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The passion and romance of river cruises

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River cruises continue to be one of the hottest tickets among seafarers. Intimate, cozy and oozing with romance are also over-the-top popular with couples. Just thinking “river cruise’ conjures up amorous notions of sidewalk cafes in France and Italy, gorgeous views, and complete onboard intimacy. So as a Valentine’s Day gift for your lover why not consider treating them to a voyage in two of the most romantic countries of the world where amore or amour is spoken year around.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has just the trips. The Cupid-approved all-inclusive boutique ships dish out scrumptious meals and unlimited beverages for no extra charge. You also get all transfers, prepaid gratuities, and fully hosted excursions in both countries. And if you book and make a deposit by February 28, 2014, couples save up to $600 , making this a value-packed gift that will enhance your love life for years to come.

Here are some of Cupid’s choices:

Splendors of Northern Italy, Venice, Florence & Rome – 13 passionate days on the River Countess, where the two of you will be starry eyed overnighting in Venice, finding the city’s fabled pleasures. Savor Italy’s culinary capital of Bologna, walk in the footsteps of literature’s favorite star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, in enchanting Verona and check out their famous balcony. After embarking the ship in Venice, take to the birthplace of the Renaissance for two nights in Florence and tour Rome’s Eternal City for three.

A Portrait of Majestic France is a gustatory 15 days of unbridled appreciation for the finer things in life. This journey pairs art, culture, and gastronomy with a thorough exploration of picturesque French landscapes and illustrious cities, including Paris’ “City of Light” and Bordeaux, land of noble wines. Sail the Seine, Garonne, Gironde and Dordogne rivers and enjoy 22 included excursions while feasting on the finest flavors from each region. Delight in an onboard dinner menu designed by French Master Chef, Philippe Etchebest , and prepare for an evening of sensuality with an onboard Arcahon oyster tasting – the ultimate aphrodisiac. Satisfy cultural cravings by breathing in the fragrance of Monet’s garden in Giverny and walk in Van Gogh’s footsteps in Auvers-sur-Oise. Sneak a kiss under the Eiffel Tower and revel in the joie de vivre that is France.

In 2014 Uniworld will debut the S.S. Catherine sister ship to the award-winning S.S. Antoinette, in Lyon in March 2014 before setting sail along the breathtaking Rhône and Saône rivers with two spectacular itineraries: Burgundy & Provence and Grand France.” The River Royale, currently sailing these region, will move to her new home and Uniworld’s newest destination, the stunning Bordeaux region on Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux and A Portrait of Majestic France itineraries.For more details, please visit uniworld.com or connect with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises at facebook.com/uniworldrivercruises or twitter.com/uniworldcruises.

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