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River Cruise Newsletter Dated November 25, 2014

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

This week, I'd like to share 12 of our best-selling river cruise itineraries, based on bookings made by Vacations To Go customers.

On these vacations, you'll glide along scenic and historic waterways in an intimate, comfortable vessel, enjoying river-view staterooms, fine dining and personalized service. Daily excursions ashore and onboard entertainment and enrichment activities also are included in the upfront rate.

Below are the itineraries, in no particular order. To see departure dates, rates and any accompanying promotions on these popular trips, please click the links below.

Romantic Rhine, 8 days with Avalon Waterways -- Rhine River sailings are among our most popular river cruise vacations, and this Avalon itinerary hits many of the highlights. Cruise through the Middle Rhine, renowned for its cliff-top castles, and drive into the fabled Black Forest.

12 Day Danube River Cruise With Prague, 12 days with Gate 1 Travel -- This classic Danube sailing (which stops in Bratislava, Vienna, Regensburg and more) is paired with a three-night stay in Prague, where guided sightseeing leads to Hradcany Castle, the Old Town Square and the Jewish Quarter.

Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley, 11 days with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises -- Spend time in Portugal's premier wine-growing region, including stops in Porto and Pinhao, hubs for the production of port wine.

Tulip Time Cruise, 8 days with Avalon Waterways -- Keukenhof Gardens is a prime attraction on this itinerary in the Netherlands and Belgium. The 80-acre park is planted with a dazzling display of more than 7 million tulip, daffodil and hyacinth bulbs.

Rhine Getaway, 8 days with Viking River Cruises -- On a route between Amsterdam and the Swiss city of Basel, you'll visit the windmills of Kinderdijk, 700-year-old Marksburg Castle and the Alsatian city of Strasbourg.

Paris & Normandy, 8 days with AmaWaterways -- This round-trip cruise from Paris highlights artists' retreats (like Monet's Giverny and Van Gogh's Auvers-sur-Oise) as well as Normandy's World War II landmarks.

Grand European Tour, 15 days with Viking River Cruises -- See the sights along the Rhine, Main and Danube on this panoramic sailing between Amsterdam and Budapest. Guided tours reveal the history, culture and legends of Vienna, Bratislava, Cologne and more.

The Romantic Danube, 8 days with AmaWaterways -- Walk the cobblestone streets of Passau, which traces its founding to ancient Roman times, spend time in Austria's lake district and explore the historic city center of Vienna.

Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux, 8 days with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises -- Sail the Gironde estuary and the Garonne and Dordogne rivers in southwestern France and learn about the rich heritage of wine towns like Saint-Emilion and Pauillac.

11 Day Gems of the Danube River Cruise, 11 days with Scenic Cruises -- Customize a Danube cruise with your choice of shore excursions. In Melk, tour the beautiful Benedictine abbey or join a guided bicycle ride along the river. In Nuremberg, visit World War II sites or participate in a sampling of local food and brews.

Columbia & Snake Rivers, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company -- The 237-passenger American Empress riverboat navigates these Pacific Northwest waterways, and guests explore destinations via included "hop-on, hop-off" tours. Stop at the Sunshine Mills Winery in The Dalles, for example, or the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center near Stevenson.

Old-Fashioned Holidays, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company -- Enjoy favorite Cajun and Creole holiday traditions aboard the American Queen on departures from New Orleans. This modern-day paddle wheeler is the largest ship sailing the Mississippi River.



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

1) Paris & Normandy, 8 days with Uniworld. Begins and ends in Paris with stops in Rouen, Honfleur and Auvers-sur-Oise. Save $1,500 per couple off the air-inclusive price. Starting at $3,249. Departs March 15, 22 & 29 and April 5, 2015.

2) Venice, the Lagoon Islands, 7 days with CroisiEurope. Begins and ends in Venice with stops in Chioggia, Taglio Di Po and Polesella. Companion saves 50%. Starting at $1,424. Departs April 3, 13 & 23, 2015.

3) A Renowned Land of Plenty - The Gironde Estuary, the Dordogne & Garonne Rivers, 7 days with CroisiEurope. Begins and ends in Bordeaux with stops in Pauillac, Saint-Emilion and Cadillac. Receive free shore excursions. Starting at $1,516. Departs April 15, May 12 and June 13, 2015.

4) Rhine Metropolises, 6 days with A-ROSA Cruises. Begins and ends in Cologne with stops in Antwerp, Amsterdam and Dusseldorf. Receive a free 350 euros onboard credit. Starting at $1,865. Departures from March 28 through October 10, 2015.

5) 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 28, 2015.

6) Tulip Time Cruise, 8 days with Avalon Waterways. Begins and ends in Amsterdam with stops in Ghent, Antwerp and Maastricht. Save $1,000 per couple. Starting at $2,349. Departs March 31, April 2 & 30 and May 1, 2015.

7) 14 Day Danube River Cruise with Warsaw, Krakow & Budapest, 14 days with Gate 1 Travel. Begins in Warsaw and ends in Munich with visits to Auschwitz, Bratislava and Vienna. Starting at $2,599. Departures from May 18 through November 9, 2015.

8) 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 $500 per couple. Starting at $2,699. Departs February 28 and March 7, 2015.

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

10) 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.

11) Enticing Douro, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Begins and ends in Porto with stops in Barca d'Alva, Salamanca and Pinhao. Save $1,500 per couple off balcony staterooms. Starting at $3,499. Departs July 14 & 21 and August 11 & 18, 2015.

12) Majestic Danube, 8 days with Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Begins and ends in Passau with stops in Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava. Companion cruises for free. Starting at $3,548. Departures from April 25 through October 19, 2015.

13) Columbia & Snake Rivers, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Travels between Clarkston and Portland with stops in The Dalles, Stevenson and Astoria. Save $500 per couple. Starting at $3,795. Departures from April 5 through November 8, 2015.

14) Rhone & Mediterranean Experience, 8 days with Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Begins and ends in Lyon with stops in Viviers, Avignon and Tournon-sur-Rhone. Companion cruises for free. Starting at $3,948. Departures from April 17 through October 9, 2015.

15) 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 $500 per couple. Starting at $3,999. Departs April 11 and May 23, 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 $5,349. Departures from March 24 through April 21, 2015.

17) 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.

18) Passage to Eastern Europe, 11 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Budapest and Bucharest with stops in Kalocsa, Belgrade and Vidin. Companion cruises and flies for free. Starting at $5,549. Departures from March 30 through April 27, 2015.

19) Grand European Discovery, 15 days with Uniworld. Travels between Vienna and Basel with stops in Passau, Bamberg and Strasbourg. Save $2,500 per couple off the air-inclusive price. Starting at $6,499. Departs June 14 & 28, July 26 and August 9, 2015.

20) European Jewels, 15 days with Uniworld. Travels between Amsterdam and Budapest with stops in Cologne, Regensburg and Vienna. Save $2,500 per couple off the air-inclusive price. Starting at $6,999. Departs June 28, July 12 & 26 and November 1 & 15, 2015.

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Sincerely,

Alan Fox
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