• Which European River Cruise Should I Go On?

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    So you like the idea of a European river cruise — the freedom of seeing a range of cities and attractions has your interest peaked, but you can’t decide where exactly you’d best like to go. This is more than understandable when considering the diversity that is Europe. But fear not, here is a short-list of some of the best European river cruises for 2013 and 2014, and what makes them so special.

    Spring-time Tulips on the Rhine

    Tulips and a windmillTulips in the Netherlands

    The Rhine is famous for its elegant displays of flower culture, thanks to Dutch artistry and exhibitions. To experience this at its height, head to Keukenhof Gardens, for an unforgettable show of natural colour beautifully presented. Shake off those lingering winter blues by travelling through the Netherlands into Germany, where there is no end to the diversity ready to be discovered. Seek out the contrasting elements of this trip including, WW2 battlefields, Medieval churches and castles, and exquisite luxurious dining. This river cruise will really leave you spoilt for choice, as you travel the waterways in this most splendid season.

    Autumn Vineyard tours on the Douro

    The Douro ValleyVineyards on the banks of the Douro

    Located in the north of Portugal, this trip will allow you to explore all the meandering Douro river has to offer at your leisure. Make your way around the many vineyards, which serve world-class wine and allow you an insight into the production into your favourite tipples. After sampling all the delights of the local wineries, why not fit in a visit to one of the many palaces and cathedrals to see along the way. This river cruise is perfect for those who want to combine exploring the river and all its attractions, along with ample relaxation time. A definite must for all wine lovers and connoisseurs.

    Christmas markets in Vienna

    Christmas in ViennaRathaus, Vienna at Christmas time

    From mid-November Vienna’s many market squares are transformed into magical, enchanted Christmas markets. Stroll the streets and take in the aromas of freshly baked bread and festive punch. Hours of entertainment and interest is certainly guaranteed when Christmas descends upon Vienna. For a real special treat head to the Vienna Magic of Advent at Rathausplatz, which takes the form of a shining fairytale land. Here there are over one hundred and fifty stalls to capture your attention and help you find that special gift. This Danube river cruise is really like no other, in that you are essentially transported into another world—one of enchantment and delight.

    One thing for sure is that all European river cruises have a huge variety of things to offer, so why not spoil yourselves and experience more than one!

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    Nicola considers herself very lucky to have had the opportunity to visit a number of places around the world and these experiences usually involve searching for as many kinds of wildlife as possible. Recent highlights include penguins in Antarctica, bears and whales in Canada and Alaska and sea otters in California - but there are always more animals to search for.

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