A luxury river cruise is a wonderful way to experience Europe in greater depth and at a gentler pace, giving you time to soak up the highlights and truly explore all that your chosen region has to offer. Itineraries are designed to include plenty of time ashore in Europe’s greatest cities and most picturesque villages, providing outstanding on-board service and VIP access to unique experiences in some of the loveliest wine regions in Europe.
The Bordeaux region, in the southwest of France, has been producing wines for at least 1200 years, and at its heart are three main rivers: the Garonne and the Dordogne, which converge just downstream of the city which lends the region its name to become the Gironde. As you drift along these waterways, you can sit back and soak up the breath-taking backdrops before heading ashore to sample the wines produced in the region’s magnificent vineyards, as well as the freshest vegetables, cheeses, breads and fruits amid the bustle of a lively farmers’ market.
But you don’t have to be a foodie or a wine connoisseur to enjoy your time in this lovely region – you can also explore the many archaeological marvels and historic landmarks that line its banks. Take a walking tour through the medieval streets of St Emilion, follow in the footsteps of royalty in the echoing halls of the Château Royal de Cazeneuve and venture along the World War II remnants of the Atlantic Wall.
One of Europe’s most important rivers, the Rhine flows northwards for more than 1200 kilometres from its source in Switzerland to the point in the Netherlands where it reaches the North Sea. As it travels through the southwest corner of Germany it is joined by the lovely Moselle River, which is famed for the lovely landscape of terraced vineyards, picturesque villages and hilltop castles through which it passes.
A river cruise through this region will allow you to explore the many sights along the way, from the cobbled lanes and half-timbered houses of Strasbourg on the French side of the Rhine, to the pastel-coloured houses and hilltop castles of Cochem on the banks of the Moselle. Venture ashore to visit the Black Forest spa town of Baden Baden, which has been renowned since Roman times for the healing properties of its thermal springs, cycle the tranquil riverside paths surrounding Bernkastel or visit the Luxembourg American War Museum. Food and wine lovers will be spoilt for choice, with opportunities to try local specialities ranging from boutique vinegars to the region’s famous Rieslings.
For the ultimate combination of effortless luxury, stunning landscapes and superb food and wine, a European river cruise is an easy choice – ask your personal travel manager for itineraries and options.