For those who would love to visit great European cities and be charmed by their history, art, and architecture, a cruise down the rivers that connect many cities in this great continent is the best way to indulge your senses and tastes. What better way to take a break, relax on a deck chair on a ship, and see the cities you have always dreamed of traveling.
Rivers have been the lifeline of Europe for many centuries, and the cruise will let you see the grandest and oldest cities. These iconic rivers will take your ship through the famous historic cities, villages, ports, capitals, castles, beautiful panoramic views.
There are five large rivers that control the traffic in Europe: the Rhine, Elbe, Volga, Loire, and Danube. Each river has many tributaries that are navigable by boats. These make for one-day trips from the main cruise, while there are many smaller rivers which also offer cruises and are equally interesting and attractive.
European river cruises are luxurious and expensive. With inclusive meals, daily tours, walking tours, vineyard tours, etc. there are many options to choose from. You can take a River Rhine cruise, which is filled with scenic and historic places like the medieval town of Heidelberg in Germany. Without getting up from your deck chair, you can take in all the sites Europe has to offer. With European river cruises, you can visit iconic rivers cross the entire continent that is filled with villages, towns, cities, and famous capitals.
Five large rivers, i.e., the Rhine, Elbe, Volga, Loire, and Danube, criss-cross the continent of Europe. You can travel through them via boat in the several tributaries and the large rivers via big cruise ships on a multi-day tour.
The trips included in European river cruises include a port of call, daily tour, walking tour, daily meals and vineyard visits along these rivers. Mentioned below are examples of European rivers that you can opt for in your cruise.
1. Rhine River
This river is 766 miles long that runs from Switzerland to The Netherlands, emptying into the North Sea. It passes The Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland and the famous cities of Rotterdam, Koblenz, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Strasbourg, and Basel. The entire route is filled with diverse culture, architecture, art, scenery, and world heritage sites. This is regarded as the best route for a European river cruise. The Middle Rhine is a 40-mile stretch filled with UNESCO world heritage sites. It is filled with vineyards, ancient castles, historic towns, and dramatic landscapes. There are many other things to see and follow.
2. Moselle River
The Moselle River touches the lovely town of Cochem in Germany. This is a Rhine tributary. It covers 300 miles from France to Germany it starts at Vosges Mountains and goes all the way to Koblenz. Traveling on the river you pass through some incredible sites including medieval towns, vineyards, castles and Alpine scenery. It passes the borders of Luxembourg and Germany. You can continue to follow the river all the way to Basel.