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  • Writer's pictureVicky Lopez

River Cruises - A little this and that

Did you know that you can book a private yacht or an entire cruise ship for your private group? Yeah, well I knew it, but always thought it was out of reach financially. Until I found out that it's actually not that bad. Grab a handful of friends and you'll be surprised how convenient and cost-effective it is.

Set sail and embrace the countryside of France, the castles on the Rhine, or the enchanting lands of Africa, all from the comfort of your private vessel. AmaWaterways and other yacht companies offer you the opportunity to charter out one of their river cruise boats. From personalized itineraries to entertainment, menus-this intimate and enriching experience can offer your group a new perspective on the world.

If you’re looking for an adult-only cruise, look no further. Viking River Cruises are adult-only from now on! The minimum age of travelers is now 18 aboard their River Cruise vessels. This is due to the fact that the itinerates offered are geared to adults, with a heavy focus on history, art, culture, and exploration.

Whether it be through a bustling city with historic buildings or on the rushing river surrounded by cascading mountains-river cruises can offer you a unique experience.

Take a look at these rivers you can cruise in Europe.

1. The Rhine

The Rhine River is an unforgettable scenic journey filled with picturesque and historic destinations. Cruise by fairytale towns, medieval churches, and verdant terraced hillsides- which are only some of the many sites that you will experience. Transport yourself back in time with a romantic Rhine River Cruise.

2. The Danube

Running from Germany to Ukraine, the Danube is nicknamed the “queen” of Europe’s rivers. The Danube will captivate you with its striking architecture and romantic scenery. Perfect for those who love history, art, architecture, and music. From Bratislava to the Budapest Castle District, this river cruise has a little something for everyone.

3. The Rhône & Saône

Cruise the Rhône and Saône rivers and relish in the region’s medieval wonders and robust Burgundy wines. Be wowed by vast one-of-a-kind riverside landscapes. See the lands that inspired Van Gogh, Cézanne, and Gauguin. Perfect for history buffs, art lovers, gastronomes, and wine connoisseurs.

4. The Douro

A hidden gem, the Douro river winds through the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCO-listed Douro Valley, from Portugal into Spain, past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages, and acres of ripe vineyards. Experience the amazing food and wines that make this region memorable.

5. Tulips and Windmills

This is an ideal cruise for mid to late Spring, which is the perfect time to start and end a trip to Amsterdam. From there, you’d float through Antwerp, Arnhem, Ghent, and Rotterdam. Then visit Keukenhof Gardens largest floral park in the world. Be inspired by passing by majestic windmills and endless tulip gardens.

What time is the best time?

Although river cruises take a hiatus during the coldest season Jan-Mar, Summer is not the only (or perhaps best) time to take a river cruise. Check out why the holidays may be a great time.

1. Christmas Cruise on the Rhine

Create a new Christmas tradition- on the river! Experience a special Christmas atmosphere. Be enchanted by the local Christmas markets with their smells of gingerbread and Gluhwein, where traditional handicrafts meet sweet memories of childhood. Travel south from Cologne and stop at various adorable towns to get in the Christmas Spirit. The river cruise tour in Cologne.

2. Alsatian Christmas Markets Cruise

Strasbourg is beautiful any time of year, but you'll be really delighted to experience Strasbourg on Madeleine's 4-day cruise that sails to the villages following the wine route on a magical cruise in the heart of Alsatian Christmas markets. Be carried away by the festive and magical atmosphere that animates the Alsatian capital and surrounding villages at this time of the year. From Strasbourg, sail by the lovely Parc de l'Orangerie. Continue to Sélestat and the Christmas Markets of Eguisheim, one of France's "Most Beautiful Villages." And while you're in the Alsatian region, don't forget to visit Colmar, one of my favorite places in France.

3. Christmas Cruise on the Danube

Board your festive Christmas craft at Passau. From Passau, you will slowly cruise down The Danube stopping at dreamy villages and river capitals such as Vienna and Bratislava beckon with a cheerful welcome. At the many stops, you can get your Christmas fix at various Christmas Markets. Christmas Cruises also offer Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day feast. Take your family on a new type of trip, and perhaps start a new tradition.

Let's get started planning your river cruise - there is no time like the present.

Call, text, or email me for more information on how to get started.


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