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Kreuzfahrt über die Wolga, Bild: Maykova Galina / shutterstock

River cruises – unforgettable holiday impressions

Travelling to new regions on a ship cruise, marvelling at fascinating sights and exploring the world’s impressive metropolises is a holiday dream for many people. In addition to cruises across the great seas, this dream is also made a reality by the popular river cruises. Compared to the overseas cruises, the sections between the ports of call are much shorter on a river cruise. This allows travelers to enjoy a variety of different impressions even with a shorter travel time. The river cruise ships take travelers to the most beautiful natural landscapes and the most interesting sights on our planet. They glide calmly along the rivers. As a result, the risk of getting seasick is much lower with this variant of cruises than with overseas travel.

During their stay on board, holidaymakers do not have to do without anything. The ships have very comfortable furnishings. They are very comfortably equipped from the cabins to restaurants and bars to other common areas. There are standard outdoor decks where travelers can relax and view the most diverse landscapes. With the various offers for sports, wellness and entertainment, there is no boredom and there is still enough space for rest and relaxation.

The range of river cruises is as varied as people’s wishes and ideas of a perfect holiday. They are available for just a few days as an introduction to the river cruise adventure or for several weeks. In addition to the well-known cruises on the Moselle, Rhine, Elbe and Danube, the great rivers of the world, such as the Seine, the Duero, the Volga, the Nile, the Mekong or the Amazon, are also traveled.

Rhine River Cruise – dreamlike landscapes and sublime cities in the heart of Europe

On a Rhine cruise, travelers have several regions in a total of five countries to choose from. In the spring area, the Swiss city of Basel is a cultural and historical stronghold that awaits its guests. The charming old town with its many boutiques, shops, cafés and small restaurants invites you to stroll and the more than 30 museums are a delight for all culture lovers. Travelers are offered an impressive nature experience with the Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall. Other highlights of Rhine cruises are Lake Constance, the Alsatian capital Strasbourg with its breathtaking cathedral and the lovingly restored half-timbered houses. The journey through the German Middle Rhine Valley leads past the famous Loreley Rock, imposing castles and palaces as well as huge vineyards. The many interesting sights in the German cities of Mainz, Worms, Cologne, Rüdesheim, Bingen, Koblenz, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Duisburg are worthwhile destinations during shore excursions. In the far north, the Rhine runs through the Netherlands with its beautiful cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

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Danube River Cruise – in the footsteps of the Habsburg dynasty

A Danube cruise is one of the most famous and popular European river cruises. The journey starts in Germany via Austria, Hungary and Romania and is an unforgettable experience for nature lovers, city strollers and travellers interested in history. Along the beautiful river landscape of the Danube, the impressive and historic cities of Passau, Linz, Vienna, Budapest and Bucharest line up like on a chain. On sightseeing tours through these cities, there is a huge selection of different sights to marvel at. In Passau, the Veste Oberhaus castle complex and St. Stephen’s Cathedral with the largest organ in the world awaken unforgettable impressions in visitors. The medieval city centre of Linz with the castle, St. Martin’s Church and many other historic buildings stretches directly on the right bank of the Danube. It is hard to imagine a Danube cruise without a shore leave to the Austrian capital Vienna. The Prater, the fish market, the many cultural and historical sights from the time of the Habsburg dynasty and, last but not least, the way of life of the local population give this city a unique charm. In the two metropolises of Budapest and Bucharest, there are not only interesting sights to visit during a stroll through the city centres, but the small boutiques and shops invite you to go on a relaxed shopping tour.

River cruise Volga – on a course of discovery through “Father Russia”

At the latest at the end of a Volga cruise, it is clear to every traveller why the local population affectionately calls their very multifaceted and historic country “Father Russia”. The route runs through the European part of Russia, past gigantic forest areas, rugged landscapes and beautiful meadows and floodplains. During the cruise , passengers can marvel at a very diverse flora and fauna. In addition to the unique nature experience, it is also the Russian metropolises of Saint Petersburg and Moscow with their many beautiful monumental buildings that inspire visitors. The immeasurable wealth of the former Russian royal family can only be guessed at by visiting Catherine’s Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress, Issaks Cathedral and the art collection of the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg. Via the Moscow-Danube Canal, travelers reach the vibrant Russian capital Moscow. The legendary Red Square with the Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the world-famous Bolshoi Theatre and the huge GUM department store are just a few destinations for going ashore in Moscow.

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Nile River Cruise – History Excursion through an Ancient High Culture

Nile, Luxor
The Nile divides Luxor into two parts, Image: Marcelo Alex / shutterstock

Egypt is one of the most visited countries in the world. Marveling at the testimonies of the pharaohs’ time with your own eyes is at the top of many people’s holiday wish lists. The large monumental buildings are located directly on the banks of the Nile. A Nile cruise is thus like a journey through history through the ancient high culture of the pharaohs. The huge pyramids as burial places of the pharaohs and the fascinating temple complexes for the homage of the priests and gods can be seen by travelers from afar and can also be admired by them from close up during shore excursions. The sightseeing programs include the pyramids of Giza, the temples of Luxor, Karnak and Edfu as well as the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queens. In addition to these impressive sights, exploration tours through the vibrant metropolises of Cairo, Luxor and Aswan are unique holiday experiences. Watching the oriental hustle and bustle at a bazaar in these cities is sure to remain an unforgettable holiday highlight.

Amazon River Cruise – Mysterious Adventure Trip to an Exotic World

A cruise on the world’s most water-rich river is like a never-ending experience of nature. On the routes along the Brazilian rainforest, the “Jau National Park”, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, or the Anavilhanas Archipelago, the Amazon presents itself in all its biodiversity of exotic plants and animals as well as in an incomparable blaze of colour. In addition, the cities of Manaus, Santarém and the Amazon village of Alter do Chão invite you to interesting shore excursions.