Meandering through the European countryside where fairytale castles appear around a bend, historic villages perch amidst lush scenery and you retreat to your very own comfortable cabin is the perfect holiday for those who want to enjoy Europe at a snail’s pace.
Thanks to the brains behind the Rhine-Main-Danube canal which was completed in 1992 it is possible to cruise along 3,000 miles of river and canal network enjoying Europe at leisure. Today there is a huge range of river cruises to choose from including this selection which are big on service – Peter Deilmann, Amadeus Waterways, Avalon, Uniworld, Viking and Vantage.
Ships that cruise the rivers of Europe must meet certain specifications – maximum width is 11.5 metres, maximum length is 127 metres and three decks are all that is allowed – they carry between 164 and 176 passengers. Apart from these criteria you will find that every line has something different to offer – most appeal to the over-50s but there are also cruises that court families. Some focus on themes such as cuisine, wine, tulip time in Holland.
Currently many of the river cruise lines are offering some amazing specials – too many to list here. So if river cruising is something you’ve thought about but never investigated – now is the time to get in touch with us, tell us what you would like to do and where you would like to go and we’ll present you with some amazing options for you to explore European waterways.
And if cruising is something you have avoided because you get sea sick – river cruising is for you.