Travelers often make the mistake of believing that river cruises sail only in warm weather. Not so! Consider taking in the scenic wonders of Europe and Asia by vacationing on a scenic river cruise during the winter months.
European Scenic River Cruises
At almost 1,800 miles, the Danube is the second longest river in Europe and runs through many of the continent’s most beautiful cities. Take the Uniworld Holiday Markets cruise, which sails along the Danube, visiting cities like historic Linz and royal Passau. Most cruises along the Danube will also visit Budapest, the majestic Hungarian city known for its galas, spas, restaurants, and inexpensive tastes. Another exciting city on the Danube is Vienna. Home to many of history’s greatest composers, the classical music capital of the the world also features a number of celebrated festivals and beautiful architecture.
The Rhine runs from Switzerland along the French/German border into Germany, ending in the Netherlands. Although not as long as the Danube, the Rhine River cuts through many beautiful cities and towns. Among them are Basel, sitting at one of the most picturesque regions of Europe, along the border between Germany and Switzerland; Strasbourg, famous for its food, architecture, and hospitality; Heidelberg, a treasure trove of museums, playhouses, and amphitheaters; and bustling Mainz, famous for its wine. And by all means, don’t miss Dusseldorf, Germany’s fashion capital and hub for the creative arts, and cosmopolitan Amsterdam, a cultural and shopping paradise. Take a look at these sailings in December 2014.
Asian Scenic River Cruises
Cambodia and Vietnam
In recent decades, tourists have begun to discover the beauty of Cambodia and Vietnam, often best accessed by scenic river cruises. An AmaWaterways 7-night cruise will begin your visit in Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat, one of the world’s most significant archeological sites.
The journey continues on toward the quaint pottery town of Kampong Chhnang and then to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, sitting at the confluence of the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac Rivers. Vietnam also offers a variety of cities to visit, including the capital, Ho Chi Minh City. Once known as Saigon, the city has been modernized and is now a hub of business and industry.
Wherever you decide to travel, consider making your winter holiday a vacation to remember by doing something unique and experiencing the world by a river cruise. Contact River Cruise Experts at 1- 800-565-2784 or browse our website for travel deals and to book a cruise to one of these or many other destinations.