Rivers were the motorways of history, allowing people to travel from capital to capital and country to country in style. Now you can do the same on a European river cruise, watching ever-changing landscapes unfold from the comfort of your luxury liner.
The Danube is the second longest Europe river, behind the Volga, traversing ten countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Moldova, and taking in cities as diverse as Vienna, Budapest and Belgrade. A rivers of Europe cruise along the Danube will enable you to see more of the continent in a few days than many people achieve in a lifetime.
Perhaps even more famous, the Rhine river links Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands in an ever-changing tapestry coloured the richest shades of russet, beige and bright green depending upon the season.
Or maybe you’d prefer the Seine, bisecting Paris, the world-famous city of lovers? Whether you’re dining al fresco or in a world-renowned restaurant with three Michelin stars, shopping in the opulent department stores or chic boutiques, taking in the sights or strolling along the Left Bank under the glittering stars, Paris is a port-of-call that delights and surprises passengers however many times they return.
The Dutch waterways, the Moselle, the Douro and the Rhône rivers; all are equally enchanting, each bringing you a fascinating array of historic cities, towns and villages in their respective countries. Unlike an ocean cruise, there will be no days without sight of land, so every morning will bring you different beautiful landscapes befitting an artist’s imagination. The tranquillity of a cruising Europe is a unique experience, instilling deep calm and providing the time and space for reflection. It’s time to see the world in a different way.
Whichever time of year you choose to embark upon one of our European river cruises, you will be able to create some wonderful memories on your journey around the continent’s waterways. From magical Christmas markets in Germany to lazy summer days floating past medieval cities like Prague and Bamberg , each one of the cruise ships which navigate these stunning stretches of water will provide a luxurious base from which to explore a range of charming destinations.
With a variety of boutique cruise lines offering some exceptional European river cruise packages, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding your ideal getaway. Expert-led guided tours, fine dining and a wide variety of shore excursion options are just a few examples of the highlights which await on every trip.