The Rivers Rhine and the Danube are the heart of ancient European trade routes.
Winding through dramatic landscapes, the river banks of the Rhine and Danube have been the scene of man a battle in the past. Now a place of tranquility, the rivers banks are speckled with lush forest, extravagant castles sitting high atop the hills, world renowned vineyards, and quaint European villages. Step aboard a luxury river cruise to explore the breath-taking views that just can’t be seen from land.
Your starting port is none other than the magnificent city of Amsterdam, the largest city in the Netherlands. A city rich in history and culture. Immerse yourself in the spectacular beauty of the city. Get a taste of life aboard the ship by taking a cruise along the famous canals.
Soon you will see just how differently the world around you becomes when looking from a new perspective.
The Rhine River
As the second longest river in central and western Europe, the Rhine emerges from Lake Constance, in Northern Switzerland, at the borders of Austria and Germany. As is travels it roughly guiding the Swiss-Austrian, Swiss-Liechtenstein, Swiss-German and then the Franco-German borders. Flowing all the way to the delta of The Netherlands.
The Rhine is a historically significant waterway forming an invaluable trade route from the port of Amsterdam, which connects Western Europe to the Americas, all the way to Switzerland.
On the journey from Amsterdam to Budapest, you will see the glory of the of the lower Rhine. Traversing from the section Amsterdam to Cologne, Germany, you will pass quaint towns like Arnhem, seeing just how ingenious the Dutch truly were. Passing through on a large luxury ship gives you a whole new perspective of the Dutch engineering feat; turning a sea into canal speckled land. Long before the technology of today.
You will see the river widen and the landscape change as you make your way to Germany. Cruising along the Rhine, it is not long until your eyes will fall upon the first castle. Perched atop the lush green forest hill overlooking the city of Bonn. Below, the sits one of Germany’s oldest cities and birthplace of Beethoven.
Travelling in luxury, aboard one of Savvy Sailor’s trusted tour providers, you won’t have to worry about a thing. Simply relax and watch the beauty unfold before your eyes as you start to enter the river Danube.
The Danube River
The Danube is one of Europe’s largest river systems. With its basin spanning more than nine countries alone. Along the journey from the black sea to Germany, the river passes the by Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine.
The section of the Danube that runs from Germany to Budapest is one of the most romantic. The scenery is utterly breathtaking, with so many sights and natural wonders. The view from the river is unlike any other.
At the very starting point of the cruise along the Danube, at the canal which joins the Rhine and the Danube is the medieval city of Nuremberg. Before long you will be cursing into the city of Passau, or the city of three rivers, where the Danube meets the Inn and the Ilz. Rich with history, you will see a special side to this city’s magnificent beauty as you pass by in luxury.
Cruising by the dramatic landscape you will find hidden quaint villages sporadically dotting the river banks. Untouched and often rarely accessed from land they seem to be standing still in time.
Before you know it, you will have made it to the famous city of Vienna, Austria. The grand historic and beautiful preserved buildings that line the river will appear even more opulent than your mind’s eye could have imagined as you look out towards them from the deck.
Passing through Austria, you will be astounded by the stunning natural beauty of the scenery. The mountains standing even taller and greener, the water even bluer and clearer, than any image, or movie you have seen, as you look out across the river.
Slowly Austria drifts by, as you make your way into Hungry. Gone is the small river way of the lower Rhine, you have become just a speck travelling along the now vast Danube river. Before long you will be settling your eyes onto the extravagant and imposing Budapest parliament building.
Travelling in luxury comfort along the historic and magnificent river ways of Europe will give you a perspective like no other. See the grandeur of the landscape, get a glimpse of ancient villages, and see it all from the comfort of your favourite spot on the deck of a luxury ship. River cruises with Savvy Sailor are a slice of paradise, a holiday with peace of mind, where all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the view.