European River Cruises: The Perfect Way to Cruise
The only thing more exciting than stepping aboard one of these ships…is stepping off. Whether you’re an adventurer, a history buff or a curious sightseer wanting to experience the local flavors on offer, you’ll no doubt something for you.
Explore Europe via its graceful waterways and unlock whole new worlds at the heart of your destination city. You’ll gain boundless insights into Europe’s vibrant cultural centers, its historic treasures as well as its picturesque landscapes. Sailing on these smaller, well-appointed riverboats are ideal for docking in town centers and close to the main sights.
The rivers of France offer upsome of the world’s most celebrated places, from its majestic Bordeaux region and gastronomic Lyon, to historic Normandy and picturesque Provence, not to mention elegant Paris.
Discover the ports, vineyards, farms and forests of Aquitaine, once Europe’s richest kingdom. Hunt for truffles in Périgord and create your own personal blend of Cognac at the Camus distillery. Savor France’s finest oysters fresh from the bay at Arcachon. Sip Saint-Émilion, Médoc and Sauternes in their own ”terroir”.
No matter the waterway, the Rhône River or the Seine River, the Dordogne or the Gironde, a France river cruise will immerse you in a culture rich in wine, art, food and tradition.
Cruises on the Elbe River travel through Germany and the Czech Republic, a route lined by ancient fortifications and medieval villages. The Mosel River showcases the German region best known for its Riesling wines.
In Central Europe, Danube River cruises take passengers to intriguing Old World cities like Budapest where you can soak up the steam in a traditional banya (thermal baths) or Vienna where you can learn the waltz, a dance which gained popularity in the ballrooms of the Austrian court. Go on to savor Austro-Hungarian cuisine at one of the region’s well-known restaurants. Explore lesser-known Central European cities like Bratislava and Passau.
Experience Russia as never before on waterways of the Tsars where you’ll encounter the swirling onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral and the stout towers of Moscow’s Red Square. Admire the vast collections of the Hermitage Museum, the second largest museum in the world. Envision Peter the Great luxuriating in massive Peterhof Palace, then see how multiple families shared living space at a Soviet-era kommunalka. And last but not least, don’t forget to taste some Russian specialties like caviar and blini pancakes, borscht, pirog, or solyanka.
The Dnieper River tells a complex story that includes Greek, Mongol, Tatar, Ottoman, Cossack, Jewish and Russian chapters. Historic cathedrals and monasteries, Soviet-era monuments, museums and displays of legendary horsemanship, and music and dance enliven the river’s banks from Kiev to Odessa.
Discover Nordic wonders by sea, then embark on a trip along the legendary Rhine River. Embark in historic Bergen, a city with deep Viking roots, and set off for Norway’s dramatic fjord landscapes, or history-rich Kristiansand and vibrant Oslo. From the seaside village of Skagen, Denmark, sail the North Sea to Amsterdam. Explore Holland’s famous windmills in Kinderdijk. Admire Cologne’s famous cathedral and tour Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Discover the turreted fortresses, grand cathedrals, historic cities, medieval towns and spectacular scenery of the Middle Rhine. Experience France’s multicultural Strasbourg and Germany’s storied Black Forest before disembarking in multi-cultured Basel.
Nothing onboard is run-of-the-mill, so your time ashore shouldn’t be either. Immerse yourself in the authentic culture, sights and cuisine of the places you’ll visit. And, just as each ship is a work of art on water, each destination you travel to is a work of art on land.