5 incredible cruise holidays that need to be on your radar

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From exploring Croatia by private yacht to a foodie voyage in the gastronomic capital of France, these aren’t your average cruise holidays.

1. Explore Croatia’s secret islands

The best way to explore Croatia’s stunning coastline? By private yacht, of course! On the fabulous Newmarket Dubrovnik & Croatian Islands Cruise you will spend three nights in Dubrovnik in a carefully selected hotel, then sail in style aboard MS Mendula, whose elegant sails will flap in the Mediterranean breeze.

With space for just 31 guests at a time, the your yacht is small enough to get into some of Croatia’s pretties ports, meaning you’ll be able to explore stunning Mljet, Hvar and Korcula. This is the ultimate way to see Croatia’s incredible coastline. See the full itinerary

The details: 11 days from £1,335; departures between April and October 2019 from London, Edinburgh or Manchester.

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2. Explore the flavours of France on the Rhone

Head to Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France, to embark on a delicious river cruise with Riviera Travel. Taking in some of the region’s prettiest destinations, from Chalon and Beaune to Avignon, this amble down the Rhone and Saone rivers also includes some spectacular meals, with fine French wines and classic dishes.

You’ll see the incredible feats of engineering achieved at the amphitheatre at Arles and Pont du Gard, and delve into one of the regions that inspired Van Gogh – Provence.  See the full itinerary or request the brochure here

The details: 8 days from only £1,199pp; departures between April and October 2019 from London, Birmingham and Manchester.

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3. Taste Portugal’s finest pastries on a Douro river cruise

With its wonderful vineyards, traditional port, and bakeries bursting with delicious pasteis de nata custard tarts, the Douro Valley is a true gourmet heaven. Starting in sensational Lisbon, the Riviera Travel Douro river cruise wends its way past vineyards and farmsteads to pretty Porto.

En route ou’ll visit Sintra, an astonishingly colourful Gothic village atop a steep hill, and the historic University of Coimbra. Sip Portuguese wines on board the beautiful riverboat, and end with a glass of port in Porto overlooking the tumbledown buildings of the old town. See the full itinerary or request the brochure here

The details: 8 days from £999pp; departures between April and October 2019 from London, Manchester, Bristol and Dublin.

4. Explore the world’s last wilderness on an expedition voyage

We’re excited about Newmarket’s Arctic and Greenland Expedition Voyage, which sails from Tilbury to the Arctic via Iceland and Greenland. On board Marco Polo, you’ll enjoy use of a wellness centre, swimming pool and library in between excursions to some of the most beautiful places in Europe.

Safest solo travel destinations

Visit the Arctic’s oldest continuously manned research station, kayak past icebergs or experience dog sledding on land. See the full itinerary

The details: 23 days from £2,319pp; departing July 2019 from Tilbury, UK.

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5. Take a Christmas cruise with a difference

You won’t need a warming glass of gluhwein where this ship’s going… Spend this Christmas on a Newmarket cruise to a much warmer part of Europe: the Canary Islands and Madeira. These Spanish and Portuguese islands are balmy all year round, with temperatures in the teens and even early 20s in December.

You’ll enjoy days on the beach, glorious coastal walks and some divine Mediterranean food as you sail just off the coast of Africa on board glamorous Colombus – a ship that was christened by none other than Audrey Hepburn! You’ll also stop off at Rotterdam for a little European Christmas magic, and Morocco, for something completely different. This cruise certainly makes a Christmas to remember. See the full itinerary

The details: 17 days from £2,099pp; departs 21 December 2019 from Tilbury.

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