Mention the words ‘travelling’ and you’ll either think of backpacking or going on a road trip around the continent. Very times might you consider seeing the world by river cruise. Really you should, as they offer comfortable, convenient access to some of the world’s most beloved cities. Here are a few you could pop into on your river cruise
Budapest: The Danube
Book a cruise down the Danube and you may well find yourself calling in at beautiful Budapest. While in the capital of Hungry, you should take time to visit one of its major squares, Hösök tere, or Heroes Square as it translates, and see some the major landmarks, such as the Seven Chieftains of the Magyar and also the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. If you’re visiting in the summertime, remember to bring your bathing gear with you, as you can take a dip at one of the biggest spas in Europe. The Szechenyi Baths features 15 indoor baths and three large outdoor pools.
Venice: The River Countess
A river cruise on the River Countess will give you the opportunity to see the romantic, endearing city of Venice. Although it may seem like something of a busman’s holiday to see the city by gondola, it simply has to be done, as this activity is a quintessential part of the Venice experience.
Once you’ve stepped off the boats, you should visit the casini – sorry to disappoint, but we’re not talking about casinos in the Vegas style here, but rather the elegant salons in which the aristocracy would meet and dance and, ironically, gamble. One of the best is the Casino Venier, which is situated in a fairly innocuous building that overlooks the Barateri Canal.
Paris: The River Seine
A cruise along the Seine can only mean one thing: Paris. And maybe you wouldn’t want it any other way. In this most refined of cities, you can step off your river cruise liner and into a world of culture with a visit to the famous, contemporary arts hub the Pompidou Centre, which houses France’s national collection of art – comprising 100,000 pieces, and visitors are seeing just a fraction of these! – and is also home to a huge library.
Then there is the biggest museum in the world: the Louvre. The iconic glass pyramid in itself would trigger your curiosity as to what’s going in the building. Seize upon that curiosity and step into the building. You’ll be treated to eminent works such as the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, Vermeer’s Lacemakers and a collection of Rafael’s work, to name but a few in this important collection of seminal pieces in the art world.
So why not jump on a cruise along some of the world’s finest rivers? For a start, you won’t have the inconvenience of flight delays that you might have to consider when travelling by plane. With a river cruise, you can take just the world in your stride, admire some cracking scenery and soak up the best some of the world’s finest cities have to offer.
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