Riviera River Cruises is making it easier than ever for solo travelers to enjoy the wonders of a European river cruise. The U.K.-based line is offering two specific departures for solo travelers. “Burgundy, the River Rhone and Provence River Cruise for Solo Travelers” departs on November 6, 2018. The eight-day roundtrip from Lyon, France takes place on the 140-passenger MS Lord Byron.
“The Blue Danube for Solo Passengers” departs on November 1 and 4, 2018. The eight-day cruises sail roundtrip from Budapest aboard the 169-passenger MS Oscar Wilde and MS Thomas Hardy.
Both itineraries waive single supplements for solo travelers.
Both also take in some of Europe’s most acclaimed scenery and cultural attractions. The Burgundy and Provence cruise traverses some of the most famous landscapes of France. Along the way, it takes in spectacular natural beauty, medieval marvels, Roman ruins and famous wine-growing regions.
Beginning in France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, the cruise sets out on the Saone and Rhône, tracing ancient trade routes.
Trip highlights include a guided tour of Lyon and cruise through the Rhône valley. In Beaune, the center of the Burgundy wine region, guests will enjoy a wine tasting. A guided tour of Arles includes the extraordinary Roman amphitheater and home of Vincent Van Gogh. While, the preserved city of Avignon still bears traces of its medieval roots as the one-time seat of the Papacy.
Solo travelers can also choose from one of two Danube departures. The eight-day itinerary travels through Austria, Hungary and Slovakia. It ventures to storied cities, towns and scenery that inspired Strauss and Mozart, among others.
Highlights of the Danube itinerary include a tour of Budapest, plus an excursion to the historic center of Esztergom. From Budapest, the cruise continues to the beautiful old town of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. The cruise continues to Austria’s famous wine-growing region of the Wachau Valley. Overlooking the narrow streets of Dürnstein stands the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after the Crusades. And, the imposing Melk Abbey in Melk, Austria is considered one of the jewels of the Baroque period.
From Linz, Austria, a motor coach excursion takes guests to Salzburg. It’s the birthplace of Mozart and backdrop for “The Sound of Music.” And imperial Vienna is the home of Strauss and the Hapsburg dynasty; a distinctive café culture, the Spanish riding school and more. In addition to daily excursions, guests will also enjoy a classical quartet recital on board.
While meals and daily excursions are included in the cruise price, the line offers drinks packages from $129 per person.
Riviera River Cruises operates a fleet of eleven vessels. It recently christened the 167-passenger MS