One of the downsides of going on a vacation is having to get up early and rushing to catch planes, moving from hotel to hotel and living out of suitcases. If this has been dissuading you from taking a much-deserved break, worry no longer. River cruises are a fantastic choice, going from one place to another in a travelling 5-star hotel. But high-quality doesn’t always have to mean high-price. Searching the internet for prices and deals might be daunting for some, but there are some really affordable fares available, including to such sought after destinations as Amsterdam and Budapest.
Whatever your interests or pace, there is sure to be something perfect for you in Amsterdam.
It is also a must-see destination for history buffs. The Anne Frank House is a sombre yet remarkable location. Tickets can be purchased online, with suggestions of booking as far ahead of time as possible to ensure you don’t miss out.
For those with shopping on the mind, Albert Cuyp Market is the place to be. This street market had meagre beginnings, but has blossomed into a six-day-a-week market. You can peruse wares and fresh produce from a myriad of neighbouring cultures, and will have no trouble believing it to be the largest daytime market in all of Europe.
One exceptional tour you have to go on is the Mee in Mokum. Run by a local group of seniors, the tour is for those of all ages, but is conducted at a slower pace.
Despite what you may imagine, travelling in Amsterdam is quite inexpensive, so you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank while you have your fun.
The second great river cruise destination is Budapest. Make a list and take your time exploring the city on your own, in a pair, or go as a group. Walk along the Danube Banks and Chain Bridge, or visit The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden where the native flora and fauna are showcased.
Buda Castle, also known as the Royal Palace, was first built in 1265 and includes the diverse architectural styles of the Middle Ages, Baroque, and Modern. Designated one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, it is a wonderous site to behold both during the day, or lit-up at night.
One traveller from Carrara in the Gold Coast said: “Budapest was the most magical place. If there is any of the countries that I have travelled to that holds a strong memory for me, that was it. The scenery was breathtaking. You truly felt like you were in a whole other world.” If you have been bitten by the travel bug, Eastern Europe is ready and waiting to dazzle you with its beauty and history.