Europe's rivers are the lifeblood of the continent, with everything from great cities to tiny villages growing up along their banks. Take a European river cruise to pair stunning Alpine scenery with towns steeped in history and architectural gems, all brought to life by expert guides, exceptional food and wine, and experiences unique to each region.
The Danube is Europe's second longest river and flows through ten countries, taking in four capital cities over almost 3,000km. It all makes for a truly fascinating journey, with popular ports of call including the pretty towns of Regensburg and Nuremburg in Germany, the cultural and musical splendours of Vienna in Austria, quirky Bratislava in Slovakia and Hungary's grand capital – Budapest.
Then, connecting the Black Sea and the North Sea, the Maine flows through the German states of Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemburg, calling into cosmopolitan Frankfurt, Wurzburg and Bamberg – delightful towns packed full of central-European charm. And, flowing through Austria, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands, the storied Rhine takes in picturesque valleys dotted with vineyards, spectacular gorges and historic castles.
And, if central Europe isn't on your hit list, why not head west to Portugal, sailing down the spectacular Douro River to sample exceptional wines and ports as you gaze out over stunning vineyard views.
Douro Valley, Portugal
Tailor-make your European river cruise by adding a city stay before or after your sailing; talk to a destination specialist to see how we can personalise your cruise.