The rivers of the world have become firm favourites for travelers to explore. European river cruising has recently boomed and cruise lines are expanding to more exotic and interesting destinations. As a niche of cruising, river cruises are an increasingly popular option, particularly for travelers who enjoy the comforts and variety of cruising, but who wish to explore the nuances of the destinations: its food, culture, people and customs!
The choice is yours if you’d like to sail gently along as medieval castles float by your balcony or if you prefer the hustle and bustle of a trip through an Asian metropolis.
Since so many of Europe's classic cities grew due to their proximity to their rivers, the waterways of the original trade routes to places like Vienna, Budapest and Paris are not large enough to house mainstream cruise ships, yet they're not too small for a flotilla of specially designed river ships.
What makes a river cruise so different from an ocean cruise is the huge emphasis on the places visited. Every day a new port is featured and guided tours are included. With this as its focus, the river itineraries in Europe offer a diverse mix of sophisticated metropolises to picturesque villages.
Europe is a perfect blend of the ancient and the modern. A river cruise is one of the best ways to explore inland Europe, visiting cities, towns and villages that traditional big ships usually can't access.
From April's tulips to December's Christmas markets, many riverboats glide along Europe’s historic rivers, spanning thousands of kilometres of Continental waterways, connecting North Sea to Black Sea.
Enjoy the timeless beauty and grace of the Old World with river cruises along the Rhine, the Main, the Danube, and the Seine rivers. Explore the rich culture of countries like Austria, Germany, France, and Switzerland, and take in amazing sights like the windmills of Kinderdijik, vineyards in France, and ancient castles in the Rhine Valley - unforgettable journeys along great waterways!
River ships are being modernized with new ships that incorporate more of today's contemporary features like more spacious suites, cabins with full balconies, Wi-Fi, alternative eateries, gyms, spas, swimming pools and museum-worthy art collections; plus River Companies are becoming more Eco-friendly with new technology to improve operating efficiency, safety and environmental sensitivity.