Historic Beauty On Europe River Cruises

Posted July 22nd, 2013

Keen to soak in the historic sights of beautiful Vienna, our Cruiseabout consultant experiences Europe from the comfort of river cruises.

If the idea of nestling back in a comfortable chair, sipping on some gluhwein and watching the world go by appeals to you then you will love river cruising. It also has the added benefit of only having to unpack once. Seasoned coach travellers will appreciate this little treat.

There were a great mix of people on our river cruise, from travellers in their late twenties all the way up to retirees. They had come from all over the globe - we had Australians, Americans, Canadians and English on the cruise. It was a great way of meeting people and making friends.

One thing to be prepared for is the amount of food you will consume! Imagine three course meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So, what does one wear to dinner? Smart casual works well; it is quite relaxed, so you don’t have to lug a suit or ball-gown around.

One of the great things about river cruising is the freedom. If you don’t want to get off the cruise ship you don’t have to. If you want to sleep in, you can. If your partner wants to stay up and enjoy the evening entertainment and you are tired you can go off to bed. If you don’t want to do the guided tour you don’t have to. You are free to wander off and do your own thing. If you don’t feel like socialising then you can relax in your cabin or go up to the sundeck where there is oodles of space. It gives you the flexibility of both being independent and having the convenience of a tour operator.

My husband and I fell in love with Vienna. The people are very friendly and most speak a little bit of English. It is a great city to walk around and check out the sights – so get some comfortable walking shoes.

The hop-on hop-off bus was a great way to see all the popular sights, although the metro network is also easy and safe to use. One thing you must do is visit the Sacher Hotel and have a coffee or hot chocolate with their famous Sacher torte. Yum!

Something else I'd recommend is trying a Vienna Schnitzel and a chocolate with Mozart on it – his face is everywhere and they even have people dressed as him roaming the streets trying to sell tickets to the Vienna Opera.

I'm totally sold on Europe river cruises - it is a great way to travel and I can’t wait to do another one. The next one involve me sipping a Riesling while on the Rhine or eating tapas along the Douro River in Spain.

For more information on Europe river cruises please contact a Cruiseabout cruise specialist or call on 0800 22 11 00.

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