Riviera Travel has announced four new ships, four new itineraries and one new destination for 2018/19 as its 2019 River Cruise programme goes on sale.

The company now offers 14 river cruise itineraries in Europe on its fleet of 13 five-star ships, including new ‘all suite’ ships, ensuring travellers cruise in style enjoying first class on-board dining and facilities.

This year the company will carry 40,000 passengers on river cruises and with its transparent pricing policy, the price is the same whether customers book via an agent or direct through the website, whether a month or a year in advance, so those who book early will benefit from the best choice of routes, ships, departure dates and cabins.

Sailing on eight of Europe’s most picturesque rivers and waterways, the company's itineraries focus on delivering authentic local experiences and delve into the local history at each stop - from wine tasting in the vineyards of Burgundy, to visiting Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg, to enjoying dinner with Douro views in Portugal’s Quinta da Pacheca. Each cruise includes flights or rail connections and transfers, tours and excursions with expert guides and tour managers, accommodation in luxurious cabins or suites, all with river views, on a full board basis with afternoon tea, water, tea and coffee included and the option to add on a drinks package if desired.

This year the company has launched four new itineraries, including two dedicated solo cruises, and introduced a new destination to a popular itinerary. As examples, the Blue Danube River Cruise for Solo Travellers costs from £1,299 per person departing on November 1 and includes a guided tour of Vienna, live classical quartet recital on board, a tour of baroque Bratislava, a cruise through Austria’s scenic Wachau region, a visit to Melk Abbey – central Europe's most resplendent baroque monastery – and a tour of Budapest.

Alternatively, the eight-day full board Burgundy River Rhone & Provence River Cruise for Solo Travellers starts from £1,899 departing on November 6 and sails through the Rhone Valley with visits to Vienne, the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard and the Ardeche Gorges, as well as guided tours of Lyon, Arles and Avignon and wine tasting in Beaune in the Burgundy wine region. Prices include flights or rail tickets from selected UK departure points as well as transfers in the destination.

This year also sees the launch of MS Douro Splendour and MS Robert Burns, while the company's 2019 European river cruise programme features two new ships; the MS Dylan Thomas and the MS George Eliot.

For more information visit rivieratravel.co.uk/river-cruises/river-cruises-in-europe or call 01283-245346.

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