Europe is such a rich tapestry of cultures, languages, history and traditions and a river cruise is the perfect way to explore its hidden treasures.
One of the most popular European River Cruise itineraries is undoubtedly cruising the Danube-Main-Rhine waterways between Amsterdam and Budapest. This magnificent itinerary sails through the heart of Europe to Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and Amsterdam. It is a great opportunity for those who are discovering Europe for the first time – it’s the perfect overview!
Europe offers so much more, and for specific itineraries and a wider range of river cruise options departing from most major European capitals, this opens up France, Germany, Spain and beyond!
A Rhine River Cruise between Amsterdam and Basel, Vienna or Paris will venture through Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands along the Rhine Valley – a valley with more castles than any other river in the world!
Or sail along the Rhône and Saône Rivers from the south of Paris to Nice or Avignon, or start in Nice and cruise north to Normandy or Lyon; Chalon to Avignon; between Paris & Arles and more! Just imagine, the gorgeous French countryside, savouring the local cuisine of Lyon, re-discovering the Roman ruins in Arles, the art of Picasso, Renoir and Matisse in Provence and the palaces in Avignon… you could stand in Monet’s gardens in Giverny or revisit the beaches of Normandy… and of course a visit to the delicious vineyards of Beaujolais and Burgundy is a must!
It’s tempting to simply glide past chateaux of kings and the landscapes of the Impressionists, sailing from Paris’ Seine River.
Why not fall in love again on a romantic Italian Po River cruise, sailing from Venice. Cruise beside soaring architecture, dreamy canals and the romantic trio – Mantua, Padua and Verona, settings for Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”.
Or, serenely sail along the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Douro River of Spain beside steep gorges, sleepy fishing villages, bright almond and citrus orchards, from Madrid to Portugal.
Then, there is always the opportunity to set sail a little further afield to the Russian waterways of Moscow & St Petersburg. Take a step back in time to Russia’s imperial past as you sail upon the palatial waterways of the Tzars, visiting the Kremlin, aristocratic palaces and golden-domed churches.
And, there’s more….
There is so much more to river cruising – think about the Yangtze River in China. There are so many unique, historic and cultural sights to see – the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, Terracotta Warriors in Xian, Ming Dynasty palaces and more! And all this marvellous history is contrasted by the hi-tech, fast paced capitals – Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong –all those sparkling skyscrapers! From pandas to dumplings and juggling acrobats this is a river cruise into the unexpected.
Or the beautiful Mekong River traversing Vietnam and Cambodia. The must sees on any trip to this region of the world are Siem Reap (temple complex of Angkor Wat), Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, Hanoi, Da Nang, Hoi An, Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta – all covered in relative luxury via a river cruise. Whether it’s the history, cultural diversity, interesting and exotic food, stunning scenery and incredible temples – it’s all there.
Sailing along the longest river in the world – the River Nile! Imagine stepping into a world of souks and bazaars with exotic spices flavouring the air and the sounds of a vibrant city ringing in your ears – you are in Egypt and about to set off on an adventure along the Nile and immerse yourself in the history of this great land!
Yet still more…
And we haven’t yet mentioned the paddlewheelers yet… USA’s Mississippi River onboard a gentle cruise onboard a traditional Paddlewheeler makes you dream of Tom Sawyer and Mark Twain, from the southern charm of Louisiana. The music halls of Tennessee to Elvis “The King” and the mardi-gras colour of New Orleans. Or the Columbia and Snake River tracing an epic route of Lewis and Clarke, join the intimate atmosphere of an authentic paddle wheeler through the rich tapestry of ever-changing landscapes, thriving wildlife havens and an up and coming wine country. Or spend a few days in the easy, laid back setting of the Australian outback. It contrasts beautifully with the historic paddlewheeler from times gone by. Showcasing Australia’s beautiful Murray River, outback wildlife in their habitat, towns eager to welcome and Dreamtime culture.
There’s more still… South America’s Amazon, Africa’s Zambezi, India’s Ganges and Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River. We could even throw in the canals of UK and France where you could be the master of your own canal boat while you see the sights – Aye, Aye Cap’n!
Discover your world today onboard a river cruise where most itineraries and river ships offer the discreet luxury of a small floating hotel, with comfortable cabins, all onboard meals, cultural highlights and onboard entertainment and panoramic picture windows, perfect to frame magnificent sights.
A journey via the rivers of the world is a simply stunning way to immerse yourself in interesting, diverse and intriguing countries and cultures. Wherever you go and whatever river cruise you choose, each provides a unique window of experience, takes you into the heart of a culture and opens your eyes to the magnificent world around us.
River Cruising – it takes you right in to the very heart of a destination, where every river-bend showcases a new discovery!
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Written by Jacqueline Hamilton