Cruiseco is offering a 22-night "Wine & Romance Voyage" holiday package that opens with a land tour taking in Paris, Bordeaux, medieval walled city Carcassone and Barcelona, before guests board Azamara Quest on a 13-night cruise that finishes in Southampton. Along the way is an opportunity to visit Gibraltar, admire Lisbon, enjoy port wine and seafood in Porto, and sample the produce of France's fabled Bordeaux wine region. The cruise also visits the ports of Portimao, Bilbao and St Peter in the Channel Islands. The journey departs Australian on May 26, 2020.
Phone 1800 550 320. See cruising.com.au
Silversea's new ship Silver Moon was floated out from its Italian shipyards for the first time recently. The luxury vessel will now have its interior fitted out. The ship makes its maiden voyage between Trieste and Civitavecchia (Rome) on August 6, 2020, and will spend its inaugural season in the Mediterranean, before crossing to the Americas in November. After visiting various destinations in Central America and the Caribbean, Silver Moon undertakes a circumnavigation of South America in early 2021 on a "Grand South America" voyage that visits 37 destinations in 20 countries.
Phone 1300 306 872. See silversea.com
Evergreen Cruises & Tours has launched its 2020-21 Egypt, Jordan and Israel journeys, among which are several that include river cruises along the Nile. A 15-day "Cairo to Amman & Ancient Egypt" cruise journeys from Luxor to Aswan on Movenpick's MS Hamees, taking in many of the most famous ancient sights along the way. There is also a similar 21-day journey with the addition of an extension in Israel that takes in the Dead Sea, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Book before January 31,2020, for early-bird offers that include discounts and included flights on some itineraries.
Phone 1300 383 747. See evergreentours.com.au
MUSIC TO YOUR EARS
APT is giving guests the opportunity to see conductor and violinist Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra live in Cologne in Germany in 2020. Guests travelling on APT's 15-day "Magnificent Europe" cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest, departing on May 13, 2020, will attend a concert at the Lanxess Arena and enjoy Rieu's unique and energetic interpretation of classical music. The Rhine, Main and Danube river cruise also includes other experiences such as a private concert at Vienna's City Palace and a ride on the historic Grand Empress steam train in Hungary.
Phone 1300 196 420. See aptouring.com.au
European active-travel specialist UTracks is offering a bike-and-boat holiday in the Scottish archipelago of the Inner Hebrides in 2020. Starting and finishing in Oban on the west coast, guests explore the island of Mull and the Morvern Peninsula as they travel by bike and two-masted sailing boat, before making their way to the Caledonian Canal to discover the Highlands and its wild scenery. There is also a visit to the Isle of Jura, known for its red deer and world-famous whisky distillery. The tour has departures between June and August 2020.
Phone 1300 303 368. See utracks.com