European River Cruises 2017/2018
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 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.
- Amsterdam - Basel
- European Rivers
- May 2018 - July 2018
Sample the fine wines and delicious local produce during this cruise for a true taste of the region.
- Paris - Tarascon
- European Rivers
- July 2017 - September 2017
Comfortable walking shoes are essential so you can explore to your hearts content!
- Prague - Budapest
- European Rivers
- May 2017 - November 2018
Amsterdam is a European cultural hub, known for its diverse culture and laid-back attitude. Canals can be found throughout the city and boat tours are a great way to see the city. However modern the city may be today; the capital city of the Netherlands offers an abundance of historically significant sights. The Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum offer an almost unrivalled collection of artworks, while a visit to Anne Frank’s House is sure to provide an unforgettable insight into the past of the city. Whether looking to explore by day or by night, a trip to Amsterdam promises to offer something for everyone.Highlights of Amsterdam
- Discover the history of the city by visiting the Anne Frank House
- Be sure to sample little Dutch pancakes also known as poffertjes
- Explore Amsterdam on foot by taking a walking tour from Dam Square
Hungary's capital, offers a unique cultural experience to visitors. Arrive in style along the River Danube, the focal part of the city which was previously used as a means to divide the city into the former cities of Buda and Pest. Budapest has become synonymous with Thermal Baths and architecture due to the various architectural styles found throughout the city . Styles include Neo-Gothic buildings such as the impressive Parliament and Budapest's beautiful Renaissance-style Opera House. The Chain Bridge which provided the age old connection between Buda and Pest is highly recommended for visitors to the Eastern European city.Highlights of Budapest
- Visit the historic Chain Bridge
- Pay a visit to the thermal baths for ultimate relaxation
- Enjoy stunning views across the city from the Citadel on Gellert Hill
Vienna, can be described as being both grand and elegant, while still managing to radiate a vibe that is both modern and contemporary. Vienna's City Hall with its Gothic style of architecture is a main feature of the city and plays hosts to many events, while providing the perfect backdrop for the famous Christmas markets. Cafés have always been a key feature of Viennese culture, with numerous cafés such as the grand Café Central, which has links to notable writers, being a popular spot for tourists.Highlights of Vienna
- Explore the Belvedere Museum and grounds, a former royal Summer residence
- Catch the Market at Alte Post every Saturday and Sunday to sample regional foods
- Take in an opera show at the renowned Wiener Staatsoper
Cologne is located in the German state of Nord Rhine-Westphalia and enjoys a great location along the Rhine River. Cologne has much to offer visitors outside of the renowned Gothic Cologne Cathedral, where visitors can enjoy panoramic views over the whole city from the tower of the Cathedral. Cologne is also home to the Schokoladenmuseum which allows visitors to learn about the process of making chocolate while also offering delicious samples. Cologne also has a love-lock bridge of its own located by the Cathedral, where many visitors come to add the the collection of padlocks while taking in stunning views of the River Rhine.Highlights of Cologne
- Visit the impressive Cologne Cathedral
- Sample delicious chocolate creations at the Chocolate Museum
- Enjoy the beautiful scenery down by the Rhine River
The city of Koblenz is situated in Rheinland-Palatinate, at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine. Koblenz is also one of the oldest cities in Germany. The city is often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Rhein' and IT is in very close proximity to numerous Vineyards and Castles, each synonymous landmarks of the region. Koblenz itself is known for the impressive Deutsches Eck monument located by the banks of the Rhein. Equally impressive is the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, located in the hills overlooking the city.Highlights of Koblenz
- Enjoy a cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, crossing the Rhine
- Visit the impressive Deutsches Eck monument
- Sample some of the fantastic wines produced in the region
As the seat of the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the European Court, Strasbourg is one of the most important centers of the European Union and is located near the border with Germany, therefore much German influence can be seen throughout. Of particular interest is the World Heritage Old Town and the Cathedral Square, one of Europe's most beautiful city squares. Due to the numerous channels that meander through the city and the picturesque half-timbered houses, the city offers a unique charm to visitors.Highlights of Strasbourg
- Why not explore the city from the water by taking a boat tour
- Marvel at the unique half-timbered buildings of Strasbourg
- Enjoy a tour from Strasbourg of the Alsace wine region
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.