River cruise operator Riviera Travel has revealed its European river cruise schedule for 2020 including a new ship and cruise itinerary.


The ‘Vienna, Bohemia & Treasures of the Danube’ cruise with Riviera Travel will take in Vienna’s Baroque architecture and dazzling palaces. 

Launching next year, the new ship, MS Geoffrey Chaucer, will be sailing five itineraries including; the Heart of Europe, The Blue Danube and Bruges, Medieval Flanders, Amsterdam and the Dutch Bulbfields

It will have capacity for 169 passengers as well as offering a sun-deck, splash pool and a putting green.

Riviera has also added a new cruise itinerary for 2020 on board MS Thomas Hardy called Vienna, Bohemia & Treasures of the Danube. It takes in Vienna’s fine architecture and palaces before cruising down the Danube alongside the vine-clad slopes of the Wachau Valley and exploring the towns in the region.

Just some of the itinerary highlights include: 

  • Guided tours of medieval Regensburg. 
  • Picture-perfect Linz, set amidst a fairy-tale Bohemian landscape of rolling hills. 
  • Discovery of the famous abbeys at Göttweig and Aldersbach. 
  • A live classical quartet recital on board. 

It is scheduled for July to September and includes seven-nights full board accommodation as well as a programme of daily tours and excursions.

About Riviera

Riviera now offers 15 river cruise itineraries in Europe aboard its fleet of 13 five-star ship.

Sailing ten of Europe’s most picturesque rivers and waterways, the itineraries focus on delivering authentic local experiences, exquisite river views and delving into the local history at each stop, from wine tasting in the vineyards of Burgundy to visiting Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg. 

Some of its itineraries on offer include The Heart of Europe where your group will experience the scenery of the Rhine Gorge, Main and Danube as well as the Budapest to the Black Sea river cruise, which includes a visit to the iconic rock formations at Belogradchi and a tour of the historic city of Belgade, seeing the magnificent Kalemegdan Fortress. 

Each cruise includes return flights or rail connections and transfers, tours and excursions with expert guides and cruise directors, accommodation in luxurious cabins or suites, all with river views and five-star service. 

Group bookings

Riviera Travel has a dedicated groups team to help plan your next cruise. If you’re looking to take a large group, the chosen tour can be operated as a private group and at no extra cost to the brochure price on most occasions.

It also offers tailor-made itineraries to groups with special interests and allows group travel organisers to take advantage of ‘low deposits’ to secure places.

Riviera’s national sales manager Tom Morgan, said they were anticipating “another year of outstanding growth ahead” with an expected 50,000 passengers on river cruises.

For more information, visit www.rivieratravel.co.uk