Once the sole means of transportation throughout the continent, Europe’s waterways now allow travellers to explore the historical towns and cities from the luxury of floating hotels. A leading European river cruise operator, Travelmarvel offers a dizzying array of options. Be escorted through the highlights of Europe in style onboard one of their opulent cruise ships. Here are our pick of the top Travelmarvel Europe river cruises.
Splendours of the Rhine and Rhone
For 15 days, you’ll be immersed in breathtaking scenery and history with this luxurious European river cruise. Starting in Amsterdam, you’ll spend seven nights aboard the MS Excellence Queen. Highlights include beauties such as Utrecht, Drachenburg Castle, Cochem Castle, Heidelberg and the magnificent Black Forest. On day eight, you’ll explore the medieval town of Basel and wind your way through the Swiss countryside by coach, ending up in Chalon-Sur-Saône in France. Here you will board the MS Excellence Rhône and continue your journey. Highlights of this leg include Lyon, Vienne, Grignan and Avignon, before ending in the delightful seaside city, Nice.
Italian Treasures and European Gems River Cruise
If Italy is more your style, start in Rome for a coach tour of ‘The Boot’. You’ll have two nights each in Rome, Sorrento, Florence and Venice, one night in San Gimignano, followed by a night in Graz, Austria. Once you’ve had your fill of land-based adventures, you’ll have 14 nights aboard a luxury ship from Budapest to Amsterdam. In 25 days, you’ll be guided through 27 different towns, villages and cities in the capable hands of a local expert. Highlights include sampling gelato in Florence, a schnapps distillery tour in Vienna and a breathtaking tour of Drachenburg Castle.
Adriatic Highlights and European Gems River Cruise
If the Adriatic Sea is on your bucket list, then you must do the European Gems cruise. This trip includes 26 days of total adventure. You’ll begin your journey meandering through the magical canals of Venice, before travelling through the rugged Dalmatian coastline. Dubrovnik is sure to be a highlight, with its cascading cliffs, spectacular beaches and historic landmarks. Admire the Matthias Church and striking Royal Palace in Budapest before exploring the Austrian capital, Vienna. From there, you’ll travel through Passau, Bamberg and Bonn before saying farewell in Amsterdam.
European Gems - Budapest to Paris
For many of us, a trip to Europe is never complete without Paris. With this tour, you can have it all – 14 nights on a Travelmarvel river ship followed by three nights in the love capital of the world. Starting in Budapest, you’ll meander on your floating palace all the way to Amsterdam. Sample sausages in Regensburg, experience a private medieval reception at Marksburg Castle, and taste local beer in Cologne. Your time in Paris will start with a guided tour complete with lunch at the first viewing level of the Eiffel Tower. You then get a free day to explore the city as you please.