So, the wife and I will be hitting the big 2-0 next year, and we have been discussing a big vacation for just the two of us. She has been bugging me for years to do a cruise, but I have never been that interested - spent years on ships at sea, don’t care to pay to do it (I know it’s different, just saying). We found Viking River Cruises, and that seems like a good compromise to me - she’s never been to Europe, I’ve only ever been on my way to and from the Middle East, and it’s a cruise (of sorts). They are fairly pricey, but that’s not much of an issue (planning ahead and such).
The only issue is this: we don’t really care to just do the tourist thing. I would rather have more flexibility and time than to be tied into a set schedule and packed in with all the rest. I know package deals are typically cheaper, so neither of us is completely against just going that route.
Question here is: if we decided we would rather just choose a city (or two) to fly in/out of and then just rent a car and cruise Europe for a week or two, what’s the best way to book something like that? Looking for anyone with experience doing something like this (preferably beyond the hostel level of accommodations) who can shed some light on saving at least some money while still affording us the max flexibility and exposure.
Thanks in advance