European River Cruises
Sail down the Danube, explore the Rhine, relax on the Main. Discover small town hidden gems and castles galore – all on a European River Cruise!
Hundreds of rivers and their tributaries cross Europe: the incredible Danube, Dnieper, Don, Elbe, Loire and Oder being only a mere but stunning handful of them. Europe is the perfect balance between ancient and modern, and the best way to discover it is by river. European river cruises along the Rhine, the Main, the Danube and the Seine are bound to feed your appreciative appetite for the wonders of Europe. With the limitless load of tourist attractions throughout this area, you can rest assured that you will discover new and exotic landscapes every time you return.
A river cruise will take you to the doorstep of the historical and architectural marvels that Europe has to offer. Journey to Amsterdam, Cologne, Vienna, Budapest, Venice and much more to become aware of the prominence of the contemporary versus ancient features that permeate Europe. Visit all the highlights of the legendary Rhine River including charming castles and experience the lush landscape of the Black Forest region. Discover grand cities and quaint villages along the Danube and discover the natural beauty of Germany along the Elegant Elbe.
Take a good pair of binoculars to catch detail of the majestic architecture and inspiring scenery from the observation lounge and bar.
- Basel - Amsterdam
- Rhine, European Rivers
- April 2017 - January 2018
Comfortable walking shoes are essential so you can explore to your hearts content!
- Prague - Budapest
- European Rivers
- May 2017 - October 2017
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and, at the northern tip of Lake Zürich, is often reffered to as the 'portal to the Alps'. It is a major contemporary art and shopping destination, with over 50 museums and over 100 galleries in the inner city. The city has excellent public transport and also a free bike-hire system which means the all parts of the city are accessible, from the Museum of Art to the charming Old Town. Zurich is known for its shopping and this can be explored along Bahnhofstrasse and Niederdorf.Highlights of Zurich
- Walk along the promenade or venture out onto Lake Zurich
- Take a trip to the charming Altstadt
- Visit the Zurich Zoo and see the several hundred plant and animal species
Veliko Tarnovo is a historic town situated in North Bulgaria. It is one of the oldest towns in the country and archaeological excavations has dated the town more than five thousand years old. The fortified walls and cobbled streets add to the historical charm of the town and the highlight of this is the Tsarevets Fortress, which sits atop a hill in the town and provides superb views of the town below. The Samovodska Charshiya Complex is a perfect street to visit and watch artisans and craftsmens work as well as enjoy local cafes and restaurants.Highlights of Veliko Tarnovo
- Visit the imposing Tsarevets Fortress to uncover the history of the town
- Join a walking tour through the streets of Veliko Tarnovo
- See Asen's Monument in the Veliko Tarnovo old city
Saint Emilion is a commune in the Gironde department in South-Western France. Its history goes back to prehistoric times and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along steep and narrow streets. The town is a perfect blend of world-famous wineries, beautiful architecture and great monuments. The perfect way to discover the town, from the underground monuments to the ancient monasteries, is by a city tour, which will show you all the highlights of Saint Emilion.Highlights of Saint Emilion
- Trip to the exquisite vineyard Chateau Cantenac
- Tour the historic churches of Saint-Emilion
- Enjoy the fine wine from the vineyards surrounding Saint-Emilion
Medoc is a region of France north of Bordeaux and has earned a reputation as a well known wine growing region. It is home to around 1,500 vineyards and Chateau Paloumey is an example of a winery you can visit in the area where you will get an insight into winemaking techniques and also try some of the produce. The natural setting of Medoc is also sure to charm, with the area brimming with pine forests and long sandy beaches for you to enjoy. You will also find a wide range of dining options, from fine culinary experiences to fun group dinners.Highlights of Medoc
- Explore the outdoors and enjoy horseback riding, mushroom picking and surfing
- Learn about the local winemaking techniques and try the results
- Visit a number of charming chateaus and learn the history of Medoc
Cognac is located in southwestern France on the picturesque river Charente and lies on one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela. The town gives its name to one of the world's best-known types of brandy or eau de vie. The old town of Cognac is a mix of narrow medieval timber framed houses and grand mansions owned by the wealthy merchants. A guided tour of Hennessy and the towns other major cognac producers are the perfect way to discover the history of the town, and why the drink has brought this town's name around the world.Highlights of Cognac
- Take a tour of various Cognac factories in the town
- Enjoy the peaceful beauty of Cognac in Jardin Public de Cognac
- Try the local food and wine in a variety of restaurants
Arcachon is a commune in the Gironde department in southwestern France. It is a popular bathing location on the Atlantic coast 55 kilometres southwest of Bordeaux in the Landes forest. It has a fine beach and a mild climate. Arcachon is known for the "Arcachonnaise", the local name for an Arcachon villa, which is the architectural style of many of the older houses built there. It is a type of Victorian architecture. The town of Arcachon is only 150 years old.Highlights of Arcachon
- Take a trip to one of the many beaches and enjoy the golden sand and sun
- Visit some of the beautiful buildings like Basilique Notre-Dame and the Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Passes
- Taste some French cuisine embracing fresh fish available straight from the Atlantic
Cities such as Amsterdam, Cologne, Vienna and Budapest artfully balance the contemporary and the ancient. Witness the enduring splendour and refinement of the Old Europe with European river cruises along the Main, the Rhine, the Seine and the Danube. Our expert team will be delighted to advise you on routes and excursions, so don’t hesitate to call! The European river cruises we provide will doubtlessly be an unforgettable journey along these great waterways.
Cruises on the Danube
The Danube is one of the most popular rivers in Europe for cruising, which is no surprise considering the stunning cities which lie upon its shores. Prague, Vienna and Budapest all lie along this mighty river artery and a wide range of shore excursions will assure you truly get a sense of these wondrous places.
Vienna’s imperial architecture and refined culture is mirrored in the two sides of Hungary’s capital, Buda and Pest.
The Danube also boasts an array of quaint villages which have their roots as small fishing towns. The riparian backdrop of these shore side destinations holds the essence of a European river cruise, so be sure to do some research to get the most out of your trip!
The shores of the Rhine are studded with castles both impressive and imposing. A cruise down the Rhine allows you to witness the extensive Black Forest region and also cities like Amsterdam, Basel, and Cologne.
The capital city of the Netherlands offers numerous museums, vibrant gardens and winding canals which you can experience as part of an on shore excursion. Don’t worry though, if you’d prefer to explore ancient riverside ruins that’s also a possibility.
On a Rhine cruise you will see a lot in a relatively short space of time, which is ideal for those who want to get a taste of Europe.
All our European River cruises can be specifically tailored to your needs. If you require flights to and from Europe or travel insurance while in Europe, then call our European River cruise experts who are waiting to help. For more great options on cruise, have a look into our last minute deals and cheap offers. All cruises are available through our cruise experts. Call now on 1300 887 590.