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European River Cruises

Slip into the major cities of Europe with near a traffic snarl. The technological marvel of the Main-Danube Canal allows you to cruise through 10 countries from the North Sea to the Black Sea.

The key to European river cruises is the Danube, which crosses Germany, Serbia, Austria, Hungary and Romania before emptying into the Black Sea. It offers the greatest range of river cruise itineraries, not to mention fairytale castles, Gothic Cathedrals, unspoilt hamlets, vineyards, cobbled streets and UNESCO heritage sites: Saltzburg, Budapest and Holland's Kinderdijk windmills.

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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 European river 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

European river cruises generally commence in Spring (March) and the main season ends in September/October, however a limited number of European 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


European river cruises operate from Spring to Autumn, so the weather will change with the seasons. European 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.

Ports of interest

Danube Discovery - Vienna to Prague

9 night cruise sailing from Vienna aboard the River Ambassador.
  • 2015-08-09.

Grand European Discovery - Vienna to Basel

14 night cruise sailing from Vienna aboard the River Ambassador.
  • 2015-08-14.

Grand European Tour - Amsterdam to Budapest

14 night cruise sailing from Amsterdam aboard the Viking Vidar.
  • 2015-08-10.

Grand European Tour - Amsterdam to Budapest

14 night cruise sailing from Amsterdam aboard the Viking Gefjon.
  • 2015-08-14.

Grand European Tour - Amsterdam to Budapest

14 night cruise sailing from Amsterdam aboard the Viking Ve.
  • 2015-08-28.

Russian Waterways - St Petersburg to Moscow

13 night cruise sailing from St Petersburg aboard the MS Anastasia.
  • 2015-08-09.

Russian Waterways - Moscow To St Petersburg

13 night cruise sailing from Moscow aboard the MS Anastasia.
  • 2015-08-22.

Nome, USA to Otaru (Sapporo), Japan

17 night cruise sailing from Nome, Alaska aboard the Silver Discoverer.
  • 2015-08-03.

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