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Why a European River Cruise Might Be Your Dream Trip

A European river cruise is a dream come true for those of us who want to explore Europe at a relatively slow but steady pace with a plethora of chances to see historic landmarks and experience different popular locations.

Some of the rivers, areas, and themes you can explore by way of a river cruise include:

Seine: River cruises on the Seine usually leave from Paris and are roundtrip. They generally bring passengers to the landing beaches in Normandy and last for about a week.

Bordeaux, Garonne and Dordogne: River cruises on these French rivers are usually between four days and 12 days in length. They generally leave from Bordeaux and are roundtrip.

Rhine, Main and Danube: River cruises of the Rhine, Main and Danube are usually about two weeks or longer in length. They usually include the Danube, the Main-Danube Canal, the Main and the Rhine.

Rhine: A river cruise on the Rhine generally travels between Basel in Switzerland and Amsterdam.

Christmas Markets: You can go on an exploration of the Christmas Markets by way of river cruise. Such cruises are usually available between late November and late December.

Douro: A Douro river cruise usually leaves from Paris and is roundtrip. There are generally excursions to Salamanca, Spain available.

Lower Danube: A river cruise on the lower Danube usually lasts a week and travels between Romania and Hungary.

Danube: A Danube river cruise usually travels between Romania and Hungary or Austria. These cruises are generally about a week in length.

Below is a selection of the variety of European river cruises from which you'll get to choose:

Viking River Cruises: Viking River Cruises is among the most popular European river cruise companies. If you go on a Viking River Cruise, you'll get the chance to enjoy a complimentary shore excursion at each and every port along the route. If you choose, you can also take part in optional shore excursions. If you book an Explorer Suite, you will have laundry service and stocked mini-bars. If you want the use of a bicycle on shore, you can have this arranged through Viking.

Avalon Waterways: Avalon Waterways offers complimentary 24/7 tea, coffee, and non-alcoholic beverages. You will find that there is a main dining room in addition to the Panorama Bistro. The Panorama Bistro offers the chance to book reservations for relatively small groups (up to 30 people). This bistro has a light menu as well as wine. Avalon Waterways also offers a Sky Deck where you can enjoy a grilled lunch when the weather is favorable.

Emerald Waterways: Emerald Waterways offers free shore excursions at all ports. Lunch and dinner include complimentary soda, wine and beer, as well. If you choose to book a stateroom, you will be provided by bottled water daily. If you go for an Owner's Suite instead, you will have access to a complimentary stocked mini-bar. If you want laundry concierge service, you can secure it for a fee.

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