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5 Best European Family Cruise Vacations
European Family Cruise Vacations: Think Europe and you have a vivid picture of the castles and the fortresses that endured the Wars and of the cities that sprung to modernity with their technological advancements. Apart from its historical palate, Europe offers a natural landscape and the invigorating beaches. A sizeable chunk of these cities built on rivers makes them accessible via cruises that take you right to the heart of Europe. Here are some of the best destinations that are ideal for a family cruise vacation in Europe.
Istanbul is the spot where Europe and Asia kiss each other. You are in for a beautiful mosaic of holy Christian landmarks and sultans’ treasures, mosques, and minarets that demonstrate the city’s glorious past as the capital for the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. It’s a visual delight to observe this chaotic city, its bubbling energy swarming forward to its country’s ensuing entry into the EU. The olfactory senses are heightened through the spice market that is the life of the traditional Turkish cuisine. Get a Bosporus boat tour for your family to enjoy this beautiful city. You are sure to get a nice view of Dolmabahce Palace, Yildiz Park, and Topkapi Palace that will surely enthrall visitors of all ages.
This port city offers a fairy-tale view of parks and gardens adjacent to timeworn streets and medieval buildings, unobtrusive squares – and the Little Mermaid! Yes, this bronze statue at Langelinie promenade by the waterside is a visual treat. Take your little ones to Tivoli amusement park that has been a haunt for the famous Walt Disney, writer Hans Christian Andersen and many other celebrities from the world over. With its cosmopolitan nature topped with a vibrant nightlife as also the convivial and hospitable people, Copenhagen is a must-visit for you and your family. This city of cycles will invite you to rent a bike and dart off to explore this wonderful city.
Built on some 100+ small islands in a swampy lagoon in the Adriatic Sea, this city is a must-visit for any holidaymaker. Its stone palaces outwardly rise above the water. No cars, no roadways, just canals, and boats. Yes, indeed the Grand Canal meanders through the city. Simply explore the inestimable narrow, maze-like alleys and tiny squares. The city offers an abundance of art and wowing architecture. This ancient city just manages by staying afloat on the water bodies giving Venice a delicate, fairy-tale quality.
This cradle of Western civilization has been the destination for cultured vacationers way before many countries were even born. Today’s Athens is a mishmash of ancient and contemporary, the 2,000-year-old monuments contrasting the neoclassical high-rises, old taverns competing with fast-food outlets, craftsmen’s yards jostling with souvenir outlets. The new Metro lines and inroads that help assuage some of the traffic mottled with a chain of wonderful pedestrian-only streets mark the city’s highly venerable sites.
This coastal city, Portugal’s hilly capital, is well-known for soulful Fado music and cafe culture. As your cruise docks here, ensure that you waste no time and explore the sunny Lisbon. Take a tram to the west side towards Belem. There the Belem Cultural Centre with the Belem Tower awaits you. They showcase an incredible collection of Picasso, Dali, Warhol, and Magritte. Downtown Lisbon offers you superb gardens that should be visited by kids and adults alike. Try to climb up the gigantic statue of Christ – the Cristo Rei and get a panoramic view of the entire Lisbon. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Jeronimos Monastery, is where Vasco Da Gama was laid to rest. This is one of those sites that no traveler wants to miss!
Rather than leave your family, especially kids, to their imaginary world, why not show them the real Europe? All these wonderful cities are easy accessible by cruise lines in Europe and will make wonderful holiday spots not only for business travelers but are also best as family cruise destinations.