Ever since the popular 70s TV drama, The Love Boat, aired across TVs around the world, we’ve fallen head over heels for the floating hotel. This love affair is ever-present today with Australian travellers, with the latest Cruise Industry Source Market Report revealing a record 833,348 Australians took a cruise last year and it’s predicted by 2016, that figure will leap to 1 million.
A romantic cruise around Europe – either within one particular country or perhaps across several cities – is a fantastic way to wine, dine and explore in relaxed and luxurious style.
In no particular order, here is our pick for the best romantic cruises of Europe. For more information on romantic European cruises, get in touch with one of our personal travel managers.
There’s nothing quite like experiencing la dolce vita in Italy. From getting up close to the fabled balcony where star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, once met in Verona, to listening to the rich tones of a gondolier as you cruise along the Venice lagoon, there are many romantic delights to be had in Italy.
Enjoy premium creature comforts on-board a river cruise as you sail along the Venice lagoon and Po River, visiting places including St Mark’s Basilica, bountiful Bologna and City of Mosaics otherwise known as Ravenna.
Try Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, one of the few international operators that run cruises along Venice Lagoon and Po River.
Fall in love with one of the most romantic countries in the world; France is home to several enchanting regions including Burgundy and Provence, Avignon, Lyon and Bordeaux – many of which can be explored on a river cruise.
Uncover “the City of Love and Lights” by sailing down the Rhone River, where Roman buildings and bridges coexist alongside contemporary towns and architecture.
Sip some of the world’s best wines cruising down the Saone River, or soak up the joie de vivre when exploring Monet’s beloved Giverny.
Try Scenic Tours or Avalon Waterways to cruise through France’s most romantic river regions.
Enter the fairytale that is Europe during Christmas and see the region shine each country’s unique traditions on display. Combine your festive adventure with a river cruise along the rivers of Danube, Main and Rhine during November and December, and explore some of the world’s most legendary Christmas markets as you rummage for gifts and keepsakes in traditional market stalls.
From tasting warm apple cider and sweet gingerbread in Germany to being swept away by the classical sounds of Mozart and Strauss at a Viennese concert hall, there are plenty of festive delights to be had on a river cruise.
Find out more about romantic, European getaways with your local, personal travel manager http://www.travelmanagers.com.au/ptm-search/