Cruising through History with Viking Cruises

Posted October 13th, 2014

Europe - the birthplace of Western civilisation - is known for its influence on the arts, culture, economics and social movements worldwide, and it is this history that draws millions of travellers to the continent each year. And whether or not you love history, are only mildly interested or just have no clue what those historians are going on about, a European river cruise with Viking Cruises makes this history accessible and lays it out before your eyes with Roman ruins, magnificent monasteries, hallowed universities, rural villages, sophisticated cities and collage of food and music.

The waterways of Europe await you...

Need a refresher on your European history? Here is a quick recap...

The origins of Western democratic society are often attributed to Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire also left its mark on law, language and government. After the decline of the Roman Empire came the "Dark Ages", during which time isolated communities compiled and safeguarded the written knowledge of the ages. Then came the Age of Discovery, a time of exploration, invention and scientific development which had its roots in Italy but involved many European countries.

With the Renaissance, ideas of democracy surfaced again, leading to vast upheavals across Europe. The industrial revolution started in Great Britain in the late 18th century, facilitating a move away from agriculture and much greater general prosperity. And of course, the 20th century brought two World Wars, the division of Europe by the Iron Curtain and its subsequent reunification, and the formation of the European Union.

This can be a lot to take in - especially on one holiday. But on a Viking river cruise, your eyes will be opened beyond the picturesque landscapes, lush vineyards and hilltop castles as you cruise the rivers that have flowed through, and shaped Europe, over history. A European river cruise is simply the best way to see the Continent in depth and witness this history first hand.

Viking Embla cruising the Rhine

You will be able to discover the history behind the two sides of Budapest, explore Vienna's imperial architecture, take a tour of the 900-year-old baroque Benedictine abbey at Melk or explore the cobbled streets of Rothenburg. On a Legends of the Rhine cruise, you can cruise through the Middle Rhine Valley, lined with medieval castles; marvel at Cologne’s Gothic cathedral and the Golden Age city of Amsterdam; and visit key World War II sites.

On an Elegant Elbe cruise you will witness the opulence of Saxon monarchs as you stroll through their palaces and gardens, and a Bucharest, Istanbul and the Black Sea cruise, trace the route of the ancient Vikings and witness the history that shaped Bulgarian and Romanian shores.

Each and every itinerary will off you an authentic European experience on land and by river so that you can witness the imprint of history on each destination. And with waterways covering the entire continent, from the North Sea through the heart of Europe to the Black Sea, your options are endless and varied. Whichever part of Europe's history you are interested in, there is a Viking cruise itinerary for you.

For details on the itinerary of you dreams, call one of our Cruising Specialists on 1300 954 661 today. Your dream cruise will soon become a reality, and history will be waiting at your fingertips, ready to be explored.

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