River Cruise: "I want an intimate experience and time to explore the country I'm passing through."
Of all the cruise types in the booming cruise industry, river cruise popularity is growing fastest of all. And, with all-inclusive fares (including gourmet dining, bar service, most shore excursions and gratuities) and renowned superior service at a staff to passenger ratio one to three, it’s easy to see why! A river cruise offers intimate travel, a relaxed pace and port-intensive itineraries full of culture-rich excursions (it's as much about exploring the destination as it is about the cruise).
Designed to fit narrow waterways, beneath low bridges and in shallow waters, river vessels are much smaller than other ships, offering the unique benefits of smooth sailing on calm inland waterways and the ability to access a new port (or two) in the heart of historic towns each day. They're also a lot more enjoyable than the autobahn.
Europe's rivers are the world’s most popular options; particularly the magical Rhine encompassing cities in Holland, Germany, and Switzerland and the spectacular Danube, from Budapest to Regensburg. Gate 1 Travel offers a wide variety of European river cruise itineraries ranging from nine to 20 days, which can be used to complement existing travel plans.
Many river cruise liners feature multiple restaurants, bars, lounges, leisure facilities including gym and day spas, outdoor space with sundecks to soak in the panoramic sights. As an example, Gate 1 Travel’s deluxe 5-star Monarch Empress boasts spacious and comfortable luxury accommodation at an affordable price. Eighty percent of the cabins offer French balconies, providing private views of the stunning riverbanks. Other state-of-the-art amenities include a sundeck lounge, library, a dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a lift to whisk passengers between decks.