River cruises travel through narrow waterways, so your time afloat provides ever changing scenery. The cruise generally includes many stops at fascinating destinations, enabling easy exploration of quaint towns and historic villages along the way.

Avalon Waterways, 8-Day A Taste of the Danube
Discover the many charms of the Danube with this captivating eight-day river cruise around some of Europe's most historic destinations. With stop-offs in Budapest... MORE »
SAILINGS: April-June, September-October 2017
Avalon Waterways, 7-Day Balkan Discovery - Westbound
Get captivated by the beauty of the Balkans with this enthralling ten-day journey through Eastern Europe. Immerse yourself in the rich history... MORE »
SAILINGS: June-October 2017
Avalon Waterways 15-Day Magnificent Europe - Eastbound
See the highlights of Central Europe on this enchanting river cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest. Guided sightseeing in each city shows you the... MORE »
SAILINGS: October 2016 | April-October 2017
Tauck Cruising: 15-Day Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat - Southbound
Set sail on a 15-day voyage filled with medieval monasteries, romantic castles, awe-inspiring cathedrals and scenic valleys, as you discover... MORE »
SAILINGS: April-November 2017
Uniworld, 8-Day Burgundy & Provence - Southbound
Get a taste of Gallic joie de vivre with this wonderful eight-day journey through Southern France - where postcard-perfect countryside and...
SAILINGS: November 2016 | March-November 2017
Uniworld, 11-Day Highlights of China & the Yangtze
This 11-day adventure from Beijing to Shanghai covers over 5000 years of Chinese history and culture, with time to explore iconic sights like Tiananmen Square, The... MORE »
SAILINGS: October 2016 | April-October 2017
Viking, 11-Day Passage to Eastern Europe
Uncover the magic and mystery of Eastern Europe with this 11-day odyssey through some of the region's most charming cities. Your cruise begins in bustling Budapest... MORE »
SAILINGS: November 2016 | March-November 2107

River cruise vessels are smaller than ocean going cruise ships, and offer a range of excellent facilities. With short stretches of sailing between ports, be entertained or simply watch the world go by. Coupled with the peaceful atmosphere of having fewer passengers on board, a river cruise is a tranquil way to explore the wonders of Egypt on a Nile cruise or have a cultural expedition on a European river cruise.

Some river cruise vessels do not have lifts, so always check that the vessel you wish to travel on can meet your requirements. Read more about accessible cruises.


  • Scenery all the way along the cruise.
  • Visit significant worldwide destinations – dock in the centre of historic cities and towns and experience the real life of your port stops.
  • Many port stops .
  • Peaceful onboard ambience.
  • Onboard bars, swimming pools, libraries and more.
  • Most cabins have outside windows .
  • An alternative to large ocean going cruise ships.
  • Some cruise lines include onshore excursions in the cost of the cruise.

River Cruise Itineraries

A Nile Cruise or one of the many river cruises in Europe are the jewels in the crown of river cruising and retain some of the traditional routes of cruise history. A Nile cruise will take you through the heart of Egyptian history, from Luxor to the Valley of Kings and many more places in between. River cruises on Europe’s famous waterways take in Amsterdam, St Petersburg, Provence and more.

River cruising is not limited to these routes. You can take a river cruise along China’s YangTse River, the Mekong in Cambodia, through North America or the great Amazon River in South America – wherever your imagination takes you.

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