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May 2, 2015

France River Cruise #BURGUNDY & #PROVENCE June 17-27 / 2016 #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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#BURGUNDY & #PROVENCE – NORTHBOUND June 17-27 / 2016 #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

BURGUNDY & PROVENCE – NORTHBOUND June 17-27 / 2016

11 DAY RIVER CRUISE FROM CÔTE D’AZUR TO PARIS

If you’re looking for a Paris river cruise, this vacation sails from the French Riviera to Dijon, ending with a short train ride to the spectacular “City of Lights” – Paris. Your France river cruise begins with an overnight on the Côte d’Azur. Then, board your Provence river cruise ship in Arles and sail into the peaceful Camargue area during dinner. See Avignon, charming Viviers, medieval Tournon, Vienne, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as Mâcon. Tournus, Chalon-sur-Saône, and fascinating Beaune also await you. Travel from Dijon to Paris by train, and end with a two-night stay in spectacular Paris, the “City of Light”! This Rhone river cruise promises a return home with lots of memories to share. Provence and Burgundy river cruises highlight the very best of beautiful France.

Cruise:deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Day 1 Côte d’Azur:welcome to France

Day 2 Côte d’Azur–Transfer to Arles (Embarkation)–Camargue Region:onboard welcome reception; sail into the Camargue region

Day 3 Arles:guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater

Day 4 Avignon:guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes

Day 5 Cruising–Viviers:guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 6 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne:guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate tasting; guided walk in Vienne

Day 7 Lyon:guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; onboard lecture

Day 8 Mâcon–Tournus–Chalon-sur-Saône: day at leisure; cheese tasting

Day 9 Chalon-sur-Saône (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Dijon–Paris:visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to Paris

Day 10 Paris:choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 11 Paris:your vacation ends this morning

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Learn “All about the French” at an onboard lecture, and attend a lively performance of gypsy music.

Meals

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel

NOTES:

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • In the event that the TGV is unavailable due to strikes or technical reasons, the transfer from Dijon to Paris will be operated by motorcoach.
  • Departure June 29 is offered as an exclusive Jazz Cruise, including special music features at no additional cost. On our Jazz Cruise, attend the annual Jazz Festival in Vienne, France.
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  • Reservations now being accepted.  $250.00 per person deposit, the monthly or quarterly payments to avoid any interest on your credit card.
  • Valid Passport required to travel to France.
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October 16, 2013

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February 10, 2011

Europe River Cruises Specials JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

Vineyards of the Rhine & Mosel

7-night cruise from Amsterdam to
Luxembourg
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Add 3 nights in Prague for $690 p.p.

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Aug. 3 & 9, 2011

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Blue Danube Discovery

7-night cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg
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Add 2 nights Budapest & 3 nights Prague
for $1,150 p.p.

U.S. Departure: Apr. 14, 2011

Starting from
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Europe’s Rivers & Castles

7-night cruise from Nuremberg
to Luxembourg
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Add 2 nights Paris & 2 nights Prague
for $1,240 p.p.

U.S. Departures:
Apr.21, May 10 & Jul. 27, 2011

Starting from
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Per Person

For a 7-Night Cruise


Save $500 per stateroom & Receive Prepaid Gratuities
Applies to the Provence & Spain program only

 

Provence & Spain

7-night cruise from Lyon to Arles
Starting at  $2,349 p.p. for cruise only
Add 3 nights Paris & 3 nights Barcelona
for $1,560 p.p.

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January 17, 2011

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February 13, 2010

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December 24, 2009

River Cruises Europe and Egypt

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July 17, 2009

Rolling on the river is cruising’s hottest trend Friends Travel LLP 90048 LA CA

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ON THE DANUBE RIVER — It’s Day 3 of a week-long cruise down Europe’s second-longest river, and the River Beatrice is gliding leisurely through the verdant Slovakian countryside into the tiny capital of Bratislava.

As we prepare to stroll into town, conveniently just steps from the pier where the new 160-passenger vessel will dock. “It’s been a surprise,” says the cruisers  of the ease of exploring the ports along the route from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany.

“The most stressed I’ve been so far is playing Name That Tune

Cruising along the blue Danube

The relaxed pace and easy access to city centers are just two reasons why river cruising is on a roll. Indeed, it’s one of the fastest-growing segments of travel with up to 60% annual growth for some lines in the past five years — nearly 10 times the rate of ocean cruising.

Why the surge? With fewer than 200 passengers per ship, river cruising is more laid-back and intimate than most ocean cruising, without lines to embark, debark or wait for meals or crowds to overwhelm ports.

On ocean cruises, “there can sometimes be too much herding around and standing in line,” says JESS Kalinowsky of Friends Travel in Los Angeles / Beverly Hills CA.

It can also be more sociable. “You meet more people than on ocean cruises, because of the open-seating in the dining room,” says the ship’s hotel director Siegfried Penzenleitner. “The average for a river cruise is 20 people.”

Because river ships dock right in the center of town, cruising the inland waterways offers far easier entree to a region’s heartland — whether small medieval villages or grand historic capitals. Unlike on many ocean voyages, you can walk right off the ship into town — whenever you like. No tendering ashore. No long drives to your destination.

Furthermore, the size and configuration of river vessels guarantees that every cabin is “outside” with a coveted river view. And calm, shallow waters prevent any motion sickness of being at sea.

Compared with bus touring, it’s much easier. “All the major cities of Europe are on a river, so why not unpack just once?”  “Works for me!”

“On a bus trip, most of the time you’re on motorways, going from city to city. The nice thing about a riverboat is you can sleep in the same bed, and you travel slowly and can see the scenery rolling by for your pleasure.”

Finally, river cruising — unlike most ocean liners — often includes excursions and wine with meals, as does the River Beatrice. That’s a particularly good value in Europe, where you pay upfront in dollars and avoid the unfavorable currency exchange.

“Economically, you can’t beat it. You aren’t nickel-and-dimed to death,” says travel agent Wagner. “People say ‘I can’t afford Europe,’ but with this, I say ‘yes, you can.’ River cruising is under-promised and over-delivered.”

A rising tide of cruises

Indeed, no fewer than nine new river ships are launching worldwide just this year: two from Avalon Waterways, one from Viking River Cruises, three from AMA Waterways, one from Tauck, and two from Uniworld. Avalon and AMA are rolling out three more in Europe next year, reflecting bullishness about a product that appeals mainly to Baby Boomers, retirees and experienced travelers.  Friends Travel has them all!

How does the River Beatrice,  make waves in a burgeoning market? By paying attention to details. As in generous closet and storage space. As in vanity mirrors and good bathroom lighting. As in French balconies in 80% of the staterooms. “I’ve sailed a lot of other ships, and this one stands up.”  “They’ve been listening to their customers.”

Overall, the River Beatrice fairly gleams, from the white Murano crystal chandelier in the two-story lobby to the smartly appointed staterooms. Some 2,085 mirrors — from beveled wall insets to cabin table tops to full-length in the bathrooms — enhance the luminosity and sense of space. Silk wallpaper, velvet curtains, original art (Chagall, Picasso and Matisse, among others) and a soothing cream and brown color scheme complete the understated elegance.

There’s no skimping on cabin amenities, either: flat-screen TVs, in-room safes, mini-fridges, hair dryers, fluffy robes and slippers, and crisp white-on-white Egyptian cotton linens. Bathrooms boast floor-to-ceiling white marble and luscious L’Occitane toiletries. Several unexpected touches stand out: espresso makers in the mini-suites, delicate white orchids, and complimentary bottled water. One quibble: Although rooms are equipped with Internet access, service was slow to non-existent. [but they are working on that!]

Visitors are immersed in the flavor of Europe from the minute they step aboard. Start with the 53 crew — from the Dutch captain, Austrian hotel manager and German cruise director, to the Romanian concierge, Hungarian masseur and Slovakian engineer.

Well-prepared meals — some five-star worthy — spotlight regional specialties, too: Hungarian goulash and cabbage soup (better than it sounds); Wiener schnitzel and Sachertorte; Bavarian sausages and potato pancakes. But there’s plenty for the less adventuresome, with two entrees plus a vegetarian choice at dinner.

After dinner, forget cabaret shows, casinos or Broadway revues. Instead, cruise director Christine Bremberger showcases the local culture — especially fitting for a region as famous for its musical heritage as Central Europe. Highlights include a magical night at the Kursalon concert hall in Vienna, where a chamber music group played selections from the Strauss brothers, Mozart and Haydn— all of whom lived in this music capital — as well as an unforgettable organ recital at St. Stephan’s Cathedral in Passau, which boasts the world’s largest cathedral organ with nearly 18,000 pipes. You can even take onboard Viennese waltz lessons.

The makeup of passengers is international, too — Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada and the USA — but all are English-speaking to avoid language barriers.

Clients  say they like the mix of nationalities. They chose the River Beatrice “because we wanted the comfort and service.”  “They’re very hands-on.” For example, when Capt. Tom Buining overheard a passenger complain about the lack of weights in the small fitness center, he bought some at the next port and delivered them personally.

Life on the river’s banks

As comfortable as the ship is, this voyage draws you into the destinations. Slicing through the heart of the Continent, the Danube historically was the lifeblood of its communities. Quiet country scenes and vineyards, citadels and castles, monasteries and cathedrals form a never-ending tableaux along its 1,770 miles. This itinerary features some of Europe’s great capitals: sophisticated, stylish Vienna with its reminders of Austro-Hungarian imperial grandeur; historic Budapest, where coffee culture percolates again in some 300 cafes; Bratislava with its cozy cobblestoned Old Town.

But the less-known stops offer the most unexpected treats: tiny baroque Dürnstein (pop: 900), gateway to Austrian wine country (bike tours to the vineyards are available). Melk, Austria, home to a 900-year-old cliff-top abbey famous for its 80,000 medieval manuscripts. Storybook Salzburg, which is still alive with the sound of music on every street corner and courtyard, and Passau, set in pastoral Bavaria.

As JESS Kalinowsky of Friends Travel in Los Angeles  sums it up, “This cruise is a no-brainer.”

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http://www.travelcell.com/tcap.asp?ag=FTCA
Click on the link, fill in the blanks, and VIOLA! Your international cellphone will be delivered.

o Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for any of your travel reservations:
http://www.travelinsurancecenter.com/eng/cobrandindex.cfm?affiliate=FriendsTravel

o Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance
http://www.travelassistnetwork.com/default.aspx?tanno=124

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