Grand Circle Travel Launches 2008 President’s Cruise Featuring the “Great Rivers of Europe”
#1 BEST SELLING RIVER CRUISE WILL INCLUDE EIGHT SPECIAL FEATURES AND TOURS
BOSTON, MA—Grand Circle Travel (GCT) is offering a President’s cruise in 2008 that will add special features and tours to what is already the most popularf river cruise in the company’s history. “The Great Rivers of Europe 2008 President’s Cruise” departs June 8 and will feature Grand Circle’s award winning, privately owned and operated M/S Melody, a 140-passenger ship with all outside cabins. The cruise begins at $4195 or just $263 a day and includes international air from New York or Newark.
“In just 10 years, small ship travel has completely overtaken land travel as the preferred way that our travelers, Americans over 50, want to see the world,” said Alan E. Lewis, Grand Circle’s Chairman and CEO. “Our President’s cruise enriches our best-selling river cruise with additional events, discussions, and sightseeing to provide travelers with a closefr look into a part of the world that is so rich in history and culture.”
“The Great Rivers of Europe 2008 President’s Cruise” brings travelers through parts of Austria (Vienna), Germany (Passau, Nurnberg, Bamberg, Koblenz, Cologne), and the Netherlands (Amsterdam). In addition to what’s included on regular departures, the President’s Cruise will add eight features and tours to enhance the journey as follows:
SPECIAL PRESIDENT’S CRUISE EVENTS:
- Visit to and brewery lunch at the “castle city” of Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Czech Republic, renowned for its well-preserved medieval center and for having the second-largest castle in Europe with 40 buildings
- Choral concert in Regensburg performed by the world-famous Regensburger Domspatzen, or “Cathedral Sparrows”, a boys’ choir dating bfack to 975
- Walking tour of Heidelberg, followed by a performance of “The Student Prince”
- Visit to Mauthausen, Austria, home to a former concentration camp that in 1949 was designated as a national monument
- Discussion on the European Union with a knowledgeable local politician
- Visit to Cochem, one of the best wine regions of the Mosel Valley, for wine tasting and visit to the region’s prominent castle, Reichsburg Cochem
- Visit to a synagogue in Cologne followed by a discussion about Jewish life in Germany today
- Gala Dinner
In addition to these features, “The Great Rivers of Europe 2008 President’s Cruise” includes roundtrip international airfare from New York or Newark (with low add-on fares from other U.S. cities); an airport welcome by a GCT representative; private, roundtrip airport/pier transfers; 14 nights aboard the M/S Melody in an outside cabin; exclusive sightseeing tours; intercultural Discovery Series events; services of up to four local Grand Circle Program Directors; private motor coach land travel; and more.
Sightseeing includes excursions in Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, Mainz, Wertheim, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nurnberg, Regensburg, Passau, and Melk Abbey. Other activities include folkloric performances and local music entertainment aboard the ship, a traditional Kaffeeklatsch in the home of a Bavarian family, wine tasting, glass-blowing and silver-smithing demonstrations, discussions on local history and culture, language lessons, and more.
Travelers aboard the M/S Melody will be joined by Zoran Novak, Grand Circle’s President of European Rivers, and Toni Serka, Regional General Manager of the Rhine, Main, and Danube.
Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises was cited in 2007 by Travel + Leisure readers as the world’s #1 “Best Value Cruise Line” and one of the “Top 10 Best Cruise Lines for Service”, while Condé Nast Traveler listed the fleet to its prestigious Gold List in 2007 and 2006. The M/S Melody is one of five Grand Circle ships cited by Condé Nast Traveler readers as among the world’s best small ships in 2007 and 2006.
Costs for “The Great Rivers of Europe 2008 President’s Cruise” ranges from $4195 to $5095, depending on cabin selection as follows: the Cantanta deck ($4495); the Sonata Deck ($4595); and the Serenade Deck ($5095). Travelers who wish to extend their trip may choose a three-night pre-trip stay in Vienna, Austria from $625 and/or a four-night, post-trip stay in Brussels & Bruges from $545.
About Grand Circle
Established in 1958, Grand Circle Corporation is the leader in international travel, adventure, and discovery for Americans age 50 and older. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., the company has more than 45 offices throughout Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, the Americas, and Africa. Through its brands, Grand Circle Travel and Overseas Adventure Travel, the company offers more than 100 extended stay vacations, escorted tours, river cruises, barge trips, ocean cruises, and adventure programs. Grand Circle owns and operates a fleet of 50+ ships, from 22-passenger canal barges to the 330-passenger M/S Paul Gauguin. The Grand Circle Foundation has donated more than $30 million to humanitarian, cultural, and environmental organizations around the world since 1992.