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River Cruise – 10 Destinations You Can Visit

Have you ever heard the saying, ocean cruises take you around a country, and river cruises take you through it?  There’s nothing wrong with seeing the port cities of the world, in fact, I highly recommend it.  But for a more in-depth look at a country and how its people live, you’ll want to sail on a river cruise.  Enjoy these 10 destinations you may not have known you wanted to visit but will be happy you did. Promise!

1 Rousse, BulgariaRousse, Bulgaria highlights

Nicknamed ‘Little Vienna,’ Rousse is a picturesque destination with historic 19th-century architecture, lush gardens, and serene parks. Delve into Bulgarian culture through a visit to nearby Veliko Tarnovo or explore stunning medieval Rock-Hewn Churches. From Rousse, a day trip to Bucharest, Romania, is highly recommended.

2 Novi Sad, Serbia

Novi Sad, Serbia highlightsNovi Sad is known as ‘The Athens of Serbia’ due to its vibrant cultural scene, impressive architecture, and rich urban art. Enjoy delicious Serbian cuisine at bustling markets on a river cruise sailing the Danube River or explore the city’s diverse history on foot or bike tours. Fruska Gora National Park offers rolling hills perfect for hiking.

3 Ilok, Croatia

Ilok, Croatia highlightsA haven for wine enthusiasts, Ilok boasts lush vineyards and a rich winemaking tradition since Roman times. Located at the easternmost tip of Croatia, it produces the renowned Traminac variety, thanks to the ideal climate for gewürztraminer grapes. One of my favorite wines!

4 Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia highlights

Strategically located at the intersection of Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary, Bratislava is a cultural melting pot. Discover the city’s rich history on a walking tour of “Coronation City” and marvel at the imposing Bratislava Castle. Refuel with the Taste of Slovakia tour, sampling an array of traditional Slovakian delicacies.  The views on this river cruise are some of the best!

5 Krems, Austria

Krems, Austria highlights

Krems sits at one end of the Wachau Valley and is home to charming shops, cafes, and galleries along cobblestoned streets. Enjoy a bike ride starting from Krems through Dürnstein and onto Spitz or tour the Dürnstein Fortress. Don’t miss tasting the local apricots and sweets!

6 Weissenkirchen, Austria

Weissenkirchen, Austria highlights

Weissenkirchen, a tranquil village in the Wachau Valley, offers a peaceful escape from urban bustle. Enjoy a bike ride through the valley exploring monasteries, castles, and vineyards. Bikes are offered complimentary on river cruises.  In the evening, delight in a wine tasting at a local vineyard.

7 Melk, Austria

Melk, Austria highlights

A visit to Melk Abbey is essential on any Danube river cruise. This Benedictine abbey is known for its stunning baroque architecture, Imperial Staircase, Marble Hall, library, church, and beautiful gardens.

8 Grein, Austria

Grein, Austria highlights

Grein boasts Greinburg, one of Austria’s oldest residential castles, featuring a striking courtyard and historical turrets. Take an exclusive tour and savor centuries-old royal heritage wine.

9 Linz, Austria

Linz, Austria highlights

Linz, a modern city with a rich cultural history, offers a lively experience. Take a walking tour of the UNESCO City of Media Arts or explore the Cultural Mile by bike. If visiting during the holidays, don’t miss the Christmas Market with its delightful gingerbread and Linzer tort aromas.

10 Passau, Germany

Passau, Germany highlights

Passau, known as the City of Three Rivers, offers breathtaking views where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers meet. Take a walking tour of the historic city and visit Passau Castle for the best panoramic views, or enjoy a bike ride along the Inn River.

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Jamie Rumph
Jamie Rumph
Hi, I'm Jamie, traveling mama, entrepreneur, and travel advisor. I'm addicted to Disney, traveling and exploring the world with my family, and have a passion for helping families experience the magic of travel. My home is filled with love and chaos, 2 crazy girls, 2 large dogs, and the most spectacular architect and Disney Cast Member I call my husband. We live in Florida and spend our weekends playing at Orlando's many theme parks and visiting the beach. In 2015, after helping numerous families plan their vacations to various Disney Destinations, I started a blog to answer all of the many travel questions I received daily. In 2016, the blog grew into a travel agency, and Love of the Magic Vacations was born. With a team of nearly 20, we spend our days creating family vacations around the world. What started as a blog is now a full service, worldwide vacation destination planning service. I create custom itineraries for each of my clients that not only meets but exceeds expectations. There is no greater gift than making memories while sharing the world and its cultures with your kids.


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