Swan Hellenic Offers Danube and Rhone River Cruises in 2013

Swan Hellenic announced five new European river cruises for 2013, sailing on the Danube and the Rhône.

The five 2013 itineraries depart throughout May and September. Each river cruise will be accompanied by one of Swan Hellenic’s guest speakers. A program of tailor-made shore excursions, such as wine tastings and city walks, are also included in the cruise fare.

·        Cruising the Danube – an eight-day cruise of the River Danube, sailing through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Highlights include a full day in Dürnstein, where guests can visit the ruins of a castle said to be the former prison of King Richard the Lion Heart. Cruise departs from Passau, Germany on May 11 or Sept. 21, 2013.  Fares begin at $2,299 per person.

·        Cruising the Rhône – an eight-day cruise which sails north from Lyon to Châlon-sur-Sâone before cruising to the Mediterranean.  Guests will visit the vineyards of Burgundy -- one of the finest wine regions in France -- before exploring the historic cities of Mâcon and Viviers. Cruise departs from Lyon, France on June 22, Sept. 7 or Sept. 14, 2013. Fares begin at $2,499 per person.

Guest speakers for the 2013 river cruise program include Professor Ian Beckett (Cruising the Danube, May 11), who specializes in military history and is well known for his work on the Great War and the British Army, and Professor Alexei Leporc (Cruising the Danube, Sept. 21, 2013 2013), whose special interests include Austrian Expressionism, contemporary architecture and garden history.

For more information, visit www.swanhellenic.us.