The Grand European Tour starts in Amsterdam and tours along 3 rivers, through 5 countries, stops at 9 UNESCO World all the way to Budapest.
River Cruising has so many benefits for a rewarding vacation. The onboard experience is much more relaxed than a Oceanliner, with no crowds, no long lineups, the general atmosphere is more relaxed, therefore making it a more enjoyable experience. Meal times are a major focal point where it’s on a more casual atmosphere, the meals are unbelievable featuring regional specialties and contemporary cuisine and with it being a smaller vessel you will get to know more of the other people onboard. On most River Cruises your wine, beer and soft drinks are included at onboard lunches and dinners, as well as 24 hour complimentary cappuccino, coffee or tea, along with so many other extras that you don’t get on a Oceanliner.
The itineraries on a river cruise focus more on the smaller towns and villages because they can navigate into the smaller ports. These are places you won’t see on a Oceanliner. These intimate places are a way to see what the life if like in the different areas in a country away from the large centers.
On the Grand European Tour you will have 13 guided tours included in your itinerary, complete with audio headsets in the language of your choice. With a vast array of Cultural experiences, enjoying concerts featuring Austrian Classics and Baroque organ music, you can attend lectures on current affairs in Germany, Holland and The European Union; experience a Viennese market and even learn how to make Rudesheimer coffee. And how about learning the art of glassblowing or listen to the music of Mozart. These are just some of the amazing experience you will have on a River Cruise.
What you won’t find on a River Cruise are Casinos as well as there is very little entertainment except possibly a piano player or a local act brought on to entertain you. But that is what makes the River Cruise Experience so wonderful. You can go off the ship at some ports to experience the nightlife in a local pub or a cultural experience that is going on.
You won’t have a huge water slide in the middle of the ship, instead you will have a quaint dining area, or on top a mall swimming pool with deck chair around to sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you are floating along the river to your next stop.
River Cruising is really all about an amazing Cultural experience. Join us July 12 – 26, 2015 on this amazing journey through the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.