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River Cruising in Europe

A river cruise is a wonderful way to see some of the most historic towns and cities in Europe, from the major hubs like Amsterdam and Prague, to small villages like Austria's Durnstein and Germany's Breisach. Be drawn into the allure of European history, culture, art and architecture, as you sail into the heart of each destination in the comfort of a luxurious river ship.

Upon sailing Europe's glorious rivers - the Danube, Main, Rhine, Moselle, Rhone, Saone, Seine, Po and Douro - discover charming waterside villages, exciting cultures and traditions, and unique scenic treasures that only a river cruise can offer.

Check out our latest European river cruise deals below, or contact a cruising specialist for more details.

European River Cruises

Grand European Tour - Amsterdam to Budapest

14 night cruise sailing from Amsterdam aboard the Viking Kvasir.
Departs:
  • 2014-09-09.

Rhine Getaway - Amsterdam to Basel

7 night cruise sailing from Amsterdam aboard the Viking Var.
Departs:
  • 2014-08-30.

Rhine Getaway - Amsterdam to Basel

7 night cruise sailing from Amsterdam aboard the Viking Gullveig.
Departs:
  • 2014-10-10.

Rhine Getaway - Amsterdam to Basel

7 night cruise sailing from Amsterdam aboard the Viking Tor.
Departs:
  • 2014-09-20.

Christmastime On The Danube

8 night cruise sailing from Vienna aboard the Avalon Panorama.
Departs:
  • 2014-12-03.

A Taste Of The Danube - Budapest To Vienna

8 night cruise sailing from Budapest aboard the Avalon Vista.
Departs:
  • 2014-11-12.

A Taste Of The Danube - Budapest To Vienna

8 night cruise sailing from Budapest aboard the Avalon Affinity.
Departs:
  • 2014-09-17.

Romantic Rhine - Basel To Amsterdam

7 night cruise sailing from Basel aboard the Avalon Visionary.
Departs:
  • 2014-08-09.

Splendors of Northern Italy,Venice,Florence & Rome

12 night cruise sailing from Venice aboard the River Countess.
Departs:
  • 2014-09-07.

Splendors of Northern Italy,Venice,Florence & Rome

12 night cruise sailing from Venice aboard the River Countess.
Departs:
  • 2014-09-14.

Splendors of Northern Italy,Venice,Florence & Rome

12 night cruise sailing from Venice aboard the River Countess.
Departs:
  • 2014-09-21.

Splendors of Northern Italy,Venice,Florence & Rome

12 night cruise sailing from Venice aboard the River Countess.
Departs:
  • 2014-09-28.

Europe's Rivers & Castles -Luxembourg to Nuremberg

7 night cruise sailing from Remich aboard the MS AmaDolce.
Departs:
  • 2014-11-03.

Europe's Rivers & Castles -Nuremberg to Luxembourg

7 night cruise sailing from Nuremberg aboard the MS AmaLyra.
Departs:
  • 2014-10-31.

The Legendary Danube - Nuremberg to Budapest

7 night cruise sailing from Nuremberg aboard the MS AmaDolce.
Departs:
  • 2014-11-10.

The Legendary Danube - Nuremberg to Budapest

7 night cruise sailing from Nuremberg aboard the MS AmaSonata.
Departs:
  • 2014-08-20.

Cruiseabout offers great deals on European River cruises, so why not enquire today? We guarantee the best cruise deals and will beat any Asia cruise quote, worldwide - or you'll sail for free.

Europe's Rivers

The Saone and Rhone Rivers let you explore the famed region of Burgundy, the lavender-scented hills of Provence and the wild, majestic scenery of the Ardeche region.

The Seine is of course the river that Paris sits on. Cruise along the Seine from Paris, through the historic heart of Normandy, to the endless beaches of the Atlantic Coast.

The Elbe/Havel/Moldau rivers cover Czech and Germany. The Elbe rises in the mountains of Bohemia and flows via Prague through the Czech lowlands into Germany. The river continues north-westwards towards Hamburg and the North Sea. The Havel and Moldau rivers branch of the Elbe and allow river boats to travel from Prague to Berlin (Postdam).

Oder River cruises are a great way to discover the Old World charm of interesting and little-known towns in Germany and Poland.

The Rhine is one of Europe’s major arteries. It flows into the North Sea from its beginnings in the Alps, through Switzerland, Germany, France and Holland. Rhine cruise itineraries can include the Moselle and Main rivers. The Moselle branches from the Rhine at Koblenz and flows down to Trier. The main leaves the Rhine at Mainz and flows to Basle. The Main-Danube canal also allows River cruises to offer Rhine and Danube itineraries.

The Douro is one of Europe's most untouched and beautiful rivers. Rising in the hills north of Madrid the river meanders through northern Portugal to the fascinating city of Porto and then into the Atlantic. Most cruises are round trips from Porto.

The Volga river in Russia allows you to discover the stunning architecture and unique cultural heritage of Russia's most interesting cities. Moscow and St. Petersburg, can be visited on a cruise that combines the Volga River, the Moscow Canal and other waterways.

Cruise types

All cruises are on River Boats and today these are mostly luxury 5 star boats with all the comforts of top hotels and many of the facilities of cruise ships. So the cruise choice is really destination driven.

Cruise season

Cruises generally commence in Spring (March) and the main season ends in September/October, however a limited number of cruises are available up to Christmas and New Year. The Russian season is shorter and runs from April to October.

Main ports

  • Danube - Prague, Budapest, Passau, Bucharest, Nuremburg,
  • Rhone - Chalon-sur-Saône, Avignon, Arles
  • Seine - Paris, Harfleur (Le Havre)
  • Elbe - Prague, Dresden, Berlin (Potsdam)
  • Oder - Berlin (Potsdam), Wroclau (Breslau) and Szczecin (Stettin)
  • Rhine - Amsterdam, Passau, Basel
  • Duro - Porto
  • Volga - Moscow and St Petersburg

Weather

European river cruises operate from Spring to Autumn, so the weather will change with the seasons. Cruises also run from Portugal in the South, where temperatures in mid summer reach the 80's to Russia. In the north where the daytime temperature is around 50°F/10°C at the start of the season and rises to the high 60's by mid summer.

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