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What Makes a River Cruise?

Almost nothing compares to a river cruise.

River icon Because they move at a rather slow rate you can really see and enjoy all the breathtaking views, and the amenities they offer on board will make you feel special.

Cruising Europe’s most celebrated rivers, you will have plenty of opportunity to get off the boat to check out the picturesque cities, villages, and landscapes, while your time on board the ship will be equally 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 savor your trip.

Aboard one of these vessels you’ll travel to some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities on some of the most iconic rivers used long ago as the world’s first trade routes.

The experience is both immersive and relaxing as you travel past breathtaking scenery on rivers such as the Rhine, Douro, Volga, Seine, and Danube.

Passengers who decide to go on excursions or have a look around on their own will have lots of time to get acquainted with local cultures. In addition to guided tours, guests can wander freely around local stops or setup optional shore outings. There is no lack of compelling activities to do at each port, from discovering local historic attractions to visiting museums to attending live performances of music or dance. These vessels also provide a lot of great amenities onboard to guarantee your comfort.

The rooms have their own private bathrooms, luxurious beds, personal refrigerators, televisions, safes to protect your valuables, and in-room temperature control. In addition, you will enjoy free Wi-Fi, great bars and lounges, and top-notch eateries on each boat. Many of the larger ships also have pools with sun decks, interesting shops, and libraries where you can sit back with a good book.

What a way to travel!
Combine of all this, along with exceptional and customized service from on-board staff, and you have the ingredients for an amazing vacation.

No matter what season you travel, you will experience the different traditions of each destination. In the spring and summer, you might experience local outdoor events and lively activities that only occur in the warmer months of the year. Cooler weather in the fall could mean you’ll run into fewer tourists in the streets of cities and ports you visit, which will allow you to take your time and get a closer look at places that interest you without feeling rushed or crowded. People who love holiday traditions might consider a winter cruise, to experience the Christmas markets common in many countries as well as other enjoyable celebrations.

River cruises are ideal for anyone wanting to travel in comfort and relaxation while also having the chance to visit the many beautiful destinations along the way.

First-time cruise guests will find out how simple traveling is on a river cruise and not have to fret much about being seasick. In addition, with their focus on enabling passengers experience the local culture at each stop, they are perfect for art and history aficionados, or anyone interested in travel in general.

What Makes a River Cruise Different from an Ocean Cruise?

When selecting the best cruise for you, it is useful to note that while river cruises are similar in many ways to ocean cruises, there are also some big differences. In general, ocean liners are massive in size and have additional amenities in each cabin. Many additional passengers can travel on them because of more substantial size. River ships have a much more familiar feel due to the more modest size, and people often find themselves making lots of new friends.

In contrast to ocean cruises that might include multiple sea days, you will rarely have a full day of sailing on a river cruise. Each day takes travelers to a new port of call. Since the panorama outside the cruiser is always changing, the sense of exploration becomes part of the discovery. If you are concerned you might become seasick, a river cruise is the way to sail because land is always in your line of vision, the water is not deep, and there is barely any turbulence.

That said, ocean cruises typically have more elegant features including facilities to work out, more of a selection for dining, and fantastic live shows. But most river cruises offer inclusive value, so your Wi-Fi, water, alcohol and included excursions are covered in the price.

Where To Go On A River Cruise

Off-board tours at ports of call can be as spectacular as being on board the vessel. For every river cruise in Europe there is a unique set of things to enjoy and see. See Europe by way of its legendary rivers and get to experience the cities and peoples along the trip.

Whether you are an adventurer, a history enthusiast or a curious site seer wanting to experience the local flavors on offer, there is something for everyone to enjoy. You will gather limitless insights into Europe’s lively cultural centers, its historic treasures as well as its beautiful landscapes.

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

Famed Rivers of France

Sail one of France’s many scenic rivers and allow it to take you to some of the country’s most important regions.

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Provence delights the senses, Normandy is fascinating for the history that took place on its shores, Bordeaux is a mecca for wine aficionados, and foodies will love the famed gastronomy of Lyon. Aquitaine, once upon a time one of Europe’s most formidable kingdoms, boasts gorgeous vineyards, farmland, and forested areas as well as charming ports of call.

Hunt for truffles near Périgord and craft your own particular blend of Cognac at the Camus distillery.

Pause for a lunch of delicious oysters in the seaside resort city of Arcachon.

In Bordeaux, don’t overlook the wonderfully sweet wine crafted in Sauternes, or the mouthwatering reds of the Médoc and Saint-Émilion.

Whichever river you prefer for your trip through France – the Gironde, Seine, Rhône, or Dordogne -- the country’s interesting history, spectacular art, and delicious food culture will delight. River artwork

Historied Rivers of Central Europe

Cruises on the Elbe River travel into Germany and the Czech Republic on a route lined by ancient fortifications and medieval villages. Wine fanatics will enjoy a trip on the Mosel River, known as the Moselle in France, which crosses the region in Germany best known for its cultivation of the Riesling grape. If you prefer Central Europe, choose a cruise down the Danube to Budapest, the Hungarian city famous for its calming banyas (thermal baths); or to Vienna, where you can take a lesson in the waltz, which became popular in the ballrooms of the Austrian court. Foodies will love the Austro-Hungarian culinary delights, while wandering adventurers might choose to have time in some lesser-known cities such as Passau or Bratislava.

The Waterways of the Tsars
Check out the historic Red Square in Moscow and take in its classic Russian architectural design, or stop for a tour of St. Basil’s Cathedral.

In Russia, be sure to have some time at the spectacular Hermitage Museum, which in addition to being an awe-inspiring edifice, is the second largest sized museum in the world. If you enjoy understanding how people lived in other times and places, check out a Soviet-era kommunalka, where multiple families lived together at one time, or visit breathtaking Peterhof Palace to see how Peter the Great lived. And last but not least, don’t fail to taste some Russian foods like caviar and blini pancakes, borscht, pirog, or solyanka. If you sail on the Dnieper River you will witness lands that were highly influenced by Mongol, Greek, Russian, Cossack, Jewish, Tatar, and Ottoman forces.

Stop to see lively performances of regional dance or music, tour intriguing museums and historic places of worship, or check out landmarks from the Soviet days.

Portugal's Duoro River Valley

Take a trip on Portugal’s river of Gold, the Douro, to enjoy the renaissance of Lisbon, newly revitalized with trending galleries and restaurants. Tour the lush vineyards that produce the country’s celebrated Port wine and delight in traditional cuisine, wine and fado singing.

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

Experience the gorgeous Nordic region by sea, then move on the the renowned river Rhine. Start in Bergen, a historic city where the Vikings landed, then check out the enchanting village of Flåm and the nearby fjords, historic Kristiansand, and the more lively modern cities of Stavanger and Olso. Art lovers will want to stop in Denmark’s coastal community of Skagen, once summer home to the legendary group of Scandinavian artists known as the Skagen Painters, as well as Amsterdam to view the many masterpieces there, before heading to Kinderdijk to see the enchanting windmills of Holland.

The fabulous sights & tastes of Germany along its riverways
Stop to see Cologne’s renowned cathedral and walk around Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

Discover the turreted fortresses, huge cathedrals, historic cities, medieval towns and striking scenery of the Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pamper yourself in the indulgent spas found in the Black Forest of Germany; visit the spectacular Gothic cathedral in multicultural Strasbourg, France; and tour the illustrious art museum in Basel, Switzerland. The things that you do on shore should be just as rewarding as all the fun you will have on board.

Immerse yourself in the amazing culture, activities and dining of the places you’ll visit. And just as each ship is a work of art on water, each destination you travel to is a work of art on land.

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