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Best European Cruises

by Danielle Contray

RIVER CRUISES

If you're looking for a trip that's a bit more intimate, consider exploring Europe's inland cities and valleys on a river cruise. The small ships carry about 150 passengers each and work their way gently down Europe's great rivers, hugging the coastline to maximize views of vineyards, verdant farmland, and storybook villages. That also means lots of wine-tastings and authentic local cuisine. Uniworld's ships float down many of Europe's most famous waterways, from the Rhône to the Rhine, the Seine to the Danube. We'd suggest sailing the Duoro, sampling port in Portugal and touring quintas in Spain. For an even more indulgent itinerary, book a French Country Waterways cruise, which explores the Burgundy, Alsace, and Champagne regions, stopping at Michelin-starred restaurants along the way (which helps explain the $7,000-per-person price tag). Viking River Cruises has a wide variety of European itineraries, including Germany's Elbe River, starting in Berlin and ending in Prague. Daily excursions include garden tours in Dessau and castle visits in Prague. Nine-day cruises start at around $1,500 per person, and even the least-expensive cabins have river views.

Uniworld
Tel: 800 733 7820

French Country Waterways
Tel: 800 222 1236

Viking River Cruises
Tel: 800 304 9616


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