European River Cruises
Sail down the Danube, explore the Rhine, relax on the Main. Discover quaint towns, 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.
Visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz to see some incredible stonework. Koblenz is one of the oldest cities in Germany, so look forward to a wealth of cultural heritage.
- Kinderdijk - Basel
- Rhine River, Europe,Northern Europe,Moselle River, Europe,Western Europe,European Rivers,Benelux, Europe (River),Neckar,Transatlantic
- July 2019 - December 2019
Visit the Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest for a gorgeous view of the city.
- Engelhartszell - Engelhartszell
- Danube River, Europe,European Rivers,Eastern Europe
- June 2019 - October 2019
Comfortable walking shoes are essential so you can explore to your hearts content!
- Tulcea - Budapest
- Black Sea,Eastern Europe,European Rivers,Mediterranean Sea,Danube River, Europe
- June 2019 - June 2020
Amsterdam is a European cultural hub, known for its diverse culture and laid-back attitude. Canals criss-cross the city, and boat tours are a great way to explore. 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 unrivaled collection of artworks, while a visit to Anne Frank’s House is sure to provide an unforgettable insight into the dark history of WWII. Whether explored 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 point 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 to 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 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 host to many events, and also provides the perfect backdrop for the famous Christmas markets. Cafés have always been a key feature of Viennese culture, with numerous cafés such as the historic 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
Rotterdam, with around 590,000 people, is the second largest city in the Netherlands. It also one of the three cultural centers in the country. The city is the known for its skyscraper skyline and its many museums, festivals and events.Highlights of Rotterdam:
- The Markthal, opened in 2014 is a covered market with the piece of artwork in the world on the ceiling.
- Picasso's "Sylvette" is on display to the public for free.
- See the very unique Cube Houses, a showcase of modern design and technology from the late 70's, are on display to the public
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. The French city is located near the border with Germany, therefore much German influence can be seen throughout, particularly through the architecture of the city. Of particular interest is the Old Town, which is a World Heritage site, 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
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 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
The city of Rüdesheim is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, and is one of the most popular tourist areas of Germany. Besides the beauty of the city, Rüdesheim is known for its excellent wine, which can be tasted in one of the many wine bars. The town has many interesting landmarks of note including Niederwalddenkmal, a commemoration of the end of the Franco-Prussian War, which invites spectacular views of the city. Seilbahn Rüdesheim offers a cable car ride up the mountain and towards the Niederwalddenkmal and over the vineyards boasting wonderful sights so have your camera at the ready.Highlights of Rüdesheim
- Explore showrooms of wines at Vinkthek Georg Breuer
- Visit the fairy-tale like Drosselgasse
- Take a trip inside the Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard
Basel is a swiss city located along the banks of the Rhine, in close proximity to both France and Germany. Basel is known for a combination of both old and new, with a substantial Old Town in addition to many urban areas. Many of the best-known attractions are located in the Old Town around the Marktplatz such as Basel's Rathaus amd the Palatine terrace, which lies on the Cathedral Hill. There are also a number of museums such as the Museum of Cultures. The Münster Cathedral offers stunning views over the city of Basel.Highlights of Basel
- Visit Basel's Zoo, the longest running Zoo in Switzerland
- Enjoy stunning views over Basel from the tower of Münster Cathedral
- Sample the nightlife on offer at some of Basel's trendy bars and clubs
The city of Würzburg is located on Main and is Bavarian city of over 100,000 residents. Home to the oldest university in Bavaria - Julius-Maximilians-Universität founded in 1402, it's among the ranks of classic German university towns. Würzburg is known for it's extravagant buildings and architecture. Die Residenz or The Residence is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is well renowned for its frescoes and beautiful paintings. It's a staple on any tourists agenda on a visit to the city. Visit the Marienberg Fortress, home to the most stunning of gardens for a wonderful panoramic view of Würzburg.
Highlights of Würzberg
- Stroll around the wonderful Veitshöchheim Castle
- Visit the impressive Princely Garden Marienberg
- Sample some of the fantastic wines produced in Juliusspital
Bamberg is an economic center of Upper Franconia located in the state of Bayern. Since 1993, the historic city center of Bamberg has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the largest intact preserved city center in Germany. The city is known for its longstanding tradition of producing beer as well as the quaint buildings dotted along the riverside. Some of the most picturesque buildings include the Altes Rathaus or town hall and the Bamberger Dom. For a spectacular view of the red-bricked houses from above, take a walk or the city bus to St. Michael's Monastery. Bamberg is the cheerful little town that has stepped right out of a fairy-tale.Highlights of Bamberg
- View historical architecture along the Klein Venedig
- Discover the history of beer making at Frankisches Brauereimuseum
- Learn more about the town at Theater der Schatten
Paris is the capital of France and is crossed by the River Seine. There are numerous monuments and landmarks worth seeing in this busy city. Certainly the most famed landmark is the Eiffel Tower, atop of which you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city. A visit to the home of the Mona Lisa - the Louvre is a must for art enthusiasts. Why not take a walk along the famed Champs-Elysées boulevard? at the end of which you will find an equally famous attraction - The Arc De Triomphe. There is so much to see and experience in one of Europe's cultural capitals and most popular tourist destinations.Highlights of Paris
- Enjoy stunning views over Paris from the Eiffel Tower
- Visit one of the renowned Art galleries worldwide, the Louvre
- Sample some French flair at one of the many cafés along the Champs-Elysées
European River cruises are a perfect way to see the majestic cities dotted throughout Europe. 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, stopping off in a different city every morning, each unique for their own fascinating features. Cruising European rivers during the winter is truly a magical experience, with cities such as Cologne and Rudesheim hosting magnificent Christmas markets. Idyllic cities with a fairy-tale charm will be sure to make your Christmas a special one. During the summer months make the most of warmer weather and long days on your cruise, as most cities will feature a walking or cycling tour of the area. There’s never a dull moment on a European River tour, no matter what the season!
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 are mirrored in the two sides of Hungary’s capital, Buda and Pest. Regensburg is another incredible German city to see along the River Danube. As a result of suffering almost no damage during World War 2 the city boasts a well-preserved medieval history. The Danube also boasts an array of quaint villages which have their roots in 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 as well as 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. Basel lies on Switzerland’s borders with France and Germany, creating a unique culture which prides itself on an incredible range of delicious European food. Cologne offers a Carnival which the locals consider the “fifth season” running from November all the way through to March. 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, whether you’re looking for a two-week excursion to capture every Europe has to offer, or a shorter getaway of three or four nights. 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. CruiseAway offers last minute options as well as incredible deals so that you get the best value on your cruise. All cruises are available through our cruise experts. Book now and make the most of our best price guarantee on CruiseAway
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