If you like river cruises, the Danube is one of the best choices you can make. The river is the second longest in Europe. It covers about 1,770 miles stretching from Germany to Ukraine. There are lots of sites to enjoy from Iconic cities to a number of UNESCO Heritage sites.
There are several river cruise itineraries that go through the Danube. The most common ones are between Passau in Germany and Budapest in Hungary. You can enjoy the scenic view along the river as you pass by tiny villages on the feet of lush green hills.
The Danube has many historical sites and landmarks along its banks. Some of the interesting ones include:
- The Hungarian Parliament Building: In Budapest, you will get to see the imposing Hungarian parliament built in Gothic Revival and Renaissance architectural styles. The building seems to emit a golden glow at night. Making it one of the breathtaking scenes on the banks of the Danube.
- Veste Oberhaus: located in Passau, Germany the Veste Oberhaus is a fortress built in 1219. It is located at the starting point of the trip. The facility has a museum and an open-air theater.
- Cesky Krumlov: A city located in the Czech Republic. It is known for its UNESCO listed castle from the 13th century and a garden and a theater from the 17th
Wine and Concerts
You can enjoy a wide range of foods from different parts of Europe. There are local markets along the river where you can sample traditional cuisine from Hungary and Austria. You will also be passing through Austria’s finest wine producing regions. There are lots of opportunities to sample some of the best white wines.
Vienna is the home of many classical music greats such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert. Travelers will get to see where these classical music symphonies were composed and listen to live performances.
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It’s not quite the same as Christmas in July, but you can give yourself the gift of peace of mind by booking your festive season travel now. If you have a specific resort or destination in mind, you might be surprised to find how tight space is already for the period around Christmas and New Year’s. You can’t exactly go on vacation and leave a couple of your kids behind because you couldn’t get another room. So do yourself a favor and start planning as soon as possible.
People who stayed at resorts over the festive season last winter got first dibs on booking that space for the upcoming season. Perhaps they had such a good time, they invited more of their family members to join them this year and have already had their rooms secured for months. If the winters are cold in your neck of the woods, you can rest assured that your neighbors will be flocking in droves to sunny resorts in Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
If your crew still can’t get its act together for a few months, your travel advisor will be up to date on which resorts have last-minute space. But don’t leave things up to chance! You’ll be much happier and less stressed if you take the initiative now. If you’re waiting until the weather turns, you could find yourself left out in the cold.
If you’re out of luck on land or prefer hitting the high seas, a cruise could be your answer. Again, though, you need to act quickly, especially if you’re bringing the whole family and need multiple cabins. Virtuoso-preferred partners offer some great itineraries to celebrate in style.
If all else fails, think outside the box. There’s a whole other hemisphere where it’s warm when we’re cold. South America, Southern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, they all have nice weather as one year turns into the next.
It’s not especially warm in Europe’s heartland, though the jet stream does keep things milder than many parts of the U.S., but a river cruise can let you catch the end of the beautiful Christmas markets along the Rhine and Danube. If you haven’t seen a European Christmas market before, they are a sight to behold. Plus, there’s plenty of mulled wine to help you keep warm, there are great Christmas dinners served on the river and you can ring in the new year a few hours ahead of your friends.
No matter what you end up picking, don’t wait until it’s too late and you no longer have your choice of options. There will be plenty of scrambling trying to track down those last-minute gifts. Getting started with your holiday travel plans now could end up as the best gift you and family receive.