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’s 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.

Ports

  • Basel
    Basel
    Basel, which lies in the northwest region of Switzerland, near its ...
  • Bordeaux
    Bordeaux
    The glorious port city of Bordeaux, which lies on the Garonne River ...
  • Bratislava
    Bratislava
    Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is an up-and-coming cruise port ...
  • Cologne
    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
    Dusseldorf
    The symbol of Dusseldorf is the Radschlager -- a human figure ...
  • Frankfurt
    Frankfurt
    Frankfurt am Main ("Frankfurt on the Main," the city's full name) is ...
  • Heidelberg
    Heidelberg
    "The town lay, stretched along the river, its intricate cobweb of ...
  • Koblenz
    Koblenz
    Koblenz, Germany, is located at the confluence of the Rhine and ...
  • Linz (Salzburg)
    Linz (Salzburg)
    For river cruise operators, Linz is used mainly as a waypoint from ...
  • Lucerne
    Lucerne
    There's an argument to be made that, with its lake, flower covered ...
  • Lyon
    Lyon
    The capital of the Rhone-Alpes region, Lyon is the second-largest ...
  • Mainz
    Mainz
    Germany's Mainz -- a 2,000-year-old city of leafy squares, timbered ...
  • Melk
    Melk
    Melk, a quiet city, is located on the Danube River, just off the ...
  • Miltenberg
    Miltenberg
    Located on the Main River about 40 miles southeast of Frankfurt, ...
  • Passau
    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
    Prague
    Moody, romantic, historic, mysterious: Think Franz Kafka, baroque ...
  • Strasbourg
    Strasbourg
    The capital of Alsace, France's smallest region, is also known as the ...
  • Vienna
    Vienna
    Visitors come to Vienna with high expectations of lavish palaces, ...
  • Wurzburg
    Wurzburg
    Located on the Main River between Nuremberg and Frankfurt, Wurzburg ...

River Cruise Reviews

  • Scenic Sapphire   wigmore
    09/16
    recommended by friends.only disappointment was final journey to airport but we enjoyed all of the rest. of particular note was the service in general, which was excellent.i have a walking problem and the help from the crew and other passengers was ... Read more
  • Invisible Amsterdam   Mach2phil
    09/16
    We needed some well earned R&R with some pampering. We booked a late Rhine cruise with Viking, a company we had used successfully previously. The shipboard experience and crew were excellent but desperately poor administration, customer care and ... Read more
  • 09/16
    The cruise was to celebrate our Silver Wedding Anniversary, and the Emerald Sky had all the facilities we were looking for when making our decision which company to book with. These included good food, excellent service from crew and staff, ... Read more
  • Superb!   abkisa
    09/16
    My wife and I had not done a river cruise and weren't sure what to expect but we were very pleased. We were welcomed onboard with a cold drink and a smiling crew. Osanka and Stephanie made check-in effortless. The ship was spotless, bags arrived ... Read more
  • 09/16
    This was our second river cruise with scenic and we cannot recommend Scenic enough....from the very start of the process - booking through to arriving home - the whole experience was absolutely fantastic. We sailed from Nuremberg up the river Main ... Read more
  • 09/16
    What a great trip Paris to Normandy. The staff were wonderful, the food was excellent - I can't say enough about how happy we were with this trip. The ship was clean, the cabin with a French balcony was roomy enough with great views. Dining ... Read more
  • Memorable   ItheJD
    09/16
    Following our journey over from the UK and a few nights in Atlanta and then New Orleans we boarded the American Queen - bliss. We have river cruised in Europe, China and Russia (as well as a couple of Ocean cruises) and this beats them all in terms ... Read more
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