River Cruises

River Cruising is one of the most relaxing and luxurious ways to experience travel through Europe. So much of Europe’s rich history, commercial development and trade communications was centered around around the extensive network of inland waterways. Rivers were used as the primary source of travel and the shipping of goods from place to place enabled many European countries to gain wealth and power. As such most of Europe’s modern day great cities are situated on a waterway of some sort, and that wealth enabled those cities to create monumental cultural and heritage icons of architecture and development. River Cruising allows the traveler to experience these wonders in a luxurious and leisurely fashion. It offers an escape from tiresome packing and unpacking and checking in and out of hotels every other day, and long days spent in a coach. It offers a freedom to walk around and enjoy the multitude of facilities on board, or relax in your cabin or indulge in the fabulous food and beverage options available. You can be in a perfect state of relaxation while the majestic and ever-changing scenery unfolds before you. River boats are much smaller vessels so it offers a much more refined and intimate travel experience.

Rhine and Danube

The most famous river cruise in Europe is the route from Amsterdam to Budapest. The full route is a 14 night, 15 day journey that encompasses some of Europe’s most famous and culturally significant cities, such as Cologne, Vienna, Regensburg and Bratislava. There are variations to the start and end points making shorter durations of 7 or 8 days, or 13 days an option, as well as further extensions from Budapest, southwards to Bucharest and Istanbul. Side trips or day trips to Basel, Prague and Cesky Krumlov amongst others are also available. One of the best aspects of these cruises is that it is still a great experience even if you have been to all of or some of the destinations before. You’ll be seeing it in a totally different way where you’ll be in a relaxed environment but still have expert knowledge and guidance. The route is serviced by all the most popular international supplier such as APT, Scenic, Tuack, Avalon, Viking and Uniworld. Contact us for the best prices, instant availability and all applicable special offers including earlybird airfare specials. Let us use our expertise to help you plan before and after your cruise, at discounted rates, to make the most of your time away.

Douro Valley

Scenically stunning, culturally enriched, gastronomically delightful, there’s no doubt that the Douro Valley is best viewed by a river cruise. Porto, a World Heritage city and vastly underrated as a tourist destination, is the gateway and departure point for a journey across the natural and cultural diversity of the region. It is known for the Port wine which is shipped from here all over the world, but also for a heritage which combines ancient churches and monuments, such as the Cathedral and the Church of Sao Francisco, and modern buildings like the Serralves Museum and Casa da Música. A 6 night, 7 day itinerary starting in Porto will take through the winding valleys full of unique vineyards, historic medieval villages and monastries and interesting river townships. Across to the Spanish border where there’s an optional trip to the UNESCO town of Salamanca and connecting on to Madrid, or coming back through the valley to experience some other castles, Fado performances, feature dinner and winery visits to sample the famous Vinho Verde, or green wine. A Douro River Cruise is certainly a trip you’ll never forget.

France

The rivers of France provide a wonderful sightseeing experience. The Seine River Cruises in the north cover majestic Paris and it’s surrounds as well as the infamous Normandy battlefields and dramatic channel coastlines upto the lovely northern town of Rouen. In the southwest, the Garonne and Dordogne river regions offer some of Frances most stunning scenery as well as some of the country’s best vineyards near Bordeaux. In the south east, through the valleys of Provence, the Saone and Rhone rivers encompass some of Frances most picture perfect villages and medieval towns showing off France’s best regional produce at their markets. French river cruises are normally 7 or 8 days but you can also be easily combine two or more to create 15-21 day itineraries. The distances travelled are quite short, giving you more time on the ground to experience the region in intimate detail and sample the local delicacies. Flights to and from any combination of Paris, Nice, Lyon and Bordeaux gives you easy access to any of these options and of course a few days on the French Riveria at the end of your trip may appeal!