If you've ever searched for a river cruise, you may have noticed that there are similar itineraries among suppliers. There are some river cruise packages that are unique, though. You won't find them offered by multiple companies.
Some of the itineraries, however, are limited to only a few cruises each year. Others are available during most of the river cruise season.
Let's take a look at 6 of these unique river cruise packages.
Amagertorv Square in Copenhagen
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The Oder River is the main river for this itinerary. It's connected to the Havel River via the Oder-Havel Canal. Much of the trip is either along the border of Germany and Poland and through Poland itself.
The cruise begins on the Havel River in Berlin and ends on the Oder River in Szczesin, Poland. The other waterway for this itinerary is the Baltic Sea.
Transportation across the Baltic Sea is by ferry boat from Sassnitz, Germany to Trelleborg, Denmark and from Trelleborg to Copenhagen.
CroisiEurope offers an 8-day cruise with packages with departure available between June and August.
Novi Sad, Serbia on the Danube River
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This trip begins on the Tisza River in the city of Tokaj, Hungary and ends on the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary. Tokaj is located in northern Hungary and is about 300 miles north of Novi Sad, Serbia. The Tisza and Danube rivers form a confluence in Novi Sad.
Most of the destinations visited on this cruise are in Hungary.
CroisiEurope offers this 9-day cruise package. Cruise is available in June only.
Château d'Amboise on the Loire River
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This is an interesting itinerary, because transportation is provided by motor coach rather than by high-speed TGV train from Paris to Bordeaux.The trip is longer in duration than most other packages for Bordeaux river cruises, because there is a land tour in France before the river cruise begins.
The river cruise is round trip from Bordeaux and lasts for 8 days. And the land tour prior to embarkation is 6 days. After departing Paris, you’ll spend a couple of days in the Loire Valley region and a day and an evening in the lovely seaport town of La Rochelle, which is located on the Bay of Biscay.
Grand Circle Travel offers this 14-day itinerary with packages available from March through November.
Berlin on the Spree River
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This cruise begins in Berlin and travels westward toward Amsterdam through several cities and Germany and along many different waterways. Almost every city in the itinerary is located on a different river.
CroisiEurope offers this 12-day cruise with packages available in August and September.
Seine River in Conflans, France
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The river cruise for this itinerary is on the Seine River between Paris and Le Havre. Your trip may begin in London or in Paris. If it begins in London, you'll enjoy land tour before your river cruise and a a 3-day visit to Versailles after your cruise.
And if it begins in Paris, you'll begin with a two-night stay in Versaille at the Trianon Palace Versailles, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel. On day 3 you'll board the ms Swiss Sapphire to begin your Seine River Cruise.
Transportation between England and France is via the EuroTunnel, which connects the two countries between the cities of Calais, France and Folkestone, England.
Tauck offers this 12-day cruise with packages available from April through October.
Overlooking the Coast of Monte Carlo
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Itineraries are available from London to Monte Carlo or from Monte Carlo to London. You'll enjoy two separate cruises on this trip. Depending on the direction of your itinerary, your river cruise will either begin on the Seine or on the Rhône.
If your trip begins in London, you'll spend a few days touring the city before traveling to France via the EuroTunnel. Your first river cruise will be on the Seine River from Honfleur to Paris; and from Paris, you'll be transported by high-speed TGV train to Lyon where your second river cruise will begin on the Rhône River.
After your cruise on the Rhône, you'll be transported to Monte Carlo for the remainder of your trip.
If your trip begins in Monte Carlo, the reverse will apply. You'll enjoy a few days in Monte Carlo followed by a Rhône River cruise and then a cruise on the Seine. After your river cruises in France, you'll travel to England via the EuroTunnel.
Tauck offers this 23-day itinerary with packages available from April through September.
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