You may dream of windmills, fairytale castles, romantic ancient ruins and exotic food and think you could never afford the experience. Fortunately, there are several European river cruises that offer a variety of ports with reasonable prices.
With a cruise, you can make the most of your European vacation, traveling to several vastly different countries and having plenty of time to explore millennia-old cities. There are seven affordable European river cruises you should know about.
Viking River Cruises – Amsterdam to Budapest
This 15-day grand tour of Europe includes both windmills and castles. It includes three iconic rivers: the Rhine, the Main and the Danube that flow from Holland to the mysterious Budapest. Some of the adventures include a tour of a working windmill and a stop at Marksburg Castle, which is the only fortress on the Rhine that has never been destroyed.
For those who love movies, you can indulge your Sound of Music fantasy with food and wine from Austria’s Wachau Valley and learning the Viennese waltz. You will also travel through the Spessart region, home of the young woman serving as the inspiration of the story of Snow White.
If you want to extend your stay, there is an option of staying another three days in Prague in the Czech Republic.
There are 13 guided tours on this cruise. All meals are included, as well as a cocktail reception and dinner to welcome you aboard. Complimentary beer and wine are included with on-board lunches and dinners.
The cost of the trip starts at $4,899 per person.