River cruises in Europe have never been more popular, especially for couples, but also for family travelers. Cruise lines meet that demand with new ships and expanded itineraries, adding shore excursions to satisfy special interests. There’s never been a better time to plan a cruise, and this guide can help you choose which river is right for you.
For variety, it’s hard to beat this river, flowing from Switzerland to Amsterdam, with ports stops in France and Germany along the way. Castles in Germany, two wine regions, the great Medieval cathedral cities of Cologne and Strasbourg, plus charming small riverside towns, fill the days with new sights and flavors.
Flowing through even more countries than the Rhine (10 in all), the Danube takes you from Germany through the heart of eastern Europe, with port stops possible in Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. Week-long Danube cruises usually sail between Passau, Germany, and Budapest. Uniworld has family-friendly sailings on both the Rhine and Danube.
Unlike most other river cruises that sail one direction only, week-long Seine cruises begin and end in Paris. Although the route is short, shore excursions usually include Monet’s home and garden at Giverny and the World War II landing beaches in Normandy. Complimentary tours of Chantilly Castle, Vaux-le-Vicomte Palace and Fleury-la-Forêt Castle, along with all other shore excursions, are included in the Scenic Cruises Seine itinerary.
Cruises of the Rhone sail between Lyon and Arles, although Avalon Waterways and some other lines continue north into Burgundy on the Saône, as far as Chalon-sur-Saône. This is a cruise for wine-lovers, exploring two different wine regions. The cruise is also one for art and history fans, who can explore Van Gogh’s legacy and several ancient Roman sites in Arles.
Not as well-known as the other major rivers, the Elbe flows through what was once Communist-controlled East Germany. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Dresden has rebuilt, regaining its status as one of Europe’s most-beautiful Baroque cities; Meissen’s porcelain factory; Potsdam royal palaces; magnificent stone pillars of “Saxon Switzerland”; and Wittenberg, birthplace of the Protestant Reformation, are highlights. Elbe cruises with Viking begin and end with days in Prague and Berlin.
Pasadena gears up for a lot of attention as it prepares to host its annual Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, but it won’t just be the parade that makes it the place to be for family travelers in 2024. The coming year is full of great things for the city, like interesting anniversaries and fun kid-friendly events, which means great ways for visiting families to explore and discover.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
If you’re trying to travel with the family on a budget, you might feel like there’s no way you’ll be able to truly enjoy all the culinary experiences you might if you were to travel solo or just with your partner. However, that’s not necessarily the case. Don’t make the mistake of thinking every culinary capital across the globe is going to cost you a pretty penny every time you head to dinner as a crew. A new study from Sail Croatia uncovered the cheapest foodie destinations in Europe, so you can plan your next trip accordingly.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Dude alert: If you’ve fallen out of touch with the other guys in your family, Cody Yellowstone is the perfect place to catch up — and autumn is the ideal season for doing so in the great outdoors. From off-road adventures to historic ghost towns to plenty of wildlife, there’s something in this dynamic destination to please family travelers.