You do not need to be in the list of the world’s top 100 people to enjoy a beautiful holiday cruising some of the most beautiful rivers on earth. If recent statistics are anything to go by, then this is the new trend for enjoying some good time while on transit. Whether you enjoy the scene as it unfolds as you cruise up or down the rivers while on the sun deck, sip on some wine or enjoy a cold beer in the bar or enjoy the cuisine served in the on-board restaurant, then there definitely is a treat for you at a reasonable price. European rivers though, offer some of the most amazing views to be found anywhere on earth. Here, I shall mention four of the locations that should make it to your list of river cruise holidays for 2015.
1· Rhine River.
This is one of the major rivers in Europe that flows through Holland, France, Germany and Switzerland. The area along which the river flows is known as Rhineland and has a lot to offer in terms of natural beauty. If you are a nature lover then you definitely will not want to leave your camera behind whichever part of the ship you will be on. The view ranges from enchanting forests (a good reason you should have the zoom lens), mountain ranges (I suggest a wide angle lens), traditional vineyards, and mysterious castles. There are a number of places along Rhineland where the guides usually take you on shore excursions.(Image by Lynne Hand)
2· River Danube.
Danube is the European Union’s longest river and passes through ten countries and through four of the countries’ capital cities. The river flows from the Black Forest in Germany to the Black Sea. There definitely cannot be a European cruise that could be more “European” than this as the Danube takes you through the heart of Europe. The scene ranges from mountains to valleys both of which are filled with wildlife and vineyards. Shore excursions include ancient Bratislava, elegant Vienna, Budapest and Medieval Bamberg. Along the Danube, you will definitely enjoy the very best of Europe’s architectural wonders.
3· Venice – Italy.
This is one of the most amazing and iconic cities in Europe. Aboard a ship or vessel of choice, the city that is made up with an amazing 118 tiny islands has a lot to offer. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and should therefore be in every cruiser’s dream as a “must visit” destination. On the cruise to Venice there is a lot to view including the busy Chiogga fishing port and the notable Burano and Murano islands. Around February there usually is the Venice Carnival and you could get to mingle with the Italians and enjoy the Italian Cuisine. That would be the best time to cruise the Veneto region and wear the Venetian masks.(Image by Tony Hammond)
4· Holland and Belgium.
There are numerous waterways between the two countries that open up this amazing side of Europe. A cruise leads through Belgian cities to the Dutch windmills, Amsterdam with its cobbled streets and the bulb fields that Holland is known for. Another sight to behold is Brussels’ Grand palace. Along the Holland – Belgium cruise, you get to visit the famous Keukenhof Gardens.
A river cruise is a good way to visit many countries at a go. You could be in one country in the morning and another in the evening. If you love collecting souvenirs then a river cruise is a good way to collect numerous pieces without spending much on travel as one would if visiting the countries on a plane. If you are not sure of the country to visit for that holiday you are planning for, why not visit all of them?
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Feature image by Gary Bembridge