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3 Ways To Stay In Shape During A River Cruise

6th June 2017

In many different areas of modern life, there has been a clear trend towards taking better care of our bodies in recent years. Wearable technology such as the Fitbit has got everyone competing over how many steps they do in a day, healthier and more nutritious food options have made us all more conscious about how we fuel our bodies, and there are always new studies being released about the best ways to lead a healthy life.

With that in mind, many travellers want to keep up this lifestyle whilst on holiday. Yes, there reason to relax and indulge a bit more than normal, but if you want to stick to your routine there are plenty of ways you can. Here are the best ways to stay in shape during a river cruise.

Take Advantage Of The Fitness Centre


If you have never been on a river cruise before, you can be forgiven for thinking that the fitness facilities on board would be limited at best. However, whilst they won’t be as extensive as you get on an ocean cruise, river cruise operators are now prioritising bigger and better gyms on their ships.

The majority of machines are modern and there is usually a range of workouts available in different areas, so you can do cardio or weight training exercises. The newer and larger ships even have enough room for small classes so you can join a group, keep fit and make new friends in the process.

Choose Active Excursions


A combination of the trend towards a healthier lifestyle and the interest in river cruising from a younger audience has led many river cruise companies to add more active activities to the list of excursions available in each port. Lines such as Tauck, APT, Uniworld and Amadeus River Cruises have a great range of pursuits that include hiking, kayaking and cycling. They are usually labelled using a system which describes how strenuous they are, so you can tailor your experience to your comfort level.

Along with these excursions, you can also choose an itinerary that’s entirely dedicated to being more active. If this is something you would be interested in, our team can help find your perfect trip.

Get On Your Bike

Uniworld Bikes

As well as active excursions, top river cruise operators like AmaWaterways, Tauck and Avalon Waterways carry a complimentary fleet of bicycles that you can use whenever you like. Not only will this help you keep fit during your holiday but it will also mean you can explore these wonderful destinations at your own pace.

Sometimes, there’s also the option to join an escorted bike ride which travels alongside the ship. Therefore, instead of sailing on to your next destination, you can get a different perspective of your surroundings by travelling there on two wheels.

With the ability to make your European river cruise as active as you like, you have so much control over what you get up to. Our team will be more than happy to help you find something that suits your needs, so call us on 0808 271 7467 to discuss the options.

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