When it comes to romantic holidays, a river cruise is a great choice. Couples of all ages will enjoy floating up and down some of the world’s most popular waterways, soaking up the fantastic views from their balcony, indulging in some delicious local cuisine and strolling hand-in-hand through some charming ports of call.
With so many different choices, it can be hard to decide which river cruise itinerary to plump for. However, if you’re looking for a romance-filled break, head to any of these enchanting destinations.
One of the many capital cities situated along the Danube, Budapest is filled with beautiful architecture and spacious urban parks. The bridges across the river create a charming atmosphere and the imposing Buda Castle is the perfect backdrop to your pictures. Other great couples’ activities include bathing in the thermal spas and climbing to the top of Castle Hill at night to enjoy the panoramic views along the Danube punctuated with twinkling lights.
This city, often the starting point for Lower Mississippi river cruises, has an abundance of two things that are closely related to love - food and music. With traditional southern fare and delicious international options all over the city, you will never be short of somewhere to enjoy an indulgent meal and if you need something to help wash it down, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a bar in the birthplace of jazz. There is also the opportunity to take a romantic ride on one of the city’s iconic streetcars, which make up oldest continually operating street railway in the world.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
As the name suggests, Rothenburg is situated on the River Tauber, but it can be visited as part of a Rhine River cruise during stops in places like Würzburg. The romance of this small town is highlighted by the fact that is part of Germany’s Romantic Road and the Gothic architecture on display creates a fairy-tale atmosphere. The walled old town is a big draw to tourists and the destination’s appeal intensifies during the festive period thanks to the quaint Christmas market and the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas shop.
A popular port on Mekong River cruises, Siem Reap is the gateway to the romantic setting of Angkor. Couples will love discovering the various temples here and will be even more enchanted when making the decision to battle the crowds and watch the sunrise over the ancient structures. Add in some breathtaking waterfalls and the chance to watch the local monks chanting in the mornings and Siem Reap is one of the most alluring destinations in Asia.
This list would not be complete without the French capital, so often referred to as the ‘City of Love’. There are so many things for loved-up couples to do here and, whilst some may seem cliché, all will ensure you enjoy a romantic beginning or end to your Seine river cruise. From wandering hand-in-hand through museums to picnics under the Eiffel Tower and candlelit dinners for two, there are plenty of reasons why Paris has earnt its nickname.
If you would like to book a river cruise for a special occasion and visit any of these idyllic destinations, contact us today and we’ll help make your plans a reality.