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The world of European river cruising is so exciting with cruise companies constantly innovating, offering new themes, and seeking out new destinations.

Here’s some of the best special interest cruises for 2022/23 itineraries.

Tulips & Windmills River Cruise (Viking)

For garden enthusiasts, horticulturists, or for anyone who loves green and colourful sceneries, the ten-day Holland & Belgium river cruise from Viking is perfect for you.

Guests can see colourful ribbons of farmland as Dutch tulips come into bloom, and sample Belgian chocolates and beers.

Other highlights include a tour at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, Hoorn’s seafaring heritage, Antwerps Renaissance splendour, and Arnhem’s wartime history.

Rates start at AU$4309 per person. More details here: https://www.vikingrivercruises.com/cruise-destinations/europe/tulips-windmills/2022-amsterdam-antwerp-amsterdam/index.html

Floriade Expo 2022 (Tauck)

Another must-attend event for horticulturists around the world, Floriade Expo is part of the itineraries for select Tauck cruise lines.

Tauck website perfectly describes the popular event:

“In 2022, Floriade comes to life in a technicolor tapestry of trees, plants, crops and flowers from 40 different countries, each representing new technologies and prized plantings for sustainable greenery, architecture, food, energy and healthy living.”

Guests can explore 148 acres of garden-graced landscapes themed with green as you discover an urban arboretum steeped in nature to nurture the future – included on the Tauck river cruises.

Floriade is available on select Rhine RIver cruises:

Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat

15 days | 2022-2023

Cruising the Dutch Waterways

8 days | 2022-2023

Belgium & Holland in Spring

8 days | 2022-2023

The Rhine and Moselle

15 days | 2022-2023

Rates start from AU$5375 per person. More details here:


Christmastime in Alsace & Germany (Avalon WaterWays)

Enjoy Christmas on board Avalon Suite Ship® and experience the heartwarming festivities in Frankfurt, Germany and sail up the Rhine River to Basel, Switzerland.

The holiday cruise passes beautiful views and quaint villages festively lit and decorated.

One of the highlights is an offshore excursion to Heidelberg, Germany to visit the fascinating ruins of a medieval castle where an ice rink can be found at the foot of the castle and the Christmas market is spread over five town squares.

Guests can enjoy a local wine called Glühwein and other regional delicacies such as bratwurst.

Ticket prices start at AU$2019 per person. More details here: https://www.avalonwaterways.com/river-cruise/christmastime-in-alsace-germany-southbound/WFZ/?season=2022

Grand Christmas & New Year’s Cruise (Uniworld)

This 13-day holiday cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest promises that you’ll discover heaven on earth.

You can celebrate the holidays and welcome the New Year in fabulous style as you sail through the shimmering Danube and experience guided excursions through Germany, Austria, and Hungary.

Escape the hassle of Christmas as you relax and explore Gothic cathedrals and old-world European villages.

On Christmas Eve, passengers can walk through the calming medieval streets of Regensburg and even attend a Midnight Mass at a local cathedral.

A private reception follows as you meet Habsburg royalty in a castle overlooking the Wachau Valley – a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Rates start at AU$9023 per person. More details here: https://www.uniworld.com/ap/river-cruise/central-europe/danube/grand-christmas-and-new-years/2022-nuremberg-to-budapest/pricing

Oberammergau River Cruise (Avalon Waterways)

You surely don’t want to miss an event that only happens once every ten years.

A theatrical tradition observed since the 1600s, Oberammergau Passion Play is a world-famous reenactment of Christ’s Crucifixion.

Avalon’s 2022 Europe river cruise includes the Passion Play experience where you can secure a preferred seating, accommodations in Oberammergau and a dedicated onsite office to help you make the most of their stay in this charming city.

Apart from the theatrical play, the cruise will allow you to experience the rich landscape of beauty and culture as you embark on one of the most popular rivers in Europe – the Rhine.

Wine lovers can also enjoy this cruise as it features a wine tasting experience in terraced vineyards in the region where white wines are produced.

Rates start at AU 7790 per person. More details here: https://www.avalonwaterways.com/river-cruise/danube-dreams-with-oberammergau/WBDI/?season=2022

Magnificent Rivers of Europe for Solo Travellers (Avalon Waterways)

Avalon Waterways makes it easier for solo travellers to enjoy a European river cruise.

The 16-day cruise will take you from Budapest to Amsterdam, and in many exciting stops along the way to experience the elegant culture of Central Europe.

You’ll start by visiting the three vibrant capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest.

Enjoy guided excursions in historic Regensburg, which is one of the best-preserved old-world cities of Germany.

Ticket prices for solo travellers start from AU$10,355 which includes spacious outside deluxe accommodation, full board meals, complimentary wine, excursions, and WiFi.

More details here: https://www.avalonwaterways.com.au/europe-river-cruises/magnificent-rivers-of-europe-WBA?season=2022

Once Australians are allowed to go on a European cruise next year, which special themed itinerary would you book?

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