Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
Each week, I receive hundreds of e-mails from our customers with
questions about river cruise vacations. Today, I'd like to share a few
recent inquiries and answers.
Q: Are there still deals available for holiday trips in December,
like the Christmas markets cruises?
A: A handful of river cruise operators still have money-saving
offers for Christmas markets cruises in Europe. In most cases, departure
dates are booking up fast, so I recommend you call one of our travel
counselors soon if you see a cruise you like.
Here are the deals for select European Christmas markets trips next month:
Save $500 to $1,000 per couple
($250 to $500 per person) off Avalon Waterways trips when you
book by November 28.
Save $1,500 to $3,000 per couple
($750 to $1,500 per person) off sailings with AmaWaterways.
Book by November 30.
Companion cruises for free
on Crystal river cruises.
Anyone who wants to get a head start on their 2018 holiday travel
planning will find many early booking deals right now.
to see all discounts and departures for our Christmas markets cruises.
You also can check out the holiday sailings of American Queen
Steamboat Company, which operates modern paddle wheelers on the
Mississippi River and other U.S. waterways.
Save $400 to $1,400 per couple
($200 to $700 per person) off departures of Nashville Holiday and
Holiday-Christmas Markets, which includes an evening celebration
with dinner at Louisiana's Nottoway Plantation. There's also still space
on a New Year's Celebration cruise from New Orleans.
I like the idea of traveling through Europe on a river cruise,
but I also like to stay active on vacation. What are my options?
You're in luck, because river cruise operators are finding
more and more ways to cater to passengers who want to stay on the
Active Discovery itineraries
on the Danube and Rhine. Each port call includes energetic outings --
hike through a Hungarian national park or along an old World War II
smugglers' route, bicycle through Vienna or paddle along the Danube, for
offers onshore explorations set to a more active
pace, and it also has expanded its onboard wellness program to
in 2018. In addition to hiking and biking excursions, these vessels will
offer exercise classes (like morning stretches, yoga, cardio and core
strengthening and circuit training) and health-conscious menu
"Let's Go" offerings highlight guided walking, hiking,
cycling, kayaking and golfing tours, and its Wellness on the Water
amenities include yoga sessions, fitness centers and heated pools.
Several other operators offer passengers the choice of an active outing
among their complimentary shore excursions in port. For example,
has the EmeraldACTIVE program, which might include a
guided bike tour in Austria's Wachau Valley along the Danube or a hike
in Germany's Black Forest. Its sister company, Scenic
similar options; hike between wine villages in France's Bordeaux region
or cycle through the Dutch town of Veere on a guided excursion.
AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Crystal, Emerald, Scenic, Tauck
keep fleets of complimentary bicycles on their
ships, so passengers can pedal along riverside paths or through cities
and towns on their own. Crystal and Scenic have electronically assisted
bikes that help propel you all or part of the time.
I enjoy traveling alone every now and then. Do river cruise
companies ever have deals for solo travelers?
Yes! River cruise operators occasionally offer promotions that
discount or waive the single supplement. To view a current list of
sailings offered with such a promotion, please
We'd like to take our grandkids on a Rhine River cruise. Are
young children welcome on these trips? They are 9 and 12 years old.
and Adventures by Disney
(through a partnership with AmaWaterways
) offer a number of river
cruises in Europe that are specifically geared toward young travelers
like your grandkids. On these departures, planned activities and
excursions are designed to appeal to a wide range of ages to make them
enjoyable for multiple generations. Adventures by Disney uses the
AmaViola and AmaKristina for its sailings; these ships have connecting
staterooms that can accommodate up to five family members. For more
information about family-friendly river cruises -- as well as special
Aside from the departures mentioned above, young children (especially
those under 8 years of age) might not appreciate or enjoy the river
cruise experience. There are no special arrangements or activities for
children on river cruise ships or during the shore excursion programs.
I've heard that river cruise operators are returning to Egypt
for Nile River cruises. Do you offer Nile trips?
We've heard from many customers like you who want to travel to
Egypt for a vacation that incorporates a cruise on the world's longest
river. I'm happy to tell you that several river cruise and tour
companies have resumed their Nile cruises, including Viking,
These trips combine land touring and hotel stays with a multinight river
voyage. They visit treasures like the Giza pyramids, the Egyptian Museum
in Cairo (where exhibits include artifacts from King Tutankhamun's
tomb), the Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple.
for all Nile discounts and departures.
Here are this week's Top 20 River Cruises
. All prices are per
person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.
Tulips of Northern Holland
8 days with Avalon Waterways. Begins and ends in Amsterdam. Save
$1,000 to $2,000 per couple.
Starting at $2,549. Departures from
April 7 to 22, 2018.
American Culinary Experience
9 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in Louisville and
ends in Alton. Save $1,000 per couple, plus receive free shore
Starting at $1,999. Departs July 22, 2018.
Treasures of Egypt
13 days with Collette. Begins and ends in Cairo. Save $200 to $700
Starting at $2,199. Departures from January 24 through
April 18, 2018.
12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague
12 days with Gate 1 Travel. Travels between Budapest and Prague. Save
$900 per couple.
Starting at $2,449. Departures from March 28
through November 24, 2018.
Amazon Riverboat Adventure In Depth
9 days with G Adventures. Begins and ends in Lima. Save 15%.
Starting at $2,499. Departs January 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2018.
Secrets of the Douro
8 days with Emerald Waterways. Begins and ends in Porto. Fly from
$495 per person or save $1,000 per couple. Plus, receive a premium drink
Starting at $2,595. Departures from April 7 through
November 10, 2018.
Thanksgiving on the Cumberland
9 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in Nashville and
ends in Chattanooga. Save $800 per couple, plus receive free shore
Starting at $2,699. Departs November 18, 2018.
The Treasures of the Celebrated Rhine River
9 days with CroisiEurope. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel. Save
$500 per couple.
Starting at $2,841. Departures from April 5 through
June 14, 2018.
Paris & Normandy
8 days with AmaWaterways. Begins and ends in Paris. Save $500 to
$1,500 per couple.
Starting at $2,899. Departures from March 22
through November 1, 2018.
Columbia & Snake Rivers (Fall Foliage)
9 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Travels between Clarkston
and Vancouver. Save $400 to $600 per couple, plus receive free shore
Starting at $3,099. Departs September 30 and October 7,
14, 21 & 28, 2018.
Enchantment of Eastern Europe
9 days with Emerald Waterways. Travels between Bucharest and Budapest.
Fly from $495 per person or save $1,000 per couple. Plus, receive a
premium drink package.
Starting at $3,270. Departures from April 24
through October 8, 2018.
Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux
8 days with Uniworld. Begins and ends in Bordeaux. Save 20% to
Starting at $3,499. Departures from March 18 through November
8 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel.
Fly from $295 to $695 per person from select gateways, plus companion
cruises for free.
Starting at $3,998. Departures from March 28
through December 21, 2018.
16 Day Classic European River Cruise
16 days with Gate 1 Travel. Travels between Amsterdam and Budapest.
Save $1,800 per couple.
Starting at $4,049. Departures from April
28 through October 27, 2018.
Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River
13 days with Avalon Waterways. Travels between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem
Reap. Save $1,000 to $2,000 per couple.
Starting at $4,349.
Departures from February 12 through December 31, 2018.
Great American Waterways
16 days with Blount Small Ship Adventures. Travels between Chicago and
New York City. Starting at $4,949. Departs June 27, August 1 & September
11 days with Scenic Cruises. Travels between Mandalay and Yangon.
Save up to $700 per couple.
Starting at $5,095. Departures from
August 15, 2018 through April 2, 2019.
Imperial Waterways of Russia
13 days with Uniworld. Travels between Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Starting at $5,999. Departs June 4, 16 & 28 and July
12 Day Enchanting Rhône with Barcelona
12 days with Scenic Cruises. Travels between Barcelona and Paris. Fly
from $295 in economy from select gateways.
Starting at $6,450.
Departs May 22 and September 11, 2018.
16 days with Uniworld. Travels between Amsterdam and Budapest. Save
10% to 20%.
Starting at $6,999. Departures from May 2 through
November 9, 2018.
Customers in the US and Canada can call us toll-free at 800-510-4002.
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