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With such varied, rich history, and sumptuous natural beauty, Europe always makes for an epic adventure. Cruises in July 2019 can take you to some of the most engaging parts of the continent, from the dramatic architecture of Russia to the sun-drenched islands of Croatia, and so much in between. There’s plenty to experience at every turn, and such diverse, delicious cuisine to keep discovering, a journey around this part of the world has a little something for everyone. All enjoyed under a warm summer sun that shines deep into the evening. Just perfect.

Where to cruise in July?

Italy

It’s almost unfair how beautiful Italy is. The landscape varies from rolling hills and vineyards to tranquil mountain lakes and buzzing stretches of coast. In July, the country is in bloom – you can expect 30˚C temperatures, very little rain, and the evenings are still warm enough to sit out nursing a glass of vino. Venice is a popular port stop, with its must-see network of canals and architecture. Otranto, the gateway to Puglia, is a delightful seaside town with beaches and lakes. In essence, summer in Italy is perfect, and if you can snag a cheap cruise in July, jump at the chance. Click to find cruise deals to Italy.

France

France’s historic sites are packed with gorgeous castles, and you’ll also find quaint towns that have maintained an unfussy old-world charm. The beaches are pretty special, too, and in July the average temperature is around 17-19˚C, with plenty of warm sun and a good chance of dry days. Le Havre has so much culture it’s a Unesco World Heritage site, while Cherbourg-Octeville has a plethora of top-notch eateries and the engaging Liberation Museum, set within an epic 19th-century fort. In the Loire Valley, Saint-Nazaire is a beautiful coastal city full of castles, and Brest in Brittany has a great naval museum and a staggering 14th-century castle on the hill overlooking the harbour. Click to find cruise deals to France.

Croatia

When it comes to cruise deals in July, Croatia is always a popular choice. The landscape is stunning, which is why exploring it via boat is so appetising. The beaches and medieval towns are delightful, and there’s so much history here to explore, too. Ancient Dubrovnik is always a hot spot – literally, with an average of around 25˚C in July – the old town is a must-see, with quaint cafes, boutiques and restaurants. The island of Kolocep has some wonderful, unblemished countryside, enticing ruins, and gorgeous beaches. Cavtat, meanwhile, is tranquil, with picturesque forests and perfect beaches to laze upon. This is a country tailor-made for July cruises. Click to find cruise deals to Croatia.

Slovenia

With idyllic mountain views, lovely lakes, and rampant forests, this country has so many natural gifts. That it also boasts secluded beaches, cute fishing villages, and average summer temperatures of around 24˚C, adds to the allure of this undiscovered wonder. The port town of Koper is popular, but its medieval old town, vineyards and Venetian-era architecture highlight charm from days gone by. Piran has colourful picture-postcard homes set beside twinkling Adriatic waters, and the Strunjan Nature Reserve is a beautiful area of unspoilt coastline. Portoroz also welcomes cruise visitors, mainly because of the great beaches, bustling marina filled with shops, bars and eateries, along with truly epic sunset views. Click to find cruise deals to Slovenia.

Russia

The biggest country on earth has a rich and colourful history. Cruises in July are ideal if you’re heading here, because the temperature in St Petersburg averages 18˚C, with little rain and long days of sunlight, unlike the colder months when it gets seriously chilly and dark. St Petersburg is the port of entry for most liners, and it’s intoxicating. This colourful city is home to some incredibly decadent palaces, world-class museums, theatres and cathedrals, together with unique yet delicious cuisine. Peterhof Palace, in particular, has wonderful gardens to discover, and there are so many buzzing bars and cafes to lose yourself in. Click to find cruise deals to Russia.

Sweden

The landscapes feel almost mythical in Sweden, and when you throw in charming towns and minimalist, modern cities, you have a truly engaging experience. Cosmopolitan Stockholm is full of quaint streets, historic cathedrals and uber-trendy cafes to explore. The local meatballs and baked goods are amazing, and the seafood is super-fresh, too. Gothenburg also offers cool places to eat and drink, along with epic nightlife, eclectic art and Scandinavia’s biggest amusement park, Liseberg. For a more tranquil feel, Helsingborg has a lovely harbour and inviting beaches. And with super-long days of sunlight, along with average July temperatures in Sweden of 20˚C, this is the ideal time to head there. Click to find cruise deals to Sweden.

If you’re looking at European cruises in July 2019, you’ll find wonders that will stay with you a lifetime. The weather means you’ll be unlucky to see much rain, and the temperatures range from the mild to the very warm, without ever getting too much. So sit back, grab a cocktail, and take it all in. Bon voyage!

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