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Intriguing destinations, unspoilt pastoral landscapes, an intimate on board experience; river cruising has a great deal to offer
04 Oct 2018
Intriguing destinations, unspoilt pastoral landscapes, an intimate on board experience; river cruising has a great deal to offer. Unlike ocean cruising, the ships are all small and benefit from high staff-to-guest ratios. They can traverse continents via an astonishing number of waterways and dock right in the heart of their destinations. You’ll spend every single day visiting a new port of call or enjoying scenic cruising with so much to witness along the banks of the Rhine, the delightful Danube, the intriguing Irrawaddy or the mighty Mekong. With river cruising the choice is yours!
ROL Cruises’ Georgia Jaggs shares her river cruise experience "After going on several cruises, ocean and river, river wins my vote. The entire journey from embarkation to disembarkation was a breeze. Each morning you wake in the heart of each port of call and sometimes the biggest attractions are just a five minute walk away. The cruise line also brought the destination alive on board, with local entertainment, cuisine and wine inspired by the region we were visiting. My experience was flawless and something I will definitely do again soon."
Choose a river cruise line that suits you
APT – 5 star All-Inclusive River Cruising
A river cruise with APT is the most relaxing and stylish way to discover the delights along the world’s great waterways. Enjoy ever-changing views, fine dining and stylish surroundings on board your beautiful river ship. Ashore, you’ll enjoy carefully-crafted excursions led by expert local guides, who will share their insider’s perspective.
Emerald Waterways– An Award-Winning Fleet
An Emerald Waterways river cruise takes you on an unforgettable journey across some of the world’s most enchanting rivers. From culture-rich cities to world-famous wine regions, Emerald Waterways represents a new chapter in the world of river cruising. Your return flights from a selection of UK airports, including transfers between the airport and the ship, are included in the price, so all you have to do is get to the airport on time.
Your on board experience with Emerald Waterways
SPACIOUS SUITES AND STATEROOMS…
All suites and staterooms boast a wealth of sumptuous features, from luxurious toiletries and a revitalising shower in your spacious bathroom, to a queen size or twin hotel-style bed, draped with luxurious linens. Not forgetting, a flat screen HDTV and infotainment system, as well as free Wi-Fi to keep you connected.
A CULINARY ADVENTURE AWAITS…
Emerald Waterways believe that food plays a great part in your travel experience, that’s why their expert chefs thoughtfully craft their delicious menus with seasonal and regional produce, influenced by the route you are travelling.
A VIEW ESPECIALLY FOR YOU…
Emerald Waterways bring the outdoors in with their Balcony Suites. At the touch of a button, their innovative open-air system’s window drops down to let the air in and unveil full panoramic views.
THE AWARD WINNING FLEET…
From the striking three-tiered atrium that greets you at reception to the surprising innovations you won’t find on other river cruise lines, Emerald Waterways’ stylish Star-Ships bring the highlights of ocean cruising to the intimacy of Europe’s waterways.
UNIQUE ON BOARD INNOVATIONS…
Emerald Waterways don’t aim to meet your expectations; they aim to surpass them. That’s why their deluxe ships boast a heated pool with a retractable roof and bar. On selected evenings, the heated pool area is transformed into an oasis of entertainment. As the water disappears, a cinema screen is revealed.
Scenic – ‘The World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Experience’
What you would expect from a 5 star river cruise is taken to a whole new level with Scenic river cruises. Even the luxuries you would expect to pay extra for are included from the moment you step on board. With state-of-the-art Space-Ships, 5 star luxury is offered across everything – from your luggage unpacked by your personal butler, to a choice of gourmet meals across a range of on board dining venues.
Scenic 5 Star All-Inclusive Luxury
At Scenic, when they say all-inclusive that’s what they really mean. Everything you could ever wish for is included in the price of your Scenic river cruise. From flights and beverages to tips and a butler, travel in all-inclusive luxury from the moment you step on board. They won’t even ask for a credit card at check in, there’s simply no need. Scenic set the benchmark for the standard of suites on board, being some of the most spacious on any European vessel. Technology and innovation meet to provide your Scenic Sun Lounge, giving you a private balcony at the touch of a button. From a Standard Suite to the Royal Panorama Suites, find the ultimate in all-inclusive 5H luxury to suit you.
Uniworld – Ultra-Luxury All-Inclusive Boutique River Cruising
Voted #1 River Cruise Line in the Travel & Leisure 2018 World’s Best Awards Award-winning Uniworld – the world’s ONLY authentic boutique cruise line™ – offers itineraries in spectacular destinations throughout Europe, Russia and Asia. The company’s European fleet features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry, enticing shore excursions, worldclass gourmet cuisine, impeccable hospitality and numerous other all-inclusive cruise benefits.
Thanks to decades of experience in luxury travel, Uniworld sets the standard for excellence in hospitality, culinary and nautical practices in luxury river cruising.
Each exquisitely appointed Uniworld ship in Europe is a work of art designed to be as unique as their guests and as inspiring as the destinations they visit. Every night when you return to your stateroom, you can look forward to a blissful sleep in a handcrafted Savoir® of England bed.
Their innovative on shore programmes go well beyond landmarks and group tours. With personalised experiences tailored to match both your interests and lifestyle, you can choose excursions ranging from guided walking tours to exclusive wine tastings designed to immerse you in the local culture.
They bring together the finest chefs, the freshest ingredients sourced from local farmers’ markets and other regional suppliers and distinctive wines and beers chosen by acclaimed sommeliers, giving you a mouth-watering culinary journey for all of the senses.
Wendy Wu Tours – Fully escorted tours & truly inspirational travel experiences
Wendy Wu Tours aim is to provide you with truly inspirational travel experiences. Taking care of all aspects of your holiday to make your Wendy Wu Tours experience as enjoyable and memorable as possible. Wendy Wu Tours’ hand-picked National Escorts and Local Guides know every corner of Asia and are renowned for their exceptional level of service. You can rest assured that their local knowledge and expertise on the ground is secondto- none. If you would like to find out more about our river cruises available with Wendy Wu, please call us today.
10 reasons to travel with Wendy Wu Tours
1. NO ONE KNOWS CHINA LIKE THEY DO - They are proud to be known as the UK’s specialist operator to Asia, and have been building their global reputation since 1998, one satisfied customer at a time
2. AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES - Their extensive experience and local expertise means they can take you to places rarely visited and those you have always dreamed of exploring.
3. INDUSTRY LEADING NATIONAL ESCORTS - All group tours are accompanied from beginning to end by a dedicated, knowledgeable National Escort and local guides with particular expertise in each location. Wendy Wu Tours have a reliable presence on which you can always depend.
4. HAND-PICKED HOTELS Over 20 years of taking people to China means they know exactly where to stay. Wherever you are staying you will have a peaceful and comfortable night’s sleep in preparation for the next day’s adventures.
5. UNRIVALLED AIRLINE CHOICE - Unlike other operators, Wendy Wu Tours have access to airfares from all the leading airlines, giving you a huge choice of flights which are convenient for where you live, offering stopovers where you want and the upgrades you may require.
6. TRAVEL IN COMFORT - The transport selected as part of your tour is intended to combine convenience and comfort with an enjoyably authentic travel experience.
7. TIPPING MADE EASY - They handle the tipping so you don’t have to. They have a simple tipping system on Group Tours where passengers contribute to a kitty, paid to the National Escort, who then distributes it.
8. REGIONAL FLAVOUR - Meals included on the tours are planned to give you a genuine taste of the regions you visit.
9. VISAS - Wendy Wu Tours are the only China tour operator who include your visa and visa service as standard and it’s worth £200.
10. FULLY INCLUSIVE TOURS - Please see the opposing page to discover the inclusions and great value on your fully inclusive tour.