Viking River Cruises

Viking River Cruises France – Germany – Holland – Austria – Hungary – Portugal – Russia – China & More

Viking Cruises takes you around the world. Cruise the romantic Danube and discover grand cities and quaint villages along Strauss’s ‘Blue Danube’, or cruise the Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers through history and picturesque countryside. Or cruise France’s Seine and Rhone rivers, cruise the Seine from Paris to Normandy, the Rhone from Lyon to Avignon, or Holland’s waterways and stroll the wonderful Keukenhof Gardens, the charming canals of Amsterdam with picturesque windmills and riots of tulip fields in the springtime. Cruise the Elbe through East Germany’s dramatic landscapes. Discover the unique scenic treasures of Europe from your luxurious river cruise ship on Europe’s waterways. Visit Moscow and St. Petersburg’s fabulous Russian Palaces, or China’s world of ancient historical wonders – all awaits you, call us!

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Paris & Heart of Normandy 2016 8 Days
Sails Roundtrip
Paris – Paris from $1,896
Paris and the Heart of Normandy combines the magic
of Paris with the beauty of France’s Norman countryside andvoilà! Experience history firsthand at the Normandy beaches, site of the famous Allied invasion on D-Day in 1944. Delight in the Gothic architecture of Rouen, and see where Joan of Arc was tried and executed. Lose yourself in the exquisite gardens of Giverny, whose rich palette inspired Impressionist Claude Monet for many years. Walk the cobblestone streets of provincial Vernon and share the splendor of Paris, the world’s most romantic city, with your companion. REQUEST QUOTE

Cities of Light 2016 12 Days Sails Between Parisand Prague from $2,956  Cities of Light is a 12-day journey that includes two nights each in two of Europe’s most glorious cities, Paris and Prague—plus a scenic river cruise along the Moselle, Rhine and Main Rivers. Drink in the picturesque landscape of vineyard-clad hillsides and sample fine German appellations in the villages of this famous wine-producing region. Discover the romance of Paris and its many historic landmarks. And fall in love with the graceful architecture of Prague, home to countless spires and a vibrant cultural scene.   REQUEST QUOTE

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Paris, Burgundy & Provence 2016 12 Day
Paris to Dijon, Lyon to Avignon from $3,306

Enrich your Portraits of Southern France river cruise
with two nights  in elegant Paris and Burgundy’s gastronomic hub of Dijon. This magnificent cruise
tour is draped in French finery, from the romance
of the “City of Light” to the sumptuous cuisine, ducal treasures and robust red wines of the Burgundian capital. Then wind your way south on the beautiful Rhône, setting a course for the sun-splashed landscapes of Provence, where that ever-famous light lured the great Impressionists from van Gogh
to Matisse. You’ll pause along the way to explore quaint villages, ancient Roman ruins and historic Avignon, “City of Popes.” 
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France’s Finest 2016 15 Days Sails BetweenParis and Avignon directions from $4711  
This 15-day river cruise is the ultimate journey through France, from Paris and Normandy to Burgundy and Provence. France’s Finest is a joining of the two popular itineraries ‘Paris and Normandy and Portrait’s of Southern France’ that creates the ultimate journey through France. Drink in the colors, cuisine and wines of France’s glorious southern regions of Burgundy and Provence as you visit places like Avignon, Arles and Lyon. Explore the legendary French capital, Paris, and travel along the Seine through the Norman countryside to the historic Normandy beaches. Vive la France!  An exceptional itinerary that you don’t want to miss!  REQUEST QUOTE

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ails Roundtrip Bordeaux from$1,856
Caressed by Atlantic breezes, the vineyards that
cover the rolling hills along the rivers of Aquitaine
for centuries have produced France’s most remark-able wines: Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, Sauternes,
Médoc and Margaux are but a handful of the wine appellations that make Bordeaux wines world-famous. At the region’s heart, the city of Bordeaux stretches along the river bank, inviting visitors to savor its
grand architecture, tempting cafés and superb museums. Celebrate joie de vivre in this land of wine and oysters, truffles and cognac, as you cruise the Dordogne, Garonne and Gironde Rivers.
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Danube Waltz 2016 – 2017  8 Days Sails Between Passau and Budapest from $1,856
This eight day itinerary takes you through four of Europe’s most enchanting countries—Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia—along the storied Danube River. Where you’ll explore Budapest’s imperial and Art Nouveau delights, and take a comprehensive tour of beautiful Bratislava’s baroque and Gothic buildings and fountains. In Austria, discover why Vienna is ‘the waltz capital’, sail through the spectacular Wachau Valley, and explore the cobblestone streets and charming town squares of Dürnstein. And in Germany, admire Passau’s ancient fortress and Italianate architecture. Includes a tour of the 900-year-old baroque Benedictine abbey at Melk and an all-day visit to the scenic city of Salzburg.
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Castles & Legends 2016 12 Days between Munich and Budapest from $3146
Expand your Danube Waltz river cruise with two nights each in Bavaria and Austria, and watch history and legend unfold on one enriching cruisetour. Explore Munich, with exciting side trips to the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Palace. Stroll in the footsteps of Mozart and the von Trapps in Salzburg. And during a 7-night cruise along the
fabled Danube, discover glittering Vienna and cosmopolitan Budapest, sampling cherished vintages as you sail through the beautiful Wachau Valley past vineyards and villages. Two riverside jewels – the baroque Melk Abbey and Slovakia’s
fascinating capital of Bratislava – round out this legendary experience. 
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Grand European Tour 2016-2017 15 Days
Sails Budapest
– Amsterdam from $3,562
Imagine 15 magical days along the Holland Waterways,
the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, the
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pean Tour takes you f
rom Holland’s windmill-studded
tulip fields to Germany’s fairy-tale castles, from the engineering marvel of the Main-Danube Canal to the picturesque vineyards of Austria’s Wachau Valley, this
epic voyage presents the highlights of Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Savor a decadent treat
the Sachertorte in a Viennese café and panoramic views
of imperial Budapest—and along the way, discover the legend of the Lorelei, the ancient art of glassblowing, the music of Mozart and more. Guests who choose this voyage soon see why it is our most popular itinerary—on the wonderful  Viking Longships.
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Grand European Tour & Belgium 2016 19 Days Sails Ghent to Budapest from $5512
Combine the endless cultural riches of your Grand European Tour with 4 nights in the Low Countries on our most comprehensive cruise tour. You’ll explore 5 countries in 19 days, with 2 nights each in the medieval jewel of Belgian Ghent and among the canal-lined lanes of Dutch Amsterdam. The rest of Europe unfolds before you during a 12-day cruise that spans the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Discover elegant cultural capitals such as Budapest and Vienna. Explore storybook villages and riverside castles. Witness stunning natural beauty. And delve into the legends, lore and enduring traditions that define a continent.   
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Rhine Getaway 2016 – 2017 8 Days Sails Between Amsterdam and Basel from $1,856
Visit all the highlights of the legendary Rhine on theRhine Getaway in just 8 days. In Germany, see the many charming castles that dot the riverbanks as you sail by, and tour both Marksburg Castle and the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. Admire Cologne, the jewel of the Rhine, with its awe-inspiring Dom, and experience the lush landscape of the Black Forest region. Also, explore Amsterdam’s lovely canals and glorious museums, multicultural Strasbourg in France, and the inviting nightlife in Rüdesheim’s Drosselgasse. On this itinerary
you will see a lot making the most of time.
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Tulips & Windmills 2016 8 Days SailsAmsterdam – Antwerp – Amsterdam
from $2,172
 
Tulips & Windmills shows off Holland’s floral splendor that only happens in the springtime.See the rainbow of colors, and visit two of Belgium’s most beautifully preserved medieval cities for the ultimate
10-day spring vacation in the Low Countries. Explore Amsterdam’s cosmopolitan atmosphere and world-famous museums. Experience Belgium’s Golden Age
in Antwerp’s Steen Castle and the lovely patrician city
of Bruges. Learn about Holland’s age-old battle against the sea, tours of windmills and the massive Delta Works project. Enjoy savory Dutch cheeses, delectable Belgian chocolates and Belgium’s exquisite intricate lace on this delightful vacation.   REQUEST QUOTE

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Romantic Danube 2016 – 2017 8 Days Sails Nuremberg and Budapest from $1,856
During this 8-day journey, the Romantic Danube discovers the grand cities and quaint villages along the celebrated Danube River. Explore both sides of Hungary’s capital—traditional Buda and the more cosmopolitan Pest—and from Fishermen’s Bastion, see how the river divides this fascinating city. Experience Vienna’s imperial architecture and gracious culture, and tour riverside towns in Austria’s Wachau Valley. And in Germany, explore a baroque cathedral and stroll cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses. Savor the tastes of aromatic and wonderful Vienna coffes, authentic hearty German dishes, beers and wines, and learn about local legends, and see why Strauss immortalized this romantic river in his famous ‘Blue Danube’ waltz. REQUEST QUOTE

Rhineland Discovery 2016 12 Days
Bruges and Basel from $3,146

Enhance your Rhine Getaway river cruise with two nights each in Belgium and Holland on this extra-ordinary cruise tour.  Spanning the medieval cobbled lanes of Bruges and Ghent, canal-laced charms of Amsterdam and historic banks of Germany’s languorous waterway. Tour the historic windmills of Kinderdijk and the imposing castle of Heidelberg. Sample Kölsch beer in Cologne and local wines in the Drosselgasse of Rüdesheim. You’ll marvel at fantastic cathedrals from Speyer to French Strasbourg. Along the way, admire lush pastoral landscapes of Germany’s fabled Black Forest and castle-lined riverbanks draped in emerald-green vineyards.  
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Portugal’s River of Gold 2016 10 Days SailsRoundtrip Porto from $2,156
Enjoy the Douro’s beauty & history, and spend two fascinating days and nights exploring Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon. Then sail the Douro River past steeply terraced vineyards to ports of call with charming town squares, colorful castles, baroque mansions and historic monasteries. Visit Salamanca, the Spanish medieval
city of and sample Portuguese specialties like
salt cod, hearty soups and of course the area’s sensational port and tawny wines.   REQUEST QUOTE

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Imperial Cities of Europe 2016 12 Days
between Berlin & Budapest from $3,106

You’ll witness the legacies of empires with two
nights each Berlin, Germany’s vibrant cultural
center, and Dresden, triumphantly restored to
its pre-war beauty. Discover two glittering gems
of Germany to your Romantic Danube river cruise
on this 12-day cruise tour.  Visit the house of
Martin Luther in Wittenberg and browse the
Market Square of Nuremberg. Along the lilting
waters of the fabled “Blue Danube,” see the glory
of the Hapsburgs, from the cosmopolitan avenues
of Budapest to the elegant architecture of Vienna. Witness Europe’s bucolic side too, as you sail
past enchanting riverside villages and through
the stunning, vineyard laden Wachau Valley.   REQUEST QUOTE

Rhine Rhapsody 2016 8 Days Basel, Trier
& Luxembourg, travel to Paris from $2,906
From the timeless elegance of Paris to the breath-
taking scenery along the Rhine, Main and Moselle Rivers. A guided tour of Paris to see some of its historic locations, then spend some time exploring
its neighborhoods, museums and cafés. Scenic cruising takes you to the heart of smaller European towns like Trier, Rüdesheim and Cochem enchanting villages on through the Rhine Valley, famous for its many riverside castles. Stop in Strasbourg, the harmonious blend of French and German cultures
(and cuisines), and explore the market squares of Basel’s charming Old Town area. This cruise tour
is a joyful rhapsody! 
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Passage to Eastern Europe 11 Days Sails
Budapest to
Bucharest from $2,556
Let us take you to the cities, towns and natural wonders
of Eastern Europe, where so many fairy tales began. Experience two nights in Budapest, amazing architecture, in this bustling cosmopolitan capital of Hungary; sail past dramatic natural wonders like the soaring white cliffs of
the Iron Gate region; visit the Serbian capital of Belgrade and the Croatian town of Osijek; discover historical treasures of Bulgaria; and admire the graceful charms of the Romanian capital of Bucharest where you will enjoy one overnight stay. This itinerary is, quite simply, wonderful and one of the most popular itineraries for those wanting something uniquely different.   
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Elegant Elbe 2016 10 Days Sails Berlin and Prague from $2,599  The Elegant Elbe discovers
the natural beauty of former East Germany’s dramatic landscape on an Elbe River cruise. Tour the opulent palaces of Saxon monarchs  and stroll through stunning landscaped gardens; sail between the dramatic sand-stone cliffs of Germany’s “Saxon Switzerland.” Marvel
at the baroque splendor of Dresden and see firsthand how Meissenware porcelain is produced.  Walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther in historic Wittenberg and
learn about the Protestant Reformation. Your journey is bookended by two nights in historic Berlin and two nights in beautiful Prague. An elegant experience indeed.
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Castles & Legends 2016 12 Days Munich to Budapest from $3,406
Tour cities & fairy-tale castles when you expand
your Danube Waltz with visits to the alpine beauty
of Bavaria and Austria takes your Danube Waltz
river cruise to new heights, with two nights each in Munich and Salzburg. This cruisetour visits the fairy-
tale Neuschwanstein Castle and Salzburg’s Old
Town. Then you’ll sail the Danube past villages, vineyards and the Wachau Valley, to discover
glittering Vienna, and the cosmopolitan capital of Budapest. You’ll explore Munich, visit the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Palace,
and stroll in the footsteps of Mozart and the von
Trapps in Salzburg, and the fascinating capital of Bratislava, Slovakia. 
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Poland, Prague & the Elegant Elbe 2016 16 Days Sails Between Berlin – Prague from $4,699  Complement your Elegant Elbe itinerary with stays in three magical cities. On this inspiring cruise tour, you’ll sail the lilting waters of the Elbe past the sandstone cliffs of Saxon Switzerland. Spend two nights in vibrant Prague; three nights in Kraków, where you can join a moving excursion to Auschwitz; and two nights in Warsaw, home of the courageous Jewish Ghetto Uprising and a stunningly reconstructed Old Town.

Viewing the charming castles as you cruise this itinerary,
while admiring the fabulous architecture of these renown world cities, capitals and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Magnificent gardens and wonderful Old Towns on this
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European Sojourn 2015 – 2016 23 Days Sails Amsterdam and Bucharest from $8,167
Combines the Grand European Tour with Passage to
Eastern Europe for the ultimate European sojourn. In
the 8th century, Emperor Charlemagne dreamt of a
canal that could unite Europe’s great waterways, but it
was not until 1992 that his vision came to pass. Now,
the Main-Danube Canal allows ships to travel directly
from the North Sea to the Black Sea region, traversing Western, Central and Eastern Europe in a single journey. See the canals of Amsterdam, the castles of the Rhine Valley, great Danube cities like Vienna and Budapest,
and many colorful capitals of Eastern Europe on this incredible 23-day cruisetour through eight countries
on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. This itinerary,
combines Grand European Tour with Passage to
Eastern Europe, provides the ultimate European sojourn.  REQUEST QUOTE

Egypt Cruise

Pathways of the Pharaohs 2016 12 Days Cairofrom Luxor – Nile – Lake Nasser from $4,198
Egypt is the gift of the Nile, according to the Greek historian Herodotus. Cruise the great river in luxury, and sail across Lake Nasser to the monumental statues of Ramses II and Nefertari at Abu Simbel,
on this fabulous cruisetour.  The great city of Cairo, the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens,
the unearthed secrets of desert sands—all are set
on or near the banks of the nurturing Nile. Cruise
the river in luxury, and sail across Lake Nasser to
the monumental statues of Rameses II and Nefertari at Abu Simbel. Touch the pyramids and see the eternal Sphinx, walk through ancient temples and meet the friendly people of today’s Egypt on this fabulous cruisetour.  
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Viking Russia Cruises

Waterways of the Czars 2016 13 Days Sails  Moscow and St. Petersburg from $5,296      
The Waterways of the Czars cruise the two sides
to Russia, her great cities Moscow and St. Peters-burg, and ancient villages like Yaroslavl, Uglich
and Goritzy. You’ll tour the important landmarks, Moscow’s Kremlin and Red Square, St. Peters-burg’s Pushkin, Peter & Paul Fortress and the Hermitage—and also discover the history and
culture of Russia’s heartland.  But, there is another side of Russia, quaint riverside towns like Yaroslavl, Uglich and Goritzy that only a river cruise can provide. See opulent palaces, discover fortified monasteries and visit beautiful cathedrals. It is an unforgettable way to experience the history and culture of this unique and mysterious country.
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Myanmar

Myanmar Explorer 2016 15 Days Bangkok ot Bangkok from $5,599     Mandalay
Natural beauty, rich history and spiritual wonders await you in Thailand and Myanmar (Burma). Begin your journey in bustling Bangkok, where you encounter some of the Thai capital’s highlights, including the unforgettable Grand Palace temple complex set on the Chao Phraya River. Then fly to Myanmar for a two-day stay in Yangon (Rangoon) and a breathtaking cruise along the verdant Irrawaddy River, known as “the Road to Mandalay” after Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem. And in legendary Mandalay, experience the sweep of the region’s history from palaces and pagodas through colonial times to a contemporary melting pot of Asian cultures.
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Mekong & Cambodia Cruises

Magnificent Mekong 2016 15 Days Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City both directions from $3,499
In this wonderful NEW itinerary the Magnificent Mekong cruise you’ll explore the stunningly scenic and discover the culturally distinctive lands that lie along the remarkable Mekong River. On this 15-day cruisetour, discover two countries, two cultures and two ways of life linked by Indochina’s most important river—from Vietnam’s bustling cities to the tranquility of Cambodia. Encounter ancient Khmer monuments and the elegant French colonial capital of Phnom Penh in Cambodia; and in Vietnam, visit the floating markets of the Mekong delta, experience the intimate charm of Hanoi’s old city and tour dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. Here you will find gracious hosts and some of the finest cuisine in the world, while enjoying the natural beauty and rich history just beyond the banks of the magnificent Mekong.   REQUEST QUOTE

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Undiscovered China 2016 18 Days between Shanghai to Beijing from $5,442 
Experience China’s most magnificent cities and breathtaking sights in 18 days. Visit Beijing and
the Great Wall, the colonial-flavored Bund of Shanghai and Xian’s Terra Cotta Warriors. Wander the canal-lined warrens of Lijiang, China’s most authentic Old Town, and some of the most charming and beautiful Chinese architectures.  Observe the endangered pandas in Chengdu. This special cruise offers some of the best preserved sections of the great wall of China, and a visit to the very special Sacred Way and the protected and magnificent Ming Dynasty Tombs.  Enjoy a 5-night sojourn along the spectacular Yangtze River and marvel at its towering Three Gorges. 
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Imperial Jewels of China 2016 12 Days Beijingto Shanghai from $3,292
On the Imperial Jewels of China you’ll discover
this phenomenal itinerary presents China’s key highlights in just 12 days. Explore cosmopolitan Shanghai, China’s most cutting-edge, modern city. Cruising the legendary Yangtze between Wuhan
and Chongqing through the scenic Three Gorges and wildly beautiful Lesser Gorges. You will also
tour the Three Gorges Dam, an engineering marvel that has changed the face of China. Visit Xian and  the thousands of lifesize Terra Cotta Warriors. In Beijing, explore historic imperial treasures like the Forbidden City, Great Wall and famed Summer Palace, and walk through Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public venue. Distinctive hotel stays and our new Viking Emerald round out an amazing trip.
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Roof of the World 2016  16 Days Travel Beijing – Tibet – Shanghai from $5,250
The Roof of the World cruise and tour, is where you’ll discover the many faces of China on this fascinating 16-day adventure, and where you’ll also explore Tibet on this adventure tour that includes Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian, plus a 6-day Yangtze River cruise. See the imperial treasures of Beijing, including the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. Meet several thousand Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian. Explore Shanghai, both ancient and contemporary—the “New York City” of China. Enjoy a 6-day Yangtze River cruise. Plus, experience Lhasa on the Tibetan plateau, set high in the Himalayas on “the roof of the world.” Spend three spiritually enlightening days visiting Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace and much more. 
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Thanksgiving Cruises 2016
Celebrate the Season with Thanksgiving Cruises:
With a nod to a home-cooked meal, a traditional Thanksgiving feast of roast turkey and all the trimmings will be served on select November departures in Europe.

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Elegant Elbe 2016 8 Days Berlin to Prague Thanksgiving Cruises from $2,599 
Discover the natural beauty of former East Germany’s dramatic landscape on a 10-day Elbe River cruise. Tour the opulent palaces of Saxon monarchs and stroll through beautifully landscaped gardens; sail between the dramatic sandstone cliffs of Germany’s “Saxon Switzerland.” Marvel at the baroque splendor of Dresden and see how Meissenware porcelain is produced. Walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther in historic Wittenberg and learn about the Protestant Reformation. Your journey is bookended by one night in multicultural Berlin and one night in graceful Prague.  Celebrate the Season with our Thanksgiving Cruises: With a nod to a home-cooked meal, a traditional Thanksgiving feast of roast turkey and all the trimmings will be served on select November departures in Europe. REQUEST QUOTE

Heart of Germany 2016  7 Days Frankfurt
to Nuremberg Thanksgiving and Holiday Markets from $1,698 
 
The Magic of European Christmas: Sailing dates between November 30 and December 24 will include Christmas markets. Here, the spirit and romance of the holidays come alive with the scent of gingerbread and the tunes of traditional carols around every corner. Whichever Christmas markets you visit, you’ll enjoy a wonderful feast of tasty treats, as well as dozens of stalls brimming with unique and inspiring handcrafted gifts. 
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France’s Finest 2016  15 Days Sails Paris and Avignon Thanksgiving Cruise from $5,911  Explore Paris, Burgundy & Provence on this 15-day journey spanning the intimate waterways of France from the North Sea to the Mediterranean. Cruise the winding Seine through historic Normandy, visit the D-Day beaches, explore Monet’s gardens at Giverny and experience the romance of Paris. Then, sail into southern France’s culinary and scenic heart along the Saône and Rhône Rivers. Enjoy a wine tasting in Beaujolais and discover Avignon, the “City of Popes.” REQUEST QUOTE

Grand European Tour 2016 14 Days Sails Amsterdam to Budapest Thanksgiving
Cruise from $3562 
 
Imagine 15 magical days
along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. From Holland’s windmill-studded tulip fields to Germany’s fairytale castles, from the engineering marvel of the Main-Danube Canal to the picturesque vineyards of Austria’s Wachau Valley, this epic voyage presents the highlights of Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Savor a decadent Sachertorte in a Viennese café. Enjoy panoramic views of imperial Budapest. Along the way discover the legend of the Lorelei, the ancient art of glassblowing, music of Mozart and more. Guests who choose this voyage soon see why it is our most popular itinerary.  
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Or come celebrate the Magic of European Christmas: Select cruises sailing this holiday season will include Christmas markets. Here, the spirit and romance of the holidays come alive with the scent of gingerbread and the tunes of traditional carols around every corner. Whichever Christmas markets you visit, you’ll enjoy a wonderful feast of tasty treats, as well as dozens of stalls brimming with unique and inspiring handcrafted gifts.

Cities of Light 2016  12 Days Paris to
Prague
Thanksgiving Cruise & Christmas Markets from $2,956  This 12-day journey includes two nights each in two of Europe’s most glorious cities, Paris and Prague, plus a scenic
river cruise along the Moselle, Rhine and Main Rivers. Drink in the picturesque landscape of vineyard-clad hillsides and sample fine German appellations in the villages of this famous wine-producing region. Discover the romance of Paris
and its many historic landmarks. And fall in love
with the graceful architecture of Prague, home to countless spires and a vibrant cultural scene.

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Portugal’s River of Gold 2016 8 Days Thanksgiving and Christmas Cruise from Lisbon to Porto from $2,456  
Enjoy the Douro’s beauty & history and spend two fascinating days and nights exploring Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon. Then sail the Douro River past steeply terraced vineyards to ports of call with charming town squares, colorful castles, baroque mansions and historic monasteries. Visit the Spanish medieval city of Salamanca and sample Portuguese specialties like salt cod, hearty soups and of course the area’s sensational port and tawny wines.  REQUEST QUOTE

Chateaux Rivers & Wine 2016 8 Days Cruising Bordeaux to Bordeaux Christmas and Thanksgiving Cruises from $1856 
Explore Bordeaux like never before and discover the wine regions of Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, Sauternes, Médoc and Margaux are but a handful
of the appellations that make Bordeaux wines world famous. At the heart of this legendary region, the
city of Bordeaux invites visitors to savor its grand architecture, tempting cafés and superb museums. Celebrate joie de vivre in this land of wine and oysters, truffles and cognac, as you cruise the Dordogne, Garonne and Gironde Rivers
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Paris and the Heart of Normandy 2016 8 Days
Paris to Paris Christmas ‘C’est Magnifique’ from $1,856 
Spend 8 days celebrating the magic and romance of Paris with the beauty of France’s Norman country-side and voilà!  Experience history firsthand
at the Normandy beaches, site of the famous Allied
invasion on D-Day in 1944. Delight in the Gothic architecture of Rouen, and see where Joan of Arc
was tried and executed. A visit to the exquisite gardens of Giverny, whose rich palette inspired Impressionist Claude Monet for many years. Walk
the cobblestone streets of provincial Vernon and
share the splendor of Paris, the world’s most
romantic city, with your companion.
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Rhine Getaway 2016  8 Days Amsterdam to Basel Thanksgiving and Christmas Market Cruises from $1,996  
Visit all the highlights of the legendary Rhine in just 8 days. In Germany, see the many charming castles commanding the riverbanks as you sail by, and tour both Marksburg Castle and the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. Admire Cologne, the jewel of the Rhine, with its awe-inspiring Dom, and experience the lush landscape of the Black Forest region. Also, explore Holland’s famous windmills and waterworks, encounter multicultural Strasbourg in France, and take part in the inviting nightlife in Rüdesheim’s Drosselgasse. On this itinerary you see a lot—without spending a lot of time.
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Christmas Markets from $1,896 
This new 8-day itinerary takes you through four
of Europe’s most enchanting countries of Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia, along the storied Danube River. Explore Budapest’s imperial and Art Nouveau delights, and take a comprehensive tour
of beautiful Bratislava’s baroque and Gothic buildings and fountains. In Austria, discover why Vienna is “the waltz capital,” sail through the spectacular Wachau Valley, and explore the cobblestone streets and charming town squares of Dürnstein. And in Germany, admire Passau’s ancient fortress and Italianate architecture. Includes a tour of the 900-year-old baroque Benedictine abbey at Melk and an all-day excursion to the scenic city of Salzburg.

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Celebrate the Season with Thanksgiving Cruises: With a nod to a home-cooked meal, a traditional Thanksgiving feast of roast turkey and all the trimmings will be served on select November departures in Europe.

Or come celebrate the Magic of European Christmas: Select cruises sailing this holiday season will include Christmas markets. Here, the spirit and romance of the holidays come alive with the scent of gingerbread and the tunes of traditional carols around every corner. Whichever Christmas markets you visit, you’ll enjoy a wonderful feast of tasty treats, as well as dozens of stalls brimming with unique and inspiring handcrafted gifts.
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CRUISING THE WATERWAYS OF HOLLAND AND BELGIUM
The Low Countries—Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg—lie mostly below sea level. An extensive series of dams, dikes, canals and natural waterways crisscrosses the fertile countryside. Amsterdam’s waterways are both beautiful and functional, carrying people around the city, and many of Belgium’s cities also feature canals.  Cruising these waterways is a treat to the senses, the charming architecture enthralls, and a sense of timelessness abounds, this is a must do once in your life, and especially to catch the Tulip & Windmills cruise.

CRUISING THE RIVERS OF FRANCE starting in Paris, one of the most stunning and exciting cities in the world, providing the perfect starting point for your Grand France adventure or a Paris and Normandy cruise. Paris has hundreds of magnificent monuments, museums and parks and boulevards.  The most noted monument is the Eiffel Tower, and the famed Champs Elysée, and majestic Notre Dame Cathedral . . . to name just a few. Along the Seine River, you’ll visit charming towns and villages of Auvers-sur-Oise, Rouen [Joan of Arc], Honfleur and Giverny that so inspirational to the beloved French artists of the Impressionist era. You’ll walk the beaches of Normandy where the Allied forces D-Day Invasion during World War II  . . a day crucial to victory and freedom.  Then cruising Burgundy and Provence regions, you’ll pass quaint hilltop cities and fashionable lively towns, lush vineyards, fields of flowers and sun-drenched vistas  all of which were made famous by great painters. We’ll take you to plenty of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Arles, forever connected to Vincent van Gogh; Lyon, known as the center of Gallo-Roman history and the culinary capital of France, and Avignon, and her well-preserved medieval walled city with the spectacular Palace of the Popes. All along the way, indulge in the famous flavors of these regions, the wines, the cheeses, the chocolates, the fresh fruits and vegetables, and bask in the warmth of the countryside. This is Grand France, and it’s yours to enjoy!

CRUISING THE RHINE, MAIN, MOSELLE AND ELBE RIVERS OF GERMANY is breathtaking scenery, charming villages, castles and vineyards are a highlight.  The Rhine is the most noted, and in addition to being one of Europe’s most important rivers, the Rhine is also one of its most beautiful. It originates in southeastern Switzerland and the Upper Rhine flows toward Basel, then into Germany where the Middle Rhine Valley is flanked by pastoral towns, vineyards and dozens of castles and fortresses.  The The Main River originates in Upper Franconia and flows through the German states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse. It features exciting river cruise destinations such as Würzburg and Bamberg. River cruise guests often stop in Würzburg for a journey along the “Romantic Road” to charming Rothenburg.  Then there’s the Elbe river featuring extraordinarily beautiful landscapes, and cruisers also enjoy spectacular views of the dramatic rock formations of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. In addition to its wildlife, the river supports several wine-producing areas. And last but not least the Moselle is home to castles and picturesque views. Its winding bends are considered a special attraction, as are the remarkable views of the surrounding hills, narrow terrace-shaped valleys and steep vineyards.

CRUISING THE MEKONG – IRRAWADDY – YANGTZE RIVER AND THREE GORGES OF ASIA
The Yangtze River starts in the Tibet Plateau flwing east across the width of China emptying into the East China Sea near Shanghai.  Here it bisects the country and  historically marked the division between north and south China.  The most magnificent and wild beauty of the Yangtze River is the where the three spectacular gorges merge comprising the Three Gorge Dam area – and runs about 150 miles on the Yangtze river.  The scenery is breath-taking and will amaze and astound you. The Dam itself is an engineering marvel, created to control flooding that in the past has killed thousands of people, leaving millions homeless.  The Dam is the largest power producing station by capacity (22,500 MW) and the ship lift was finished in 2015 to facilitate shipping through the locks for raising/lowering the water levels, also generating more megawatts.

MEKONG RIVER goes by many different names, and in several different local languages, as it flows through many districts, provinces, as well as flowing through several countries.  The Mekong River remains one of the largest natural wild rivers in the world while cruising this spectacular river and its beauty that lies along the riverbanks. It is the seventh longest river in Asia and the twelfth longest in the world.  The Mekong River and Mekong Delta boasts one of the richest areas of variety of life in this ecosystem in the world. Explore the lush landscape on your Mekong River cruise and see places that will overwhelm you with the depths of their history.

IRRAWADDY RIVER – it’s name having several different spellings, originates in the Himalayas, then the Irrawaddy flowing from north to south, through the Irrawaddy Delta, emptying into the Andaman Sea. It is the largest and most important river for commercial trade in Myanmar.  With magnificent scenery as your cruise along the banks of the Irrawaddy, you’ll view rice growing, fishermen working their nets, and hundreds of stupas – the golden spires from the temples sprinkling the landscape. The Irrawaddy also has species of wildlife exclusive to the area, including the Irrawaddy Dolphin, that does not have the usual beak as our Dolphin in the US do.  In the Irrawaddy Delta, rice grows and mangroves are prevelant, with many species of shore birds and five distinct sea turtles, and crocodiles.

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