River cruise holidays
River cruise ships are like small floating hotels, which gently navigate the watery arteries of Europe, Asia and beyond. With a wide variety of European itineraries covering France, Italy and Germany – as well as further afield in Serbia, Hungary and Croatia – a river cruise can be a rare chance to visit some of Europe’s more alternative cities such as Belgrade and Budapest, Prague or Bordeaux.
Alternatively, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime journey down Egypt’s River Nile, or an exotic meander down the Mekong through Vietnam and Cambodia.
A river cruise is a luxurious, laid-back way to travel – with indulgence and relaxation at every turn
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For a convenient, hassle-free way to explore a country, river cruises are perfect. But with hundreds of itineraries to choose from, it’s worth speaking to the professionals who will help you choose the right cruise ship and itinerary.
If you’re fascinated by history and heritage, then a multi-port cruise along the River Rhine or Elbe may appeal, while foodies can nibble their way around Emilia Romagna as they cruise Italy’s River Po.
It’s worth remembering that major capital cities like Amsterdam, Paris and Prague are at their busiest during the summer months, so maybe opt to travel in autumn or spring.
You’ll wake up in the heart of a different town, village or city every day, and enjoy on-tap excursions to make the most of your time to explore on land – but don’t feel pressured to jump on every tour, as ships are usually equipped with plenty of leisure facilities for relaxing days on deck.