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Birthday bash on the water, 8 scenic destinations with river cruises for the family

Birthday bash on the water, 8 scenic destinations with river cruises for the family

A cruise for your next birthday bash, head to these eight destinations with your family and take in the sights from the water.

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1. Venice, Italy "Kid's experience: Travelling around the islands and the canals."

Lastminute.com reviewer David shares, "Weather was hot and humid, food was wonderful but expensive. Sights were interesting and worth seeing. Overall a great experience but very expensive. De-stressing tips: Sitting drinking coffee watching the gondoliers and the rest of the world go by. Sightseeing places: Doges palace, Northern lagoon. Romantic experience: Gondolier trip and eating by the grand canal watching a cruise ship coming in. Kid's experience: Travelling around the islands and the canals. I liked: The ambience of the environment."

Lastminute.com reviewer Siobhaun adds, "Loved Venice! It was beautiful! We walked for miles ate lots of food and lapped hi the sunshine. De-stressing tips: Relaxed by the pool and took in the scenery. Food experience: So much food! We didn't have one bad experience anywhere our favourite was a little local restaurant we found a short walk from the hotel. Sightseeing places: Grande canal was beautiful and the centre of Venice. Romantic experience: Sitting by the canal watching the world go by soaking up the sun and just being together as we don't get much time together due to work. Kid's experience: My child is very small so won't remember anything but she loves the boats and the swimming pool and all the locals loved her. I liked: Being with my family and exploring Venice."

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2. Tirana, Albania "Kid's enjoyment: Exploring the beauty of Albania."

Lastminute.com reviewer Gentian shares, "Beautiful sunny people were friendly. Food was amazing. Kid's enjoyment: Exploring the beauty of Albania. Adventure activities: Visiting the mountains sea and rivers. Places you saw: Everything. Like most in trip: Everything."

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3. Bruges, Belgium "Kid's experience: The canal boat trip."

Lastminute.com reviewer Sian shares, "The weather was gorgeous, but it wouldn't have mattered if not as Bruges was fabulous. We did a boat tour, horse and carriage and open top bus. Sightseeing places: The cathedral. Kid's experience: The canal boat trip. I liked: Bruges is fantastic, everything."

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4. Prague, Czech Republic "A cruise down the river and the Jewish Quarter..."

Lastminute.com reviewer Pauline shares, "It was raining on the day we arrived but the next 3 days were sunny and warm. The hotel was located in the old town, the staff were welcoming and helpful nothing was too much trouble. We visited most of the main attractions including the castle, a cruise down the river and the Jewish Quarter. A real mix of foods, my daughter particularly enjoyed the traditionally Czech deserts. Kid's enjoyment: My daughter is 19 so enjoyed taking in all the sights and trying different foods. Places you saw: The castle grounds are worth a visit but a bit disappointed that separate charge for admission to different sections. The Petrin lookout tower and grounds were worth a visit as was the trip back down on the Funicular tram. Trams are regular and reasonably priced. Which cruise: The 50 minute river cruise. Like most in trip: Lunch at the rooftop restaurant at the Praha Prince Hotel was a particular highlight. Food excellent and good service and plenty of time to take in the views."

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5. Copenhagen, Denmark "Our highlights were a canal boat trip, zoo, Rosenborg castle, Tivoli Gardens.."

Lastminute.com reviewer Emma says, "The weather was ideal for exploring the city. We used the Copenhagen card to get free entry into many attractions and free travel on the metro. Our highlights were a canal boat trip, zoo, Rosenborg castle, Tivoli, Nyhavn and the city centre. We also visited Sweden for a morning too-a short train ride away. Sightseeing places: Rosenborg castle, Tivoli, Roundhouse, Nyhavn, Botanical gardens and butterfly house, zoo, aquarium, boat trips. As a family, we loved the zoo and Tivoli. Romantic experience: Copenhagen is a fantastic city to visit as a family. Kid's experience: My children really enjoyed the zoo as they got to SE a polar bear for the first time. They also enjoyed the hour long canal boat trip as they could rest their legs after all the walking! I liked: How easy it was to travel around using the metro. So much to do for all the family."

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6. Paris, France "EuroDisney great. Seine River Tour fantastic."

Lastminute.com reviewer Louise says, "Champs Elysee Plaza Hotel amazing. EuroDisney great. Seine River Tour fantastic. Using Paris railway system fab. Food was okay. Adventurous activities done: Eurodisney, River Tour. Sightseeing places: Eiffel Tower, Eurodisney, Notre Dame, Seine River, Champs Elysee, Rail system. Romantic experience: N/a. Kid's experience: Eurodisney. I liked: Champs Elysee Plaza Hotel."

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7. Budapest, Hungary "Kid's experience: My daughter loved the hotel and the boat ride by the river Danube."

Lastminute.com reviewer Ishika says, "We loved Budapest, charming and beautiful. The food is great, too. De-stressing tips: Relaxing by the river Danube. Sightseeing places: Fisherman's Bastion was the most beautiful sight for us! Kid's experience: My daughter loved the hotel and the boat ride by the river Danube. I liked: The hotel and the historical sights of Budapest."

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8. Amsterdam, Netherlands "Canal cruise a great experience and the museums fantastic."

Lastminute.com reviewer Micheal shares, "Weather great, plenty of eateries, canal cruise a great experience and the museums fantastic. De-stressing tips: Met with friends, enjoyed great food drink and sights. Sightseeing places: Canal cruise, Van Gorth museum and the windmills. Romantic experience: Amazing dining and romantic setting by the canal at night. Kid's experience: Our kids are Adults so joined us and enjoyed all our activities with us."

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