History River Cruises
European History & Politics Special Interest River Cruises
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about European History & Politics on this special cruise departure. You'll be joined by a diplomacy expert and government official who will provide a unique perspective about Central Europe and the European Union during onboard lectures. Enjoy included visits to the "Communist Budapest" exhibit and the United Nations offices in Vienna, including the Security & Safety Section, and choose between Nuremberg city sightseeing and a Nuremberg WWII tour. Also available: an optional excursion to Salzburg, which features a visit to splendid Mirabell Palace.
Magnificent Europe River Cruise
15 days from Budapest to Amsterdam
See the highlights of Central Europe on this enchanting cruise between Budapest and Amsterdam. Guided sightseeing in each city shows you the highlights, with beer tasting in Nuremberg, a traditional baking demonstration in Miltenberg, wine tasting in Austria's Wachau Valley, and time in charming Dürnstein, Regensburg, Cologne, Rüdesheim, Bamberg, and Vienna. Also enjoy inside visits of Bratislava's gothic St. Martin's Cathedral, the amazing Benedictine Abbey in Melk, and Würzburg's Bishop's Residenz. Cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge past the legendary Lorelei rock, and glide past quaint towns, beautiful scenery, and historic buildings along the Danube. Your vacation concludes with a scenic cruise through the delightful canals of Amsterdam.
WWI History Special Interest River Cruises
Take a cruise back in time. It's been a hundred years since the start of WWI, and this special cruise departure focuses on the "Great War," which claimed the lives of more than 9 million men. Activities may include visits to some of Europe's most famous war sites, memorials, and museums, as well as fascinating onboard lectures about World War I.
Grand France River Cruise
16 days from Paris to Côte d'Azur
This splendid vacation showcases France's exciting scenery, history, and culture as you sail along its beautiful rivers. Embark in Paris and head northwest along the Seine River up to the picturesque Normandy region. Dock at Vernon and choose between a guided visit of Claude Monet's stunning gardens at Giverny or remarkable Bizy Castle. On to Joan of Arc's historic Rouen, where you choose between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating "Taste of Normandy." Continue to Les Andelys—home of Château Gaillard, built by England's King Richard the Lionheart in 1196—and enjoy guided sightseeing or a visit to the château. In Conflans, choose between a guided excursion to Vincent van Gogh's Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine's elegant Château de Malmaison before heading back to Paris for sightseeing that includes the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. Disembark and ride the TGV train to Dijon, then travel south to fascinating Beaune for a wine tasting or visit of the Hôtel-Dieu. In Chalon-sur-Saône, board your second cruise ship and sail on to medieval Tournus, Mâcon, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage, Viviers, Avignon, and Arles, as well as France's gastronomic capital of Lyon, where you have time to explore this fascinating city. Your vacation ends with an overnight on the stunning Côte d'Azur.
Paris to Normandy's Landing Beaches River Cruise
8 days from Paris to Paris
Combine time in France's marvelous capital with discoveries of quaint towns along the Seine and in the picturesque Normandy region. Embark in Paris, sailing to Vernon, for a choice of guided visits to either Claude Monet's stunning gardens at Giverny or magnificent Bizy Castle. On to Joan of Arc's historic Rouen, where you choose between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating "Taste of Normandy." Continue to Les Andelys with the Château Gaillard, built by England's King Richard the Lionheart in 1196, and enjoy guided sightseeing or a visit to the château. In Conflans choose between a visits of Vincent van Gogh's Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine's elegant Château de Malmaison before heading back to Paris. During your last day on the Seine, a Local Expert will show you some of the famous sights, such as the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower and much more.