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A Tale of Four Grand European Rivers

March 5, 2014 Cruise Deals No Comments Email Email

Here’s a fly-cruise holiday delivering a big-value month of European river cruising aboard four quality CroisiEurope river-cruise ships in France, Spain and Portugal – plus plenty of city stays to go with them. It’s available for travel later this year.

Named ‘A Tale Of Four Grand European Rivers’ the latest holiday from Worldwide Cruise Centres (worldwidecruisecentres.com.au) is selling at a special rate for booking until the end of this March. It includes two river cruises in France, a river cruise in Portugal and another in Spain, all in European summertime. bordeaux

The total holiday lasts 33 days and is priced from A$10,999 twin share per person. Competitive prices for single travellers start from A$13,899 twin-share per person for single occupancy of main deck cabins.

‘A Tale Of Four Grand European Rivers’ includes flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Paris and back from Barcelona on award-winning airline Emirates. The holiday captures the summery perfection of cruising past some of Europe’s most delightful scenery and visiting some of its most memorable towns and cities.

Apart from the cruises, highlights include:

  • Two nights hotel accommodation in Paris;Amarante, Costa Verde, Portugal
  • A first-class rail journey from Paris to the World Heritage-listed, wine producing city of Bordeaux;
  • A two-night hotel stay in Bordeaux;
  • A two-night hotel stay in Portugal’s Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe;
  • A flight from Porto to the Spanish city of Seville;
  • A night’s hotel stay in Seville;
  • A two-night hotel stay in Barcelona in a hotel on the famous Ramblas promenade. 

‘A Tale Of Four Grand European Rivers’ departs on 27 July 2014.

After casting off Australian winter and jetting to Paris for a night, enjoy breakfast (it’s included) and explore the French capital  before boarding CroisiEurope’s MS Seine Princess for a four night cruise. Settle into your cabin and sip a welcome cocktail  as you admire Paris by night, gliding silently past the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais, the Orangerie, the Louvre and Notre-Dame cathedral in Ile de la Cité.

The first day of the four-night cruise is particularly rich in new sights and sounds but there are other wonderful days to come as you explore the fishing port of Honfleur and enjoy an optional guided walking tour of the old city of Rouen by night.

The cruise is on a full-board basis, so all meals are included. Even better, unlimited French wines (red and white), beer, fruit juice and mineral water are covered in the cruise price, plus tea or coffee after each meal. Whether the drinks are served by CroisiEurope during on-board meals in the restaurant, or consumed in the lounge bar (excluding Champagne and premium wines), they are all included in the price. Welcome cocktails and a gala dinner are a feature of this four-star river cruise and the other three cruises to come, on this holiday.

At the end of the MS Seine Princess cruise, another night in a Paris hotel lets you discover France’s wondrous ‘City of Light’. Next day, a first-class train trip takes you to Bordeaux for a night’s stay and a five-night river cruise round-trip on the Gironde Estuary and the River Garonne aboard MS Cyrano de Bergerac. Verdant countryside, medieval wine-producing villages and ancient castles – all are waiting to be explored.

The cruise explores the strikingly beautiful Gironde Estuary on the Bay of Biscay, with its ancient fishermen’s huts and cliffside dwellings.

At the end of the cruise, two nights at the Ibis Style Bordeaux Gare St Jean hotel, Bordeaux give time to explore this Unesco World Heritage-listed city, packed with neo-Classical architecture and quaint narrow alleyways.

Jet now to Porto in Portugal for two nights at the Holiday Inn Porto Gaia Hotel, Porto, before a five-night river cruise from Porto aboard MS Fernao de Magalhes through the Douro Valley, another World Heritage Site. 

A short flight from Porto to Seville, then a night at the Tryp Macarena Hotel in Seville, precede a seven-night round-trip river cruise to Moorish-inspired Andalusia aboard MS Belle de Cadix. Shore excursions are included in Seville, Cadiz, Granada and Cordoba.

Flying from Seville to Barcelona after your fourth cruise, transfer to the Arc La Rambla Hotel for a two-night stay, including daily breakfast. A recent poll of Lonely Planet readers voted Barcelona “World’s Best Summer City”. You will be here at the height of summer in a perfectly located hotel in the heart of the city, right on the Ramblas, the picturesque promenade linking the centre of Barcelona with the sea.

To find your local Worldwide Cruise Centres agent go to: www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au

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