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Cruising Along the Danube River
Cruise vacation is gaining more popularity nowadays; not only in ocean but also in great rivers such as the Danube that stretch along the European Union. There are many cruise lines offering Danube River cruises with different packages and facilities.
1. Avalon Waterways
Avalon Waterways offers 5 days long Danube River cruises. More extensive Danube River cruises add in the Black Sea and sail for 14 days. The line has a special offering called ‘Christmas time on the Danube’ cruises that last for 8, 9, 12 or 16 days. With these Danube River cruises, guests can experience the region’s holiday’s traditions. Guests of these Danube River cruises can enjoy visiting classic Christmas markets in cities including Nuremberg, Regensburg and Vienna as well as tasting traditional food such as warm spiced wine called Gluhwein and Lebkuchen, a classic German Christmas cookie.
Viking River Cruises offers a variety of Danube River cruises. The cruise line offers Danube River cruises that last for 8 to 16 days. The longer Danube River cruises include other European rivers. The Viking Danube ship accommodates up to 150 guests of Danube River cruises while the Viking Legend carries 189 guests. The later ship has 95 deluxe staterooms with either a French balcony or picture window. To make the most of your Danube River cruises, all of the ships have a sun deck that presents unbeatable views of the scenery.
3. Tauck Tours
Tauck Tours offers thorough and informative Danube River cruises on 3 riverboats, each holds only 118 guests. There is one Tauck tour director for every 40 guests of Danube River cruises, who manages the itinerary and keeps things running smoothly throughout the trip. A local tour guides is available at each stop to accompany the guests along the trip.
Experience the Yangtze River Cruise
The Yangtze River in China, which streams for almost 4,000 miles long to the East China Sea, offers magnificent combination of rare yet stunning views. The best way to experience everything lies across the river is by taking a Yangtze River cruise. Cruise lovers will definitely take pleasure in Yangtze River cruise as it has many popular places to visit. The most famous stops during Yangtze River cruise are in the river’s gorges which separately called the Wuxia Gorge, Xiling Gorge, and the Qutang Gorge.
As the Yangtze River cruise passes the Wuxia Gorge, visitors can see the legendary Twelve Peaks. This is the main reason people come to visit, especially by Yangtze River cruise. One of the town located here, Zigui, was home to poet Qu Yuan and famous lady Wang Zhaojun.
It is recommended to stop in the city of Baidichengas the Yangtze Rivercruise passes the Qutang Gorge. This historical place offers passengers of Yangtze River cruise numerous historical artifacts such as theArmourCave, Meng Liang’s Ladder, Rhinoceros Watching the Moon, and several others.
The biggest gorge visitors would likely to visit during the Yangtze River cruise is the Xiling Gorge which has two different sections, the west and the east. The west route of Yangtze River cruise takes passengers to visit Bull’s Liver and Horse’s Lung Gorge. The east route includes visiting the Yellow Cat Gorge and the Shadow Play Gorge.
Another stop during Yangtze River cruise will be in Fengdu or the Ghost City. This is the city where local people commemorate the deceased. Passengers of Yangtze River cruise will have an opportunity to board a gondola which takes them up to the top of the hill. Along the hill, passengers are amused by a line of breathtaking temples and statues.
Danube River Cruise with Viking Cruises
Danube River plays an important role in the history and culture of Europe remembering that it was the northern most boundary of Roman empire. To recall its vital role as a trade route at medieval times while enjoying holiday, Danube River cruise will be the perfect choice.Danube River cruise embraces the culturally unique and historically rich towns and cities along the river banks. That is why Danube River cruise is very popular among travelers and cruise goers.
Viking River Cruises is one of the companies offering a variety of Danube River cruise. The cruise line offers cruises that last for 8 to 16 days. The longer Danube River cruise includes other European rivers. The Viking ships are able to accommodate up to 189 guests. All of the ships have a sun deck that presents unbeatable views of the scenery. The following are two packages of Danube River cruise you can choose from.
In this 8-day Danube River cruise, you can witness the great cities and charming villages along the river. The Danube River cruise will take you to explore both sides of Hungary’s capital—the “Buda” and “Pest”. Sail along Vienna to enjoy the architecture and gracious culture, and visit Austria’s Wachau Valley. In Germany, you can enjoy a baroque cathedral and wander along cobbled streets.
This is also an 8-day Danube River cruise that will take you through four countries:Germany, Austria, Hungaryand Slovakia. With this Danube River cruise, you will enjoy Bratislava’s baroque and Gothic buildings and fountains. Admire the 900-year-old baroque Benedictine abbey at Melk, explore the cobblestone streets and charming town squares of Dürnstein, and sail through the stunning Wachau Valley,Austria. During this Danube River cruise, you will learn why Viennais referred to as “the waltz capital.”