Travel on Your Terms to Truly Experience Europe
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to see as much as possible when you venture abroad, but sometimes it can be tiring. River cruising is the perfect solution to solve the issue of exhaustive travel by providing a slower, more relaxing approach and offering experiences that can be completely customised to you, so every moment of your journey is in your hands.
Travelmarvel’s collection of 15-day European Gems river cruises makes travelling on your terms with tours tailored to create a more authentic European experience and take you into the heart and soul of each destination.
Imagine waking each day to a dreamy new destination
to explore where your toughest decision might be deciding what to do with your freedom. Along with the wonders of grand cities like Paris, Vienna and Budapest, your custom-designed, state-of-the-art river ship will deliver you to the heart of quaint towns and picturesque villages along the iconic Danube, Rhine and Main rivers
each and every day.
You will encounter a different Europe travelling by river, hidden gems that may have remained unknown to you. With less crowds but no less charm, these small but striking European towns often echo the essence their national culture. Dotted with medieval architecture, collections of local cuisines unique to the regions, and often looking like they’re pulled right from a folktale.
Destinations like the small German town Rothenburg allow you to slow down and explore at your own pace. Walk down Rothenburg’s ancient cobblestone lanes, past half-timbered houses and leisurely wander through the narrow alleyways of Old Quarter. You might choose to venture to the centuries-old Town Hall Tower to experience panoramic views over the town and the rolling German landscape stretching to the green hills of Tauber Valley further on. These are moments to treasure.
Your Day, Your Way
Do as little or as much as you like on your journey, with our itineraries the perfect balance of exploration and sightseeing while still having plenty of time to do your own thing. There’s no need for frantic days rushing from hot spot to hot spot when Travelmarvel can take you where you want to be with ease. On each cruise, you’ll have a range of specially curated experiences to choose from, designed to give you a more authentic and memorable taste of the treasures of Europe, and allow you to tailor your holiday in line with your tastes.
Unique sightseeing activities and unforgettable interactions with the local people are at your fingertips. From a glimpse into local life as you are welcomed into the home of a friendly Miltenberg family to taking a step back in time during a visit to the World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle, you’ll be spoilt for choice with Travelmarvel.
Room to Relax
After a day of exploring, retire to your spacious stateroom to kick your feet up on your lush bed or grab a drink and get lost in the stunning scenery drifting by outside your French balcony floor-to-ceiling windows. If you’re looking for that restorative sleep-in, shut the black-out blinds and dream until your heart’s content.
In the mood for a relaxing day? On board your contemporary river ship
, you can choose to soak up some sun on the Sun Deck, where you’ll be greeted with sublime European scenery drifting by, or enjoy the putting green or go for a dip in the whirlpool.
Meeting locals and discovering unique cultures is the best way to unearth the spirit of each destination. When stopping in the picturesque towns and cities along the European rivers, know that you are supporting the local communities while you are there.
Travelmarvel has long been committed to responsible tourism
, and partners with and supports local suppliers, from our guides and tour operators who call the destinations home to local musicians and culinary partners onshore and on board.
Make sure to ask your tour director for great tips on local merchants for delicious meals and treats or great homewares and gifts that you can treasure beyond your journey, all while contributing to the local way of life.
Travelmarvel’s expert guides
proudly show off their hometowns and places they love offering insider knowledge only a local can possess. Included in your cruise, our English-speaking guides are highly experienced and can offer everything from city secrets to top local tips.
You can choose to join guided explorations in many destinations on your itinerary. Bamberg offers a unique perspective of one of the few German cities to survive World War II, while a local expert can take you through the 16th-century gold-domed Melk Abbey. Access to local expertise allows you to gain a real and in-depth understanding of the places you’ll visit so you may return home with a better understanding of your explorations than ever before.
Allow Travelmarvel to help you travel on your terms on our 15-day European Gems river cruise to experience Europe at your own pace.