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The Best Times To Book a River Cruise To Save The Most Money
When you book your trip will make a big difference in cost, so here are some tips about the best times to book a river cruise in order to get the best deal.
When the River Cruise Line is Offering a Special Deal.
Viking offers special discounts for cruises during their off-season times which are scattered throughout the year. It's a safe bet that you'll be able to find a discount during the quiet season sailing the Mediterranean, Europe in late fall, the Caribbean in late spring, and late summer, though you'll want to research specific dates before you book. It's pretty easy to find money-saving river cruise sailings once you know where to look.
Occasionally vacation packages will also include 2-for-1 Cruise Fares plus Free Airfare. Free Gratuities, Reduced Airfares under $500, and Stateroom Upgrades may also be on offer. Anyone who's cruised before knows that these deals are definitely worth grabbing.
This probably seems like a no-brainer, but many people still have the misconception that river cruises will be cheaper if they buy them directly from the cruise line. That is, simply, just not true. Travel Agents have the best available offers, including exclusive 'packaged" prices and amenities. Often sweetened with shipboard spending cash, cabin upgrades and other incentives. Plus, you get your very own knowledgeable well-traveled river cruise expert, not a different order-taker, each time you call.
Featured Destination Tip
On the Rhine Getaway cruise you'll experience a guided tour of Strasbourg. See the European Parliament and tour the interior of the city’s famed cathedral. The afternoon is free to further explore this Alsatian city’s blend of French and German cultures, resplendent churches, medieval covered bridges, verdant parks and handsome Art Nouveau and modernist architecture. Don't forget to visit the picturesque Petite France neighborhood. Alternately, join an optional excursion into Alsatian wine country for an informative winery tour and tasting. Or, spend your full day exploring culinary Strasbourg on an optional excursion; as you explore the city and take in its sights, you will savor samples of the renowned Alsatian cuisine, from regional dessert specialties and meats to wine pairings with local foods. On board that evening, enjoy a Taste of Germany dinner event.
( Marty & Raye Trencher, Petite France Quarter, Strasburg, France )
INSIDER TIP River
cruises don’t actually dock in Strasbourg. They dock in
Kehl, Germany, just over the international bridge.
Shuttles run back and forth into town, and the trip
usually takes less than 15 minutes.
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Rhine Getaway Details
Visit all the highlights of the legendary Rhine in just 8 days. In Germany, see the many charming castles commanding the riverbanks as you sail by, and tour both Marksburg Castle and the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. Admire Cologne, the jewel of the Rhine, with its awe-inspiring Dom, and experience the lush landscape of the Black Forest region. Also, explore Holland’s famous windmills and waterworks, encounter multicultural Strasbourg in France, and take part in the inviting nightlife in Rudesheim’s Drosselgasse. On this itinerary you see a lot-without spending a lot of time.
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