Sailing by river means enjoying all the conveniences of a traditional cruise, along with all the benefits of inland travel. Visiting bustling cities and hidden gem villages, only unpacking once. Once onboard you’ll be immersed in the local sights, with ever changing views right outside your window. There are so many experience to be had when cruising the rivers of Europe. Here are GrownUps Holidays top three river cruises not to be missed, courtesy of their travel partner Uniworld.
Portugal, Spain & the Douro Valley
An extraordinary journey designed for culturally curious travellers. Following the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain, you’ll cruise past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards. Dine on traditional fare in majestic Coimbra, the birthplace of six Portuguese kings; enjoy private tastings of Port; and explore Porto’s historic Ribeira district, home to iconic rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene. Wind your way through the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, heading ashore to visit charming quintas and meet the winemakers who operate them. In Salamanca, Spain, you’ll see the city’s famous university, before returning to Portugal with a visit to the fortified village of Castelo Rodrigo and historic Guimarães.
EXPERIENCE IT: GrownUps Holidays travel partner Uniworld offer a 11-day Portugal, Spain & the Douro Valley Luxury River Cruise.
Castles Along the Rhine
Cruise along the Rhine—Germany on one side, France on the other. Discover Alsace, whose dual French and German heritage has given it fabulous food and a winemaking tradition that goes back to the Romans. Marvel at castles that were once mighty fortresses and get an insider’s look at one of the only castles on the Rhine that has never been destroyed, Marksburg Castle. Visit historic cities, including ancient Cologne and picturesque Strasbourg; stroll through the fairy-tale town of Rüdesheim; and taste delightful white wines in the villages where the grapes are grown. Beethoven and Byron loved the romantic landscapes of the Rhine River, and the beauty that inspired them is still yours to experience.
EXPERIENCE IT: GrownUps Holidays travel partner Uniworld offer a 8-day Castles Along the Rhine Luxury River Cruise.
Burgundy & Provence
Cruise the Rhône and Saône rivers, enjoying the region’s incomparable wine and cuisine and discovering its many treasures—from the medieval wonders of UNESCO-designated Avignon to Lyon’s lively river banks. Stroll the very streets of Arles made famous by Van Gogh. Visit Avignon’s majestic Palace of the Popes. Experience “Village Day” in enchanting Viviers, including a recital of music composed by Bach and Handel. And for those who wish for a more active exploration of the area, you can kayak on the tranquil Gardon River under the UNESCO-designated Pont du Gard; hike the steepest vineyards on the Rhône; and pedal through the city designed with bike riders in mind while in Lyon. Explore unforgettable “Burgundy & Provence” where tradition is as deeply rooted as the historic grapevines on the hills.
For more information on the Uniworld, please contact GrownUps Holidays on 0800 842 685.