Riviera Travel Launches 2023 European River Cruise Programme

UK market leader in European river cruising, Riviera Travel’s 2023 European river cruises are now on sale, publishing its European programme earlier than ever before, with all prices matched with 2022 sailings for launch.

From March to November 2023, 299 cruises across 14 itineraries will be made available, including six sailings exclusively for solo travellers.

The itineraries cover countries such as France, Germany, Portugal, Hungary and the Netherlands, and include:

* Douro, Porto and Salamanca. Eight-day sailing featuring eight guided tours and visits, including tours of Porto and Salamanca; dinner at a traditional Portuguese quinta; and visits to Castelo Rodrigo, Mateus Palace Gardens and Lamego. From $3,269pp.

* Burgundy, the River Rhône and Provence. Eight-day sailing featuring seven visits and tours including Lyon, Arles, Avignon and Vienne; a wine tasting in Beaune; and excursions to the Ardèche Gorges, Popes’ Palace and the Pont du Gard. From $3,359pp.

* The Blue Danube River Cruise: Vienna, Budapest and Salzburg. Eight day sailing featuring seven tours and visits including guided tours of Vienna, Salzburg or Linz, Dürnstein, Budapest and Bratislava; and visits to Esztergom Basilica and Melk Abbey. From $3,069pp.

* Amsterdam, Kinderdijk and the Dutch Bulbfields. Five-day cruise, featuring five visits and tours including visits to the Keukenhof Gardens, Enkhuizen, Kinderdijk and Rotterdam, and a canal cruise in Amsterdam. From $1,799pp.

Guests in deluxe and superior suites, and all upper-deck cabins, can take advantage of Riviera Plus. The package, which was introduced this year, offers guests a wealth of complimentary new benefits including a smart handset with maps, translator, currency converter, unlimited calls, text messages and internet usage. L’Occitane en Provence toiletries are provided, while a bottle of chilled Prosecco is available on arrival, as well as a platter of fresh seasonal fruits during the sailing and an aperitif each evening.

An optional on-board drinks package is available to purchase, which offers a selection of drinks during lunch and dinner. The package starts from $110pp for a five-day sailing.

Katja Hildebrandt, head of cruise at Riviera Travel, said: “From the Douro to the Danube, and the Rhine to the Rhône, we’re pleased to be able to offer an extensive range of river cruises along Europe’s most incredible waterways during 2023. We’ve launched our European programme earlier than ever before to help meet demand for these stunning sailings.

“Guests can effortlessly soak up the views from on-board as they enjoy all-inclusive dining and impeccable service from our wonderful crews. Off the ship, our enthusiastic experts will bring the destinations to life, so guests can immerse themselves in the local culture and history.

“We personally select every aspect of our river cruises, and ensure our itineraries are thoughtfully balanced, meaning they’re perfect for anyone looking to explore at a relaxing pace.”

Riviera Travel’s modern fleet of 10 five-star luxury ships will offer a total of 20 itineraries across Europe in 2022, a slow-paced and relaxing way to explore the most beautiful rivers in the world, including the Rhine, Moselle, Danube, Seine, Rhone and Douro.With an included excursion in every port, luxuriously appointed suites and cabins, sumptuous four-course dinners, and complimentary services of a dedicated cruise manager and concierge; Riviera guarantees true value-for-money fares that are significantly lower when compared to similar itineraries on other river cruises.

For any questions or to get specific pricing on sailings on board Riviera Cruises, call your local travel agent or connect with Travel the World on 1300 857 437 or visit www.rivieratravel.com.au.

Vineyards in the Valley of the River Douro, Portugal

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