Some people don’t like cruises for the simple reason that you spend a lot of time in the middle of the ocean, sometimes for days without ever leaving the ship. But you don’t have to sign up for a 10-day cruise across the Atlantic to enjoy beautiful scenery, you can instead choose shorter cruises for just a day or two, and a cruise that always gives you a beautiful view and ever-changing scenery. Best places to visit when on a European cruise
River cruises in Europe that are perfect for anti-cruise people
Douro Valley – Portugal
The Douro valley in Portugal is a beautiful wine region where you’re surrounded by lush valleys, steep wine plantations and can cruise on traditional rabelo boats.
We only had time for a short evening cruise up the river from Porto, but next time we’re back in the area we will make sure we take a longer trip.
All the locals we met told us that river cruising was the best way to explore the Douro valley, but that the best scenery started further into the valley – a good option was to take the cruise one way and the train the other.
Danube Day Trip
You almost can’t write about European cruise alternatives without mentioning the Rhine and Danube, the arteries of Europe’s waterways.
Danube river cruises are already very popular, so while it’s far from “off the beaten track”, it does give way for lots of competition, good deals and variety of choices.
Sometimes the road more traveled is traveled for a good reason.
One of the most beautiful parts of the Danube river is in the Wachau Valley between the Austrian towns Krems and Melk – there are some great and very convenient day cruises from Vienna to the valley with several stops where you can get off to discover.
The Highlands – Scotland
There are many beautiful rivers, lochs and lakes in Scotland, and you can choose cruises that last for a few days or just an hour.
Last year we took a mini cruise on Loch Linnhe and saw the most amazing scenery, with orange, rust, red and olive green colors – Fall is definitely the right time to take a cruise in the highlands!
The Geirangerfjord – Norway
Taking a cruise along the Geirangerfjord in Norway is high on my bucket list.
The trip seems incredible and the scenery out of this world.
When taking a cruise on the Milford Sounds a few years ago I was stunned by the scenery, but a guy next to me said it was nothing compared to Norway – so my expectations are through the roof.
Fall is a good time as it has started to rain more which means that the waterfalls are even better, and the colors surrounding you are ever more colorful.
European River Cruises – The Best Way to Go
Scenic cruises cruises have become one of today’s most popular choices for vacations, tourism and sightseeing.
Some of the best river cruises offer picturesque sailing aboard luxury ships. This is truly the way to go when travel is on your mind.
Luxury Danube river cruises have to be experienced to be fully enjoyed.
Imagine this… the surreal feeling of sailing along the beautiful river past many of the most exciting landmarks, beautiful cities and historic towns.
Here are three European River cruises you won’t want to miss:
The Luxury Danube River Cruise
Spend eight days aboard a ship that glides as gracefully as a swan along the Danube River from Nuremberg to Budapest. If eight days isn’t enough, experience the eleven-day Classic Prague to Nuremberg to Budapest cruising soiree.
These are some of Europe’s oldest and most historic cities filled with tourist delights and impressive architecture of centuries’ old castles and buildings.
Days and nights full of glorious food, fun and activities aboard ship or ashore sound just perfect don’t you agree?
The Temptations of the Magical Moselle and Thine River
Another luxury river cruise to enjoy is the Moselle and Rhine River Cruise.
This twelve-day cruise is a veritable fairy tale full of all of the romance of the Black Forest, picturesque castles and delightful temptations of regional cuisine.
The Moselle and Rhine River Cruise begins upon arrival in Basel, Switzerland.
The next day the fairy tale begins with a visit to the Black Forest followed by the exclusive elegance of Strasbourg,
Mainze and several other of Europe’s loveliest, traditional cities.
No cruise on the Moselle and Rhine is complete without a stop in Amsterdam.
Cruising the Great Rivers of Europe in Classic Elegance
Ship accommodations offer a level of luxury that make guests feel like royalty.
Cabins, state rooms and one-bedroom suites are furnished in upscale design with every amenity provided.
Relax aboard the spacious deck or take a daily swim in the pool. At night, enjoy the bar and lounge with its enticing views from floor-to-ceiling windows.
Enjoy late evening cocktails with a romantic view seen only from a cruise ship. No other form of travel offers this level of elegance or scenic vistas.
When the travel urge begins, consider booking a river cruise, we promise you won’t regret it!