River cruising is a popular alternative to the large, sometimes overwhelming experience of an ocean cruise. Ocean liners can hold thousands while river cruises are smaller, and more intimate, carrying fewer passengers and offering more opportunities for interacting with your fellow shipmates. River cruises are typically attractive to an older audience without children and offer up more opportunities for interacting with your fellow shipmates. Here are some river cruises available in Europe that you might want to consider while planning your travels:
Rhine River: Europe’s longest river is a natural for a river cruise candidate. Starting from humble beginnings as a trickle of melting snow in the Swiss Alps, the river slowly grew until it reached a length that passed six countries – Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands. While traveling the river, look for the statue of Lorelei, a mythical mermaid whose songs are believed to lure men to their deaths.
Seine River: Looking to soak in some French culture? Then you should look for Seine River cruises. You’ll start your tour off in Rouen and head to a fishing village named Honfleur which has been painted by iconic artists like Monet. While the routes vary, a river tour of Seine is guaranteed to stop in the iconic city of Paris for a guided tour to see the sights. There are also stops at various D-Day landing beaches to add to the culture and history of the tour.
Danube River: For a wide variety of European experiences, consider a trip around the Danube River. Areas explored in this river tour typically includes Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov, Bratislava and Budapest, while others settled primarily in Hungary and Passau. Activities are varied and exciting, including wine-tasting, touring castles, and walking through monastery libraries. And, of course, there’s always the nighttime entertainment when you’re off the boat.
Rhone/Soane: This river tour is for the wine fans out there. Typically traveling through Burgundy, these river tours guide you through medieval cities and wine capitals like Beaune. After touring the vineyards (with tastings!), guests also get the chance to ancient amphitheaters and maybe even visit the town of Arles, where Vincent Van Gogh famously worked.
Ask your travel agent to help you organize your first river cruise.
Travel Specialist Group