Our expert team at TravelSmiths can offer you firsthand experience while planning your river cruise - and we can also get you access to exclusive offers! River cruising is an amazing experience because you can travel to the center of a region - see breathtaking cityscapes and countrysides, experience fascinating history and traditions with local guides, and enjoy luxurious accommodations and gourmet meals with an intimate group of under 150 travelers. River cruisers can choose from over 20 countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
A river cruise combines the convenience and luxury of an ocean cruise with the in-depth experience of a land tour. Many travelers enjoy the pace of a river cruise because you only have to unpack once, but you can see a lot of what a region has to offer. Enjoy amazing vistas of fabled landscapes punctuated with castles, vineyards, villages, forests, and historic sites while accessing all the amenities of a modern hotel - restaurants, bars, lounges, fitness facilities, spas, and comfortable accommodations.
Some river cruises stop in ports overnight and cruise during the day while others cruise at night and stop during the day. Both options allow travelers to enjoy dinner ashore and stroll into town. River cruises range in length from 3 - 30 days. If possible, book a year in advance and consider traveling during the slower seasons when crowds are thinner and airfares are more affordable.
Service: Because the ships are small, you will get to know the staff and crew - all of whom take pride in providing personal, gracious, and exceptional service. No request is too large, and no detail is too small!
Stateroom Amenities: Accommodations are comparable to what you would enjoy at the best luxury and boutique hotels, including comfortable beds with luxurious linens, flat-screen TVs with satellite, generous closets, a safe, individual thermostat controls, a telephone and hair dryer, and bottled water.
Cuisine: European-inspired cuisine is often inspired by the local dishes of the towns you are visiting. Breakfast and lunch are often served buffet-style, and dinner is generally a three-course meal with table service and complimentary beer and wine. Most meals are served in the on-board restaurant, a smaller lounge, or on the top deck but some will be at a venue in a port of call.
Activities and Entertainment: Depending on the itinerary, there may be local performers offering entertainment aboard the ship. When the ship is docked during the day, guests can enjoy strolling around the ports of call and while cruising, passengers can relax and enjoy the scenery.