wide promenades and grand architecture form the setting of a popular urban centre perched on the Garonne River. And spreading out from the city in every direction are miles of lush, green vineyards including some of the most renowned in France.”

Vineyard in South of France

Uniworld has just halved its prices for an eight-day Bordeaux to Bordeaux cruise onboard one of the line’s newest super ships, the SS Bon Voyage sailing three stunning rivers – the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde – from $5899pp to $2949pp departing on 30 October 2022. But hurry, bookings have to be made before 31 July and there are only limited availability left. For more information click here 

You will explore the country’s breathtaking wine and cultural treasures across the region in Bordeaux, Fort Medoc, Cadillac, Blaye and Libourne. Wander through historic landmarks and magnificent vineyards where you will be treated to a sampling of quintessentially French experiences including multiple wine tastings, village tours, a farmers’ market and Bordeaux heritage walking tour. On select sailings, you can also experience the Connoisseur Collection which includes culinary-inspired excursions with visits to vineyards, orchards, restaurants, museums and other culinary hot spots.

SS Bon Voyage has been designed to immerse guests in French culture, art and wine with hand-crafted balustrade to the stylish, emerald-toned tones in bar Le Salon Champagne, inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s personal abode, Villa Majorelle. One of the ship’s dining venue, La Braserrie was inspired by the famous Bouillon Pigalle and serves traditional bistro fare.

Coffee and croissant

Uniworld has also slashed prices from $6499pp to $3249pp for an eight-day Burgundy & Provence cruise departing Lyon to Avignon onboard SS Catherine.

On this cruise, you can follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cezanne and Gauguin through southern France. You can also hike the steepest vineyards on the Rhone and explore the unforgettable Burgundy & Provence and go wine tasting in vineyards on the hills. For more information click here 

Avalon Waterways also offer some great deals on its wine cruises in Europe sailing the Danube, Moselle, Rhone and Saone Rivers in Europe.

Avalon’ has slashed prices from $5060 to $3710pp for an eight-day cruise wine appreciation Burgundy & Provence cruise departing Port St Louis on 25 October 2022. A Master of Wine will accompany you on this journey with guided excursions to vineyards, wine tastings and wine pairings along the way.

At Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital which sits at the junction of the Rhone and Saone Rivers, you will be taken on a guided tour to Beaujolais to savour local wines and cruise to Macon for an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar.

The vineyards of Bremm on the Moselle

Avalon’s wine appreciation cruise on the Rhine & Moselle river cruise has also been discounted from $5259pp to $3559pp, departing Amsterdam on 15 October 2022 visiting Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg. Guests will be able to experience food-and-wine pairings, listen to a Master of Wine lectures and indulge is several wine tastings. On the Moselle River, you will stop at picturesque town of Cochem where the Riesling grape is grown, visit Reichsburg Castle, nestled among vineyards and in Bernkastel, you will enjoy a guided walk and taste some of the region’s best-loved wines.

For more information, click here 

Budapest in Hungary

If you prefer gently sailing down the Danube, Avalon has an eight-day wine cruise which had been discounted from $4994 to $3645 departing Budapest on 27 October 2022, visiting Hungary, Slovakia and Austria. Highlights of the cruise include visits to a wine cellar in the capital city, the Benedictine Abbey of Melk and taste some of the local wine and sail through the picturesque wine region of the Wachau Valley.

For more information, click here.

Avalon is also offering discounted prices for its wine cruises in Burgundy & Provence in 2023with prices starting from $3635pp – a saving of $3725pp. For more information, click Burgundy & Provence (Wine Appreciation).

For its Danube Dreams wine cruise, discounted prices start from $3565pp, a saving of $1750pp. For more information, click Danube Dreams (Wine Appreciation)

Luxury river line, Scenic has French culinary food and wine cruises exploring the Bordeaux region and Southern France with economy flights included for 2023 with an upgrade to business class from $3995pp. And if you book 12 months ahead, you will save an additional $1000pp. For more information, click https://www.scenic.com.au/tours/flavours-of-bordeaux/12007  and


Scenic has an 11-day Lyon to Lyon cruise with prices starting from $7625pp including flights plus a saving of $1000 per couple inclusive of taxes up to the value of $2000 early payment discount per couple.

A culinary experience on board Scenic Sapphire

You will enjoy an exclusive onboard cooking lessons, an after hours access to the Cite du Chocolate for a private classical concert in the mighty Popes Palace in Avignon, enjoy premium beverages, all day, every day and not just at meal times and 27 included Scenic Free Choice activities and return airport transfers.

Scenic Free Choice activity can include a visit to a local truffle farm, an organic goat cheese farm or meet a local vintner to sample the best vintages at the wine-growing region of Beaujolais.

At Tain L’Hermitage, you will be surrounded by beautiful vineyards and taste local Cotes du Rhone wines and at Avignon, you can go for a walking tour to sample the celebrated wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape at a Cotes du Rhone vineyard.

You can save $1000 per couple plus $1000 flight credit per couple if you book before 4 August for an eight-day Lyon & Provence river cruise with Viking. Prices start from $4295pp for a Lyon to Avignon journey departing 19 March 2023. For more information click here

Vineyards of Saint Emilion, Bordeaux in France

If you prefer an eight-day Bordeaux to Bordeaux cruise taking in the wonderful wine-growing region of France, then prices start from $3995pp for departures on 11 November 2023. For more information click here
Viking also has a 10-day cruise on Portugal’s River of Gold departing Lisbon to Porto with prices starting from $4995 pp. All bookings must be made before 4 August. For more information click here


Douro Vineyard in Portugal