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!

European River
The incredible Danube, Dnieper, Don, Elbe, Loire, and Oder being only a mere but stunning handful of the hundreds of rivers and their tributaries across Europe. The perfect balance between ancient and modern, the best way to discover Europe is by river. European river cruises along the Rhine, the Main, the Danube and the Seine are bound to feed your appetite for the wonders of Europe. 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 and more to learn 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 witness the lush landscape of the Black Forest region. Discover grand cities and quaint villages along the Danube and experience the natural beauty of Germany along the elegant Elbe.
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Our Recommendations
  Luxury Cruises
Memorable sail from Vienna with Crystal Cruises
Memorable sail from Vienna with Crystal Cruises
10 Nights with the Crystal Ravel
 December 2019 - December 2019
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Sensational Budapest to breath-taking Amsterdam
Sensational Budapest to breath-taking Amsterdam
16 Nights with the Crystal Mahler
 May 2020 - October 2021
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Voyage with Crystal Cruises from Vienna
Voyage with Crystal Cruises from Vienna
11 Nights with the Crystal Mozart
 May 2021 - September 2021
p.p.from On Request
Travelling to Vienna from Budapest
Travelling to Vienna from Budapest
7 Nights with the Crystal Mahler
 July 2020 - December 2020
p.p.from On Request
Journey with Crystal Cruises from Amsterdam
Journey with Crystal Cruises from Amsterdam
7 Nights with the Crystal Debussy
 March 2020 - September 2021
p.p.from On Request
  France Cruises
6 day journey on board the Gerard Schmitter from Strasbourg
6 day journey on board the Gerard Schmitter from Strasbourg
5 Nights with the Gerard Schmitter
 July 2020 - October 2020
p.p.from $1,979
Enticing expedition from Strasbourg with CroisiEurope
Enticing expedition from Strasbourg with CroisiEurope
4 Nights with the Leonard de Vinci
 May 2020 - July 2020
p.p.from $1,294
Cruise with the La Bohème from Strasbourg
Cruise with the La Bohème from Strasbourg
5 Nights with the La Bohème
 July 2020 - October 2020
p.p.from $1,440
Expedition from Strasbourg with the Leonard de Vinci
Expedition from Strasbourg with the Leonard de Vinci
4 Nights with the Leonard de Vinci
 May 2020 - May 2020
p.p.from $1,851
Expedition with CroisiEurope from Strasbourg
Expedition with CroisiEurope from Strasbourg
4 Nights with the Gerard Schmitter
 September 2020 - October 2020
p.p.from $1,371
  Small Ship Cruises
Journey with Scenic from Amsterdam
Journey with Scenic from Amsterdam
14 Nights with the Scenic Opal
 July 2020 - September 2020
p.p.from $9,195
6 day journey on board the Gerard Schmitter from Strasbourg
6 day journey on board the Gerard Schmitter from Strasbourg
5 Nights with the Gerard Schmitter
 July 2020 - October 2020
p.p.from $1,979
Cruising from Porto via Pocinho
Cruising from Porto via Pocinho
10 Nights with the Scenic Azure
 April 2020 - November 2020
p.p.from $7,145
Enticing expedition from Strasbourg with CroisiEurope
Enticing expedition from Strasbourg with CroisiEurope
4 Nights with the Leonard de Vinci
 May 2020 - July 2020
p.p.from $1,294
15 day cruise to Budapest from Amsterdam
15 day cruise to Budapest from Amsterdam
14 Nights with the MS Travelmarvel Diamond
 September 2020 - November 2020
p.p.from $8,290
Our Recommendations
Gail
Sailing with the Viking Mani to Basel from Amsterdam
Step on board the Viking Mani as she takes you from Amsterdam through Cologne to Basel. Wake up in a new destination every morning! Visit the quaint and cheerful Strasbourg, the storybook German fairy-tale with the classic French twist. The Mani has sun deck with 360-degree views and restaurants and an observation lounge with floor to ceiling windows to ensure that you get the most scenic of tours along the way.
Our advice:
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.

  • Amsterdam - Basel
  • European River,Moselle River, Europe,Rhine River, Europe,Northern Europe,Western Europe,Neckar,Benelux, Europe (River)
  • October 2019 - December 2019

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Harvey
Travelling with CroisiEurope from Tulcea to Budapest
The most scenic of river cruises from Tulcea to Budapest featuring all that the historically rich River Danube has to offer. Visit exciting destinations in Romania like Sulina and Oltenita. Cruise the awe-inspiring Iron Gates, the Danube gorge that separates Serbia and Romania. At the end of your exciting travels, visit the world famous Széchenyi Spa, the public bath built in 1913. A trip to Budapest wouldn't be complete without a stop here!
Our advice:
Comfortable walking shoes are essential so you can explore to your hearts content!

  • Tulcea - Budapest
  • European River,Black Sea,Eastern Europe,Danube River, Europe,Mediterranean Sea
  • June 2020 - October 2020

from $3,102
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Top European River Ports
Marseille, Francefrom
$49

Marseille, France's main port city, is rich in history which can be traced back to the year 600 BC. The beautiful Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde is a focal point of Marseille and with its stunning hilltop location is the ideal place to look down over all of Marseille and beyond. The city is a blend of style and history, with shopping areas and modern architecture contrasted with historic sites in the old town and port. A trip by boat will bring you to the Château d'If, an impressive fortress on an island boasting turquoise waters, pristine beaches and spectacular limestone cliffs.

Highlights of Marseille
  • Explore the history of Marseille at the Old Port
  • Take a trip to the stunning Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
  • Hike through the beautiful Parc National des Calanques
Vienna, Austriafrom
$733

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
Budapest, Hungaryfrom
$986

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
Cologne, Germanyfrom
$848

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
Strasbourg, Francefrom
$677

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
Rüdesheim, Germanyfrom
$962

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
Passau, Germanyfrom
$1,819
Passau, the 'City of Three Rivers' lies at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz on the border with Austria. Attractions include several buildings from centuries past, the House of Lords situated on a hill and the Castle Museum Freudenhain.
Koblenz, Germanyfrom
$962

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
Rotterdam, Netherlandsfrom
$270

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
Nuremberg, Germanyfrom
$1,819
Nuremberg is Bavaria's second largest city and lies on both sides of the Pegnitz river. The city offers many cultural highlights. Museums, such as the Kunsthalle Nürnberg give the city a special charm.
Regensburg, Germanyfrom
$1,819
Regensburg is the capital of Upper Palatinate district and is located in eastern Bavaria. Visit the old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Basel, Switzerlandfrom
$1,757

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
Würzburg, Germanyfrom
$1,819

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, Germanyfrom
$1,819

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
Bratislava, Slovakiafrom
$986

With around 427,000 inhabitants, Bratislava is both the largest city in Slovakia and the country's capital. The city boasts wonderful cultural attractions, including many museums and galleries. In the nearby vicinity are the castles of Devin, which stands perched impressively on a massive cliff, and Bratislava (pictured), which are well worth a visit. Biking and hiking trails wind their way through the city's parks. Bratislava is the European city that retains its ancient magical charm while offering a wonderful modern mix

Highlights of Bratislava
  • Visit Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum for modern art
  • Take a walk to the spectacular Slavin monument
  • Discover the history in Old Town
European River

European Rivers


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!

Rhine Cruises


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.

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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