Have you grown tired of mundane travel experiences? Does the idea of vacationing on yet another over-crowded, cookie-cutter beach resort leave you feeling underwhelmed? If this is the case, you will be absolutely delighted by the unmatched majesty and awe that you are sure to experience on a river cruise of the Danube River in Europe.
On this unforgettable cruise, you will find yourself immersed in the sights and sounds, cultures and cuisines of four European countries. Itineraries range from 8 – 15 days, with many opportunities to explore different cities and towns where you’ll dine and revel in the unforgettable cultures and history of each area. Of course, with the Danube meandering through several picturesque cities and towns, it can be overwhelming to consider what you might see.
With that in mind, here are five fascinating ports of call on Danube river cruises.
Here, you will tour 19th- and 20th-century mansions, take a stop at the National Opera House, Parliament Building and Chain Bridge. The famed Heroes’ Square provides a unique opportunity to learn more about Hungarian history, while the Buda’s Castle District offers a chance to take in countless sights of sculpture, architecture and history.
The romantic opulence of Vienna is always a favorite among Danube River cruisers. You will be drawn in by the stunning architecture as a guided sightseeing tour takes you along the beautiful Ringstrasse. This is where you can see sights such as the world-famous Opera House, Stadtpark and Hofburg Theater, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral.
Sail through the stunningly scenic Wachau Valley to the Benedictine abbey at Melk. There you will join a guided tour through the ornate interior of this baroque architectural gem. Renowned for its elaborate frescoes and the extensive collection of medieval manuscripts contained within its library, visiting the Benedictine abbey is an experience of a lifetime.
There is simply no comparing the experience of visiting Belgrade. From the captivating Kalemegdan Fortress, to the Orthodox cathedral and Square of the Republic, there is bound to be something for everyone to enjoy. Additional highlights include visiting the Nikola Tesla Museum, visiting the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava and taking in President Josip Tito’s Memorial tour. This tour includes a visit to the House of Flowers, where the tomb of Josip Tito is located. You will also see some of the many gifts Tito received during his presidency.
Considered one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities, Regensburg is nothing short of awe-inspiring. On your visit you will see one of the largest groupings of 13th- and 14th-century church spires, towers and patrician houses north of the Alps. The city’s 12th-century Old Stone Bridge will delight you, while a visit to St. Peter’s Cathedral and a number of idyllic courtyards will surely prove picturesque. Take time to stroll the streets, shop or visit Germany’s oldest restaurant, the Alte Wurstküche. There is also an opportunity to visit Regensburg’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There is so much more to see and experience when you book a Danube River Cruise. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact River Cruise Experts online, by phone at 1-800-565-2784 or follow us on Twitter today.