River Cruises and Diverse Ports of Call

Off-board excursions at ports of call can be as amazing as being on board the cruise. Each European river cruise carries its own special appeal.

Open yourself to new adventures and new worlds by traveling one of Europe’s great rivers. You will have the opportunity to view the spectacular scenery of Europe’s most beautiful villages and countryside, visit ancient monuments, and participate in cultural events in the largest cities on the continent.

sunset-3902980__340.jpg TravelingVvoyaging on these smaller, well-appointed riverboats, ideal for docking in town centers, close to the important sights, is a fine way to celebrate Europe’s most luminous ports.

Cruise one of France’s many scenic rivers and allow it to take you to some of the country’s most treasured areas. From the celebrated food of Lyon and Bordeaux’s most distinguished wineries, to the charm of Paris and Provence, to the historic sights of Normandy, France provides a world of experiences.

Enjoy time in Aquitaine, once one of the richest parts of Europe, and see its lovely farms, forests, vineyards, and ports. Hunt for truffles near Périgord and make your own particular blend of Cognac at the Camus distillery. Enjoy France’s finest oysters straight from the bay at Arcachon. Taste Saint-Émilion, Médoc and Sauternes close to their own ”terroir”.

No matter the waterway, the Rhône River or the Seine River, the Dordogne or the Gironde, a France river cruise will immerse passengers in a community rich in wine, art, food and tradition. Anybody who loves seeing ancient forts and tiny medieval villages will enjoy traveling down the Elbe River through the Czech Republic and Germany. Wine fanatics will love a trip on the Mosel River, known as the Moselle in France, which traverses the region in Germany best known for its farming of the Riesling grape. In Central Europe, Danube River cruises take passengers to fascinating Old World cities like Budapest where you can soak up the steam in a traditional banya (thermal baths) or Vienna where you can learn the waltz, a dance which gained popularity in the ballrooms of the Austrian court.

People who like to explore destinations off the beaten path will enjoy tours to smaller cities such as Passau and Bratislava, while adventurous food lovers will enjoy noshing on the delicacies of the regional cuisine.

Visit the famed 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 spend some time at the spectacular Hermitage Museum, which in addition to being an awe-inspiring structure, is the second largest sized museum in the world.

A visit to the kommunalka will give you a first-hand view of how families lived commune-style in the Soviet period, while a stop at the magnificent Peterhof Palace will give you fascinating insight into Peter the Great’s daily life. In addition to its world-famous caviar, Russia has some other excellent traditional dishes you should sample: blini pancakes, solyanka, borscht, and pirog.

Numerous peoples had a role in the story of the Dnieper River: Russian, Ottoman, Jewish, Cossack, Greek, Tatar, and Mongol.

Historic places of worship and monasteries, Soviet-era landmarks, museums and displays of legendary horsemanship, and music and dance are found along the river’s banks from Kiev to Odessa.

Cruise on Portugal’s river of Gold, the Douro, to enjoy the renaissance of Lisbon, newly revitalized with trending galleries and restaurants. Roam the beautiful vineyards that produce the country’s famous Port wine and enjoy traditional cuisine, wine and fado singing.

The Douro River Valley is the world’s oldest demarcated wine appellation and a UNESCO site. After first visiting the lush Nordic region, head to the Rhine River and all it has to do and see.

Embark in historic Bergen, a city with strong Viking roots, and set off for Norway’s striking fjord landscapes, cruising to scenic Flåm, cosmopolitan Stavanger, history-rich Kristiansand and lively Oslo.

Art lovers will want to stop in Denmark’s coastal village 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 charming windmills of Holland. Visit Cologne’s famed cathedral and explore Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. The picturesque Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is well worth a visit with its imposing cathedrals, huge fortresses, ancient villages, and rich history.

Travel through the renowned Black Forest in Germany, stop in France’s Strasbourg with its spectacular Gothic cathedral, then on to Basel, Switzerland with its enchanting medieval old town. Being onboard is fun and engaging, and your excursions should be the same. Dive right into the distinct aspects of each intriguing destination along the way. And, just as each ship is a work of art on water, each destination you travel to is a work of art on land.

What are the Main Distinctions Between Ocean Cruises and River Cruises?

Though river cruises and ocean cruises are the same in many aspects, you will find some critical differences as well. The ships for ocean cruises are generally larger than those used for river cruises, and have more accommodations in the individual rooms. With their bigger size, they can have a lot more passengers traveling at once.

Since river ships hold fewer guests, passengers tend to get to know each other better and often create long-term friendships.

In contrast to ocean cruises that may include multiple sea days, you will almost never have a full day of sailing on a river cruise. Passengers usually wake up every day in a new location. The panorama is always changing, so the trip itself is part of the exploration. First-time voyagers might want to begin with a river cruise; land is normally in sight, the water is shallower, and the sailing is smoother, so there is practically no threat of seasickness.

Of course, with their greater size, ocean cruises can feature additional things like onboard gyms, live performances, and many more choices for where and what to eat. sunrise-1014712__340.jpg But river cruises are great in that they have inclusive pricing that will take care of water, alcoholic drinks, Wi-Fi, and even some fun tours off the ship.

What Are the Pros of River Cruises?

River cruises are one-of-a-kind trips. They move at the perfect speed, offer fantastic amenities and provide lovely views. Along the legendary waterways of Europe, you’ll find a variety of enriching activities, included excursions, mouthwatering cuisine, and unmatched service to offer the perfect degree of relaxed indulgence.

All that, and you will only have to unpack one time before kicking back and enjoying your journey. These cruises will carry you along historical trade routes and contemporary cities, and everything in between.

The experience can be both immersive and tranquil, based on your individual preference, as you sail rivers like the Douro, Seine, Rhine, Volga, or Danube and take in the varied panoramas.

Guests have the chance to become well-acquainted with the lifestyle, art and history of their destination cities. Visitors will really to get to discover the food, wine, art, and way of life at each location.

In addition to guided tours, guests can wander unhampered around local stops or arrange optional shore outings.

There are plenty of great things to do at each port, such as visiting art galleries and museums, getting tickets to a musical or theatrical performance, or visiting local sights. And the amenities on these ships will guarantee that you are happy and have everything you wish.

The rooms all have their own private baths, deluxe beds, small refrigerators, televisions, safes to protect your valuables, and in-room temperature control.

Staterooms generally span from about 150 to 600 square feet. beach-1588299__340.jpg The services you get will be personalized and always top-notch. In addition, you will find free Wi-Fe, great bars and lounges, and top-notch culinary services on each boat, and most also have pools with nice sun decks for your use, interesting shops, and libraries where you can relax with a good book.

Some of the bigger ships even feature a library where you can borrow a good book to read and outdoor pools with decks overlooking the scenery. No matter what season you decide to go, you can see the distinct customs of each destination. Outdoor events and attractions will be more widespread in the warmer months of spring and summer.

In the cooler autumn months, you will notice fewer visitors, meaning you will have extra time to visit sights without getting overwhelmed with people or rushed. The winter season is a treat for individuals who enjoy the beautiful Christmas markets found in many parts of the world, as well as other local holiday practices. River cruises are terrific for everybody, specifically those desiring a more peaceful and intimate form of travel. Individuals who've never stepped foot on a boat before will enjoy the relative ease of a river-bound trip with minimal chance of seasickness.

What’s more, due to the fact that river cruises give travelers so much opportunity to visit local places and cultures, they are ideal for anyone interested in art, history, or just seeing new places. Each river includes different ports of call, local history, and adventures. Are you all set for a river cruise?

River Cruising on Europe’s Celebrated Rivers

Enjoy the finest of Europe’s most significant waterways by boat. Cruising rivers like the Loire, Elbe, Duoro, Rhine, Volga, Danube, and Dnieper is a fantastic vacation experience. In addition to exciting local excursions, these smaller boats offer world-class dining and entertainment, elegant rooms with state-of the-art technology, and a full array of amenities. The setting is cozy and welcoming with a feeling of decadence.

The programs allow for the most feasible amount of time to be spent at ports of call. What is interesting about these excursions is that they give guests the chance to experience the local culture of each port. Experience first-hand the culture and history of each dazzling European city you visit. Put your finger on the pulse of the continent’s great cities and experience it through the stories revealed by its artists, history and culinary pleasures.

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