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Europe River Cruises

Europe River Cruises

When it comes to European river cruising, the options are plentiful and varied. Ships primarily traverse parts of Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, but you'll also find itineraries in Russia, the Ukraine, Portugal, Italy and Spain. No matter where you cruise, you'll find Europe's rivers traditional and picturesque, with sightseeing opportunities often included in the fare.
Choose a Europe River Cruise
With so many itineraries offered, choosing a river cruise can be overwhelming. Here are our tips to help you pick your perfect cruise.
Rhine River Cruise Basics
From Basel to Amsterdam, with plenty in between, a cruise on the Rhine is perfect for river newbies. Find out why.
Danube River Cruise Basics
Make sure you have all your bases covered before you set sail on a Danube River cruise. Read our tips.

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  • Though the Danube is best known for marquee cities like Vienna and Budapest, small towns and villages are a delight.
  • The Dnieper River flows from Russia, through Belarus and Ukraine; ship stops include Ukraine‚Äôs capital of Kiev and Zaporozhye.
  • Part of the Iberian Peninsula, the Douro River travels through Spain and Portugal, and ends in Porto.
  • The Elbe travels through the Czech Republic and Germany; river cruises along the Elbe include visits to Berlin and Prague.
  • The Moselle runs through the heart of German wine country; longer voyages can also include the Rhine and the Danube.
  • The Po flows across northern Italy into the Adriatic Sea near Venice; popular ports on Po River cruises include Venice, Verona and Bologna.
  • The castle-clogged Rhine Gorge between Koblenz and Rudesheim is one of the most spectacular scenic passages.
  • The Rhone flows from Switzerland through Lake Geneva, into France; visit Lyon, a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • The Seine runs along northeastern France into the English Channel; many ships based in Paris cruise down to the Normandy region.
  • The wine ... oh the wine. And the truffles. Take a trip to the heart of French wine-making country and sample the local delicacies to your heart's content.
  • Try a trip along the less-travelled but still fascinating Main to get your fill of vast forests, fairy-tale castles, imposing palaces and quaint medieval towns.
  • A river cruise up the Thames through Merry Ol' England's home counties in a small canal boat is the epitome class and taste. You must. You simply must.
  • A canal barge cruise is for you if you'd like to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations in cozy comfort.
  • Ooh la la! There are so many wonderful things to see on France's rivers. Here's our guide to seeing them all.
  • A tulip is a tulip by any other name. Take in the stunning colors of a springtime cruise through tulip country in The Netherlands.


  • Basel
    Basel, which lies in the northwest region of Switzerland, near its ...
  • Bordeaux
    The glorious port city of Bordeaux, which lies on the Garonne River ...
  • Bratislava
    Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is an up-and-coming cruise port ...
  • Cologne
    Cologne, the Rhineland's largest city and Germany's fourth-largest, ...
  • Durnstein (Krems)
    Durnstein (Krems)
    If you sail in at night, it will be hard to ignore the eerily lit ...
  • Dusseldorf
    The symbol of Dusseldorf is the Radschlager -- a human figure ...
  • Heidelberg
    "The town lay, stretched along the river, its intricate cobweb of ...
  • Linz (Salzburg)
    Linz (Salzburg)
    For river cruise operators, Linz is used mainly as a waypoint from ...
  • Lyon
    The capital of the Rhone-Alpes region, Lyon is the second-largest ...
  • Mainz
    Germany's Mainz -- a 2,000-year-old city of leafy squares, timbered ...
  • Melk
    Melk, a quiet city, is located on the Danube River, just off the ...
  • Passau
    Arriving in Passau for the first time, you could be forgiven for ...
  • Porto (Leixoes)
    Porto (Leixoes)
    One of Europe's oldest cities, Porto dates to the 4th century, when ...
  • Prague
    Moody, romantic, historic, mysterious -- it's impossible to put a ...
  • Strasbourg
    The capital of Alsace, France's smallest region, is also known as the ...

River Cruise Reviews

  • 09/15
    This was our second Viking River Cruise and we were excited at the beginning because our first cruise had been such a delight. We took the Portraits of Southern France cruise in late September/early October 2015. We were warmly welcomed when we ... Read more
  • Viking River Cruise Alert   Donfrazier512
    The Viking River Cruise longship from Amsterdam to Budapest doesn't go to Budapest it goes to Nuremberg, then to where you get to pack your bags again then get on a bus for three + hours to Passau where you get another barge. And unpack your bags. ... Read more
  • FANTASTIC TRIP!!!   dotdik
    We just got back from 7 GLORIOUS DAYS on the S. S. Legacy. Leaving from Portland, we journey through the locks of the Columbia River . . .to the Willamette River, and finally to the Snake River. There we boarded jet boats for 50 miles each way ... Read more
  • Wonderful vacation   Susanhamel
    We cruised on AmaSerena on the Dnaube during September and thoroughly enjoyed it. The ship was new and well laid out. Our Crusie Director, Dejan Stancic was outstanding....professional, pleasant, helpful and a delight to deal with. Our cabin on ... Read more
  • Hats off to Viking!!!!!   Pictontraveller
    This was our second Viking cruise (first one was to Egypt two years ago), so we were aware of their standards of "care/service". They continued to impress on this Viking Grand European Cruise. We took advantage of the transfer process at ... Read more
  • 08/15
    We like wine and we like history, so the wine-themed cruise "Ameritage! Four Rivers of Wine & History" aboard the SS Legacy seemed a perfect choice for us, especially because we'd never taken a river cruise so knew it would be ... Read more
  • Fantastic Journey   Rondrit
    We sailed the four rivers of Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest. The newly christened ship was gorgeous and the staff was fantastic. Kane, the cruise director was phenomenal with a wealth of information and extremely hospitable. We had a balcony ... Read more
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