Benefits of taking a European River Cruise

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Are you looking for a relaxing and luxurious way to see Europe? If so, a river cruise might be the perfect option for you. They're in high demand right now, so plan early if you're thinking of taking a river cruise!

Here are just a few of the reasons why you should take a river cruise in Europe:

  • It's a great way to see a lot of Europe in a short amount of time. River cruises typically follow a set itinerary, so you can be sure to see all the major highlights of a region. For example, a cruise on the Rhine River might take you to Cologne, Heidelberg, and Strasbourg. River cruises also visit some of the lesser-touristy locations - so you may be strolling down the streets of the French countryside with more locals than tourists (which is a treat in Europe these days!) River Cruises also typically have centrally located docks so you're right in the heart of the city you're visiting.

  • It's a great way to relax and de-stress. When you want to see multiple cities, but you don't want to pack and unpack, or you don't want to get to know the train system (hint: Europe's train system is SUPER easy) then a river cruise may be just what lets you sit and relax while they move you from one town to the next.  You'll have plenty of time to sit back and enjoy the scenery, read a book, or take a nap.

  • It's a great way to learn about European history and culture. River cruises often include shore excursions that allow you to explore the history and culture of the places you visit. You might visit a castle, a museum, or a vineyard. Depending on the cruise line you may have your choice of included excursions - some even allow for bike borrowing to help you quickly explore on your own. Many lines also incorporate local cuisine into the menu onboard so you have a more authentic experience both on and off the ship. Although, be sure to not skip out on the local cuisine while in port (including a wine or beer!)

  • It's a great way to meet new people. River cruises are typically much smaller than ocean cruises, so they offer a more intimate and relaxed atmosphere. River cruises are a great way to meet people from all over the world. You'll make new friends from all walks of life, and you'll have plenty of opportunities to socialize at meals, on shore excursions, and in the evening entertainment.
  • It's a great value for your money. River cruises typically include all meals, drinks (most include beer & wine with meals, others include spirits as well), and shore excursions in the price of the fare. This means you won't have to worry about any hidden costs, and you can be sure to get the most out of your vacation.

Here are some additional tips for planning your European river cruise:

  • Choose the right river. There are many different rivers to choose from in Europe, each with its own unique charm. Some popular rivers for river cruises include the Rhine, Danube, Seine, and Rhone. You can even do one that spans more than one river, if you've got enough time.

  • Choose the right itinerary. There are many different itineraries to choose from, so you can find one that fits your interests and budget. Some popular itineraries include cruises that visit the castles of the Rhine River, the wine regions of the Rhone River, or the cities of France and Germany.
  • Choose the right cruise line. There are many different cruise lines to choose from, so you can find one that fits your style and budget. Some popular cruise lines for river cruises include Viking River Cruises, AmaWaterways, and Tauck.
  • Book your cruise early. River cruises are becoming increasingly popular, so it's important to book your cruise early to get the best prices and availability. Sometimes they'll even run a promotion that has included international airfare.

We pride ourselves in being vacation matchmakers - including helping you find the right river, cruise line and time of year to travel based on your preferences. We know that not every cruise line is created alike, just like not ever traveler is created alike. That's what we specialize in!

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