There are many ways to see the best of Europe in style, but a river cruise is perhaps the most luxurious. Here are our suggestions for your next luxurious river cruise.
Danube’s Capitals and Wachau Valley
This 11-day river cruise starts and ends in beautiful Vienna, but you’ll travel through a number of iconic towns and cities, including Budapest, Bratislava, Linz, Passau, Durnstein and Melk. The highlight, of course, is cruising through the incredible Wachau Valley, which is known for its vineyards, rolling hills and fascinating fortresses.
The cruise takes place aboard Crystal Mozart, an exclusive ship boasting plush guest suites, a large selection of lounges, bars and dining venues, spa and fitness centres, and décor fashioned by London’s AD Associates and Toronto’s II by IV Design. We recommend the Crystal Suite, which comes with a French balcony, king-size bed fitted with Egyptian cotton linens, a Jacuzzi bathtub, fireplace, walk-in closet and your own private butler.
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Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands
Is there anywhere more beautiful than the Netherlands in the spring? This is a round trip to Amsterdam through the Dutch and Belgian waterways. You’ll get the chance to see the tulips in bloom at Keukenhof Gardens, explore Kinderdijk’s gorgeous countryside, which is home to a huge number of windmills, and enjoy Amsterdam’s lively nightlife and stunning architecture.
You’ll spend seven nights on board the Amacerto, where you’ll adore the spacious staterooms, heated pool, multiple fine-dining venues, massage and beauty salon and fitness centre. The journey will begin with a cocktail reception and welcome dinner. If you ever need or want anything, just ask the professional cruise manager for assistance.
Unwind at the end of each day in your 300 sq. ft. suite, which has two balconies - it’s the perfect place to watch the sun set.
A Celebration of Lisbon and the Douro
There’s nothing more luxurious than enjoying a river cruise upon the very same ship Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth, sailed aboard across the Thames to reach her Diamond Jubilee pageant. You’ll start the ten-day getaway at Hotel Mundial in Lisbon, where the likes of Roger Moore, Brigitte Bardot and Romy Schneider have all stayed.
After spending two days in the capital, you’ll fly to Porto and spend the following seven nights aboard the Spirit of Chartwell, cruising down the River Douro. The cruise will take you through some beautiful parts of Portugal, as well as Salamanca in Spain. You’ll visit grand palaces, fascinating monasteries and have plenty of opportunities to drink local wine, too.
Each stateroom feels royal and grand, as does the rest of the ship. The George Bradshaw restaurant and Somerset Maugham Piano Bar both serve excellent cuisine, made with only the freshest and most local ingredients. When the sun is shining, why not dine alfresco on the observation deck?