The Danube River is the second-longest river in Europe. It flows through 10 countries; Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Moldova. Beginning in the Black Forest of Germany and ending at the mouth of the Black Sea, the Danube River has been a prominent transportation route for over 2,000 years. A cruise along the Danube River offers an eclectic itinerary - a mix of rural and urban sights for history, art and music lovers alike.
The Douro River is known as the Dutch waterway. It is enchanting as it is fascinating with an array of historic cities, towns and villages waiting to greet you. Snaking its way through the sloping green terraced hillsides of Portugal’s Douro Valley, the Douro River is renowned for vineyards that produce fortified port wine, which is blended from local Portuguese grapes and aged in wooden casks.
As the Main River winds its way through central Germany, it passes modern cities and medieval castles, little hamlets and soaring architecture. Cruising the Main River is the perfect way to experience Germany’s old and new together in one trip.
In an ever-changing tapestry, the Rhine River links Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands. It begins at the Swiss Alps and meanders its scenic route through central and western Europe until it reaches the North Sea. A river significant for centuries gone by, a cruise along the Rhine River means sighting waterfront castles and fortresses, medieval bridges and fairy tale villages, hilly vineyards and breathtaking landscapes.
The Rhône River begins in the Swiss Alps and flows down to the Mediterranean. A cruise along the Rhône River takes you on a journey through the heart of wine country that encompasses southern French charm and is often accompanied by the heady scent of lavender fields.
Having acted as a commercial waterway for centuries, the Seine River has played an important role in France’s history. Relax as your river cruise gracefully winds past vineyards and medieval houses until it reaches the UNESCO-protected riverbanks of Paris. Whether you’re dining al fresco or in a world-renowned restaurant, shopping in the opulent department stores or taking in the sights as you stroll along the Left Bank under the glittering stars, the city of love is a port of call that delights and surprises passengers however many times they return.
Which cruise lines sail along the rivers of Europe?