About Rivers of the World
Throughout history, rivers have been the life-blood of a nation; hugely influencing both history and culture. They were not only important routes for trade and travel, connecting people and regions, but have also provided the inspiration for artists, musicians and poets.
‘The Best of European River Cruises’ invites you to discover some of Europe’s most beautiful waterways. Whether visiting historical cities such as Vienna, Paris, Budapest, St Petersburg, Prague and Moscow; exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites or sampling one of the local wines from the Rhine and Mosel regions, you will find that a river cruise offers a fantastic variety of experiences.
Relax in the serenity of life on board and discover a complete sensation of peace and tranquillity so often missing amongst the hustle and bustle of daily life. Indulge in culinary delights taking in the regional specialities that most river cruises offer. Meet interesting people, join them on some memorable excursions and enjoy lively conversations. Or simply relax and watch the world go by with a drink or book in your hand.
Each river you traverse brings a different experience; the Rhine offers historical castles and the magnificence of Cologne Cathedral; the Danube winds through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the banks of Budapest; while the Main enables you to see the Residenz Palace in all its glory. Enjoy the sounds of different languages as you pass along the riverbanks and the regional evening entertainment offered with most cruises. Savour the taste of local cuisine and beverages – if you journey through one of European’s many vineyard areas, most cruises will also offer wine tasting excursions too.
River cruises are more than just a holiday! Embarking upon a relaxing and comfortable river cruise, you experience sailing in style, passing some of Europe’s most stunning landscapes. River cruises offer you the chance to learn about the different countries and their history, to explore panoramic landscapes, visit magnificent castles, palaces and churches all from the comfort of a floating luxury hotel.
Entertainment and Relaxation
Relax in the lounge, enjoy a congenial cocktail at the bar or settle into a sun lounger on the deck and watch the world go by. Get away from it all by indulging in a relaxing massage or herbal treatment in the Spa, unwind with a swim or burn off the calories in the fitness lounge. When evening comes you can look forward to music recitals, dancing or traditional local entertainment.
Most cruises provide full board with your holiday package, which often includes wine and beers with dinner. Bar drinks are not usually included. Please check the included features of your chosen cruise. With advance notice, every effort will be made to accommodate special requests such as birthday and anniversary celebrations or special dietary requirements.
Memorable Shore Excursions
All of the river cruises provide you with the chance to discover the rich culture and historical sights at each port of call. These are included in some of the cruises and are optional on others. Detailed information is shown on each ship information page.
Typical Cruise Day
Usually your cruise has daily ports of call where you have the option to join a shore excursion or enjoy some free time. If you wish to stay on board you can take advantage of the many leisure activities or just relax. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on board and there is usually entertainment in the evening.
Aboard a Luxury Floating Hotel
The increasing popularity of leisure cruises on Europe’s great rivers means that more and more people are enjoying the river cruise experience. We offer a range of luxury cruises from superior 3* to deluxe 5* ships, including the highest rated river vessel by Berlitz in 2014; AmaPrima. All ships are elegantly furnished with beautifully decorated public areas and well-designed cabins and suites. The friendly staff offer a highly personalised service to make you feel welcome from the moment you step on board.
Outstanding Gourmet Cuisine
Dining aboard your vessel will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your trip. Start the day with a hearty breakfast which will prepare you for a day of sightseeing, followed by a delicious lunch and evening dinner – all prepared by an experienced team of onboard chefs. Most cruises offer the chance to sample regional specialities, authentic European dishes and international cuisine, accompanied by a fine selection of wines.
First Class Entertainment
After busy days ashore, unwind and enjoy the first class evening entertainment on board. From dazzling shows to classical music recitals, elegant gala evenings to side-splitting comedy performances, there is something for everyone on a river cruise holiday. Whirl the night away on the dance floor, indulge with your favourite tipple in the cocktail bar or simply relax in the luxurious lounge. If you prefer a quiet evening, why not watch the sun set from the deck before retiring to your cabin to enjoy a movie or two? Many itineraries also offer optional evening excursions, including opera and choir concerts. Please note entertainment programmes vary from ship to ship.
Get away from it all and enjoy travelling with ease aboard your river cruise ship. Indulge and pamper yourself with relaxing massages and beauty treatments in the luxurious wellness centres, cool off with a dip in the pool or invigorate yourself with a work-out in the gym (facilities not provided on all ships). Relax with a good book - or just do nothing while everything is taken care of for you. Whatever you fancy, river cruises provide an ideal setting for perfect relaxation.
Great variety and excellent service
Our experienced staff can tailor almost any itinerary by any means of transport to suit your needs and to ensure you have the perfect holiday. Do you want to travel by rail to join your cruise? Do you want to add on extra nights? No problem, with our access to a vast inventory we can provide you with accommodation in all major European towns and cities.