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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

Avalon Waterways just announced that it will be restarting its Europe sailings in July, joining other companies that will operate Europe river cruises this summer. Click any link below to see a list of that brand's cruises that are set to operate. Emerald, Scenic and Viking have said that vaccinations will be required for all passengers on these sailings. Passengers on the other lines must follow each destination's entry rules, so the expectation is that vaccinations will be required based on plans announced previously by the European Union.

AmaWaterways
Avalon Waterways
Emerald Cruises
Riviera River Cruises
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
Viking

We will continue to bring you the latest updates as river cruises restart in Europe.



U.S. river cruises are operating now, so this week I'll cover America's best rivers for cruising. Sailing these waterways is a carefree and enjoyable way to experience the country's rich heritage and scenic beauty, and Vacations To Go offers every discount, deal and special promotion available for these trips.

Before we get to the highlights, here are some great offers on U.S. river cruises for our customers.

Save up to $2,000 per couple on 2021 and 2022 sailings with American Queen Steamboat Company. Book by June 15.

Save up to $1,200 per couple on 2021 and 2022 itineraries with American Cruise Lines.

Fly from $299 per person from select gateways and save up to $1,000 per couple off the cruise price of 2022 Viking cruises in certain cabin categories. Book by June 30.

Below are brief summaries of what you might experience while cruising America's rivers. Click the links to see all the latest deals and a complete list of itineraries.

Board a comfortable ship and cruise the Mississippi River, which winds its way from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. On the Upper Mississippi, you can visit Mark Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, and explore the arts scene in Red Wing, Minnesota. During the fall, see brightly colored autumn foliage. On the lower half of the river, experience Southern hospitality as you tour beautifully restored mansions, like Oak Alley in Louisiana, and dine on world-famous cuisine in New Orleans' French Quarter.

As the largest tributary of the Mississippi River, the Ohio River was a major transportation route for Native Americans, European explorers and settlers. Sailings can include Henderson, Kentucky, once home to naturalist and painter John James Audubon; keep an eye out for the 12 bronze bird statues around town, plus one of Audubon. In Paducah, Kentucky -- where the Ohio meets the Tennessee River -- the galleries of the LowerTown Arts District are big draws. Madison is on the Indiana Wine Trail, and Louisville, Kentucky, is known for its horse-racing heritage. Ohio River itineraries can include segments on the Mississippi River.

The Tennessee River covers four states, flowing from east of Knoxville, Tennessee, to Paducah, where it converges with the Ohio River. During the Civil War, Union troops strategically used the river to invade Confederate territory, leaving behind a notable list of Civil War sites. Tennessee River itineraries might feature the Shiloh National Military Park south of Savannah, Tennessee, and the W.C. Handy Home & Museum in Florence, Alabama, where the "Father of the Blues" was born in 1873.

Head west to the Columbia River in Oregon and Washington and follow in the footsteps of famed explorers Lewis and Clark. Itineraries also incorporate sights on the Snake River. These trips offer opportunities to see the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, the Columbia River Gorge and the Bonneville Dam, a National Historic Site whose construction started in 1934.

The Hudson River flows from the Adirondack Mountains to New York City. Fall sailings showcase the region's brilliant foliage, breathtaking scenery and grand architecture. Famous landmarks include Sleepy Hollow, Franklin D. Roosevelt's Springwood estate in Hyde Park and West Point Military Academy.



Here are this week's Top 10 River Cruises. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.

1) Lyon & Provence, 8 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Lyon and Marseille. Fly from $399 per person and save up to $1,000 per couple. Starting at $2,499. Departures from July 18, 2021 through November 15, 2022.

2) Charms of the South, 9 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Travels between Memphis and New Orleans. Save up to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $1,999. Departures from November 7, 2021 through December 31, 2022.

3) Rhine River Cruise, 9 days with Gate 1. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel. Starting at $2,099. Departures from October 14, 2021 through November 8, 2022.

4) Rhine Getaway, 8 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel. Fly from $399 per person and save up to $1,000 per couple. Plus, receive a free Silver Spirits beverage package on July & August departures. Starting at $2,799. Departures from July 18, 2021 through December 18, 2022.

5) Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy, 8 days with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. Begins and ends in Venice. Save up to 10%. Starting at $2,949. Departures from April 3 through October 31, 2022.

6) Paris to Normandy, 8 days with Avalon Waterways. Begins and ends in Paris. Save up to $1,500 per couple. Starting at $3,299. Departures from July 20, 2021 through September 27, 2022.

7) Taste of Bordeaux, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Begins and ends in Bordeaux. Save up to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $3,299. Departures from July 29, 2021 through November 10, 2022.

8) Mississippi River Cruise, 8 days with American Cruise Lines. Begins and ends in New Orleans. Save up to $1,200 per couple. Starting at $3,795. Departures from June 15, 2021 through May 3, 2022.

9) Columbia & Snake Rivers, 8 days with American Cruise Lines. Travels between Clarkston and Portland. Save up to $1,000 per couple. Starting at $3,795. Departures from July 30, 2021 through April 16, 2022.

10) Secrets of the Douro, 8 days with Emerald Waterways. Begins and ends in Porto. Save up to $2,000 per couple, plus receive $250 per couple in additional discounts. Starting at $3,895. Departures from July 31 through November 13, 2021.

Customers in the US and Canada can call us toll-free at 800-510-4002. For a list of our other toll-free numbers worldwide, click here.

Please e-mail me your comments, suggestions and questions at alanfox@rivercruise.com and I will respond the same day.

Sincerely,

Alan Fox
Executive Chairman
Vacations To Go