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Europe River Cruises

Europe River Cruises

When it comes to Eureopean 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; sightseeing opportunities are often included in the fare.
How to Choose a Europe River Cruise
With so many itineraries offered, choosing a river cruise can be overwhelming. Here are our tips to help 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
Read here to cover your bases before setting sail on a Danube River cruise.

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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.

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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dusseldorf
    Dusseldorf
    The symbol of Dusseldorf is the Radschlager -- a human figure ...
  • Heidelberg
    Heidelberg
    "The town lay, stretched along the river, its intricate cobweb of ...
  • Linz (Salzburg)
    Linz (Salzburg)
    Linz is the third-largest city in Austria, with a population of ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 -- it's impossible to put a ...
  • Strasbourg
    Strasbourg
    The capital of Alsace, France's smallest region, is also known as the ...

River Cruise Reviews

  • 12/14
    To set the record straight the Mekong Navigator is owned by and operated by Haimark Ltd located in Colorado with luxury river boats in Southeast Asia. The very good to travel with, Lueftner Cruisers, from Austria, with their excellent European river ... Read more
  • Excellent   miketristangadt
    04/15
    We just finished a cruise from Vancouver Wa. to Clarkson Wa. And we were impressed with the quality of the product. Everyone was super friendly, no matter the position or rank onboard.. The food was excellent, the entertainment was fun,on shore ... Read more
  • 03/15
    We sailed from New Orleans to Memphis and were very pleased with the experience. We were in suite 513 and it was clean and well furnished. I had wanted to have a private balcony, but was glad I didn't get one after I saw the boat. Being on the ... Read more
  • Too big,too slow   Ptoscano22@gmail.com
    04/15
    This is a nice boat but its like vacationing at an elementary school,kids running up and down the hallways,banging doors and anything else they can get their hands on.There is no supervision by any staff member so I guess some bodies going to have ... Read more
  • Best trip ever   madamek
    08/14
    This was our first river cruise but definitely not the last. We were impressed with the helpful , friendly staff. The regional food was outstanding. Having everything included is a great feature. When sailing you always see something - on that ... Read more
  • Christmas Market Cruise   Dhansford18
    12/13
    Right from boarding The Longship "FREYA" for the first time, we were treated like royalty. The service from all of the staff was first class. They couldn't do enough for us. The port excursions were planned very well and the tour guides ... Read more
  • 11/14
    Simple Luxury Cruising, those three words sums it all up when you take a Viking cruise. As you step into the ship on your first day, the pampering begins. I cruised with them on the Danube and the Bordeaux river, and planning on a third ... Read more
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