Europe River Cruising
- Currency - the euro is the official currency of many European countries, but depending on your cruise itinerary you may need to use other currencies in countries such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway and the United Kingdom.
- Population - Europe is the world's third most populous continent, with 733 million people living in 50 countries and sovereign states. The countries with the highest populations include Germany (81 million), France (65 million) and the United Kingdom (62 million), with 110 million people living in the European side of Russia.
- Language - refreshing your foreign languages could be handy when dealing with local businesses, but during cruise activities you will be accompanied by a guide and interpreter. English is widely spoken as a second language in many countries, especially in major tourism destinations.
- Time Zone - the European mainland spans four time zones, from UTC+0 in Portugal, Ireland and the UK to UTC+4 in Moscow. There may be a time difference when crossing borders, such as when travelling between Central and Eastern Europe.
- Weather - most of Europe has a combined continental and oceanic climate with 4 distinct seasons, while the seasons in southerly regions tend to be categorised as wet and dry.
Did you know..?
The longest river in Europe is the Volga, which travels 3,692 kilometres through Russia from the Valdai Hills to the Caspian Sea. The second longest is the Danube at 2,860 kilometres, which passes through a total of 9 countries.
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- Bordeaux - combine a River Seine tour of Paris with an excursion through the romantic Bordeaux countryside. Float along the Garonne and Dordogne passing medieval towns and vineyards and stopping off to sample local wines and brandy in Cognac, on the way to the beaches of Arcachon on the Atlantic Coast.
- Netherlands - explore the cultural treasures of Amsterdam by canal boat before moving on to the Hague and other destinations in the Netherlands and Belgium. Art lovers will find some of the world’s best art history museums in the country that produced such notable figures as Vincent Van Gogh and Hieronymus Bosch.
- Russia - travel between the great cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg on a Volga cruise, taking in famous landmarks including the Kremlin and Red Square, Catherine Palace and the State Hermitage Museum. Cruises also explore the historic sights of the Golden Ring.
- Italy - canal cruising is mandatory in the ‘floating city’ of Venice, and you can explore more of Northern Italy's romantic and cultural charms with a cruise along the River Po to Mantua, Bologna and Verona. Many itineraries combine cruises with overland tours to other significant sites including Florence and Rome to see historic sites and Renaissance art.