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Enjoy larger staterooms and better views on European Rivers

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Enjoy the high life on board Riviera River Cruises next summer with their latest promotion offering a complimentary upgrade from lower deck to middle deck staterooms or from middle deck to upper deck accommodations. Explore the Rhine, Moselle, Danube, Seine and Rhône rivers while sailing in a larger stateroom with a better view when taking advantage of Riviera’s upgrade offer. Guests in Riviera’s Upper deck staterooms and suites also benefit from a wealth of extras, with a Riviera Plus package. These extras include a smart phone in each stateroom with unlimited worldwide calls, text messages and data, upgraded luxury toiletries in the bathroom, a bottle of Champagne awaiting you on arrival, locally inspired gifts to take home, as well as an aperitif each evening.

Riviera’s floating luxury boutique hotels feature spacious accommodations ranging from 160 to 269 square feet of living space (83% of these offer a full or French balcony), fine dining with meals prepared by professional chefs and served by attentive international staff, engaging and informative excursions included in your cruise fare and led by experienced tour leaders and local guides, complimentary bicycles for you to take on shore explorations, and Wi-Fi throughout the ship to stay connected to family and friends.

There's no better way to explore Europe than on a river cruise. Fall in love with some of the world's most scenic rivers, passing charming landscapes and cities. Add to that a well-timed, well-chosen glass of wine or classic cocktail (best enjoyed at sunset, up on deck) – and the temptation becomes too great to resist. In 2024, Riviera River Cruises will offer its new Superior drinks package free of charge on all 2024 European river cruise departures. With this drinks package, guests will be able to enjoy unlimited house wine, draft beer and a selection of soft drinks and juices at lunch and dinner, plus unlimited cocktails and mocktails, house spirits and mixers from 6 p.m. to midnight. Savour the views along the riverbank and toast your vacation with like-minded explorers after another fascinating adventure ashore.
Europe has some of the world’s most scenic waterways and deciding on which river cruise to book will be the hardest decision you will have to make. Below please find an overview of the most popular options available to you through Riviera River Cruises. Once you experience Europe from a deck of a river ship, we guarantee you will be coming back for more.

The Danube
Europe’s second-longest river, after the Volga river, the Danube flows through much of central and southeastern Europe, from Germany’s Black Forest to the Black Sea in eastern Romania. Along the way, the river passes through no less than ten countries and flows through four national capitals, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade, more than any other river in the world. From imposing castles, mighty fortresses, sumptuous palaces and exquisite baroque churches, elegant gardens and wonderful medieval towns and villages, there is so much history and culture related to this river, your days will be full of fascinating sights, wonder and exploration…and music. Let’s not forget the music, which is everywhere along the shores of the Danube. From the wild genius of Mozart in Salzburg to Beethoven, Brahms and Johann Strauss' Danube inspired waltz and lullaby, if you are a classical music lover, you won’t be disappointed. Next July and August, Riviera offers fourteen Danube itineraries ranging from 8 to 15 days, sailing from Budapest and allowing for pre- and post- cruise Budapest or Prague extensions.

The Rhine
One of Europe’s main waterways, the Rhine is enriched by the culture of the six countries through which it flows. No other river in the world has so many old cities on its banks to explore and enjoy, many dating back to Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire. Travelling over 1,200 km from the Swiss Alps to Rotterdam in the Netherlands, this majestic river will transport you through the most enchanting landscapes that change from gentle and serene to steep and dramatic. One moment you’re sailing past soaring valleys, crowned by castles and watch towers, that once extracted tolls from passing merchants, or steep vineyards where world-famous Riesling or Gewürztraminer wines are produced. Next, you are passing picturesque waterfronts of medieval towns or classic wine producing villages with narrow cobbled streets and alleyways leading to intimate squares dotted by boutiques and cafés. Next summer, Riviera offers you twenty five different Rhine departures ranging from 8 to 11 days in length to choose from.

The Rhône 
Before railroads and highways were even thought of, the Rhône was an important trade route dating back to the Holy Roman Empire times, connecting the eastern and central Roman provinces of Gaul to the Mediterranean sea. Today, the Rhône Valley continues its prominence as one of the greatest wine regions on Earth, with more than 6,000 wine growing properties – including over 1,800 private wineries, producing, distributing and exporting wine to the rest of the world. You will travel through spectacular valleys, gorges, past snowy Mont Blanc, vine-covered hillsides and medieval skylines. Starting in either Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, or the immaculately preserved medieval Avignon, your Rhône river cruise takes you through Burgundy, a true wine country, as well as picturesque Provence, showcasing its renaissance splendour that inspired many artistic works and movements. In medieval Beaune, Burgundy’s wine capital, you’ll visit the cellars of a traditional winemaker for an exclusive tour and tasting. Not to be missed are the Roman ruins of Arles and the stunning 2,000-year-old Pont du Gard, one of the wonders of the ancient world. Riviera offers ten 8-day voyages departing between July 15th and August 31st and on which you can take advantage of their upgrade offer.

The Seine
Want to avoid driving through gridlocked France during summer time? Discover Paris and picturesque Normandy on a Seine river cruise! Starting and ending your trip in the most romantic capital of the world, Paris, your will travel through the regions of İle-de-France and historic Normandy to the Normandy coast, where the river empties into the English Channel. The landscape changes endlessly as you glide by medieval castles and stone bridges, chalk cliffs, verdant green countryside, cider orchards, half-timbered barns and wooden farmhouses. Steep forested hills that give sanctuary to deer and wild boar make way for country estates and pretty villages. Sweeping bends reveal huge cathedrals and tranquil abbeys. There’s fascinating history to be found at every turn on your Seine river cruise. The spectacular Chateau Gaillard, a huge medieval castle completed in 1198 by Richard the Lionheart to defend Rouen from the French, is a reminder of ancient rivalries. Rouen itself, Normandy’s historic capital and one of Europe’s finest medieval cities, was where the legendary Joan of Arc was burned for her beliefs in 1431, with her ashes thrown into the Seine. There’s the magnificent Jumièges Abbey, consecrated in the presence of William the Conqueror, D-day Gold Beach, a site of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France, and charming Bayeux, with its legendary tapestry. Your cruise would not be complete without a visit to charming Honfleur - its near perfect waterfront of tall pastel-coloured 18th century houses, traditional shops and maze of streets providing the inspiration for the Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Countless sleepy villages silently drift by as you arrive in delightful Vernon, from where it’s a short drive to Giverny, to visit Claude Monet’s home and one of the world’s most famous and most painted gardens. Extend your Seine cruise with a city stay option in Paris or explore other regions of France. The choice is yours! Riviera offers five 8- to 11- day departures to choose from.

Your Cruise Inclusions:
 •    All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure
•    Unlimited wine and beer at lunch and dinner plus cocktails, mocktails, house spirits and mixers from 6pm to midnight
•    Welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner
•    A packed lunch during full day sightseeing trips
•    Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
•    Complimentary on-board tea, coffee and water
•    Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
•    Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge
•    All port charges and taxes

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