In 2017 there were 25.8 million people who went on a cruise vacation. That cruises are so popular is not surprising; there are fantastic advantages to going on a cruise vacation. For example, you only have to unpack your suitcase once, but you visit several places. You can also opt for a cruise where you can see cities, beaches as well as nature reserves in the same trip. In addition, it is easy to meet new people on board and there are many fun activities for all ages. The only question that remains is, where does the trip go to? We have highlighted the best cruise trips in Europe here.
Rhine river cruise
The river Rhine is with 1233 kilometers one of the longest rivers in Europe. It originates in the Swiss Alps and flows from Switzerland to France, Germany and the Netherlands. The Rhine has always been of great importance for European trade since Roman times. As a result, this river has beautiful cities with rich histories.
The water of the Rhine is very calcareous, which is a very suitable soil for plants to grow on. The nature around this river is fantastic!
Rüdesheim, Alsace and Cologne
During a Rhine cruise there are some unforgettable excursions that you can do. For example, a city walk through the German town Rüdesheim. The town of Rüdesheim is located in a romantic area along the Rhine that is part of UNESCO World Heritage. The area is very suitable for walking and cycling or visit one of the castles. The city has a beautiful medieval centre and is known for the many wine bars that are often located in historic half-timbered houses.
Some Rhine cruises offer excursions to the French Alsace. Located in Alsace are Strasbourg, the European capital. Strasbourg's city centre is listed as a World Heritage Site. Admire the streets, the lively neighborhoods and its thousand-year-old Cathedral. Or visit Mulhouse, the creative centre of Alsace. A vibrant cultural city with a rich industrial past.
This cruise is also very special in autumn and winter. If you choose to go during one of these seasons, pick a cruise that goes along the German city of Cologne. Every year the centre of Cologne is transformed into an attractive Christmas market. It is one of the most popular Christmas markets in the world. Enjoy a bite to eat and glühwein and perhaps combine it with buying Christmas gifts for the family and Christmas decorations.
The Mediterranean cruise is a sun-drenched cruise. On a Mediterranean cruise you will visit several European countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Think of Spain, France, Italy and Croatia.
One of the highlights of the Mediterranean cruise is the romantic Spanish city of Palma de Mallorca. Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the Spanish island Mallorca and is known for its ambient shopping streets, atmospheric squares and prestigious cathedral. The city has many attractions, museums and impressive art galleries.
Or choose a Mediterranean cruise that passes by the Italian city of Pisa. This beautiful ancient art-rich city has an authentic Tuscan atmosphere. Visit the leaning tower of Pisa, the magnificent botanical gardens or one of the beautiful churches. Besides Pisa, the Italian cities of Venice and Rome are also definitely worth a visit.
If you choose the Mediterranean cruise, seeing the Greek islands is also very worthwhile. Taste the Greek antiquity here, admire the beautiful clear sea and the characteristic white houses.
Seine river cruise
The French river Seine rises from Dijon and during the cruise you will visit cities such as Rouen, Le Havre and of course - Paris. River cruises on the Seine are exquisite, because of the beautiful medieval cities and surroundings through which the river flows. You will pass by the large lavender fields and the impressive castles in Normandy. In Paris you can of course visit the Eiffel Tower and taste the romantic atmosphere of Paris. Paris is nicknamed the city of lights, the city of love and the city of fashion. Visit the world-famous Louvre Museum, Le Sacre-Coeur Basilica or Versaille Castle.
Danube river cruise
The Danube River is the second longest river in Europe, after the Volga river. This river is 2829 km long and flows from the German alps through 10 countries in Eastern Europe into the Black Sea. Cities such as Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest are situated along this breathtaking river. During a Danube cruise it is very worthwhile to visit these cities.
Vienna, the capital of Austria is a very popular destination for city trips. Visit Schönbrunn Castle here. An impressive large palace with a rich history. It is considered to be the most important cultural monument of Austria. Or go to the world famous Vienna State Opera. The Schönbrunn Palace garden is home to one of the oldest zoos in the world. At Tiergarten Schönbrunn Zoo you can enjoy nature and history at the same time.
Another noteworthy stop would be the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. Here you can walk over the bridge Novy Most. This bridge features a UFO style building at it’s top where there is a restaurant located. Here you can enjoy spectacular views over the riverbank and district of Petrzalka. Visit the blue church built in 1910 in Art Nouveau style. Or stroll through Bratislava's entirely intact historic city centre.
Last but not least, you will visit the Hungarian capital Budapest. Be surprised by the Hungarian Castle the Castle of Buda. Also enjoy the large spa Szechenyi baths. Relax here in one of the many indoor or outdoor pools. It’s worth to visit the Fisherman’s Bastion. A fortress with towers that gives you a full view over Budapest.
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