A truly all-inclusive river cruise is a luxurious and leisurely way to discover the delights of Europe. Meander along Europe’s beloved waterways taking in the stunning vistas as you pass charming small villages and spectacular landmarks. The variety of included Scenic Freechoice experiences means you can explore your destinations whichever way you please; castle visits, e-bike rides, beer tasting, palaces and foodie experiences are just a few.
Preserved in the culture and history of the six countries it passes through, the Rhine is Europe’s most iconic river. For centuries, composers, artists and writers have been captivated by the romance of the Rhine. Discover the Black Forest region and its legendary castles, striking Cologne and its stunning filigree towers and explore countless chocolate box villages and towns. The Rhine River can be enjoyed almost any time of year, but we love the magic of the Christmas markets, making December a wonderful time to visit.
Next is the Main River, which offers a delightful insight into medieval Germany. Bavarian beauty abounds with quaint timber houses line the river’s banks, along with lush forests and scenery steeped in folklore. A cruise along the Main features visits to Nuremberg and the architecturally rich Würzburg, while Bamburg Old Town is a much-loved location for travelers.
On select itineraries, guests can also visit Floriade, a once-a-decade horticultural expo that celebrates nature and green, sustainable technology. Explore famous windmills, canals, timeless bridges and unique architectural styles. Some of our excellent Freechoice options include a tour of the world-famous Delft Blue Pottery factory and a guided cycling tour of Veere and its surroundings.
The outstretched, sloped landscape that compliments the Rhine and Moselle rivers has a distinct Medieval flare that distinguishes it immediately. Charming castles made of stone dot the surroundings along with lush green vineyards lined with historic half-timbered buildings. Visit the vibrant city of Freiburg, located on the edge of the Black Forest and take in The Moselle Valley, considered to be one of the world’s premier locations for producing Riesling, and learn all about the wine produced in the region before savoring a glass of your own.
Finally, the unforgettable Danube flows through 10 countries and four fascinating capital cities each with their own story to tell; Belgrade, Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna. Cruising the Danube takes you in the footsteps of kings, emperors and great composers. Visit Austria’s Wachau Valley, elegant Vienna, splendid Melk Abbey and the Iron Gates Gorge on this majestic waterway.