River cruises in Europe
European rivers are the lifeblood of the continent, with cities and villages growing up alongside the waterways. Take a European river cruise to explore a country and enjoy stunning scenery steeped in history. Sailing straight into the heart of villages, towns and cities, you are then able to land and explore further on foot.
The Danube is Europe's second longest river and flows through ten countries, taking in four capital cities over almost 3,000km. Ports of call on a Danube river cruise include Regensburg and Nuremburg in Germany, Vienna in Austria, Bratislava in Slovakia and Budapest in Hungary.
The Maine River connects the Black Sea and the North Sea, flowing through the German states of Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemburg. Ports of call visited on a Maine river cruise include Frankfurt, Wurzburg and Bamberg.
The Moselle River flows through France, Luxembourg and Germany. Ports of call visited on a Moselle river cruise include Cochem, Bernkastel and Trier.
The Rhine is Europe's most important river and one of its most picturesque. Ports of call on a Rhine river cruise include Cologne, Cochem and Dusseldorf and you'll also come across vineyards, spectacular gorges and historic castles.
The Rhone originates in the Alps and flows through France to the Mediterranean. Ports of call on a Rhone river cruise include Avignon and Arles.
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.
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The Göta Canal is one of the most remarkable waterways in the world and an age-old link between Sweden's two largest cities. The Göta Canal Steamship Company carries passengers on original 19th century steamers through a river, 3 canals, 8 lakes, 2 seas and 66 locks between Gothenburg and Stockholm.
Board the most luxurious river ship in Russia for this eight-day cruise along the Volga.The magnificent Mstislav Rostropovich features 106 river-view cabins, bars, restaurants, a gym and a cinema, while the cruise itself includes guided city tours of Moscow, Uglich and St Petersburg.
Explore Portugal's ancient towns and villages, UNESCO-listed cities, magnificent palaces and medieval forts on this all-inclusive cruise with APT along the picturesque Douro River.
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Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Richard the Lionheart’s Chateau Gaillard, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.
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Includes return flights from the UK. Discover remarkable landscapes, storied history and charming cultures as you traverse Eastern European countries such as Romania and Serbia on this invigorating adventure.
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There are no beaten paths when your road is the Blue Danube... on an idyllic 12-day trip featuring a 7-night Regensburg to Vienna river cruise.