ONLY THE LONE

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - CRUISE NEWS - BRAD CROUCH

Riviera Travel has an­nounced two Europe river cruises solely for sin­gle trav­ellers, where all cab­ins are for solo oc­cu­pancy with no sin­gle sup­ple­ment. One is an eight-day Danube cruise from Bu­dapest de­part­ing on Novem­ber 1, 2018, priced from $3119 per solo-use cabin, and the other is an eight-day Bur­gundy, River Rhône and Provence cruise on Novem­ber 6, 2018, priced from $3529 per solouse cabin. Riviera Travel keeps a se­lec­tion of cab­ins on ev­ery cruise ev­ery year for sup­ple­ment-free solo oc­cu­pancy but on these two cruises ev­ery one of the 88 cab­ins aboard its Danube river ship, Os­car Wilde, and each of the 74 cab­ins on the Lord By­ron are for solo pas­sen­gers only.

Riviera Travel spokesman Will Sar­son said the two cruises were not match­mak­ing cruises but jour­neys where lone trav­ellers or friends who did not want to share a state­room could en­joy a cabin on their own with­out pay­ing a sup­ple­ment. SEE TRAVEL AGENTS, RIVIERATRAVEL.COM.AU

FLY FREE IN­CEN­TIVES

Vik­ing Cruises’ 2019 river cruise brochure cov­er­ing Cen­tral Europe, France, Por­tu­gal, Rus­sia, China, South­east Asia, Ukraine and Egypt has in­cen­tives such as fly free on itin­er­ar­ies of 13 days or more in Europe, Rus­sia, Asia or South­east Asia, or fly for $995 a per­son on itin­er­ar­ies of 12 days or less in Europe. New itin­er­ar­ies in­clude the eight-day Rhône Ex­plorer, a roundtrip from Lyon where guests will fol­low the trade routes of cen­turies past as they ex­plore the beau­ti­ful French coun­try­side along the Rhône River, priced from $4595 a per­son twin share. Dis­cover Ro­man ru­ins in Vi­enne and Lyon and walk in the foot­steps of van Gogh in Ar­les, take a tour to Châteauneuf-du-Pape and dis­cover the his­tory of Avi­gnon while mar­vel­ling at the Ro­man feat of en­gi­neer­ing, the Pont du Gard. PH 138 747, VIKINGCRUISES.COM.AU

GALA­PA­GOS PACK­AGE

Fly free to ex­plore the Galá­pa­gos Is­lands when book­ing a Lind­blad Ex­pe­di­tions trip be­fore June 30, 2018.

The $8700 a per­son twin share pack­age in­cludes flight from Syd­ney or Mel­bourne to Guayaquil, Ecuador, to board ex­pe­di­tion ship, the Na­tional Geo­graphic En­deav­our II.

Guests then have seven nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion while ex­plor­ing the is­lands with all meals on board, ex­cur­sions, use of kayaks, snorkelling gear and wet suits.

Ev­ery ex­pe­di­tion sails with a vet­eran ex­pe­di­tion leader, a team of eight nat­u­ral­ists, an un­der­sea spe­cial­ist, a Na­tional Geo­graphic pho­tog­ra­pher plus a Lind­bladNa­tional Geo­graphic cer­ti­fied photo in­struc­tor and a ship’s doc­tor.

Avail­able for travel be­tween Au­gust 31 and Novem­ber 16, 2018, and in­cludes two nights’ ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion. PH 1300 361 012, AU.EX­PE­DI­TIONS.COM

AC­TIVE DIS­COV­ERY

Avalon Wa­ter­ways’ new 2019 River Cruises brochure fea­tures six new itin­er­ar­ies such as a 13-day pack­age

PIC­TURE: SUP­PLIED

Go solo on Riviera’s Lord By­ron with­out the sin­gle sup­ple­ment.

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