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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

AmaWaterways is known for providing outstanding service and delicious cuisine aboard its river cruise ships in Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa. After a yearlong pause in operations due to Covid-19, the company resumed sailing European rivers last month.

AmaWaterways has these fantastic discounts for our customers:

Companion cruises for free on last-minute departures this year. Book by August 15.

Save up to $3,000 per couple on other 2021 departures and on a wide variety of 2022 cruises.

Save $2,000 per couple off holiday cruises in 2022, plus receive a free one-category stateroom upgrade and a $100 per stateroom onboard credit.

Save 5% on 2023 departures in certain cabin categories.

Your fare covers sightseeing, meals and unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner, plus a "Sip & Sail" cocktail hour. It also includes AmaWaterways' Wellness Program, where hosts lead a variety of fitness classes and lectures. Join a morning yoga session on the sundeck or a heart-pumping cardio class.

The company offers passengers several complimentary options for exploring each port of call, from walking tours of historic districts and guided hiking and biking excursions to introductions to the local culture through its food and drink.



There is still space available on 2021 Christmas markets cruises in Europe. These sailings offer opportunities to visit festive outdoor holiday bazaars set up in city squares. They are a much-loved winter tradition, particularly throughout Germany and Austria. Merchants sell handcrafted ornaments, toys, candles and woodcarvings, as well as local treats like grilled sausages, roasted chestnuts and gingerbread. Click here to search for departures, or take advantage of the special offers below.

Companion cruises for 50% off on sailings with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. Book by August 15.

Save up to $1,800 per couple on departures with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. Book by August 15.

Save up to $1,750 per couple on Emerald Waterways sailings. Book by August 15.

Save up to 15% on departures with Riviera River Cruises. Plus, receive a free drinks package. Book by August 15.

Save with special air offers from select gateways or cruise discounts of up to $2,000 per couple on Avalon cruises.

Fly from $499 per person from select gateways on Viking river cruises, plus save up to $1,000 per couple off the cruise price.

You also can check out the holiday sailings of American Queen Steamboat Company, which operates modern paddle wheelers on the Mississippi River and other U.S. waterways. Enjoy a special gala, bonfires on the levee and beautiful Christmas decorations on Home for the Holidays or take in a festive holiday performance from musician Lee Greenwood on Country Christmas.



River cruise operators recognize that many of their guests want options for staying fit while traveling. These lines offer wellness programs and fitness amenities on board -- like gyms, spas and pools -- and provide unique and active ways to explore ashore.

Avalon Waterways includes guided active excursions on its itineraries, like a hike to Bratislava Castle in Slovakia or a morning run in the French town of Caudebec-en-Caux with the onboard Avalon Adventure Host. Active & Discovery itineraries on the Danube, Rhine and Rhone provide even more immersive and active ways to take in the sights at every port of call, with hiking, biking, canoeing and jogging excursions.

The "Let's Go" shore excursions of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises highlight guided walking, hiking, cycling, kayaking and golfing tours; bicycle to Claude Monet's home at Giverny or hike through a vineyard or up to a 12th-century castle on the Rhine. The line's Wellness on the Water amenities include yoga sessions, TRX suspension training classes with certified instructors, fitness centers and heated pools.

Uniworld's sister brand, U by Uniworld, offers some active excursions like bicycling through the Wachau Valley, with additional U excursions available for a fee. Wellness coaches lead morning yoga classes on the top deck.

As part of its program, AmaWaterways has wellness hosts fleetwide in Europe (except for ships in Portugal). They lead fitness classes like stretching, core strengthening and resistance-band training, as well as lectures and discussions. They also conduct hiking, biking and jogging excursions.

Emerald Cruises has the EmeraldACTIVE program, which might include a guided bike tour along the Danube or a hike in Germany's Black Forest. Its sister company, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, has similar options; cycle through the Dutch town of Veere or to a Bordeaux wine estate for a tasting, for example.

Several lines also keep fleets of complimentary bicycles on their ships, so passengers can pedal along riverside paths or through cities and towns on their own.



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

1) Romantic Danube, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Vilshofen and ends in Budapest. Companion cruises for free or save up to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $3,099. Departures from August 23, 2021 through December 27, 2022.

2) From Portugal to Spain: Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca, 8 days with CroisiEurope. Begins and ends in Porto. Save 15%. Starting at $2,255. Departures from April 4 through October 19, 2022.

3 Rhine Getaway, 8 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel. Fly from $399 per person and save up to $1,000 per couple. Starting at $2,799. Departures from August 15, 2021 through December 18, 2022.

4) Pacific Northwest Splendor, 9 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Travels between Vancouver, WA and Clarkston or Spokane. Save up to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $2,899. Departures from March 13 through October 23, 2022.

5) Chateaux, Rivers & Wine, 8 days with Viking River Cruises. Begins and ends in Bordeaux. Fly from $499 per person and save up to $1,000 per couple. Starting at $2,899. Departures from August 21, 2021 through November 12, 2022.

6) Danube Dreams, 8 days with Avalon Waterways. Travels between Budapest and Deggendorf. Save with special air offers from select gateways or cruise discounts of up to $1,000 per couple. Starting at $2,999. Departures from August 27, 2021 through August 20, 2022.

7) Burgundy & Provence, 8 days with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. Travels between Lyon and Marseille. Save up to 10% on select departures, or save $400 per couple on others. Starting at $3,149. Departures from August 15, 2021 through November 6, 2022.

8) Mississippi River Cruise, 8 days with American Cruise Lines. Begins and ends in New Orleans. Save up to $1,000 per couple. Starting at $3,795. Departures from November 21, 2021 through May 3, 2022.

9) Rhine Highlights, 8 days with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. Travels between Amsterdam and Zurich. Save up to $2,400 per couple, plus get an extra 10% off select cabin categories in 2022. Also, receive a bonus savings of $300 per couple. Starting at $3,795. Departures from September 13, 2021 through October 26, 2022.

10) Lower Mississippi River Cruise, 8 days with American Cruise Lines. Travels between Memphis and New Orleans. Save up to $1,000 per couple. Starting at $4,075. Departures from November 19, 2021 through March 6, 2022.

Customers in the US and Canada can call us toll-free at 800-510-4002. For a list of our other toll-free numbers worldwide, click here.

Please e-mail me your comments, suggestions and questions at alanfox@rivercruise.com and I will respond the same day.

Sincerely,

Alan Fox
Executive Chairman
Vacations To Go