7 European Destinations to Consider Visiting on a Cruise
Europe is undoubtedly one of the premier cruise destinations in the world. With its grand cities, gorgeous scenery, and ancient civilisations it is a treat to explore. Europe has so much to offer that one visit will not be sufficient, it will have you coming back for more again and again.
When you are travelling to these European destinations through the cruise, you don’t need to take the hassle and stress of planning all the details of your holidays. Once you are on the cruise ship, there are all types of things to keep you occupied until you have reached your destination. So, if sounds exciting then here are top 7 European destinations to visit on a cruise.
Beautiful glaciers and fjords that have made Norway a dream cruise destination. A cruise through Flam will give you an opportunity to explore the grand waterfalls. The village lies in Aurlandsfjord and it is also the side arm of the world’s second longest fjord – Sognefjord.
When you in Norway, make sure you have visited Tromso known for the spectacular Northern Lights. You can time your cruise travel accordingly as the aurora borealis usually occur between October and March. I am sure you don’t want to miss out this natural light show on the earth.
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Second on the list is Iceland also known as the land of fire and ice. Well, this place is known for its beautiful geography. You get to take in the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir Hot Spring, Thingvellir National Park, and a wide collection of colourful geothermal pools.
The Westman Islands are also included on your cruise tour, the islands comprise of Surtsey Island and Heimaey Island. On your cruise trip, you also get to capture the wildlife and picturesque beauty, if you are travelling in summers, you get to see seabird colonies. And if you are lucky, you may also spot a whale swimming right with your cruise ship.
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Travel towards Western Mediterranean and you will take a pit stop at one of Europe’s finest ports. You can enjoy shopping at Maremagnum Center and if you really want to spend some serious cash then you can visit Paseo de Gracia (a popular shopping street). It will lead you to Placa Catalunya (central point of Barcelona), it is the key transport hub for the itinerary.
Placa Catalunya becomes a hot spot during fiesta times. Here you get to see various musical performances and impressive sculptures. Usually, the place remains packed with the onlookers. La Rambla is the perfect location for various leisure and cultural attractions. The place has various landmark buildings such as the Palau de la Virreina, Boqueria Market, Barcelona’s Opera, and The Gran Teatre del Liceu. While you are in Barcelona, you can also visit the gothic district or Le Sagrada Familia.
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Rome is one of the dream cities and it offers something for everyone. This place is filled with history, romance, and life. There are so many things you can explore and do while you are in Rome. While you are in Rome, there are so many ancient architectures you can explore. Starting off with Roman Colosseum, when it was built, in 72 AD, it used to cover an area of 620 by 523 and was the largest amphitheatre of its time. The Pantheon is undoubtedly one of the well-preserved architectural marvels of the ancient Roman period.
Then there is another amphitheatre in Nimes (at that time it was called Nemausus). Without a doubt, it is a perfect example of perfection by the Roman engineers (both in construction and design). The amphitheatre is huge and it can easily hold 24,000 spectators. The exotic food is also an added bonus and makes sure you have tasted the best Pizza at – Pizzeria Baffetto, Pizzeria Nerone, Pizzeria da Remo, and Pizzeria Loffredo.
This is a beautiful place and it is named after a goddess of wisdom. While you are wandering on the streets of Athens, you will come across some of the best graffiti. These graffiti work certainly depicts the creativity people have here. Then you can visit Gastronomy Museum, here you will get the opportunity to learn more about the traditional Greek food and wine. You can also sample some of their food and wine. Make sure you have tasted chicken souvlaki with pitta bread and tzatziki.
Enjoy an evening at Baraonda, here you can enjoy a light comedy performances and the best part is that it will be in English and the style of comedy is certainly different. Gasworks Museum will give you the opportunity to explore the main source of energy of the city for more than 100 years. The place is well-preserved and it is now being open for the tourists. Here, you get to see the machinery & equipment, the photographs, and various other interactive displays. One of the striking and popular architectures of Ancient Athens is Parthenon and it is built on Acropolis Hill. The best thing about this temple is that it made using marble. Various other must-visit attractions in Athens are – Temple of Olympian Zeus, Temple of Hephaestus, Theatre of Dionysos, and Greek Parliament.
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Venice is a major seaport. This place is architecturally, environmentally, and historically popular amongst the tourists. Venice is a great place where you have lots of places to see and you can indulge in doing various different things as well. The Great Canal goes in a zigzag manner through the city of Venice. Most of the city traffic travels through the canal be it gondolas, vaporetto, boats, or water taxis.
St. Mark’s Square was made during the 9th century. It is a major gathering spot for both the Venetians and the tourists. This is an important place where you will see various government buildings and other key buildings. Doge’s Palace is another well-known gothic structure around the square and it is quite popular amongst the tourists. St. Mark’s Basilica was built in 828 and it is the finest examples of Byzantine architecture. It seems like Venice has an endless list of tourist attractions, but make sure you take some time to explore Lido, Arsenale, St Mark’s Campanile, Museo Storico Navale, Teatro La Fenice, Santi Giovanni e Paolo.
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It is a well-known port city of Russia and some call it Venice of North. The vibrant colours and light will stay with you for a long time. Start your itinerary from The Hermitage Museum, here you get to see some of the finest collection of paintings, decorative art, and ancient antiques. Mariinsky Theatre is well-known musical theatre. Some of the tourists exhibit a keen interest in seeing the rich atmosphere, but most of them are enchanted by modern acoustics and stage technology. It is an ideal place to visit for all music enthusiasts.
Pif Paf is a must visit when you are in St. Petersburg, here you get to enjoy some of the yummiest patties and Pepper Lemonade is worth trying as well. A visit to Ogonek (tobacco store and cacao spot) will offer you an opportunity to taste the finest brownies and nut pies for £1.40 and during the summer seasons, you can have a lemonade for £2 per pitcher.
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