THE LUXURY With a fleet that debuted two years ago, Canada-based Scenic Tours European river cruises offer in-suite butler service, three dining venues, and full balconies in most of the staterooms. Guests can embark from Amsterdam on a 13-night journey, stopping in medieval German towns, Luxembourg, and Frances Alsatian wine region, before winding down in Basel, Switzerland.
THE VALUE The cost of the March 30 Romantic Rhine and Moselle river cruise starts at $4,105, $615 lower than other 2011 excursions. Readers who book by February 28 will save $500 a person on March and April sailings from Amsterdam
(March departure only) or Basel. Rates cover all excursions, beer, wine, soft drinks, and gratuities.
THE CATCH Port charges and fees, which total $265 a person, are additional.
THE DETAILS 866/689-8611 (mention Smart Luxury Travel); scenictours.com
From the December/January Smart Luxury Awards issue of Smart Luxury Travel magazine.