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European River Packages

River cruises are mostly offered in Central Europe, Asia, Russia, India, Egypt and Italy due to their vast network of wide rivers. The Danube and Rhine Rivers are two of the most popular river cruise destinations available. Each river cruise package typically comes with multiple on-shore destinations as you travel down the river. If you’re traveling down the Danube, for example, you’ll hit the busy ports of Vienna and Budapest. If you’re cruising down the Rhine River, you most likely will have the option to explore cities and villages in places like Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland. Ask about curated on-shore excursions included in your package so you can take advantage of guided tours.

DAY 1
EMBARKATION – BORDEAUX, FRANCE

Welcome to Bordeaux, where you’ll board your luxurious river cruise. Meet your fellow passengers this evening. (D)

DAY 2
CADILLAC

Visit the impressive Castle of Roquetaillade, an amazingly preserved masterpiece of medieval military architecture owned by the same noble family for 700 years. Afterwards, travel to the Sauternes wine region to either Château de Rayne Vigneau or Château Guiraud to taste the highly prized golden-hued sweet wines produced here. (B,L,D)

 

Day 3
PAUILLAC

Pauillac, a lovely village on the Left Bank of the Gironde Estuary, is the gateway to the famed Médoc region renowned for producing some of the world’s finest Bordeaux wines. You will see some of the most beautiful and famous wine estates, including Château Latour, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Pichon Longueville. You’ll then visit either Château Gruaud Larose or Château Léoville Poyferré for a tasting of Grand Cru wines. (B,L,D)

Day 4
PAUILLAC – BLAYE – BOURG

Once in Blaye, you can join a tour of its 17th-century citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a more active excursion, take a bike ride from Blaye through the idyllic French countryside. During the afternoon, you can cruise to Bourg or join a bike tour along Santiago’s path—a famous pilgrimage route—to Bourg. While in the ancient village of Bourg, visit the Carriage Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of horse-drawn vehicles and then explore the underground passageways that lead you to the immense oil tanks from the Second World War. Later in the day, experience the hospitality of this charming medieval village with an exclusive wine festival complete with live French music, dancing, wine and hors d’oeuvres. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
BOURG – LIBOURNE

Libourne provides a gateway to one of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions, Saint-Émilion, known for its picturesque architecture, monuments and celebrated vineyards. Join an excursion to historic Saint Émilion, and while here, explore the monolithic church carved out of one piece of limestone rock, and then go under the church to discover its catacombs and caves. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting at either Château de Ferrand or Château de Pressac. Prefer a more active adventure, pedal through the vineyard-rich countryside to Saint-Émilion and then to Château Soutard for a Grand Cru Classé wine tasting. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
LIBOURNE – BORDEAUX

Tour the magnificent Château Vayres, one of the most prestigious historic buildings of Aquitaine, or spend time discovering the Bastide town of Libourne and then stroll through its colorful open-air market tasting some of the region’s specialties. For a more active exploration of the countryside, enjoy a hike followed by a wine tasting. Later in the day, you can visit Fronsac, where you can taste some of the regional wines at a grand wine cellar; or if you missed the countryside hike in the morning, you can do it in the afternoon, followed by a wine tasting. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
BORDEAUX

The breathtaking capital of the wine world, Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and classified as a “City of Art and History.” You’ll have an opportunity to experience much of the rich culture and architecture on a city tour followed by a visit to the Bordeaux Wine Museum, housed in an awe-inspiring building. Bike enthusiasts will wish to join a tour along the city’s amazing network of bicycle paths. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 8

BORDEAUX – DISEMBARKATION

Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

River cruises are typically all-inclusive, meaning Wi-Fi is usually free, along with regular meals and sometimes alcohol. How much and the type of alcohol and the times of day or night served may depend on the details of your booking.

If drinks are an expected part of your vacation, make sure your upfront fee includes unlimited, premium alcohol. Your river cruise package price may or may not include tips, so be sure to confirm the tipping policy before going on board.

Travel+Leisure Magazine has asked readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe -to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated individual cruise ships on their cabins/facilities, food, service, itineraries/destinations, excursions/activities, and value.

Those assessments were combined to generate results for the cruise lines in five categories, including river cruising. One fan who sailed the Danube last year loved the experience enough to quickly book a two-week cruise to Russia for 2018. Said that traveler, “I have friends who have sailed as many as ten times, and they all say it is the absolute best!”

With ships that sail the Danube, the Rhine, the Ganges, and more, this all-inclusive river cruise line delivers a luxurious experience with a sense of place. “It is like being on a floating five-star hotel, with the added benefit of visiting multiple amazing locations,” wrote one fan. And the excursions — be they wine-tasting outings in Austria’s Wachau Valley or visits to Normandy’s D-Day beaches — are carefully planned and executed. Said one reader, “They have a wide variety of activities to satisfy all personalities.”

Each sailing will have different inclusions – A full list of included features and amenities will be based upon what sailings you prefer and if air will be included.

– Visas, if required – Medical and travel insurance (highly recommended to purchase) – Lunches and dinners on certain days – Water and snacks on motor coach – Items of personal nature – Gratuities – Any items not mentioned as included.

River cruises aren’t for the budget traveler. It’s a sound financial practice to protect the amount you’ve paid for your trip with travel insurance to cover trip cancellations for any reason, delays, lost luggage, illness or injury while traveling and more.

You will pay from $200 to $500 for travel insurance, depending on your age and the trip being insured. Consumer Reports recommends checking with your credit card company to see if they include travel insurance as a perk. Please contact us “BEFORE” you book you trip if you are interested in protecting your trip. s.

At the time of consultation a non-refundable consultation fee of $200 will be assessed for the following reasons:

– Our experience and education

– personal travel experience and ongoing certifications

– Resources and Tools – Time is Money

– Money saver

– relationships with suppliers and operators able to get discounts

– Add value

– special extras, i.e. upgrades, free dinners. VIP excess, etc.

– WE DO NOT COST MORE!!! Because we add value.

A non-refundable deposit (which will be applied to your final payment) equal to 20% of your total tour cost, is required within 48 hours to book your space.

Final Payment: Full payment is due 65 days prior to departure. Cancellation charges. – 20% of total tour cost is forfeited for cancellation made 66 days or more before departure.

– 50% of total tour cost is forfeited for cancellations made between 65 and 30 days before departure.

– 100% of total tour cost is forfeited for cancellations made 29 or fewer days before departure. Plus, applicable third-party charges

– In some instances, lost and/ or unused airline tickets are not refundable or replaceable.

Elite Travel and Safaris Inc. reserves the right to cancel the reservation and impose cancellation charges if any payment is not received within the above specified periods.

Elite Travel and Safaris Inc. will not be responsible for lost land and air reservations. We highly recommend you obtain travel insurance. We make no representation or guarantee concerning reimbursement, scope of coverage, or other aspect of any travel insurance policy or claim.

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