Imagine you’re a first-time traveller to Europe and want a hassle-free introduction to regional highlights. Or maybe you’ve been to Europe before but love the idea of seemlessly moving from one fabulous destination to another, without spending precious holiday hours on trains, planes or autobahns. Those reasons, and many more, are why river cruising is still such a popular way to explore Europe!
Gate 1 Travel’s 2018 European river cruise season is almost fully booked, but the good news is 2019 is on sale now and you can take advantage of unbeatable early booking prices – plus with Gate 1 there are no big up front payments, just the regular deposit of $300 per person locks in your savings.
Just like our land tours, our luxurious cruises on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers offer the high standard that you’d expect from Gate 1, but without the hefty price tags that other cruise companies demand. Now is the time to start planning your 2019 river cruise to have your choice of cabins at fantastic early bird rates!
Gate 1 Travel’s Exclusive River Ships
In 2019 we are expanding our fleet to include five magnificent river cruisers. The Monarch Empress, Monarch Countess and Monarch Governess will sail amidst the stunning canvas of colours along Holland’s waterways in Spring 2019.
After the height of the tulip season, the Monarch Empress, Monarch Princess and Monarch Duchess will introduce travellers to the romantic waters of the Danube, sailing between Vilshofen and Budapest.
The Monarch Countess will explore the lilting waters of Germany’s Rhine River between Basel and Amsterdam and you can board the Monarch Empress, Monarch Governess or Monarch Duchess on our most popular 14-night sailings along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers between Amsterdam and Budapest.
Deluxe MS Monarch Empress
The deluxe 5 star Monarch Empress, which debuted in April 2016, is the first European river ship built and operated by Gate 1. On the Monarch Empress, you’ll enjoy some of the most spacious and comfortable accommodations on Europe’s rivers, no matter which cabin category you’re sailing in. Cabins range in size from 140 to 210 square feet and feature soothing blue and white interiors, cherry wood accents and top-of-the-line furnishings. Eighty percent of the cabins also offer French balconies, providing private views of the stunning riverbanks. Other state-of-the-art amenities include a sundeck lounge, a generously sized library, a dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a lift to whisk passengers between decks. What’s more, we fully control the quality of your experience. The MS Monarch Empress is staffed by Gate 1, with Tour Managers, waitstaff, chefs, housekeepers and more all committed to ensuring you have the most memorable experience on Europe’s waterways.
MS Monarch Princess
Built in 2009, this sleek and modern first class river ship offers all the creature comforts of a floating hotel. Monarch Princess has a maximum capacity of 138 passengers, with 67 outside cabins and 2 suites of 172 – 258 square feet. On the sun deck you’ll be able to watch the world go by as you soak in the jacuzzi or relax on the lounges. From your cabin, the charming villages and rolling hills of Europe come to you when you open your floor-to-ceiling windows, available in all cabins on the Royal and Sapphire Decks. Each cabin is equipped with flat screen TV, direct dial telephone, built-in safe, individual climate control and hairdryer.
MS Monarch Countess, MS Monarch Governess and MS Monarch Duchess
In 2019, the MS Monarch Countess, MS Monarch Governess and MS Monarch Duchess join Gate 1’s fleet of exclusively-chartered first class river cruise vessels. Built in 2010, with a maximum capacity of 136 passengers, these almost identical sister ships feature 64 spacious outside cabins and 4 suites (172-258 sq ft) each fully air-conditioned with private bathroom facilities, hairdryer, safe, telephone, mini-fridge and flat screen TV.
In 2019, choose from cruising the romantic Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, or from March to May enjoy a Tulip Time cruise around Holland and Belgium. Click here to see the full list of 2019 river cruise packages in Europe!