Friday, 29 January 2016

Many different points of view

Whether you want to visit the vineyards of Bordeaux or see a tropical rainforest, you can on a river cruise

Written by Wendy Gomersall
Voyages Jules Verne’s An Iberian River Journey is a seven-night cruise on the picturesque Douro River through northern Portugal to Spain. Departing during April to October, the holiday costs from £1,295 per person, including flights from Gatwick, transfers, full board on the MS Douro Prince, wine at dinner, a city tour of Porto and a visit to Salamanca. Single supplements are restricted on some dates. 020-3553 3722,

New from Kirker Holidays is an eight-night, tailor-made holiday in France, from £3,498 per person, combining two nights in a five-star hotel in Bordeaux with a six-night cruise on the Canal de Garonne between Castet-en- Dorthe and Boé aboard the converted clipper Rosa. B&B is included in Bordeaux; all meals, drinks and excursions aboard the barge. Flights from the UK to Bordeaux are also included. 020-7593 2288,

travel-590-3Voyages Jules Verne’s Iberian River Cruise calls at Porto

Singles holiday experts Solos Holidays offers three sevennight Rhine river cruises through the Netherlands, France and Germany, on Avalon Felicity (24 April), Avalon Tranquility (7 May) or Avalon Imagery II (28 May). The price, from £2,050 per person, includes flights from Heathrow and full board when you’re afloat, with a Captain’s Welcome Reception, Welcome Dinner and Farewell Gala Dinner. Guided excursions also included.  0844-815 0005,

travel-590-2The ‘hotel barge’ Rosa

Book before 29 February and save up to £2,400 per couple on a 15-day Magnificent Europe Royal Collection river cruise operated by APT Luxury River Cruises, sailing from Amsterdam and ending in Budapest, Hungary. The cruise departs on 4 November and the highlights include Cologne, Melk and Vienna. Prices from £2,295 per person. APT’s all inclusive ‘Royal Collection’ cruises in Europe feature a host of VIP experiences and events.  0800-012 6683,

travel-590-4The Douro Prince and (inset) Bagan temples Strasbourg, on the Rhine

Sunvil’s nine-night trip to Ecuador, from £3,949 per person, encompasses two nights’ B&B in Quito, a fournight Amazon basin cruise with full board aboard the luxury boutique vessel Anakonda, and a three-day stay at the Hacienda Piman in Northern Ecuador, near Ibarra. Flights from London, transfers, guided tours and internal flights are included.  020-8758 4774,

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