You do not need to be on the list of the world’s top 100 people to enjoy a beautiful holiday cruising some of the most beautiful rivers on earth. If recent statistics are anything to go by, this is the new trend for enjoying a good time while in transit. Whether you enjoy the scene as it unfolds as you cruise up or down the rivers while on the sun deck, sip on some wine or enjoy a cold beer in the bar or enjoy the Cuisine served in the on-board restaurant, then there is a treat for you at a reasonable price. European rivers, though, offer some of the most amazing views to be found anywhere on earth. Here, I shall mention four of the locations that should make it to your list of river cruise holidays for 2023.
1· Rhine River.
This is one of the major rivers in Europe that flows through Holland, France, Germany, and Switzerland. The area along which the river flows is known as Rhineland and has much to offer regarding natural beauty. If you are a nature lover, you will not want to leave your camera behind on whichever part of the ship you will be on. The view ranges from enchanting forests (a good reason you should have the zoom lens), mountain ranges (I suggest a wide-angle lens), traditional vineyards, and mysterious castles. There are several places along Rhineland where the guides usually take you on shore excursions.
2· River Danube.
The Danube is the European Union’s longest river and passes through ten countries and four of the countries capital cities. The river flows from the Black Forest in Germany to the Black Sea. There definitely cannot be a European cruise that could be more “European” than this, as the Danube takes you through the heart of Europe. The scene ranges from mountains to valleys, both of which are filled with wildlife and vineyards. Shore excursions include ancient Bratislava, elegant Vienna, Budapest, and Medieval Bamberg. You will enjoy the best of Europe’s architectural wonders along the Danube.
3· Venice – Italy.
This is one of the most unique and iconic cities in Europe. Aboard a ship or vessel of choice, the city that is made up of an incredible 118 tiny islands has a lot to offer. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and should therefore be in every cruiser’s dream as a “must visit” destination. On the cruise to Venice, there is a lot to view, including the busy Chiogga fishing port and the notable Burano and Murano islands. Around February, there is usually the Venice Carnival, and you can mingle with the Italians and enjoy Italian Cuisine. That would be the best time to cruise the Veneto region and wear Venetian masks.
4· Holland and Belgium.
Numerous waterways between the two countries open up this fantastic side of Europe. A cruise leads through Belgian cities to the Dutch windmills, Amsterdam with its cobbled streets and the bulb fields that Holland is known for. Another sight to behold is Brussels’ Grand palace. Along the Holland – Belgium cruise, you visit the famous Keukenhof Gardens.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a unique and exciting way to travel, river cruise holidays are the perfect choice. With the opportunity to explore multiple countries in one trip and collect souvenirs along the way, it’s an experience like no other. So why not consider a beautiful river cruise holiday for your next adventure?