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A Group Holiday, Your Way

When you travel in a group, to us you’re still very much an individual, and whilst we include everything your group might need in our prices, there are still plenty of ways to ensure each member ends up with a very special holiday that’s just right for them too.

From upgrading your cabin or hotel accommodation, perhaps with a balcony or fabulous view, to additional fascinating experiences, tours and visits or lengthening your holiday with a superb extension package, here’s some of the ways to personalise and enhance your time away.

Upgrade your experience
If you’re cruising on Europe’s finest waterways aboard one of our luxurious award-winning river cruises, to add an extra special touch to your experience, you can opt to upgrade your cabin for instance; spoil yourself with a Deluxe Suite and benefit from additional living space while you relax and unwind in your sumptuous surroundings, and feel like a VIP as you sit back on your own private balcony, catching up on some long overdue me time over a chilled glass of wine and your latest read perhaps. Or you might opt for one of our superb cabins with full length sliding glass doors to soak in the magnificent views as your drift along. Plus, when you upgrade, you’ll also benefit from some handy added extras included in our Riviera Plus: smart handset with a host of useful features, unlimited calls, text messages and internet usage on board or ashore, a bottle of sparkling wine ready and waiting on arrival in your cabin, luxury toiletries, a fresh fruit platter, and an aperitif each evening to enjoy with your fellow travellers in the elegant lounge.

Indulge in a drinks package
For one less thing to worry about whilst you’re away and you’re planning on spending lots of time ashore, and only ordering drinks with meals, you might opt to add a convenient drinks package, offering a selection of wines by the glass, draught and non-alcoholic beer, juices and soft drinks during lunch and dinner.

Make it your own
You can also ensure your holiday is just right for you by enhancing your itinerary with a carefully selected range of inspirational and fascinating experiences. Visit a world-renowned gallery, tour a famed riding school or taste the finest wines at a celebrated vineyard – the choice is yours. Simply inform your cruise director or tour manager who will be able to make the necessary arrangements on your behalf.

Immerse yourself in art and culture
Whilst cruising the iconic waterways of the Netherlands, enjoy the magnificent Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, boasting more than 5,000 paintings in a beautifully restored building and see the most exceptional artworks by the likes of Rembrandt, Van Gogh and countless other Dutch greats. Or immerse yourself in the legendary Louvre whilst taking in the Parisian sights; the world’s largest museum with one of the most exceptional art collections in history won’t fail to dazzle.

From music making to wine tasting
Embark on a fantastical adventure into the world of automatic musical instruments in Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet in the quintessentially picturesque town of Rüdesheim. Amongst the quaint cobbled streets and crooked timber-framed houses, discover the impressive collection of around 350 intriguing and antique musical instruments and music boxes from all over the world, many still in full working order. When you choose to experience the idyllic Moselle Valley, famed for its excellent wines, you can enjoy a wine tasting, sampling some of the region’s finest produce, cultivated on these fertile vineyards, reputedly the steepest in the world.

With exceptional experiences to add on
From Moroccan gastronomic experiences in a world-renowned cooking workshop in Marrakesh to sampling traditional and authentic Polish specialities with a local guide in Krakow, a magical night at the Russian ballet, the thrill of authentic flamenco in Seville or the chance to dine in a revolving restaurant and take in the panoramic views over Berlin, we’ve a whole host of exceptional experiences to tempt you, truly putting the icing on your holiday cake without you having the hassle of  having to arrange anything yourself.

Extend your stay
If you want to make your holiday last a little bit longer, you can also opt to extend some of our cruises with a superb 3-night land-based extension. Get under the skin of imperial Budapest, enjoy fascinating guided visits to some of the city’s most famous cultural landmarks and take a scenic journey into the Hungarian Great Plain. Or experience Switzerland’s most majestic snow-capped peaks and the iconic Matterhorn, plus ride the world-class Glacier Express on a scenic train journey of a lifetime. Explore Prague, the City of hundred spires, one of the most breathtaking and perfectly restored medieval cities in Europe or wander the atmospheric cobbled lanes of Lisbon’s winding lanes, soaking up the atmosphere, discovering Coimbra’s Roman legacy and the exquisite town of Sintra with its panoramic view and fairytale royal place.

For more details about how you can personalise your group holiday, from adding airport lounges and air and rail travel upgrades and parking, contact our dedicated groups department or visit rivieratravel.co.uk/personalise-your-holiday

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