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Looking for a getaway? 5 reasons you should consider a European river cruise

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(BPT) - Are you making travel plans for the upcoming year? You're not alone. According to TravelPulse, 41% of Americans plan to spend a lot more on leisure travel next year and two-thirds plan to travel before the end of 2023.

When choosing a travel experience, there are many details to consider. Where to go, where to stay, how long you'll travel … the list goes on and on! To make travel planning easier so you can look forward to your trip and enjoy yourself, consider booking a European river cruise.

A river cruise allows you to immerse yourself in the Old World as you sail Europe's most iconic rivers. Best of all, you won't have to worry about booking separate lodging, transportation or meals for your voyage. Still not convinced? Check out the top five reasons you should book a European river cruise.

1. Convenience

River cruises are king when it comes to convenience. Once you board your vessel, you can unpack once and still visit multiple destinations. From major European cities to quaint towns and villages, you can enjoy it all in one seamless journey from the comfort of your ship.

2. Intimate, relaxed journeys

River ships are smaller than ocean liners, allowing you to dock in the heart of your destination for easy exploration. For example, Viking's Romantic Danube river cruise is an eight-day sailing between Budapest and Regensburg hosting just 190 guests. You can easily visit Budapest's Castle District, enjoy a concert featuring works by Mozart and Strauss in Vienna, and more as you visit medieval towns and take in stunning scenery.

3. Strength of the U.S. dollar

The strength of the U.S. dollar is at a historic high, meaning your money will go further in Europe. According to CNBC, the value of the U.S. dollar is at its highest in roughly two decades relative to the euro, a big plus if you like to shop while on vacation. Just make sure to leave some extra room in your suitcase!

4. Cultural experiences

Traveling through Europe by river is a fascinating way to learn about the history of the regions you're visiting. For a truly unforgettable and culturally enriching experience, check out the Rhine Getaway river cruise with Viking.

Viking has long been known to create experiences for "The Thinking Person" with voyages designed to immerse travelers in the rich culture and history of the destinations you’re visiting. On its eight-day Rhine cruise, you'll sail between Amsterdam and Basel and discover turreted fortresses, grand cathedrals, historic cities and medieval towns while enjoying the wines and culinary traditions of the region.

5. Compelling value

River cruises have competitive and compelling value. For example, Viking Inclusive Value ensures that your cruise fare includes everything you need. Features include one complimentary shore excursion in every port of call, port taxes, enrichment lectures and destination performances, free Wi-Fi and plenty of food and drinks.

Inside your river view stateroom, nearly all of which have a private veranda or French balcony, you'll find a private bathroom with shower, heated floors, toiletries, TV, refrigerator and other amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. All of this is included in your river cruise package.

Don't wait to start planning your European vacation. To learn more and start booking your European river voyage today, visit Viking.com.