GREAT RIVER CRUISE ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - RIVER CRUISING - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

LIV­ING LARGE: Sanc­tu­ary Retreats has picked up a gong for best river cruise line cab­ins in the re­cent Cruise Critic UK Ed­i­tors’ Pick Awards; aboard the 124-pas­sen­ger Sanc­tu­ary Yangzi Ex­plorer in China, guests in the bal­conied Ce­les­tial and Im­pe­rial Suites, touted as “the big­gest on the river”, even have di­rect ac­cess from their ac­com­mo­da­tion to the ship’s theatre. More: sanc­tu­aryre­treats.com.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE: Book by De­cem­ber 31 for sail­ings next year across Europe with Be­yond Travel and re­ceive $200-$1000 a cou­ple in flex­i­ble Dis­cover More vouch­ers valid for 12 months and ap­pli­ca­ble to se­lected ac­com­mo­da­tion, rail passes and tours. A cruise be­tween Moscow and St Peters­burg aboard the re­vamped MS Chekhov starts at $1710 a per­son twin-share and in­cludes a $300 voucher. More: be­yond­travel.com.au.

SIN­GU­LAR SUC­CESS: Pan­daw has wiped sin­gle cabin sup­ple­ments on board its fleet in Myan­mar and on the Mekong for se­lected de­par­tures un­til March 2017; be quick for 20 per cent off a range of op­tions and des­ti­na­tions if booked by Oc­to­ber 31. More: pan­daw.com.

LA BELLE FRANCE: APT’s France River Cruis­ing brochure fea­tures Bordeaux re­gion voy­ages next year with a choice of five itin­er­ar­ies; an 11-day cruise aboard the 74-suite AmaDolce, with a three-night Paris stay and sight­see­ing, cov­ers the Garonne and Dor­dogne rivers and starts at $7645 a per­son twin-share. Com­bi­na­tion hol­i­days are also avail­able, in­clud­ing land-based pro­grams and com­ple­men­tary cruises, fea­tur­ing shorter seven-day itin­er­ar­ies along, say, the River Seine. Check for early-bird dis­counts. More: 1300 196 420; ap­tour­ing.com.au.

THEN THERE WERE NINE: Tauck, cel­e­brat­ing its 90th birth­day this year, has 10-day French Wa­ter­ways hol­i­days, in­clud­ing a seven-night lux­ury cruise; the op­er­a­tor will launch MS Joy and MS Grace next year, bring­ing its river fleet to nine. More: trav­elthe­world.com.au.

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