Deborah Stone is an award-winning writer and cruise travel expert
Q. My husband and I are keen to try a river cruise but we can only take a week off work. Can you suggest an itinerary?
A. You’re in luck: most river cruise lines offer week-long itineraries (sometimes confusingly called ‘eight-day trips’). Choose a weekend departure and you’ll be back before Monday. If you’ve never been on a river cruise, you could start on the Danube or Rhine. Avalon Waterways’ Romantic Rhine holiday includes stops at Amsterdam and Cologne while Scenic’s Gems of the Danube has weekend departures calling at medieval towns such as Dürnstein. You can also look into French wine regions: Viking River Cruises offers cruises from Bordeaux while Uniworld offers all-inclusive luxury eight-day Paris and Normandy cruises with excursions to the D-Day beaches and Monet’s Giverny Gardens.