Geoff Brock & Bruce Gamble

Jewels of Europe - a river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam

Hungary   Austria   Czech Republic  
21st April - 5th May 2014

Since 1992, it has been possible for river vessels to sail 3500km from Amsterdam, on the North Sea, to Romania and Bulgaria, on the Black Sea, thanks to the completion of the 171 km canal linking the Main and Danube rivers. We were lucky enough to sail half of that distance in 2003 (from Vienna to the Black Sea) and have always wanted to do the other half. Eleven years later, we have now done it and we loved it! Most of the villages and cities along the route have existed for hundreds of years. The culture, history and architecture of the settlements, combined with the spectacular natural beauty of the vineyards, farms, and rolling hills along the river, made it a wonderful cruise. We sailed along the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers and through the Main-Danube Canal. We cruised for two weeks on two delightful river vessels, the Scenic Diamond and the Scenic Sapphire (more about that later!), visiting four major European cities (Budapest, Vienna, Cologne and Amsterdam) and 11 towns and villages along the rivers. We also passed through 68 locks as our ships crossed the continental divide of Europe. Our cruise covered 1856 km.
©Geoff Brock and Bruce Gamble