River cruise bookings are on the rise – especially those that take a little longer, with some Aussie guests booking multiple itineraries to get full value from the long flight to Europe.
They call it travel stacking. Lines with French river experiences are leading the pack, with 2022 seeing an increase in European river cruise itineraries being booked dos-à-dos en Francais.
APT has met the trend and taken out the guess work with the creation of same-day embarkations/disembarkations for most of its France itineraries.
This enables guests to disembark from one cruise in the morning, travel to another city and embark on their next cruise on the same day, saving the trouble of arranging land transportation and accommodation.
When timed right, enthusiasts can create a three-week trip by selecting three back-to-back cruises across France.
Impressions of the Seine and Paris itinerary travels between Paris and Le Havre, exploring Giverny, Normandy, St Malo and Mont St Michel.
Book before November 2022 to sail on a seven-day roundtrip cruise from Paris to Normandy on the Seine River.
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Colours of Provence is a seven-night cruise that will take you from Lyon and Avignon.
The advantage of sailing on vessels that remain in France is that passengers do not need to worry about meeting the various entry testing requirements at border crossings.
For themed tours, the Taste of Bordeaux will take you on a vineyard-rich roundtrip tour aboard the AmaDolce, and for those seeking to explore their family history, APT has a seven-night Heritage on the River: Your personalised ancestry journey cruise.
Guests receive an Ancestry DNA Kit in advance of their trip, a welcome call and five-hour genealogist consultation. Two genealogical presentations are made onboard, and shore excursions are tailored to include guests’ ancestral destinations. The first of these sailings is a seven-night cruise along the Rhine River, sailing between Basel and Amsterdam.
Gastronomes are catered for on Scenic Cruises’ Spectacular South of France itinerary: a culinary-themed, 11-day roundtrip sailing from Lyon.
For those who wish to uncover natural wonders, Avalon’s Active & Discovery river cruises boast some tempting cycling tours across some stunning landscapes. On a cruise along the Rhine River, jump onto two wheels for an e-bike tour through Germany’s Black Forest.
You can also be at one with nature on a cycling tour which takes you through the picturesque German vineyards in Koblenz. Cycling enthusiasts also have the option to bike through Brussels with photo stop opportunities or to pedal around beautiful Vienna on an Avalon Danube River cruise.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises also serve travellers pursuing longer holidays with their 15-day Grand France itinerary, sailing between Paris and Avignon.
Their Ultimate France itinerary embarks on multiple dates in 2022 for a 22-day cruise exploring the Dordogne/Garonne, Seine and Saone/Rhone rivers and visiting seven UNESCO World Heritage sites.
With shrewd scheduling, there is no limit to the number of experiences holiday makers could enjoy with multiple cruise operators in Europe this season.
Emerald Cruises have done the hard work for you and created a multi-river European holiday.
On Emerald’s Amsterdam to Nice itinerary, they have created a seamless travel experience with your first seven-night cruise departing Amsterdam down the Rhine River to Basel.
From there, travel through Switzerland into France where you will join the Emerald Liberté for your second seven-night cruise along the Rhône and into Arles.