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Top tip for wine loving river cruisers

May is my absolute favourite time in Europe and this year we  cruised from Provence to Burgundy on the Rhone River. The weather was perfect and the long days made for some lovely sunrise and sunset hours on deck.  

We travelled on Avalon Waterways Poetry ll.  Think of river cruising like a bus tour where you unpack once and your hotel moves along with you.  There are daily bus tour options but you don't necessarily want to do those everyday.  Sometimes the ship is docked in the heart of town and wandering is a pleasure.  The rooms are small, even by European standards but well designed and in Avalon's case the panorama suites are among the very best.

Competition in the riverboat market means that the food and wine on board continues to get better as does service and pricing.  Even better, now you don't necessarily have to book years in advance and there are sometimes last minute deals.

We found the staff incredibly accommodating when they learned we were keen wine drinkers.  …

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