Riviera River Cruises Offers Themed Departures with Gardening, Royal Experts

COURTESY RIVIERA RIVER CRUISES: FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Riviera River Cruises is offering two new themed river cruise departures in Europe this year with special guests who will give onboard lectures and join excursions. English gardening expert and TV presenter Charlie Dimmock will join a departure of the Gardens and Natural Beauty of the Rhône cruise, and two experts on the British royal family, former royal butler Grant Harrold and former royal chef Colin Alderson, will join a departure of the Rhine Cruise to Switzerland.

“We’re excited to have Charlie Dimmock, Grant Harrold and Colin Alderson join us and share their insight on these Rhône and Rhine departures,” said Marilyn Conroy, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing North America for Riviera River Cruises. “Itineraries like these allow us to expand our reach and appeal to those with special interests who have yet to take a river cruise, and they’re also great for repeat guests who might want to try something new.”

The departures with gardening and royal family experts are:

Gardens and Natural Beauty of the Rhône with Charlie Dimmock, eight days departing Oct. 11, 2024: Charlie Dimmock, host of the BBC’s “Garden Rescue” TV program, will give lectures and join guests on excursions. Includes nine visits and tours to sites such as Parc de la Tête d’Or’s botanical garden in Lyon, Jardin des Villes in Vienne, Rocher des Doms in Avignon and the L’Escape Van Gogh landscape garden in Arles. Starts at $2,999 per person based on double occupancy.

Rhine Cruise to Switzerland with the Royal Butler and Chef, eight days departing Oct. 17, 2024: Riviera’s classic Rhine Cruise to Switzerland gets the royal treatment with former royal butler Grant Harrold and former royal chef Colin Alderson, who will give lectures about their time working with the late Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III and more. Includes seven visits and tours to historic cities and towns such as Strasbourg, Koblenz, Rüdesheim and Speyer. Starts at $2,599 per person based on double occupancy.

Riviera River Cruises offers a variety of cruises on rivers and waterways across Europe, including dedicated departures for solo travelers with no single supplement, as well as themed and holiday season itineraries. Its cruises include fine dining experiences, a free drinks package and expert-led excursions to iconic sights and hidden gems aboard one of the youngest fleets of ships in Europe, with spacious cabins and suites.

Riviera guarantees exceptional value, promising never to add hidden surcharges or fees, and it doesn’t automatically include gratuities, so the choice is up to guests.

Riviera River Cruises
Riviera River Cruises is the United Kingdom’s leading river cruise operator, with a sales staff working across North America. Riviera is known for its award-winning product, with ships featuring spacious cabins and suites, first-class service, a relaxed atmosphere, sumptuous onboard meals and captivating excursions, as well as its exceptional value, earning it accolades from consumer and trade media in the U.K. and United States. Riviera puts its guests first, hosting over 100,000 on its river cruises in the past five years, and is very supportive of the travel agency community, accepting bookings exclusively from advisors.


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