Cruise on the EnticingDouro River aboard the NEW AMADouro









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Rambling vineyards and charming native farms cling to the steep sides of the Douro River Valley, creating an incomparable backdrop to one of Europe’s most unspoiled regions and to Port country— the world’s oldest demarcated wine region. Visit colorful Lisbon, the city that launched countless explores; Porto, the beautiful “City of Bridges”; and Salamanca, the “Golden City.” Taste wines from historic wineries and soak up the genuine beauty of one of Europe’s most unadulterated landscapes. Spend three nights in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, before beginning your journey through the wonderfully scenic Douro River Valley. It is one of Europe’s most pure and unspoiled rivers decorated with deep cleft gorges, lush vineyards, and sleepy fishing villages. Begin in the capital of the North, Porto, and continue to the ancient and picturesque city of Lamego. Enter Spain to visit Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of the Castilla y León region. Travel inland and on to the beautiful countryside of the Trás-os-Montes Region to visit the palace and gardens of Mateus. Explore the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery before concluding your vacation in historic Porto. for more information call or email jan@europeanbarging.com  or 888 869 7907 or 713 240 6753

Ancient Incan Kingdoms

This expedition gives you a unique opportunity to explore fascinating archaeological sites and the mysteries of lost cultures. We visit magnificent Machu Picchu, the Sacsayhuamán fortress, and the ancient Chimú kingdom´s pyramids and shrines. Finally, we sail through the Panama Canal before ending our journey in beautiful Costa Rica.

In business since 1893, Hurtigruten operates premium exploration voyages to Norway, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Iceland, Europe, Africa, South America, Central America, Arctic Canada, and Antarctica. These are unique destinations where the natural beauty is matched only by the breathtaking beauty and stunning diversity of its wilderness, inhabitants, flora, and fauna. On all of the small ships in our fleet, you will find modern facilities and equipment designed specifically to sail in remote areas. 

“The World’s Most Beautiful Sea Voyage”

Hurtigruten is sometimes referred to as the Norwegian Coastal Express. The 11 coastal ships sail almost the entire length of the country, completing the round-trip journey from Bergen to Kirkenes and back again in 12 days, calling 34 ports. The trip along the Norwegian coast has been described as the “World’s Most Beautiful Sea Voyage.” Hurtigruten’s explorer ships MS Fram, MS Midnatsol and MS Nordstjernen offer Explorer voyages to Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, Spitsbergen and Europe. In addition MS Midnatsol crosses the Atlantic Ocean twice every year. for more information call or email earl@cruiseforfun.com or 281 362 0777 or 1 888 843 7014 distinctivetravelcruises.com

Tulip Time Cruise With 3 Nights Paris

Your scenic river cruise through Holland and Belgium begins in the colorful capital of the Netherlands-Amsterdam. Visit the world’s largest flower garden at Keukenhof-with more than seven million bulbs, including tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths planted across 70 acres in Lisse. Alternatively, you can also visit the charming town of Gouda-famous for its Dutch cheese and other culinary delights. 

Next, sail to Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city, combining ancient buildings and monuments with modern architecture. Join a guided tour of Ghent, including a visit to St. Bavo’s Cathedral and back to Holland to visit Middelburg, Veere, and Willemstad. No trip to Holland is complete without a visit to the technical miracle that is the Delta Works, a storm flood barrier almost six miles long. 

Return to Amsterdam to see the most fascinating areas of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten. You’ll then continue your European vacation with a high-speed train transfer to spend 3 nights in Paris-“The City of Lights.” Enjoy guided sightseeing of this iconic city, and spend another day at your own pace to experience the wonderful cafés, museums, and legendary cityscape in the most romantic city in the world. Your Local Host® is available with recommendations and assistance in making the most of your free time in Paris-as part of your Monograms Paris vacation package for more information call or email earl@cruiseforfun.com or 281 362 0777 or 1 888 843 7014 distinctivetravelcruises.com

6 Day Loire Valley Cruise

6 Day Loire River Cruise

DAY 1: NANTES

Board in Nantes between 6 pm and 7 pm. Check into cabins. Welcome cocktail in the lounge bar and introduction to the crew. Dinner this evening is followed by a welcome party on board. Optional cruise excursion along the Erdre, “the prettiest river in France” according to Francis I. Discover the history of this river and its many castles as you cruise along.

DAY 2: NANTES – ST NAZAIRE

This morning, join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Nantes and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany.
DISCOVERY: Nantes, the Machines de l’Île, secret courtyards and covered passageways.
In the afternoon, take part in our excursion for both packages: Tour of Saint Nazaire, a town on the sea. We’ll visit Escal’Atlantic, a museum that explores the historic ocean liner experience, and the Saint-Nazaire shipyard, one of the largest shipyards in Europe (this excursion must be booked in advance through your travel agency. Each passenger will be asked to produce a valid passport in order to gain access to the shipyard). We’ll return on board in Saint-Nazaire. Enjoy an evening of dancing.

DAY 3: SAINT NAZAIRE – ANCENIS

We’ll spend this morning cruising towards Ancenis. In the afternoon, join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: The Muscadet Wine Route and Clisson, a charming medieval town.
DISCOVERY: Helicopter ride(2), the Loire from above (this excursion must be booked in advance through your travel agency).
Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

DAY 4: ANCENIS – BOUCHEMAINE – ANGERS

We’ll cruise towards Bouchemaine. Join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Angers, its historic districts and the famous Apocalypse tapestry.
DISCOVERY: Tour of Brissac castle and its cellars complete with a wine-tasting session*.
Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

DAY 5: ANGERS – CASTLES OF THE LOIRE – ANCENIS

Join us on a full-day excursion for both packages to discover the Castles of the Loire Valley. We’ll return on board in Ancenis. Tonight’s our gala dinner and evening. Our ship will start sailing towards Nantes.

DAY 6: NANTES

Buffet breakfast on board. Disembark at 10.00 am. End of our journey. for more information call or email earl@cruiseforfun.com or 281 362 0777 or 1 888 843 7014 distinctivetravelcruise.com

Rhine river

Offer Details – Distinctive Travel Your Avalon river cruise on the Rhine and Rhône rivers actually begins with a night on the beautiful Côte d’Azur. From the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean, you’ll travel to Arles to board your Avalon Suite Ship®. You’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of Arles-the city in Provence which inspired works by Vincent van Gogh. Cruise to the picturesque Avignon for a sightseeing in the fortress city, sail to the charming village of Viviers to see the Romanesque cathedral and historic Old Town.

The Saône and Rhône Rivers meet in wonderful Lyon. Explore this city, joining a guided sightseeing tour. Join a transfer to Basel to start your Rhine River cruise. Enjoy a Black Forest excursion, before sailing to Strasbourg, France, and follow the Rhine on to Mainz and Rüdesheim to sail through the stunning scenery of the Rhine Gorge on your way to Koblenz. Cruise to the Rhineland’s capital city of Cologne and choose between a guided city walk of Cologne, and see its magnificent gothic cathedral, or a walking tour of the city’s notable Jewish heritage sites.

Your cruise continues into the colorful city of Amsterdam, where you’ll explore the Netherland’s capital city with a canal cruise, before traveling via high-speed train to Paris, where your Monograms vacation package of 2 days each in Paris and London begins, including VIP guided sightseeing and helpful onsite support from expert Local Hosts® in both these exciting cities.for more information call or email earl@cruiseforfun.com or 281 362 0777 or 1 888 843 7014

7 Days, Danube Serenade on Crystal Mozart

Offer Details – Distinctive Travel 7 Days, Danube Serenade
Napoleon declared it “Queen of Europe’s Rivers” and with a mesmerizing beauty that is at once both regal and enchanting, the mighty Danube is indeed breathtaking. Cruise the scenic Wachau Valley, an Austrian wonderland and UNESCO World Heritage Site of terraced vineyards and picturesque castle towns. Offer Details – Distinctive Travel By sea, river, land and air, Crystal has redefined the way the world views luxury travel. Since the beginning, Crystal has set the bar of excellence for luxury travel. Today, we are redefining it altogether, presenting the savviest world travelers with choices, experiences and luxuries unmatched in the industry. By Ocean, River, Yacht and Air, each Crystal Experience is designed to showcase the world and its wonders in the most remarkable ways. Join us as new adventures unfoldfor more information call or email earl@cruiseforfun.com or 281 362 0777 or 1 888 843 7014

Grand European Tour on Viking Vidar

Offer Details – Distinctive Travel

Imagine 15 magical days along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. From Holland’s windmill-studded tulip fields to Germany’s fairytale castles, from the Main-Danube Canal to the vineyards of Austria’s Wachau Valley, this epic voyage offers a wealth of wonderful experiences. Guests who choose this voyage soon see why it is our most popular itinerary.

Absorb the atmosphere of Budapest’s Café Gerbeaud and learn the Viennese waltz. Sample the food and wine of Austria’s Wachau Valley. Admire Rhine Valley vistas from a 900-year-old castle. Our most iconic itinerary traces the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers between the stunning landscapes of Hungary and the windmill-dotted waterways of Holland, with engaging encounters at every bend.

for more information call or email earl@cruiseforfun.com or 281 362 0777 or 1 888 843 7014