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Distillery Destination: Eastern Europe

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If you want to go behind the scenes to see how your favorite drink is made, consider taking a AAA tour through some of Europe's most well-known distilleries. Whether you prefer bourbon, scotch, vodka or other spirits, a tour in a distillery is a recipe for fun. Sample your favorites, make a few purchases, then rest up back at one of our preferred hotels. It's sure to be a trip of a lifetime. 


Bilderberg Park Hotel Rotterdam in the Netherlands is just 20 minutes from the famous Nolet Distillery, where you can learn about the distilling process. On the tour, you can check out the copper stills, bottling plant, the cask attic and learn about the family's 325-year history in making some of the world's best vodka and gin. Back in the 1980's, Nolet successfully introduced American bartenders to Ketel One Vodka, and it has been a national bar staple ever since. Unwind back at Bilderberg Park Hotel, where you can enjoy views of the city from the restaurant terrace. 


Rilano 24/7 Hotel Wolfenbüttel in Wolfenbuttel, Germany, is a 9 minute car ride from the Jagermeister Factory. Made from 56 natural ingredients, Jagermeister's secret recipe is the result of decades of experience. Tour the facility to learn about the secret recipe and enjoy a taste of this well-known favorite, served ice-cold. Enjoy your stay back at Rilano 24/7 opposite the Forum Wolfenbuttel and explore the town's main attractions, including the Lessinghaus Museum. 


Cerna louze in Branzez, Czech Republic, is a 15 minute car ride from L'or Special Drinks, a liquor factory in Dolni Bousov. Here they manufacture and specialize in quality macerated and distilled absinthes. On site, you can sample a Glenn Hill Caramel Vodka or a Bousov Cherry Vodka before heading back to Cerna louze for some fine Czech cuisine.


Frini Studios in Plomari Lesvos, Plomari Greece, is just steps away from the beach with amazing views of the Aegean Sea. Take a short 6-minute walk to Ouzo Barbayanni and Ouzo Museum, where you can sample Greek Ouzo and learn the history of the anise-flavoured aperitif. Visitors to the museum can see the original equipment used to bottle and label the famous Ouzo Barbayanni Blue and participate in wine tasting. 


Khortitsa Palace Hotel in Zaporozhye, Ukraine features modern rooms, on-site shopping and city or river views. Take a quick 21 minute car ride to Khortytsa Distillery, named after the legendary island of Khortystsa, Ukraine's natural and historic marvel. Locally made Khor Vodka relies on reverse osmosis of the water to preserve its taste and stability. Pepper Hot Honey, with whole peppercorns in the bottle, is a favorite among visitors. 

When it comes to international travel and unfamiliar locations, let our travel experts at AAA be your guide. AAA Travel will handle everything on your Distillery Tour from flights and hotels to distillery visits. We will book your ENTIRE trip so all you have to worry about it packing. Call 1-800-444-8691 or stop in at your local AAA Travel Branch today.


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