GEN­TLY DOES IT

Ex­plore the world’s rivers

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Which­ever river you choose, trav­el­ling one of these wa­ter­ways has more in com­mon with a tour­ing hol­i­day by coach or car than con­ven­tional cruising. Sight­see­ing is the big draw, with ever-chang­ing scenery to both port and star­board and long, lazy in­ter­ludes in be­tween ports of call. And, un­like tour­ing by land, find­ing some­where to park in a city cen­tre is never an is­sue. Here are just some of the best that Europe has to of­fer…

THE DANUBE

Bu­dapest, Vi­enna and Bratislava are each wa­tered by the Danube (as are both Bel­grade and Bucharest for those cruising all the way down to the Black Sea). Other stops on the clas­sic one-week itin­er­ar­ies in­clude the mas­sive Bene­dic­tine monastery of Melk and the walled wine vil­lage of Dürn­stein. Pass­ing scenery takes in the pretty vine­yards and apri­cot or­chards of the Aus­trian Wachau re­gion and the wonky roof lines, pinks and peachy pas­tels and onion­dome church top­pings of its munchkin villages.

See spec­tac­u­lar ar­chi­tec­ture­from the Rhine Cruise the Seine for a fresh per­spec­tive on France

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