Explore Europe: win a $27,000 cruise for two

DREAM: What a way to arrive in Budapest - on this luxurious river cruise ship.
DREAM: What a way to arrive in Budapest - on this luxurious river cruise ship.

Imagine taking in the cultural experiences and amazing sights of Europe, from Amsterdam to Budapest, all from the comfort of a balcony suite on a luxurious Evergreen river cruise ship.

To celebrate the launch of our new travel magazine - Explore - and thanks to Evergreen Cruises & Tours, a 15-day indulgence aboard an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship could be yours.

Explore is a new weekly liftout in 14 daily newspapers throughout NSW, the ACT, Victoria and Tasmania, published every Saturday from November 23 and full of travel ideas, deals and advice.

AMSTERDAM: A postcard-worthy destination of picturesque canals, cafes and innovative galleries.

AMSTERDAM: A postcard-worthy destination of picturesque canals, cafes and innovative galleries.

Readers can also access all these stories - and more - through the Explore travel section of their local news website.

To be in the running to win the cruise, worth up to a cool $26,980, all you have to do is click here to go straight to the entry form or scroll to the bottom of the story where you will find the form.

(Sorry, entries are only open to residents of NSW, ACT, Victoria and Tasmania). Entries close a whisker before midnight on Friday, January 3, with winners drawn on Wednesday, January 8.

Good luck!

Winners will be announced online and in participating daily newspapers on January 11.

The prize is a 15-day Splendours of Europe river cruise, from Amsterdam to Budapest, for two people (twin-share) in an A Category Emerald Balcony Suite, with return economy-class airfares from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane or Hobart.

Choose your departure date from any available on the 2020 Evergreen Cruises calendar.

ITINERARY: The 15-day cruise takes in the best parts of the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.

ITINERARY: The 15-day cruise takes in the best parts of the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.

You will travel the spectacular Rhine, Main and Danube rivers on an award-winning Star-Ship, where you can enjoy the finest flavours of Europe and exceptional service from an experienced and professional crew.

Immerse yourself in the local culture and explore some of Europe's most historic towns and cities, including Cologne and its UNESCO World Heritage-listed cathedral; Bamberg, a town that boasts one of the largest medieval centres in Europe; and Austria's breath-taking capital Vienna, once home to Mozart and Beethoven.

HISTORY: Travel through the spectacular scenery around the Danube on your Amsterdam to Budapest river cruise.

HISTORY: Travel through the spectacular scenery around the Danube on your Amsterdam to Budapest river cruise.

Along the way, experience the traditions of a Bavarian band, enjoy coffee and cake with Slovakians and learn some traditional Hungarian folklore.

Read more: How to see Amsterdam: head to the canals

On board the Evergreen cruise ship, you'll be tempted with 41 superb meals, including a Captain's gala dinner to welcome you and then bade you farewell.

ON LAND: Join in activities such as cycling or walking tours to take in the sights like a local.

ON LAND: Join in activities such as cycling or walking tours to take in the sights like a local.

Look for the new Explore liftout in every Saturday edition of the Canberra Times, Newcastle Herald, Illawarra Mercury, Launceston Examiner, Burnie Advocate, Border Mail, Ballarat Courier, Bendigo Advertiser, Warrnambool Standard, Wagga Daily Advertiser, Central Western Daily, Dubbo Daily Liberal, Western Advocate and Northern Daily Leader.