Imagine peacefully floating down a river while dining on delicious food and watching the scenery slowly pass by. A river cruise can be one of the most relaxing ways to travel and there are a lot of advantages to this type of tour. There are many excellent river cruise adventures offered throughout the world, such as European cruises through Portugal, Spain and France or Asian cruises through destinations such as Cambodia, China and Vietnam.
Here are some of the perks of traveling by river cruise:
On a river cruise you will be able to explore a new destination every day, but you will only have to unpack once. When you wake up every morning you will be in a different destination than you were the night before, while still feeling refreshed from a full night’s sleep. This means that you can see several destinations without the exhaustion and burn-out that comes with traveling by bus, train or car.
You’ll be able to stop in each port for a few hours to a day at a time, giving you plenty of time to explore the sights. Often the cruise will offer you the option of activities such as pre-arranged guided tours, wine tastings or cultural performances to enjoy when you are in port.
A river cruise ship is often referred to as a floating hotel – as these boats have all of the comforts and amenities that you could expect from a hotel. Of course, the accommodation on board will depend on the cruise, but most boats will offer 4-5 star facilities. Your room will be elegantly designed and comfortable with excellent views – some premium rooms even have their own balconies.
One of the best things about traveling by river cruise is that the cruise experience often offers superb dining onboard. So, you will be able to sit back and enjoy delicious meals and wonderful local wines while you cruise down the river. Most river cruise tour companies like to highlight the local cuisine of the region you are travelling through, so you can get a taste of the culture.
It’s one thing to see a city from the road, but seeing it from the water gives you a totally different view of it. When you think about it, most cities in Europe were built hundreds of years ago when river travel was the main mode of transport and cars didn’t exist. So, many of the cities along the rivers in Europe were designed for visitors to arrive on a boat and the beautiful facades create a stunning first impression as you float up to them.
These are just a few of the reasons why river cruises are one of the best ways to travel. There are many different cruises around the world through some of the most fascinating and beautiful landscapes and cultures, so why not consider this style of travel for your next getaway?