European river cruises are a wonderful way to see the cities and countryside of Europe in a relaxed atmosphere. There is a lot of history, magnificent castles and beautiful landscapes seen along the route of a European river cruise. River cruise ships are smaller and more intimate than ocean ships, usually with only around a hundred passengers or less. These cruises travel at low speed so you can enjoy all the sights. Mostly all cabins are outside, with windows and views over the riverside scenery, and some ships have full sit-on balconies with each cabin as well. Usually the river cruise ships have lounges, staterooms and restaurants where you can see the view through panoramic windows. Most of the cruising is typically done during the day, at night river cruise ships normally moor in the center of riverside towns.
Among the most popular river cruises are: Dunabe River cruises, Elbe River cruises, Rhine and Mosel River cruises, Saône-Rhône River cruises, Seine River cruises, and Netherlands-Belgium River cruises, but there are many more options to choose from like for instance Spain and Portugal's Douro River.
The Danube River is Europe's second largest river, originating in Germany's Black Forest Region and flowing through eight countries before reaching the Black Sea. On its way it passes through great landscapes and magnificent cities like Budapest, the capital of Hungary.
Cruises on the Mosel River are usually combined with Rhine River cruises and are a marvelous way to experience some of Europe's oldest and most romantic towns and cities. A Rhine-Mosel cruise will take you past German castles, along the border of France and into Switzerland.
A Saône-Rhône River cruise will take you through Burgundy and Provence and lets you experience French history, culture and scenery in two regions famous for works of art, fine wine and their excellent cuisine. A Seine River cruise will take you through Paris and the beautiful Normandy region of northern France.
As an alternative to River Cruises are River Barge Cruises. These are ideal if you want to have a more private trip with just your family or a few friends. Mostly the River Barges are luxury hotel boats that offer the ultimate in all inclusive vacation, with highly experienced crews and chefs that will see to your every need for a delightful travel experience, plus the bonus of guided shore tours along the way.