- A river tour can be a convenient way to see diverse landscapes in Europe.Jeremy Woodhouse/Photodisc/Getty Images
The grand rivers of Europe can transport travelers through the heart of the continent's oldest cities. Several tour operators offer packages that include riverboat transportation, meals and hotels to guests. River trips in Europe allow travelers a rarely seen glimpse at the historical and geographical symmetry that connects Europe's diverse landscape and fusion of cultural traditions.
- Viking River Cruises offers an eight day riverboat trip that transports guests from Budapest, Hungary to Nuremberg, Germany on the waters of the Danube River. The trip is inclusive of a panoramic tour of historic Budapest, including sites like the National Opera House, Parliament Building and Chain Bridge. The boat also travels past the castle of Visegrád and the basilica of Esztergom. A half day city tour of Vienna is also included. In addition to stops in historic Regensburgh and Nuremberg, the ferryboat also coasts past the dramatic scenery of the Daubue Gorge, home to 400 foot stone cliffs. The Viking Danube features an on-board lending library, sun deck swimming pool and free ship-wide wireless Internet.
- The second-longest river in France is the Seine River, which spans over 400 miles from Burgandy in the country's northwest region through Paris. Avalon Waterways Seine River Cruise encounters over 30 historic bridges during its trip from Burgandy to the English Channel at Le Havre. The journey features guided sightseeing tours of the French cities of Paris, Rouen, Lyon and Avignon among others. An excursion to the battleground on the beaches of Normandy is also included. The ship features four-course dinners every night of the trip in addition to a full breakfast buffet every morning. A fitness center is also located on board.
- The Uniworld Botique River Cruise line offers a nine day cruise on France's Saône River which travels from the city of Areles to Lyon in south-central part of the country. The cruise floats pasts regions of the French countryside that have been immortalized for influencing the paintings of artists like Cezanne and Van Gogh. The cruise includes a walking tour of Arles, the city Van Gogh long called home. Other stops include the open-air food market in Beaune and Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière in Lyon. The fleet has been lauded by Travel & Leisure magazine as one of the World's Top 10 Small Cruise Lines. On board staterooms feature balconies and flat-screen televisions.