5/01/2017

Every Traveler's Dream: European River Cruising

Few journeys are more endearing than traveling on Europe’s rivers. Embarking on a one-of-a-kind European river cruise allows travelers to step-off into the heart of great European cities, with ease, grace and anticipation.  Every traveler’s dream is to be up-close and personal to iconic landmarks, flower-laden villages, and picturesque hamlets. With European river cruising you will experience vistas and sights that some only glimpse on postcards.
photo credits Flickr
 Pont de Pierre  - Bordeaux, France - Garonne River
Seventeen magnificent arches - one arch for every letter in Napoléon Bonaparte. Connecting the left and right banks of the Garonne River, commissioned by Napoléon and inaugurated in 1822, the first bridge ever built in Bordeaux.
J. Christina@ Scribbles and Smiles, has followed this traveler’s dream now for more than a decade. “With cruises down the plentiful and enchanting rivers of Europe, including her most recent along Bordeaux’s alluring Garonne and Dordogne and the not-to-be missed, gleaming waters of Portugal’s Douro River.”  Where she indulged in the sip, sample, and stroll among some of the world’s greatest vineyards and river destinations.


Pinhão is the best kept secret in Portugal - Douro River Valley Wine Region
Readers travel vicariously with J. Christina, through images and personal travel journals at Scribbles and Smiles, Instagram and Facebook.  After the launch of Uniworld’s Joie de Vivre, comments and questions flooded in about European river cruising with questions such as:

“Is European river cruising all that”?   Simply put – yes!   And brilliantly put, “It is an elegant way of travel, on-board a boutique designed river ship that cruises on the European waterways and rivers - where you are immersed and indulged in the local culture, surrounded by original art, and visit historical UNESCO sites; while dining on locally sourced ingredients for gourmet meals, and take respite in luxury hotel-style accommodations”.
Gleaming waters of Douro River Valley Wine Region - Portugal
 luxury hotel accommodations on-board
J. Christina has traveled on the “greats”; the delightful Danube, Rhine, Rhône and the ever-romantic Seine, just to name a few.   From drifting along the blue Danube to stops in the Imperials Capitals, tasting the terroir of Côtes du Rhône, tracing the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh; and cruising from Paris to beautiful Giverny  –  Monet’s most cherished home.   “And who doesn’t enjoy gliding down the romantic Seine in the City of Light?”

La Conciergerie is located on l'Île de la Cité, not far from Notre-Dame Cathedral - along the Seine River
Many inclusive tours range the gamut from romantic and stunning to awe-inspiring and humbling.  One of the great aspects of joining a European river cruise is the variety of excursions and options that are inclusive. For instance, some escorted land tours are unique to river cruisers who offer private in-home lunches in Croatia; a once war-torn country, accompanied by the opportunity to hear their history and stories of survival during the Homeland Wars of the 1990’s. 
Remnants of Homeland War - 1990's - Croatia
On the other hand, biking through the vineyard-laced Médoc wine region or hiking to the tippy-top of the Citadel of Blaye or a fairy-tale castle is a magical experience.

Bordeaux Vineyards- Renowned Wine Region

Atop the Citadel of Blaye     photo credits T. Sonnontine
One thing is for sure---you will create, capture and record countless photogenic, shareable, Instagrammable moments to last a lifetime.

Porto, Portugal - Porto - Rio Douro

Yes, European river cruising is all that… and more!

Christina (Christie), a Midwestern girl, and her husband John created J Christina to share their travel experiences with a worldwide travel community.  Scribbles and Smiles by J. Christina is a  means for others to travel vicariously through blog posts, Instagram and Facebook. J.Christina  has contributed to Bonjour Paris, FRANCE Magazine, and The Good Life France.

*River Cruising with Uniworld

2 comments:

  1. I would definitely LOVE to do a River Cruise, most certainly in France. I just love the idea, and have done a reasonable amount of ocean cruising in my lifetime. Yes, please! XX

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    1. Thank you for visiting S & S. You would enjoy European river cruising. I will leaving soon for another, plus more independent touring Switzerland & some stops in France. Merci.

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