"In the past decade, we have effectively grown our tour offerings beyond China to include Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and India, so the next natural step in our development was to venture into Europe," says Evan Chan, managing director of Ritz Tours.
Ritz Tours' portfolio of Europe programs for 2009 is as follows:
Europe Escorted Tours
Europe Discovery (12 days)—London, Paris, Lucerne, Venice, Florence, Verona and Rome; priced from $3,080.
Italy Experience (12 days)—Rome, Venice, Siena, Florence, Pompeii, Assisi, San Marino, Capri, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast; priced from $2,980.
Best of East Europe (12 days)—Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia (Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Zagreb, Plitvice, Postojna, Liubljana, Salzburg and Munich); priced from $2,790.
All prices quoted above are per person based on double occupancy, and include fuel surcharges, government taxes and fees. Departures are available between March and November 2009, but vary slightly according to the specific itinerary. Ritz Tours' three Europe Escorted Tours feature international roundtrip airfare on American Airlines from JFK in New York; intra-Europe transportation; deluxe hotel accommodations; daily buffet breakfast at the hotels; sightseeing programs; meals and entertainment per the itinerary; admission into many attractions and the services of knowledgeable tour guides.
European River Cruises
Blue Danube Discovery (14 days)—Budapest, Danube River cruise to Nuremberg, Prague and Karlovy Vary; priced from $3,499.
Europe's Heartland Cruise (14 days)—Paris, cruise from Trier to Nuremberg (Moselle, Rhine and Danube Rivers), Prague and Luxembourg; priced from $3,499.
Russian Waterways (14 days)—cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg with visits to the Golden Ring Cities of Uglich and Yaroslavl, and cruises along the Volga-Baltic waterways and through Lake Onega and Lake Ladoga; priced from $3,799.
The collection of European River Cruises programs includes international roundtrip airfare from JFK in New York; pre- or post-cruise hotel accommodations with daily buffet breakfast; cruise accommodations with AMA Waterways in an outside stateroom; superb dining with all meals during the cruise (early-riser coffee, buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner); unlimited red or white wine or juice/soda with every dinner onboard the ship; bottled water in every cabin; cocktail reception, welcome dinner and captain's gala dinner; daily sightseeing programs; special performances and classes onboard; free use of bicycles when docked; and the services of knowledgeable tour guides.