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2018 NEW ITINERARY SNEAK PEEK
New trends. New ideas. New shore excursions & activities. More of everything!


 

For most first time river cruisers, it's all about the destination.
The river cruise lines know that! They know that almost every guest wants to be “immersed” in the exciting new places they visit, and have the opportunity to enjoy unique experiences in the same environment like the locals do.

Are you an active traveler? Wait 'til you see what the cruise lines have in store for you!
For 2018, river cruises have added many more active elements, too, such as hiking, canoeing, biking, and even zip line excursions. For example, if you are one who not only enjoys seeing things, but doing things, then Avalon Waterways has some incredible new Danube and Rhine cruises designed just for you. Crafted for those of all fitness levels, you can now bike, hike, canoe (Danube) and explore on an energetic cruise that also gives you time to spend with locals and learn about local traditions. You can even explore an ice cave, descend into an underground salt mine or mountain climb with an experienced guide… the choice is yours when you enjoy one of Avalon’s Active Discovery cruises in 2018.

But don't worry... for those of you who prefer a more leisurely experience, that’s not a problem, either! All the lines continue to provide a robust selection of both “less-active” shore excursions and even “at-your-own-pace” shore excursions for those who may be slightly challenged with a more active excursion pace. No matter your preference, the cruise lines have excursions suited to all levels of activity, and it’s all there, just waiting for you to enjoy them.
As river cruise “junkies,” all of us at Premier are thrilled about the continued growth of the variety of included shore excursions. But... we never, ever forget that each night we eagerly look forward to reboarding our remarkable floating resort to enjoy impeccable cuisine, sumptuous fine wines, delightful entertainment, sublime comfort, and those wonderful staterooom accommodations (and, for me, a firm bed). Doesn't this all sound just perfect? We think so!

Given that many river and small ship cruisers are enjoying a later middle and senior-age, they have more disposable time to visit the world. More time to be inquisitive and discover new cultures. More time to participate in new activities and meet new people. More time to fully savor a myriad of joyful experiences. What better way to achieve all of our desires than on a river cruise? Well, none that I can think of, so let’s get started checking out some of the new trends and hot cruises for 2018.


What's HOT? Let's start with the Douro River.
Douro river itineraries continue to be the hottest cruises with the least supply of river ships, but with the most increase in demand. The Douro is one of the most relaxing and picturesque cruises in Europe (Didn't read our stimulating "Port Spotlight" article in the last issue of Inside Scoop? CLICK HERE to read it!). Now, if you enjoyed the article, and want to take a Douro cruise you simply MUST BOOK NOW. Space for 2018 is almost 70% sold out as of this writing, and we're not kidding!

Russia on the rise. A cruise on the dramatic Volga River.
You'd think that with all the negative, political rhetoric about Russia that we are overdosed with each day, that a river cruise in Russia would be a dog. Not so! Many of you will be surprised to know that river cruises in Russia are extremely popular. The itineraries are very popular, the ships are large and comfortable, and the thought of easily touring such historic cities as St. Petersburg and Moscow in comfort and style is very appealing. Only one thing to be aware of, though: Russia has a much shorter season which increases demand — so make your plans accordingly. To read more about Russia river cruises, CLICK HERE, then call and speak to one of our Premier experts who'll fill you in on all the exciting river cruise options for Russia. In 2018, Scenic, Uniworld, and Viking all have exciting 13 to 15 night itineraries to choose from. If you don't know that much about the Volga, CLICK HERE, for more in depth information on this beautiful river.

The Czech Republic's "City of Spires" — Prague.
Any cruise vacation with Prague in it has become very popular. So much so, that cruise lines keep adding new itineraries that enable you to add Prague as a pre- or post-cruise land package. Traditionally, Prague was added on to Danube cruises only, but now you can now enjoy this medieval city on a variety of new cruise itineraries (See the New Itinerary Section below.). This is one of our favorite cities in the world; we urge you to read a bit more about Prague in one of our "Port Spotlight" articles (CLICK HERE). When you book your favorite itinerary visiting Prague, you'll receive our exclusive "Premier Thoughts" on this marvelous city. Compiled by our team of cruise experts based on their personal experiences while visiting this remarkable town, "Thoughts" will provide you with a wonderful list of some of our favorite, non-tourist restaurants to try during your visit… yum!

Holiday market cruises. What a great way to spend the holidays!
These cruises continue to gain in popularity each year. If you’re looking for a fun-filled and festive holiday season river cruise, this is for you. There’s nothing more fun than strolling one of the hundreds of European holiday markets in the winter… and it’s really not that cold! Enjoy a mulled mug of gluhwein to warm you up as you have more fun before and after dinner than you ever imagined. There are big, big savings to be had, but you must book early (2017 itineraries are 98% sold out; 2018 will do the same!). To check out the wide variety of Holiday Market cruises available, CLICK HERE.

PRC factoid. The most popular cruise? 14 nights from Amsterdam to Budapest.
It's true... The most popular of all river cruise itineraries goes by many names, but each one travels between Amsterdam to Budapest (or reverse) for 14 glorious nights, and you only have to pack and unpack once! No matter what cruise line, or the name of the itinerary, these 14 night journeys will deliver the best highlights, features, and activities available along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. For best savings of up to $2500 per couple, go in late Spring and Fall (October is especially breathtaking with the Fall colors lighting up the rivers' shores). CLICK HERE to see these cruises.


 

What's NEW? Here's a partial list for you to dig into!
It’s truly amazing to see how innovative cruise lines can be at adapting and improving itineraries on the major rivers of Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, and India. For 2018, there are some really nice new itineraries which marry not only wonderful time on the rivers, but some very practical land extensions that you can enjoy. Check out a few of the more interesting additions below. Click on the "CRUISE DETAILS" buttons to read full, day-by-day itineraries, view route maps, see ship deck plans and ship photo galleries, read testimonials, and cruise line reviews.
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UNIWORLD — SAVE UP TO 30% ON MANY DEPARTURES

THE REMARKABLE RHINE
9 Days | Basel to Amsterdam*
ENCHANTING DANUBE & MUNICH
10 Days | Munich to Budapest
INDIA'S GOLDEN TRIANGLE
AND THE SACRED GANGES RIVER
13 Days | New Delhi to Kolkata

AMAWATERWAYS — SAVE UP TO $1500 ON 2018 DEPARTURES + GET PREPAID TIPS

RHINE & MOSELLE DELIGHTS
11 Days | Zurich to Amsterdam*
(Incl 3 NTs in Zurich)
CHRISTMAS MARKETS ON THE RHINE
12 Days | Basel to Amsterdam
(Incl. 2-NTs each Zurich & Lucerne)
AFRICA'S WILDLIFE & FALLS
13 Days | Roundtrip Johannesburg
(Incl. 1 NT Johannesburg, 2 NTs Victoria Falls, 3 NTs Kruger Nat'l Park)


AVALON WATERWAYS — SAVE UP TO $2500 + UP TO FREE AIRFARE

ACTIVE DISCOVERY ON THE RHINE
8 Days | Basel to Amsterdam*
(Also available on the Danube)
DISCOVER THE GALAPAGOS & PERU
15 Days | Lima to Quito
(Incl. 4 NT Cruise, Machu Picchu & More!)
ULTIMATE SOUTHEAST ASIA
& THE MAJESTIC MEKONG
21 Days | Bangkok to Hanoi
Premier's Exclusive Avalon Waterways Offers... Book by January 31, 2018, for BEST SAVINGS!

TAUCK RIVER CRUISES — ALL INCLUSIVE ITINERARIES

RHINE ENCHANTMENT & MILAN
11 Days | Milan to Amsterdam
(Incl. 2 NTs Milan, 1 NT Lake Como)
MAGICAL MUSIC ON THE DANUBE
12 Days | Budapest to Prague
(Incl. 2-NTs Amsterdam, 1-NT in Lyon
and 1-NT in Prague)
SAVORING FRANCE
10 Days | Paris to Lyon
(Incl. 1 NT each in Paris & Lyon)


CRYSTAL RIVER CRUISES — SAVE UP TO $1000 ON 2018 RIVER CRUISES

EASTERN DANUBE DISCOVERY
11 Days | Roundtrip Vienna
(Incl. 2 NTs Vienna & 7 NT cruise)
DANUBE SERENADE
7 Days | Budapest to Nuremberg
Special Cruise | April 10, 2018 ONLY
New Ship: Mahler | Call for details!
JEWELS OF THE RHINE
15 Days | Amsterdam to Frankfurt
(Incl 2 NTs Amsterdam, 1 NT Basel,
and 1 NT Rudesheim & More!)

VIKING RIVER CRUISES — SAVE UP TO 50% + GET UP TO FREE AIRFARE

PARIS TO THE SWISS ALPS
12 Days | Paris to Zurich
(Incl. 2 NTs each in Paris & Zurich)
THE ELEGANT ELBE
10 Days | Berlin to Prague*
(Incl. 1-NT each in Berlin & Prague)
CITIES OF LIGHT
12 Days | Paris to Prague*
(Incl. 2 NTs each in Paris & Prague)


Money Saving Tip!
For some reason, historically, demand for river cruises is at its highest in June and September. Because of this demand, prices are higher as well. But, what if we told you that Premier could probably save you an additional $500 per person on your river cruise without doing much; would you listen? Of course you would! The way to save an extra $500 is by doing a bit of really good planning. Here's how...

Why not travel in the more moderate in demand months of April, May, July, August, or October and November? You’ll not only enjoy good weather, better prices, but in most of these months, far fewer people aboard ship, or on land translates to more fun, less lines to wait in and better savings on flights, pre/post hotels and just about everything else! Give us a call, and will give you more info on how to save more. 1-855-255-1200.

Start planning your 2018 river cruise vacation.
No matter which itinerary you select, we know that every river cruise will open up a new vacation destination filled with enjoyment, contentment, and ever-lasting memories. The entire Premier Team intimately knows the cruise lines, the rivers, and the destiinations, and we look forward to helping you find and plan the perfect cruise that fits all of your wishes, desires, and needs. If you have any questions or are ready to book, please give us a call at 1-855-255-1200, or drop us an email at info@premierrivercruises.com.


And, by the way... while Emerald Waterways doesn't have new itineraries for 2018, we DO have EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS! Click the coupon below to see all of the incredible offers we have waiting for you on select 2018 Emerald Waterways Europe river cruises

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