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Watertravel and Waterside Destinations™

— a Web site for affordable boat trips, beaches, ports, islands, wetlands and rivers in Europe.

Touring Central France’s Upper Loire Valley
The Loire — called “the last wild river in France” — wends its way among the former country estates of French kings. In every direction there are plentiful opportunities to cruise Central France’s canals and rivers.

The Normandy Coast and D-Day Beaches Today
The Normandy Coast has long been a favorite travel destination of the British. In addition to the famous D-Day beaches of World War II, there are towns and villages with a wide selection of seafront hotels amid ancient stone architecture.

Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast and Islands
Once a colony of Italy and later incorporated into the former Yugoslavia, the Dalmatian coast of now-independent Croatia is a mix of intensely blue sky and water, ancient stone architecture, and a delightfully laid-back atmosphere.

Germany’s North Sea Island of Helgoland
At various times in history, Helgoland was a possession of Britain and Denmark respectively. Today this unusual island is part of Germany. Not unlike the Baltic island of Ruegen, Heligoland has an especially sunny climate in comparison to the mainland.

Cruising Germany’s Middle Rhine Wine Country
Known for its steeply terraced vineyards and one castle after the other, the gorgeous Rhine Gorge offers many opportunities for low-cost river cruising, making it a perfect destination for people who love to travel by water but don’t want to spend a fortune.

The Baltic Island of Ruegen
Boasting more days of sunshine than anywhere else in Germany — admittedly not the toughest competition — it also has historical, geological, architectural and other features which make it a popular destination for Germans and other Europeans.

By the Banks of the Lower Rhine
This is where Europe’s longest river fans out into a broad delta of sloughs and backwaters at or near sea level. Some cities, such as Xanten and Nijmegen, date back two millenia to the Roman colonial period. Others, such as Kleve and Kranenburg, are “only” in the 800-year-old range.

Langeoog in the East Friesland Islands
Along the coast of the North Sea, the German islands of East Friesland are separated from the mainland by an expanse of — depending on the tide — shallow sea or mudflats. Channels are dredged from the mainland and among the islands to allow the passage of ferries and other ships. We took one such ferry to the East Frisian island of Langeoog.

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