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Swan Hellenic, which has operated small ship discovery cruising for almost 60 years, has announced five new European river cruises for 2013, sailing on the Danube and the Rhône.
“Travellers who have enjoyed our cruises of cultural discovery have indicated a desire for Swan Hellenic to offer more river cruise experiences,” said Steve Novello, President of All Discovery Cruising, North America. “The 2013 programme will meet the demand of those passengers who are passionate about discovering more hidden secrets in their favourite European towns and cities.”
The five 2013 itineraries depart throughout May and September, when temperatures are ideal for exploring the architectural places of interest as well as countryside and vineyards. Each river cruise will be accompanied by one of Swan Hellenic’s distinguished guest speakers, who will bring the destinations to life. A programme of tailor-made shore excursions, such as wine tastings and city walks, are also included in the cruise fare.
· Cruising the Danube – an eight-day cruise of the River Danube, sailing through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Highlights include a full day in Dürnstein, where guests can visit the ruins of a castle said to be the former prison of King Richard the Lion Heart. Cruise departs from Passau, Germany on May 11 or Sept. 21, 2013. Fares begin at $2,299 per person.
· Cruising the Rhône – an eight-day cruise which sails north from Lyon to Châlon-sur-Sâone before cruising to the Mediterranean. Guests will visit the vineyards of Burgundy — one of the finest wine regions in France — before exploring the historic cities of Mâcon and Viviers. Cruise departs from Lyon, France on June 22, Sept. 7 or Sept. 14, 2013. Fares begin at $2,499 per person.
Guest speakers for the 2013 river cruise programme include Professor Ian Beckett (Cruising the Danube, May 11), who specializes in military history and is well known for his work on the Great War and the British Army, and Professor Alexei Leporc (Cruising the Danube, Sept. 21, 2013 2013), whose special interests include Austrian Expressionism, contemporary architecture and garden history.
Swan Hellenic’s river cruises are hosted on board A-ROSA’s fleet of river cruisers, which feature spacious sun decks, a health spa, gym and sauna, with the majority of cabins enjoying a private French Juliette balcony. Cruise fares include an inclusive shore excursion programme, all gratuities on board and ashore, port fees, all meals and Swan Hellenic’s signature guest lecture programme.
For reservations or information, contact The Cruise People at 1-800-961-5536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.