Romantic Getaways

River Cruises: Destinations

Your time off the cruise can be equally as interesting as being on board the cruise itself. Every European river cruise holds its own exclusive appeal. Explore Europe by way of its graceful waterways and unlock whole new worlds at the heart of your destination city.

Cruises: icon Extreme adventurers, fans of history, and people looking for first-hand experience in local ways of life will all enjoy the choices open to them. You will live exciting moments in the top cultural centers of Europe, visit historic monuments and take in the lovely scenery. Your cruiser will be able to slip into the smaller ports due to its nimble size, giving you the option to visit towns, villages, and sights you might otherwise not be able to explore.

Famed Rivers of France

The waterways of France offer up a number of of the world’s most well known destinations. Paris is one of the most gorgeous cities in the world, Provence delights the senses, Normandy is exciting for the history that took place on its beaches, Bordeaux is a mecca for wine aficionados, and foodies will love the famed gastronomy of Lyon.

The farms and forests of Aquitaine, once one of the wealthiest territories in Europe, are as beautiful as its well-known wine region and picturesque ports. Périgord is home to the celebrated Camus Cognac distillery, where you can create your own individual blend, and offers truffle hunting for adventurous food aficiondos.

Some of the most delicious oysters in the world come from Arcachon in the southwestern area of France. Drink Saint-Émilion, Médoc and Sauternes close to their celebrated ”terroir”. No matter the waterway, the Rhône River or the Seine River, the Dordogne or the Gironde, a France river voyage will immerse guests in a community rich in wine, art, food and tradition.

Historied Rivers of Central Europe

If you would like to tour the ancient fortresses and medieval towns of Germany and the Czech Republic, consider a cruise down the Elbe River. Wine enthusiasts will appreciate a trip on the Mosel River, known as the Moselle in France, which flows through the region in Germany best known for its farming of the Riesling grape.

The Danube River carries passengers through Central Europe to places such as Vienna, where you can learn how to waltz, or Budapest, where you can unwind in the traditional thermal baths known as banyas.

Go on to savor Austro-Hungarian cooking 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

In Russia you will not want to forget the splendid cathedral of St. Basil’s or the fascinating architecture of Moscow’s historical Red Square. Art aficionados will enjoy the spectacular Hermitage Museum in Russia, which is the world’s second most extensive museum.

If you like seeing how people lived in other eras and places, check out a Soviet-era kommunalka, where many families lived together at one time, or visit breathtaking Peterhof Palace to see how Peter the Great lived. Of course, when you are in Russia you must indulge in the famous local cuisine like pirog, solyanka, borscht, blini pancakes, and of course some decadent caviar. Various peoples had a role in the background of the Dnieper River: Russian, Ottoman, Jewish, Cossack, Greek, Tatar, and Mongol. Historic churches and monasteries, Soviet-era landmarks, museums and displays of legendary horsemanship, and music and dance enliven the river’s banks from Kiev to Odessa.

Portugal's Duoro River Valley
In Portugal you can cruise the Douro River to the capital city, Lisbon, with its picturesque old town and thriving newer areas with trendy restaurants, bars, and cafes. Wine aficionados will want to stop in the picturesque vineyard region to taste local wines, while the traditional foods and fado singing will be a delight for all. A designated UNESCO site, the Douro River Valley was also the first demarcated wine region in Europe and the world.

Nordic Wonders
Start off by viewing the breathtaking Nordic sights from the sea before heading to the fascinating Rhine River. Follow ancient Viking footsteps by embarking in Bergen, visit the breathtaking fjords and the quaint village of Flåm, stroll the old town in Kristiansand with its wooden homes, and ultimately make your way to the more modern but no less interesting cities of Oslo and Stavanger.

Skagen, Denmark is famous 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 various sights and tastes of Germany along its riverways
In Germany, Cologne’s stunning cathedral and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress are places you will not want to overlook.

The beautiful Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is worth a visit with its massive cathedrals, huge fortresses, ancient villages, and rich history. Pamper yourself in the decadent spas located in the Black Forest of Germany; visit the spectacular Gothic cathedral in multicultural Strasbourg, France; and tour the illustrious art museum in Basel, Switzerland. Simply being on board is enjoyable and engaging, and your excursions should be the same. Immerse yourself in the authentic culture, activities and food of the places you’ll visit.

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

What Are the Benefits of a River Cruise?

A river cruise is a rather distinctive way to travel. Because they move at a relatively slow rate you can really see and enjoy all the stunning views, and the amenities they offer on board will make you feel special.

Sailing Europe’s most celebrated rivers, you will have lots of opportunity to get off the boat to enjoy the picturesque cities, villages, and landscapes, while your time on board the ship will be just as fun with great activities, impeccable service, and top-notch dining options. All that, and you only have to unpack one time before kicking back to enjoy your trip. On board one of these vessels 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.

The experience can be both immersive and tranquil as you travel rivers like the Douro, Seine, Rhine, Volga, or Danube and take in the varying vistas. You will have a lot of time to get to see the local way of life at each place. Travelers can get off the cruise ship and stroll around on their own or sign up for guided excursions. Each port is full of worthwhile outings to do: you can check out important attractions such as castles or ancient forts, roam through local museums and art galleries, or attend a live music performance.

These vessels are also filled with great amenities. The rooms have their own private restrooms, plush beds, mini refrigerators, televisions, safes to protect your valuables, and in-room temperature control.

In addition, these river cruisers feature restaurants, lounges and bars, as well as free Wi-Fi. Some vessels additionally come complete with libraries, boutiques, pools and/or sun decks.

The ultimate vacation.
Bring this all together with exceptional and individualized service from on-board staff and you have the the perfect vacation. Regardless of the time of year you take a trip, there will be special cultural adventures available to you at each destination.

In the spring and summer, you can enjoy local outdoor events and lively activities that only occur in the warmer months of the year. In the chilly autumn months, you will notice fewer vacationers, meaning that you will have extra time to visit sights without getting overwhelmed with people or rushed.

People who appreciate holiday traditions might consider a winter cruise, to visit the Christmas markets common in many countries as well as other fascinating celebrations.

River cruises are great for anyone looking to travel in comfort and relaxation while also having the chance to discover the many beautiful destinations along the way.
Anyone who has never traveled on a cruise before will appreciate how easy traveling this way can be, and they won’t have to be too concerned about getting seasick. Additionally, the emphasis on cultural exploration of destinations means river cruises are ideal for those with a curiosity for art and history, or a general interest in travel.

Vacationing along Europe’s Storied Rivers

The most fascinating rivers in Europe can be yours to discover and enjoy. 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.
While river ships need to be small enough to navigate these waterways, they can be similarly luxurious, with world-class dining, modern technology, live entertainment, and unforgettable local excursions.

Cruises: artwork The feeling is one of world-class style with a vibe that is both welcoming and cozy. The plans allow for the most feasible amount of time to be spent at ports of call. These in-depth experiences take you behind the scenes to see what makes living, working, and having fun at your port of call memorable. Feel the heart of the continent’s great cities and discover it via the stories told by its artists, history and culinary pleasures.

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