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As Europe’s second-longest river and a vital means of transportation for 2,000 years, the Danube is the only major European river to flow from west to east. The Danube river rises in Germany’s Black Forest and flows through or along the borders of 10 countries – Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania, where it divides into an expansive delta, the northernmost branch of which continues along the border of Ukraine and Moldova, before entering the Black Sea. The Main-Danube canal, which joins the Main and Danube rivers and stretches for a length of 106 miles from Bamberg to Regensburg in Germany, with a total of 16 locks, has made it possible to travel by river cruise ship from the North Sea to the Black Sea.
The Main is one of the most significant tributaries of the Rhine River. The Main flows through the German states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, and Hesse. The Main River connects to the Danube River via the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. A cruise along the Main is a relaxing way to visit this scenic part of Germany. Along the Main, you will cruise through historic cities and towns such as Frankfurt, Offenbach, Aschaffenburg, Wertheim, Miltenberg, Würzburg, and Bamberg among many others. Taste the famous food and drink of Bavaria while taking in the beauty of some of the best well-preserved romantic and Medieval towns of the region.
The Moselle, a tributary of the Rhine River, is famous for its picturesque scenery and most famous for being the wine-growing region of the Moselle River Valley. You'll cruise through lovely, wine villages perched on vine-clad steep slopes, and Medieval feeling towns which give the Moselle River region a very unique character. Along the river is a town called, Trier, which is the oldest town in Germany, over 2,000 years old. Experience the hospitality of the locals and savor the world-famous Rieslings and culinary delights of the Moselle River Valley.
Sail the Rhine River, one of Europe’s longest and most important waterways for transportation and trade. Meander through the Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its stunning castles and natural beauty. Gracing the shores of the Middle Rhine Valley are more Medieval castles than in any other river valley in world! The fairytale castles combine with the breathtaking landscape of terraced vineyards and old-world-towns of Koblenz and Mainz that will leave you awestruck.
Running through France and Switzerland at approximately 505 mi (813 km) long, the Rhone is the only major European river that flows directly into the Mediterranean Sea. An important inland trade and transportation route since Greek times, the Rhone River flows south to the Mediterranean, winding through the orchards and vineyards of the fertile Rhone Valley. Of all the French rivers, the Rhone has the largest water flow due to its Alpine characteristics. See France at its scenic best on a charming Rhone river cruise.
At 485 miles, the Seine is the second-longest river in France. It runs northwest from Burgundy, passes through Paris, and eventually empties into the English Channel at Le Havre. The scenery will not disappoint river cruisers who are excited about the romance of Paris. In addition to seeing architectural marvels like the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame cathedral, the Seine river has 37 picturesque bridges in Paris alone! The famous Rive Gauche (Left Bank) is one of the most romantic districts in the city. A Seine river cruise through France is ideal for art, history & wine lovers.
Spend time in France's delightful Burgundy region on a Saone River cruise. These sailings often are combined with cruises of the Rhone River, which flows through Provence to the south.Most Saone River cruises stop at Macon, where the sixth-century Old St. Vincent Cathedral is an enduring symbol of the city. Top sights in Tournus include the fortresslike Abbey of St. Philibert, parts of which date to the 10th century, and the Burgundian Museum, which was founded in 1929 and houses traditional costumes, furniture and vineyard tools culled from rural homes in the region.In Beaune, considered Burgundy's wine capital, guests often have an opportunity to attend a wine-tasting and also tour the Hospices de Beaune, a 15th-century former charity hospital that sports a colorful roof of glazed tiles. Lyon is located where the Saone meets the Rhone; here you can see Roman ruins and Renaissance architecture and sample the cuisine that helped make this city the leading gastronomic center of France.
Toast the beautiful wine-growing region of Portugal on a Douro River cruise. Douro River itineraries usually start in Lisbon, where guests spend one or more nights in the city and visit such landmarks as the stately Monastery of San Jeronimo and the ornate, waterfront Belem Tower.Then, head up to Porto, on the mouth of the Douro at the Atlantic Ocean, and board your riverboat for an east-west sailing through the northern part of the country. During the trip you'll sail past vineyards, old farmhouses and rolling terrain. In Porto, guests spend time in the medieval city center, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sip sweet port wine -- and learn how it's made -- at the wine academy at Pinhao, the center of port wine production. Explore a 14th-century monastery at Alpendurada, and stroll the gardens of Mateus Palace, located near Regua. You'll also cross the border with Spain and spend a day in Salamanca. It's a spectacular Renaissance city and home to one of the world's oldest universities
Elbe River cruises travel through Germany and the Czech Republic on a picturesque route characterized by soaring cliffs, storybook castles and medieval towns. Learn about the life of theologian Martin Luther in Wittenberg -- see the church where he preached and the door where he nailed his famous "95 Theses." In Meissen, visit the factory where the famous fine porcelain has been made since the early 18th century. Sample Bohemian beers in Litomerice, and marvel at the crown jewels of Saxon monarchs at Dresden's castle.In Potsdam, you can walk through the halls of rococo Sanssouci Palace or the baroque New Palace; both were built by Prussian King Frederick the Great. Torgau has lovely Renaissance houses, while Dessau is home to the English-style gardens of Worlitz Park and Worlitz Castle, which was modeled after an English country manor.