VikingshipThe appeal of European River Cruises

European river cruises allow the traveler to experience the grandeur and magnificence of the continent from the unique vantage point of its many grand waterways. Seen from a comfortable, beautifully appointed riverboat, Europe’s beguiling cities, lush valleys, and medieval architecture astound the senses. River cruises are an unrushed way for the tourist to drink in the spectacular landscapes that the Europe has to offer.

The options for European River Cruises are numerous. Itineraries will vary based on the countries visited and the duration of the trip.

European River Cruises Through Holland and Belgium

* These European River Cruises last eight days and originate in Amsterdam, the home of the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House. The port of call city of Arnhem boasts the Arnhem Museum, which contains many World War II era artifacts and exhibits.

* There are many attractions to be enjoyed in the beautiful Belgian town of Antwerp. The awe-inspiring Church of Our Lady and the charming Grote Market are brimming with European charm.

* Next on the itinerary is the medieval city of Ghent, with its impressive and well-preserved “Castle of the Counts.”

* Between the cities of Willemstad and Dordrecht are the famous windmills of Kinderdijk, the largest in the Netherlands.

* Sailing the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal to Ultrecht, the tourist is treated to a feast for the eyes courtesy of the tulip fields at the world famous Keukenhof Gardens. The adventure winds to a close, and the ship returns to Amsterdam.

European River Cruises on the Danube

This is another eight day sojourn, originating in Nuremberg and concluding in Budapest.

* Travel through the main Danube Canal to Regensberg on the confluence of the Danube and the Regan. Take a walk through this jewel of a city and explore the medieval masterpiece known as the Old Chapel.

* En route at Passau, one can either tour the town and explore the Alps or pay a visit to the city of fc291963817144e6ade46c1ed644a2f5Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart.

* The magnificent Benedictine Abbey at Merk is also along this route, where it is possible to enjoy organ recitals courtesy of the monks.

* In the city of Vienna, must-see attractions include the Ringstrasse, Hofburg, and Schonbrunne Palaces. The State Opera House and Vienna’s many museums assure your time in Vienna will be memorable.

Finally, in Budapest, consider a guided tour of this picturesque city, or relax in a thermal bath or spa. Either option is an enjoyable way to cap off a European river cruise.

Discovering the wonders of Europe from its rivers affords the tourist a vantage point not possible from traditional land tours. Whatever the river or route, a European river cruise is an unforgetable travel experience.

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