Ultimate European River Cruises & Flights

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$29,999 per person
Duration
34 days
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FRENCH BALCONY CABIN Cruise the Seine, Danube & Douro Rivers withFlights

Discover the magic of Europe on this extraordinary 34-day journey along the continent’s greatest rivers. Travel through France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Portugal and Spain in magnificent style. It's the voyage of a lifetime and for a limited time you can enjoy upgrades to French Balcony cabins with flights included!
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Cruising the Seine, Danube and Douro Rivers is the ultimate European travel dream. Visit picturesque cities, discover historic sights and ancient wonders. Enter into a beautifully artistic and cultural world, with gastronomic delights and unforgettable experiences. All the wonders of Europe are coupled with deluxe amenities aboard your modern river cruise ship. Enjoy the luxury of a care-free journey from France to Portugal that's packaged with inclusions.

What's included

Destination
Austria , Europe , France , Germany , Hungary , Netherlands , Portugal , Spain Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Fly to Paris, France from Australia
Return Location
Fly from Lisbon, Portugal to Australia
Tour Start Date & Time
September 12, 2024 12:00 am
Additional Information
Departs in April & September 2024: Departure prices may vary, please contact us details. Booking Code: ERULG34M
Price includes
  • Accommodation based on twin share room
  • Cruise as per itinerary
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entrance tickets to sites on tour
  • Escorted tour
  • Expert local guides
  • First class hotels
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • International flights
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Porterage (up to two bags per person)
  • Transport in air conditioned vehicles
Price does not include
  • Airport transfers
  • Any items or services not specified in the itinerary
  • Cruise gratuities
  • Cruise transfers
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal expenses
Complementaries
Drinks with Dinner: Wine & beer is included with cruise dinners Balcony Cabin Upgrade: This special includes French Balcony cabins, subject to availability
Additional Prices
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation: Ask us about extended hotel stays in Europe. Optional Tours: Optional tours can be booked in advance to save. Contact us for current prices. Travel Insurance: Insurance is essential for this tour - please ask for a quote. Single Supplement: Please contact us for solo traveller rates that include your own room.

River cruise tour overview

Discover the magic of Europe on this extraordinary journey along the continent’s greatest rivers. Travel through France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Portugal and Spain in magnificent style!

River cruising offers the unique opportunity to visit Europe’s historic cities and charming villages as you sail the world’s most beautiful waterways. Cruise aboard a sleek, modern floating hotel, equipped with features and amenities to make your voyage comfortable and carefree.

Begin with the panoramic views of the Seine River in Paris and explore the ‘City of Light’. Cruise the winding canals of Amsterdam. Sail the legendary Rhine to Cologne. Marvel at the visible history of Nuremberg, the medieval city of Regensburg and explore 2500-year-old Passau. Choose to join the optional tour to picturesque Salzburg. Take in the stunning palaces of Vienna, experience the young and colourful city of Bratislava and view the medieval architecture of Budapest.

Continue to Lisbon, where your love affair with the Douro River begins. Discover the hilltop village of Castelo Rodrigo and wander through the World Heritage-listed city of Salamanca. Embark on a tour of Porto and more, as you embrace this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Inclusions at a glance

International Flights:

  • Return economy airfare to Paris & from Lisbon
  • Fly from Australian capital cities with baggage included
  • One-way economy airfare from Paris to Amsterdam
  • One-way economy airfare from Budapest to Lisbon

Seine River Cruise:

  • 9 nights accommodation
    • 7 nights French Balcony cabin aboard deluxe Monarch Countess
    • 2 nights Paris
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Local Host in Paris
  • Shore excursions & entrance fees as per itinerary

Rhine, Main & Danube Rivers Cruise:

  • 14 nights French Balcony cabin aboard Monarch Queen or Monarch Baroness
  • River port charges of US$380 per person included
  • Cruise porterage
  • 41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
  • Wine & beer with dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Shore excursions & entrance fees per itinerary

Douro River Cruise:

  • 9 nights accommodation
    • 2 nights Lisbon
    • 7 nights French Balcony cabin aboard MS Douro Cruiser
  • Cruise porterage
  • 21 meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Cruise director & activity host throughout cruise
  • Shore excursions & entrance fees as per itinerary

River cruise highlights

  • Embark on a tour of Porto and view the Cathedral, S. Bento Train Station, famous for its azulejos tiles, and the Stock Exchange
  • See magnificent panoramic views of Seine River
  • In Auvers-sur-Oise, view Ravoux Inn where Van Gogh spent his final days
  • Explore Chateau Gaillard, built by Richard the Lionheart
  • Visit the historic city of Rouen with its beautiful medieval quarter
  • Tour the home of Claude Monet in Giverny and view the tranquil gardens that inspired his masterpieces
  • Tour Paris, the historic City of Light and view the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides and the Latin Quarter
  • Take a guided visit to the treasure-filled Louvre Museum, home of the Mona Lisa and other celebrated masterpieces
  • See magnificent panoramic views of Budapest from atop Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Tour romantic Vienna with its legendary opulence and elegance
  • In Melk, join a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey
  • Marvel at the beautiful churches and ancient stone bridges in Regensburg
  • Cruise the Main-Danube Canal, considered a marvel of modern engineering
  • Walk in Bamberg’s medieval center with its 11th century Romanesque cathedral
  • View Lorelei Rock named for the siren “Lorelei” rising vertically from the waters
  • Sail on the legendary Rhine to Cologne, capital of Rhineland
  • In Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals
  • View the treasured 16th century Belem Tower, a monument to Portugal’s Age of Discovery
  • Stop at the medieval town of Obidos, encircled by fortified walls
  • See magnificent panoramic views of Douro River
  • Tour the Douro Museum, and learn about the wine making industry of the area
  • Discover the medieval village of Castelo Rodrigo, perched on a hilltop and surrounded by imposing walls
  • Visit Salamanca with its ancient sandstone buildings, a UNESCO World Heritage City

River Cruise features & amenities

  • Welcome dinners and Farewell dinners
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas (may not be available on all cruises)
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides

 

Budapest, Hungary
Enjoy time to explore stunning cities, like Budapest with its famous Fisherman’s Bastion.
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DAY 1

Fly to France

DAY 2

Cruise Embarkation in Paris

DAY 3

Arrive in Conflans, Auvers-Sur-Oise

DAY 4

Cruise to Les Andelys

DAY 5

Cruise to Caudebec

DAY 6

Cruise to Rouen

DAY 7

Cruise to Vernon, Giverny

DAY 8

Panoramic Tour of Paris

DAY 9

Paris and Louvre Museum

DAY 10

Full Day in Paris

DAY 11

Depart France, Fly to The Netherlands

DAY 12

Amsterdam City Tour, Overnight River Cruise

DAY 13

Cruise to Cologne, City Tour

DAY 14

Morning in Koblenz & Afternoon Cruising

DAY 15

Cruise to Miltenberg, Walking Tour

DAY 16

Cruise to Wurzburg, City Tour

DAY 17

Cruise to Bamberg, City Tour

DAY 18

Cruise to Nuremberg, City Tour

DAY 19

Cruise to Regensberg, City Tour

DAY 20

Morning in Passau, Optional tour to Salzburg

DAY 21

Cruise to Melk Abbey

DAY 22

Cruise to Vienna, City Tour

DAY 23

Cruise to Bratislava, City Tour

DAY 24

Cruise to Budapest, City Tour

DAY 25

Depart Hungary, Fly to Portugal

DAY 26

Lisbon City Tour

DAY 27

Obidos en route to Porto/Afurada, Cruise Embarkation

DAY 28

Sail to Regua, Douro Museum

DAY 29

Cruise to Castelo Rodrigo

DAY 30

Explore Salamanca

DAY 31

Cruise to Pinhao

DAY 32

Sail to Porto/Afurada & City Tour of Porto

DAY 33

Porto/Afurada

DAY 34

Depart Portugal, Fly to Australia

More about Austria

Officially known as the Republic of Austria, there's a lot more to discover about this landlocked European country than schnitzel, strudel and the Sound of Music, but that's still part of the fun. Bordered by the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, you can understand why Austria is so culturally rich. There are a couple of things you might not know about Austrians, like they are the top recyclers in the world, they love their coffee and enjoy a rich coffee house culture, plus, much like Mexico, they celebrate death and there's even a funeral museum in Vienna. From fine arts to classical music and historic monuments, there's much to experience in Austria!

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More about France

France is one of the oldest nations on earth, the largest in the EU and also the most popular with tourists. People flock to its iconic sites, medieval cities, alpine mountains and Mediterranean beaches. It's a must to visit the amazing art galleries and museums of Paris, but make sure you allow time for people watching in a chic cafe. Visit the French Riviera to see how the rich and famous live, or take the world's highest cable car to get a breathtaking view of Mont Blanc. Try some of the 1600 varieties of cheese produced in France, but don't turn the accompanying baguette upside down, the French believe that brings bad luck!

More about Germany

Germany is one of the most densely populated counties in the world, but it doesn't feel that way thanks to its forested mountains, magnificent rivers and well-planned cities. Berlin is a vibrant capital with a lively art scene and cafe culture. Munich is renowned for its annual Oktoberfest beer festival and Frankfurt is a fascinating blend of historic buildings and modern skyscrapers. Cruising the mighty Danube River you'll experience the charm of regional villages and rich culture of cities like Cologne and Nuremberg. There's so much to discover about this country that has its own strong personality as well as influences from its nine neighbouring countries.

More about Hungary

The landlocked country of Hungary shares its borders with Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. The capital of Budapest is a great city to explore, with its medieval Castle Hill, Fisherman's Bastion and impressive Parliament Building. It's split by the Danube River and many European river cruises either start of end in Budapest. And if you're wondering, Hungarian goulash really is from Hungary. The tasty soup made from beef and vegetables and flavoured with paprika is known locally as Gulyásleves (gulyás is herdsman and leves is soup in Hungarian); because it originates from a dish cooked by the cattlemen of the Great Hungarian Plain.

More about Netherlands

Think of the Netherlands and immediately tulips, windmills and canal cruises in Amsterdam spring to mind. All this is true, and even more delightful in real life! The capital of Amsterdam is home to the impressive Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. It's a great city to explore by bike, thanks to the extensive bike paths and lack of hills, and for a truly local experience you can try herring from a food cart vendor, but you might want to wash it down with a beer at a historic brewery. Also, if you're wondering whether you should call it 'the Netherlands' or 'Holland', the Netherlands covers the country's 12 provinces, and Holland is an area that consists of two provinces. In January 2020 the Dutch government officially dropped the nickname ‘Holland’ and now refers to itself as The Netherlands.

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More about Spain

Spain occupies about 85% of Europe's Iberian Peninsula. The vibrant country boasts varied and dramatic highlights. From spectacular alpine ranges and gorgeous beaches, to medieval castles, impressive galleries, historic sites and charming towns - there's so much to explore and experience in Spain! The second-largest country in Europe has around 3000 documented beaches, many of which remain untouched. Marvel at Spain's unique blend of Gothic and Islamic architecture and witness the way all forms of art are embraced by the locals. Also a big tip for visitors, don't expect to do much between 1pm and 5pm. This is when much of the country takes a nap, or its famous 'siesta' time, so that they can enjoy dining on tapas and bar hopping until the early hours.
Cruising the Seine, Danube and Douro Rivers is the ultimate European travel dream. Visit picturesque cities, discover historic sights and ancient wonders. Enter into a beautifully artistic and cultural world, with gastronomic delights and unforgettable experiences. All the wonders of Europe are coupled with deluxe amenities aboard your modern river cruise ship. Enjoy the luxury of a care-free journey from France to Portugal that's packaged with inclusions.

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Tour departures

This special deal is based on the following tour departures:

2024 – 29 April and 12 September

Price may vary or change without notice, depending on your travel date.
Please ask us for your preferred departure date and we will advise availability and current cost.
Please contact us for travel at other times.

Tour start time

The start time details will be provided upon confirmation.

Embarkation begins at 2pm in Paris on the day of arrival.

If you book international flights, you will be advised of the flight details and check-in times when your reservation is confirmed.

Is this tour right for you?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is a potential for sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.

Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. There are no elevators or chair lifts on board.

Know before your book - High & Low water levels

European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise.

While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice.

In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals.

While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, the tour operator will endeavour to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

Important to remember...

The day-by-day tour descriptions are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, river conditions, road accessibility, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that are ultimately for the client's benefit. It is essential that travellers are flexible and open minded in this regard.

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      $29,999 per person
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