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See Europe’s Beauty on a River Cruise

Beauty picture Fuel your mind and your soul by cruising Europe’s celebrated rivers. Sailing rivers like the Loire, Elbe, Duoro, Rhine, Volga, Danube, and Dnieper is a fantastic vacation experience.

Size doesn't matter.
Although these river ships are more modest in size, they are no less luxurious or technologically advanced, and offer high-end amenities, fine dining experiences, and interesting off-ship ventures. Altogether, these make for an charming, elegant, and relaxed experience. Trips are set up in a way that affords guests ample opportunity to spend time at each destination.

These in-depth experiences take you behind the scenes to see what makes living, working, and playing at your port of call special.

Experience the continent’s grand cities and discover them via the stories told by its artists, history and culinary pleasures.

What Makes a River Cruise Different from an Ocean Cruise?

Although river cruises and ocean cruises share a number of commonalities, there are also some — and considerable — differences between the two. Generally, ocean liners are inclined to be much more spacious and you will find additional amenities in your room.

Due to their more substantial size, they are likewise able to hold a lot more people. The more modest scale of river ships means fewer guests, but more potential to get to know fellow travelers, often leading to lifelong friendships. A second differing element is that on a river cruise passengers are almost never moving for a full day at a time, where ocean cruises are often on the open sea for a few days in a row.

Guests usually get to visit a new destination every day. With river cruising, you generally also enjoy an ever-changing mural of breathtaking scenery from your ship, so the journey itself becomes part of your discovery. For those without sea legs, river cruises have the advantage of smooth going, shallow waters and the gift of land that’s always in sight.

Then again, as they are bigger, ocean cruises have a more complete array of onboard offerings like live entertainment, gyms and fitness centers, and more variety of dining opportunities. But most river cruises offer inclusive value, so your Wi-Fi, water, alcoholic beverages and included excursions are covered in the cost.

River Cruises and Diverse Destinations

The only thing more stunning than going aboard one of these cruisers is stepping off.

Any river cruise in Europe includes special adventures. To see Europe by sailing its historic rivers is to open up new experiences for yourself.

History aficionados, adventure-seekers, and people just trying to learn about different cultures will all find something to do. You will gather limitless insights into Europe’s lively cultural centers, its historic treasures as well as its charming landscapes.

You won’t miss a thing given that these luxurious cruise liners are small enough to stop in the smaller ports of call nearest the main tourist sights and centers of town.

Famed Rivers of France
France’s many rivers will take you to some of its most distinguished areas. From the famous food of Lyon and Bordeaux’s most well-known wineries, to the charm of Paris and Provence, to the historic sights of Normandy, France offers a world of experiences.

The farms and forests of Aquitaine, once one of the richest territories in Europe, are as lovely as its well-known wine region and picturesque ports. Hunt for truffles around Périgord and make your own personal blend of Cognac at the Camus distillery. Pause for a dinner of delectable oysters in the seaside resort community of Arcachon. Sample the delicious red blends crafted in the distinguished wineries of Saint-Émilion and Médoc or sample the decadent sweet wines of Sauternes.

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

Historied Rivers of Central Europe

Anybody who loves seeing ancient forts and tiny medieval villages will enjoy sailing down the Elbe River through the Czech Republic and Germany. The Mosel River, referred to as the Moselle in France, flows through the German land most known for its Riesling wines.

In Central Europe, a Danube River cruise will pass through Vienna, Austria, where you can be taught to waltz as they did back in the days of the Austrian court; and through Budapest, Hungary, where you can delight in the famous thermal baths called banya locally. Austro-Hungarian cuisine will enchant food lovers, while individuals that like to see places that do not see as many travelers can go to one of the many charming smaller cities like Passau or Bratislava.

The Waterways of the Tsars

See the famed Red Square in Moscow and take in its classic Russian architectural design, or stop for a tour of St. Basil’s Cathedral. Admire the exceptional collections of the Hermitage Museum, the second largest museum in the world.

If you are interested in seeing how people lived in other periods 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. Beauty photo Russia has some delicious culinary specialties which you will need to sample when you are there: borscht, pirog, solyanka, blini pancakes, and perhaps the most celebrated, caviar. The the historical past of the Dnieper River was heavily impacted by Ottoman, Mongol, Greek, Cossack, Tatar, Jewish, and Russian forces. Stop to see vibrant performances of native dance or music, tour intriguing museums and historic places of worship, or check out landmarks from the Soviet days.

Portugal's Duoro River Valley
The Douro River in Portugal will take you to the exciting capital city of Lisbon, where you can step back in time in the city’s old town or go to the newer areas filled with great cafes, bars, restaurants, and art galleries.

Take in a concert of traditional fado singing, then over dinner enjoy the local culinary delights and luscious wines, including the region’s famous Port. The Douro River Valley is the world’s first demarcated wine region and a UNESCO site.

Nordic Wonders
After first enjoying the gorgeous Nordic region, head to the Rhine River and all it has to offer you. Start in Bergen, a historic city where the Vikings landed, then go to the picturesque village of Flåm and the nearby fjords, historic Kristiansand, and the more vibrant modern cities of Stavanger and Olso. From the coastal village of Skagen, Denmark, navigate the North Sea to Amsterdam, and on to explore Holland’s famous windmills in Kinderdijk.

The various sights and tastes of Germany along its riverways

In Germany, sample local beer and visit the breathtaking ancient cathedral in Cologne or take a tour of the magnificent Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. The beautiful Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is well worth a visit with its imposing cathedrals, huge fortresses, ancient villages, and rich history.

Pamper yourself in the indulgent spas located in the Black Forest of Germany; visit the spectacular Gothic cathedral in multicultural Strasbourg, France; and tour the famous art museum in Basel, Switzerland. Absolutely nothing on board is cookie-cutter, so your visits onshore shouldn’t be either. Take advantage of your time at every port of call to truly discover its unique activities and sights. Every cruise ship is created to be its own special creation, just as each destination along the itinerary is a unique and one-of-a-kind place.

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