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THE

2018 COLLECTION

River Cruising in Europe, Russia & Southeast Asia


Hello and welcome to the second issue of our river cruise brochure. I am pleased to say that this year has been a series of success stories for RiverCruising.co.uk. We are an awardwinning company which has also been recognised with a 5 Star Feefo Status. You will read more about this as you browse through. RiverCruising.co.uk, (although part of the Travel Village Group) offers a completely different holiday experience to that of a Cruise Village ocean cruise. You simply cannot compare the two like for like and this is effectively reflected in the price. In this brochure we have changed things around and focused on the rivers themselves. What they have to offer, and where they will take you are important considerations. Whether you are considering your first river cruise, or whether you are a river convert and are looking for a new experience. Hopefully we can point you in the right direction and because we have selected some of the hottest deals, it should help you to match the river with the cruise line most suited to you. Talking of which, the river cruise lines each put their own twist on the on board experience and my advice to you is - speak to one of my river cruise experts who will find out what makes your holiday special to you and then match you up with the most appropriate river cruise line. You will be amazed what we know - almost everything - and just how important it is to share this with you. We are the UK’s number one river cruise experts and all our team are river cruisers, so you could not be in safer hands. We are sending more people away, every day, to experience life on a river right at the heart of the towns, villages and cities along the way. Thank you for your business and for your generous independent Feefo feedback, it means the world to me and my team and I do reply to every single one! We look forward to helping you choose your next adventure on the river!


CONTENTS

What’s New?

4

Reviews

5

Bordeaux

6

Danube

8

Douro

12

Dutch Waterways

14

Rhine

16

Rhône

18

Russia

20

Seine

22

Asia

24

Christmas Markets

28

2017 Late Deals

29

No-Fly Cruises

30

Solo Travellers

31

River Meets The Ocean

32

All fares shown in this booklet are based on two adults sharing the lead grade of stateroom, inclusive of flights (where applicable), resort transfers, and taxes - unless stated otherwise. All itineraries, dates and pricing were correct at time of going to print but are subject to change and availability. *Door-to-door transfer offers carry mileage limitations, please ask for details. Most cruise lines include selected drinks with lunch and/or dinner, but †exclusions do apply - please confirm details before booking. Complimenatry WiFi offered is always subject to signal strength and usage policies. Wendy Wu Business Class upgrade offer applicable to new bookings made by 30 September 2017: For China tours - Upgrade valid on international inbound flight only, upgrade both ways from £799pp. Flying with Air China from Heathrow. Valid on selected fully escorted China/Japan tours. Valid for travel 11 Jan – 30 Mar 2018 & 15 Apr – 18 Jun 2018. For Vietnam tours - Upgrade valid on international inbound flight only, upgrade both ways from £799pp. Flying with Turkish Airlines from London Gatwick & London Heathrow. Valid on selected fully escorted Vietnam tours. All promotions and offers are subject to availability, apply to bookings made in GBP, and can be changed/withdrawn at any time without notice. For general booking conditions including advice on ATOL/ABTA protection, full promotion terms and conditions, applicable ships and sail dates, full promotion combinability restrictions, cancellation charges and other information, please visit the relevant River Cruise Line’s page on our RiverCruising.co.uk website or speak to one of our River Cruise Specialists. All information is correct as at 18th August 2017 but we reserve the right to change or withdraw this supplement at any time, but in any event the supplement will automatically become invalid on 31st October 2017. We take every reasonable precaution to ensure the details are accurate, but occasionally errors might occur and we reserve the right to advise you of any corrections at the time you book. E&OE.


NEWS AN ADDITION TO THE FAMILY

SCENIC LAUNCHES “SCENIC CHOICE PRIVILEGES” Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has announced new Scenic Choice options, which allow you to choose from a range of special privileges to enhance your 2018 European River Cruise◊.

We are delighted to tell you that Emerald Waterways chose one of our fabulous cruise specialists, Gill Williams, to be the God-Mother to their new ship, Emerald Radiance. The Emerald Radiance began cruising Portugal’s Douro region in May, navigating the eponymous river Douro. Dissecting some of Europe’s most beautiful vineyards and wineproducing villages, the river Douro evocatively stretches through beautiful backdrops on either bank. Fittingly, the bespoke Emerald Radiance has been lovingly designed and built to complement the jaw-dropping scenery unfolding before the ship’s bow. Discover new additions aboard the Emerald Radiance such as the Riverview Suites. Located at the rear of the ship on the Horizon Deck, and boasting floor-to-ceiling windows encasing their innovative balcony; the two Riverview Suites offer amazing, unspoiled panoramic vistas of the river as it flows on by.

For a limited time only, when you book before 30 September, you can enjoy exclusive access to a range of benefits, in addition to some phenomenal savings: ➡ SAVE up to £1,600 per couple ➡ Pay in full by 31 October to SAVE an additional £200 per couple PLUS choose one of the following: ➡Private door-to-door chauffeur driven transfers^ ➡ Luxury pre-holiday airport hotel stay with parking≠ ➡Eurostar upgrade to Business Premier Class¥ ➡Luxury on board Spa Packageº

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EXCLUSIVE OFFERS

FREE BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE WITH EVERY SCENIC OR EMERALD WATERWAYS BOOKING! Everyone likes a glass of bubbly... so when you make a Scenic or Emerald Waterways booking with us, by 15th September 2017, we’ll help you celebrate by sending you a bottle of champagne!

EXCLUSIVE ON BOARD SPENDING MONEY WITH VIKING RIVER CRUISES What could you do with an extra £100 per couple on board a Viking River Cruise ship? Book one of their European river cruises with us by 30th September and you could be finding out for yourself. Sample a cocktail or two in the evening, book an unforgettable shore excursion or treat yourself to something indulgent in the on board boutique.

2018 Europe river cruises only. ^Mileage restrictions apply. ≠Subject to availability - selected hotels only. ¥Subject to availability and routing. ̊Subject to availability on board.

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The ease with which they handled my booking. The staff were very knowledgable and made it so easy for me to understand all my options. I was fully booked and ready to go within minutes.

I would use them again and have already recommended them to our friends

Knowledgeable polite, professional, very helpful, good customer service,

Professional, caring booking process.

I cannot praise Gillian highly enough for her kind, courteous and professional service when helping us book our river cruise. She talked me through everything, even things I hadn’t thought of, and was extremely patient!

Pleasant, professional and painless.

Vicky was so pleasant, knowledgeable and professional. Having explained the itinerary that we wanted and the time of year we wanted to go, Vicky said she would research the best deal for us and phone us back shortly which she did. I found the whole process easy and pleasant, having used your sister company for sea cruising, once again I have been very pleased with the service provided and would certainly have no hesitation in recommending your company.

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Initial advice was excellent and patient. I was taken through the booking process without any pressure and was pleased to be able to make a booking. I then received the statements vey quickly and follow up calls to confirm that I had received everything and was happy with the process. After paying off the bill I got another call to check that I had received everything and how the process would continue. Staff were pleasant and helpful.

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BORDEAUX REGION, FRANCE Home to some some of the world finest vineyards, a cruise to the Bordeaux region of France is a must for any wine lover. Embark on a truffle hunt in PĂŠrigord, or create your own personal blend of Cognac at the famous Camus distillery. Stunning scenery awaits as you sail along the Garonne, Dordogne & Gironde rivers and the surrounding estuaries, calling upon cities like Cadillac, Pauillac, Bourg and Libourne.


BORDEAUX SHORE EXCURSION SUGGESTION

BORDEAUX AFFAIR

CHATEAUX, RIVERS & WINE

S Bordeaux - Saint-Émilion - Libourne - Médoc

S Bordeaux - Cadillac - Libourne - Saint-

- Cadillac - Bordeaux S

Émilion -Bourg - Blaye - Pauillac - Bordeaux S

Discover ancient catacombs, sample Grand Cru Class wine at the exclusive estate of Château Franc Mayne or get lost in the wonder of Medieval villages.

Ancient architecture, picturesque countryside, World Heritage Sites and, of course, exquisite food and wine – it’s all awaiting your discovery on an award-winning Viking Longship.

 Book by 30 Sep to save up to £1,200pc  Pay in full by 31 Oct to save an extra £200pc  PLUS Scenic Choice Privilege (see page 4) S Flights from up to 15 UK airports or % travel via Standard Premier Eurostar  All your drinks whilst on board†  An on board butler service for every guest  8 flexible and exclusive excursion options  Complimentary WiFi

 EXCLUSIVE £100pc on board spending money  Book by 30 Sep to save up to £2,000pc S Flights from UK (regional departures may be available)  Specially selected house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board  6 guided tours, including 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites: Bordeaux’s historic centre, Citadel of Blaye, Saint-Émilion  Complimentary WiFi†

April - October 2018

8 DAYS

fares from

£2145pp based on 21 April 2018

March - November 2018

8 DAYS

fares from

£1795pp

A SWEET FRENCH TOWN AND A SWEET FRENCH WINE Sample some of France’s sweetest wines in the town that produces them. You will join your guide and drive across the Garonne River into the prestigious Sauternes appellation, where lush vineyards blanket the countryside, fed by the river’s waters, rich soil and Atlantic breezes. Thomas Jefferson himself, America’s third president, counted Sauternes among his favourite wines during his visits. You will enjoy a short scenic drive to one of its châteaux to learn how these prized wines are made. You might be surprised to learn that a fungus is central to cultivating a successful crop of Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc and Muscadelle grapes. You will be invited to work in the vineyard if you’d like, a unique chance to connect with the land that produces this tasty fruit. Then, you will have a chance to taste a few of the wines and see if you agree with Jefferson. INCLUDED WITH VIKING RIVER CRUISES

based on 20 October 2018

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DANUBE, FROM GERMANY TO THE BLACK SEA River cruising on the Danube could take you past four capital cities, a feat no other river in the world can match. Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Belgrade sit grandly on its banks. Fairytale castles cling precariously to hillsides. Medieval monasteries stand sentinel over the river. And the Iron Gate gorge between Serbia and Romania makes for a dramatic, exhilarating sail. The Danube is extremely popular because you sail through UNESCO World Heritage regions such as the stunning Wachau Valley. You are able to choose the easy paced cycling excursions which take you even closer to the heartbeat of this beautiful countryside. Europe’s second longest river flows through the heart of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. Travel it, and you’re tracing a history of imperial Europe through its architecture, music and food.


DANUBE SHORE EXCURSION SUGGESTION

CLASSICAL DANUBE

TASTE OF THE DANUBE

S Budapest - Esztergom - Bratislava - Vienna -

S Budapest 2-night hotel - Bratislava - Melk -

April - October 2018

DĂźrnstein - Melk - Linz - Passau - Regensburg - Passau S

April, May & September 2018

DĂźrnstein - Vienna 2-night hotel S AN EXCELLENT INTRODUCTION TO RIVER CRUISING

An exceptional journey through four of Europe’s most important countries, three world-famous capital cities, and through the picturesque Wachau Valley.

Tuck into Hungarian cuisine in Budapest, discover Slovakia’s vibrant capital of Bratislava, visit Melk’s 11th century Benedictine abbey and the neo-classical boulevards of Vienna.

î Book by 30 Nov to save up to 15% S Return flights from London (regional departures may be available for a supplement)  Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board đ&#x;š´ Complimentary use of on board bicycles

î Book by 31 Oct to save ÂŁ200pp î Book by 31 Oct for low deposit of ÂŁ99pp Y VIP Private home pick-up service* S Flights from London (regional departures may be available for a supplement)  Wine and beer is included with on board lunch and dinner î ˘ Included excursions and sightseeing trips with local guides and a choice of optional tours

8 DAYS

fares from

ÂŁ1469pp

based on 31 October 2018

8 DAYS

fares from

ÂŁ1495pp

SOUND OF MUSIC: SALZBURG, INCL. MOZARTHAUS, SALZAMMERGUT W/LUNCH A two-hour coach ride from Passau will bring you to Salzburg, the city of music. The old town with its world famous baroque architecture is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps. It was adopted by UNESCO in 1997 and is included on its list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. Salzburg is also the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Visit the birth house of the musician as well as other well-known attractions, such as the Getreidegasse. Continue to the Mirabell Palace, a beautiful castle with gardens, built by an archbishop for his beloved courtesan. Watch out for the “Garden of Dwarfsâ€? and the Garden of Roses. After the included lunch, you head to the picturesque village Mondsee which was a film location of the well known movie “The Sound of Musicâ€?. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you are heading back to the ship. ÂŁ75PP WITH AMADEUS RIVER CRUISES

based on 11 April 2018

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DANUBE MORE ABOUT THE DANUBE... The Danube River is undoubtedly one of the most popular choices when it comes to selecting a river cruise holiday! Flowing through a total of 10 different countries, stretching over two thousand miles from Germany to the Black Sea, the Danube is enormous! Rich in European culture; art, music, literature and culinary delights, a river cruise along the Danube will not disappoint. The river is made up of three sections, the upper, the middle and the lower – all of which are accessible on a river cruise. No matter which itinerary you choose, you’ll visit an array of medieval towns and grand historic cities.

Cruise the lower Danube, often between Budapest and the Black Sea, for a Balkan adventure. Highlights include Belgrade Serbia’s cosmopolitan capital, the dramatic Iron Gates and Bucharest – “The Paris of the East”. Or cruise the upper Danube, often from Budapest to Passau (or in reverse) and take in Vienna - Austria’s capital & “the city of music”, Melk Abbey and the Wachau Valley.

SALZBURG & WACHAU VALLEY S Salzburg 2-night hotel - Linz - Passau - Melk

April - October 2018 S Budapest - Kalocsa - Osijek - Belgrade

- Krems - Bratislava - Vienna S

- Kostolac - Vidin - Rousse - Veliko Tarnovo Arbanasi - Bucharest 2-night hotel S

Take time to discover the delights of Salzburg with a hotel stay in the heart of this historic city, then cruise along one of the prettiest stretches of the Danube – the Wachau Valley.

Journey into Eastern Europe for a different, yet equally beautiful, Danube. Shadows of the past tell tales of strength and resolution in war-torn villages, towns and cities alike.

 Includes travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required S UK travel service: return flights and transfers  Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on the ship  Tour of Salzburg  Sightseeing tour of Vienna

 Book by 30 Sep to save up to £1,000pc & receive €250pc on board spending money  Pay in full by 31 Oct to save an extra £200pc S Return economy flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh. Call for regional departures  Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch/dinner  6 shore excursions & 7 EmeraldPLUS experiences, including a Pustza Horse Farm visit

9 DAYS

fares from

£1459pp based on 18 July 2018

10

ENCHANTMENT OF EASTERN EUROPE

18 July or 26 September 2018

RiverCruising.co.uk | 0800 810 8262

9 DAYS

fares from

£1795pp

based on 05 October 2018


SPOT COLORS

PMS 873

DANUBE

PMS 275

SHORE EXCURSION SUGGESTION

PROCESS COLORS

Gold CMYK Gradient Blue: C-98, M-100, Y-0, K-43

Flat Gold: C-35, M-45, Y-80, K-0

Blue: C-98, M-100, Y-0, K-43

Black

White

DANUBE & PRAGUE

BLUE DANUBE DISCOVERY

S Budapest - Vienna - Wachau Valley - Spitz

S Budapest - Bratislava - Vienna - DĂźrnstein

This enchanting voyage provides a variety of ways to enjoy captivating destinations as you sail from Budapest to Nuremberg and spend two nights onshore in Prague.

Sample Vienna’s sinfully rich sachertorte cake, experience the breathtaking scenery of the Wachau Valley wine-making region, and traverse Europe’s Continental Divide.

S Return economy flights from London. Call for regional departures  Unlimited beverages on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, and soft drinks î ˘ Exclusive shore excursions, including “Choice Is Yoursâ€? options , or opt for guided “Go Active,â€? “Village Dayâ€? and “Gentle Walkingâ€? programs đ&#x;š´ Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks ď‚ž Ship-wide WiFi

S Book by 30 September for free flights and overseas transfers  Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner î ˘ Choice of immersive tours in each destination đ&#x;?´La ChaĂŽne des RĂ´tisseurs exclusive dining experience  Sun deck pool with swim-up bar ď‚ž Internet and Wi-Fi access

May - November 2018

- Passau - Regensburg - Nuremberg Prague 2-night hotel S

10 DAYS

fares from

ÂŁ2949pp

based on 05 November 2018

March - November 2018

- Melk - Linz - Passau - Regensburg Nuremberg S

8 DAYS

fares from

ÂŁ1845pp

SPITZ VILLAGE STROLL WITH EXCLUSIVE WINE TASTING Start with a visit to one of the city’s irresistible market halls. Stalls spill over with produce, sausages and meats, festoons of dried paprika, cheeses, and jars of honey, all of it authentically Hungarian. After you leave the market, stop for coffee and a sweet treat at Szamos Gourmet Palace, a combination pastry shop, cafÊ and chocolate maker in VÜrÜsmarty Square. Marzipan is a favorite confection in Budapest, and Szamos has specialized in making it since the 1930s, so you might want to try some—but the shop’s truffle selection is equally irresistible. Refreshed, you’ll be ready to hop back on the tram for a visit to the gracious green spaces of Kårolyi Garden, sometimes described as Budapest’s most charming small park. You’ll ramble along the boulevards and pass the Hungarian National Museum, truly getting the feel for this dynamic city. INCLUDED WITH UNIWORLD

based on 16 November 2018

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DOURO, PORTUGAL The River Douro starts its journey to Porto up in the hills of Soria in Northern Spain. The river is a little over 500 miles long but is only really navigable from Vega de Terron on the Spanish Portuguese border and through Portugal to Porto where your river cruise holiday starts and ends. Much of your journey along the river Douro takes you through steep sided vineyards and a countryside which hosts monasteries, castles and baroque mansions. Not forgetting the many opportunities you will get to sample the famous Tawny Port Wines and local delicacies.


DOURO

SECRETS OF THE DOURO

PORTUGAL’S RIVER OF GOLD

DOURO & SALAMANCA

S Porto - Pinhão - Vega de Terrón - Salamanca

April to November 2018

March - December 2018

April - November 2018

S Lisbon 2-night hotel - Coimbra - Porto -

Régua - Barca d'Alva - Salamanca - Pinhão - Pinhão - Régua - Porto S

S Oporto - Lamego - Castel Rodrigo -

- Pocinho - Régua - Porto S Sail along the Douro on board the brand new Emerald Radiance, and navigate a striking path through some of Portugal’s most enchanting countryside.

Admire tranquil landscapes with vineyards stacked up the hillsides on narrow terraces, and Rabelo boats heavily laden with casks of port wine. Includes a 2-night stay in Lisbon.

Commencing in the Roman city of Oporto, the home of Port wine, and advancing along Portugal’s river Douro to the higher reaches of the valley from where you visit Salamanca.

 Book by 30 Sep to save up to £600pc & receive €250pc on board spending money  Pay in full by 31 Oct to save an extra £200pc S Return economy flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh. Call for regional departures  Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch/dinner  5 shore excursions  Complimentary WiFi

 EXCLUSIVE £100pc on board spending money  Book by 30 Sep to save up to £2,000pc S Return flights from the UK. Fly from a choice of up to 14 regional airports at no extra cost.  Specially selected house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board  8 shore excursions, including 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites; and guided tour in Lisbon  Complimentary WiFi†

S Flights from London Gatwick (regional departures may be available for a supplement)  Porto tour including visit to Port Wine cellars  Salamanca with tour and Flamenco show  Guided tour of Mateus Palace and gardens  Dinner at a typical Portuguese quinta  Visit to the picturesque town of Lamego and its Sanctuary of Our Ladies of Remedy church  Complimentary WiFi

8 DAYS

fares from

£1445pp

based on 10 November 2018

10 DAYS

fares from

£1695pp

based on 11 December 2018

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Salamanca - Peso da Regua - Mateus Palace - Oporto S

8 DAYS

fares from

£1299pp

based on 02 November 2018

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DUTCH WATERWAYS River cruising Belgium and Holland’s waterways is like nowhere else on earth. Big sky stretches all the way to a flat horizon, punctuated by historic cities, gorgeous villages and fields that really do teem with tulips (in Spring at least) and windmills. It’s like falling into a Dutch masterpiece. Technically speaking, once you take to Holland and Belgium’s waterways you’re no longer river cruising. Instead you’ll journey on Europe’s most extensive network of canals and waterways, all fed by the Rhine. And because it’s so latticed by water, there’s no better way of exploring this gentle landscape than by ship.


DUTCH WATERWAYS DON’T MISS... KEUKENHOF GARDENS

TULIP SERENADE

TULIP TIME

S Amsterdam - Hoorn - Arnhem - Middelburg

S Amsterdam - Rotterdam - Antwerp - Ghent

In spring, the regions around the waterways of Holland and Belgium transform into a landscape out of a fairy tale: witness acres of flowers explode in a riot of colour and scent.

Cruise the tranquil, open landscapes of Holland and Belgium and marvel at Keukenhof’s magnificent spring flowers and the wooden windmills of Kinderdijk.

î Book by 30 Nov to save up to 15% S Return flights from London (regional departures may be available for a supplement)  Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board đ&#x;š´ Complimentary use of on board bicycles ď‚ž Complimentary WiFi

î Book by 31 Oct to save ÂŁ200pp î Book by 31 Oct for low deposit of ÂŁ99pp Y VIP Private home pick-up service* S Flights from London (regional departures may be available for a supplement)  Wine and beer is included with on board lunch and dinner î ˘ Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours

5, 12 or 27 April 2018

- Ghent - Antwerp - Kinderdijk - Utrecht Amsterdam S

8 DAYS

fares from

ÂŁ1189pp based on 12 April 2018

06, 17, 20, 24, 27 April or 01 May 2018

- Middelburg - Veere - Willemstad Amsterdam S

8 DAYS

fares from

ÂŁ1799pp

Visit the gardens of Keukenhof near Lisse, which encompass over 70 acres of parkland with lakes, sculpture gardens, greenhouses, and a windmill to explore. Every year, 7 million flower bulbs are planted, and you have the chance to see the spectacular display of colours not only from the tulips, but also from hyacinths, daffodils and more. INCLUDED WITH AVALON WATERWAYS

KINDERDIJK’S WINDMILLS The Netherlands is famous for its windmills. Today there are still more than 1,000 mills, and you will discover a large concentration of windmills near Kinderdijk. During Amadeus’ excursion you will see how a windmill works, why they were used and how they have been replaced by modern pump stations. Get a glimpse of the old mills, while walking along the private miller’s path. £29PP WITH AMADEUS RIVER CRUISES

based on 24 April 2018

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RHINE, FROM THE SWISS ALPS TO THE NORTH SEA They say the Rhine is a river for romantics. Yet as Europe’s busiest waterway it’s also a river of trade, culture and history. Explore the river that remains the beating heart of Europe. It’s easy to think of the Rhine as a purely German river - and many Rhine river cruises concentrate on the German mid-section, letting you explore in gratifying depth. Yet the river’s course also takes in Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and the Netherlands. That means your river cruise on the Rhine could take you from Basel’s museums to Holland’s windmills via the Black Forest and the World Heritage Site splendour of the Rhine Valley.

For wine connoisseurs, culture lovers, Europhiles, history buffs, romantics and foodies, Rhine river cruising is an epic journey of discovery. Here are just some of the highlights: Basel, Switzerland’s third city and an intriguing mix of Swiss, German and French culture. Koblenz, few nations mark the joining of two rivers quite like Germany does at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle. Strasbourg, a captivating blend of French and German, enjoy strolling the winding alleys of La Petite France, Strasbourg’s Old Town. Heidelberg, a historic old town, stunning castle and Germany’s oldest university. Rüdesheim, a classic Rhine Valley wine town, just upstream from the Rhine’s most breathtaking stretch – the Rhine Gorge.


RHINE

RHINE TO SWITZERLAND

RHINE GETAWAY

RHINE HIGHLIGHTS

S Düsseldorf/Cologne - Koblenz - Rhine Gorge

S Amsterdam - Kinderdijk - Cologne - Koblenz

S Amsterdam - Cologne - Koblenz - Rudesheim

May - October 2018

March - December 2018

April - October 2018

- Rudesheim - Speyer - Strasbourg - Breisach & Black Forest - Lucerne - Basel S

- Rudesheim - Heidelberg - Speyer - Strasbourg - Breisach - Basel S

A relaxing Rhine river cruise to Switzerland along one of the most scenic waterways in Europe. Enjoy some of the finest Alpine scenery on earth at stunning Interlaken.

Cruise from the canals of Amsterdam and centuries of history in Cologne to the dramatic ruined castle of Heidelberg, multicultural Strasbourg and the enchanting Black Forest.

Cruise through the World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge. Visit Rudesheim and explore Cologne. Take in Koblenz, explore Heidelberg Castle & venture on to charming Strasbourg.

S Flights from London Heathrow or % travel via Standard class reserved seat on Eurostar from London St. Pancras  Guided tour of Strasbourg  Visit to the old walled town of Breisach  Black Forest tour with lakeside town of Titisee  Tour of some of the finest Swiss Alpine scenery, seeing the Jungfrau and the Eiger, Interlaken and stunning Lucerne

 EXCLUSIVE £100pc on board spending money  Book by 30 Sep to save up to £2,000pc S Return flights from the UK. Fly from a choice of up to 14 regional airports at no extra cost.  Specially selected house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board  6 guided tours, including 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Kinderdijk windmills  Complimentary WiFi†

 Book by 30 Sep to save up to £1,200pc  Pay in full by 31 Oct to save an extra £200pc  PLUS Scenic Choice Privilege (see page 4) S Flights from up to 15 UK airports or % travel via Standard Premier Eurostar  All your drinks whilst on board†  An on board butler service for every guest  8 flexible and exclusive excursion options  Complimentary WiFi

8 DAYS

fares from

£1199pp

based on 09 October 2018

8 DAYS

fares from

£1145pp

based on 14 December 2018

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- Mannheim - Strasbourg - Basel S

8 DAYS

fares from

£2145pp

based on 15 October 2018

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RHÔNE, SOUTHERN FRANCE The River Rhone flows through one of France’s most famous regions, Provence, famous for the most exquisite food which is best sampled at the many small local cafés and restaurants situated in villages and towns along the river. Not forgetting the stunning perfumed fields of lavender stretching as far as the eye can see, quite the picture postcard I am sure you will agree. Popular for so many reasons not least its beauty and its food & wine, the River Rhone is flanked by medieval towns and French history. If you love France – you will surely be making a River Rhone cruise your first choice.


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BURGUNDY & PROVENCE

BURGUNDY & PROVENCE

SOUTHERN FRANCE

S Côte d’Azur 1-nt hotel - Arles - Avignon Viviers - Tournon & Tain l’Hermitage - Vienne Lyon - St Jean de Losne - Beaune - Dijon - Paris 2-nt hotel S

S Lyon - Mâcon - Chalon sur Saône - Tournus

S Lyon - Chalon sur Saône - Beaune - Mâcon -

April - October 2018

From the sun-drenched French Riviera to the Provence region, charming Viviers, medieval Tournon, Vienne, and France’s gastronomic capital, Lyon. Plus 2 nights in Paris! î Book by 31 Oct to save ÂŁ200pp î Book by 31 Oct for low deposit of ÂŁ99pp Y VIP Private home pick-up service* S Flights from London or % travel via Standard Premier Eurostar from St Pancras  Wine and beer is included with on board lunch and dinner î ˘ Included excursions and sightseeing trips

11 DAYS

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ÂŁ2499pp

based on 19 October 2018

March - November 2018

- Lyon - Avignon - Arles - Châteauneuf-du Rhône - Le Pouzin - Lyon S

April - November 2018

Tournon - Avignon - Arles - Marseille S

A uniquely beautiful cruise along the French rivers Rhone and Saône. You will experience picturesque villages, world famous wine regions such as the Cote d’Or,

A magical river cruise through the country’s pastoral south, a region that conjures up enchanting images of the rustic France of our imagination.

î Book by 30 Nov to save up to 15% S Return flights or % Rail travel from London and overseas transfers  Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board đ&#x;š´ Complimentary use of on board bicycles

î Book by 30 Sep to save up to ÂŁ1,400pc & receive â‚Ź250pc on board spending money î Pay in full by 31 Oct to save an extra ÂŁ200pc S Return economy flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh. Call for regional departures  Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch/dinner î ˘ 6 shore excursions ď‚ž Complimentary WiFi

8 DAYS

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ÂŁ1139pp

based on 01 November 2018

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8 DAYS

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RUSSIA River cruising the Russian Waterways isn’t like river cruising in the rest of Europe. To most travellers, there’s a sense of the unknown as you take to the water. It doesn’t feel quite European. It does feel distinctly adventurous. This is a land that frequently meets the stereotype (you will see fields of potatoes and beetroot) yet more often surprises you with its grandeur and style.

The Volga and the Volga-Baltic Waterway link Moscow and St Petersburg. River cruising between the two is the perfect way to explore a country still rarely travelled. It’s a perpetual world of contrasts. Hulking engineering feats (eg the locks that raise you 400m above sea level by the time you reach Moscow) sit self-consciously along the river bank from dark forests and tiny villages. You’ll travel the Moscow-Volga canal, dug by gulag prisoners in the 1930s. On the Volga River itself you’ll follow part of the route taken by Peter the Great as he fought to expand the Russian Empire. And on the delta of the River Neva, you’ll marvel at the city he founded in 1703: St Petersburg.


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May - September 2018

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Enjoy tea and laughter with a babushka and her family in their home. Shop at a farmers’ market in Yaroslavl. Discover the UNESCOlisted ancient wooden buildings of Kizhi.

With only 112 guests, Scenic Tsar allows you to traverse great distances and immerse yourself completely in the many traditions and wonders of Russia along the way.

 EXCLUSIVE £100pc on board spending money  Book by 30 Sep to save up to £2,000pc S Return flights from the UK. Fly from a choice of up to 14 regional airports at no extra cost.  Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with on board dinner and lunch  10 guided tours, including 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as Yaroslavl’s historic centre  Complimentary WiFi†

 Pay in full by 31 Oct to save an extra £200pc  PLUS 1 Scenic Choice Privilege (see page 4) S Flights from up to 10 UK airports  Beer, wine and soft drinks included with lunch and dinner on board your cruise†  4 Scenic Enrich events  7 Scenic Freechoice excursions  1 Scenic Sundowner

13 DAYS

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£2595pp

based on 08 October 2018

15 DAYS

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£4945pp based on 22 July 2018

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With 101 islands, 66 canals and hundreds of bridges, St. Petersburg is considered Russia’s most beautiful city, and its most Western. Almost perfectly planned, its beauty lies in the harmonious blend of Russian and European architecture. Pass by St. Isaac’s Cathedral - the largest church in the city, dedicated to Peter the Great’s patron saint.

CHOICE OF TOURS INCLUDED WITH VIKING RIVER CRUISES

MOSCOW Red Square is the beating heart of Moscow, and an icon of Russia. Home to the country’s most famous landmarks, this vast public square has been at the centre of Russia’s political affairs since the 13th century, a fact which earned it UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1990. The square is flanked by some of the country’s most significant landmarks, including The Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum and of course, the familiar coloured domes of Saint Basil’s Cathedral. CHOICE OF TOURS INCLUDED WITH SCENIC

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SEINE, FRANCE France’s second longest river does something the Loire (the longest) can’t. It flows through Paris. There’s little to compare with journeying beneath the city’s 37 bridges, past some of the world’s most recognisable landmarks. Yet there’s so much more to river cruising on the Seine than Paris’ many attractions. Gothic drama. Timbered, medieval history at the water’s edge. Impressionism inspiring scenery. And the beaches of Normandy. From its source near Dijon to its estuary at Le Havre, river cruising on the Seine is a time travelling journey of farmland unchanged in hundreds of years, and a modern Paris, bursting with drama. River cruising on the Seine inevitably means Paris. But whether this is your first visit or your 21st, the energy and ever changing nature of the city means there’s always something new. If you need to tick off the ‘must-dos’ of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre and Arc de Triomphe, you’ll find reality infinitely better than any number of movies and photos. And if you’ve visited before, make this the occasion to get off the beaten track, or fill in the gaps from previous visits. And of course, there’s no better way of entering Paris than by the river.


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Discover the historic Normandy Landing Beaches - visit some of the most poignant sights of World War II such as Juno Beach, Pegasus Museum, and the British and Canadian Cemeteries.

S Paris 2-night hotel - Rouen - Le Havre for

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April - October 2018

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April - November 2018

Rouen - Conflans - Paris S

Your holiday on the Seine includes highlights such as a château dinner, Normandy’s beaches, cider and Calvados tastings and an exclusive tasting tour of a local farm.

Combine time in France’s marvellous capital with discoveries of quaint towns along the Seine and in the picturesque Normandy region.

S Flights from London. Regional departures or % Eurostar available for a supplement  Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship including regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks  Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at £2,010!  Complimentary WiFi

 Book by 31 Oct to save up to £200pp  Book by 31 Oct for low deposit of £99pp Y Complimentary VIP home pick-up service* S Flights from London or % travel via Standard Premier Eurostar from St Pancras  Wine and beer is included with on board lunch and dinner  Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours

10 DAYS

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8 DAYS

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TASTES OF CALVADOS & CIDER Pommes, apples in English, play an important part in the history of Normandy, with apple orchards taking root in Roman times. While the first cider was said to have been distilled in 1553, before that the Norman apple was used in poultices, ointments and cosmetics (hence the term “pommade”). With over two thousand varieties of apples, Normandy is naturally proud of its cider and of its Calvados – apple brandy, for which this region is also famous. Visit a local farm for a taste of both. INCLUDED WITH TAUCK

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ASIA THE YANGTZE Behind the 610ft tall, 1.3 mile wide walls of the Three Gorges Dam sits a reservoir half the length of California. From its Terracotta Army to the Great Wall, so much of China is on a different scale. River cruising on the Yangtze the best way to see it all. Asia’s longest river carves its way from the Tibetan Plateau to the East China Sea. On its journey it passes stunning natural beauty and incredible feats of engineering (ancient and modern).

THE MEKONG The world’s 12th largest river originates in China ending at the South China Sea via Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. People have been living and working on the banks of the Mekong for over 4,000 years, and they still do. They fish in it. They live above it (you’ll see stilt houses as you river cruise through the Mekong Delta). Its water irrigates their paddy fields. And during the Vietnam War, they fled across it to safety.

THE IRRAWADDY Leave the familiar behind and explore a beautiful, and often mesmerising, country that has long been off-limits to the rest of the world via the Irrawaddy - Burma’s most important waterway. People living by it rely on it for survival. Barges, bamboo rafts and fishing boats plod sedately along its length. You’ll pass oxen pulling carts in the fields that line the banks. Children run excitedly alongside you, trying to keep up with your ship. Nowhere else does river cruising make you feel as though you’re helping - even in a small way - to put a nation back on its feet.


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March - November 2018

March - November 2018

Warriors 2-night hotel S 4-night Yangtze River Cruise S 1-night Li River Cruise - Guilin 2-night hotel - S Shanghai 2-night hotel S

- Three Gorges - Wu Gorge - Shibaozhai Chongqing 1-night hotel S Xian 2-night hotel S Beijing 3-night hotel S

China is a land of many wonders – ancient and modern, natural and man-made. This hugely popular tour is a comprehensive journey through China’s most iconic sights from the magnificent Great Wall to the mighty Yangtze River.

Stroll Shanghai’s Bund and Old Town; marvel at Beijing’s Forbidden Palace and Tiananmen Square; view Xian’s sculpted army of Terra Cotta Warriors; cruise the Yangtze’s magnificent Three Gorges; and so much more on this 15-day cruise and tour journey.

î Save 5% by booking with RiverCruising.co.uk î One-way Business Class upgrade from ÂŁ99pp S Return international economy flights đ&#x;?´ All meals đ&#x;š† Domestic transportation î ˘ Touring with guides and entrance fees ďƒś Visa fees for UK passport holders

î Book by 30 Sep to save up to ÂŁ1,000pp  Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with on board dinner and lunch S Return flights from the UK. Fly from a choice of up to 14 regional airports at no extra cost. î ˘ Fully escorted: 11 guided tours ď‚ž Complimentary WiFiâ€

16 DAYS

fares from

ÂŁ3190pp

based on 11 November 2018

15 DAYS

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ÂŁ2895pp

Visit one of the best preserved sections of the Great Wall and view the burial site of emperors. Begin with a drive to the Badaling Hills, the highest point of the Guangou Gorge, to the astonishing Great Wall. During your visit, you will learn the fascinating history and legend of this engineering marvel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that once stretched for more than 6,200 miles. Later, stroll the Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs, situated in a beautiful valley that emperors chose as their burial place. Upon arrival, follow the long and beautifully manicured entrance to the tombs. This tree-lined avenue is guarded by 18 pairs of massive sculptures of elephants, lions, camels and mythical beasts. You may pause and admire the grand marble gateway known as the Great Red Gate. More than 400 years old, this three-arched structure is one of the largest stone archways in China. INCLUDED WITH VIKING RIVER CRUISES

based on 01 April 2018

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MEKONG ANGKOR WAT COMPLEX

Angkor Thom - This fortified city is flanked by a row of 54 stone figures on each side, which leads you through a 23-metre imposing stone entrance gate to the various temples inside. Bayon - Beautifully crafted central towers, decorated with four opposing faces representing King Jayavarman VII. Bayon’s stone galleries display extraordinary bas-reliefs incorporating over 11,000 figures. Elephant Terrace and Terrace of the Leper King - Giant viewing platforms used for public ceremonies, which served as a base for the King’s grand audience hall. Ta Prohm - Swallowed by the jungle where Strangler Figs and Kapok Trees have entwined themselves around the ruins. Undoubtedly, the most atmospheric ruin at Angkor with closed courtyards and narrow corridors to explore. Angkor Wat - Surrounded by a 190-metre moat and taking 30 years to build, Angkor Wat represents the Khmer civilisation at its grandest. With its fascinating decorative flourishes, extensive bas-relief and multiple tiers, it is the best-preserved temple within the complex. INCLUDED WITH WENDY WU TOURS

JOURNEY ON THE MEKONG

ANGKOR TO THE BAY

S Saigon 2-night hotel - Cai Be - Cao Dai

S Siem Reap 3-nt hotel S Phnom Penh 1-nt

January - November 2018

Temple - Tan Chau - Phnom Penh - Oudong Kampong Chhnang - Tonle Sap - Siem Reap 2-night hotel with Angkor Wat tour S

hotel S Saigon 3-nt hotel S Hoi An 2-nt hotel đ&#x;š† Hue 2-nt hotel S Hanoi 1-nt hotel đ&#x;š† Halong Bay 1-nt cruise đ&#x;š† Hanoi 1-nt hotel S

Cruise along the mighty Mekong River through the heart of South East Asia and explore fascinating water-borne worlds, from floating villages to colourful markets. Step back in time as your journey unfolds through stunning countryside.

One of award-winning Wendy Wu’s most popular tours, take a voyage of discovery from the breath-taking majesty of the temples of Angkor, through to the spectacular natural grandeur of Halong Bay, experiencing all manner of delights en route.

S Return flights from London Heathrow î ˘ See the fascinating Cu-Chi tunnels, a poignant reminder of the US-Vietnam conflict î ˘ Visit the teeming floating markets of Kampong Chhnang and Cai Be î ˘ Visit the city and temples of Angkor

î Save 5% by booking with RiverCruising.co.uk î One-way Business Class upgrade from ÂŁ99pp S Return international economy flights đ&#x;?´ All meals đ&#x;š† Domestic transportation î ˘ Touring with guides and entrance fees ďƒś Visa fees for UK passport holders

15 16 DAYS

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ÂŁ2999pp ÂŁ3090 based on 19 March 2018

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March - November 2018

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14 DAYS 17

fares from

ÂŁ2795 ÂŁ3190pp based on 20 April 2018


SPOT COLORS

PMS 873

IRRAWADDY PMS 275

IRRAWADDY HIGHLIGHTS

PROCESS COLORS

Gold CMYK Gradient Blue: C-98, M-100, Y-0, K-43

Flat Gold: C-35, M-45, Y-80, K-0

Blue: C-98, M-100, Y-0, K-43

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CHARMS OF THE MEKONG

MYANMAR & IRRAWADDY

S Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be - Sa Dec - Tan

S Yangon 2-nt hotel S Bhamo - Second Defile

During your 7-night river cruise visit rural villages, historic pagodas, floating markets and a Buddhist monastery along the way. Spend three days in Siem Reap, Cambodia, touring the temples of Angkor Archeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meander through lush, jungle-cloaked highlands and sun-baked plains with mangrove-dotted banks. Visit breathtaking Bagan and the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the country’s most important religious site.

 Book by 30th September to save £500pp S Return flights from London Heathrow  Unlimited wine with lunch and dinner, and complimentary local beer, house-brand spirits and soft drinks during cruise  Immersive tours in every destination

Y VIP Private home pick-up service* S Flights from London, regional flights are available but may carry a supplement  Complimentary wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner  Included excursions and sightseeing trips

January - December 2018

Chau - Phnom Penh - Koh Chen - Oudong Kampong Traiach - Kampong Chhnang - Siem Reap 3-nt hotel with Angkor Wat tour S

10 DAYS

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£2399pp based on 20 August 2018

January - December 2018

- Kyun Daw - Katha - Tigyang - Kya Hnyat Kyuak Myaung - Mingun - Mandalay - Sagaing - Shwe Pyi Thar - Bagan S Yangon 1-nt hotel S

16 DAYS

fares from

£5499pp

Yangon Yangon, formerly Rangoon, is the country’s largest city and former capital. Visit the stunning 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda. Kya Hnyat Present alms and offerings of food to the monks at its monastery. Mandalay Visit Mahamuni Pagoda, the most revered shrine in Mandalay, to see its impressive goldleaf Buddha. Owing to the continual application of gold leaves, officials estimate the gold is approximately six inches thick! Bagan Once the capital of Myanmar from the 9th to the 13th centuries. It is estimated that during this time over 13,000 temples, monasteries, and pagodas were built in the plains surrounding the city, an area of about 40 square miles. Many of these structures have been lost over time, but around 2,300 still stand today, making this one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. Take an ox cart ride to a temple at sunset. INCLUDED WITH AVALON WATERWAYS

based on 06 April 2018

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CHRISTMAS M A R K E T S

CHRISTMAS ON THE RHINE

MARKETS ALONG THE DANUBE

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Includes flights and selected drinks at lunch/ dinner

Includes flights, unlimited drinks on board and exclusive excursions

22 December 2017

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ICONIC XMAS MARKETS

DANUBE XMAS MARKETS

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S Nuremberg - Regensburg - Passau - Linz -

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Melk - Durnstein - Vienna - Budapest S

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14DAYS DAYS 8

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based on 21 December 2018

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Blue: C-98, M-100, Y-0, K-43

If you love the festive period you’ll fall head over heels for Europe’s extravagant and delightfully Christmassy market towns. You’ll find residents and visitors alike buzzing with excitement at the most wonderful time of the year.

14DAYS DAYS 8

Gold CMYK Gradient White

SPOT COLORS

Sail from port to port and breathe in the Christmas spirit at every stop. Worldfamous Christmas markets pop up every year in the gorgeous European cities of Budapest, Cologne, Vienna and Strasbourg (to name but a few).

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PROCESS COLORS

River cruises are the perfect way to visit a handful of European cities (and countries) in one amazing voyage. At Christmas time, the picturesque cities along Europe’s rivers light up with festive cheer as they set up their classic European Christmas markets!

03 or 10 December 2017

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December 2018

Includes flights, unlimited drinks on board and exclusive excursions

14DAYS DAYS 8

fares from

£2795 £1695pp

based on 09 December 2018


LATE DEALS

RHINE TO SWITZERLAND

THREE RIVERS

S Cologne - Koblenz - Rhine Gorge &

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Miltenberg/Wertheim - Oberwesel - Cologne - Utrecht - Amsterdam S Includes flights and selected drinks at lunch/ dinner

September - October 2017

Rudesheim - Speyer -Strasbourg - Breisach & Black Forest - Lucerne - Basel S

14DAYS DAYS 7

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£2795 £1248pp

14DAYS DAYS 8

based on 16 October 2017

28 October 2017

fares from

£2795 £1559pp

based on French Balcony cabin

PARIS & NORMANDY

PRAGUE & DANUBE

S Paris - Vernon - Les Andelys - Caudebec -

Rouen - Conflans - Paris S

S Prague 3-nt hotel - Nuremberg - Regensburg - Passau - Melk - Vienna - Budapest S

Includes flights, selected drinks at lunch/ dinner and selected excursions

Includes flights, selected drinks at lunch/ dinner and selected excursions

September - October 2017

14DAYS DAYS 8

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£2795pp £1049

based on 16 September 2017

October & December 2017

14 DAYS DAYS 11

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£2795 £1599pp

There’s still time, this year, to immerse yourself in local cultures and traditions, and venture out to discover medieval quarters, castle ruins, museums and galleries in Europe’s iconic cities and lesser-known hidden gems. We have limited availability on a wide selection of sailings, departing between now and December. So whether it’s a festive Christmas markets cruise, a spontaneous jaunt along the Seine, or a last minute meander down the Mekong, that you’re looking for give our award-winning agents a call - you might be surprised at the offers available! Don’t forget to sign up to our email newsletters for all the latest river cruise offers - visit RiverCruising.co.uk.

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NO FLYING

JEWELS OF THE RHINE

PARIS, NORMANDY & THE SEINE

% Amsterdam - Cologne - Koblenz - Mannheim

% Paris - Conflans - Rouen - Le Havre -

April to October 2018

At River Cruising, we understand that not everyone likes the idea of flying – which is what makes cruising an attractive alternative for many travellers. That’s why we’ve put together a selection of no-flying river cruises – so you can travel to the most beautiful and captivating destinations without setting foot on an aeroplane. Travel with national rail and Eurostar to your first port and enjoy a relaxed, scenic train journey before embarking on your river voyage. Many of the tour operators we feature offer a no-flying option, which provides the exact same service and inclusivity as the flying kind. The only difference is how you choose to get there.

- Kehl - Breisach - Basel % Includes rail travel, selected drinks at lunch/ dinner and selected excursions

8 DAYS

fares from

£1644pp

Caudebec-en-Caux - Les Andelys - Vernon Poissy - Paris % Includes rail travel and selected drinks at lunch/dinner

8 DAYS

based on 07 April 2018

fares from

£999pp

based on 01 November 2018

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April to October 2018

- Ardeche Gorges - Provence - Arles - Pont de Gard - Avignon % Includes rail travel and selected excursions

8 DAYS

fares from

£1229pp

based on 25 October 2018

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March to November 2018

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25 or 30 April 2018

Arnhem - Hoorn - Amsterdam % Includes rail travel, unlimited drinks on board and exclusive excursions

8 DAYS

fares from

£1895pp


SOLO

T RAV E L L E R

TAUCK

All Inclusive Luxury

Tauck offer great value for solo travellers, in fact there are no single supplements on all of their European River Cruises in Category 1 rooms. In addition, solo travellers also enjoy savings of £650 per cabin in Category 4 and 5 on selected departures. Who you travel with can be so important meeting interesting, like-minded people is a big part of the Tauck experience.

RIVIERA TRAVEL

Great Value

Riviera Travel believe travelling on your own doesn’t have to mean travelling alone. Riviera Travel offer river cruise holidays with zero single supplement on the lead cabin grade, and whilst hotels prices generally work out a little more for single occupancy rooms, Riviera Travel will never charge you extra for meals, excursions, flights, rail journeys or transfers.

UNIWORLD

Boutique & Inclusive

Uniworld’s all-inclusive boutique river cruises are a wonderful option for travellers who wish to explore on their own. Discover award-winning ships, expertly guided small group excursions, and a uniquely warm and welcoming on board atmosphere. Uniworld have waived or reduced the single supplement on selected itineraries. Space is limited so please book early!

SAGA

The Perfect Welcome

More than a fifth of Saga’s customers are solo travellers so they offer single cabins at no extra cost on as many river cruises as possible. There is a set number of cabins without a supplement, so it’s always best to book early to be in with the best chance of securing a cabin at no extra cost.

AMAWATERWAYS

Award-winning

AmaWaterways offers independent travelers exceptional savings on board their intimate and luxurious ships; which provide a warm, welcoming environment with many opportunities to meet fellow travellers. Guests traveling solo can book D or E category staterooms on selected 2018 European cruises without paying an additional single supplement fee.

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Thinking about discovering Europe on your own? We believe there’s no better way than aboard a luxurious river cruise. Open seating Dining on board is a relaxed affair; every meal is open seating, so you’ll be sure to make new friends with like-minded travellers! Group excursions You don’t have to explore alone; join a group excursion and be guided around the cities and towns by a local expert along with other guests from the ship. Welcoming staff & smaller ships There’s a warm and welcoming atmosphere on board; staff are friendly yet professional & the smaller size of ships allows you to get to know your fellow passengers.

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RIVER MEETS OCEAN Viking introduces the definitive way to explore the world in comfort. They call them Viking Voyages, an innovative marriage of their award-winning river and ocean cruises.

RHINE & VIKING SHORES & FJORDS

30 Jun 2018

S +  + selected 

15 DAYS

fares from

£4495pp

Tour highlights of the legendary Rhine River, then discover Nordic wonders by sea. Experience cultured Basel before setting sail for Germany’s storied Black Forest and France’s multicultural Strasbourg. Visit Heidelberg Castle, Germany’s most famous schloss, and Rüdesheim’s inviting Drosselgasse. Admire Cologne’s famous cathedral, and tour Marksburg Castle. In Kinderdijk and Amsterdam, explore Holland’s famous windmills and waterworks. Then, sail the North Sea to the seaside village of Skagen, Denmark. Set off S Basel - Breisach - Strasbourg - Heidelberg - Koblenz - Cologne for Norway’s dramatic fjord landscapes, journeying from vibrant Oslo and history-rich Kristiansand to cosmopolitan Stavanger and spectacularly scenic Kinderdijk - Amsterdam - Skagen - Oslo - Kristiansand - Stavanger - Flåm Flåm. Disembark in historic Bergen, a city with deep Viking roots. - Bergen S

RHINE & AMSTERDAM TO CATALONIA

29 Sep 2018

S +  + selected 

18 DAYS

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£4595pp

Tour highlights of the legendary Rhine River, then journey to the Iberian Peninsula by sea. Experience cultured Basel before setting sail for Germany’s storied Black Forest and France’s multicultural Strasbourg. Visit Heidelberg Castle, Germany’s most famous schloss, and Rüdesheim’s inviting Drosselgasse. Admire Cologne’s famous cathedral, and tour Marksburg Castle. In Kinderdijk and Amsterdam, explore Holland’s famous windmills and waterworks. Then, sail the English Channel to magnificent Paris. Across the channel, call on S Basel - Breisach - Strasbourg - Heidelberg - Koblenz - Cologne Kinderdijk - Amsterdam (overnight) - Paris (Le Havre) - Portsmouth - Vigo maritime Portsmouth before cruising south to the Iberian Peninsula. There, discover elegant Galician Vigo and medieval Moorish Granada. Enjoy Murcia’s - Granada ( Málaga) - Murcia ( Cartagena) - Barcelona (overnight) S rich farmlands before disembarking in colourful, cosmopolitan Barcelona.

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Award-winning RiverCruising.co.uk brings you the 2018 Collection - bursting with information and exclusive offers. Call 0800 810 8262