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Journeys : Oct Nov 2012
D iscover a different side to Europe with a relaxing cruise on the Rhine, Rhone and Moselle R ivers, and enjoy exclusive experiences in Switzerland and France. You’ll be swept away on a grand discover y of Europe’s most beautiful waterways, uncover the region’s fascinating histor y, taste incredible gourmet food and sample some of Europe’s finest wines on this exceptional river cruise. Wind along the picturesque Moselle R iver alongside the vineyards and rolling hills of the Moselle Valley. Then discover a side to Europe you haven’t seen before, and soak up the rich histor y of the World Her itage- listed Rhine Gorge. This fascinating area of the Rhine River produces its ow n microclimate, home to rare plant and animal life that isn’t found anywhere else in the region. See the once-grand castles reduced to r uins by the Thirty Years War. Once forming a border of France, the region now evokes a quintessentially German feel. The south-facing slopes are ideally located for cultivating wine grapes and as a result the Rhine is a large producer of Riesling. Explore the culturally and linguistically diverse Swit zerland and absorb the stunning views of Lake Geneva. Visit the stor ybook-quaint tow n of Gr uyères, where the only vehicle allowed in its pedestrian- fr iendly streets is a trackless train. Enjoy a tr uly memorable Signature Experience as you visit a local cheese factory for a guided tour to lear n about the production of the tow n’s world-famous cheese. Be treated to a special tasting of delicious fresh gruyere cheese, a key ingredient in quiche lorraine. Your unforgettable gastronomic journey through Europe continues in France. Discover traditional bouchons (restaurants that serve only locally produced food and wine) in Lyon, often thought of as the culinary capital of France and home to top chef and nouvelle cuisine pioneer Paul Bocuse. Life moves ever so slightly more slowly along the banks of the Rhône as you reach the sun-soaked Provence wine region of southern France. In Beaujolais, enjoy an enriching Signature Experience as you tour a family-owned winery and learn about the unique production methods used to produce the now-famous beaujolais nouveau. In Vienne, you have the freedom to choose with the medieval and the Chateau de Rousillion both inviting options. Opt to continue your European wine odyssey at Hermitage Hill, known as the spiritual home of Syrah grapes, or perhaps indulge your love of fresh produce and enjoy a cheese tasting at a family-run goat farm in Boucieu-le-Roi. The choice is yours, with APT’s exclusive Freedom of Choice concept. You’ll also explore Europe’s heartland dur ing a Grand City Stay in both Paris and Barcelona where luxurious five-star hotels await. Exploring Europe’s other rivers For more information visit our nearest RACT Travelworld office or call us on 1300 368 111 October / November 2012 59
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