GENTLY DOES IT
Explore the world’s rivers
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…
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