Travel! Whether it is just for the love for it, to see new sights or to learn new things, just travel. Fly, walk, or cruise!
The hardest part about any travel is deciding where you want to go. Let’s make that choice easier. There are many beautiful destinations you can visit, and the best way is probably a cruise to Europe! There are a lot of great cruise destinations. Cruises for families or romantic cruises. Maybe a cruise just for you? Where would you like to go?
1. Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen invites you with its beauty.
On your sea-voyage to Europe, visit the statue of the Little Mermaid, or shop in the Strøget streets. You may also choose to visit the oldest amusement park called Dyrehavsbakken, or shortly, Bakken.
It has more things to offer, like the Round Tower and Experimentarium City, where visitors can be witnesses of science experiments.
At Tycho Brahe Planetarium, you can watch the stars, now closer than ever!
2. Alesund, Norway
Norway has some of the best cruise destinations. Alesund is most notable for Art Nouveau architecture. Art Nouveau Centre has 3 floors of exhibits that will show you Alesund architecture through ages. If you like hiking, try climbing Mount Aksla. It has 418 steps, and whether you are an avid hiker or not, the view will take your breath away. And, before going back to your cruise, don’t forget to check souvenir shops. You can find interesting jewelry, knitted sweaters, and local crafts.
3. Dublin, Ireland
If your cruise takes you to Ireland, visit its national treasure – ornate monastic manuscripts called the Book of Kells. If you are interested in local beverages, for which Ireland is known, visit Old Jameson Distillery, take a tour and learn all about the history of the famous whiskey. You can even take a sip. Don’t forget to visit an Irish pub, enjoy a pint of beer, and return merry to your sea-voyage.
4. Helsinki, Finland
Cruise to this beautiful mix of old and new nature and civilization. If you feel adventurous, delve into the catacombs of Suomenlinna’s sea fortress. You can also visit the Church in the Rock, made of solid rock with 22 kilometers of copper strips that make the roof. One of most famous things to see is the Sibelius monument. Made of 600 hand-textured pipes with over 30 metric tons and shaped to resemble organ pipes is truly a wonder to behold.
5. Le Havre, France
Also known as “gateway to Paris”, this city has wonders of its own including miles-long beaches and France’s largest open-air skating park. Stop here on your sea-voyage to see them! Those who love art may choose to visit The André Malraux Modern Art Museum (“MuMa”) with a fine collection of Impressionist paintings. This collection is surpassed only by Orsay Museum in Paris. Walk around an ancient fort and admire the gardens at every bastion when you visit Les Jardins Suspendus. And, finally, Cathedral Notre-Dame. It endured ransacking during the French Revolution and was damaged in the Second World War, but it still stands, strong and proud as ever.
6. Olden, Norway
Mark this city on your map of your cruise and admire the force of nature. Olden is best known for “Via Ferrata”, an Italian word for iron road. This is a bridge, about 120 meters long, that connects Olden to Loen. Traveling on it, you will find the most beautiful scenes Mother Nature has ever gifted us with. One other thing, Troll Cars. You can get pretty much everywhere in the city in these 2-wheeled, horse-drawn carts. Don’t miss your chance to try it.
7. Stockholm, Sweden
Visit one of the cleanest areas in the entire world. Stockholm doesn’t have much industry, so make your voyage and get a lung full of this great city with its medieval and Renaissance-era architecture. Do not miss your chance to cruise here. For a real taste of the past, visit Gamla Stan, Old Town. Walk down the streets with baroque mansions, medieval cathedrals, and renaissance palaces. There is also Vasa Ship Museum. Yes, it is a real ship. A royal warship recovered from the bottom of Stockholm Harbor, where it lay for years. It is perfectly preserved and worthy of taking a look. Honestly, what else is there to do on a cruise to Europe but enjoying a ship?
8. St. Petersburg, Russia
Seen in many movies, especially the ones with explosions. And, yet, the moves do not do it justice because a visitor will find it even more fascinating in person. Cruise here to see it for yourself. Catherine’s Palace, most renowned as the world’s greatest architectural accomplishment, can be found 17 miles south of St. Petersburg. And it is not just an empty boast. With its gleaming statues, gilded domes, and an aqua facade, it truly is a marvel. Another building of beauty, vibrant colors and contrasts is St. Isaac’s Cathedral with red granite columns on the outside and mosaics made of lapis lazuli and malachite masterworks inside. Cruise away remembering all the great experiences!