“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.
In 2011, Tauck will have 12 itineraries aboard a fleet of its four leased ships, including the Swiss Jewel (launched in 2009), Swiss Sapphire (launched in 2008), Swiss Emerald (launched in 2006) and a new ship set to launch in summer 2011. Tauck will be announcing additional details on the newbuild in the coming months, as well as enhancements to its other river cruise ships for next year, the company said.
Tauck’s two new Rhone River itineraries are the 10-day French Waterways & Vineyards (from $4,490 per person, cruise only, based on double occupancy); and the 14-day French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris (from $5,990 per person, cruise only, based on double occupancy).
French Waterways & Vineyards begins with an included two-night stay in Paris. Guests then board the high-speed TGV train to Lyon to begin their seven-day cruise, which includes stops in Vienne, Tournon, Valence, Viviers, Avignon, Roussillon and Arles.
The French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris itinerary begins with two days in Monte-Carlo and Nice. Guests then travel to Arles to begin their nine-day cruise on the Rhone and Saone rivers that explores Viviers, Tournon, Vienne, Lyon, Macon, Chalon-sur-Saone and Beaune. The trip concludes with two nights in Paris.