Scenic has partnered with National Geographic on a 15-day "Legendary Rivers of Europe" cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam, departing on September 23, 2020. A National Geographic expert and photographer will join guests to share their knowledge and insights through presentations and informal discussions, and will provide tips on photography techniques. Highlights of the journey along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers include 11 World Heritage sites, wine tasting in Austria's Wachau Valley and Germany's Rhinegau, and guided visits to Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum and Vienna's Museum of Natural History.
Phone 13 81 28. See scenic.com.au
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It's the beginning of Cruise Month, organised annually by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to help travel agencies and member cruise lines present their cruise offerings. This weekend and next week sees a particular focus on river cruising, so if you're bamboozled by the unprecedented number of ship choices on the world's rivers and want help with what to book and where, head down to a CLIA-accredited cruise specialist and discover more. You can find a local specialist agency by heading to CLIA's website and searching with your postcode.
Crystal River Cruises has a springtime itinerary early next year in the Netherlands and Belgium that celebrates its famed tulip season. The seven-night "Tulips & Windmills" voyage on Crystal Bach departs April 9, 2020, round trip from Amsterdam and visits the historical windmills at Kinderdijk, harbour town Hoorn and the cities of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Ghent. The cruise is part of Crystal's 30th Anniversary Collection next year, one of 30 sailings featuring anniversary savings, special shipboard events and commemorative gifts. Book before the end of this month for savings.
Phone 1300 059 260. See crystalcruises.com
Botanica World Discoveries has a new cruise in North America departing October 4, 2020, that takes garden lovers to the mansions and gardens of Canada and New England in autumn. The 20-day journey begins in Montreal on an 11-night cruise to Boston aboard Seabourn Quest, sailing the St Lawrence River to Quebec City before continuing to Nova Scotia and along the eastern seaboard. After disembarking in Boston, the journey continues to New York City via the picturesque Poughkeepsie region, fabled for its fall colours, and finishes in Washington DC.
Phone 1300 305 202. See botanica.travel
Uniworld is offering two Rhine River cruises next year that include detours on to the highly scenic, vine-clad Moselle River. A 10-day "Rhone & Moselle" itinerary runs between Strasbourg in France to Frankfurt in Germany and includes a visit to the historic towns of Speyer and Trier as well as to Luxembourg and winemaking towns Bernkastel and Boppard. A 12-day "Rhine, Moselle & Blissful Baden-Baden" itinerary also takes in Germany's famous spa town in the Black Forest region, with two nights in a hotel and a visit to the Caracalla Thermal bath or Sea Salt Grotto.
Phone 1300 780 231. See uniworld.com