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Free or heavily discounted flights, business class upgrades, bonus stop-over accommodation and even free travel-partner incentives are some of the new tactics being used by river cruise lines to lure potential guests.

For Aussies wanting to enjoy a river cruise holiday in far-away destinations like Europe or Canada, these flight incentives are attractive and are becoming an increasingly popular draw card.

Here’s a look at what top lines Viking, Scenic, APT, Travelmarvel and Evergreen are offering for 2020:

Scenic launches new 2020 Europe itineraries

Scenic’s River Ships

Scenic

Scenic has begun rolling out a number of deals that offer cruises in more than 60 countries with cheap or discounted economy flights.

1. 15 Days Jewels of Europe

This is a 15 Day Jewels of Europe cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest on the The Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.

The Flight Deal: All-inclusive cruise is priced from $6,695 per person twin share. Plus Economy flights to Europe for $125 per person on selected departures.

2. 15 Days Romantic Rhine and Moselle

This 15 Day Romantic Rhine and Moselle journey begins in Zurich and travels to Amsterdam.

The Flight Deal: All-inclusive cruise is priced from $7,695 per person twin share. Plus Economy flights to Europe for $125 per person on selected departures.

3. 14 Days Ancient history of the Nile

This 14-day itinerary of the ancient history of the Nile is offered on a 14 Day Egypt in Depth adventure, taking in the Great Pyramids, Abu Simbel and the temple of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari.

The Flight Deal: Tour priced from $9,695 per person twin share. Plus economy partner flights included on selected departures.

4. 13 Days Treasures of the Mekong

Visit Vietnam on this 13 Day Treasures of the Mekong cruise and tour from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap.

The Flight Deal: All-inclusive from $7,395 per person twin share. Plus economy flights and bonus one night stopover in Singapore included on selected departures.

APT’s River Vessels

APT Touring

1. 13 Days Russian Waterways

Sail for 13 days from Moscow to St Petersburg.

The Flight Deal: From $9595 per person, including free flights – or Business Class flights for an extra $3995.

2. 15 Days Magnificent Europe

Sail for 15 days from Amsterdam to Budapest

The Flight Deal: From $6,695 per person, including free flights.

3. 15 Days Voyage Through the Balkans

Sail for 15 days, Budapest return.

The Flight Deal: From $8,995 per person, including free flights.

4. 13 Days Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights

Sail for 13 days from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

The Flight Deal: From $7,995 per person including free flights.

Viking Einar

Viking offers plenty of flight deals also

Viking River Cruises

Viking has more than ten different river deals with flight incentives for 2020 / 2021. The deals range from Fly Free to Europe, Companion Fly Free, Fly Free to Russia and bargain Business Class Upgrades.

1. 23 Days European Sojourn

From Amsterdam to Bucharest

The Flight Deal: From $9,995 per person, Fly Free to Europe

2. 8 Days Rhine Getaway

From Amsterdam to Basel

The Flight Deal: From $3,495 per person, Companion Fly Free

3. 15 Days France’s Finest

From Paris to Avignon

The Flight Deal: From $6,495 per person, Fly Free to Europe

4. 13 Days Waterways of the Tsars

From Moscow to St Petersburg

The Flight Deal: From $7,995 per person, fly Free to Russia

Evergreen Cruises

1. 15 Days Splendours of Europe

From Budapest to Amsterdam. The 15-day itinerary visits 17 destinations on the Danube and Rhine.

The Flight Deal: The line is including flights for their 2021 ‘Splendours of Europe’ itinerary when you book by May 29, 2020. Prices from $7,615 for an October 2021 departure.

Travelmarvel

Fly Free on all European Gems and Russia River Cruises departing in 2020 from Australia. Free flights are also offered on China holidays of 22 days or longer. Limited offer available until sold out.

1. 15 Days European Gems

From Amsterdam to Budapest

The Flight Deal: Fly Free on all European Gems departing in 2020 from Australia. Limited offer available until sold out. Request quote for prices.

2. 11 Days Treasures of Russia

From St Petersburg to Moscow

The Flight Deal: Fly Free on all Russia River Cruises departing in 2020 from Australia. Limited offer available until sold out. Request quote for prices.

3. 20 Days Baltic Charm and Treasures of Russia

From Vilnius to Moscow. The journey starts on coach from Vilnius to Tallinn. Take a day cruise across the Gulf of Finland into Helsinki. Continue on a rail journey to St Petersburg where you start your Russian cruise on the Volga River.

The Flight Deal: Fly Free on all Russia River Cruises departing in 2020 from Australia. Limited offer available until sold out. Request quote for prices.

4. 14 Days Treasures of Russia and Helsinki

From Helsinki to Moscow

The Flight Deal: Fly Free on all Russia River Cruises departing in 2020 from Australia. Limited offer available until sold out. Request quote for prices.

5. 26 Days Vietnam, Cambodia & China Discovery

From Siem Reap to Shanghai.

Explore both the Mekong and the Yangtze river in this grand voyage. After sailing the Mekong, fly to Beijing from Ho Chi Minh City and take a rail journey to Chongqing where you embark your Yangtze river cruise.

The rail journey also features overnight stops in Xi’an, Chengdu. Continue on rail for an overnight stop in Wuhan before arriving in Shanghai where the itinerary concludes.

The Flight Deal: Fly free on China holidays of 22 days or longer. All air offers requires a non-refundable deposit of $2,000 per person is due within seven days of booking.