Focusing on French cuisine and village life, A Taste of France features a 7-night Rhône River cruise aboard the newly refurbished 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 Élysées, a chocolate demonstration, and a pastry class designed especially for Tauck guests at École Lenôtre. Ride the high-speed TGV through the French countryside to Lyon to taste your way through Les Halles, Lyon's famed covered food market, and enjoy dinner at L’Abbaye de Collonges, created by the legendary chef Paul Bocuse. Cruise in search of culinary adventures along the Rhône... sipping Beaujolais in Beaujolais... sampling Provençal 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 a cooking school owned by an award-winning chef... It's the ultimate Rhône River cruise on which to discover the soul of French haute cuisine!