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Why Your Next Holiday Should Be A Europe River Cruise

12 February 2020
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If the idea of staying in a luxury hotel for your whole holiday, all the while travelling through beautifully changing landscapes and exploring new European destinations appeals to you, we may have found your ideal holiday. Yes, we’re talking about river cruising.

Big Cruise Ships Not For You? No Problem

River cruising is vastly different to the mega ocean liners you may be imagining. In fact the river cruises that go through Europe cater to no more than 200 guests on each ship. Aside from a more intimate cruise experience, river cruises also tour through the heart of Europe, meaning you stop in a new port each day. This means there are no days at sea, and more time exploring new destinations. Think cycling from one vineyard to the next in Portugal, a walking tour of Amsterdam, or a long lunch aboard the Grand Empress train from Budapest.  

amamagna river cruise ship APT Image: APT Luxury Touring

Your Luxury Hotel Moves With You

Yes you only have to unpack once! This doesn’t mean you need to compromise on luxury and style however. APT’s cruise liners are designed for comfort and convenience, with spacious staterooms, balconies to take in the ever changing views, and multiple different areas to relax. 

wurzburg residenz germany APT river cruise Image: APT Luxury Touring

Make Memorable Moments And Lifelong Friends

Travelling with an intimate group of people from different countries and cultures can make for some interesting and special experiences. APT Cruise Director Daniela Obermaier says one of her most memorable moments was on a cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest a few years ago. Playing a famous waltz for the guests onboard, she remembers, “All of a sudden, all guests started to dance. With their partners and friends, as well as by themselves. Everyone was dancing. It felt like the ship itself was dancing too. It was fabulous to watch.” 

couple on bridge in european town Image: APT Luxury Travel

Experience Cities Like The Locals Do

Travelling on a river cruise you are accompanied the entire journey by an experienced cruise director and a crew of dedicated staff. This means that along the way you’re receiving information about the places you’re travelling through, and learning about the history and people of the cities you’re heading toward. Each city the ship stops in there are onshore excursions with local guides and APT’s signature experiences. These unique, often exclusive events are included to give guests experiences not often available to a regular traveller. From a private concert at Vienna’s City Palace to morning tea at Namedy Castle, there are experiences right along the cruise routes.

Find out more about cruising Europe with APT here


Vicki Fletcher

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Head of Content and Social for Flight Centre, Vicki loves road trips down unknown tracks, hiking into mountain ranges, following locals to the best food in town, and spending long afternoons people watching in city squares. She's written for publications across Australia and Europe. Top travel tip: always look up. Follow Vicki on Instagram @vickijanefletcher.