River cruising is, quite simply, the best way to travel through many of the world’s most fascinating places. An adventure of a lifetime, a river cruise offers a variety of destinations that you’re unable to encounter any other way. It also lets you get in-depth exposure to the culture and history of each region. Both experienced and first-time travellers have discovered the joys of river cruising holidays.
River cruising is the carefree way to holiday. After boarding the ship, unpack - just once - in your spacious river-view cabin. Then relax in comfort for the duration of your cruise. There’s need to worry about traffic congestion or the many other hassles of travelling on a coach tour. River cruising holidays really are the stress-free way to get up close to some of the world’s most fascinating destinations.
By going on a river cruising adventure you’ll see ancient castles and iconic landmarks all arrayed along the river for your viewing pleasure. Built when cities and towns were only accessible by river, river cruising holidays enable you to get up close to all those key sites. And unlike ocean cruises, the ships can dock right into the heart of a city or town - exploration begins the moment you disembark.
River cruising and breath taking scenery go hand in hand. In fact, just about anywhere you are on your ship - in the bar, restaurant or lounge - you’ll be able to take in the most amazing views. River cruise vessels keep moving, so you see new vistas and are able to explore new destinations throughout the day - every day. And as ships often travel at night, you’ll wake up in a new, exciting place each morning. River cruising holidays are full of wonderful surprises.
The ships accommodate between 150 and 300 guests, making River cruising an intimate and cosy experience. It’s easy to make new friends with like-minded people. Share a drink with the couple you met on the day’s excursion, or dine with interesting people in the open-seating restaurant. What’s more, there’s none of that waiting around to embark or disembark either. River cruising holidays are hassle-free from start to finish.
It’s your river cruising holiday - your way. Enjoy the guided walks, in-depth tours and excursions planned for you in each destination - or perhaps sight see on your own, with time allocated for independent activities. River cruising holidays are all about giving you the best of both worlds.
There’s no risk of a bumpy ride on a river cruising holiday, thanks to the specially designed flat-bottomed shape of ships. It’s a safe, smooth ride from A-B - so you needn’t worry about motion sickness on any of the river cruising holidays.
On a river cruising adventure you’ll not only sail to popular sites and destinations in Europe, Russia, China and Egypt, but right into the heart of many of the country’s small villages too - you’ll get a real "insider’s" perspective. And virtually every port of call gives you the opportunity to expand your journey through enriching shore excursions - which are included with your cruise. With knowledgeable English speaking local guides to hand, they’ll enhance your experience further by giving personal explorations of famous landmarks and hidden treasures.
European cruises cover a wide variety of destinations ranging from quaint riverside towns to great historic cities. Choose to explore Holland’s tulip fields or indulge your taste for fine wines and cuisine in the culinary mecca of French Burgundy. P erhaps you’d prefer to explore World War II history on a trip to Nuremberg or through northern France to the Normandy beaches. If you love art and architecture, opt for a cruise that includes the masterpieces of Amsterdam’s Rijks museum and the grandeur of Cologne’s Dom - one of Europe’s tallest Gothic cathedrals. Whatever your passion, there’s an itinerary designed especially for you. In China, you can opt for a cruise tour, which is a land stay at a 5-star hotel and then a cruise on the Yangtze. On every itinerary, you’ll see China’s ancient wonders, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Terracotta Warriors and China’s very lifeblood, the mighty Yangtze - as well as bustling modern Shanghai. Now you know all about the amazing adventures our river cruising holidays offer, isn’t it time you experienced it for yourself?
Many river cruisers like to start their holiday early with stay in a luxury UK hotel, close to their embarkation port or airport. Why not enjoy a luxury hotel visit before your river cruise in one of our 5 star boutique hotels, hand-picked by our sister site CrispWhiteSheets.com.