With so many wonderful cities and sights to be seen on a European River Boat cruise, choosing a favorite is next to impossible. They all shine, for a myriad of different reasons, based on historical importance, culinary prominence, cultural considerations and simple beauty. However, we realize that those who are new to river cruising maybe looking for a bit of guidance when selecting a cruise. So with that in mind, we have gathered a list of some of our favourite locations. These choices offer a little something for everyone, so whether you’re an art lover, an oenophile, or a history buff, you’re certain to enjoy these destinations.
A tour along the Rhine River is a trip filled with romance. From the majestic castles to the scenic Swiss Alps, wine-tasting in Rheingau and exploring medieval Strasbourg; this is truly something special. The beauty of the Rhine is so incredible that photos simply will not properly capture it. Chances are, this may be a tour that you take more than once in your lifetime.
From iconic architecture to delectable food, historically important cities and towns, and the birthplace of some of the world’s most important music, touring the Danube River opens you up to a whirlwind of history and culture. You will see, firsthand many of the places that most people have only dreamt about. Imagine, an afternoon spent walking through one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities, seeing where Nuremberg Trials took place with your own eyes, and sipping the renowned Weltenburg Abbey ale, all in a single vacation. A tour of the Danube is not to be missed.
Immerse yourself in la dolce vita as you take in the excellence of Northern Italy, Venice, Florence and Rome during your Po River cruise. This is the ultimate river cruise for lovers of art, architecture, food and wine. Nothing can compare to seeing works by some of the world’s greatest artists and actually experiencing the Coliseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain and so many other important landmarks and then to savor the world-famous dishes and wines of the region, like a delightful bite of baccalà mantecato on polenta, paired with a vibrant Prosecco, or roasted branzino paired with a light Pinot Grigio… This is a river cruise everyone should take.
Cruising the Seine River provides a marvelous experience for those who enjoy variety. History lovers will revel in the sheer awe of visiting such important sites as the D-Day memorial, Normandy Beach and the square in Rouen where Joan of Arc was martyred. Art lovers will enjoy seeing the works of Monet and Van Gogh. Then of course, there’s Paris. Who doesn’t love the notion of visiting one of the world’s most romantic cities?
Rhone and Saone
If you love to eat well and revel in the nuances of a fine French wine, then cruising the Rhone and Saone will certainly be the ideal vacation for you. Explore the famed region of Burgundy, sample gourmet chocolates and other delights. Wandering through quaint towns such as Tournus, Vienne, and Viviers, where you can see the medieval and Renaissance buildings of Old Town. Of course the region’s vibrant cities, such as Avignon and Lyon are not to be missed as well.
This region is also home to several UNESCO World heritage sites, such as the Palais des Papes in Avignon –an intricate labyrinth of roman architecture that once served as papal home, fortress, church and palace, and the impressive Roman monuments in Arles.
Are you presently researching places to go on your next vacation? Thinking about embarking upon a river cruise in Europe? River Cruise Experts can help you plan the perfect vacation. To learn more about the different destinations and available itineraries, please contact River Cruise Experts online, by phone at 800-565-2784, or follow @RiverCruiseExp on Twitter, today.