Europe is an amazing place with many different cultures in close proximity. But European travel can be intimidating to those without a lot of experience. When I first became an agent our first river cruise was something that changed my life forever. Being able to see the beautiful countryside of Europe with the availability of expert guides, the amazing food, and seeing the scenery from the boat is something that you will never forget. Every day you port in a new destination with fun and exciting possibilities. It is truly a life changing experience and something I recommend to all of my clients. Here are 5 reasons why I believe river cruising is the BEST way to see Europe and why you should consider river boating for your next trip.
1. One of a Kind Travel
When you embark on a river cruise you visit the small towns that make up the heart of Europe. Each cruise generally begins and ends in a major city, like Amsterdam, Vienna, Budapest, so you get to see the larger cities in Europe, however the best part about these itineraries are the charming towns and villages you experience along the river. For example, on the Danube you have multiple itinerary options but one such option takes you from Vienna to Austria and to Nuremberg, Germany. Along the way you pass through the beautiful Wachau Valley with wineries galore and castles nestled along the river bank. You’ll visit places like Melk, Austria, which is home to an 11th century Benedictine Abbey and you’ll pass through Regensburg, where you can enjoy some excellent German beer and sausages!
On the Rhine you could begin your cruise in Switzerland and end up passing through the black forest in Germany, Eastern France, and wind up in the Netherlands. You’ll get to see towns like Strausbourg, which is magical at Christmas time, and Riquewihr which looks like the untouched set of Beauty and the Beast.
To put the beauty of the countryside and the architecture into words is an impossible task. But when you see it with your own eyes you realize just how priceless the experience really is.