Are you going to Paris? Or maybe to Vienna or Moscow? European capitals can be visited not only by road or air but also by water. River cruises are a wonderful form of tourism that allows you to get to know Europe from a completely different perspective.

River cruises are an interesting alternative to classic sightseeing. This is an excellent way not only to move from one point to another but also to admire the landscape from the perspective of the river. The Seine, Danube, and Rhine offer excellent conditions for inland waterway transport. Some tours are only a few hours’ cruises, which allows you to admire the place from a different perspective. Still, others are week-long trips, during which you can get to know many wonderful corners of Europe. Here are some of the most beautiful river cruises.

Into Russia

The Volga is Russia’s longest river and has been a very important trade and communication route for years. Shipping takes place on almost the entire length of the route, i.e. 3,400 kilometers. A tourist trip around the Volga River is a great opportunity to see the Russian landscape and the most important cities. On the trail, you can admire Moscow and St. Petersburg from the perspective of the river, as well as the cities grouped under the name of the Golden Ring. Each of them occupies a special place in the history of Russian statehood and there are monuments unique to the local culture. Interestingly, the cruises, depending on the route, are organized in such a way that tourists can stop for example in the Russian capital and watch the famous Moscow ballet live or visit the palaces.

Port route

The Duero River is a picturesque waterway that flows through Spain and Portugal. From the deck of small ships, you can admire the slopes overgrown with vines and beautiful medieval towns. In fact, a cruise on the Duero River passes under the sign of a port. The ballasts sail out of Oporto and stop at the vineyards during the voyage upstream. Wine tasting is an integral part of any such trip. It is in the Duero Valley that the grapes that the famous Portuguese wine is made from grow. The ready-made drink floats to Porto, where it matures in the ripening rooms.

The proud and majestic Rhine

The river, which springs from the Swiss Alps, is one of the largest in Europe. The most beautiful part of the Rhine is considered to be between the German cities of Koblenz and Bingen. A boat trip on the Rhine in this part of Germany is a great opportunity to admire medieval castles and vineyards. The quiet waters of the Rhine offer a beautiful view of the wooded hills, on which the ruins of old fortresses and watchtowers are hidden between the trees. Local carriers offer different types of excursions, which can last only a few hours or even a whole week.

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