Shore excursion

Bob Henry and his wife Rhonda with a staff member at the St Kilian Kellerei.WHAT Visiting a historic Bavarian distillery.
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WHERE The town of Miltenberg, via the port of Wertheim in southern Germany.

THE SHIP Bob cruised with his wife, Rhonda, on Scenic Ruby (scenictours南京夜网). They chose the popular 14-night Jewels of Europe river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam.

THE EXPERIENCE

“The St Kilian Kellerei cellars are a real gem in the beautiful Bavarian region of Germany,” says Bob.

“We docked in the quaint, mediaeval town of Wertheim and took a short coach ride to Miltenberg, where the cellars are in the centre of town.

“We had been offered a huge range of shore excursions, from hiking and mountainbiking to a German biscuit-making workshop, but having the Stone Pine Distillery in our hometown of Bathurst gave us an interest in visiting the St Kilian Kellerei.

“We toured the historic vaulted cellars, which can be traced back to 1482, when tunnels up to 100 metres deep were constructed in the red sandstone.

“The temperature in the cellars is below 10 degrees Celsius all year round, so the conditions are optimal for storing alcohol. With the addition of nearby winter ice, further cooling down to zero degrees was possible, in the days before fridges and freezers.

“After our tour and history lesson we went to the tasting room where you can taste up to 20 samples of schnapps and brandies, predominantly made from local fruits, berries and nuts.

“The blueberry schnapps was our favourite, so we purchased a bottle to take home. We were told it was very good with ice-cream, so we were keen to experiment.”

VALUE FOR MONEY

Shore excursions are included on Scenic cruises.

“We have previously travelled with other tour operators where you are constantly reaching into your pocket to pay for extras, including shore excursions, but everything was included with Scenic,” says Bob.

“Having it that way gives you genuine opportunities to select experiences based on your level of interest, rather than price.”

As told to Jane E. Fraser

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