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River cruising has been an increasingly popular form of leisure travel in recent years. River cruises are one-week or longer duration. European river cruising takes place in what is, at maximum, a 38-foot-by-410-foot vessel, dimensions dictated by the locks and bridges that the vessels must past through and under. European river cruisers generally range from between 100 and 200 passengers.

Where do river cruises go?

You can take a river cruise in many parts of the world including Europe, Asia, Russia, Africa, North and South America.

European river cruises are the most popular, many of Europe’s largest cities were built on major rivers, Europe is a perfect blend of the ancient and the modern. Enjoy the timeless beauty and grace of the Old World with European river cruises along the Rhine, the Main, the Danube, the Seine, Dauro, the Moselle, Elbe, Saone, Rhone and the Po. Europe cruises will provide you with an unforgettable vacation experience along these magnificent waterways

Unlike an Ocean cruise, the advantages of a Europe river cruise allows you to get up close and personal with the river banks, allowing you to experience local life more intimately. Since many major cities of Europe are built on rivers, this allowed old world countries and empires to easily transport everything from goods and food to armies along local waterways. You will easily move from one city to the next, each day. Some days you may be in more than one country. This in and of itself adds to the prestige and mystic that river cruises in this area have to offer.

Most travellers are quite familiar with big ship ocean cruises. However, river cruises are growing in popularity and offer a fundamentally different experience than its ocean counterpart.

Here are TOP 10 reasons to take a River Cruise:

  1. It’s easy

  You simply embark, unpack once and enjoy the scenery. No long line ups either to get on and off the ship for excursions!

  1. Inclusive pricing

  This makes budgeting simple. Your cruise fare will include your accommodation, meals & beverage, shore excursions and entertainment. Some river cruise lines, offer included gratuities and   transfers to and from the river cruise.

  1. There is relatively zero motion sickness

   This is great news for first time cruisers that worry about sea and/or motion sickness. With gentle waters of the river, the sail is smoother on a river cruise.

  1. Experience the best of both worlds

  River cruising offers a great balance between land tours & cruising. You can explore more inland destinations not accessible by ocean ships, without the hassle of changing hotels.

  1. No inside cabins

   All cabins have either a picture window or a balcony (French & traditional) that allow natural light and fresh air in. For a 360o panoramic view of the scenery, you’re only steps from the sun deck of the ship.

  1. Intimate & authentic experiences

   With no more than 200 passengers on-board, river cruising offers a more authentic experience for travellers and is a great option for those with special interests or celebrating a milestone like an anniversary.

  1. Choices are available

   From destination choices all over Europe, Asia, and Africa to your choice of activities, to special interest demonstrations, you can enjoy your cruise in whatever style you choose.

  1. Families & Solo travellers are welcome

 There are cabins and programming designed for families and solo travelers aboard the ship. You could be travelling with your tween children, sister, friend or by yourself. River cruising allows you to explore Europe with who you want.

  1. Everything is catered for

The cooking, cleaning, bed making and driving is all done for you. So all you have to do is get onboard and enjoy your getaway.

  1. No Touristy look

Passengers are provided with wireless receivers and earphones on excursions, so you can enjoy your tour without having to hover around the guide.

To book your 2017/2018 river cruise, call Discount Coach Tours at 1 (877) 977-8586 or visit our website www.discountcoachtours.ca, to get the best deal with our River Cruise Specialist. Explore your options with Avalon Waterways, AmaWaterways, Viking, and Uniworld River Cruises.