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From Monet’s garden to Luxor’s temples, because now’s a time to take to a river

January 21st, 2016 by admin | Filed under Blog.

River cruises are a smashing approach to get to a heart of a country. And 2016 brings some-more choice than ever, with new ships, itineraries and excursions on waterways all over a world. 

Here is my collect of some of a best this year.

Culture Vultures 

There will be 6 new additions to a swift of Viking longships on Europe’s rivers – and 3 of them, Vilhjalm, Kadlin and Rolf, will be formed in Paris for cruises on a Seine to Normandy (vikingrivercruises.co.uk, 0800 319 6660).

Blooming marvellous: Among a different river-cruise itineraries for 2016 is one to see tulips in a Netherlands and Belgium

Blooming marvellous: Among a different river-cruise itineraries for 2016 is one to see tulips in a Netherlands and Belgium

The intelligent ships, with cold Scandinavian decor, will offer informative practice on board, such as lectures on Joan of Arc and Impressionism, and cheese-tasting and a patisserie-making class.

There will be tours of Monet’s garden during Giverny, a cathedral in Rouen, a Bayeux Tapestry and Second World War sites in Normandy such as Omaha Beach all enclosed in a fare. 

The cost, that includes flights and booze with meals, is from £1,645pp.

Walk Like An Egyptian  

Could Queen Nefertiti be pity Tutankhamun’s tomb in a Valley of a Kings? 

You’ll get a latest news on a essence of a recently detected tip cover within a child king’s funeral formidable from an Egyptologist while sailing on a Nile aboard Royal Viking. 

Adventurous: Head to a Nile on house a Royal Viking to learn Egypt aboard a riverboat (Pictured: Luxor)

Adventurous: Head to a Nile on house a Royal Viking to learn Egypt aboard a riverboat (Pictured: Luxor)

The riverboat is operated by Discover Egypt (discoveregypt.co.uk, 0207 407 2111). 

One-week cruises from Luxor take in all a good sites including Karnak, a Temple of Hatshepsut, a Colossi of Memnon and a Aswan High Dam. 

A day outing to see a reconstructed church of Abu Simbel on Lake Nasser can be requisitioned on board. 

Year-round cruises start during £899pp including flights and 10 excursions.

Alpine Adventure  

A new holiday with escorted tours specialists Tauck (tauck.co.uk, 0800 810 8020) combines a Swiss Alps with a Rhine cruise, starting with dual nights in Bern during a five-star Bellevue Palace hotel. 

The seven-night journey from Basel to Amsterdam, holding in tours of a Porsche automobile museum in Stuttgart, Cologne, art in Alsace and windmills in Holland.

Tauck guest will also cranky a tray of Ehreshoven Castle for a cocktail party, song and dinner. 

The comprehensive nine-night outing costs from £2,995pp, incompatible flights.

Foodie fans: Enjoy Vietnamese haute cuisine on house a oppulance AmaLotus boat on a Mekong (Pictured: Vietnam)

Foodie fans: Enjoy Vietnamese haute cuisine on house a oppulance AmaLotus boat on a Mekong (Pictured: Vietnam)

Vietnam and Cambodia

Enjoy Vietnamese haute cuisine on oppulance boat AmaLotus on a Mekong. 

TV prepare Luke Nguyen has combined a menu for a acquire cooking and a six-course degustation menu for a boat’s new Indochine restaurant, and he will be on house dual cruises, vacating on Jul 29 and Dec 2, to prepare a dishes himself. 

Join him on a one-week journey from Ho Chi Minh City to Cambodia as partial of a debate with APT (apttouring.co.uk/asia2016, 0800 046 3002) that includes all a must-sees such as a Cu Chi Tunnels, a Killing Fields and morning during Angkor Wat. 

The 15-day Vietnam And Cambodia Highlights journey starts from £3,795pp including flights, drinks on board, excursions and tips. Book before Feb 29 for a bonus of adult to £1,000 per couple.

French Cowboys 

Get off a beaten lane in France with small-group dilettante Back Roads Touring (backroadstouring.com, 020 8987 0990) on one of a new Charming Waterways cruises aboard an 11-cabin hotel-barge on a Canal du Rhone-a-Sete in Provence.

Highlights of a six-night journey are fasten cowboys as they turn adult bulls in a Carmargue, training how sea salt is harvested, olive-tasting and visiting a lavender distillery. 

Cruises vacating from Jun to Sep are from £1,815pp including flights, excursions and drinks.

Viennese Whirl

The Spanish Riding School, a boys’ choir, majestic palaces, museums and grand show on a Ringstrasse– there’s so most to see in Vienna.

Not to discuss a float on a Riesenrad ferris circle and tucking into Sachertorte in normal cafes. Imagine Cruising (imaginecruising.co.uk, 0800 840 5801) has a Vienna Stay And Danube Highlights Cruise.

So most to see: Head to Vienna for a Danube highlights cruise, that also sails to Bratislava and Budapest

So most to see: Head to Vienna for a Danube highlights cruise, that also sails to Bratislava and Budapest

On a one-week holiday you’ll spend dual nights in a four-star hotel in Vienna, afterwards house A-Rosa Donna for another night and day in a city before cruising to Bratislava and Budapest, where a boat stays overnight and afterwards returns. 

The trips, on Oct 6, 11 and 16, cost from £1,099pp including flights, BB stay and a five-night journey with drinks.

Dutch Delights 

Tiptoe by a tulips on a journey of a Netherlands and Belgium this open with Emerald Waterways (emeraldwaterways.co.uk, 0808 115 6269). 

On a one-week round-trip from Amsterdam you’ll revisit a Keukenhoff Gardens, Antwerp, Bruges, Edam and Hoorn. 

Cruises skip on Apr 26 and May 3, costing from £1,395pp (saving £600pp if requisitioned by Jan 31) including flights, booze with meals, excursions and tips.

Port in Portugal 

A new, one-week Delightful Douro journey from Scenic (scenic.co.uk, 0808 102 0155) packs in cocktails on a patio of a Douro Museum during Regua, a revisit to a Mateus Palace and gardens, a outing to Spain for flamenco in Salamanca and a party in a Burmester booze cellars in Oporto.

Departing on Oct 13, including flights, excursions and drinks, it costs from £1,495pp (saving £750pp if requisitioned by Feb 29). 

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