River Cruise Holidays in partnership with Riviera Travel Cruises.

                                                           2019

With more flight departures from Dublin during 2019, we have more River Cruises to offer you.

Amsterdam, Kinderdijk & the Dutch Bulbfields River Cruise

Amsterdam, Kinderdijk & the Dutch Bulbfields River Cruise

Departure dates:  01, 03, 09 Apr 19

Prices from :   €959.00 per person

Duration:  05 nights

Experience historic maritime cities, where innovation meets the traditions of the past, plus the authenticity of iconic windmills and the floral masterpiece of the colourful Dutch bulb fields. The stunning bulbfields really are an amazing sight. In Keukenhof Park there are a staggering 7 million blooms covering 80 acres in a riot of colour whilst imaginative landscaping shows off mother-nature at her outstanding best with shimmering lakes, water-gardens and flowering shrubs of every hue.

You will also explore the Ijsselmeer, the inland lagoon created by the damming of the Zuider Zee in the 1930’s and discover the series of beautiful villages along its shore which have made their living from the sea for centuries. It was from here during the 16th century Golden Age, that the Dutch roamed the world in search of the spices, silks and luxury goods which Europe’s aristocracy craved and today they are little changed since this time. Blend this with Amsterdam, one of Europe’s most vibrant and fascinating cities and a wonderful few days are in store.

Medieval Germany River Cruise

Medieval Germany River Cruise

Perfect for… meandering bends by lush green fields, the aptly named Romantic Road and Bavaria’s enchanting towns and cities.

Departure dates:  12 Jun,  05 Sep,  26 Sep

Prices from:    €1819.00 per person

Duration:    8 days

Due to locks and low bridges the rear main part of the sun deck will be closed between Mainz and Regensburg (2017) or Nuremberg (2018). The other outside areas in front of the lounge, the lido bar and the lower section of the sun deck in front of the wheel house are still accessible.

Following embarkation in Mainz we enjoy a leisurely start with time to explore this pretty town, with its stunning Romanesque cathedral and timber-clad buildings, at the very scenic heart of the country’s famous winelands. Our cruise along the Main with its characteristic meandering bends takes us firstly to idyllic Miltenberg, a fantastically well-preserved medieval village set against a spectacular backdrop of lush green forests and rolling hillsides.

Then it’s on to delightful Wertheim, off the well-trodden tourist trail, its ancient castle standing proud over the neat, pretty houses and colourful market square below. Further delights are uncovered as we arrive in Wurzburg, the most elegant of Bavarian cities, crowned by the stunning Baroque palace, a relic of a bygone age. Take the Romantic Road to Rothenburg on our optional tour for spectacular views of the river below as it winds its way through this fairy-tale land. The beauty of Bamberg never fails to enchant as our cruise arrives in undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and historic towns in Europe. Sitting atop lush green hills, the spires of the stunning cathedral stretch to the sky above, whilst below the winding streets and quaint squares are a delight to explore.

More picture perfect views as we awake in historic Nuremberg, synonymous with the Second World War, but today an intriguing and stunning city once again with its ornate Gothic church and bustling market. As our luxurious river cruiser seamlessly joins the majestic Danube we conclude our journey in the wonderful city of Regensburg (2017 only), its imposing cathedral and iconic bridge providing a fitting finale to our magical cruise along one of Europe’s most spectacular waterways.

Please note that the itinerary for this tour differs slightly for 2018 departure dates to 2017 departure dates, so please ensure that you have read the itinerary carefully and are aware of which itinerary you will be taking part in. 2017 departures will cruise on the 5* MS Swiss Tiara and 2018 departures will cruise on the 5* MS Jane Austen

For all 2018 departures we now offer a drinks package, at a cost of €119 per person for this cruise. This includes the following with lunch and dinner: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rose house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu. This package has to be booked as the same time as booking the cruise.

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Budapest To The Black Sea - Gems Of Eastern Europe

Budapest To The Black Sea Cruise

Perfect for… incredible baroque architecture, the home of Mozart and classical music, soaking up Hungarian culture and traditions

Departure dates:   29 Apr,  10 May, 20 May, 17 Jun, 16 Sept, 27 Sept

Prices from:  €2849.00 per person

Duration:  15 days

On this incredible journey through the Balkans, we start by exploring the stunning sights of Kalocsa, Pecs and Belgrade with its magnificent Kalemegdan Fortress. Then it’s off to Pleven passing through the Iron Gates Gorge and the Djerdap locks before visiting Bucharest. Known as ‘little Paris’ this gem of a capital city will capture your heart with its romantic buildings and tree-lined boulevards.

Then we explore the very best of The Danube Delta and enjoy a cruise through Europe’s largest area of wetlands and marshlands – a UNESCO-listed site. From here we see Constanta where you can explore it’s charming Old Town and museums, Veliko Tarnovo and the village of Arbanassi.

After taking a scenic drive to the spectacular rock formations at Belogradchik we visit Lepenski Vir – one of the most important Mesolithic archaeological sites in Serbia before travelling to Novi Sad, Osijek and Vukovar. Finally, we discover the imperial city of two halves – Budapest

For all 2018 departures we now offer a drinks package, at a cost of €229 per person for this cruise. This includes the following with lunch and dinner: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rose house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu. This package must be booked at the same time as booking the cruise.

 

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence River Cruise

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence River Cruise

Perfect for… breathtaking Provençal scenery and countryside. perfectly produced French wines and dramatic, rugged gorges and quaint towns.

Departure dates:   08 Apr, 02 May, 23 May, 10 Jun, 08 Jul, 01 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 09 Sep, 26 Sep, 17 Oct

Prices from:    €1539.00 per person

Duration:     8 days

We start in France’s gastronomic capital and explore the beautiful Saone and Rhone rivers, the preferred route of traders and invaders alike since the dawn of recorded history. Everywhere there are reminders of the Romans and the greatest empire of the ancient world.

You will be staggered by the engineering genius of the staggering amphitheatre at Arles and the huge aqueduct at the Pont du Gard. Avignon was the seat of the Papacy during medieval times, heralding a century of greatness crowned by the absorbing Papal Palace and its stunning renaissance art collection.

Van Gogh created arguably his greatest works in Provence and all this is set in some of France’s most stunning natural beauty – all waiting to be discovered on this wonderful cruise.

For all 2018 departures we now offer a drinks package, at a cost of €119 per person for this cruise. This includes the following with lunch and dinner: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rose house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu. This package must be booked at the same time as the cruise booking.

 

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The Douro, Oporto & Salamanca River Cruise

The Douro, Oporto & Salamanca River Cruise

Perfect for… soaking up the Iberian sun, wonderful wines and age-old traditions and exploring Europe’s most undiscovered river.

Departure dates:  12 Apr, 14 Apr, 26 Apr, 10 May, 19 May, 07Jun, 23 Jun, 07 Jul, 14 Jul,

Prices from:    €1799.00 per person

Duration:    8 days

Commencing in the Roman city of Oporto, the home of Port wine, Portugal’s once wild river Douro has been tamed by locks into resembling a series of finger lakes, adding greatly to the valley’s ambience.

Leaving behind the Atlantic influenced greenery of the coast you are soon immersed in a Mediterranean land of olives, vines, and picturesque, medieval hilltop villages. Our destination is the higher reaches of the valley from where we visit Salamanca – home of one of Europe’s oldest universities, two of its finest cathedrals, Spain’s finest city square and even the Inquisition!

You will adore the away-from-it-all experience and visit some of Iberia’s most beautiful medieval towns, monasteries and vineyards, and feel you have been away for months!

For all 2018 departures we now offer a drinks package, at a cost of €119 per person for this cruise. This includes the following with lunch and dinner: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rose house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu. This package must be booked at the same time as booking the cruise.

 

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Rhine Cruise to Switzerland

Rhine Cruise to Switzerland

Departure dates:  Selected departures from May to October 2019

Prices from:    €1829.00 per person

Duration:    8 days

On our journey through the Rhine valley, we visit historic Koblenz where we have time to explore the old town at the confluence of both the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Next, we continue our navigation through the dramatic Rhine Gorge where the sheer valley walls tower over 400m above our heads and onto Rudesheim, where we enjoy another evening complemented with an excellent dinner on board.

As the Rhine widens and the landscape becomes less rugged, our cruise continues south, stopping in fascinating Rudesheim onto medieval Speyer with its stunning Romanesque Basilica that dominates this pretty town. Next day we arrive at the city of Strasbourg where you enjoy a walking tour of the old town. Continuing, we drive through the typical rolling tree-clad massif of the Black Forest onto the charming town of Titisee, nestling on the shores of its namesake lake.

Our final destination is Switzerland where we moor in Basel. We have included an amazing tour to magnificent Lucerne, Switzerland’s most attractive city and then into the dramatic Bernese Oberland and some of the world’s finest alpine scenery. See the magnificent Eiger and Jungfrau, a just and fitting finale, to a most relaxing and enjoyable river cruise experience.

For all 2018 departures we now offer a drinks package, at a cost of €119 per person for this cruise. This includes the following with lunch and dinner: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rose house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu. This package must be booked at the same time as booking the cruise.

 

 

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The Blue Danube River Cruise Rhine Cruise to Switzerland

The Blue Danube River Cruise

Perfect for… incredible baroque architecture, the home of Mozart and classical music, soaking up Hungarian culture and traditions

Departure dates :  22 Apr, 08, 22, 26 May,  05, 16, 24 Jun,  10,17,29 Jul,  12, 26 Aug,  01,08,26 Sept,  07,21,25, Oct 19

Prices from:  €1389.00 per person

Duration:  08 Days

Soak up all that Europe’s most cultured river has to offer, with its wealth of grand baroque architecture, medieval cities, picture perfect towns and the sights that inspired Strauss and Mozart. Stepping aboard you will appreciate the superb surroundings of your floating luxury hotel for the next seven nights with spacious and well-appointed cabins or suites, private bathrooms and meticulously prepared fine cuisine.

From Budapest, we slip our moorings and head on our journey north to Esztergom spending the morning exploring its historic centre, which once was Hungary’s capital, before continuing westwards to the beautiful old town of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Navigating through Lower Austria we then reach the romantic town of Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned, having been shipwrecked on his return from the crusades. After we visit the remarkable monastery in Melk, with its 200m long Emperor’s Gallery, lined with portraits of Austrian emperors.

Soon we arrive in Linz where you have the opportunity to discover its baroque old town on a guided tour. Alternatively, take the short drive to Salzburg and enjoy a guided tour of the old town, seeing the imposing Hohensalzburg fortress, towering over the city and the birthplace and residence of Mozart, Salzburg’s most famous citizen. On our way back eastwards we will reach classical Vienna, home of Strauss and many great composers. This city offers up so much wonderful architecture as well as a host of other things to see including the Spanish riding school.

Finally, cruising into Hungary, we arrive back in imperial Budapest, straddling the picturesque Danube. After a guided tour of this palatial city we spend the evening on board, where the Captain hosts another spectacular dinner, an excellent finale to this most exceptional and relaxing cruise.

 

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