Early birds catch the discount European river cruises
RIVER cruising especially in Europe has become so popular over the past few years that they are filling 2019 departures with fly-free deals, discounted offers on premium economy and business class airfares.
Offers that include paying 2018 prices for travel in 2019 type deals. However be quick as most of these deals finish at the end of April. So don’t miss out if you are considering a river cruise in 2019.
A lot of the clients we are booking onto these cruises are clients that have done the Coach Tour of Europe and are now looking to go back and do something different. The itineraries that are on offer are vast and many of the cruising itineraries are based on the Rhine, Danube and Neckar Rivers.
Country specific river cruising is also on the rise with the same standard of ship that you would experience on your traditional 15-day cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Spain, France and Germany are just a couple of countries where you will be able to tour the vineyards and castle of just one country. The traditional cruise itinerary will take a leisurely 15 days and leave you well and truly feeling like you have had a holiday by the end of it. (I forgot to mention all meals are generally included so you can expect to add a kilo of two whilst on board).
The cruise companies also have options available to you where you can spend a few days either side of your cruise seeing different cities, like Prague, Budapest Amsterdam or even Paris. As long as you are on the ship the day that it is due to leave, the options are endless.
There are a lot of reputable companies catering for all standards of cruising from three-star accommodation to top of the line five-star cruising.
Grafton Travel sells a lot of Australian Scenic Tours, APT Tours, Evergreen and Travelmarvel. All are Australian companies and they have a very good reputation for quality and service. Their ships are four to five-star luxury.
They will spoil you so much that you won’t want to get off at the end of the cruise. No matter which company you end up choosing, one thing they all have in common is that you will see the same towns and landscapes as you meander along the river.
They will stop at cities, small and large along the way giving you the opportunity to explore.
Some of the ships have bikes that you can use to ride around if you want; all of the ships will have a tour program lined up for your arrival into each town. So you won’t be left wondering what to do.
If you don’t feel like hoping off and exploring a particular town or just feel like a lazy day then the ships are more than equipped to satisfy your needs with a lounge and bar.
A wellness area for a little bit of pampering, gift shop and restaurant, sun decks and observation deck are well used and where you will meet other cruise minded holiday makers.
Because river cruising is so popular at the moment and there is only so many cruise ships on the river, cabin spaces are very limited from year to year.
If you are thinking about cruising next year then you should really start to do something about it don’t wait until next year, you might miss out. These companies have already pre-released their deals for 2019.
If you would like some more information please don’t hesitate to call in and talk to one of Grafton Travel’s friendly staff.
A cruise down the Rhine on the Avalon's new rivership Panorama takes in towns and villages like Koblenz, Cochem and Cologne.