Imagine visiting your favorite historic cites in Europe, now forget spending hours in a car or a train. Sounds good right? By choosing a river cruise you wont worry about the logistics of moving you from city to city, no train schedule, no road map, you simply relax, and watch the panorama glide slowly past.
These are small ships. Typically accommodating around 150 passengers, you wont get lost or be crowded.
Cabins feature balconies, and ample space to relax and enjoy watching the world go by. Fine dining is the norm, with food fresh from the local markets. The photo below is the S.S. Antoinette by Uniworld Cruises, built on 2011 she is 443 foot long and 37.5 foot wide, accommodating 156 guests. Her elegance is complemented by the Baccarat Crystal Chandelier that once dazzled in Tavern on the Green in N.Y.
Dock in the center of town. Step off your ship, step into downtown, no waiting in lines, or long vehicle rides. In many cases your shore excursions are included, led by English speaking guides. Want to be more active, some ships even have bicycles to loan, so you can pedal along the river, instead of cruise.
With so many rivers to choose from, and so many luxury lines to choose between it is impossible to make a bad choice.