The Big Three: Out of the ordinary river cruises for friends

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The great thing about river cruising is that there are surprises everywhere and, for friends, there are ample opportunities to charter out entire ships. 

You just need a little imagination and knowledge of your customer to sell them: pitch a Unesco site-heavy cruise to a historian, a canal cruise to an engineer. The possibilities are endless and the rewards are potentially enormous.

Following on from the publication of Cruise Adviser’s River 2015-16 guide, each week we will be running our Big Three feature, which gives you a trio of cruise options to choose from. This week it’s river cruises for friends who say ‘surprise us’.

To request a copy of Cruise Adviser’s River guide email: info@cruise-adviser.com or click here to read the digital version. Our Family guide is out now.


Peru

Line: Avalon
River: Amazon
Departure port: Iquitos
Duration: 12 days
Date: November 14, 2015
Price: £5,885

An amazing tour that starts in Lima, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu before embarking on an Amazon cruise. What better place for a group of horticulturalists than the garden of the world? There is also an option to add a two-night journey in the ancient Nazca Lines for any agent that is feeling especially enterprising.


Sweden

Line: Gota Kanal Steamship Company
River: Gota Canal   
Departure port: Gothenburg
Duration: Six days
Date: June-August 2015
Price: £1,500

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This is one off the beaten path and tailor-made for clients who want something  a little different. Taking passengers right through the heart of rural Sweden, the Gota Kanal Steamship Company operates these vessels for passengers who haven’t got to be anywhere in a rush – guests are encouraged to turn off their mobile phones – as the itinerary takes in Gothenburg and Stockholm.Charters are also available.


Egypt

Line: Sanctuary Retreats
River: Nile
Departure port: Luxor
Duration: Four nights-plus
Date: Charter only
Price: £1,610 per night for 12 guests

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Sanctuary Retreats luxury dahabiya, the Zein Nile Chateau, is available for private charter only. Capable of handling 12 guests in its six cabins, this vessel is certainly on the high-end of things. Past occupants of the vessel have included some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. So you’re looking for some affluent clients who like the finer things in life – and have the budget to match.

Anthony Pearce

Anthony Pearce is the co-publisher of CRUISE ADVISER. He can be contacted on anthony@cruise-adviser.com 

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