Europe is a perfect blend of the ancient and the modern. Enjoy the timeless beauty and grace of the Old World with European river cruises along the Rhine, the Main, the Danube, and the Seine. European river cruises will provide you with an unforgettable journey along these historic waterways.
As you sail down the Rhine River in Germany, you will see the many charming castles that command the riverbanks. Experience the lush landscape of the Black Forest region, explore Holland’s famous windmills and waterworks, and the beauty of Switzerland. Sail along France’s scenic Saône and Rhône Rivers, past some of the most beautiful vistas the French countryside has to offer. Cruising along the Po River in Northern Italy will allow you to enjoy the delicious wines of the region.
Your dinners will be focused on the region you are cruising through and expertly paired with delicious wines, all included in the fare. Enjoy gourmet meals and after dinner drinks in the lounge with your new friends. River cruises are small and intimate, with no more than 200 passengers.
Excursions? Included! How about a leisurely stroll through an ancient city, or a tour of all the must-see destinations? From private concerts in Vienna to private tours through Russia, you will be busy during the day visiting the fascinating cities along the river.
Q: What is river cruising?
A: River cruising has been an increasingly popular form of leisure travel in recent years. River cruises are one-week or longer overnight passenger cruises on vessels that range in size from a small four-passenger canal barge to the largest passenger river vessel afloat, the 396-passenger Victoria Jenna, which operates on the Yangtze River in China. European river cruising takes place in what is, at maximum, a 38-foot-by-410-foot vessel, dimensions dictated by the locks and bridges that the vessels must past through and under. European river cruises generally range from between 100 and 200 passengers.
Q: What amenities are there on river cruise ships?
A: Amenities vary, but standard on most river cruise ships are a restaurant, bar and lounge, library and sky deck. Most river cruise ships have a fitness center with a few pieces of fitness equipment and possibly a sauna. There is often either a hair salon and/or a masseuse on board. Some ships might have a whirlpool; others, like those on the Nile, almost always have a dipping pool on the top deck.
Q: What are the cabins like?
A: In the past, river cruisers were defined by small cabins and twin beds, not an ideal choice for honeymooners. But cabins have improved tremendously in recent years. They are becoming more spacious and more like luxury, ocean-going vessels, with comfortable beds and bedding, and well-appointed bathrooms. That said, there is often more limited storage space for luggage and clothing in cabins than there would be on luxury cruise ships. The cabins generally come outfitted with TVs, safes, bathrobes and slippers, desks, and increasingly more have sliding doors and French balconies. There are also higher numbers of larger suites being built on river cruise ships.
Q: Is river cruising kid-friendly?
A: Some river cruise companies have family-friendly sailings for people traveling with children, but otherwise, there is not much for younger children to do on board, in terms of games or activities.