The only thing more stunning than going aboard one of these vessels is stepping off. A unique range of activities comes with each European river cruise. History aficionados, adventure-seekers, and people merely trying to learn about new cultures will all find something to do. You will get boundless insights into Europeâ€™s lively cultural centers, its historic treasures as well as its beautiful landscapes. These luxury vessels are the perfect size to maneuver into the smaller harbors and ports closest to the most notable attractions and town centers. France offers many diverse regions recognized throughout the world, and a river cruise will allow you to experience them. Everyone finds something to enjoy in France: food and wine aficionados will delight in the delicacies in Lyon and Bordeaux, history buffs will be fascinated by the sights in Normandy, and absolutely everyone will appreciate the scenic beauty of Provence and Paris. The farms and forests of Aquitaine, once one of the most powerful places in Europe, are as breathtaking as its famous wine region and picturesque ports. Hunt for truffles near PÃ©rigord and create your own individual blend of Cognac at the Camus distillery. Some of the best oysters in the world come from Arcachon in the southwest region of France. In Bordeaux, donâ€™t forget the delightfully sweet wine crafted in Sauternes, or the famous reds of the MÃ©doc and Saint-Ã‰milion. Whichever river you prefer for your trip through France â€“ the Gironde, Seine, RhÃ´ne, or Dordogne -- the countryâ€™s intriguing history, beautiful art, and delicious food culture will delight. Cruises on the Elbe River travel through Germany and the Czech Republic on a route lined by ancient fortifications and medieval villages. The Mosel River, known as the Moselle in France, flows through the German area mostly known for its Riesling wines. The Danube River carries travelers through Central Europe to cities such as Vienna, where you can learn how to waltz, or Budapest, where you can de-stress in the typical thermal baths known as banyas. Austro-Hungarian cuisine will delight food lovers, while those that like to explore places that do not see as many travelers can go to one of the many charming smaller cities like Passau or Bratislava. Traverse the waterways of Russia and discover for yourself the classic Russian architecture in Moscowâ€™s Red Square along with the domes of St. Basilâ€™s Cathedral. Russiaâ€™s Hermitage Museum is the second largest sized museum in the world, and the structure itself is also breathtaking and awe-inspiring. The magnificent Peterhof Palace will take your breath away, while the Soviet-era kommunalka will give you fascinating insight into the everyday lives of the multiple families who lived there together commune-style. Russia has some delicious culinary specialties which you will need to try out when you are there: borscht, pirog, solyanka, blini pancakes, and perhaps the most celebrated, caviar. The chronicle of the Dnieper River was heavily impacted by Ottoman, Mongol, Greek, Cossack, Tatar, Jewish, and Russian forces. From Odessa to Kiev you will witness monuments still left from the regionâ€™s Soviet era, medieval monestaries and churches, and enthralling museums, and you can take in performances of traditional dance and music. The Douro River in Portugal will take you to the spectacular wandering capital city of Lisbon, where you can step back in time in the cityâ€™s old town or visit the newer areas filled with vibrant cafes, bars, restaurants, and art galleries. Take in a show of traditional fado singing, then over dinner have the local culinary delights and delicious wines, including the regionâ€™s famous Port. A designated UNESCO site, the Douro River Valley was also the first demarcated wine appellation in Europe and the world. Experience the gorgeous Nordic region by sea, then move on the the famed river Rhine. Get started in historic Bergen, a city with deep Viking roots, and set off for Norwayâ€™s breathtaking fjord landscapes, cruising to scenic FlÃ¥m, cosmopolitan Stavanger, history-rich Kristiansand and dynamic Oslo. Art enthusiasts will want to stop in Denmarkâ€™s coastal town of Skagen, once summer home to the legendary group of Scandinavian artists known as the Skagen Painters, as well as Amsterdam to view the many masterpieces there, before heading to Kinderdijk to see the charming windmills of Holland. Admire Cologneâ€™s famed cathedral and tour Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. The scenic Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is well worth a visit with its enormous cathedrals, immense fortresses, ancient villages, and rich history. Travel through the famous Black Forest in Germany, stop in Franceâ€™s Strasbourg with its spectacular Gothic cathedral, then on to Basel, Switzerland with its enchanting medieval old town. Being onboard is exciting and engaging, and your excursions should be the same. Dive right into the distinct aspects of each fascinating place along the way. Every cruise ship is developed to be its own unique creation, just as each destination along the way is a unique and one-of-a-kind place.