If you’re looking to sail right into the heart of some of Europe’s most amazing destinations this year, there are a number of great cruise companies to choose from. Whether its Holland or Germany, Budapest or Bratislava, there are so many fantastic places to explore by river that it can be hard to know where to begin, however recently one cruise company has started to break away from the crowd.
From the comfort of their Longship suites and cabins, thousands of holidaymakers decided to travel with Viking River Cruises; last year, but with the company offering over 10 European tours, what separates one from the other? As every consumer should know, comparing packaged holidays is essential to getting the best deal, so to make things a litter easier we’ve put together a selection of highlights from European river cruises, so you can explore the destinations before stepping on board.
In just 8 action-packed days, this breathtaking tour will take you through some of the most legendary highlights of the Rhine. The ever-expanding scenery of Germany’s Marksbury and Heidelberg castles on the way to Cologne is a particular highlight, with Holland’s waterworks and windmills providing a cultural experience like no other. Docking in Kehl, the sheer wealth of history in Strasbourg will keep you exploring for hours, ending your vacation in the alpine city of Basel. Why not extend your stay to Geneva, with an additional 3-day tour of Switzerland’s most popular city?
Grand European Tour
If an 8-day tour is on the short side, the 15-day Grand European Tour will certainly wear you out! Starting in Amsterdam and finishing in Budapest, this tour effortlessly expands on the Rhine Discovery allowing you to create your own European voyage, and savour the panoramic views and historic attractions of 15 beautiful locations. From a morning tour of Cologne to the warm village views of the peaceful Main River, and let’s not forget the glorious architecture of Vienna, the Grand European Tour will allow you to explore the very foundations of European culture.
For the perfect blend of romance, culture and adventure, the romantic Danube river cruise is one of the best tours available right now. You’ll begin your journey in the heart of Budapest, exploring both sides of the celebrated Danube River across two days. Gliding past the shores of Vienna, enjoying breakfast before you undertake a half-day city tour, you’ll be treated to beautiful views of St. Stephan’s Cathedral as you make your way on to Melk, Passau and Regensburg.
Before disembarking in Nuremberg, the locks of the Main-Danube Canal will be your scenic companion. As you tour the gothic setting of Main Market Square as well as a number of sombre Nazi parade grounds, you’ll also have the option to extend your Romantic Danube river cruise with 3 nights in the historic Czech capital, Prague.