Grand Circle Cruise Ship Itineraries
As expected, Grand Circle cruises cover a lot of ground. Amsterdam, the Black Sea, Russia: It's all part of the territory for the company's ships. So if you want to sail from Moscow to St. Petersburg, or cruise the Rhone through Provence, or sail the Rhine or the Yangtze -- it's all possible.
In Europe, the central focus remains the Rhine-Main-Danube network, scene for the company's signature Great Rivers of Europe (Amsterdam to Vienna), Prague and the Danube" and "Eastern Europe to the Black Sea (Budapest to Constanta). Additionally, other itineraries are more specialized, giving passengers the chance to explore rivers such as the Mosel, or Holland and Belgium in the spring blooming season. Christmas market cruises on the Rhine and the Danube are offered in season and some cruises feature either Classic Cities of the Danube or Storybook Landscapes of the Rhine. All of these itineraries utilize one of the line's 120- to 164-passenger river cruisers, which are assigned as necessary to any route.
For France, cruises include Burgundy and Provence and Christmastime in the South of France. All of these cruises are conducted with River Chardonnay and River Provence, GC's smaller 50-passenger vessels.
Russian cruises, including the Russian Waterways voyage between Moscow and St Petersburg, and the Tatars, Cossacks & the Golden Ring trip, including Volgograd, use the company's private cruisers, Tikhi Don and Rossia.
Grand Circle Cruise Lines also has a land-river cruise option in China that includes several days on the Yangtze River. The company contracts with Victoria River Cruises for the ships on that trip.
The line also does small ship cruises in Central America, Asia, Antarctica and the Mediterranean. On its own ships, GCCL has itineraries along the French and Italian Rivieras, the Dalmatian Coast and the Balkans, and the Turkish and Greek isles. Itineraries on chartered ships include a trip on the Irrawaddy River in Burma on RV Paukan and a Panama Canal cruise on MS Discovery. The company's Antarctica voyage takes place on Corinthian II, an ice-strengthened charter ship for 112 passengers.
Most of the itineraries mentioned here do include off-ship stays at the beginning and/or end of the cruise, and there are also add-on trips available both pre- and post-cruise.