Focusing on French cuisine and village life, A Taste of France features a 7-night Rhine River cruise aboard ms Swiss Emerald through vineyard country that’s home to some of the world’s most exceptional wines. Tauck’s epicurean delights begin in Paris with a reception and dinner at Fouquet’s, the celebrity hotspot on the Champs elyses, a chocolate demonstration, and a pastry class designed especially for Tauck guests at ecole Lentre. Ride the high-speed TGV through the French countryside to Lyon to taste your way through Les Halles, Lyon’s famed covered food market with its eye-popping vertical garden, and enjoy dinner at L’ Abbaye de Collonges, created by the legendary chef Paul Bocuse. Cruise in search of culinary adventures along the Rhine… sipping Beaujolais in Beaujolais… sampling Provensial specialties for lunch at a private ranch in La Camargue… dining al fresco at the Pont du Gard… and learning secrets at a cooking demonstration at an award-winning cooking school in Valence. It’s the ultimate Rhine River cruise to the soul of French haute cuisine!