Riverbanks flaunt thousands of years of history: serene Buddhas, golden temple spires and ruined palaces.
'We only got here twice last year, so we're lucky today,' says our expedition leader.
European river cruising is no longer a holiday just for the over-50s.
Europe is all about intimacy. It's about small villages with long histories, and cities that can be explored on foot in a few days.
The superhuman Norwegians like to call it easy, but for the rest of us ...
Peace and fragrant loveliness inhabit the green hills of Austria's Wachau Valley on the Danube.
It turned French in 1681, German in 1871, French again in 1918, German in 1940 and French again in 1944. Welcome to Strasbourg.
Norway provides one of the world's most magnificent coastal landscapes, best appreciated from the sea. Brian Johnston is gobsmacked as he sails on Viking Star.
From classic cities to quiet islands, travelling by ship is a superb way to explore Europe, writes Sally Macmillan.
Passengers dress to the hilt, ships are decked out in bunting and the entertainment is non-stop.
Egypt's archaeological heritage has been carted off to foreign shores for centuries. What remains is extraordinary, but will it last?
The new Coral Adventurer expedition ship will have all outside-facing cabins with French windows or private balconies.