I love it when an inside connection turns me onto exceptional savings on vacation experiences that I can pass along and share. 

Here are two last-minute deals offering incredible wallet-friendly discounts on March 2013 European river cruises that you won’t find anywhere else.

Combined savings are more than $3,000 pp, but you’ll have to act fast. Booking deadlines are January 17 and 21, respectively. Hope it helps get you Out There!

Special #1:

Old World Prague & the Blue Danube (2013) River Cruise Tour

Explores Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; Austria: Vienna, Durnstein, Melk, Salzburg; Prague, Czech Republic

Regular price: 12 days from $2195

Special Discount: $1,000 pp for 03/07/13 departure (Book by: January 17, 2013 and please use code: TAAA 689)

This Danube River Cruise Tour follows in the footsteps of the Habsburgs, showcasing the historic European river port cities of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire—among central Europe’s most riveting locales. And, new for 2013, an extra night aboard has been added to award-winning ships in Budapest, allowing for more time to discover this grand capital. The itinerary has also been modified to allow for more scenic daytime river cruising along the Danube. Plus, and included city tours of Vienna and Prague have been enhanced, giving you extra time to experience Prague at your leisure. Among this trip’s other unique included features are a tour of Austria’s renowned Melk Abbey, charming Durnstein, dramatic Bratislava, Slovakia—a destination often missed by American travelers—and a tour of historic Salzburg, Austria, the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for the timeless film The Sound of Music. Round out your Central European River Cruise with exclusive Discovery Series events and a selection of optional tours. Further expand your discoveries with our new optional trip extension to the Highlights of Poland: Warsaw & Krakow.


  • 28 meals: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 9 dinners (with complimentary wine at dinner onboard)
  • 8 exclusive, included tours: Budapest • Bratislava • Vienna • Durnstein • Melk Abbey • Salzburg • Cesky Krumlov • Prague Old Town
  • Exclusive Discovery Series events: Kindergarten visit • Discussions on local life, history, and cuisine • Home-Hosted Visit in Bratislava

Full details of the Grand Circle Cruise Line trip.

Special #2: 

Hidden Gems of the Dalmatian Coast & Greece (2013) Small Ship Cruise Tour

Explores Athens; Corinth Canal; Delphi; Corfu; Butrint, Albania; Bay of Kotor, Montenegro; Dubrovnik; Korcula; Hvar; Split; Plitvice Lakes; Zagreb

Regular price: 15 days from $3195

Special Discount: $1,600 pp March 3 and March 9 departures (Book by Jan. 21, 2013 and please use code:TAAA 689) 

Visit Croatia on the Dalmation Coast, a destination which has enchanted travelers for more than a millennium, on this new Small Ship Cruise Tour. Witness turquoise lakes linked by soaring waterfalls … islands covered in lavender and myrtle … whitewashed villages perched on sun-baked cliffs. And cruise the Dalmatian Coast aboard our private small ship—expressly designed and constructed for two groups of just 25 travelers each—for ten or eleven nights. Soak up the medieval beauty of Dubrovnik. Walk in an emperor’s footsteps in Split. Journey -to the island that gave Marco Polo his wanderlust. And savor a warm welcome from locals who extend an exclusive taste of legendary Croatian hospitality. A visit to ancient Delphi and Athens rounds out your discovery on this singular journey of epic beauty.


  • 37 meals: 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, and 12 dinners (with complimentary wine at dinner)
  • 13 exclusive, included tours: Athens • Ancient Delphi • Corfu • Butrint • “Our Lady of the Rocks” • Kotor • Dubrovnik • A Day in the Life of Gromaca village • Korcula • Hvar • Split • Plitvice Lakes • Zagreb 
  • Exclusive Discovery Series events: Home-Hosted Dinner • Croatia Today discussion 

Full details of the Grand Circle Cruise Line trip.


About Grand Circle Cruise Line 

Grand Circle Cruise Line is part of Grand Circle Corporation, the leader in international travel, adventure and discovery for Americans aged 50+.  Through its brands Grand Circle Cruise Line (est. 1998), Overseas Adventure Travel (est. 1978) and Grand Circle Travel (est. 1958), the company has served more than three million Americans. Grand Circle Cruise Line owns or charters more than 60 river cruise ships and small ships ranging from 50-250 passengers.  The company’s charitable arm Grand Circle Foundation has donated or pledged more than $91M to more than 300 humanitarian, cultural and educational organizations in 50 countries since 1992, including 100 schools in 30 countries.


SOURCE Grand Circle Cruise Line



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