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Your ultimate European cruise guide

Where to begin?

The finest cruise lines provide flights and transfers to the first port destination as a part of the cruise experience, getting your holiday off to the best possible start. By choosing this option, you can avoid much of the stress that can go into the beginning stages of a holiday, as all the travel arrangements are taken care of for you.

Where in Europe?

With so many European countries to choose from, a cruise takes away the stress of planning an itinerary by pre-selecting the best destinations as a part of your trip.

Select itineraries will take you on a river cruise that explores multiple cities in the course of one trip, without the hassle of packing and unpacking at each destination. City cruises can provide opportunities to discover cultural delights and a range of activities, allowing guests to enjoy the excitement of a vibrant metropolis before coming back onboard to relax amid beautiful scenery.

What to do?

One of the best things about pre-planned European river cruises is that they often come with a great programme all laid out for you. From European tours around UNESCO World Heritage Sites to folk music, you may be surprised at just how many once-in-a-lifetime experiences can be fitted into a river cruise.

What time of year?

While Europe is known for its culture and rich history, its weather can be unpredictable. Booking a European river cruise during the spring or summer months is often recommended in order to avoid the worst of the bad weather that tends to come with the winter season, but Christmas cruises can provide particularly magical experiences and memories.

One option is to book  a Christmas market cruise, allowing you to experience the best of Europe’s authentic markets and come home with knowledge about how different countries celebrate the festive period. Offering everything from ice rinks and market stalls to medieval towns and palaces lit up with festive cheer, a Christmas cruise could be the perfect option for you.

How long?

Cruises vary widely in length, so you won’t be hard pressed to find a river cruise to suit your needs and schedule. The general consensus, however, appears to favour getaways of around one to two weeks; the fortnightly option is short enough to not necessitate having to make a big commitment, but long enough to gain a thorough experience of Europe.

So, whether you are trying out river cruises for the first time or looking for a new way to experience a European tour, this guide will hopefully have provided you with all the information you need to make the decisions that will help create a holiday to remember.

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