Truffle hunting in France highlights Bordeaux river cruise

Truffles, the fruit of a fungus, are an acquired taste, which is much easier to acquire than the truffles themselves. These delicacies cost a pretty penny in restaurants, and finding their natural wooded whereabouts, hidden just below the surface of the ground, is a learned and lucrative craft. Searching in the wilds of Europe for free truffles is a highly elusive activity. So, when Viking River Cruises offered truffle hunting as an optional excursion (at about $120) …

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Cruising on Bordeaux’s capricious rivers, with wine, of course

When your riverboat cruises past road signs that remind you of high-priced bottles in a fancy wine store, you know you are in France. A week on the 190-passenger Viking Forseti, for instance, begins and ends in Bordeaux, a city in the center of one of the world’s great grape-growing regions. On a voyage last spring, the Forseti floated by Margaux and vineyard-laden fields of villages with names that end in Medoc. One night, we tied up …

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Day five – Touring Saint-Emilion and Bordeaux’s wine appellations

ABOARD THE VIKING FORSETI — The new Chateaux, Rivers and Wine itinerary from Viking River Cruises includes a visit to Saint-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The medieval lanes of the charming town twist and turn through ancient storefronts, many of which feature local wines from the Saint-Emilion appellation. The Romans planted vineyards here back in the second century AD. You will only find red wines produced in the region. Taking a taste exploration through the wines …

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Day Four – Viking Cruises Bordeaux

ABOARD THE VIKING FORSETI — The Bordeaux region is well known for wine, but today, I am anxious to explore its cognac. While there are tours to explore the area wineries, I have chosen an optional tour to go into the city of Cognac, just an hour and a half drive away. I signed up for the tour when I heard we’d have the rare opportunity to create our own personal blend of cognac, bottle it, and …

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