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5 ways to satisfy your 5 senses on a European River Cruise

[ 0 ] July 24, 2013 |

Braubach, Germany and Rhine river

A European River Cruise is the perfect way to get the most out of your time in Europe. With so many countries accessible by river, a cruise is a great alternative to battling traffic and trudging through airports. River cruise ships are much smaller than their ocean-dwelling counterparts, so you’ll have a more intimate experience. Below we’ve listed five ways to satisfy your senses for a truly sensational holiday.


The scenery from the slow-moving river cruise will be a feast for your eyes every inch of the way. With castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns dotting the shoreline, Europe’s cities are oozing with history and begging to be explored. If you’re travelling the Rhine River, a visit to Cologne (Germany) is incomplete without taking in the wonder of St. Martin’s Church (known locally as the Dom cathedral). The construction of this cathedral took 600 years, it is the biggest Gothic church in Northern Europe, and has the world’s largest church façade. Simply awe-inspiring!
Burg Rheinstein


Vienna is accessible by the Danube river. A city tour in Vienna can include a visit to the National Library, local markets, and an evening Mozart and Strauss concert in a Viennese concert hall. If you’re further east, soak up some history in St. Petersburg with a lecture about Romanov Czars and the Soviet Union. St. Petersburg is accessible by the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Whether you prefer music or the spoken word, there will be music to your ears!


If cruising through Southern France, a Rhone River cruise will take you through Provence. This area is famous for its lavender fields, which are beautiful to see from afar, and delicately fragrant up close. While you’re in the area, there will be ample opportunities to smell (and taste!) wines from the local area.


For something very special, visit Passau during the Christmas period. Passau is accessible from the Danube river. A walking tour of the Christmas Market is a great way to get into the festive season. If you prefer a hand-made gift, there are classes available to learn both gingerbread-making and floral decoration.

2010-02-25 Passau 006 Veste Oberhaus


Because of their luxurious high standards, European river cruises have an excellent range of on-board dining offerings. Even the most seasoned foodies agree that these floating restaurants are exquisite. For something a bit more rustic (but deliciously authentic) why not try a trip to Chateau Gaillard, accessible from the Seine. Local farms offer tastings of fresh-pressed apple ciders and local goats cheeses.

Whether you plan on taking a short or long cruise, a European River cruise is a great way to see (and taste, hear, smell, and touch!) the best that the countries have to offer. Take a look at these Cruiseabout Specials to begin planning your river cruise dream holiday today.

Written by Emma Jane

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