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Europe River Cruises

3 - 29 nights starting from $313 per person
Europe River Cruises

Europe River Cruise Highlights

Visit any number of beautiful and culturally rich cities on a European River Cruise: Amsterdam, Paris, Venice, Lyon, Berlin, Kiev, or Budapest. Art lovers must visit the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay in Paris, the Tate Modern in London, and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. History and architecture buffs will appreciate the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and the Prague National Theater. For those looking to stay active abroad, there are plenty of bike paths, kayaking opportunities and hikes like those in the foothills on the Swiss Alps to try.

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Europe River Cruise Highlights

Visit any number of beautiful and culturally rich cities on a European River Cruise: Amsterdam, Paris, Venice, Lyon, Berlin, Kiev, or Budapest. Art lovers must visit the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay in Paris, the Tate Modern in London, and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. History and architecture buffs will appreciate the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and the Prague National Theater. For those looking to stay active abroad, there are plenty of bike paths, kayaking opportunities and hikes like those in the foothills on the Swiss Alps to try.

Popular Europe River Cruise Ports

sail down the danube to cities like vienna and budapest, or through the iberian peninsula to spain and portugal. europe's waterways are seemingly endless, and rivers cruises reach almost all corners of the continent. these are a few destinations you can visit on a european river cruise:

  • Budapest, Hungary: Hungary's capital is a political and cultural hub filled with intricate architecture, relaxing hot springs, centuries-old history and delicious food. Stroll through Trinity Square or Memento Park, and visit the 13th-century Matthias Church, Fisherman's Bastion, and the Thermae Maiores Baths Museum.
  • Berlin, Germany: With famous historical landmarks like remnants of the Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate melding with new-age art, music festivals and modern landmarks like the Berliner Philharmonie, Berlin is a colorful city that will appeal to any traveler's appetite.
  • Lyon, France: Lyon's colorful, waterside buildings, majestic churches and iconic churches will draw you in from the moment your cruise nears its port. While in France's third-largest city, make sure to see the Musee des Beaux-Arts, the Opera de Lyon, and the panoramic Parc de La Cerisaie garden.

When is the Best Time to Go on a Europe River Cruise?

the majority of european river cruises sail between april and october, when the climate is mild and warm. typically a week to two weeks in length, european river cruises often depart from amsterdam, budapest, or paris. a few days on either end to explore one of these iconic european cities is encouraged.

What Cruise Lines Go on Europe River Cruises?

given the smaller waterways these cruises traverse, mostly small and some mid-sized ships are regulars along these routes. here are a few of the best to consider:

  • Viking River Cruises: With more than a dozen European River Cruise itineraries to choose from, Viking River is a veteran at its craft, having sailed many of the world's great waterways since 1997. Travel from Paris to the Swiss Alps, to Lyon and Provence, on a Grand European Tour or a Romantic Danube trek from Budapest to Nuremberg.
  • Crystal Cruises: Crystal is one of the few mid-size lines to offer European River Cruises. Sail down the Danube from Vienna, along the Rhine from Frankfurt to Amsterdam, or embark on a Grand Europe tour from Budapest to Amsterdam. Enjoy a complimentary Crystal Adventures shore excursion in every port, offered on all Crystal River Cruises itineraries.
  • AMA Waterways: This river cruise line sails to Provence and Spain, down the Danube, to Netherlands and Switzerland on the Rhine. Most voyages are between 10 and 20 nights, and with a maximum of around 160 guests, you'll have plenty of room to spread out and extra amenities to enjoy.

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