European Luxury River Cruises

Relax the Riviera Way!

Ever fancied experiencing the magical charms of the Moselle and Rhine Valleys, with their majestic river bends, imposing castles and picture perfect postcard villages?

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Always wanted to see the astonishing Heidelberg and half-timbered Strasbourg, iconic cities like Cologne, the natural beauty of the Black Forest and the outstanding Swiss Alpine scenery?

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Or indulged in thoughts of the Danube River savouring the delights of Vienna, Bratislava, Salzburg, Esztergom and Budapest?

 

 

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Lovers of France may want to experience the spectacular Rhone Valley and take in its world renowned Burgundy vineyards, the enchanting wildness of the Ardèche gorges and the sun-kissed hills of Provence.

 

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On the other hand, the Seine takes you to romantic Paris through timeless impressionist countryside to medieval Rouen, historic Bayeux and the D-Day Normandy beaches.

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Germany’s Elbe river snakes through  historic Berlin, baroque Dresden and enchanting Prague.

 

 

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If Portugal takes your fancy, then there’s the dramatic Douro to explore, with Oporto and Salamanca just waiting to be discovered.

 

 

 

Amsterdam and the Dutch bulbfields combine a rich mediaeval history with world-class art and breathtaking floral displays.

 

 

 

The best way to see all the above?

Well, you can’t beat a river cruise, and more importantly, you just cannot beat a Riviera river cruise

The reason I know is that I am a travel consultant and can see for myself which cruise line is the most popular at any given time!

At the moment Riviera is leading the race and it’s not hard to see why.

 Published in June 2013, the most notable Which? Magazine voted Riviera Travel one of the UK’s finest Holiday Companies and awarded them their coveted

‘Recommended Provider’ status. Late last year, they improved their ranking in the ‘Guardian and Observer’ Travel Awards, achieving second place in the ‘Best

Large Tour Operator’ category and in the prestigious ‘Telegraph Travel Awards’ were voted their second ‘Favourite Escorted Tour Operator’ and second

‘Favourite River Cruise Operator’ – wow, like I said, takes some beating!

 

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One of Riviera’s outstanding ships!

 

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Standard cabin!

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Bar area!

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Even a gym for those wanting to keep their fitness levels up!

 So Europe is waiting and Riviera Travel can’t wait to show what all the fuss is about and provide you with the most memorable holiday you will ever experience!!

Romantic Rivercruise for Ruby Wedding Anniversary

Talk about last minute panic! My husband’s parents were soon to celebrate their Ruby Wedding Anniversary and we still could not decide what to get them. I searched the web for days trying to get inspiration but nothing seemed good enough or appropriate. I wanted to combine something they enjoyed with something romantic, but still nothing came to mind. That was until my Mother-in-Law happened to mention they were going on a cruise the following year and could not wait as they had enjoyed previous cruise ship holidays over the years. I had no idea they had been on cruises in the past, and then it hit me, I kept coming across web sites for river cruises which looked ideal for romance and relaxation, and realized it would be the perfect gift.

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Viking Pride – perfect river cruise ship.

Looking through all the options I eventually settled on a perfect river cruise called the Viking Paris & the Heart of Normandy which was to sail on either the Viking Pride or Viking Neptune  ships. This combined a trip to Romantic Paris as well as a visit to the beaches of Normandy which would also be of great interest to both my in-laws as their relatives were involved in both World War One and World War Two.

The journey would start in London for a flight to Paris where the river cruise trip would begin and  the next 2 days would be spent exploring Paris with all its history and romance.

Sailing through Paris.

Day 3 would first be a trip to the beautiful town of Giverny where Claude Monet lived followed by a visit to the historic and provincial town of Vernon where the 11th-century Church of Notre Dame can be found.

Day 4 would involve a leisurely morning cruising along the Seine to eventually arrive at Rouen, the capital of Normandy where one of the of the patron saints of France, Joan of Arc, was sentenced to death and martyred at the Market Square.

Day 5 would be the highlight for my in-laws as there was to be a full days visit to the beaches of Normandy including a drive past Gold Beach, Courseulles sur Mer and Juno Beach on the way to visit World War 2 landmarks such as Omaha Beach and the Arromanches Debarkment Museum. Furthermore, there would also a visit to the American Military Cemetery which is quite haunting as I have visited it before and found the total silence very disorientating.

      Days 6 & 7 would be especially interesting and insightful as there are trips to the small town of Les Andelys with its imposing castle and  Château Gaillard which was built in 1196 by Richard the Lionheart. There is also an optional tour to the luxurious Palace of Versailles, the former home of Louis XIV, before returning back to Paris.

The magnificent Château Gaillard.

I’ve now booked the river cruise tour and can’t wait to let them know. I believe I’ve picked the perfect Ruby Wedding Anniversary gift packed full of exciting places to explore combined with a wonderful romantic backdrop.

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