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.

Christmastime in Alsace & Germany

4 night cruise sailing from Zurich aboard the Avalon Tranquility II.
Departs 03 Dec 2016
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$ 1736*
per person twin share

Christmastime in Alsace & Germany

4 night cruise sailing from Zurich aboard the Avalon Tranquility II.
Departs 30 Nov 2017
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$ 1948*
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

A Taste Of The Danube - Vienna To Budapest

7 night cruise sailing from Vienna aboard the Avalon Panorama.
Departs 29 Aug 2016
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$ 2490*
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

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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$ 2725*
per person twin share

A Taste Of The Danube - Vienna To Budapest

7 night cruise sailing from Vienna aboard the Avalon Luminary.
Departs 25 Jul 2017
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$ 2775*
per person twin share

Enchanting Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

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

Enchanting Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

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

Rhine Treasures - Amsterdam to Basel

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

Enchanting Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

7 night cruise sailing from Basel aboard the MS AmaLyra.
Departs 26 Aug 2016
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$ 4895*
per person twin share

Enchanting Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

7 night cruise sailing from Basel aboard the MS AmaLyra.
Departs 23 Sep 2016
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$ 5190*
per person twin share

Rhine Treasures - Amsterdam to Basel

7 night cruise sailing from Amsterdam aboard the MS AmaLyra.
Departs 16 Sep 2016
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$ 5190*
per person twin share

Rhine Treasures - Amsterdam to Basel

7 night cruise sailing from Amsterdam aboard the MS AmaLyra.
Departs 19 Aug 2016
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$ 5190*
per person twin share

Enchanting Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

7 night cruise sailing from Basel aboard the MS AmaLyra.
Departs 12 Aug 2016
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$ 5190*
per person twin share

7 Night River Cruise onboard River Royale

8 Day Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux - Pay in full & Save $500*pp~
Departs 12 Nov 2017
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$ 3299*
per person twin share

7 Night River Cruise onboard S.S Joie de Vivre

Parisian Royal Holiday - Pay in full & Save $500*pp~
Departs 20 Dec 2017
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$ 3699*
per person twin share

7 Night Avignon to Lyon River Cruise onboard S.S Catherine

Burgundy & Provence - Pay in full & Save $500*pp~
Departs 05 Nov 2017
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$ 3699*
per person twin share

10 Night Cruise onboard Queen Isabel

Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley - Save $600*pp
Departs 09 Nov 2017
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$ 4299*
per person twin share

9 Night Cruise onboard River Countess

Gems of Northern Italy - Save $600*pp
Departs 31 Mar 2017
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$ 4399*
per person twin share

7 Night River Cruise onboard SS Joie de Vivre

8 Day Paris & Normandy - Pay in full & Save $500*pp~
Departs 05 Nov 2017
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$ 4499*
per person twin share

7 Night River Fly Cruise onboard River Royale

8 Day Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux - Pay in full & Save $500*pp~
Departs 12 Nov 2017
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$ 5009*
per person twin share

9 Night River Cruise onboard River Baroness

Paris & Impressions of the Seine - Pay in full & Save $600*pp~
Departs 28 Mar 2017
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$ 5299*
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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Empires Of The Mediterranean - Athens To Venice

9 night cruise sailing from Athens (Piraeus) aboard the Viking Sea.
Departs 25 Sep 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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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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