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Travel Deals: Now Is the Time to Book River Cruises

Locations in this article:  Amsterdam, Netherlands Budapest, Hungary Paris, France Rome, Italy Venice, Italy Vienna, Austria

Viking - Douro Valley Ship exterior small (2)There are two times when it’s great to travel to Europe, and neither are the summer high season. For great deals, fewer crowds, and a really authentic experience, consider traveling in the spring and fall. But for a really cool European experience, consider a river cruise. The ships are smaller, the experience is more tailored, and the shore excursions offer unique access. Though you’re at least a month away from traveling, now is the time to start booking river cruises, as they fill up quickly. Don’t miss out on these cruising opportunities.

Viking River Cruises has a 2-for-1 one deal for those who book before February 28. The multiple award-winning line is currently giving you the freedom to sail on the Rhine, Main, or Danube Rivers running from the North to the Black Sea. The trip can be anywhere from 7 to 23 nights. Prices start from $1,648 and vary upon length and destination. Click here for details.

Avalon Waterways is offering a savings of $1,000 per couple if you book before February 25. This promotion is valid for a variety of dates and journeys. Prices start at $1,800, depending on length of cruise (6-15 day), room type, and tour. Act now and visit them online for more information.

The Victoria Jenna, Uniworld CruisesUniworld River Cruise is helping you get to Europe for less. This fall, you’ll have access to a number of air credits, where you save $1,500 to $4,000 per couple off the air-inclusive price of select Uniworld River Cruises. Book by February 28 for sailings that head to Paris, Porto, Rome, Venice, Bordeaux, Budapest, Vienna, Istanbul, Amsterdam, and Basel.  Prices start at $3,249, depending on the tour and length. Check the website for more information.

Ama Watermarks is offering a perfect deal for wine lovers. Promo Code Pr1002 will save you $1,500 based on a double occupancy for 8-9 nights, cruising between March-November. Thinking about traveling solo? They’ve got you covered, with no single supplement on the brochure fare for you. The 2014 Wine Theme Cruise docks in Budapest, Vilshofen, Amsterdam, Paris, and Basel. Check out their website for more info.

A_RosaaRosa is offering a $1,000 savings per stateroom after depositing a 2014 sailing tour before February 28. The discount is valid for any cruise in any category, suited included. The offer is based on double occupancy. If you pay in full by February 28, you can save up to $1,320 and will receive a 6 percent savings off the cruise-only fare. aRosa sails the Rhine, Danube, and Rhone/Saone Rivers on cruises for 7 to 10 days. Click here for more information.

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