Sometimes for our holidays we want to see lots of new places, take in new sights, meet likeminded people and still have plenty of time for relaxation…which can seem a lot to ask.
If you want to avoid the stress of travelling from one destination to another whilst trying to include lots of activities into an itinerary, then a river cruise may be the perfect solution.
Check out the advantages and our reasons for going on a river cruise for your next holiday below.
Before we start the team at Donegal Daily are pleased to share with readers that we’ve partnered with Travel Department this Black Friday period to offer an exclusive discount voucher off Travel Department’s range of River Cruise holidays. Discover fascinating history, new cultures and breath-taking landscapes which include return flights, guided transfers, and full board accommodation aboard the ship. Donegal Daily readers are getting a Black Friday exclusive of €50 off any Travel Department River Cruise holiday of 7 nights or more departing between January and June 2022 using VP-DON50 when booking between Sunday 14th – Monday 29th November. More information here. This offer is EXCLUSIVE to Donegal Daily readers. If you have any questions after reading the below, or would simply like to learn more about your options, why not give one of their brilliant team a call on 01 637 1698
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Your holiday is a very special time, and Travel Department craft the itineraries to make sure that you get the most enjoyment. The world is continuously changing, and they have been adapting to make sure that they deliver the best experience for you. Their priority is to bring you a wonderful experience safely. So, when you book with Travel Department, you can do so in the knowledge they’ll look after you every step of the way. More information can be found here and should you have any questions about a country’s travel requirements, these can be found here.
A river cruise holiday is a fantastic way to visit multiple destinations, get a taste of some of the world’s beautiful cities and tick off some of those items off your dream travel list… all while avoiding the stress of organising a comprehensive itinerary yourself.
Here are our excellent reasons why you should consider a River Cruise…
1. Less time spent repacking
If you were travelling overland from city to city, you would constantly need to repack your bags, haul your baggage, check in and then check out of a new hotel at each destination. The beauty of river cruise ships is they are essentially floating boutique hotels. You only need to unpack once, so you can get comfortable, whilst travelling from one fascinating destination to another and settle in your cabin for the rest of your trip.
2. Cruise iconic waterways
Discover the highlights of Europe, sail along the Danube, Rhine or Douro. Take a Classical Danube River Cruise, sail along the Rhine with Lueftner Cruises or discover the Douro River Cruise. You can also experience a river cruise in some worldwide destinations, such as Egypt, where you can cruise down the Nile and visit all the ancient sites or take the Yangtze Cruise in China if you fancy going even further afield.
3. Wake up to a different view
The beauty of a River Cruise is that the ships are much smaller than ocean cruise liners, which allows them to navigate through smaller waterways, meaning you can experience many adventures along the way and dock in the very heart of cities or towns.
4. Guided city tours
Every day will be an exciting experience in a new destination. Depending on your tour, you can enjoy guided city tours in Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava on our Danube river cruises or you can explore Cologne, Heidelberg and Strasbourg on our Rhine river cruises.
5. Optional excursions
Depending on your river cruise itinerary there will be plenty of optional excursions at each point of port of call, from experiencing a classical music concert in Vienna and hearing the works of Mozart to wine tasting in Cochem. Or, if you prefer, you can stay on-board the ship to relax or even explore more locally of wherever you’re docked that day independently; your local guide or tour leader will be happy to give some top tips or suggestions.
6. It’s relaxing
Each ship offers a range of fantastic facilities, you can relax on the sundeck whilst taking in the scenery, have a drink in the bar, enjoy a delicious, themed dinner prepared specially by the onboard chef and even experience live music with a well-deserved wine or Gin & Tonic. As it’s much smaller than an ocean cruise liner, you’ll have more of a chance to get to know your fellow like-minded passengers and the crew members in a more laid-back setting. Also, unlike some ocean cruises where the seas can get rough, river cruises offer a smoother sailing journey, so there’s a much less chance of travel sickness.
7. It’s stress free
It’s all taken care of, as Travel Department’s River Cruise holidays include return flights, guided transfers, and full board accommodation aboard your vessels; allowing you more time to experience the sights, relax and enjoy your river cruise escape.
About Travel Department
Travel Department is Ireland’s leading escorted tour operators with over 25 years’ experience of crafting beautifully curated, inspirational itineraries to worldwide destinations, all accompanied by expert local guides. They offer a wide range of guided group holidays from City Breaks to Solo Travel to active and adventure holidays (including Walking, Yoga and Photography holidays) with their sister brand, TD active Holidays.
Travel Department’s escorted holidays typically include flights, accommodation, transfers and guided tours. They carefully plan your trip, so you experience the best holiday highlights accompanied by a friendly local guide. With Travel Department you see more!
Finally, don’t forget that Donegal Daily readers are getting a Black Friday exclusive of €50 off any Travel Department River Cruise holiday of 7 nights or more departing between January and June 2022 using VP-DON50 when booking between Sunday 14th – Monday 29th November. More information here. This offer is EXCLUSIVE to Donegal Daily readers. If you have any questions, or would simply like to learn more about your options, why not give one of their brilliant team a call on 01 637 1698