Cruises in mainland Europe are all about relaxation and allowing yourself to be transported to a bygone era as you glide through landscapes seemingly lifted straight from the story books.
Europe’s waterways have for many centuries, divided the cities, towns and villages found along their shores, protecting distinct cultures throughout the ages. France, in particular, has been as empowered by its culinary heritage and the idyllic wine-producing southwest around Bordeaux. The vineyards which line the rolling hills of the Garonne River have long been the source of the country’s finest wines, whilst along the banks of the Dordogne River, lush meadows and fertile soils produce wonderful seasonal fruits and speciality cheeses.
In Paris, painters have for centuries been inspired by the river Seine’s shoreline towns. The Provence region offers picturesque sights that could be taken from a Van Gogh painting and a climate responsible for sensational regional produce, including black truffles.
The Rhône River will present all of this and a lot more. The Rhine River sweeps through some of the most striking rural regions in Europe, with one of the best examples being the beautiful Rhine Gorge in Germany. Here steep hillsides are dotted with ancient Schloss and crumbling ruins, echoed in the works of the poets and artists of the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoying the distinctly Bavarian countryside in Germany, the Main River offers picture-perfect views and medieval architecture.