Is there a combination European river cruise and land tour
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I'm trying to find a cruise that includes a land tour before or after. Not just the day or two at the departing or ending city. My husband wants to do a land tour and I want a river cruise. I know I can not stand 6 hours on a bus, need some kind of alternative. Any advice???We're planning to do something similar in 2014 and though we've got a long time to go and the tour dates are not all out yet for 2014, we're currently looking at a Tauck tour of England Scotland and Wales followed by a cruise on the Rhone. Big plans I know but it will be our 40th Wedding Anniversary holiday and when you travel to Europe from Australia you try and get as much in as you can afford.
Avalon is a part of the Globus empire and they should have something for you. You could also try Scenic as they do a lot of land tours as well as Uniworld who are partners with Insight tours.
No matter which way you go you'll still have to spend many an hour on a bus and like you I can't stand bus tours but "herself" would like to see Great Britain and by bus is apparently the way to go.
Whatever you choose I'm sure you'll have a great holiday.
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City tours are nice because they give you an idea where things are that you might want to come back to and the tour guide can tell you how to get there on your own.
There are reps at the hotel who will give you info on mass transport or point you to grocery stores or shopping districts and you can buy excursions from them. (We bought an excursion to Salzburg)
Hotel and extensive hot breakfast is included in the price. There are packages that you can add other cities and you are escorted to the train and off the train by one of their reps (from & to the hotels) and train tickets are included in the price of multi-city packages.
We have seen Budapest, Vienna, and Prague and then back to Budapest before boarding a river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam and a relative used them for London, Paris, Amsterdam.
kind of the best of both worlds using Monogram; some guidance but then independence. (and no, I don't work for them!!)
Thanks everyone for your advice. Still at a loss as what we are going to do. However, it is pretty late to book anything for this year. Everythings sells out so fast. Thanks againJust wanted to add that last spring, we did Nuremberg-Paris with Uniworld. It was 11 days--7 on the ship, stopping at various towns and being bussed to Paris from Trier for a 3 day visit. This year, we doing Uniworld's 13 day Italy trip which does a 7 day cruise from Venice then overland to Rome for a few days with a 2 day stop in Florence.