What Are the Advantages of a River Cruise?

River cruises are one-of-a-kind trips.

River portrayal They transport you at just the ideal pace, with just the right conveniences, and just the right views. River cruises through Europe are renowned for their amazing restaurants and wine lists, as well as outstanding service and lots of exciting activities, and they travel slowly enough that you can really take in the view of all the cities, towns, and landscapes you pass by or stop to visit. Better yet, you will not have to keep unpacking and packing at every single place.

Aboard one of these ships you’ll journey to some of the world’s most sophisticated cities on some of the most iconic rivers used long ago as the world’s first trade routes. It is a enjoyable, immersive experience where you can enjoy the ever-changing vistas along the banks of well-traveled waterways such as the Danube, Rhine, Seine, Douro, Volga as well as many other famed rivers. You will have plenty of time to get to learn about the local lifestyle at each destination. Travelers can get off the vessel and walk around on their own or sign up for guided adventures.

There are plenty of great things to do at each port, such as visiting art galleries and museums, enjoying a musical or theatrical performance, or visiting local attractions. And the amenities on these ships will guarantee that you are happy and have everything you wish. The rooms have their own private bathrooms, luxurious beds, personal refrigerators, televisions, safes to hold your valuables, and in-room temperature control.

These cruisers are well known for their fine dining, bars, and lounges, and many of the larger cruisers also feature pools and sun decks where you can relax in the fresh air, libraries where you can find something to read, specialty boutiques, and free Wi-Fi.

What a way to travel!
Put it all together together with exceptional and personalized service from on-board staff and you have perfection.

No matter what season you travel, you will enjoy the unique culture of each destination. When the weather is nice, there will be more things held outside such as outdoor exhibitions and musical shows. In the chilly autumn months, you will notice fewer visitors, meaning you will have more time to visit sights without getting overwhelmed with people or rushed. The winter months are a great time to go if you enjoy taking part in the diverse holiday celebrations and customs of other countries, such as the spectacular Christmas markets traditional in some places.

A river cruise is a fantastic way to see the world, especially if you prefer an easy and stress-free way to travel.
Anyone who has never gone on a cruise before will realize how simple traveling this way can be, and they won’t have to be very nervous about getting seasick. Additionally, the attention placed on cultural exploration of destinations means river cruises are perfect for those with a curiosity for art and history, or a general interest in travel.

Vacationing along Europe’s Celebrated Rivers

Discover the finest of Europe’s historical waterways by boat. Traveling by ship is a memorable way to experience the wonders of rivers such as the Elbe, Rhine, Loire, Danube, Duoro, Volga, and Dnieper.

Size doesn't matter.
In addition to exciting local excursions, these smaller, elegant river ships offer world-class dining and entertainment, elegant rooms with state-of the-art technology, and a full spectrum of amenities.

Altogether, these make for an charming, elegant, and relaxing experience. So that people can spend as much time as possible at each local attraction, itineraries are carefully scheduled to allow for this. These in-depth experiences take you behind the scenes to see what makes living, working, and playing at your port of call memorable.

Experience these great cities through the stories told by its artists, history and culinary delights.

Where To Go On A River Cruise

Your time off the ship can be just as exciting as being on board the cruise itself. Every river cruise around Europe provides unique adventures.

Tour Europe by way of its legendary rivers and get to experience the cities and peoples along the trip.

Extreme adventurers, fans of history, and individuals looking for first-hand experience in local ways of life will all love the options presented to them.

Cruise? impression You will gather limitless insights into Europe’s lively cultural centers, its historic treasures as well as its picturesque scenery.

Traveling on these smaller, well-appointed riverboats, perfect for docking in town centers, close to the important sights, is a fine way to celebrate Europe’s most luminous ports.

Famed Rivers of France

The waterways of France offer up many of the world’s most famous places. From its magnificent Bordeaux region and gastronomic Lyon, to historic Normandy and charming Provence, not to mention fabulous Paris, France has something for everyone.

The farms and forests of Aquitaine, once one of the wealthiest territories in Europe, are as lovely as its famous wine region and picturesque ports. Aspiring chefs and food aficionados alike ought to schedule a stop in Périgord to hunt for truffles and go to the Camus Cognac distillery.

The coastal town of Arcachon in southwest France is popular for its delectable oysters. Enjoy winetasting at famous wineries in Saint-Émilion, Médoc and Sauternes. Whichever river you choose for your tour through France – the Gironde, Seine, Rhône, or Dordogne -- the country’s intriguing history, amazing art, and delicious food culture will delight.

Historied Rivers of Central Europe

Anyone who loves visiting ancient forts and tiny scenic villages will enjoy traveling down the Elbe River through the Czech Republic and Germany.

The Mosel River, called the Moselle in France, showcases the German area best known for its Riesling wines. In Central Europe, Danube River cruises carry passengers to intriguing Old World cities like Budapest where you can soak up the steam in a traditional banya (thermal baths) or Vienna where you can master the waltz, a dance which gained popularity in the ballrooms of the Austrian court. Go on to savor Austro-Hungarian cuisine at one of the region’s well-known restaurants, or discover lesser-known Central European cities like Bratislava and Passau.

The Waterways of the Tsars

Travel the waterways of Russia and observe for yourself the typical Russian architecture in Moscow’s Red Square and the domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral. In Russia, be sure to get some time at the spectacular Hermitage Museum, which in addition to being an awe-inspiring edifice, is the second biggest museum in the world. What photo The spectacular Peterhof Palace will take your breath away, while the Soviet-era kommunalka will give you fascinating insight into the day-to-day lives of the multiple families who lived there together commune-style.

And last but not least, don’t fail to sample some Russian foods like caviar and blini pancakes, borscht, pirog, or solyanka. The Dnieper River tells a complicated story that consists of Greek, Mongol, Tatar, Ottoman, Cossack, Jewish and Russian influences. Stop to see lively performances of regional dance or music, tour amazing museums and historic places of worship, or check out landmarks from the Soviet days.

Portugal's Duoro River Valley
Cruise the Douro River in Portugal to the thriving cosmopolitan city of Lisbon, with its newly invigorated districts of art galleries, cafes, and shopping areas. Take in a concert of traditional fado singing, then over dinner have the local culinary delights and luscious wines, including the region’s famous Port. The Douro River Valley is proud to be the first demarcated wine production zone in the world as well as a UNESCO site.

Nordic Wonders
After first enjoying the gorgeous Nordic region, head to the Rhine River and all it has to offer.

Embark in historic Bergen, a city with strong Viking roots, and set off for Norway’s dramatic fjord landscapes, cruising to scenic Flåm, cosmopolitan Stavanger, history-rich Kristiansand and vibrant Oslo. Skagen, Denmark is popular for its sandy beaches in the north; Kinderdijk, Holland is the home of the country’s traditional windmills; and Amsterdam is the region’s most lively and colorful city.

The sights and tastes of Germany along its riverways
In Germany, taste local beer and visit the stunning ancient cathedral in Cologne or take a tour of the imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the gorgeous Middle Rhine should be high on your list, with stunning old forts, breathtaking churches, charming towns, and fascinating history. Explore France’s multicultural Strasbourg and Germany’s storied Black Forest before disembarking in cultured Basel. Whatever you do on land should be just as rewarding as all the fun you will have on board.

Dive right into the unique aspects of each interesting place along the way.

And just as each vessel is a work of art on water, each destination you travel to is a work of art on land.

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