The very best river cruise destinations
With spring upon us, many people’s thoughts are turning to their summer holiday. Now is the time to look forward to putting your feet up, relaxing, and experiencing the best another culture has to offer. A river cruise is one of the best ways to do this, as it allows you to sit back and relax while you’re swept from one destination to the next along some of the world’s most iconic waterways. Here are our picks of some of the best destinations for a river cruise.
Route: Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers
How long: Typically 5 Days to 1 Week
Best time to go: Every season has its good points, but many people prefer the warm and sunny months of June, July and August.
What to do: This cruise offers travellers excursions to some of Germany and Austria’s most exciting cities, such as Koblenz and Bonn. Sites to see in Koblenz include the Electoral Palace and ex-WWI military base, the Ehrenbreitstein Fortressand. Hotspots in Bonn include the German National Museum of Contemporary History and Beethoven House, birthplace of the famous composer, which offers a variety of guided tours.
On this Andernach to Cologne trip from The River Cruise Line, you’ll get the chance to experience these sites and more, which are among of the most vibrant and picturesque in Europe.
Route: River Nile
How long: Typically 2 Weeks
Best time to go: March and April. The Nile River Valley is a very hot and dry region of Egypt, with temperatures reaching above 40°C during the summer months.
What to do: The Nile River is the country’s entryway to its long and rich history. Beginning at Cairo, this route offers excursions to Luxor and Aswan. Luxor, Valley of the Kings, is home to the Pharaoh’s tombs and burial chambers. Karnak, the largest ancient religious site in the world, boasts the best reviews according to TripAdvisor. Aswan also has many amazing hot spots, including the Abu Simbel Temples and the Nubian Museum.
Route: Seine River
How long: Typically 1 Week
Best time to go: Again, every season has its perks, but most people prefer the warmer months from April to September.
What to do: This route offers a unique sight-seeing experience of Paris, before heading northwest towards the English Channel. Excursions include Giverny and Rouen. Sites to check out in Paris include The Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower, which offers a popular dinner experience, ‘Tentation’, at its luxurious brasserie, 58 Tour Eiffel. Sites to see in Giverny include the artist and co-founder of the impressionist movement Claude Monet’s House, as well as Giverny Church. Rouen also has many great spots, including Rouen Cathedral and the Church of Saint-Maclou, considered one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in France.
Route: Volga River
How long: Typically 2 Weeks
Best time to go: April to September, as the winter months can be extremely cold, with temperatures often below 0°C. Just to be safe, check out this great guide from What to Wear on Holiday on how to dress for a Russian climate.
What to do: Sailing along Europe’s longest river at 3,690 km, this route travels between Moscow and St. Petersburg, offering excursions to both cities and a chance to see plenty of Russia’s urban and rural landscape along the way. Sites to see in Moscow include the Kremlin and Red Square, whilst St. Petersburg offers the Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace, the former official residence of the Russian monarchy.
Any one of these river cruise routes will make the perfect summer getaway, giving you an intimate view of whichever country you choose to visit while you sit back and enjoy the journey free of stress.