Arrivals & Departures Sail with Ray, Catriona and Peter

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Journalist, historian or TV personality: pick your host and go cruising.

Cruise the Mekong with Ray Martin or sail the Seine with TV host Catriona Rowntree or author and historian Peter FitzSimons.

That's the choice on offer with three hosted river cruises from Scenic departing next year.

"Catriona is one of Australia’s most well-travelled women and we know our guests love sharing in her travel knowledge from 20 years spent travelling the world with Getaway," Scenic sales and marketing general manager Michelle Back says.

"Peter’s extensive war history knowledge makes this cruise a must for history enthusiasts as it is a fantastic opportunity to visit this fascinating part of France with an expert host to enhance the experience. 

"And Ray is a great storyteller with a wealth of interesting material from his years in journalism that he will be sharing with guests on board.”

Rowntree will host an 11-day Seine river cruise which departs round-trip from Paris, taking in some of the most celebrated sites in France including Honfleur, Normandy's beaches, Giverny and Monet’s Garden, and Auvers-sur-Oise to explore Vincent van Gogh’s room. 

It costs from $8190 per person, including return flights to France, and departs on June 19.

FitzSimons will also host a Seine river cruise, sharing his knowledge of the region's war history through lectures on board. 

The journey through northern France also includes visits to some of the country’s military history sites including the Somme Battlefields, Villers-Bretonneux and the Normandy beaches. 

Priced from $7645 per person including return flights to France, the tour departs on June 29.

Martin will host an eight-day Mekong river cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City which includes visits to the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, the historic town of Tan Chau, the floating market at Cai Be and the ancient capital of Oudong. 

It costs from $3595 per person, but Scenic is offering a saving of $250 for bookings made by April 30. The cruise sets sail on August 22.

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