GARDENS, GOLF, MUSIC AND WELLNESS THEME CRUISES
HIGHLIGHT DEILMANN EUROPEAN RIVER SAILINGS IN 2007
NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2006 "“ "Great Rivers of Europe 2007", Peter Deilmann's 120-page river cruise catalogue now available by mail or online, features new wellness and hiking theme cruises together with music, golf, gardens and cycling cruises on its eight award-winning river ships. This is the fourth year Deilmann is offering theme cruises on its weekly cruises on the Danube, Rhine, Moselle, RhÃ´ne, SaÃ´ne, Seine, Elbe, Neckar, Vltava, Oder and other rivers from March 24 through Nov. 10, 2007.
Cruisers can unlock stress and muscle tension in the newly designed wellness spa facilities and with massage treatments on one-week Wellness theme cruises on the 110-passenger Heidelberg, March 31 and Aug. 11, and on the Mozart, April 29 and July 22. Wellness professionals sail with the cruises to present health and fitness sessions. New hiking programs are part of five cruises on the Cezanne and Princesse de Provence sailing on the Seine and RhÃ´ne in France with five departures between May 19 and Sept. 22.
There are seven golf cruises on six different river ships departing between May 19 and Oct. 6 and eight garden theme cruises on five ships with departures between May 19 and Oct. 14. Cycling cruises are available on six vessels with multiple departures throughout the season.
Deilmann also has 15 independent cruise tour programs in 2007 including the popular 17-day package that combines Lake Como and Villa d'Este, Venice, the Orient Express to Paris and a Seine River cruise. Other itineraries focus on European capitals, northern Europe, France and the coast of Normandy and combine Seine and RhÃ´ne river cruises. The cruise tours vary in length from nine to 17 days.
The 96-passenger Casanova will have seven-night cruises on the Rhine and Moselle, Main-Danube Canal and the Neckar River to Heidelberg and nine- to 11-night sailings on the Rhine and Danube and a 14-night grand cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest. Deilmann's new "Discovery Add-ons," provide travelers with flexibility by offering them a choice of destinations at the beginning or end of their cruise.
The 110-passenger Heidelberg will sail seven-night cruises on the Rhine and Moselle, Main-Danube Canal and in April on Dutch and Belgian canals. The five-star vessel will call at Rhine cities and towns in four countries visiting Amsterdam, Cologne, RÃ¼desheim, Koblenz, Basel, Strasbourg and the wine towns of Bernkastel, Cochem and Trier on the smaller Moselle River. Ghent, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bruges and Brussels are destinations on spring flower cruises on roundtrip sailings from Amsterdam.
The popular seven-night Danube cruises from Passau in the Bavarian region of Germany, two hours from Munich, will operate on the 200-passenger Mozart, which has the largest cabins of any river vessel, 203 sq. ft. Both the Mozart and 96-passenger Casanova will sail 10- and 11-night Danube cruises from Passau to Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and other cities and towns to the Black Sea in Romania.
The 100-passenger Cezanne will sail from Paris on the Seine offering itineraries that feature an overnight stay on board in Paris and sailings from Rouen as well as Paris. Cruises call at towns and villages where the Impressionist painters lived and worked. Highlights of RhÃ´ne and SaÃ´ne river cruises on the 70-cabin Princesse de Provence are the Beaujolais, ChÃ¢teauneuf-du-Pape and Macon-Villages vineyards and the historic Provencal cities of Avignon and Arles. Cruises originate in Lyon and Arles.
The Frederic Chopin and Katharina von Bora, both 79-passenger ships, will sail alternately from Prague and Potsdam (Berlin) on seven-night cruises on the Vltava, Havel and Elbe rivers. The 106-passenger Dresden, will offer seven-night sailings on the Elbe River, alternately from Hamburg and Dresden, visiting the Martin Luther town of Wittenberg, porcelain-famous Meissen, stately Pillnitz Palace, the stylish sea port city of Hamburg and beautifully restored Dresden, returning to its former glory, and on an excursion, the fascinating, continually changing capital of Berlin.
Restored, lively Berlin, now 60 miles wide with the former East and West Berlins combined, and the Czech capital of Prague, with its pristine Old World churches and spires, are the focus of seven-night cruises of the Katharina and Frederic Chopin that call at Magdeburg, Wittenberg, Meissen, Dresden (overnight) and Prague (overnight).
Seven of the eight Deilmann river ships are five-star; the 148-passenger Princesse de Provence is four-star. Seven-night river cruises begin at $1,375, per person twin. The 2007Great Rivers of Europe brochures are available from travel agencies.
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