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Food & Drink


n WE SUGGEST: Tauck’s 10-day Taste of France tour along the Rhone n WHY: Guests need to build an appetite for Tauck’s epicurean French adventure, beginning with two nights in Paris. Te itinerary revolves around food, with dinner at celebrity hotspot Fouquet’s, and a chocolate demonstration and pastry class at Ecole Lenotre. Guests are then


whisked by high-speed train to Lyon, France’s capital of gastronomy, to tour the city’s market and dine at L’Abbaye de Collonges, created by legendary chef Paul Bocuse. Ten it’s all aboard the ms Swiss Emerald riverboat for a seven-night cruise through vineyard country to taste some exceptional wines. Other highlights include tasting Provencal specialties at a private ranch in La Camargue and a culinary demonstration at an award-winning cooking school in Valence. Te cruise returns to Lyon, where guests can expect to arrive with expanded waistlines. n THE DETAILS: Te 10-day Taste of France tour is sold out for this year. Te 2015 departures are


April 19, May 28 and September 22. Prices are from $5,790 per person with Tauck, plus airfare. tauck.com/river-cruises n WHERE ELSE: Avalon has a selection of culinary cruises through France, while AmaWaterways offers 17 European wine cruises with an on-board wine host. But for something more intimate, consider barge vacations with Frontiers. Its eight-passenger Nouvelle Etoile offers cruises on the serene Moselle between Koblenz and Remich, in Luxembourg, passing pretty medieval castles and villages. Te only thing better than the views are the Mosel wines served up with gourmet food by the very talented chef. frontiersej.com


River Rhone, France. Below: Sagaing, Myanmar


Ancient Civilizations


n WE SUGGEST: Sanctuary Retreats’ Irrawaddy river cruise on board Sanctuary Ananda n WHY: Due to launch in December 2014, the luxurious all-suite Sanctuary Ananda will sail from Mandalay to Bagan, beginning in the cultural capital of Myanmar (Burma) and cruising into the heart of the country. Highlights include Sagaing, the living center of Myanmar’s Buddhist faith, and Bagan, the 11th-century capital that’s


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home to temples, pagodas and stupas (Buddhist memorials). Each of the 21 spacious suites has a balcony and five come with butler service. n THE DETAILS: Prices start at $2,244 a person with Sanctuary Retreats


for a three-night


itinerary, including sightseeing and meals, departing December 3, 10 and 17. A&K offers this as a four-night cruise. abercrombiekent.com n WHERE ELSE: September 2015 sees the launch of Haimark’s seven-night cruise along the Ganges, Hindus’ most sacred river and a source of life for nearly 400 million people. Te cruise includes visits to temples, villages, palaces and colonial buildings, and is priced from $2,799 per person. haimarktravel.com u


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