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River Cruise Newsletter Dated February 1, 2016

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

I've often written about what you can expect to see on a river cruise. This week, I thought I'd show you. Just click the links below for photos of some of the top attractions of river cruises around the world, and to find the best discounts and deals for departures on these waterways.

On a Rhine River cruise, you'll spot numerous German castles from your ship. Among them are Castle Marksburg, above the town of Braubach near Koblenz, and Castle Katz in St. Goarshausen. Many itineraries stop in Strasbourg in France's Alsace region, where the attractive Petite France district is a favorite spot for a stroll. View Rhine River deals.

Danube River cruises sail into Old World cities like Budapest, which is divided by the river, and Vienna, where sightseeing excursions take in St. Stephen's Cathedral, the opera house and the avenue known as the Ringstrasse. The Danube converges with the Ilz and the Inn rivers in the German city of Passau. Perched on a river bluff, 900-year-old Melk Abbey in Austria is another highlight. View Danube River deals.

You can visit festive outdoor Christmas markets in towns along the Danube and Rhine on departures in late November and December. Sausages sizzle on grills, carolers sing and vendors' booths are decorated with evergreen garlands and white lights. View holiday deals.

Douro River trips sail through the grape-growing regions of Portugal. Itineraries typically spend time in the city of Porto, a longtime center for the port wine trade, and at the Baroque-style Mateus Palace and gardens in Vila Real. View Douro River deals.
 
Saone River cruises meander through France's Burgundy region, where passengers can learn about the region's wine industry in Chalon-sur-Saone and see the Hospices of Beaune, a 15th-century hospital complex famous for its intricately detailed, colorful roofs. In Tournus, passengers spend time at St. Philibert Abbey, a Romanesque church. View Saone River deals.

The Rhone River runs through France's Provence region to the Mediterranean coast; Rhone cruises usually are combined with Saone sailings. Ships call at the walled city of Avignon for visits to a 14th-century papal palace and at Lyon to see its Roman remains and Old Town. View Rhone River deals.
 
Seine River voyages start with sightseeing in Paris and travel west to visit Giverny (former home of artist Claude Monet), D-Day landing sites in Normandy and the Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. View Seine River deals.

In spring, the tulip fields of Holland brim with colorful blooms. View them on a "tulip time" river cruise, which includes a visit to Keukenhof Gardens, where 7 million bulbs are planted annually. These sailings take place in March and April and also sail to ports in Belgium. View tulip time deals.

Yangtze River cruise tours travel between Shanghai, where you can take in the ultra-modern skyline and Yuyuan Garden, and Beijing, where sightseeing includes a stop at the Forbidden City, a complex of nearly 10,000 rooms. You'll also go to the Great Wall. Another highlight is the passage through the Three Gorges, cliffs that rise high above the river. View Yangtze River deals.

Mekong River cruises travel through Cambodia and Vietnam. Attractions include Tonle Sap Lake, known for its rich birdlife and fishing villages, and the Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh. Many departures also incorporate Angkor Wat, a 12th-century complex of ornate stone structures. View Mekong River deals.

Irrawaddy River sailings in Myanmar (Burma) typically are part of longer itineraries that include hotel stays and sightseeing in cities like Yangon in Myanmar and Bangkok in Thailand. See Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda, considered the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese; marvel at 2,200 temples and pagodas at Bagan; and visit a floating market in Bangkok. View Irrawaddy River deals.

Amazon River cruises showcase natural wonders in Brazil and Peru. You might spot squirrel monkeys and the region's famous pink river dolphins. The Amazon basin is home to an array of eye-catching birdlife, including the scarlet macaw and the toucan. View Amazon River deals.

Mississippi River cruises glide through America's heartland, stopping in dynamic cities and picturesque river towns. Guided sightseeing can include landmarks such as Oak Alley, an antebellum plantation known for its canopy of 300-year-old oak trees, and the French Quarter, New Orleans' oldest and most famous neighborhood. View Mississippi River deals.

Columbia River cruises reveal the rugged beauty of America's Pacific Northwest. Excursions might include a hike among the towering cascades of Multnomah Falls, a trip to volcanic Mount St. Helens or a look at the workings of the Bonneville Dam, a National Historic Site. View Columbia River deals.

There are many other rivers around the world that offer unforgettable sights, like the Ganges in India, the Nile in Egypt, the Po in Italy, the Main and Moselle in central Europe, the Hudson in New York and the Chobe in south-central Africa. To learn more about trips on these and other waterways, visit www.RiverCruise.com.
 



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

1) 12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague, 12 days with Gate 1 Travel. Travels between Budapest and Prague. Save $800 per couple. Starting at $2,249. Departures from May 7 through November 9, 2016.

2) The Romantic Rhine Valley and Holland, 6 days with CroisiEurope. Begins in Strasbourg and ends in Amsterdam. Receive a free cabin upgrade. Starting at $1,253. Departs April 1, 2016.

3) Majestic Danube, 8 days with Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Begins and ends in Passau. Save $400 per couple. Starting at $1,849. Departures from April 10 through October 16, 2016.

4) Portraits of Southern France on the Rhone & Saone, 8 days with Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Begins and ends in Lyon. Save $400 per couple. Starting at $1,849. Departures from April 29 through September 16, 2016.

5) Antebellum South, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Travels between Memphis and New Orleans. Pay $1,999 per person in certain cabin categories plus receive free shore excursions. Starting at $1,999. Departs March 14 & 21, 2016.

6) Columbia & Snake Rivers, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Travels between Clarkston and Vancouver. Pay $1,999 per person in certain cabin categories, plus receive free shore excursions and more. Starting at $1,999. Departs April 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2016.

7) The Seine Valley and the Normandy Beaches, 8 days with CroisiEurope. Begins and ends in Paris. Save $200 per couple. Starting at $2,319. Departs May 23, 2016.

8) 15 Day Danube River Cruise with Berlin, Dresden & Prague, 15 days with Gate 1 Travel. Travels between Budapest and Berlin. Save $1,200 per couple. Starting at $3,199. Departures from May 7 through November 6, 2016. 

9) Castles Along the Rhine, 8 days with Uniworld. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel. Fly for free from select gateways. Starting at $3,299. Departs April 6, June 1 and August 17 & 24, 2016.

10) Enchanting Danube, 8 days with Uniworld. Travels between Budapest and Munich. Fly for free from select gateways. Starting at $3,399. Departs April 10 & July 10, 2016.

11) 8 Day Gems of the Danube River Cruise, 8 days with Scenic Cruises. Travels between Budapest and Nuremberg. Save $1,500 per couple. Starting at $3,445. Departures from May 2 through August 29, 2016.

12) Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River, 13 days with Avalon Waterways. Travels between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap. Save 10%. Starting at $4,069. Departures from June 20 through September 5, 2016.

13) Tulips & Windmills, 10 days with Uniworld. Begins in Brussels and ends in Amsterdam. Fly for free from select gateways. Starting at $4,799. Departs April 22 & 25, 2016.

14) Splendors of Europe, 15 days with Emerald Waterways. Travels between Amsterdam and Budapest. Fly for free from select gateways in balcony cabin categories or pay $995 per person for roundtrip airfare in lower cabin categories. Starting at $4,695. Departures from April 28 through August 30, 2016.

15) Enchanting Rhone River Cruise, 9 days with Scenic Cruises. Travels between Nice and Paris. Save $1,500 per couple. Starting at $4,705. Departures from May 15 through August 29, 2016.

16) The Rhine & Moselle, 13 days with Tauck. Travels between Basel and Amsterdam. Receive economy airfare for $1,090 per person or business airfare for $3,490 per person. Starting at $4,890. Departures from April 13 through August 24, 2016.

17) Elegant Elbe, 10 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Berlin and Prague. Companion cruises for free plus save $2,000 per couple off airfare. Starting at $5,436. Departures from March 12 through October 29, 2016.

18) Cities of Light, 12 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Paris and Prague. Companion cruises for free plus save $2,000 per couple off airfare. Starting at $6,149. Departures from March 17 through October 27, 2016.

19) Magnificent Europe, 16 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Amsterdam and Budapest. Save $1,000 to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $6,399. Departures from April 30 through August 14, 2016.

20) Mystical Myanmar and Irrawaddy Cruise, 16 days with Emerald Waterways. Begins and ends in Yangon. Fly for free from select gateways or receive $2,000 per couple in air credit. Starting at $7,175. Departs August 27, 2016.

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