Evergreen Cruises & Tours has released its 2020 European river cruises, some of which can be combined with a tour of eastern Europe or Spain, or with city escapes in Paris, Prague, Lisbon or Nice. The cruises all feature an active program that, depending on the itinerary, may feature bike tours, guided short hikes, canoeing or on-board yoga. Immersive local experiences may see passengers drop in for afternoon tea with a Slovakian family in Bratislava, learn the traditional art of mosaic tile painting in Portugal, or enjoy regional cheese and wine tastings in France.
Phone 1300 383 747. See evergreentours.com.au
Regent Seven Seas Cruises has combined select Mediterranean cruises to create several extended voyages in 2020 with substantial savings, more overnight stays and complimentary unlimited shore excursions in ports of call. Among the options is a 22-night Byzantine Empire Heritage sailing from Jerusalem to Venice departing May 23, 2020, and taking in Turkey, Greece and the Adriatic as well as Alexandria in Egypt. There is also a 14-night Bella Italia extended voyage from Venice to Monte Carlo departing on September 2, 2020, that visits the Adriatic, Italy and the western Mediterranean.
Phone 1300 455 200. See rssc.com.au
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Guests on Silver Spirit will have a prime view of Monaco's famous Formula One Grand Prix when the Silversea ship overnights in Monte Carlo on May 23, 2020. Guests will enjoy the grandstand outlook from the rooftop of a four-storey villa, where they will dine, quaff champagne, socialise and enjoy the motor racing action below. A racing simulator will enable guests to compete virtually on the streets of Monaco. The experience is available as an optional extra on either a 21-day Venice to Barcelona voyage, or a shorter nine-day Rome to Barcelona voyage.
Phone 1300 306 872. See silversea.com
STATE OF PLAY
Scenic is offering its guests the chance to take in the famous, once-in-a-decade Passion Play in the German alpine town of Oberammergau while on a 21-day Jewels of Europe itinerary. Between May 20 and September 21, 2020, Scenic will operate a series of itineraries that include the Passion Play as part of a seven-day add-on tour to its 15-day river cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest. Guests can choose from a Bohemian Sojourn that visits Prague, Munich and Oberammergau, or Alpine Discoveries, which visits Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Oberammergau.
Phone 13 81 28. See scenic.com.au
Pioneering expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions is returning to east Antarctica, following an ice-free summer in the region, with a 25-day Commonwealth Bay In the Wake of Mawson voyage. The location of Mawson's Hut has historically been one of the few ice-free and readily accessible areas along the east Antarctic coastline. The voyage aims to explore the environs of Mawson's Hut, which was established for the 1911-1914 Australasian Antarctic Expedition, as well as visit the Sub-Antarctic Islands. The cruise departs on December 15, 2019, aboard expedition ship Akademik Shokalskiy.
Phone 1800 143 585. See heritage-expeditions.com