Increasing popularity of the River Cruises has led The River Cruise Line to offer more choice than ever before, with over 25 river cruises, 10 ships and the introduction of 10 NEW itineraries. Whether you are a river cruise veteran or are pondering over your very first cruise, The River Cruise Line collection is sure to offer something to tempt you and you can be assured that their high standards will be maintained on all their cruises.
With their exciting new additions you can lose yourself in the romance and splendour of Paris on their Cabaret Cruise aboard the 4 star Rhone Princess and see the capital of France from the waters of the Seine whilst indulging in the entertainment on-board., or discover the delights of the Douro Valley, much of which holds the acclaimed UNESCO Wold Heritage status. They have even brought the cruises closer to home with an exciting new itinerary which encompasses the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye.
Top Six Rivers
Since the beginning of time rivers have been the lifeline of civilisation. Their meandering course tells a story at every turn, flowing through every landscape imaginable and from this historical importance they have evolved to become a key feature in today’s popular holiday choice. Here are six of our favourite river cruises.
1. Cruise The Rhine to Switzerland
The legendary Rhine has to be one of the most popular rivers among holiday makers, due to it’s striking landscape and varied attractions dotted along its route. The Rhone Gorge is particularly notable, where fairytale castles perch high above the water, lush vineyards stretch for miles and quaint towns sit on the river banks. Highlights include the quaint town of Rudesheim, the magnificent city of Cologne and the mighty Jura Mountains, all of which can be complimented by a choice of excursions, from city tours to canal cruises.
2. Magical Moselle
The delicate wine produced in the Moselle region reflects the ambience of this beautiful valley, where castles and spectacular views are the focal attractions. From the Rhineland town of Andernach, we pass through steep hillsides to join the Moselle and glide along its magical waters, which gently twist and turn through slate hillsides swathed with vineyards. We visit the towns of Cochem and Bernkastel, whose famed wine shares the same name, and you can enhance your experience with wine tasting excursions and visits to Luxembourg and Lahneck Castle.
3. Cruise the Danube to Vienna and Budapest
The Danube takes you on a fascinating journey through the heart of Europe, encompassing three countries and allowing you to dip into the culture and history of famous cities along the way. From musical Vienna, the city of waltz’s and whirls, to the capital cities of Budapest and Bratislava, this is an amazing opportunity to sail the waters that are beautifully immortalized by the composer Strauss, in his classic waltz ‘The Blue Danube’.
4. Majestic Four Rivers
This is the ultimate Rhine cruise, which reveals the power of this legendary river as we cruise along its three key tributaries – the Moselle, the Neckar and the Main. Featuring no less than eight ports of call, you can discover a variety of landscapes and traditions with visits to Koblenz, Cochem, Frankfurt and Mannheim. Whether you’re gazing at the Moselle’s steep vine clad slopes, Heidelberg’s romantic castle on the Neckar or the dazzling skyline of Franfurt on the Main, this cruise pays a worthy tribute to the mighty Rhine.
5. Moscow to St Petersburg Cruise
Follow in the footsteps of Emperors and Kings and experience the real Russia on this captivating 12 day cruise. Russia’s intricate network of rivers, canals and vast lakes transport us through rolling countryside, dotted with farms, villages and towns that are characterised by onion domed churches and cathedrals. Starting in the capital city of Moscow and ending up in St Petersburg, this cruise captures the opulence of ancient Russia and is a sight-seers dream.
6. Douro Valley Cruise
Flowing from Spain to Portugal, the Douro was once a fast flowing river but the construction of dams has tamed its waters, creating a series of tranquil lakes which harmonize the surrounding scenery. So important is the landscape that much of it is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the historic centre of Porto on the Atlantic Coast, we embark on a magical journey featuring palaces, port wine, and fascinating locks, with a choice of inspirational excursions and ALL drinks with meals included.
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Source: The River Cruise Line, Autumn 2010 Newsletter