TRY a cruise with a range of activities from cycling to beer tasting, through peaceful rivers offering the ultimate relaxation.
ON YOUR BIKE
Pedal power rules on this trip with AMAWaterways (0808 223 5009/amawaterways.co.uk) through picture-postcard Provence, where you can ride towpaths bordering the River Rhône and pass through pretty vineyards lining the route.
Hillside villages, impressive Roman ruins and beautiful scenery are the hallmarks of this voyage through southern France on board AmaDagio.
This sleek 150-capacity vessel is chic and stylish with modern furnishings and cabins boasting French balconies.
There are easy-on-the-eye sights ashore too, especially in the evocative medieval city of Avignon dominated by its Gothic Palais des Papes, seat of the Papacy in the 14th century, and in Vienne, take a “mini-train” to visit the ruined Roman amphitheatre and medieval churches
A musician in her own right, Elisabeth will perform some of the most famous songs from the film and other pieces including Gregorian chants and even her own compositions.
One of the cruise stops is Linz from where passengers can visit the Sound Of Music city of Salzburg and see areas associated with the film.
One of the highlights is the chance for guests to take part in a singalong of the catchy tune Do-Re-Mi in the famed Mirabellgarten, where the original scene was filmed.
Meander down this famous waterway on board elegant ship River Beatrice in the comfort of lavish furnishings as you take in the fabulous views through the panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows.
A TASTE OF THE GOOD LIFE
Viking Forseti is one of Viking River Cruises (0800 319 6660/vikingrivercruises.co.uk) new longships with a contemporary and spacious interior plus an extensive sundeck with walking track and putting green.
During this sailing through deepest Bordeaux enjoy some of the fascinating excursions on offer including a truffle-hunting expedition.
This excursion is offered during a stop-off at Dordogne where passengers can visit Bergerac to learn all about truffles and why they are so highly prized by chefs.
Alternatively, cruisers can explore the medieval town of Saint-Émilion, famous for its atmospheric wine caves carved out of the plateau upon which it stands.
This is a region of rich cuisine, fine wines and a fascinating history tied to its love affair with the grape.
Wine tastings and château tours are de rigueur as visitors tick off travel treasures such as Margaux and Cognac.