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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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Vienna
    Visitors come to Vienna with high expectations of lavish palaces, ...

River Cruise Reviews

  • Viking - never again!   cpamom55
    I just have to say it - we had an amazing time on the Rinda. All the staff worked hard to please the passengers. The food was excellent, the rooms were fine. Service over all was a 4 or 5. However, as wonderful as the experience on the ship ... Read more
  • 10/15
    The trip down the Rhine River with stops at 2000 year old German cities along the way and too many castles to count was stimulating and beautiful. The ship was new, extremely comfortable, food healthy and light ( although one could eat more calories ... Read more
  • A great wine-themed cruise   seattleGTfan
    We took the Avalon Affinity for a late October/early November sailing along the Moselle and Rhine rivers, and had a great time. It was a special wine-themed cruise with several included wine tasting events that were a lot of fun. The trip ... Read more
  • Awesome   shrumster
    Everything about this cruise and ship was perfect. The ship is amazing. The accommodations are wonderful, the dining is out of this world and the service is second to none. The crew to a person seems to be truly interested in you having a great ... Read more
  • 10/15
    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip along the Seine up to Normandy--at least until the Norovirus started hitting the passengers. I estimate that 10-25% of the passengers got sick at some point and their was NOTHING on board to alleviate any ... Read more
  • Castles on the Rhine   fjgoodman
    Well organized cruise with pre-extension in Basel and post-extension in Amsterdam. Uniworld personnel were attentive, well organized, and all aspects of the cruise with airport transfers were without a hitch. The no extra tipping policy was well ... Read more
  • Perfect Cruise   DebraWatkins
    My husband booked this river cruise from Lyon to Arles in honor of my birthday, so I was expecting the best and was not disappointed! The S.S.Catherine is an elegant ship with Venetian glass fixtures, original artwork on all of the walls, ... Read more
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