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European River Cruises

Cologne Cathedral

From exploring the vineyards and cities along the Douro and being charmed by the castles and UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the Rhine, to stopping off at a string of famous destinations that the edge the Danube – there’s a whole host of European river cruises to choose from. Whichever cruise you opt for, all-inclusive Europe river cruises mean you can enjoy on-board dining and drinks, plus a selection of excursions included in the price. To help you work out the perfect cruise for you, we’ve put together this guide, detailing the selection of storied waterways and destinations we visit.

European river cruise destinations

There’s something special about stepping aboard a cruise. The moment you pull away from the pier, ready for the adventure ahead. Our collection of European river cruises provides the chance for you to see a different side to Europe. And there’s something for everyone. Perhaps you like the idea of multiple city-breaks in one, ticking off famous destinations as you go. You could be tempted by wine tasting at vineyards along the Moselle. Or maybe you’re keener on the idea of sitting back and soaking up ever-changing riverside scenery along the Rhine. There’s a lot of choice when it comes to river cruises. Europe’s famous waterways and iconic landscapes await. Which one will you choose?

Our river cruises in Europe

Sail into the heart of a historic city, spend the day exploring a charming old town and wake up to sunny mornings on the river with a cup of tea on your balcony. Our no-fly river cruises to Europe help to open up each region they visit. Our river ships are ready to take you on a voyage of discovery, delving into the history and culture of European towns and cities. There’s a whole host of fascinating destinations to look forward to.

Danube river cruise

The Danube

Embarking on a Danube river cruise is like enjoying several city breaks in one. These cruises take you right into the heart of Europe's greatest capitals, such as Budapest and Vienna.

Douro river cruise

The Douro

Make your way through Portugal’s UNESCO-recognised wine region on a Douro River cruise. Join us aboard and immerse yourself in the scenery of this historic waterway. Pass by sweeping granite formations, quaint wine-producing estates and vine-covered terraces.

Dutch and Belgian river cruises

The Dutch waterways

Delve into Holland and Belgium's network of waterways and man-made canals on a Dutch and Belgium cruise. Explore the unique countryside from the water, as well as a string of towns and cities such as the ever-intriguing Amsterdam.

Moselle River cruise

The Moselle

For cruises that visit more unusual towns and places off the tourist trail, a cruise on the Moselle is ideal. Tour Luxembourg’s capital city, uncover Roman history in Trier and enjoy wine-tasting along the way.

Rhine river cruises

The Rhine

The Rhine is one of the world's top regions to explore on a river cruise. Discover the wine towns, fairytale castles and incredible scenery of Germany and the Netherlands while cruising on Spirit of the Rhine.

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The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.