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River Cruise Newsletter Dated August 19, 2014

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

In this newsletter, I'd like to tell you about America's best rivers for cruising. Sailing these waterways is a carefree and enjoyable way to experience the country's rich heritage and scenic beauty. Vacations To Go offers the widest variety of itineraries along every major river in the U.S., plus every discount, deal and special promotion available.

Below are brief summaries of each waterway. To see all the latest deals and a complete list of itineraries, just click the applicable link.

Board a comfortable, modern-day paddle wheeler and cruise the grand Mississippi River, which winds its way through America's heartland from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. On the Upper Mississippi, you can visit Mark Twain's hometown, admire Victorian architecture and, during the fall, see brightly colored autumn foliage. On the lower half, experience true Southern hospitality as you tour beautifully restored mansions, like Oak Alley, and dine on world-famous cuisine in New Orleans' French Quarter.

Head west and cruise the Columbia and Snake rivers in Oregon and Washington, following in the footsteps of famed explorers Lewis and Clark. These trips offer opportunities to see the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, the Columbia River Gorge and Hells Canyon. Photograph well-preserved 19th-century homes in Astoria, tour Bonneville Dam or take in the floral splendor of the International Rose Test Garden in Portland. Often combined into one trip, these two rivers offer an abundance of history and natural beauty.

The Hudson River flows from the Adirondack Mountains to New York City. A cruise along this river provides the perfect way to experience all that New York has to offer, from breathtaking scenery and grand architecture to the art, history and culture of the Big Apple. Famous landmarks include Sleepy Hollow, Franklin D. Roosevelt's lovely estate of Springwood and West Point Military Academy. Fall sailings showcase the region's brilliant foliage.

Spanning 363 miles across New York State, the Erie Canal was built with 35 locks to connect Lake Erie to the Hudson River. Considered an engineering marvel, the canal attracts tourists with its charming waterfront communities, year-round birding opportunities and outdoor recreation. Our Erie Canal itineraries also include time sailing other bodies of water, like a few of the Great Lakes, the Hudson and the St. Lawrence River and Seaway.

The largest tributary of the Mississippi River, the Ohio River once was a major transportation and trading route for Native Americans, European explorers and settlers. Sailings can include Henderson, KY, home of naturalist John James Audubon; keep an eye out for the 13 bronze bird statues around town, plus a statue of the naturalist himself at the riverside Audubon Mill Park. Another stop is Cave-in-Rock State Park in Illinois, where outlaws sought refuge from the 1780s to the 1870s. In Paducah, KY -- where the Ohio meets the Tennessee River -- the galleries and studios of the Lowertown Arts District are big draws. Ohio River itineraries usually include segments on the Tennessee or Mississippi rivers.

The Tennessee River covers four states, flowing from Knoxville, TN, to where it converges with the Ohio River in Paducah. It's known as one of the world's greatest irrigation and hydropower systems. Union troops strategically used the river during the Civil War to invade Confederate territory, leaving behind a notable list of Civil War sites. Attractions along these cruises include Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee and the Blue and Gray Museum located in Decatur, AL. Tennessee River itineraries typically are part of longer sailings that also include the Mississippi or Ohio rivers.

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the quiet waterways of the St. Johns and Tolomato rivers in northeastern Florida. Visit restored plantation homes and the subtropical flora of Ravine Gardens in Palatka, stroll the historic district of Amelia Island and uncover the rich past of St. Augustine -- founded in 1565, it's billed as America's oldest surviving European settlement. The St. Johns region is home to more than 200 species of birds, making the destination ideal for birding enthusiasts. Look for alligators and bald eagles in Ocala National Forest.



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

1) Romantic Rhine, 8 days with Avalon Waterways. Travels between Zurich and Amsterdam with stops in Strasbourg, Heidelberg and Cologne. Save $500 to $1,000 per couple. Starting at $2,449. Departures from April 5 through November 1, 2015.

2) The Valley of the Seine, 5 days with CroisiEurope. Begins and ends in Paris with stops in Honfleur, Rouen and Les Andelys. Companion saves 50%. Starting at $951. Departs October 21 & 25, 2014.

3) The Finest & Most Picturesque Ports of Call in the Seine Valley, 6 days with CroisiEurope. Begins and ends in Paris with stops in Vernon, Rouen and Caudebec-En-Caux. Companion saves 50%. Starting at $1,144. Departs September 29 and October 11 & 16, 2014.

4) 9 Day Danube River Cruise, 9 days with Gate 1 Travel. Travels between Budapest and Munich with stops in Vienna, Passau and Regensburg. Save $2,000 per couple. Starting at $1,799. Departures from September 6 through November 22, 2014.

5) New Year's Celebration, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins and ends in New Orleans with stops in St. Francisville, Natchez and Baton Rouge. Companion cruises for free. Starting at $2,549. Departs December 27, 2014.

6) Old-Fashioned Holidays, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in New Orleans and ends in Memphis with stops in Oak Alley, Vicksburg and Helena. Companion cruises for free. Starting at $2,549. Departs November 29, 2014.

7) Romance on Rhine and Moselle, 8 days with A-ROSA Cruises. Begins and ends in Cologne with stops in Mainz, Bernkastel and Cochem. Receive a free €400 (Euros) onboard credit. Starting at $2,670. Departures from April 24 through October 2, 2015.

8) Christmas on the Rhine, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Basel and Amsterdam with stops in Breisach, Strasbourg and Cologne. Save 20% to 40%. Starting at $2,699. Departures from November 23 through December 28, 2014.

9) Blue Danube Discovery, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Budapest and ends in Nuremberg with stops in Vienna, Melk and Passau. Save $1,500 per couple. Starting at $2,699. Departs November 3, 18 & 19, 2014.

10) Christmas on the Danube, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Vilshofen and Budapest with stops in Passau, Vienna and Bratislava. Save 30% to 40%. Starting at $2,799. Departs December 20 & 27, 2014.

11) Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux, 8 days with Uniworld. Begins and ends in Bordeaux with stops in Pauillac, Bergerac and Saint-Emilion. Save $800 to $1,200 per couple. Starting at $2,899. Departures from March 15 through November 15, 2015.

12) Holland & Belgium at Tulip Time, 8 days with Uniworld. Travels between Amsterdam and Brussels with stops in Schoonhoven, Venlo and Antwerp. Save $800 to $1,300 per couple. Starting at $2,999. Departs March 29 and April 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2015.

13) The Beauty of Southern France, 8 days with Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Begins and ends in Lyon with stops in Macon, Avignon and Viviers. Companion cruises for free. Starting at $3,150. Departs September 5, 12, 19 & 26 and October 3, 2014.

14) Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy, 8 days with Uniworld. Begins and ends in Venice with stops in Padua, Porto Levante and Verona. Save $800 to $1,000 per couple. Starting at $3,399. Departures from April 5 through November 8, 2015.

15) Tulips & Windmills, 10 days with Viking River Cruises. Begins and ends in Amsterdam with stops in Hoorn, Antwerp and Bruges. Companion cruises for free plus save $800 per couple off roundtrip airfare. Starting at $3,749. Departures from March 25 through May 2, 2015.

16) Columbia & Snake Rivers, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Travels between Clarkston and Portland with visits to Sacajawea State Park, Stevenson and Astoria. Companion cruises for free. Starting at $3,795. Departs October 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2014.

17) Splendors of Europe, 15 days with Emerald Waterways. Travels between Amsterdam and Budapest with stops in Cologne, Bamberg and Vienna. Save $1,000 per couple. Starting at $4,025. Departures from April 4 through November 28, 2015.

18) Portugal's River of Gold, 10 days with Viking River Cruises. Begins in Lisbon and ends in Porto with stops in Bitetos, Barca d'Alva and Salamanca. Companion cruises for free plus save $800 per couple off roundtrip airfare. Starting at $4,149. Departures from March 20 through December 25, 2015.

19) Legendary Rhine & Moselle, 13 days with Uniworld. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel with stops in Cologne, Bernkastel and Strasbourg. Save $1,200 to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $4,999. Departures from April 23 through November 5, 2015.

20) 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 5 through August 25, 2015.

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Alan Fox
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