Over the centuries, the famous Danube has been synonymous with romance, intrigue and unforgettable memories. As it is the second-longest river in Europe, cruises upon its tranquil waters will provide any traveller with amazing experience that will certainly last a lifetime. Originating in Germany, this river passes through the countries of Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Ukraine before finally draining into the Black Sea. There are countless sights to experience and whether one wishes to take only a short journey or to cruise its entire length of nearly 3,000 kilometres, a romantic excursion is always a wonderful idea.
Due to its sheer length, the Danube touches upon some of the most ancient and alluring cities within all of Europe. A handful of these include Munich, Vienna, Prague, and Budapest. This is to say nothing of the quaint maritime villages which have stood in the same locations for hundreds of years. There is perhaps no better way to appreciate the rich history of Europe than through an alluring cruise down this ancient river system.
Pristine Views of Nature
Another massive benefit that adds to the attraction of any Danube cruise is the proximity to nature that travellers will often feel. Sights such as the Black Forest and the numerous protected nature preserves will provide stunning examples of a Europe that has not yet been encroached upon by mankind. Be certain to have a camera close by, for such photo opportunities should never be missed!
Food and Drink
Many Danube river cruises provide their guests with what can only be called a truly luxurious experience during their trip. Fine food, sumptuous wines, live entertainment, and state-of-the-art accommodations will all serve to heighten one’s experience. In more ways than one, guests may never wish to leave the boat.
What better way to absorb the sights and sounds of Central Europe than by taking short excursions onto shore during a cruise? There are various programmes to select; each one designed to suit specific time frames and budgets. From enjoying a first-hand experience of the ancient architecture within Budapest and Nuremberg to sampling delicacies found at local markets while picking up a handful of souvenirs, any cruise will boast a very “hands-on” feel that would simply not be possible with a rail journey or when renting a vehicle.
Sit Back and Relax
Above all, guests can soak up this romantic atmosphere while basking in levels of unparalleled comfort and peacefulness. Whether gazing at the mesmerising waters or looking up at the stars on a cloudless night, even the most discerning tastes can be satisfied.
There are several different itineraries as well as on-board accommodations to choose from. Ultimately, a Danube cruise is not to be missed by anyone who has been searching for a novel and unforgettable way to enjoy a first-hand view of Europe in style.
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