Rivers were the motorways of history, allowing people to travel from capital to capital and country to country in style. Now you can do the same on a European river cruise, watching ever-changing landscapes unfold from the comfort of your luxury liner.
The Danube is the second longest river in Europe, behind the Volga, traversing ten countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Moldova, and taking in cities as diverse as Vienna, Budapest and Belgrade. Rivers of Europe cruise along the Danube will enable you to see more of the continent in a few days than many people achieve in a lifetime.
Perhaps even more famous, the Rhine links Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands in an ever-changing tapestry coloured the richest shades of russet, beige and bright green depending upon the season.
Or maybe you’d prefer the Seine, bisecting Paris, the world-famous city of lovers? Whether you’re dining al fresco or in a world-renowned restaurant with three Michelin stars, shopping in the opulent department stores or chic boutiques, taking in the sights or strolling along the Left Bank under the glittering stars, Paris is a destination that delights and surprises passengers however many times they return.
The Dutch waterways, the Moselle, the Douro and the Rhône; all are equally enchanting, each bringing you a fascinating array of towns, villages and cities in their respective countries. Unlike a sea cruise, there will be no days without sight of land, so every morning will bring you another landscape befitting an artist’s imagination. The tranquillity of a river cruise is a unique experience, instilling deep calm and providing the time and space for reflection. It’s time to see the world in a different way.