European Luxury River Cruises

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The Unique Riviera Style

Riviera Travel prides itself on its unique style in tour operating – a real passion for travel and a truly relaxing ambiance on each of its river cruises!

Stunning scenery and enchanting riverside ports, elegant towns and grand cities – there’s so much to enjoy on a Riviera four and five star river cruise.

The superb ships are some of the very finest in the world and are waiting to take you on your enchanting journey.

One of the most recent ships to be built is the magnificent and wonderfully elegant five-star MS Jane Austen. Built in 2014, this extraordinary vessel is

truly one of the finest ships of its type afloat anywhere in the world today!

 

 

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Quite simply, every single aspect and element is designed to the highest possible specification with no expense spared to provide the most luxurious

comfort, including a choice of cabins with full hotel-style beds to find the perfect sleeping position, plus the finest crisp cotton bed linen and down-filled

pillows.

 

 

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Deluxe cabin

 

 

You’ll feel the unmistakable understated opulence of this outstanding Riviera vessel as you board through the spacious, marble-floored lobby.

 

 

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Lobby

 

 

Beautifully crafted hardwoods and wrought iron, highly polished copper and brass and soft leather furnishings, all combine to create a truly

extraordinary chic ambiance of exceptional taste.

 

 

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The heart of the ship is the  magnificent panoramic observation lounge with wonderful views through floor to ceiling windows of the ever-changing

landscape as you move along the river. You’ll adore the luxury feel, the genteel ambiance, the rich carpeting, the marble-tiled bar and the choice of

sumptuous leather armchairs and soft modern settees.

 

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Lounge bar

 

Have a gentle dance on the purpose-designed dance floor, or just relax in the peaceful Lido Bar at the rear of the ship, ideal to while away an hour on a

comfortable terrace absorbing the sights and sounds of Europe’s great rivers.

 

 

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Lido bar

 

Fine dining will be a highlight of your river cruise experience, with cuisine of the absolute highest order prepared by dedicated, professional chefs.  In the

main restaurant you will receive attentive service with just four or six people at most tables, whilst surrounded by the luxury decor evident throughout

the ship.

 

 

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Main restaurant

If that’s not enough, another very special feature of the MS Jane Austen is its purpose-designed and extensive spa. The beautifully equipped spa can even be

reserved for your private use to take a sauna or use the steam room. There is also an onboard hairdresser in case you fancy a cut and blow dry!

 

 

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Luxury sauna and spa

 

 

 All in all, Riviera Travel’s river cruises are quite simply extraordinary – a truly wonderfully relaxing and comfortable way to explore the beautiful waterways of Europe and beyond.

 

 

Discover the joys of Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence on a Riviera River Cruise Tour.

Having spent years either touring the length and breadth of Britain in a caravan or experiencing the hustle and bustle of a package holiday with the kids when young, I thought it was high time that me and the hubby should enjoy something a little more slower paced and relaxing. Don’t get me wrong, our holidays were a joy at the time and did provide my family with some wonderful experiences and magical memories. However, kids grow up and want different things and don’t necessarily want to share it with their parents. So, having planted the seeds of a possible Contiki 18-35′s holiday in the kids minds, my own thoughts could be left to find that certain ‘something’ for me and the hubby.

I eventually found that certain ‘something’ in the form of a fabulous river cruise  called Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence . This 8 day river cruise begins in Lyon and ends in Avignon and is organised by the leading river cruise tour operator Riviera Travel and can be booked through River Cruise Tours to avoid any credit card charges.

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Your ship MS Swiss Corona

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You start your journey by first flying to Lyon before being transferred from the airport to your ship, MS Swiss Corona which is docked in Lyon’s picturesque historic centre (return flight from London and transfers are included in your cruise price).

The following day is spent taking a leisurely guided tour of Lyon, one of France’s most interesting and marvelous cities! As you enjoy your first lunch, the ship quietly slips its moorings, cruising upstream so you may catch the first glimpses of the vine-clad slopes of the hazy green Beaujolais hills,  one of the world’s most famous wine producing regions. On your left you see the picturesque villages – Morgon, Fleury, Juliénas, Chénas and many more, whilst on the right, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of snowy Mont Blanc – Western Europe’s highest mountain.

The itinerary only gets better as you get to explore the medieval Beaune, Burgundy’s wine capital. Of course you cannot visit Burgundy without sampling its amazing wine, so you get to visit the cellars of one of the most traditional of winemakers for a tour and tasting.

 Overnight, the ship has cruised almost imperceptibly south with breakfast in the ancient Roman stronghold of Vienne, established under Julius Caesar.

During another superb lunch, you enter perhaps the most picturesque section of the Rhône Valley as the river squeezes and twists through narrow defiles like Condrieu, St Rambert d’Albon and St Vallier, lined with wooded river cliffs, rising high to both sides.

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During  the following day, you get to see the amazing Ardèche gorges, the scale of which is a fitting reminder of Mother Nature’s awesome power.  With caves, grottoes and natural sculptures, there are amazing views at every turn.

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The next morning you wake under the azure-blue skies of deepest Provence, amidst the rich warm stone of historic Arles. You soon get to witness the amazing Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard, one of the wonders of the ancient world. No amount of fame can diminish the first sight of this 2,000 year old structure which the Romans considered to be the most important testimony to their greatness and indeed it was the highest bridge they ever built.

The Pont du Gard

By day 7 you will be waking up to the morning light catching the red roofs of Avignon’s majestic medieval skyline. In the evening the Captain’s dinner takes place, serving specialities of the regions you have visited during your voyage of discovery through this fascinating country.

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On  day 8 the tour ends and you are transferred to the airport for your return flight home. This tour has certainly got that ‘something’ and I’m in no hesitation to book this river cruise now and have the time of my life.

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