What can you see on a River Cruise?


Taking a river cruise allows you to get up close and personal with the cities you visit.  Smaller ships provide a more intimate experience onboard with less crowds than a traditional ocean cruise giving you the opportunity to explore the local culture and flavor in a relaxed atmosphere.  It is truly an experience, unlike any other.

Top European River Cruise Destinations


1. The Rhine

The Rhine River is an unforgettable scenic journey filled with picturesque and historic destinations. Cruise by fairytale towns, medieval churches, and verdant terraced hillsides- which are only some of the many sites that you will experience. Transport yourself back in time with a romantic Rhine River Cruise.


2. The Danube

Running from Germany to Ukraine, the Danube is nicknamed the “queen” of Europe’s rivers. The Danube will captivate you with its striking architecture and romantic scenery. Perfect for those who love history, art, architecture, and music. From Bratislava to the Budapest Castle District, this river cruise has a little something for everyone.


3. The Rhône & Saône

Cruise the Rhône and Saône rivers and relish in the region’s medieval wonders and robust Burgundy wines. Be wowed by vast one-of-a-kind riverside landscapes. See the lands that inspired Van Gogh, Cézanne, and Gauguin. Perfect for history buffs, art lovers, gastronomes, and wine connoisseurs.


4. The Douro

A hidden gem, the Douro river winds through the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCO-listed Douro Valley, from Portugal into Spain, past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages, and acres of ripe vineyards. Experience the amazing food and wines that make this region memorable.


5. Tulips and Windmills

This is an ideal cruise for mid to late Spring, which is the perfect time to start and end a trip to Amsterdam. From there, you’d float through Antwerp, Arnhem, Ghent, and Rotterdam. Then visit Keukenhof Gardens largest floral park in the world. Be inspired by passing by majestic windmills and endless tulip gardens. 

Best Winter European River Cruises To Take This Winter

The Christmas Season is magical in Europe. Squares are lit up with decorations, a light dusting of snow may cover the ground, and the Christmas markets are in full swing. And, as luck might have it, river cruise lines have been operating voyages through Europe in the winter months, dubbed Christmas Markets voyages.

1. Christmas Cruise on the Rhine

Create a new Christmas tradition- on the river! Experience a special Christmas atmosphere.  Be enchanted by the local Christmas markets with their smells of gingerbread and Gluhwein, where traditional handicrafts meet sweet memories of childhood. Travel south from Cologne and stop at various adorable towns to get in the Christmas Spirit. The river cruise tour in Cologne.


2. Alsatian Christmas Markets Cruise

Experience Strasbourg on a river cruise that sails to the villages following the wine route on a magical cruise in the heart of Alsatian Christmas markets. Be carried away by the festive and magical atmosphere that animates the Alsatian capital and surrounding villages at this time of the year. From Strasbourg, sail by the lovely Parc de l'Orangerie. Continue to Sélestat and the Christmas Markets of Eguisheim, one of France's "Most Beautiful Villages."


3. Christmas Cruise on the Danube

Board your festive Christmas craft at Passau. From Passau, you will slowly cruise down The Danube stopping at dreamy villages and river capitals such as Vienna and Bratislava beckon with a cheerful welcome. At the many stops, you can get your Christmas fix at various Christmas Markets. Christmas Cruises also offer Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day feast. Take your family on a new type of trip.


Pick Your Passion

Whether your passion is wine, gourmet food, European history, horticulture, Jewish heritage, ancestry, golf and so much more, there is a river cruise for you. River cruises offer so many choices for you to see and do.
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I’d like to personally invite you to join me as we set sail May 22nd, 2023 for 7 nights from the beautiful city of Amsterdam and sail on the Rhine through the Netherlands, Germany, France and end in Switzerland where we will have the opportunity to spend 3 glorious days in Italy’s Lake Como.

On our cruise, we’ll discover fairytale castles and historic vineyards as part of our spectacular Rhine River cruise fantasy. We’ll start by exploring the canal-laden city of Amsterdam, with its neat rows o​​f buildings and rich history. Then it’s off to Germany, where we'll discover not only the grand city of Cologne but charming villages like the winemaking hamlet of Rudesheim and the university town of Heidelberg. We’ll cruise through the UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, where 40 castles are strung like pearls along the river banks and cross the border into France’s Alsace region in enchanting Strasbourg, take in spectacular panoramas of the Swiss Alps and so much more.

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