View of City of Salamanca, Spain

Riviera River Cruises has been selected as the exclusive partner for Classic Journeys’ European river cruise program in 2020. Known for its award-winning luxury tours, Classic Journeys will provide its limited-edition “cruise within a cruise” aboard Riviera’s five-star ships on the Douro, Danube and Rhone Rivers next year.

On select Riviera departures, a Classic Journeys local expert will travel with guests, serving as on-board host and leading private shore excursions.

“We’re delighted that Classic Journeys has chosen to partner with us for their European river cruise program next year,” said Marilyn Conroy, Riviera River Cruises’ Vice President Sales and Marketing North America. “Riviera’s river cruises perfectly match the Classic Journeys standard, with both companies offering innovative itineraries and a high standard of accommodations, food and service. We are excited to welcome their guests aboard our five-star ships.”

“Our guests have told us for some time that they are intrigued by the idea of river cruising. And we are excited to welcome them to river cruising taken to a whole new level. Think of it as a ‘cruise within a cruise,’” said Edward Piegza, President and Founder of Classic Journeys. “Of course, you get the unpack-once ease of a luxury five-star ship, plus an exclusive collection of daily handcrafted cultural and walking activities beyond anything river cruise passengers are used to enjoying. Your super-well-connected local Classic Journeys tour guide is with you all the way. And, you enjoy all of the luxe amenities the Riviera ships have to offer.”

Classic Journeys’ “cruise within a cruise” will be limited to 18 guests aboard Riviera ships on the following eight-day itineraries:

  • Douro: Porto to Salamanca – Glide upriver from coastal Porto, Portugal, to a scenic land of olive groves, vineyards and medieval hilltop villages all the way to Salamanca and the glorious Spanish countryside. Guests will travel aboard Riviera’s MS Douro Splendour and MS Douro Elegance.
  • Danube: Cultures of Central Europe – Explore the Austrian villages and vineyards, Vienna and Budapest, and perfectly preserved Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. Guests will travel aboard Riviera’s MS Emily Bronte, MS Oscar Wilde and MS William Wordsworth.
  • Rhone: Burgundy and Provence – Discover the France of Cézanne and culinary thrills. From Lyon to Avignon, walk the legendary countryside, meet olive growers and cook with a Michelin-starred chef. Guests will travel aboard Riviera’s MS William Shakespeare.

For more information about Riviera River Cruises, visit https://www.rivierarivercruises.com or call 888-838-8820. For more information about Classic Journeys, visit https://www.classicjourneys.com or call 800-200-3887.

Riviera River Cruises

Riviera River Cruises is the United Kingdom’s leading river cruise operator, with a North American office in Fairfield, Connecticut. The line offers 15 itineraries on 10 rivers and waterways, including exclusive departures for solo travelers, aboard the youngest fleet of ships in Europe, with none older than six years. Riviera’s cruises include spacious cabins and suites, fine culinary experiences from sumptuous breakfasts to four-course dinners featuring international classics and regional specialties, and expert-led excursions to classic sights and lesser-known places.