Floating City Breaks
Before motorways tore across the land and passenger planes doodled vapour trails in the sky, the number one way to travel was by water. Cities grew up around rivers which provided a vital source of drinking water and later served as convenient trade routes.
For a low-stress way to see some of the world’s most fascinating cities, packing your bag and heading for the water is still the best option. A river cruise will free you from traffic jams, airport security queues, and the cumbersome burden of trying to follow your sat nav whilst simultaneously getting your head around driving on the right.
You can visit multiple cities without the hassle of making a string of accommodation bookings, and instead of worrying whether your next night’s sleep will be in a rat-infested box-room in the dodgy part of town you will have the comfort of returning to the same clean and well-appointed cabin each night.
Cabins on river cruises come complete with built-in blue-tooth speakers, flat screen TVs, USB charge points and mood lighting. You’ll also find an on-board spa, gym, cafe, and plenty of activities to enjoy like yoga classes on deck and wine tasting sessions.
All-inclusive city to city river cruises means no nasty surprises in your holiday budget and the guarantee of a good meal made fresh every day on board after a trip ashore for adventure. Authentic excursions are at the heart of modern river cruising giving you the chance to visit a floating Cambodian market, take a guided tour of an Egyptian crocodile temple, try bee-keeping for a day, and share a traditional meal with a local Italian family in their home.
Your cruise operator is the key to accessing attractions and museums after hours and will often be able to arrange queue-jumping privileges, discounted tickets, and behind the scenes tours for you. They can save you hours of waiting in line or trawling the internet for deals.
You can sail into the heart of some of the world’s greatest conurbations including Amsterdam, Budapest, St. Petersburg, Cairo, Shanghai, and Vienna. Alongside the delights of the city, you will also experience the magical atmosphere and rich history of the rivers themselves. Rivers like the Danube, the Elbe, the Volga with its caviar-creating sturgeon, and the Yangtze, are cultural icons in their own right, inspiring countless pieces of art, music, and literature.
River cruises take the trouble out of travel by transporting you overnight to your next destination which you can then spend the day discovering. Your itinerary will include some daytime sailing too allowing you to kick back with a cocktail as a beautiful and constantly changing shoreline vista of Gothic castles along the Rhine or verdant vineyards along the Rhône unfolds before your eyes.
You don’t have to choose between a fly or drive city break and a river cruise because a cruise can easily be added on to the start or end of your trip for a truly unique perspective of your destination.