Discovering real Europe from one of the world’s most romantic rivers can be an eye-opening experience. The western world is a busy, vibrant, modern and changeable place. But Europe has secrets so well-kept, architecture so authentic and traditions so ancient and enduring that you quickly learn that there’s a whole other side to this vast and historical continent. You simply have to know where to look.
Discover ‘Old Europe’
A European river cruising holiday takes people inside some of the most exclusive, exceptional and extraordinary pockets of ‘Old Europe’. Ancient abbeys, lavish palaces and historic landmarks left in the wake of the Second World War wait to be discovered from the Danube River. Storybook castles, disappearing villages, awesome waterfalls, wine tasting and ancient ghosts imbue cruises along the Rhine River with a sense of mystery and majesty. The Rhine stretches across much of this mystical land, beginning in the hills of Switzerland, rippling through Germany and emptying into the North Sea in the Netherlands.
What cruises can you do?
Some of the options include cruises from Bucharest to Nuremberg, cruises from Nuremberg to Budapest, cruises from Basel to Amsterdam, cruises from Lyon to Arles and cruises from the Netherlands to Belgium. They take place aboard luxury river cruise ships that are spacious and stylish and custom-built to provide more space per guest. Sun decks offer awesome panoramic views and revolutionary open-air systems allow guests to enjoy their balconies in all weathers. Other innovative features include onboard swimming pools that magically morph into cinemas in the evenings.
A wealth of all-inclusive luxuries
Trips like this are often all-inclusive, too. All-inclusive holidays of any kind take a huge weight off the shoulders of holidaymakers, which is why they are so popular. Meals and drinks – including tea, coffees, beers and wines – are included. Travel, transfers and onshore excursions are taken care of. Other charges like tipping are also accounted for, saving guests hundreds of pounds in the process. With everything already paid for, you may as well leave your wallets and purses at home.
Europe is quite simply a treasure trove. You might end up exploring the museums, churches and liberal sensibilities of Amsterdam. You might next be found browsing the quirky boutiques and gift shops of Manheim. Or marvelling at Strasbourg Cathedral, the tallest medieval building in Europe. Or perhaps even learning about the wandering spirit that still haunts the Lorelei. But in all cases, you’re guaranteed an adventure you won’t forget.