What is a cruisetour?
A cruisetour is a vacation package that combines a cruise with an escorted land tour. It affords you with the time to explore the best of both land and sea, and it offers a much more in-depth experience of Europe.
Your cruisetour price includes:
- Cruise portion: Onboard accommodations, meals, 24-hour room service, nightly entertainment, and port charges.
- Land portion: Rail and motorcoach transportation, accommodations at convenient hotels, transfers, and some meals and activities.
Why choose a cruisetour over just a cruise?
- Value: Top activities, amenities, and destinations are packaged together for the best prices.
- Convenience: Ground transportation, accommodations, entertainment, and more are all included in one simple reservation.
- Time: A cruisetour makes the most of your time in Europe by helping you see and do as much as possible while you’re there.
- Flexibility: Free time on your own alternates with group excursions, plus knowledgeable guides help you customize your itinerary.
What are some not-to-be-missed sights?
- La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona: Many joke that the work of famed Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí gave us the word “gaudy,” and you’ll see exactly why when you visit his eccentric, unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia (The Church of the Holy Family).
- Palacio Real, Madrid: Feel like a king or queen for a day at The Royal Palace in Madrid. Like England, Spain is a constitutional monarchy, and this castle was once the royal family’s home. Today, visitors can tour the grounds and rooms, admiring rococo riches, the royal thrones, and even a diamond clock.
- Piazza San Marco, Venice: This much-photographed square in the heart of the city is a must-see. Spend the day touring the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica, and Museo Correr, or take the elevator to the top of the belltower and gain a pigeon’s-eye view of the city.
- Michelangelo’s David, Florence: Possibly the most recognized sculpture in the world, Michelangelo’s masterpiece is found in the Galleria dell'Accademia. Circle the base and marvel at the statue’s intense stare, the intricate details of his hands, and the grace and ease of his stance.
- The Sistine Chapel, Rome: The Sistine Chapel is found inside Vatican City, the world’s smallest country. Michelangelo’s crowning achievement features the famous panel showing the creation of man and is a favorite among all visitors to Rome. Bring binoculars so that you can spy all the minute details, and plan to linger awhile.
- Notre Dame, Paris: With its flying buttresses and dark Gothic style, Notre Dame has been wowing visitors to the City of Light since the 12th century. Make sure to view the church from afar to get the full effect and then tour the inside to see, among other things, where Napoleon crowned himself emperor.
- Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, London: Watch the red-coated guards change out to the music of a live band in front of the official residence of the royal family.
When can I go on a Europe cruisetour?
The Europe cruise market is expanding. The Northern and Western Europe Cruisetour season begins in May and runs through August. The Mediterranean Cruisetour season kicks off April through November.
What type of stateroom should I reserve?
A balcony stateroom is the best way to enjoy privacy, space, and freedom. Thankfully, today’s modern ships are built with balconies in mind. Have a cup of coffee while passing the yachts of the caviar set in Cannes. Get out the camera and snap shots of rugged Greek towns clinging to the cliffs high above. Roll out of bed and soak up the warm Mediterranean sun in privacy. With your own balcony, you won’t have to compete for deck space or a lounge chair.