After a year of limited travel, it only seems appropriate to book not just one trip, but an epic trip. That’s what Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has just created with their new itinerary “Rivers of the World”, which takes you through nine countries on two continents over a full 46 nights.
Departing on 20 May 2023, the journey from Cairo to Lisbon travels along some of the world’s most amazing rivers and takes place on five ships. It all starts in Egypt aboard the brand new SS Sphinx, where you will spend 11 nights floating on the Nile with an expert aboard Egypt. The following 11 nights will take place on the new SS La Venezia, where you will explore the wonders of the Venice Lagoon and the Po River.
Travelers then travel to Hungary and sail from Budapest to Passau on the SS Maria Theresa, which includes a private tour of the Schönbrunn Palace – the former imperial summer residence during Maria Theresa’s reign. The SS Joie de Vivre then takes you through the best of France along the Seine for seven nights before completing the adventure of Portugal on the SS Sao Gabriel through the beautiful Douro river valley.
Along the way, passengers will visit places such as the UNESCO-protected temples of Abu Simbel in Cairo and experience the iconic Moulin Rouge in Paris and more. And of course, you will spend the night aboard five floating boutique hotels with all the luxurious amenities you can imagine. The large cabins are all designed to reflect the destinations it sails to. So, for example, SS Maria Theresa has royal decor from the 18th century.
As the company described: “From the sparkling Nile to the breathtaking Douro River Valley, you will find yourself immersed in a host of tempting destinations on our longest journey yet.”
The itinerary is all-inclusive and combines cruise and land sections and also has a dedicated traveling concierge who will accompany guests to help with any need. The tour starts at $ 38,999 per person. Person for a French balcony cottage.
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And it seems that the price point and time away is not something that travelers shy away from these days. With so much time at home due to the pandemic (and maybe some money saved), people are eager to go big when it comes to planning a vacation. According to a recent report, guests at Acqualina Resort & Residences have sprayed $ 250,000 on a one-month stay. In addition, an 85-acre resort in the Adirondacks called The Point, where rooms go for $ 2,400 to $ 2,700, is booked until November. Plus, luxury travel concierge Miles Ahead just booked a $ 250,000 five-week trip for a family to Capri, Lake Como and St. Louis. Tropez. And according to the Wall Street Journal, 46% of the population say they will take a longer vacation this year.
James Henderson, CEO of Exclusive Resorts, told me: “Now people are more than ever willing to invest their money and more importantly their time on elevated” bucket list-style trips “.