Shearings have just released their new 2013 River Cruise brochure and it is packed with great value, exciting holidays throughout Europe and beyond. Backed by ABTA a Shearings holiday is always well thought out from the time you board your outgoing coach and met your experienced driver through to the choice of accommodation and the well planned excursions included in your trip.
There are fifteen new destinations, enabled by the addition of two new to Shearings river cruise ships the MS Alegria, a large roomy boat with four passenger decks and space for 102 passengers and the more intimate MS Princess with its two passenger decks. There are also two new rivers to explore the Elbe, which flows through Germany and the Czech Republic so enables you to explore Berlin and Prague; and the Dnieper which is the third longest river in Europe and flows through Russia.
There is a really varied selection of cruises from as far afield as Egypt to Spain, Russia and again new for this year Indochina including Vietnam and Cantonese. You really need to check out the brochure but here are some examples of trips included for the first time this year.
Great Cities of the Danube
Sail along this super river taking in the scenery. The boat stops at the cities of Passau, Krems, Vienna, Bratislava and Durnstein.
Treasures of Andalucia.
Join your boat at Seville the ‘city of light’ where you get the chance to explore the city so you can visit the cathedral and the Alkazar Palace, then it’s on to Cadiz with the option of watching an evening of flamenco dancing. The cruise also takes in the Algarve area of Portugal and the Rock of Gilbrator with a visit to see the Barbury apes.
Journey to Odessa.
The cruise element of the holiday starts from the historic Kiev which has enjoyed Viking, Cossack and Ukranian influence during its long history. The boat stays moored at Kiev for a couple of days to give you chance to really explore this beautiful city. Then its on to Kaniv and Kremenchuk where you can take a walking tour of the city buildings some of which date back to 1571. The cruise also takes in Zaporozhye, the home of the Cossacks which is respected by the ship as you will be introduced to some Ukaranian food and culture on board, even the opportunity for some Ukranian language lessons. At Kherson you board a smaller boat so you can explore the narrow canals to Fisherman’s Island. Visit Sevastopol where the Charge of the Light Brigade started and go round some of the 1800 historical sites. The cruise terminates in Odessa where again you have a few days to explore the city.
Discover Indochina and the Mekong.
Again a brand new destination for 2013, the cruise starts from Ho Chi Minh City where you can visit the National History Museum. The cruise sails along the Chao Gao Canal to Sa Dec the “Garden of the Cochin Chine” the colonial capital where your stay includes a tour of the town taking in a primary school and also a visit to some silk weavers at Charm Village. From Vietnam it’s in to Cambodia and Phnom Penh where you take a ‘tuk tuk’ trip and there is and Apsara Dance show on board the boat in the evening. See the floating village at Lake Tonle Sap the largest freshwater lake in the region.
As with all Shearings cruises you can opt to join your cruise by coach, car or plane it is totally up to you but rest assured from the moment your Shearings holiday starts your enjoyment and comfort is everyone’s priority. So have a look at their brochure and book your 2013 River Cruise today- you will get to see so much of your chosen country and as well as the included excursions there are optional outings to visit specific areas of interest so you can widen your holiday even further you even get the option to extend your holiday with a few nights in a hotel at the end.