The Travel Corporation is a highly successful venture with more than 30 top brands, including the renowned Red Carnation Hotels and the Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. Combining the tour planning and hotel management expertise of TTC’s sister companies with Uniworld’s nautical experience has created a new lodestar in luxury river cruising. Each vessel boasts...

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A voyage along the Rhône has to be one of the most scenic river journeys in Europe, as the river carves its way through the countryside of the Rhône-Alpes and Provence regions to the Camargue and its marshy delta. Medieval villages cling to the hillsides, often guarded by a chunky-looking castle, while vineyards stretch away...

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Emerald Waterways has made a big impression on the river cruising world since its launch in 2014 as a little sister to Australian-owned Scenic. While Scenic offers ultra-inclusive, five-star deluxe cruising, the Emerald experience is supposed to be four-star and priced accordingly, but in reality, its smart new ships with their chic, contemporary design have...

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Austria’s Wachau Valley is an unexpected star of Danube cruises, its pastoral charms making it one of the highlights of sailings heading westwards towards Germany. Yet for the uninitiated, this peaceful panoramic region is generally overshadowed by the glories of the historic cities sitting along the Danube’s banks, with the trio of high-profile capitals, Vienna,...

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When Myanmar finally emerged from decades of isolationism and oppressive military rule, its potential gleamed like a precious jewel in Asia’s tourism crown. This former British colony, previously known as Burma, had long been a tantalising prize. Immortalised in Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem, Mandalay, and George Orwell’s celebrated novel, Burmese Days, it had lain virtually...

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Cruising on your own, especially if you’re a first-timer, can be an intimidating idea. It really doesn’t need to be, though, especially on a river cruise. Of course, some travellers are perfectly comfortable on their own and will treat their cruise as a peaceful retreat. Others, though, are looking for a safe, friendly and sociable...

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Cruising on France’s longest river has traditionally been the preserve of flat-bottomed wooden boats known as toue sablières which were once deployed to transport goods along the Loire and its tributaries. Recently, cabin cruisers and small hotel barges have offered the opportunity to explore the Loire Valley with its spectacular châteaux. Due to sandbanks and...

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