A river journey is about life in the slow lane - watching towns and villages, mountains and monuments drift by in a peaceful, unhurried, adult environment.The increasing popularity of river cruising can be attributed to the way in which it offers a unique insight into countries and cultures. River journeys are a great alternative to coach tours and city breaks providing an ideal way to visit a number of cities and towns while just unpacking once.
River ships carry on average 150 guests and offer a relaxed and informal environment. They are geared for viewing the passing landscape with large picture windows and usually dock in the centre of town with great, easy access ashore directly down the gangway, giving plenty of time for exploration. On a river journey you will travel through the heart of countries with constantly changing scenery, making this a wonderful way to unwind with waterways being usually smooth and calm.
With many river ships docked alongside into the late evening, guests are able to head off to find restaurants and theatres while those who stay on board will often find local entertainment provided. Excursions are organised at each stop for those who want them and depending on the cruise operator, these may be included within the price.
You can choose from numerous cruise destinations - travelling on European river cruises means you're likely to visit several countries in one itinerary. The long, narrow shape of river ships usually means fewer cabin choices than on large ocean-going vessels, but there are almost no inside cabins - most are outward facing with either balconies or large windows, so whichever river you are on you will always get a great view.
European rivers such as the Seine, Rhine, Danube and Douro are very popular while The Nile is the ideal way to travel between the sights of ancient Egypt. Further afield, the Yangtze, Mekong and Russian Waterways offer spectacular views and experiences, while river cruising can also now take in the sights of amazing rivers like the Mississippi in America and the Chobe in Africa. The possibilities literally span the entire globe.