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River Cruise Newsletter Dated January 20, 2015

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

This week, I've organized the brand-new 2015 river cruise itineraries by sailing region: Europe, the U.S. and Asia.

Below are brief descriptions of 31 trips, and some have departure dates already scheduled for 2016 as well. For day-to-day sightseeing details, departure dates and rates -- and all available discounts and deals -- click the links.

Europe

You can click here to see a complete list of all new European river cruise itineraries, or read on for brief descriptions of nearly two dozen options.

Legends of the Rhine (8 days) -- With Viking River Cruises, you'll visit Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands, and Marksburg Castle, which has towered over Braubach for some 700 years.

The Blue Danube Discovery: Opera Cruise (8 or 13 days) -- Join Avalon Waterways for a musical cruise featuring professional opera singers who'll perform works by Verdi, Mozart and Puccini.

Paris & Normandy: Art-Themed Cruise (8 or 11 days) -- Complimentary painting classes, art discussions and visits to Monet's Giverny fill this AmaWaterways itinerary.

Holland & Belgium at Tulip Time (8 days) -- Take a springtime sailing with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, when the flowers are at their peak.

The Loire, a Royal Legacy (6 or 8 days) -- This CroisiEurope itinerary showcases Loire Valley chateaux, including Chateau d'Ussé, thought to have been the inspiration for "Sleeping Beauty."

Beer-Themed Cruises (8 to 11 days) -- Attend beer-pairing dinners and sample ales and lagers on three AmaWaterways departures.

Méditerranée (8 days) -- Board an A-ROSA Cruises ship for a voyage along France's Rhone River from Lyon. It meanders south through the Provence region to Arles, not far from the Mediterranean coast.

Danube River Cruise With Warsaw, Krakow & Prague (16 days) -- A Gate 1 Travel cruise is complemented by hotel stays and sightseeing in three Eastern European cities. Guests also visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and the Jasna Gora Monastery.

Rhine Rhapsody (10 days) -- Viking River Cruises adds Luxembourg and Paris to a Rhine River sailing that calls at Cochem, Koblenz, Basel and more.

Highlights of the Netherlands & the Beauty of Belgium (8 days) -- Emerald Waterways delivers passengers to the brilliant floral displays of Keukenhof gardens, the cobblestoned city center of Antwerp and the cheesemaking town of Edam.

Ultimate France (22 days) -- Uniworld Boutique River Cruises travels to the Normandy coast, the wine region of Bordeaux and picturesque landscapes of Burgundy and Provence.

Mini Cruise Romance on the Rhine (5 days) -- This A-ROSA Cruises getaway begins in Cologne, known for its Gothic cathedral, and explores Strasbourg, where French and German cultures mix.

Rhine & Rhone Revealed (15 or 16 days) -- Highlights of this Avalon Waterways route between the Mediterranean and the North Sea include a canal cruise in Amsterdam and an excursion to Heidelberg Castle.

Jewels of Spain, Portugal & the Douro River (13 days) -- Guests on a trip with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises tour the Prado Museum in Madrid, the 12th-century village of Castelo and the wine cellars of Porto.

Enchantment of Eastern Europe (10 days) -- Sail between Bucharest and Budapest with Emerald Waterways and visit the cliff-top town of Veliko Tarnovo and the Serbian capital, Belgrade.

Danube Classics (8 days) -- Dock overnight in the Old World cities of Vienna and Budapest on this A-ROSA Cruises itinerary, which also spends time in the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, and in Melk, home to a splendid Benedictine abbey.

11 Day Rhine River Cruise With Lucerne (11 days) -- Extend a classic Rhine sailing with Gate 1 Travel with two nights in the lakeside Swiss city of Lucerne.

Belle Epoch: London to Monte-Carlo (23 days) -- Attend a talk by Winston Churchill's granddaughter in London and enjoy dinner at a chateau on this Tauck vacation, which starts in the British capital and then sails three French rivers.

Vienna to the Danube Delta River Cruise (16 days) -- Choose from a variety of included excursions on this voyage between Vienna and Bucharest with Scenic Cruises. Unwind in Hungarian thermal baths and join a Croatian family for a home-cooked dinner.

Bordeaux (12 days) -- Enjoy a leisurely exploration of this French wine-producing region with Scenic Cruises.

Jewels of the Rhine (8 days) -- On an Emerald Waterways getaway, passengers visit a Black Forest museum to learn about 16th-century farm life and enjoy free time in Amsterdam.

United States

Mark Twain (8 days) -- The American Queen Steamboat Company pays tribute to the creator of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. The first stop: Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Missouri.

The Big Apple to the U.S. Capital (9 days) -- Visit the history-rich cities of Baltimore, Philadelphia and Annapolis with Blount Small Ship Adventures.

Complete Mississippi River Cruise (22 days) -- This one-time departure from American Cruise Lines travels nearly the entire length of the Mississippi River from New Orleans to St. Paul, journeying through 10 states.

Oktoberfest (8 days) -- Celebrate the German-style beers of heartland breweries with the American Queen Steamboat Company.

D.C. to Boston (12 days) -- With Blount Small Ship Adventures, you can explore Eastern U.S. destinations at your own pace or join optional excursions, such as a tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon.

Asia

Golden Treasures of Myanmar (11 or 14 days) and Hidden Wonders of Myanmar (13 to 16 days) -- The new 56-guest AmaPura from AmaWaterways sails these Irrawaddy River cruises, which showcase sacred sites, artisans' workshops and Buddhist monasteries.

Mekong World-Class River Cruise With Saigon & Siem Reap (15 days) -- Tour Angkor Archaeological Park and join a Vietnamese family for lunch in their home on this vacation designed by Gate 1 Travel.

Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy (14 to 19 days) -- Avalon Waterways deploys its new, 36-passenger Avalon Myanmar on intriguing itineraries that include a visit to a community of pottery artisans and a chance to meet local schoolchildren.

India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges (13 days) -- Uniworld Boutique River Cruises won't start sailing this itinerary until 2016, but it's worth mentioning as it's the only Ganges cruise we currently offer, and it's available to book now. Highlights include the fortresses of Jaipur and sunset and sunrise visits to the Taj Mahal.



Here are this week's Top 20 River Cruises. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.

1) Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Siem Reap and ends in Ho Chi Minh City with stops in Oudong, Phnom Penh and Sa Dec. Save $1,500 to $2,500 per couple. Starting at $2,299. Departures from April 6 through September 21, 2015.

2) Three Mighty Rivers - The Gironde Estuary and Arcachon Bay, 8 days with CroisiEurope. Begins and ends in Bordeaux with stops in Pauillac, Blaye and Cadillac. Save $400 per couple. Starting at $1,823. Departs May 21 and June 7, 20 & 28, 2015.

3) Paris to Normandy's Landing Beaches, 8 days with Avalon Waterways. Begins and ends in Paris with stops in Les Andelys, Caudebec and Rouen. Save $2,000 per couple. Starting at $2,449. Departures from March 24 through May 26, 2015.

4) Southern Culture, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins and ends in New Orleans with stops in St. Francisville, Natchez and Baton Rouge. Save 30%. Starting at $2,699. Departs February 28 and March 7, 2015.

5) Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux, 8 days with Uniworld. Begins and ends in Bordeaux with stops in Bergerac, Saint-Emilion and Cadillac. Save $1,500 per couple off the air-inclusive price. Starting at $2,899. Departs March 15, 22 & 29 and April 5, 2015.

6) The Big Apple to the U.S. Capital, 9 days with Blount. Travels between New York City and Alexandria with stops in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Annapolis. Save 15%. Starting at $2,949. Departs May 22 and June 1 & 2, 2015.

7) Black Sea Voyage, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Rousse and Budapest with stops in Bucharest, Belgrade and Vukovar. Save $500 to $1,500 per couple. Starting at $2,999. Departures from April 20 through October 26, 2015.

8) Enchanting Danube, 8 days with Uniworld. Begins in Munich and ends in Budapest with stops in Salzburg, Melk and Vienna. Save $1,500 per couple off the air-inclusive price. Starting at $3,199. Departs April 5 & 19, 2015.

9) Tulips & Windmills, 10 days with Uniworld. Travels between Amsterdam and Brussels with stops in Hoorn, Kinderdijk and Ghent. Save $1,500 per couple off the air-inclusive price. Starting at $3,299. Departs March 27 & 31, 2015.

10) Provence & Spain, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Lyon and Arles with stops in Vienne, Viviers and Avignon. Save $1,000 to $1,500 per couple. Starting at $3,199. Departs July 16, August 13, October 29 and November 5, 2015.

11) Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy, 8 days with Uniworld. Begins and ends in Venice with stops in Padua, Bologna and Verona. Save $1,500 per couple off the air-inclusive price. Starting at $3,399. Departures from April 5 through June 7, 2015.

12) Columbia & Snake Rivers, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Travels between Clarkston and Portland with stops in The Dalles, Stevenson and Astoria. Save 30%. Starting at $3,795. Departures from April 5 through November 8, 2015.

13) Rhone & Saone Experience, 8 days with Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Begins and ends in Lyon with stops in Macon, Viviers and Vienne. Companion cruises for free. Starting at $3,948. Departures from May 1 through September 25, 2015.

14) Gardens of the River, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in New Orleans and ends in Memphis with stops in Oak Alley, Vicksburg and Helena. Save 30%. Starting at $3,999. Departs May 23, 2015.

15) Splendors of Europe, 15 days with Emerald Waterways. Travels between Amsterdam and Budapest with stops in Vienna, Bamberg and Cologne. Save $1,000 per couple. Starting at $4,025. Departures from May 5 through November 28, 2015.

16) Portugal's River of Gold, 10 days with Viking River Cruises. Begins in Lisbon and ends in Porto with stops in Regua, Barca d'Alva and Salamanca. Companion cruises and flies for free. Starting at $4,149. Departures from March 24 through December 11, 2015.

17) Golden Treasures of Myanmar, 11 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Pyay and Mandalay with visits to Thayetmyo, Salay and Bagan. Save $1,000 per couple. Starting at $4,699. Departs March 26 and April 5, 2015.

18) 11 Day Gems of the Seine, 11 days with Scenic Cruises. Begins and ends in Paris with stops in Rouen, Honfleur and Vernon. Save $500 per couple. Starting at $5,120. Departures from April 28 through October 15, 2015.

19) Imperial Jewels of China, 13 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Beijing and Shanghai with visits to the Great Wall of China, the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian and the Three Gorges Dam. Companion cruises and flies for free. Starting at $5,449. Departures from May 5 through August 25, 2015.

20) 12 Day Bordeaux, 12 days with Scenic Cruises. Begins in Paris and ends in Bordeaux with stops in Cadillac, Libourne and Blaye. Save $500 per couple. Starting at $5,795. Departures from August 5 through November 3, 2015.

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Alan Fox
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