Travel Picks: Top 10 European river cruises

Fri May 1, 2009 11:24am EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Increasing numbers of people who love traveling but have limited vacation time are turning to cruises to fit in as much as possible in a short trip.

Men's web site has come up with a list of the top 10 European river cruises. The list is not endorsed by Reuters.

1. Rhine River

The journey is a spectacular one, encompassing five different countries, traveling through the majestic Black Forest region of Germany with all its fairytale castles, as well as a stop for some partying in Amsterdam. This is a great way to see the heart of Europe without having to navigate train stations and taxis.

2. Danube River

Cruises can starts in Passau, Germany, winding through six European countries, filled with incredible landscapes, architecture and museums, before ending in Budapest.

3. Dnieper River

This is a spectacular holiday choice, with 17 days traveling from Kiev to Istanbul which for centuries was the meeting point of European, Middle Eastern and Asian cultures. It is perfect for exploring the many jewels of Eastern Europe, including Kiev and the Black Sea, as well as Sevastopol and Constanta.

4. Rhone River   Continued...

<p>Girls sit on a bench on the banks of the Rhine River, in front of the old town of the northern Swiss city of Basel, March 28, 2008. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann</p>