Along Europe’s waterways, you will encounter locations that were very prominent in history. From former battle sites and memorials to royal castles and historic homes, there are many tales waiting to be heard by those with an interest in European legacies or those after a glimpse into the colourful past.
If you are seeking to learn more about the history of the two World Wars, our Romantic Rhine & Moselle
river cruise includes two new insightful excursions. Visit the Belgian towns of Ypres and Passchendaele on a full day excursion as a Scenic Freechoice activity. Your expert local guide will share insights into the strategies deployed by the Allies to defend against the German troops and how these devastated towns were rebuilt in the aftermath. Another Scenic Freechoice excursion will take you to the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial near Maastricht. Learn more about the American soldiers who fought here during WWII and visit the Eben Emael Fortress which was built to defend against the invading forces.
As well as infamous battles, you can trace a royal family tree during our Gems of the Danube
river cruise. A new Scenic Freechoice activity will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of Austria’s 13th-century-built Artstetten Castle, situated near the Wachau Valley. The castle has welcomed famous residents over the years, including Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Join the castle’s current owners on a tour to hear longstanding tales, plus explore the family crypt and onsite museum.