Sometimes it’s hard to pin down just one destination to visit. The canals of Venice and restaurants of Burano both seem appealing, so why not visit them both? A luxury cruise combines exploring numerous cities and the scenery which joins them, all the while enjoying a level of comfort which is worth holidaying for alone. If you choose the right cruise for you, you’re left with an unforgettable way to enjoy Europe.
When you’re picking a hotel, you don’t opt for any old run-of-the-mill establishment. You pick the one with opulent surroundings which you’ll never want to leave. River cruise ships are no different. These days, vessels comprise on-board swimming pools, fitness centers and a fancy restaurant to top it all off. Once you’ve settled in, you’ll sail between enriching cities. Alongside that, you won’t have to worry about unpacking until your flight home – sounds like a win-win, no?
A river cruise in Germany
Germany is a thriving nation with more than its fair share of medieval ports and villages. On top of that, its waterways are among some of the finest in Europe. The Danube, Rhine and Elbe all provide an exquisite way to navigate the country’s luscious forests and mountains. Connecting cities such as Berlin, Hanover and Bremen, they’ll give you a unique insight to German culture.
When the boat is anchored, step inland to taste traditional Bavarian dishes such as skirt steak or suckling pig. If this doesn’t tickle your fancy, dining on-board is a sure-fire way to indulge in luxurious dishes – all just a short walk from your cabin.
Travel through Mediterranean countries
The beauty of Europe lies in its diversity. Other popular cruise routes offer an entirely different take on the continent, in countries such as Spain and Portugal. Venture down the Guadalquivir River from Malaga, skirting over the Portuguese border before you moor on Spanish soil in Seville. The allure of taking a country-crossing cruise such as this means your holiday will cater for both culture, and cuisine. Stopping in Malaga you’ll have the chance to visit the Pablo Picasso museum, stock up on tapas, before sunning yourself by the quaint Portuguese town of Alcoutim a few days later.
Discover Portugal on a river cruise
River cruises in Portugal don’t stop there, however. Another favored route starts in Lisbon, a cultural hotbed in its own right. Discover the Castle of St George, which was home to Portuguese kings between the 12th and 16th centuries. From the harbor, you’ll see the Monastery of the Hieronymites, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visiting here will gift you an insight to fine Portuguese architecture which you’ll cherish long after your travels. The city is also a good starting point to reach other riverside cities like Coimbra, linked through the picturesque Douro Valley.
Throughout the day, take a deckchair and immerse yourself in scenery with a cocktail by your side. Thanks to the small size of most rivers, there’ll never be too many fellow travelers on-board. Evenings here entail musicians and comedy acts, with plenty of opportunities for socializing with passengers should you wish.
Europe is blessed with incredible scenery and wholesome culture. River cruises provide the perfect way to see these, and when you’re reclining in a lavish vessel it makes for an unparalleled way to do so.