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The Rhine is one of the most important rivers in Europe, flowing through Germany, France and finally the Netherlands and Amsterdam. One of the appeals of the Rhine is that along the route you can discover many different countries and cultures and all the while you need to unpack only once. The Rhine dominates the German landscape and it is here that the river encounters some of its main tributaries, such as the Neckar, the Main and, later, the Moselle. Some of the cities to be found along the Rhine are Basel, Strasbourg, Mainz, Koblenz, Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Rotterdam whilst one of the most famous stretches of the river is in the wonderful Rhine Gorge, a steep-sided valley and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The famous River Danube originates in the Black Forests of Germany and flows through ten countries – Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine, and Romania before reaching the Black Sea. The scenery varies considerably along the route and includes medieval monasteries perched on hills, fairy-tale castles, many vineyards and chocolate box towns and cities. And it is the towns and cities that proivde much of the colour and excitement of the Danube – Linz, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, and Belgrade – indeed the Danube has more capital cities on its banks than any other river and it is often this variety of cities mixed with stunning scenery that accounts for much of its popularity.
The Moselle starts in the western slope of the Ballon d’Alsace in the Vosges mountains and flows through France, Luxembourg, and Germany. The Moselle is best known for its beautiful scenery and also for some of the wines that are famously made along its banks – most well-known is the German Mosel wine region, and the most famous wines produced here are the Riesling and Elbling. Towns along the Moselle River include Épinal, Toul and Metz in France; in Luxembourg:Schengen and Wasserbillig in Luxembourg and and in Germany, Trier, Cochem (where you will find the famous Reichsburg Castle) and Koblenz.
The Douro is one of Europe’s most charming rivers, full of history and romance, cutting a dramatic path through Spain and northern Portugal as it sweeps through a landscape of steeply sided valleys, themselves classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, unspoilt villages, and terraced vineyards, finally ending at the Atlantic near the historic city of Oporto. A river cruise on the Douro combines the unmistakable scenery of any trip to the Iberian Peninsula: rural, unspoilt villages and towns with restored Palaces, baroque buildings and picturesque fishing villages and sweeping landscapes, combined with the chance to visit two of the greatest cities in the region – Porto and Salamanca.
The Elbe is one of the major rivers of Central Europe. It rises in the Krkonoše Mountains of the northern Czech Republic before traversing much of Bohemia, then Germany and flowing into the North Sea at Cuxhaven, 110 km northwest of Hamburg. Wikipedia
The Seine is a 776 km long river and an important commercial waterway within the Paris Basin in the north of France. It rises at Source-Seine, 30 kilometers northwest of Dijon in northeastern France in theLangres plateau, flowing through Paris and into the English Channel at Le Havre (and Honfleur on the left bank). It is navigable by ocean-going vessels as far as Rouen, 120 km (75 mi) from the sea. Over 60% of its length, as far as Burgundy, is negotiable by commercial riverboats and nearly its whole length is available for recreational boating; excursion boats offer sightseeing tours of the Rive Droite and Rive Gauche within the city of Paris. Wikipedia