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River Cruise Newsletter Dated July 29, 2015

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

From the ancient temples of Cambodia to the grand castles of Germany, amazing sights await on an Avalon Waterways river cruise.

In Europe, Avalon sails famed rivers like the Danube and Rhine. Its cruises in France are growing in popularity: Join a voyage along the Seine River from Paris to Normandy, or a trip along the Saone and Rhone in the Burgundy and Provence regions.

The company also offers river cruises in Asia and the Amazon, along with small-ship explorations of the Galapagos Islands.

Here are some offers from Avalon for our customers, for travel this year and next.

These specials apply to 2015 departures:

Save $3,000 per couple ($1,500 per person) off certain fall and holiday sailings on the Danube, Rhine and other rivers.

Save $2,000 per couple ($1,000 per person) off select Europe river cruises.

Save $1,000 per couple ($500 per person) off voyages like Blue Danube to the Black Sea and Balkan Discovery.

Save $1,000 per couple ($500 per person) off select Southeast Asia river cruises.

Pay no single supplement on select Europe departures.

These promotions are for 2016 trips:

Save 10% to 15% off Europe departures. Includes Romantic Rhine, Danube Symphony, Grand France, From Paris to Normandy's Landing Beaches and more.

Save $2,000 per couple ($1,000 per person) off springtime Irrawaddy River voyages in Myanmar.

Save 5% off trips on the Yangtze, Amazon and other waterways.

Pay no single supplement on select river cruises on European rivers and on the Irrawaddy River.

The upfront fare of an Avalon vacation includes a river-view stateroom, onboard meals, Wi-Fi access, guided sightseeing, sparkling wine at breakfast and regional beer, wine and soft drinks at dinner, plus much more.

Beds face the windows on Avalon's Suite Ships in Europe, so you can sip your coffee while watching riverside scenes float by. More than 80% of the accommodations are 200-square-foot Panorama Suites. Each has a huge wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling window that slides open and transforms your stateroom into one large space that lets in the fresh air, or what Avalon describes as an Open-Air Balcony.

Among Avalon's 2016 European river cruise lineup are itineraries that explore certain subjects, like food, wine, art and history. I've listed these below (2015 sailings are also included).

Art & Impressionist Cruises in France take in such locales as Monet's gardens at Giverny (subject of some of the artist's best-known works) and the town of Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh lived.

Beer Cruises visit historic breweries and arranged tastings. Wine Appreciation Cruises introduce travelers to vineyards in Chateauneuf du Pape or wine cellars in Budapest or Bernkastel; while on the ship, guests learn how to pair vintages with cheeses and chocolates.

Explore the food culture of France on Culinary Cruises, where a local chef prepares a dinner of regional specialties.

On Avalon's Golf Cruises along the Danube, golf pros will prearrange tee times for passengers at courses along the route. Wellness Cruises focus on healthy but delicious dining and offer morning yoga and stretching sessions on the skydeck.

Jewish Heritage Cruises on the Danube visit important landmarks, such as Europe's largest synagogue in Budapest and the Jewish Quarter in Prague. Delve into events that shaped the continent on European History & Politics Cruises or WWI History Cruises.

Learn about one of Europe's most powerful royal houses on Habsburg History Cruises. Carlos Felipe von Habsburg, grandson of Austria's last emperor, will be on board to provide an insider's perspective of his family.

Music Cruises include classical concerts in Vienna and visits to Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg. Professional singers perform on board for Opera Cruises. And Jazz Cruises provide free time in Vienne, France, to attend the city's renowned jazz festival.

Finally, Avalon's Christmastime River Cruises visit the popular outdoor holiday markets of Austria and Germany, where vendors sell handcrafted ornaments, toys, grilled sausages and mulled wine.

Here are this week's Top 10 Avalon River Cruises. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.

1) Romantic Rhine, 8 days. Travels between Amsterdam and Zurich with visits to Cologne, Heidelberg and the Black Forest. Save 10% to 15%. Starting at $2,199. Departures from April 3 through December 10, 2016.

2) Paris to Normandy's Landing Beaches, 8 days. Begins and ends in Paris with stops in Les Andelys, Caudebec and Rouen. Save 15%. Starting at $2,449. Departures from March 22 through October 29, 2016.

3) Essential Holland & Belgium, 8 days. Travels between Amsterdam and Brussels with stops in Kinderdijk, Ghent and Antwerp. Save 10% to 15%. Starting at $2,599. Departures from April 12 through September 22, 2016.

4) Danube Dreams, 10 days. Begins in Prague and ends in Budapest with stops in Passau, Linz and Vienna. Save 10%. Starting at $2,739. Departs March 30 and April 13 & 27, 2016.

5) Burgundy & Provence, 11 days. Travels between Paris and the Côte d'Azur with stops in Arles, Avignon and Lyon. Save 15%. Starting at $3,399. Departures from March 21 through October 27, 2016.

6) Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River, 13 days. Travels between Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City with visits to Angkor Ban, Phnom Penh and the Cu Chi Tunnels. Save 10%. Starting at $4,069. Departures from January 4 through December 26, 2016.

7) Magnificent Europe, 15 days. Travels between Budapest and Amsterdam with stops in Vienna, Nuremberg and Cologne. Save 10% to 15%. Starting at $4,299. Departures from March 22 through December 19, 2016.

8) From the Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon, 11 days. Begins and ends in Lima with visits to the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco. Save 5%. Starting at $4,499. Departures from February 8 through November 13, 2016.

9) Highlights of Germany, 13 days. Begins in Munich and ends in Basel with stops in Regensburg, Nuremberg and Strasbourg. Save 10% to 15%. Starting at $4,589. Departs May 21, August 22 and September 12, 2016.

10) Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy, 14 days. Begins and ends in Yangon with stops in Bagan, Mandalay and Kyun Daw. Save $2,000 per couple. Starting at $5,849. Departs March 7, 17 & 27 and April 6 & 16, 2016.

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