There are few continents that could rival the diverse cultural and natural beauty of Europe. For many travellers, visiting Europe is a dream come true. With over 2000 years of history, the many countries in Europe are home to some of the world’s most beloved tourist attractions, architectural marvels and scenic spots. With so many places in Europe to choose from, many are turning to river cruises in order to take in the uniqueness of this continent. Read on to discover the top ten European river cruises.
There is no better way to explore five different countries than by boarding a Viking river cruise ship and sailing down the River Rhine. The ships have all the facilities you would expect from a luxury hotel, but you get to experience the majestic beauty of several lands. The best way is to start from Amsterdam and end up in Germany, taking in the sights of the forests, towns, mountains and monuments as you go by.
Over 12 days on a magnificent cruise liner, travellers on-board will discover the diverse beauty and charms of six different countries in the centre of the European continent. Your accommodation includes a sauna and several bars, great ways to relax after exploring the sights from Germany all the way to Hungary.
Eastern Europe is a gloriously stunning area of the continent to explore and is no better way to do this by embarking on a 17 day cruise down the Dnieper River. Starting in Kiev and finishing in Istanbul, guests are wined and dined in style as they take in the experience of visiting one of the most charming and romantic areas of Europe.
A cruise down the Rhone River is fairy new on the River Royale, but this highly luxurious cruise takes you on a journey through one of the most spectacular areas of France. Soak up the magic of the Rhone Valley region and enjoy day trips to historical Avignon and wine tasting in Lyon.
Spain has attracted tourists since the Roman times; with its blooming orange and olive trees, breath-taking landscapes and great weather it is still one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Set sail down the Guadalquivir River and be carried away through the heart of Spain’s horse country before sampling the best Spanish wine and cuisine in cosmopolitan Seville.
For those wanting to explore beautiful countryside in comfortable surroundings, a trip down the Douro River is a great choice. Guests glide down the river, taking in the beautiful sights Portugal and the north of Spain has to offer, before disembarking back at where they boarded.
A short five days on a luxury river cruise may not sound a lot of time to experience the romance and grandeur of northern Italy, but you will certainly fall head over heels on the Po River. As you meander round the bends of the stunning rugged area, you will be amazed at the vibrancy, the colour and the atmosphere unique to Italy.
The longest river in Europe, sailing down the Volga River is a great way of experiencing the charms and attractions that Russia has to show. Awe-inspiring vistas of the countryside give travellers the opportunity to immerse themselves into the lives and history of the Russia people, as well as indulging in a range of facilities on-board.
Eastern Germany and the Czech Republic is home to some incredibly lovely countryside, allowing guests on-board one of the comfy cruise liners to immerse themselves in the rich history of these incredible countries. Begin in Berlin and take in the sights of lavish palaces, gardens, ruins, monuments, towns and quaint villages along the way.