The MS Seine Princess cruising between Paris and Honfleur

River Cruising & Holiday Packages

Escape the urban hustle to a world of serene rivers and charming towns. Picture gliding along historic waterways, with every bend having a unique story to tell. River cruising offers a unique perspective of a destination. Aboard a majestic vessel like the A-ROSA VIVA that meanders along the Seine River, indulge in complete luxury while soaking up history and culture.

River Cruising: Cultural Discovery Wrapped in Luxury

Entire Travel Group invites you to the world of cruising where you can wake up to misty castles and savour fresh pastries and local fare while passing villages and ruins. Our cruises cater to every traveller. Explore hidden treasures on shore excursions, sip tea on sun-drenched decks, and retire to your elegant suite with river views. From dedicated concierges to exclusive local experiences, we ensure your river cruise exceeds your expectations.

Trade ordinary travel for extraordinary experiences. Let Entire Travel Group take you on a unique journey. Explore our river cruising packages today!

Popular River Cruise Destinations

Rivers have been crucial lifelines for the world’s greatest civilizations. That said, river cruising offers a unique gateway to the heart of the destination you’re visiting. It’s a historical and cultural exploration like no other, all wrapped in the classic elegance of a cruise ship.

As you plan your next adventure, consider these remarkable destinations:

  • Seine River, France: Experience the charm of France on the Seine, showcasing Paris’s landmarks, Normandy’s history, and idyllic villages with impressionist roots.
  • Danube River, Europe: Traverse Europe's heart on the Danube, a journey through cultural richness, from Budapest's and Vienna’s architectural wonders to vineyards and mediaeval towns.
  • Rhine River, Europe: Sail through Europe's core on the Rhine and witness castles, vineyards, and the Black Forest. The mix of historical grandeur and natural splendour is a sight to behold.
  • Nile River, Northeastern Africa: Journey through ancient Egypt's timeless wonders, from the towering pyramids of Giza to the sun-drenched temple complex of Luxor and the vast ruins of Karnak.

Amenities and Services

While a river cruise holiday unfolds at a leisurely pace, there is never a dull moment on board thanks to the wide array of amenities and concierge-style services guests enjoy, such as:

  • Intimate and Immersive Travel: With limited passenger capacity, these cruises provide an exclusive atmosphere and closer access to cultural landmarks due to their ability to navigate narrower waterways.
  • Scenic Beauty: Travellers enjoy stunning views of diverse landscapes and historic cities from the comfort of the cruise ship.
  • Personalised Service: Known for exceptional service, these cruises cater to individual preferences, including dietary needs and excursion options.
  • Gourmet Dining: Featuring exquisite cuisine prepared by expert chefs using fresh, local ingredients, and the option of specialty dining.
  • Cultural Enrichment: Expert-led excursions offer deep insights into local history, culture, and traditions, including exclusive access to sites and performances.
  • Onboard Comfort and Entertainment: The ships are equipped with lavish staterooms, spas, fitness centres, lounges, and sun decks.
  • Flexible Itineraries: Extended port stays and leisurely-paced itineraries allow for thorough exploration and engagement in activities.

River Cruising vs. Ocean Cruising

Choosing between a river cruise and an ocean cruise is like deciding between a cosy countryside retreat and a grand adventure on the open seas. Both offer distinct experiences, so understanding their differences can help you find the perfect fit for your travel dreams.

River cruises typically feature smaller ships, carrying around 200 passengers, creating a more intimate and social atmosphere. These cruises are known for their port-intensive itineraries, allowing you to explore a new destination each day with culturally focused excursions such as walking tours and bicycle rides. Moreover, accommodations and dining options are designed to enhance the immersive experience, with smaller cabins offering panoramic views and a focus on local cuisine in one or two dining venues.

In contrast, ocean cruises feature larger ships that can accommodate thousands of passengers and offer a wide range of amenities and entertainment options. Their itineraries are diverse, often including major cities and tourist destinations with more days at sea to enjoy the onboard amenities. Entertainment on these cruises is extensive, with options like Broadway-style shows, casinos, and various activities. The shore excursions are also varied and may include bus tours or overnight city stays.

Your choice comes down to what speaks to your style and preferences. River cruising offers intimate, culture-rich experiences, while ocean cruising provides a broader range of amenities and entertainment.

River Cruising Tips & Advice

Below are some tips for a successful river cruise experience:

  • Research: Choose the right cruise line and itinerary that match your interests.
  • Pack Smart: Bring versatile clothing and essentials like comfortable shoes, a light jacket, and adaptors for electronics.
  • Plan for Excursions: Review and book excursions in advance; remember many are included in your cruise fare.
  • Prepare Documents: Ensure passport validity and check for visa requirements.
  • Understand Onboard Dynamics: Be ready for a more intimate setting with fewer entertainment options but rich cultural activities.
  • Stay Flexible: Itineraries might change due to river conditions, so adaptability enhances the experience.

FAQs about River Cruising

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Are river cruises suitable for families with children?

While river cruises tend to cater more to adults, some lines offer family-friendly cruises, especially during holiday seasons. However, facilities for children are more limited compared to ocean cruises.

What activities and amenities are available on a river cruise ship?

River cruise holidays often include cultural enrichment programs, local entertainment, dining options focusing on regional cuisine, small fitness areas, and sometimes pools or spas.

What are the best river cruise destinations in Europe?

Popular destinations include the Danube, Rhine, Seine, and Douro rivers, each offering unique cultural and scenic experiences through various European countries.

What are the dining options like on a river cruise?

Dining typically includes buffet-style meals with regional specialties. Some river cruise ships also offer one or two alternative dining venues or special culinary events.

What are the most scenic routes for river cruising?

The Rhine Gorge in Germany, the Wachau Valley along the Danube, and the Douro River Valley in Portugal are renowned for their stunning landscapes.

What should I pack for a river cruise holiday?

Pack versatile clothing suitable for layering, comfortable walking shoes, a light jacket for cooler evenings, and potentially a formal outfit for special dinners. Also, remember adaptors for electronics.

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