Europe may be one of the smallest continents on earth but it is also the second most populated. As a result, it is home to a huge range of cultures, languages, significant landmarks and charming settlements – all of which can be explored very easily due to the continent’s compact size.
A short journey across the Atlantic is all that stands between Belgium, the Netherlands and France – all of which can be enjoyed on a short cruise out of the UK or a quick ride on the Eurostar. You can rub shoulders with the rich and famous in southern France, admire the magnificent architecture of Venice in eastern Italy and wander the charming towns of the Greek Islands in this sun-kissed region of Europe. If you know where you want to go, a land-based holiday is an ideal option, while an ocean cruise offers the chance to enjoy a taster of a number of destinations over a short period of time. Alternatively, you can head to northern Europe and the Baltic nations, taking in the delights of Scandinavia and the impressive Russian metropolis of St. Petersburg.
A river cruise builds on the potential offered by ocean cruising in that it enables you to travel further into mainland Europe. River cruising provides a heightened sense of luxury, enabling you to enjoy fabulous service and exquisite food as your ship travels at a calm pace throughout the continent. These waterways flow throughout much of Europe, with the Rhine and Danube connecting to offer a comprehensive route through Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia and Romania. Other rivers in France, Belgium and Spain offer an unparalleled insight.