There is no better way to discover the hidden towns and villages of Europe than on a European river cruise. Ranging in duration from 4 days right up to 21 days, you can relax on your river cruise ship as you sail along the Rhine, Danube, Baltic, Rhone, Maine, and Moselle rivers. Sailing right into the heart of villages, towns and cities allows you to jump off and explore on foot on your own, or partake of the included ships tours and excursions. The European rivers are the lifeblood of the continent, with villages being built where the water flowed; ensuring your European river cruise will be blessed with wonderful scenery steeped in history. So much is included onboard a European river cruise, it offers exceptional value for money, with the added bonus of no seasickness.
Below is a summary of a few need to know details on the main waterways/rivers in Europe. If you fancy taking river cruise down any of these rivers or would like us to tailor-make any cruise please use the Request a Quote form on the right.
The Rhine is one of Europe's most important and picturesque rivers, especially where it flows through the Rhine gorge in Germany, with its impressive historic castles on both banks and vineyards.
Ports of call along the Rhine river include:-
Cologne - Cologne is one of Germanys oldest cities and is the countries fourth largest. It is located on both sides of the Rhine river and is most famous for it magnificent Cologne Cathedral. Cologne is also home to a vibrant art scene and boasts over 30 museums and hundreds of galleries
Cochem - Cochem is a small town with just 5000 inhabitants and is dominated by the impressive Cochem Imperial Castel, or Reichsburg Cochem which dates back to 1130. Other sights include the Winneburg castle ruins and lovely market place surrounded by timber framed houses
Düsseldorf - Düsseldorf is an important cultural and financial centre, and is renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, as well as its academy of fine arts. Düsseldorf lies at the centre of the Rhine basin, where the Dussel flows into the Rhine. You can see the famous Gehry buildings from where your river cruise ship docks
The mighty Danube flows through ten countries and four capital cities and is Europe's second longest river, stretching for nearly 3,000 kilometres.
Ports of call along the Danube river include:-
Regensburg, Germany - Regensburg is a medieval city and sits at the confluence of the Danube and Regen rivers. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city dates back to the Stone Age. Regensburg Cathedral, founded in 1275, dominates the skyline and is well worth a visit.
Nuremberg, Germany - Nuremberg is an important port on the Main-Danube Canal and dates back to the 11th century. It is famous for its traditional gingerbread products, sausages, and handmade toys. The famous Nuremberg trials were held here between 1945-46. The city host the famous Christmas market which draws well over a million visitors each year.
Vienna, Austria - Vienna is Austria's capital city with a population of about 1.7 million people, and lies close to the borders of Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Art and culture have long been associated with Vienna, and it is home to a number of opera houses, including the famous Theatre an der Wien.
Durnstein, Austria - Dürnstein is a small picturesque town on the Danube River and it is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Wachau region.
Bratislava, Slovakia - Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and sits on the banks of the Danube river. You must visit Bratislava Castle, where you will marvel at the sweeping views across three countries - Slovakia, Austria and Hungary.
Budapest, Hungary - Situated on the Danube, Budapest is the Hungarian capital. It has an intriguing history, incredible architecture and rich cultural heritage, and well deserves its reputation as the Paris of Central Europe
Ports of call along the Rhone River include: -
Avignon, France - Avignon is a fortified city and the capital of the Vaucluse region, the most picturesque part of Provence, and the Palace Of The Popes dominates the city landscape
Arles, France - Arles is the capital of the Provence and was once known as the "Little Rome of Gaul." Make sure you see the church of St. Trophime and the remains of the Gallo-Roman burial road, and visit the Roman Amphitheatre too.
The Maine river provides a critical link between the Black seas and the North sea and runs through the Germans states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. The Main is an important tributary of the Rhine and with the Main-Danube Canal forms a link between the Rhine and the Danube
Ports of call along the Maine River include:-
Frankfurt - Frankfurt is located on an ancient ford on the river Maine and is the financial and transportation centre of Germany
Würzburg - Würzburg is surrounded by green sloping hills covered with vineyards and is an important centre for wine production. Ensure you visit the impressive Residential Palace and many churches in the town
Bamberg - Bamberg is a World Heritage-listed city, and one of the very few cities in Germany that wasn't destroyed by bombs during World War II
Ports of call along the Moselle River include: -
Cochem - Cochem is known for its friendly wine taverns and colourful riverside walks . Be sure to visit Reichsburg Castle, which offers amazing views of the Moselle River.
Bernkastel - Bernkastel is located in the Moselle wine-producing region, and boasts over 500 years of wine history
Trier - Trier lies in a valley between vine-covered hills near the border with Luxembourg and dates back to Roman times. Here you can visit the city's Roman past, including the Roman Baths and the Roman Amphitheatre