Words by Carlie Tucker
As the chill of winter dissipates and spring begins to take hold in the Northern Hemisphere, it couldn’t be a better time to start thinking about a European sojourn. An eclectic mix of countries, Europe rewards with a sweep of romantic settings and countless once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Whether you’re hoping to focus your attentions on one favourite destination, or you want to take in as much as you can, a luxury tour, by land or water, is the perfect way to plan an unforgettable holiday. There are plenty on offer with luxury providers such as Trafalgar, Insight and Viking Cruises serving up an enticing array of options. Here are just a few that may just pique your interest.
Trafalgar: European Supreme
- 29 days
- Start and finish in London
- 12 countries
This all encompassing experience is 29 full days of everything that Europe has to offer. Finding the perfect balance between the 'must-dos' and roads less travelled, a new experience is quite literally just around the corner. Commence your journey in jolly ol’ London town, taking off by land and water to discover 12 different countries in the lap of luxury.
Paris, Munich, Venice and more inject a major dose of timeless cosmopolitan chic, while destinations such as Sophia and Belgrade get you off the beaten path for even more opportunity for real European adventure. Not only will you experience Europe’s most famous sights, you’ll also discover a few exclusive surprises along the way.
UniWorld: Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux
- 8 Days
- Start and finish in Bordeaux
If you’d rather focus your attentions on one locale, using your time to soak up the scenery, culture and food, the Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteax river cruise is just the ticket. Following the meandering paths of the Garonne, Dordogne and the Gironde rivers, your time will be spent savouring the heritage of Southern France with elegant accommodations that surpass all expectations.
It’s not all on the water, though, as you will take numerous opportunities to stroll, cycle, drive in search of unique European experiences. This includes walking tours and wine tastings, scenic drives and evening strolls, bicycling and shopping. Whether you consider yourself a nature lover, epicurean or culture and history aficionado, this French journey is the ideal option.
Insight: European Classic and Cruise Premier
- 20 Days
- Start in Athens, finish in Paris
- Four countries
Defined by signature experiences, signature dining and first class services, the European Classic is just one of the many options offered by luxury provider, Insight. Taking a leisurely route through Greece, Italy, France and Switzerland, you’ll dive into the relaxed European lifestyle headfirst. Cruise the Isle of Capri one day and savour Tuscany’s red wines the next.
When on dry land, the spoils of premier facilities are at your fingertips. The same goes while on the water. With a six day cruise included in your journey, you will enjoy incredible river panoramas through some of Europe’s most iconic destinations. Not to mention the added fun of an on-board salon, casino and exciting entertainment.
APT: Rhine, Rhône and Moselle
- 21 days
- Start in Paris, finish in Monte Carlo
- Six countries
For those that are seeking something a little different, APT’s Rhine, Rhône and Moselle river cruise tour is a chance to relish in Europe’s rural charms. Paris provides a fitting start with dinner and a show at the famous Moulin Rouge. It only gets better as you make your way to Monte Carlo aboard APT's award winning luxury river ships.
Along with spectacular scenery, you’ll also get the chance to dock and explore everything from Dutch villages to stately castles. There is ample free time to spend as you see fit. Take advantage of your dedicated Cruise Director's advice, or customise your time to ensure you get the most out of these 21 days from Paris to Monte Carlo.
Viking Cruises: Danube Waltz
- 8 Days
- Start in Budapest, finish in Passau
- Four countries
Set adrift on the storied Danube River to make your way through four exotically beautiful European countries. The highlights of Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia will take front and centre as you cruise from one place to the next, heading inland to marvel at Baroque and Gothic architecture, ancient fortresses and cobblestone streets.
When you're not relishing in the comfort of your exclusive luxury accommodations, you'll be heading out to explore on foot with six guided tours included in your journey. Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and more provide a sweep of magical backdrops to this exciting luxury getaway.
For more information on the above, or any luxury European tours, contact our experts on 1300 038 785.