Europe river cruise

European River Cruise Deals

Europe's rich history and diverse natural beauty can be explored at a leisurely pace with a cruise along its picturesque rivers and canals.
 
Most of Europe's great cities developed along the banks of these rivers, and their historic trading ports now service cruise ships carrying passengers from all over the world. The ports provide easy access to world-famous attractions, museums and shopping districts without the hassle of transport connections.
 
Choose from a wide range of river cruises covering all of Europe's popular destinations, whether it’s a 7-day tour of France's wine regions or an international voyage from Amsterdam to Budapest or choose which river you'd like to cruise down.
  • Rhine RiverStarting in Switzerland and flowing through France, Germany and The Netherlands, the romantic Rhine River is lined with mighty fortresses, magical palaces and ancient cities.
  • Moselle River: The Moselle River flows into the Rhine from Northeast France and Luxembourg.  It is known for its picturesque medieval castles and excellent wines.
  • Danube RiverThe Danube River crosses Germany, Serbia, Austria, Hungary and Romania, flowing past fairytale castles, Gothic cathedrals, vineyards and unspoiled hamlets.
  • Douro RiverThe Douro is one of the major rivers of the Iberian Peninsula, flowing through Northern Portugal from Spain. There is plenty to see along this stunning waterway including four World Heritage-listed Sites - the Alta Douro, Historic Centre of Porto, the old city of Salamanca and the prehistoric rock art sites of the Côa Valley. 
  • Volga River: Discover the soul of Russia along the shores of the Volga River. Take in the rich culture of Moscow and St. Petersburg, and discover the people who embody this proud country.

Christmastime in Alsace & Germany

4 night cruise sailing from Zurich aboard the Avalon Tranquility II.
Departs 03 Dec 2016
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$ 1736*
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Christmastime in Alsace & Germany

4 night cruise sailing from Zurich aboard the Avalon Tranquility II.
Departs 30 Nov 2017
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$ 1948*
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7 Night River Cruise & Tour onboard Avalon Panorama

8 Day Taste of the Danube - SAVE $1798*per couple
Departs 16 Apr 2017
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$ 1996*
per person twin share

A Taste Of The Danube - Budapest To Vienna

7 night cruise sailing from Budapest aboard the Avalon Luminary.
Departs 25 Oct 2016
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$ 2264*
per person twin share

Christmas in the Heart of Germany

7 night cruise sailing from Frankfurt aboard the Avalon Tranquility II.
Departs 07 Dec 2016
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$ 2499*
per person twin share

7 Night River Cruise onboard Avalon Imagery II

8 Day Romantic Rhine - SAVE $1798*per couple
Departs 02 Dec 2017
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$ 2590*
per person twin share

A Taste Of The Danube - Budapest To Vienna

7 night cruise sailing from Budapest aboard the Avalon Luminary.
Departs 21 Oct 2017
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$ 2649*
per person twin share

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

7 night cruise sailing from Amsterdam aboard the MS Avalon Imagery II.
Departs 10 Dec 2016
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$ 2667*
per person twin share

8 Day Enchanting Rhine 2017

7 night cruise sailing from Amsterdam aboard the MS AmaDante.
Departs 11 May 2017
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$ 4895*
per person twin share

8 Day Enchanting Rhine 2017

7 night cruise sailing from Amsterdam aboard the MS AmaDante.
Departs 20 Jul 2017
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$ 4895*
per person twin share

8 Day Enchanting Rhine 2017

7 night cruise sailing from Basel aboard the MS AmaDante.
Departs 27 Jul 2017
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$ 4895*
per person twin share

8 Day Enchanting Rhine 2017

7 night cruise sailing from Basel aboard the MS AmaDante.
Departs 18 May 2017
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$ 4895*
per person twin share

8 Day Rhone Treasures

7 night cruise sailing from Lyon aboard the MS AmaCello.
Departs 18 May 2017
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$ 5495*
per person twin share

8 Day Rhone Treasures

7 night cruise sailing from Lyon aboard the MS AmaCello.
Departs 27 Jul 2017
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$ 5495*
per person twin share

8 Day Bordeaux Cruise 2017

7 night cruise sailing from Bordeaux aboard the MS AmaDolce.
Departs 27 Apr 2017
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$ 5545*
per person twin share

8 Day Bordeaux Cruise 2017

7 night cruise sailing from Bordeaux aboard the MS AmaDolce.
Departs 01 Jun 2017
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$ 5645*
per person twin share

7 Night River Cruise onboard Uniworld's River Ambassador

8 Day Holland & Belgium at Tulip Time - Save $500* per person
Departs 26 Mar 2017
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$ 2999*
per person twin share

9 Nights River Cruise and Tour onboard Uniworld's River Beatrice

10 Days Highlights of Eastern Europe - Save $2650* per person
Departs 10 Apr 2017
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$ 3199*
per person twin share

7 Night River Cruise onboard Uniworld's S.S. Antoinette

8 Day Castles Along the Rhine - Save $500* per person
Departs 05 Nov 2017
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$ 3299*
per person twin share

7 Night River Cruise onboard Uniworld's River Royale

8 Day Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux - Save $500* per person
Departs 12 Mar 2017
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$ 3299*
per person twin share

7 Night River Cruise onboard Uniworld's S.S. Maria Theresa

8 Day Enchanting Danube - Save $500* per person
Departs 26 Mar 2017
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$ 3499*
per person twin share

7 Night River Cruise onboard Uniworld's S.S. Catherine

8 Day Burgundy & Provence - Save $500* per person
Departs 05 Nov 2017
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$ 3699*
per person twin share

7 Night River Cruise onboard Uniworld's S.S. Joie de Vivre

8 Day Parisian Royal Holiday - Save $500* per person
Departs 20 Dec 2017
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$ 3699*
per person twin share

7 Night River Cruise onboard Uniworld's S.S. Maria Theresa

8 Day Danube Holiday Markets - Save $500* per person
Departs 16 Dec 2017
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$ 3999*
per person twin share

Romantic Danube - Nuremberg to Budapest

7 night cruise sailing from Nuremberg aboard the Viking Freya.
Departs 25 Mar 2017
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Romantic Danube - Nuremberg to Budapest

7 night cruise sailing from Nuremberg aboard the Viking Tor.
Departs 24 Mar 2017
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Romantic Danube - Nuremberg to Budapest

7 night cruise sailing from Nuremberg aboard the Viking Atla.
Departs 09 Oct 2016
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Grand Mediterranean Tour - Barcelona To Barcelona

14 night cruise sailing from Barcelona aboard the Viking Sea.
Departs 19 Feb 2017
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Grand Mediterranean Tour - Barcelona To Barcelona

14 night cruise sailing from Barcelona aboard the Viking Sea.
Departs 05 Feb 2017
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Lyon & Provence - Avignon to Lyon

7 night cruise sailing from Avignon aboard the Viking Buri.
Departs 30 Oct 2016
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Switzerland to the North Sea- Amsterdam to Basel

9 night cruise sailing from Amsterdam aboard the Viking Lofn.
Departs 09 Nov 2016
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Switzerland to the North Sea- Amsterdam to Basel

9 night cruise sailing from Amsterdam aboard the Viking Lofn.
Departs 15 Dec 2016
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Russia River Cruises

Imperial Waterways - Moscow to St. Petersburg

12 night cruise sailing from Moscow aboard the River Victoria.
Departs 19 May 2017
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Imperial Waterways - Moscow to St. Petersburg

12 night cruise sailing from Moscow aboard the River Victoria.
Departs 12 Jun 2017
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Imperial Waterways - Moscow to St. Petersburg

12 night cruise sailing from Moscow aboard the River Victoria.
Departs 06 Jul 2017
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Imperial Waterways - St. Petersburg to Moscow

12 night cruise sailing from St Petersburg, Russia aboard the River Victoria.
Departs 18 Jul 2017
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Imperial Waterways - St. Petersburg to Moscow

12 night cruise sailing from St Petersburg, Russia aboard the River Victoria.
Departs 31 May 2017
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Imperial Waterways - St. Petersburg to Moscow

12 night cruise sailing from St Petersburg, Russia aboard the River Victoria.
Departs 24 Jun 2017
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Jewels of Russia with Copenhagen

17 night cruise sailing from Copenhagen aboard the Scenic Tsar.
Departs 14 Sep 2017
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Jewels of Russia - Moscow to St. Petersburg

14 night cruise sailing from Moscow aboard the Scenic Tsar.
Departs 09 Jul 2017
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Jewels of Russia with Copenhagen

17 night cruise sailing from Copenhagen aboard the Scenic Tsar.
Departs 22 Jul 2017
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Jewels of Russia - Moscow to St. Petersburg

14 night cruise sailing from Moscow aboard the Scenic Tsar.
Departs 03 Sep 2017
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Jewels of Russia - Moscow to St. Petersburg

14 night cruise sailing from Moscow aboard the Scenic Tsar.
Departs 06 Aug 2017
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Jewels of Russia - St. Petersburg to Moscow

14 night cruise sailing from St Petersburg, Russia aboard the Scenic Tsar.
Departs 20 Jul 2017
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Waterways of the Tsars - Moscow To St. Petersburg

12 night cruise sailing from Moscow aboard the Viking Helgi.
Departs 08 Oct 2016
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Imperial Waterways - Moscow to St. Petersburg

12 night cruise sailing from Moscow aboard the River Victoria.
Departs 19 May 2017
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Imperial Waterways - Moscow to St. Petersburg

12 night cruise sailing from Moscow aboard the River Victoria.
Departs 12 Jun 2017
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Imperial Waterways - Moscow to St. Petersburg

12 night cruise sailing from Moscow aboard the River Victoria.
Departs 06 Jul 2017
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Waterways of the Tsars - St. Petersburg To Moscow

12 night cruise sailing from St Petersburg, Russia aboard the Viking Akun.
Departs 12 Aug 2017
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Waterways of the Tsars - St. Petersburg To Moscow

12 night cruise sailing from St Petersburg, Russia aboard the Viking Ingvar.
Departs 11 Aug 2017
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Waterways of the Tsars - St. Petersburg To Moscow

12 night cruise sailing from St Petersburg, Russia aboard the Viking Truvor.
Departs 10 Aug 2017
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Waterways of the Tsars - St. Petersburg To Moscow

12 night cruise sailing from St Petersburg, Russia aboard the Viking Helgi.
Departs 09 Aug 2017
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Destination Overview

  • Currency - the euro is the official currency of many European countries, but depending on your cruise itinerary you may need to use other currencies in countries such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway and the United Kingdom.
  • Population - Europe is the world's third most populous continent, with 733 million people living in 50 countries and sovereign states. The countries with the highest populations include Germany (81 million), France (65 million) and the United Kingdom (62 million), with 110 million people living in the European side of Russia.
  • Language - refreshing your foreign languages could be handy when dealing with local businesses, but during cruise activities you will be accompanied by a guide and interpreter. English is widely spoken as a second language in many countries, especially in major tourism destinations.
  • Time Zone - the European mainland spans four time zones, from UTC+0 in Portugal, Ireland and the UK to UTC+4 in Moscow. There may be a time difference when crossing borders, such as when travelling between Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Weather - most of Europe has a combined continental and oceanic climate with 4 distinct seasons, while the seasons in southerly regions tend to be categorised as wet and dry.
     

Did you know..?

The longest river in Europe is the Volga, which travels 3,692 kilometres through Russia from the Valdai Hills to the Caspian Sea. The second longest is the Danube at 2,860 kilometres, which passes through a total of 9 countries.
 

Who goes there?

River cruises are offered by a number of European and international cruise lines. Viking Cruises operates multiple routes with 13 vessels, while others such as APT Cruising and Uniworld River Cruises focus on major routes of the Danube, Main, Moselle, Rhine and Rhone rivers.
 
Avalon Waterways and Tauck River Cruising specialise in luxury cruises with all-inclusive food, drink and activities. Tauck also offers cruise options for families with children.
 

Best time to go?

Europe's cruise season is from April to October. Northern Europe experiences shorter summers, while southern destinations in the Mediterranean and Iberia offer comfortable cruising all year round.
 
Some river cruises operate outside of the peak season, particularly early spring cruises of the Netherlands to see the tulips in bloom and December cruises of traditional Christmas markets.
 

Highlights

  • Bordeaux - combine a River Seine tour of Paris with an excursion through the romantic Bordeaux countryside. Float along the Garonne and Dordogne passing medieval towns and vineyards and stopping off to sample local wines and brandy in Cognac, on the way to the beaches of Arcachon on the Atlantic Coast.
  • Netherlands - explore the cultural treasures of Amsterdam by canal boat before moving on to the Hague and other destinations in the Netherlands and Belgium. Art lovers will find some of the world’s best art history museums in the country that produced such notable figures as Vincent Van Gogh and Hieronymus Bosch.
  • Russia - travel between the great cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg on a Volga cruise, taking in famous landmarks including the Kremlin and Red Square, Catherine Palace and the State Hermitage Museum. Cruises also explore the historic sights of the Golden Ring.
  • Italy - canal cruising is mandatory in the ‘floating city’ of Venice, and you can explore more of Northern Italy's romantic and cultural charms with a cruise along the River Po to Mantua, Bologna and Verona. Many itineraries combine cruises with overland tours to other significant sites including Florence and Rome to see historic sites and Renaissance art.
     
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