The Rhine is one the of most iconic rivers in Europe – if not the world – so it is unsurprising that Rhine River Cruises are exceptionally popular among a good majority of holiday-makers.
Indeed, the whole purpose of a cruise holiday is to relax and see some of the worlds most beautiful and stunning sights and nowhere is this more possible than on a Rhine cruise and we will see why they have become so popular and attractive to a whole generation of cruise travelers.
The river itself is well over 1000km long and begins in the snowcapped Swiss Alps and flows through 8 countries before ending at the North Sea bordering the Netherlands. It is, however, symbolic of Germany and it is here that the longest stretch of the river can be found and it is also here that some of the visually enthralling sights can be seen through the narrow waterways and steep, receding cliffs.
In fact, it is because the Rhine itself has these narrow passage ways that most cruise ships will be smaller than what the average traveler believes a cruise ship to be; this, however, this is not criticism and it can be a positive thing as a smaller more personal holiday is often what most people expect especially when it comes to a cruise holiday.
Rhine Cruises benefit from a great deal of Cultural and Historical Excursions
What can you expect to see on a cruise down the Rhine and why should it be high on your choice of holiday destinations. Well, aside from the obvious natural beauty that encapsulates almost everyone that takes a trip to this part of the world, a Rhine cruise benefits from a great deal of cultural and historical excursions as well.
The ancient city of Speyer that is found right on the banks of the Rhine is also a popular tour and the Speyer Cathedral (that has recently been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site) is one attraction that is unmissable.
Perhaps the greatest attribute the river has in relation to its historical and cultural appeal is its sheer length; the Rhine travels through many cities including Basel, Strasbourg and Rotterdam amongst others so there will be no shortage of excursions to some of Europe’s most appealing and interesting sights and your tour operator is sure to have many of this trips already organized in advance.
Rhine Cruises are designed in a way to give you the best of both worlds, as it were, when it comes to a holiday aboard a cruise ship. Ultimately the goal of this type of holiday is to relax; with the first class service that is apparent on holiday of this nature and with some of the enthralling scenery and natural wonders that accompanies a trip along the Rhine then it is unsurprising that his route is immensely popular.
Add the fact that a whole selection of different cultural trips and excursions are available then with a cruise through the still waters of the river you will be getting both a relaxing and stimulating holiday.