10 European River Cruise Highlights
October 2016 | By Susan Milne | 3 minute read |
Ah, the delights of river cruising! No wonder it has become so popular. With so many advantages and wonderful experiences to savor it’s a highly sought after way to see Europe. Take a look at these highlights that make river cruising very inviting.
Dock conveniently right in the center of town
You’re ready to step ashore and explore another fascinating European port of call as your river ship docks at the heart of cities and towns. Take advantage of the guided shore excursions included in your fare or explore on your own.
Fresh perspective on iconic landmarks
Rivers were once the main thoroughfares of the European continent. Since many significant buildings were designed to be viewed from the river, you’ll have the perfect perspective for seeing these masterpieces.
Outstanding cuisine, including local specialties
Renowned for their wonderful cuisine and excellent service, you are in for a special dining experience aboard Europe’s river cruise ships. Destination focused dining means local dishes, wine and beer are often featured on board as well as during excursions ashore.
Authentic experiences bring culture and tradition to you
Attend a range of activities aboard your river ship to learn about the culture of your destination including informative lectures, performances by local entertainers, food, wine and beer tastings. Excursions ashore also feature culture, history and cuisine.
Perfect views of the countryside
Your river cruise ship features panoramic windows giving you exquisite views of both the city and countryside. Be enchanted scenes like the hilltop castles and vineyards along the magnificent Rhine and the colorful tulip fields of Holland in the springtime.
Well- appointed staterooms and suites
Spacious and comfortable, river ship staterooms and suites are the perfect home away from home. Enjoy magnificent views from your outside stateroom while many suites have French balconies or floor to ceiling windows that can transform your room into an open-air balcony.
Enticing theme cruises
Immerse yourself in a special interest on your river cruise in Europe. Enjoy wine country cruises in the South of France and Germany’s Moselle River, beer tasting cruises on the Danube or sailings focusing on music, history, golf, wellness or art.
State of the art vessels
River cruise companies have been on a tear adding numerous sleek, modern river ships to their fleets in recent years. Designed especially for the rivers, canals and locks they manoeuvre, river ships feature the latest technology and superb public rooms.
Included and optional excursions
Your cruise fare includes a choice of excursions that show you the must see historic and cultural highlights. Additional excursions are available to purchase featuring privileged access and special experiences like cooking classes, private palace tours and after-hours events.
What’s included depends on the company you choose but you can expect great value on a European river cruise: Some shore excursions; all meals; wine, beer and sodas at dinner and on some lines at lunch as well, specialty coffees, wifi and port charges and government taxes.