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January 9, 2006

European River Cruises


Travelers looking for a unique way to explore the European countryside should consider taking to the water. Traversing the waterways of Europe - primarily the Rhine, Danube and Volga rivers - on a cruise provides an unforgettable experience for even the most seasoned voyagers.

The specially designed river ships only hold a maximum of 140-160 people, providing a more intimate travel experience than your typical cruise. Unlike traditional cruises, ships cruising European rivers do not travel at night, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy plenty of evening activities in the quaint ports on the river routes.

In addition to onboard accommodations and dining, river cruise packages also feature a variety of shore excursions, including walking, biking and bus tours of the European river ports. Guest lecturers teach foreign languages to cruise travelers and other speakers highlight the history of the region during the cruises. Another highlight of many cruises is the nightly sampling of various local wines.

2006 European river cruise itineraries include:

Tulip Time Cruise - Guests cruise through Holland and Belgium in the spring (9 days).

Legendary Danube Cruise - Guests spend three nights in Prague, then travel by ship from Nuremberg to Budapest (12 days).

Europe's Heartland Cruise - Guests spend three nights in Paris, an seven-night cruise from Luxembourg to Nuremberg, plus two nights in Prague (14 days).

Blue Danube Discover Cruise - Guests spend two nights in Budapest, enjoy an unforgettable seven-night cruise then spend three nights in Prague (14 days).

Magnificent Europe Cruise - Guests enjoy a spectacular cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest through the heart of Europe and across the continental divide (16 days).

Ultimate River Cruise - Guests spend three nights in Paris, then a stunning cruise from Trier to Budapest (21 days).

Christmas Time Cruise - Guests enjoy two nights in Prague, then visit the Christmas festivities between Nuremberg and Vienna (11 days).

Russian Waterways Cruise - Guests travel from Moscow to St. Petersburg (14 days).

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