2020 brings in a new decade, and with the New Year comes the wanderlust of wanting to experience new things. River cruising and small-ship coastal cruising are two of the best way to experience new places across the world, getting to cultural spots outside of main tourism hubs, and docking in the centre of cities, right in the heart of the action. Emerald Waterways (https://www.emeraldwaterways.co.uk/) has put together a list of top experiences that you need to try in 2020.
1. Enjoy coffee and cake with a Slovakian local family
What better way to get an insight into the Slovakian culture than to immerse yourself by sharing a cup of tea and some cake with a family in Bratislava. Owing to its historical diverse character, local culture is influenced by various ethnic and religious groups, including Germans, Austrians, Slovakians, Hungarians, and Jewish peoples. Experience this and the beauty of Bavaria on the award-winning 11-day Classic Prague & Danube Delights river cruise from £1,445 per person (departing 19 October 2020). Book during November and save up to 35 percent, and pay the balance in full before 30 November to save an extra £250 per couple.
2. Visit Keukenhof Gardens with BBC Gardeners’ World Presenters
Who better to see the blooming tulips in spring with than Carol Klein and Joe Swift? With seven million bulbs planted for a feast for the eyes of 800 different types of tulips, it will be a gardener’s delight! Carol and Joe will be joining a special cruise with Emerald Waterways, on the 8-Day Holland & Belgium in Bloom with Carol Klein & Joe Swift river cruise whereby additional gardening treats such as a Q&A with the pair will be added to the itinerary. Take this river cruise for £2,220 per person (departing 10 April 2020) staying in an Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite, with a special offer for November to save £1,000 per couple plus, book and pay before 30 November and save an extra £250 per couple.
3. Learn ballroom from a Strictly Come Dancing expert
One, two, Pasha-sha. Departing 3 April 2020, join ex Strictly Come Dancing Star and professional Latin and ballroom dancer, Pasha Kovalev and his dance partner on board Emerald Waterways for a special dance masterclass. The pair will teach guests their favourite steps and offer hints and tips to perfect moves in this private and interactive session. Pasha will be joining a special 8-Day Rumba down the Rhine with Pasha Kovalev river cruise where he will also perform at an exciting private event at Koblenz’ stunning Electoral Palace. A true highlight for a Strictly fan. This exclusive itinerary from £1,720 per person has a £1,000 savings offer for November, with an additional £250 per couple saving when the balance is paid in full before 30th November.
4. Try Saigon street food
Saigon, a true culinary master mecca for foodies. Get right down to the soul of this food city and spend three hours eating like a local. Join Emerald Waterways in Southeast Asia on the 15-day Majestic Mekong River Cruise, from £3,995 per person (departing 21 July 2020). In November save up to £2,250 per couple plus unlimited free drinks whilst on board the brand-new star-ship Emerald Harmony.
5. Take a dip in the Skradinski Buk falls
Don’t go chasing waterfalls? Obviously TLC hasn’t been to this magnificent spot. On the Krka River, visit one of the most stunning waterfalls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is made of 16 cascading waterfalls that feeds into a natural pool that guests can swim in. Enjoy this plunge on the 8-Day Islands of Dalmatia oceanic cruise for £1,695 per person (departing 16 April 2020). Book during November and save up to £1,000 per couple during November.
Prices include return flights transfers, accommodation on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship or a chartered yacht, all on board meals and selected *drinks, all tipping and gratuities, shore excursions, exclusive events and experiences.
Regional departures are available from up to 15 airports, including Birmingham, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds – Bradford, Manchester and London Gatwick/Heathrow.
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*Drinks on board – wine, beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner. Complimentary tea and coffee is available throughout the sailing.
About Emerald Waterways:
Emerald Waterways offers a diverse range of river and ocean cruises. A multi-award winning tour operator, Emerald Waterways operates eight Star-Ships, seven sailing in Europe and the brand new Emerald Harmony sailing in South East Asia. Also, two yachts based in the Adriatic Sea and two chartered river ships in Russia and Egypt.