Austria and river cruising go together like leather shorts and long socks with a journey along the delightful Danube promising travellers a very easy way to explore an especially scenic spot.
THERE’S no denying Austria is a dreamy destination where every day spent exploring goes onto the list of extraordinary travel experiences.
But that satisfaction rating takes a serious step up for travellers cruising the land-locked country on a riverboat.
Consider the advantages, board a floating boutique hotel and unpack once before waking up in a new place every morning with the delights of scenic settlements like Vienna and Linz at the end of the gangplank.
Austria has been a river-cruising favourite for years, with the route between Amsterdam and Budapest dedicating days to dawdling the Danube as it winds through this corner of central Europe, but many travellers think Salzburg is the only stop.
Sure, Salzburg is often on the sightseeing schedule, but there are more legendary locations along the track like Melk and the Wachau Valley.
Creative Cruising has five other facts you may not know about river cruising around Austria.
1. IT’S PERFECT FOR SOLOS
Riviera is slashing the single supplement and scheduling regular departures exclusively for folks hitting the road alone to make it a cinch for solos to discover Austria on board a riverboat.
These solo-only departures remove stress from going solo in places like the Wachau Valley with boats providing a platform to explore unaccompanied or creating the environment to find friends on board and team up to visit the vineyards in this UNESCO region creating legendary white wines.
2. THERE’S NO RUSHING
Every day in a new destination feeds a myth that river cruising is rushed, but that couldn’t be further from the truth with hours spent in ports and ample time set to survey sightseeing gems.
Croisi Cruises plans leisurely stops in Vienna and helps passengers see more of the elegant city shaped during the glory days of the Habsburg Empire with a tour of Schonbrunn Palace which was the powerful royal family’s suburban summer home modelled on Versailles.
3. TRAVELLERS GET TO CHOOSE
River cruising promises flexibility with everything from historic estates to scenic landscapes surrounding the spots where riverboats pause to let passenger go ashore to explore.
Uniworld boasts an abundance of signature “Let’s Go” opportunities on every voyage with the Jewish History Program a highlight of the Austrian itineraries that lets travellers discover decades of history from the perspective of a people that shaped central Europe.
4. FINE FOOD IS A FOCUS
Shipboard chefs work hard to bring local ingredients onto their vessels and create seasonal fine-dining experiences that let travellers taste the flavours of the regions they visit.
Crystal Cruises takes it a step further by whisking passengers on food-focused excursions and when visiting Linz there’s the opportunity for a hands-on lesson preparing a Linzer torte which is the city’s famed lattice-topped dessert celebrated as the world’s oldest cake.
5. NOT ONLY FOR RETIREES
U by Uniworld was created to cater to younger travellers keen on a bon voyage with the cruise company’s Austrian itineraries shaped to appeal to those favouring a little more activity.
During a stop in Durnstein – the appealing address known as the Pearl of the Wachau Valley – passengers can stroll the cobbled streets to the famous hillside abbey, hike to the lofty ruins of the castle for the best view of the day, or cycle riverside paths to meet the boat at its next stop.
Creative Cruising is a one-stop shop for travel agents looking to book clients on a river cruise that meanders across Austria with the website’s live booking platform providing access to Riviera, Croisi Cruises, Uniworld, Crystal Cruises and U by Uniworld as well as dozens of other favourite brands.
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