Emerald Waterways has opened the books on their 2020 river cruise season. The upcoming season will offer several fresh itineraries on some of Europe’s most popular rivers.
New for 2020, Emerald Waterways has combined the majesty of tulip season in the Netherlands with one of Europe’s most popular rivers for cruising in their eight-day Tulips & the Rhine sailing. Departing in April, timed to coincide tulip bloom, this special sailing takes guests to the Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam to view the seven million tulips planted there annually. The sailing also visits some of the Rhine’s most popular ports, including Cologne, Koblenz, and Strasbourg.
Foodies and oenophiles will love the new eight-day Flavours of Burgundy and Provence itinerary sailing round trip from Lyon, with a focus on the culinary bounties of this region. With four departures in July and August 2020, guests will delight in the opportunities to embark on a hunt for truffles with a local farmer in Tournus, sample the red wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, pay a visit to the Valrhona Cité du Chocolat museum, and take a gourmet city tour of Lyon, including a visit to the culinary market of Paul Bocuse.
Guests booking any 2020 European river cruise by August 30, 2019 will receive free or reduced airfare depending on stateroom selection. Guest booking a suite on Horizon or Vista Deck will receive free, round trip airfare to Europe, while guests in Riviera Deck staterooms will receive round trip air for $395. In lieu of air, guests may opt to receive a discount on their booking, with $1,000 and $500 off per person, respectively Additionally, guests paying for their sailing in full by August 15, 2019 will receive an additional $500 per person off itineraries of 15 days or more, and $300 per person off itineraries of 7-14 days.
Those wishing to make the most of the complimentary airfare can extend their holiday with pre- and post-cruise land tours in some of Europe’s most popular cities like Paris, Madrid, Berlin and Prague. For those looking to book a longer stretch on the river, Emerald Waterways offers the ability to combine two itineraries to create a custom sailing itinerary.