European Rivers Cruises 2018 - 2019
Europe's major rivers include Eastern Europe's charming Danube, France's Seine and the Germanic river Rhine. So many choices!
Discover Europe at its best on board a luxurious European Rivers cruise. Sail down some of the world’s most picturesque waterways to unravel the continent’s timeless beauty, enigmatic history, charismatic cultures and stunning landscapes. A European Rivers cruise is the ideal way to experience Europe’s splendor and dynamic blend of old and new in the epitome of postcard-pretty elegance.
Discover the mystery behind the Iron Curtain on board a Danube river cruise to Budapest, indulge in your inner romantic with a Seine River cruise to Paris or experience the ultimate European festivity with a Rhine cruise to Germany at Christmas. Cruise European Rivers in luxury on board the Viking Jarl, Viking Tor and Viking Heimdal for your chance to explore Lyon, Bordeaux, Bucharest, Nuremberg and more.
Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, is one of the most famous cruise destinations in Europe. The quaint Dutch metropolis is best known for its charming UNESCO World Heritage Listed canal system and infamous red-light district, attracting more than 20 million visitors annually. However, with its charming cultural heritage, unique architecture and rich history, Amsterdam retains an intimate village-like feel, winning the hearts of tourists the world over.Highlights of Amsterdam
- Hire a bicycle and explore Amsterdam’s historic canals and floating markets by bike – like the locals do!
- Take a tour of the Heineken Museum and discover the history of one of the world’s most loved beers
- Visit the Anne Frank House and accompanying museum and learn about the tragedy of persecution in World War 2
Straddling the banks of the Danube lies Vienna, the picturesque capital city of Austria. Fortified by the Romans in 15BC, Vienna is renowned as the residence of art and literature greats such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Sigmund Freud. Vienna is distinguished for its elegance, stunning Imperial grandeur, masterpiece-filled museums and traditional Viennese coffee houses, which hold a place in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.Highlights of Vienna
- Discover the taste of Austria with a world-famous Wiener Schnitzel, a thin breaded veal cutlet traditionally served with lemon and potatoes
- Marvel at the spectacular, sprawling 1441-roomed Schönbrunn Palace, one of the most important cultural and architectural sites in Austria
- Indulge in a slice of Viennese elegance with Kaffee und Kuchen at Café Central, Vienna’s most famous coffee house
Budapest, a sprawling metropolis divided by the Danube River, is the capital city of Hungary. The cosmopolitan city is often referred to as ‘the Paris of the East’ due to its grandeur architecture and vivacious bohemian arts and culture scene. Visitors flock to Budapest to witness the magnificent neo-gothic Hungarian Parliament Building, soak in an abundance of hot springs and indulge in the city’s fantastic gastronomy scene.Highlights of Budapest
- Stroll across the romantic Szechenyi Chain Bridge, the city’s oldest bridge uniting the hills of Buda and the flats of the Pest
- Visit the startling House of Terror to learn about Hungary’s past fascist and Stalinist regimes
- Wander through Budapest’s old town and sample some traditional Hungarian cuisine, such as goulash, stuffed peppers and the deliciously cheesy Túrós Csusza
Cologne, situated in southwest Germany, is the country’s fourth largest city. Rich in history and culture, Cologne lures history buffs worldwide with an incredible variety of more than 40 museums and 110 art galleries. Dominating the skyline of the city is the magnificent gothic-style Cologne Cathedral, which has been protected by UNESCO since 1996.Highlights of Cologne
- Dress in your craziest costume and take part in Cologne’s iconic Carnival festival, held each year in February
- Explore the bohemian district of Agnesviertel, renowned for its boutiques, book stores, art galleries and a vibrant bar scene
- Challenge yourself to climb the 509 steps to reach the top of the Cologne Cathedral – the panoramic views are well worth it
Nestled in the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers lies the picturesque Neolithic city of Passau. Dominating the city’s skyline is the 11th century fortress Veste Oberhaus, which today welcomes cruise visitors as a history museum, hotel, and open-air theatre.Highlights of Passau
- Visit the jaw-dropping domed Dom St Stephan, renowned for its spectacular baroque interior and the world’s largest cathedral organ
- Explore Passau’s quaint 17th century old town, filled with winding cobblestoned lanes, historic archways, leafy squares, charming churches and a spectacular gothic town hall
- Discover the intriguing history of bohemian glass and behold 30,000 of some of the world’s most priceless pieces at the Passau Glassmuseum