An increasingly popular means of leisure travel are river cruises to Europe, Russia, and Asia. They offer the convenience and luxury of an ocean cruise along with the in-depth experience of a land tour. Many travelers find it easier than an ocean cruise or motorcoach tour because of the small, intimate ships, a crew that really gets to know you, and the inclusive nature. You can find yourself in the heart of cities such as Paris, Munich or Budapest, then cruising to wonderful towns on the Seine, Rhine or Danube Rivers and only needing to unpack once.
For many travelers, a journey along the river is just the right pace. You can do as much or as little as you like. Shore tours are included in every town and often you have a choice of several and can pick the one best suited to your style. Your river boat becomes your hotel and you can wander on and off as easy as walking in and out of a hotel. You dock in the heart of cities and smaller towns along the river so you’re just footsteps away from the best sights, shops, cafés and mixing with the local residents. Relax in comfort on the open sun deck or indoor lounge and watch the river go by as you cruise from port to port.
Itineraries are varied in destination and length. Pre- and post-hotel night stays are easy to add on. Visit historical sites, medieval castles, and vineyards in places such as Germany, Austria and France. Cruise the Douro River in Portugal or the Po River in Italy. Maybe you are thinking of something more exotic such as the Mekong River in Viet Nam or the Yangtze River in China. There are many choices – and we are here to help you sift through them to find the one that will be your dream vacation.
Prepare to step ashore in fairy tale towns and fabled cities, immerse yourself in contemporary culture, and learn something about the history of the towns along the world’s greatest rivers. Prepare to make memories that will last a lifetime!
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