Cosmos Tours & Cruises has launched its 2015 European river cruise programme and is the first UK operator to feature the new ‘MS Loire Princesse’; the first of its kind for the River Loire, a purpose-built paddle wheel ship with en-suite guest cabins.

An eight-day ‘Chateaux of the Loire Cruise’ leads in at £1,199 per person and offers the chance to experience the heart of the Loire Valley. Also new is a selection of superior river barge holidays on French canals and waterways on custom built ‘hotel ‘barges’ offering an authentic experience combined with a high level of comfort and service. The choice of regions include Alsace, Burgundy, Champagne and Provence. As an example, a seven-day ‘Wonders & Wines of Burgundy’ costs from £1,899 and features wine tasting at Satenay, the historical town of Chalon-sur-Saone, the natural sites of Cirque du Bout du Monde and the Mont de Sene, Saint-Jean-de-Losne as well as the Grand Crus Wine Route.

The operator's product and commercial manager, Simon Leeming, said: “Our new superior river barge holidays offer an original and more intimate cruising experience combining comfortable deluxe accommodation, attentive service and French cuisine with sailing through the heart of the beautiful French countryside. Guests are given the option of helping crew to raise or lower the locks or cycle along the tow path; all adding to an authentic holiday experience. “With flights, all-inclusive accommodation, excursions and even a home pick up service included in the price we believe this niche holiday will appeal to many of our customers wanting to experience something different.”

Also available for 2015 are a selection of river cruises on the Seine, Rhone, Rhine, Moselle, Danube, Douro as well as the Guadalquivir in Andalucia. An eight-day ‘Portugal’s Douro River Cruise’ offers a relaxing cruise through the Douro Valley with its vine steeped terraces and traditional villages and costs from £1,099, while an eight-day ‘Majestic Rhine & Moselle’ cruise showcases the historical towns and cities along the picturesque rivers and leads in at £949.
Selected cruises offer free cabin upgrades if booked before December 17.

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