Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, river cruises around the world temporarily
stopped operating. However, some ships are now expected to resume
sailing on U.S. rivers in late July and early August, and we will let
you know as soon as they are operating again.
We are awaiting word as to when river cruises will start again in Europe. The European Union began accepting visitors from select non-EU countries on July 1. Although U.S. travelers are not yet allowed, this is an encouraging step toward a larger reopening.
Since many customers are looking ahead to 2021, today I'll highlight brand-new river cruises in Europe and the U.S. that will be making their debut next year. For day-to-day sightseeing details, departure dates and rates, click the links.
Essence of Burgundy & Provence (8 or 14 days) -- Discover French chateaux from Burgundy to Provence, taste your way through the French culinary capital of Lyon and visit the Papal Palace in Avignon. Wine tasting and cycling tour options are offered in multiple ports.
Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps (8 or 14 days) -- Hike through vineyards, cruise the canals of Amsterdam and enjoy wine and beer tastings on this itinerary which also navigates the Rhine Gorge, a scenic stretch of the river dotted with castles and vineyards.
Click here to see all new itineraries from AmaWaterways.
American Cruise Lines
Music Cities (8 days) -- Visit the musical meccas of Memphis and Nashville on an itinerary celebrating a variety of musical genres ranging from bluegrass to jazz.
American Queen Steamboat Company
Cajun Creole Culinary Experience (9 days) -- Enjoy an authentic crawfish boil, learn about the lower Mississippi River's local fishing industry and discover the similarities and differences between Cajun and Creole culinary styles.
The Evolution of Rock 'n' Roll (9 days) -- Talented onboard musicians are ready to rock out on this themed cruise. Entertaining performances take guests through the evolution of rock 'n' roll from the 1950s through the 1980s.
Click here to see all new itineraries from American Queen Steamboat Company.
Active & Discovery in Holland & Belgium (8 days) -- A biking excursion through the Dutch countryside, a visit to a family-owned oyster farm and the opportunity to make your own Belgian chocolates round out this immersive itinerary.
Balkan Odyssey (9 to 14 days) -- Hotel nights in Bucharest and Zagreb bookend this Balkan cruise exploring scenic port cities in Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. Cruise through the Iron Gates, discover Novi Sad's incredible ancient architecture and learn about a 1,000-year-old wine-making tradition in Ilok.
Click here to see all new itineraries from Avalon Waterways.
Crystal River Cruises
New Year's Eve in Amsterdam (12 days) -- Celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve on a route from Basel to Amsterdam, stopping in locales like the Alsatian city of Strasbourg and Rudesheim's Drosselgasse, a cobblestone lane lined by taverns, shops and restaurants.
Click here to see all new itineraries from Crystal River Cruises.
Legendary Rhine & Moselle (8 days) -- Outings on this sailing include a guided hike in Koblenz, a bike ride along the Moselle River, a wine tasting in Bernkastel and visits to majestic Marksburg and Imperial castles.
Springtime Delights (10 days) -- Springtime sailings take in Keukenhof Gardens, planted with millions of tulips and other flowers, and destinations along Dutch and Belgian waterways like the charming medieval town of Haarlem, and Rotterdam, a city filled with impressive architecture.
Gate 1 Travel
15 Day Danube River Cruise with Romania (15 days) -- Stroll the cobblestone lanes of Passau, see one of the oldest stone bridges spanning the river in Regensburg and explore the capital cities of Vienna and Budapest. Highlights in Romania include a tour of "Dracula's Castle" and a visit to the well-preserved medieval city of Sighisoara.
Click here to see all new itineraries from Gate 1 Travel.
Riviera River Cruises
Amsterdam, Cologne and the Best of Holland & Flanders River Cruise (8 days) -- Expert local guides show passengers the landmark sights of Cologne, the postcard-perfect city of Bruges and the colorful canals of Amsterdam.
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
Flavors of Bordeaux (11 days) -- In addition to wine, brandy and whiskey tastings, this culinary-themed itinerary includes visits to a truffle farm and local food market. Plus, enjoy a Cheese of France experience on board the ship.
Windmills, Tulips & Belgian Delights with Bruges (11 days) -- This itinerary in Holland and Belgium offers fields of colorful tulips, picturesque windmills and lovely canals. Visit the sleepy villages of Edam and Volendam and explore modern Rotterdam. End your trip with three hotel nights in the fairy tale city of Bruges.
Click here to see all new itineraries from Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours.
Danube Automotive Heritage (12 days) -- Start with a hotel stay and sightseeing in Budapest, then board your ship for a cruise to cities like Bratislava, where you'll tour the Volkswagen factory, and Regensburg, home to a BMW plant. You can also enjoy a full-day excursion to the Ferdinand Porsche Experience in Salzburg's Lake District.
Royal Danube & Berlin (11 days) -- This itinerary combines a stay in historic Berlin with a cruise to Passau, Vienna and more. Activities include a bike ride in Passau, a wine tasting in the Wachau Valley and a mountain tram ride offering panoramic views of Austria's countryside.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
Cruise & Rail: Venice & the Swiss Alps (12 days) -- A 4-day train journey to Zurich aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express accompanies this Po River cruise through northern Italy. Attend a pasta-making workshop in Bologna, explore medieval Padua and visit the glittering lakes of Bled and Zurich.
Rhine, Main & Danube Discovery (15 days) -- Enjoy your choice of excursions in most ports of call on this cruise between Amsterdam and Vienna. Options include a visit to a hops field to sample craft beer, a tour of the grand 18th-century Wurzburg Residence or a stop at baroque Melk Abbey and its revered library.
Click here to see all new itineraries from Uniworld.
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