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River Cruise Newsletter Dated May 26, 2015

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

I've often written about what you can expect to see on a river cruise. This week, I thought I'd show you. Just click the links below for photos of some of the top attractions of river cruises around the world, and to find the best discounts and deals for departures on these waterways.

On a Rhine River cruise, you'll be able to view numerous German castles from your ship. Among them are Castle Marksburg, perched above the town of Braubach near Koblenz, and Castle Katz in St. Goarshausen. Many itineraries stop in Strasbourg in France's Alsace region, home to the attractive Petite France district. Click here to see the best deals available now on Rhine River sailings.

Danube River cruises sail into Old World cities like Budapest, which is divided by the river, and Vienna, where sightseeing excursions take in St. Stephen's Cathedral, the opera house and the broad avenue known as the Ringstrasse. The Danube converges with two other rivers, the Ilz and the Inn, in the German city of Passau. Perched on a river bluff, 900-year-old Melk Abbey in Austria is another highlight. Click here to see the best deals available now on Danube River sailings.

You can visit festive Christmas markets in towns along the Danube and Rhine on cruises that depart in late November and December. The markets are set up in front of cathedrals and city halls. Sausages sizzle on grills, carolers sing and vendors' booths are decorated with evergreen garlands and white lights. Click here for the best deals on holiday sailings on the Danube and Rhine.

Douro River trips sail through the grape-growing regions of Portugal. Itineraries typically spend time in the city of Porto, a longtime center for the port wine trade, and at the Baroque-style Mateus Palace and gardens in Vila Real. Click here to see the best deals available now on Douro River cruises.

Seine River voyages start with sightseeing in Paris and travel west to visit Giverny (the home of artist Claude Monet), D-Day landing sites in Normandy and the Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. Click here to see the best deals available now on Seine River trips.

Saone River cruises meander through France's Burgundy region, where passengers can learn about the region's wine industry in Chalon-sur-Saone and see the Hospices of Beaune, a 15th-century hospital complex famous for its intricately detailed, colorful roofs. In Tournus, passengers spend time at St. Philibert Abbey, a Romanesque church. Click here to see the best deals available now on Saone River cruises.

The Rhone River runs through France's Provence region to the Mediterranean coast; Rhone cruises usually are combined with sailings of the Saone. Itineraries call at Lyon to see its Roman remains and Old Town, and at the walled city of Avignon for visits to a 14th-century papal palace. To see the best deals available now on Rhone River cruises, click here.

In spring, the tulip fields of Holland erupt in an explosion of color. View them from your ship on a "tulip time" river cruise, which includes a visit to Keukenhof Gardens, where 7 million bulbs are planted annually. These sailings take place in March and April and also sail to ports in Belgium. Click here to see the best available deals for next year's tulip time departures.

Yangtze River cruise tours travel between Shanghai, where you can take in the ultra-modern skyline or visit Yuyuan Garden, and Beijing, where guided sightseeing includes a stop at the Forbidden City. This complex of nearly 10,000 rooms served as the palace for 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. You'll also take an excursion to the Great Wall. Another highlight is the passage through the Three Gorges, cliffs that rise high above the river. Click here for the best deals available now on Yangtze River vacations.

Mekong River cruises travel through Cambodia and Vietnam. Attractions include Tonle Sap Lake, known for its rich birdlife and fishing villages, and the Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh. Many departures also incorporate Angkor Wat, a 12th-century complex of ornate stone structures and beehive towers. To see the best deals available now on Mekong River trips, click here.

Irrawaddy River sailings in Myanmar (Burma) typically are part of longer itineraries that include hotel stays and sightseeing in cities like Yangon in Myanmar and Bangkok in Thailand. See Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda, considered the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese; visit a floating market in Bangkok; and visit the site of more than 2,200 temples and pagodas at Bagan. Click here for the best deals available now on Irrawaddy River vacations.

Amazon River cruises showcase natural wonders in Brazil and Peru. The Amazon basin is home to an array of eye-catching birdlife, including the scarlet macaw and the toucan. You might spot squirrel monkeys and the region's famous pink river dolphins. To see the best deals available now on Amazon River cruises, click here.

Mississippi River cruises glide through America's heartland, stopping in cosmopolitan cities and picturesque river towns. Guided sightseeing can include landmarks such as Oak Alley, an antebellum plantation famous for its canopy of 300-year-old oak trees, and the French Quarter, New Orleans' oldest and most famous neighborhood. Click here to see the best deals available now on Mississippi River cruises.

Columbia River cruises reveal the rugged beauty of America's Pacific Northwest, where excursions might include a hike among the towering cascades of Multnomah Falls, a trip to volcanic Mount St. Helens or a look at the workings of the Bonneville Dam. To see the best available deals on Columbia River sailings, click here.

There are many other rivers around the world that offer unforgettable sights, like the Ganges in India, the Nile in Egypt, the Po in Italy, the Main and Moselle in central Europe, the Hudson in New York and the Chobe in south-central Africa. To learn more about trips on these and other waterways, visit www.RiverCruise.com.



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

1) Italy - Venice, the Lagoon, and the Po Delta, 6 days with CroisiEurope. Begins and ends in Venice with stops in Chioggia, Ferrara and Verona. Two children ages 16 and under travel for free. Starting at $1,133. Departures from July 2 through August 26, 2015.

2) Experience the Rhine & Moselle, 8 days with Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Begins and ends in Dusseldorf with stops in Mannheim, Strasbourg and Cologne. Enjoy a reduced rate. Prices shown reflect discount. Starting at $999. Departs July 26 and August 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2015.

3) Amazon Riverboat Adventure aboard the Amatista, 9 days with G Adventures. Begins and ends in Lima with visits to Iquitos, the Amazon Rainforest and Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Starting at $1,949. Departures from June 20, 2015 through December 10, 2016.

4) Fourth of July Celebration, 7 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in Memphis and ends in St. Louis with stops in New Madrid, Cape Girardeau and Chester. Companion cruises for free. Starting at $2,299. Departs June 29, 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 visits to Tonle Sap Lake, Koh Chen and Phnom Penh. Receive a free eight-night land tour in Vietnam and Cambodia. Starting at $2,299. Departures from July 27, 2015 through January 4, 2016.

6) Good Old Summertime, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in St. Louis and ends in St. Paul with stops in Hannibal, Dubuque and Red Wing. Companion cruises for free. Starting at $2,699. Departs July 19 and August 2 & 30, 2015.

7) Music of the 50s and 60s, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins and ends in St. Paul with stops in Winona, La Crosse and Red Wing. Companion cruises for free. Starting at $2,699. Departs August 9, 2015.

8) Castles along the Rhine, 8 days with Uniworld. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel with stops in Cologne, Rudesheim and Strasbourg. Save $1,400 per couple. Starting at $2,799. Departures from March 20 through November 9, 2016.

9) Christmas on the Rhine, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel with stops in Heidelberg, Strasbourg and Breisach. Save $1,500 to $3,000 per couple. Starting at $2,799. Departures from November 23 through December 28, 2015.

10) Enchanting Danube, 8 days with Uniworld. Travels between Budapest and Munich with stops in Bratislava, Vienna and Passau. Save $1,400 per couple. Starting at $2,899. Departures from April 3 through November 13, 2016.

11) Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux, 8 days with Uniworld. Begins and ends in Bordeaux with stops in Pauillac, Blaye and Saint-Émilion. Save $1,400 per couple. Starting at $2,999. Departures from March 13 through November 13, 2016.

12) Provence & Spain, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Lyon and Arles with stops in Vienne, Viviers and Avignon. Save $500 to $1,500 per couple. Starting at $3,399. Departs July 16, August 6 & 13 and October 29, 2015.

13) Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy, 8 days with Uniworld. Begins and ends in Venice with stops in Padua, Bologna and Verona. Save $1,400 per couple. Starting at $3,399. Departures from April 3 through November 6, 2016.

14) Paris & Normandy, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Begins and ends in Paris with visits to Giverny, Omaha Beach and Les Andelys. Save $300 to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $3,499. Departures from June 11 through October 22, 2015.

15) Tulips & Windmills, 10 days with Viking River Cruises. Begins and ends in Amsterdam with visits to Hoorn, Antwerp and Keukenhof Gardens. Companion cruises for free, plus save $2,000 per couple off round-trip airfare. Starting at $4,149. Departures from March 25 through May 6, 2016.

16) French Waterways, 10 days with Tauck. Begins in Paris and ends in Lyon with stops in Viviers, Arles and Avignon. Receive unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Starting at $5,290. Departures from June 22 through October 24, 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 3 through August 31, 2016.

18) 11 Day Douro River Cruise, 11 days with Scenic Cruises. Begins and ends in Porto with stops in Regua, Salamanca and Pinhao. Fly for free from select gateways. Starting at $5,570. Departures from May 6 through September 3, 2016.

19) 12 Day Bordeaux River Cruise, 12 days with Scenic Cruises. Begins in Paris and ends in Bordeaux with stops in Cadillac, Saint-Emilion and Libourne. Fly for free from select gateways. Starting at $5,580. Departures from April 25 through October 2, 2016.

20) Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy, 14 days with Avalon Waterways. Begins and ends in Yangon with stops in Bagan, Mandalay and Kyun Daw. Save $1,000 per couple. Starting at $6,069. Departs November 18 & 28 and December 18 & 28, 2015.

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Alan Fox
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