CIE Tours Launches First River Cruise Collection

The Emily Bronte

CIE Tours has expanded its offerings to include its first-ever River Cruise Collection, with sailings on the Rhine and Danube, according to a statement.

CIE Tours’ eight-day river cruise offerings include a one-way Rhine Cruise to Switzerland, traveling from Cologne to Basel, and a round-trip The Blue Danube from Budapest to Linz and back.

Tour itineraries include:

• Rhine Cruise to Switzerland (8 days starting at $1,969 per person): Setting sail from Cologne, CIE Tours’ Rhine Cruise lets travelers explore storybook palaces and quaint medieval villages while treating them to spectacular views of the Rhine Gorge, the Black Forest and Swiss Alps. It includes stops in Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg, Breisach, Titisee, Lucerne and Basel. Guests will enjoy a special Captain’s Dinner one night, showcasing culinary specialties from each region the cruise passes through.

• The Blue Danube (8 days starting at $1,559 per person): This cruise takes guests through the heart of three historic capitals—Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna—as it wends its way to the Baroque city of Linz and back. A wealth of attractions await travelers along the way, from magnificent castles to quiet abbeys, mighty fortresses to elegant gardens, and ancient villages to thriving cities. From Linz, guests have the option of a guided walking tour of Salzburg. Among the onboard highlights of this cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime private recital by a Viennese string quartet.

Both cruises in the CIE Tours’ River Cruise Collection are distinguished by upscale service from an English-speaking crew, according to a press release.

Most suites include a French balcony. Onboard dining is described as superb and ranges from an early risers’ breakfast to midnight snacks, as well as tea and coffee in cabin. Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship. All are included in the price of the tour, as are daily excursions, port charges and airport tax. Other on-ship amenities include optional massages, steam and sauna, a nail and hair salon, fitness room, and heated sun-deck plunge pool.

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