American river cruising takes off

More Australians are taking to river cruising in US and Canada.

This has prompted Evergreen Tours to launch its second 2015 Canada & USA brochure featuring new Western USA itineraries to complement its Eastern USA program.

General manager Angus Crichton says it’s the range of travel experiences that make the US and Canada prime destinations for Australians.

“River cruising in the USA is still being discovered by Australian guests,” he explained.

“The Mississippi River in the South and the Snake & Columbia Rivers in the North West both feature traditional but very opulent Steamboats, like the American Queen and American Empress respectively.

He said it’s also a great option for guests who have experienced European river cruising and are looking for something new.

“These luxury Steamboats provide a unique and very different river cruising experience and we can see them being incredibly popular with Australian guests.”

As part of the new 144-page brochure, the line features new river cruising options in Western USA and Hawaiian cruising.

Among the new itineraries is an 18-day Seattle to San Francisco Culinary Adventure & Snake River Cruise.

The journey takes guests on a tour of Seattle and its Farmers Market and includes a visit to the Boeing factory.

Guests then cruise from Clarkston to Portland where native America history comes to life at the Sacajawea State Park and Columbia Gorge Interpretive Centre.

The cruise ends in Portland for a tour of the chocolate factory, the cheese factory and the Francis Ford Coppola winery.

The company has also added a seven-night Hawaiian cruise to the Ultimate Western USA tour and on the East Coast there’s a new 12-day Colours of New England tour, which is combined with a seven-night New England cruise.

Evergreen is offering a Companion Fly Free including taxes* offer on most tours of 18 days or longer for bookings with a deposit by 30 November, 2014.

This offer can also be combined with early payment discounts of up to $800 per couple* and the Evergreen Expert discount of $500 per couple*.

Evergreen Tours will be hosting FREE Information Sessions to showcase their new Canada & USA programme in Sydney (June 17), Brisbane (June 19), Melbourne (June 24) and Perth (June 26). Learn more about the range of inspirational cruises and tours, meet product experts, and receive an exclusive discount offer. Complimentary refreshments will be provided and bookings are essential.

*Terms and conditions apply, refer to website.