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Tauck is expanding its European river cruise portfolio in 2011 with two new cruises on the Rhone River, a new vessel and a more than 30 percent increase in its river cruise departures.
“European river cruising continues to be among the fastest-growing segments of our business, and we’re boosting capacity and expanding our offerings to better serve our guests and our agents,” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar.
Mahar said that Tauck will be announcing additional details on the new build for 2011, planned for a summer 2011 debut, in the coming months, as well as enhancements to its other riverboats.
Tauck’s two new Rhone River itineraries are the 10-day French Waterways & Vineyards, priced from $4,490 per person, plus airfare, and the 14-day French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris, priced from $5,990 per person, plus airfare.
French Waterways & Vineyards begins with an included two-night stay at The Westin Paris and guided local sightseeing. Guests then board the high-speed TGV train to Lyon, France, to begin their seven-day cruise, with French highlights including Vienne, Tournon, Valence, Viviers, Avignon, Roussillon, Arles and dinner at Provence’s Pont du Gard.
The French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris itinerary begins with a guided exploration of Monte Carlo, Monaco, and Nice, France, during a two-night stay at the Fairmont Monte Carlo. Guests then travel to Arles for a nine-day cruise on the Rhone and Saone rivers that explores Viviers, Tournon, Vienne, Lyon, Macon, Chalon-sur-Saone and Beaune. The trip concludes in Paris with guided sightseeing and two nights at The Westin Paris.