NEW YORK, Jan. 18, 2006 â€“ Peter Deilmann Cruises is offering an expanded program of golf theme cruises this year on both its European river cruises and ocean sailings on the Mediterranean, Atlantic, Baltic and around the British Isles. Golf enthusiasts can sail the inland waterways of the Danube, Rhine, Rhone and Seine rivers, visit historic cities and towns and golf on some of Europeâ€™s most renowned courses. Departures are between April and September.
Deilmann river cruises feature golf in the Danube regions of Austria, Hungary and Germany, the Provence region of France on the RhÃ´ne, the Normandy region of France on the Seine and the Rhineland areas of Germany, France and Switzerland. The six river cruise and golf packages include pre- or post-hotel stays that offer additional opportunities to golf at nearby courses.
For ocean cruisers, Deilmann has seven golf and sailing holidays on the luxury liner Deutschland to Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Monaco, the British Isles and Scandinavia that offer free air from 16 U.S. cities. The first ocean golfing cruise is the Italian Golf Cup 2006, April 12-24, a 12-night sailing on the Mediterranean with play at six courses in Venice, Ravenna, Syracusa, Olbia (Sardinia), Genoa and Pisa. The Mediterranean Golf Cup 2006, April 24-May 6, allows golfers to play courses in Rome, Ajaccio (Corsica), Monte Carlo, St. Tropez and Puerto Banus, Sotogrande and Seville in Spain.
The Atlantic Golf Cup, May 3-18, combines a 12-night sailing with nine rounds of golf that feature five courses in southern Spain on the Mediterranean and includes three nights at Hotel Duques de Medinaceli, near Cadiz, Spain. On the Atlantic, courses played are in Lisbon, Santander, La Pallice and St. Malo, France. The Britannia Golf Cup, May 26-June 9, is a 14-night sailing with seven rounds of golf in England, Ireland and Scotland including the Nick Faldo course in London and the famous 36-hole Gleneagles course near Edinburgh.
Golf from Ireland to Spain
The Ireland Golf Cup 2006 cruise, Aug. 12-25, features six courses in Ireland and England on a 13-night sailing, with play in Glenngarriff and Dublin in Ireland, Belfast in Northern Ireland and London, Cobh and Plymouth in England. Deauville and St. Nazaire are two of three golf courses in France and others in Belgium, Spain and Portugal are part of a late summer Atlantic sailing, Sept. 21-Oct. 4, on a 13-night sailing from Hamburg to Malaga.
Four Deilmann five-star river ships are offering golf theme cruises with two on the Princesse de Provence and the Cezanne and one on the Mozart and Heidelberg. Golf and RhÃ´ne River cruises in Provence, May 9-20 and Sept. 5-16, begin with three days of play at the 240-acre Pont Royal Golf course and three or four nights at the Chateau Hotel Le Moulin de Vernegues, 10 minutes away. The package includes six rounds of golf and a seven-night sailing on the Princesse de Provence from Arles to Avignon, Tournon, Vienne, Macon and Lyon. Rates start at $2,580 per person for an outside twin cabin and include transfers, green fees, pull cart, travel to and from the courses and guides.
The Normandy Golf tournament players cruise on the Cezanne on the Seine from Paris to Rouen, May 13-24 and Sept. 2-13. The six golf courses on this itinerary include the 27-hole Omaha Beach Golf Club at Bayeux, the Etretat golf course situated high atop spectacular white cliffs and the Deauville Golf Club. The 12-day cruise and golf package ends with four nights at the Hostellerie de Tourgeville or Hotel du Golf Barrier and is priced from $3,045 per person outside twin.
On a Rhine cruise aboard the five-star Heidelberg, Deilmann offers an 11-day golf cruise tour, July 8-18, with six days of play at three courses in Strasbourg, France, one in Switzerland and two in Germany. Following the seven-night Rhine cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, participants stay three nights at Le Kempferhof Hotel in the Alsace region of France. The all-inclusive package price starts at $3,000 per person for an outside twin cabin.
Deductions for non-golfing companions
The Mozart Golf Cup cruise tour on the Danube, Sept. 10-21, features tournament play at clubs in Vienna, Budapest, and three of the six 18-hole courses in the eastern Bavarian resort of Bad Griesbach, including one designed by golfer Bernhard Langer. This golf theme cruise combines a seven-night Danube cruise aboard the five-star Mozart roundtrip from Passau, Germany, to Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and small towns in Austria and Hungary with four nights at the Hotel King Ludwig in Bad Griesbach. The 12-day package rates start at $3,160 per person for an outside twin.
Depending on the itinerary, non-golfing river cruise companions deduct between $400 and $650 from the river cruise golf package price. Golfing guides for each of the tournaments are players and tour managers from different clubs in Germany. Deilmann arranges hotel stays, shore excursion packages, air transportation, meet and greet service and transfers between airports and ships for all river cruises. Additional cruise dates are available for groups of six or more players.
Air/sea golfing holidays on ocean voyages aboard the MS Deutschland for an 11-night cruise start at $4,788 per person twin, including free air from 16 U.S. cities. Singles start at $5,221. These air/sea packages from New York and 15 other U.S. gateways include air transportation, cruise and golf program, free transfers to and from the ship, green fees, pull cart, use of driving range if available, golf escort and tips. Air fares from 32 other cities cost only $60 to $170. Non-golfing companions deduct $700 to $1,100 from ocean golf cruise prices.
Golfers can view and download the day-by-day itineraries of the golf programs online by logging on to www. deilmann-cruises.com.
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