For cruisers wanting a convenient, comfortable cruise bursting with culture and history - River Cruises are the ideal choices. On a River Cruise you unpack just once, and you begin your holiday the moment you step on board. River cruising has no destination, only a journey. From the minute you’re onboard, your holiday of a lifetime will begin.
River cruising is ideal for city breaks, discovery and relaxation. Holidaymakers who want to discover new cultures, exciting histories and the elegance of the world’s finest rivers, will find river cruises the perfect option for their break. With cruises travelling along the Danube, Rhone, Volga, Moselle, Nile, Yangtze and more - river cruising is the idyllic way to travel across the most picturesque rivers in Europe, China and Russia.
River cruises have an entirely different atmosphere to the larger cruise vessels. The ambience is intimate, relaxed and comfortable whilst oozing with elegant charm, luxurious surroundings and stunning destinations. Not only that, but river cruising is ideal all year round - with a huge variety of destinations, itineraries and activities to compliment your elegant river cruising journey.
Immerse yourself in times gone by as you travel on the small, intimate ships along the crystal clear waters. Discover the finest of cuisine, the most delicious wines and spirits and the highest quality customer service on board an elegant river cruise. Relax in your chic stateroom, sip a cocktail on deck or discover a whole new world on an excursion - whatever your dream holiday is, you can be sure to find what you are looking for on a river cruise.
We work with a range of river cruise companies to provide you with the ultimate choice of cruise holidays:
Viking River Cruises offer passengers a taste of Scandinavia, with immaculately decorated ships, spacious interiors and panoramic views across the stunning surroundings. Viking ships provide a multitude of activities, itineraries and educational excursions to suit all cruisers.
Amadeus Waterways (also known as AmaWaterways) has the fastest growing collection of stunning cruise ships around. With public areas full of unique, interesting artwork and staterooms exquisitely decorated with luxurious colours and fabrics - Amadeus ships are a great choice for elegant river cruising.
Avalon River Cruises are designed by experts to provide the ultimate luxury travelling for cruisers. They pride themselves on their impeccable service and on adding those extra touches that make holidays so special. From scented sticks in staterooms to luxury bath products and complimentary flowers - Avalon really do go the extra mile.
Uniworld River Cruises give guests the boutique hotel experience whilst on board the most sumptuous cruise ships. Their vessels are designed to provide the ultimate in comfort and relaxation, coupled with luxury views from the staterooms, five-star dining and over 40 itineraries - providing something for every cruiser.
To find out more about our River Cruising options, speak to one of our Cruise Experts today and book your trip of a lifetime.
Main Countries: Egypt
Main Cities/Sights: Luxor, Cairo, Karnak, Aswan, Edfu, Valley of Kings/Queens, Abu Simbel, Kom Omb
Be mesmerised with the awe inspiring grandeur of ancient sites down the River Nile. A river Nile Cruise is a journey back in time with its vast temples, incredible statues and huge obelisks, today they appear breathtaking set against the beautiful backdrop of the Nile Valley. At 6,695 km long the River Nile is the longest river in the world, it begins from the mountains of Tanzania before flowing into the Mediterranean Sea. Although the River Nile is largely associated with Egypt it actually runs through ten countries - Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda & Egypt.
A typical River Nile Cruises usually lasts for 4 to 7 nights between Luxor and Aswan or vice versa. Some of the destination highlights you will see are Cairo where you can see the amazing mummies and tombs in the Egyptian Museum. Aswan, Egypt’s southernmost city where you can visit the Temple of Philae, the prettiest of all Egyptian temples, You will also call at the port Luxor a busy and blooming place and home to some of Egypt’s top sights including the Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings and Karnack temple.
Main Countries: France, Switzerland
Main Cities/Towns: Chalon-sur-Saone, Mâcon, Lyon, Vienne, Tournon-sur-Rhone, Viviers, Avignon, Arles
The River Rhone in Southern France will appeal to anyone who enjoys fine food, wine and beautiful scenery. As you cruise the River Rhone you will see rural landscapes rich in natural beauty, ancient towns and villages, campsites and bathing beaches in abundance. The Rhone rises from Switzerland and runs south into the Mediterranean Sea.
Usually a cruise along River Rhone will operate a roundtrip from Lyon sailing, and heads south. As well as taking in the breathtaking sights that inspired Van Gogh, Picasso and Gauguin, you will also have the chance to taste and buy wine from the French vineyards. During your river cruise you may even have the opportunity to dine ashore in Lyon, which is home to some of the most spectacular restaurants in France.
Main Countries: Holland, Germany, France
Main Cities/Towns: Basel, Strasbourg, Speyer, Heidelberg,
Rudesheim, Koblenz, Cologne, Amsterdam
The River Rhine is not only the world’s most beautiful waterway; it is also Europe’s most commercial river. On your river cruise you will see miles upon miles of vineyards, majestic cathedrals, historic hilltop towns and spectacular castles. A Rhine River Cruise is focussed on culture as there are many castle, cathedrals and Roman antiquities to visit, the section between Cologne and Mainz is most popular during Rhine River Cruise, as it offers spectacular scenery day or night.
Most cruises to Rive Rhine usually last for 7 to 10 days, which surprisingly covers great distances as the vessels travel during the night. In Germany see the many castles which appear like something out of a fairytale, commanding the riverbanks. Admire Cologne, the jewel of the Rhine, a modern city with a traditional atmosphere. Also explore Holland’s famous windmills and waterworks; it is one of Europe’s most enjoyable destinations – unique in many ways.
Main Countries: France
Main Cities/Towns: Paris, Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, Giverny, Rouen, Caudebec-en-Caux, Honfleur
At 776 km, the river Seine is France’s second longest river. During your river cruise you will see beautiful Gothic Cathedrals and superb scenery, which inspired some of the world’s greatest artists like Seurat and Claude Monet. As well as visiting historic ports you will get to experience gastronomic delights and fine wines as you gently cruise along river Seine.
The highlight for River Seine cruise is Paris, one of the most glamorous European capitals with grand architecture, fine cuisine and haute couture. Almost all river cruises will spend at least one night in Paris, so you can see the city at night. The Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, the Louvre and Notre Dame are just some of things not to be missed. Viking River Cruises, Uniworld River Cruises & Avalon River Cruises offer regular cruises on the River Seine all year round.
Main Countries: Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania
Main Cities/Towns: Budapest, Vienna, Melk, Passau, Nuremberg,
Linz, Bratislava, Belgrade, Bucharest
The River Danube is Europe’s second-longest river, cutting through 10 countries - Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine. Although there is a wide choice of itineraries for the River Danube, the most enjoyable is to cruise the river Danube’s entire length, which will be filled with discovery and adventure as you cruise through the more exotic lands.
Whatever course you decide to take a Danube River Cruise itinerary will visit Europe’s most enchanting countries – like Budapest the Hungarian capital, stunning by day or night, where you can take a tour of beautiful Bratislava’s baroque and Gothic buildings. In Austria, discover Vienna “the waltz capital”, with its beautiful parks and Baroque palaces, elegant shops and legendary coffee houses. Other popular cities you will visit are Nuremberg, Linz, Bratislava & Belgrade.
Main Countries: Germany
Main Cities/Towns: Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse,
The River Main is 524 km long and is on of the most significant tributaries of the river Rhine. It starts in Kulmbach in Germany and flows through Bavaria, Baden-Wurttemberg and Hessen. During your River Main cruise you will see varied natural landscape, passing picturesque green river meadows. Some of the destinations you will come across during your cruise are Frankfurt-am-Main and Wurzburg.
Frankfurt-am-Main is often used at a starting point to cruise the Middle Rhine. It is a very busy and modern city with a famous Manhattan-like skyline. The city is filled with history and culture as well as several museums, which are worth visiting. Wurzburg is a majestic looking city; it is renown for being a wine-making centre with a number of Baroque Palaces, the most popular being Residenz. Cruises to River Main usually last 7 to 11 days but these will usually take a cruise along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers as well.
Main Countries: Czech Republic, Germany
Main Cities/Towns: Berlin, Dessau, Wittenberg, Torgau, Meissen,
Dresden, Hamberg, Prague
The River Elbe runs for 1,165 km from it source to Czech Republic passing through a range of landscapes and fascinating cities before flowing into the North Sea. As you cruise through the River Elbe you will see mesmerising hill-top castles, vineyards, UNESCO world heritage sites and a variety of medieval towns and cities.
During your Elbe River Cruise you will have the opportunity to explore popular cities like Germany’s thriving capital, Berlin with its innovative architecture, ultra chic shopping, grand boulevards and lavish monuments & the Gothic churches and monasteries, and fine Baroque palaces in Europe’s bustling city of Prague. You will also visit lesser known ports like Dresdon with its beautiful Baroque buildings or walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther in historic Wittenberg. An Elbe River Cruise offers an elegant experience indeed.
Main Countries: Southwest, Central & Eastern China
Main Cities/Towns: Shanghai, Nanjing, Tongling, Huangshi, Wuhan, Shashi, Yichang, Chongquing, Luzhou, Yibing, Leshan, Kangding
The River Yangtze is the longest river in Asia, and the third longest in the world. It flows for 6,418 km and starts from the glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai and flows southwest passing through China before emptying into the East China Sea.
The Yangtze is the most important river in the history, culture and economy of China. Only through a river cruise are you able to truly see what this varied continent has to offer, experience mountains and deserts, floating villages and urban jungles, ancient temples and futuristic metropolis. During your Yangtze River cruise you will also see popular tourist attractions in bustling cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Xian.
Main Countries: Russia, Belarus, Ukraine
Main Cities/Towns: Kiev, Zaporizhzhya, Kherson, Odessa, Sevastopol,
The River Dnieper is 2,285 km long and flows from Russia in a southerly direction through Belarus and Ukraine before emptying into the Black Sea. Most Dnieper River Cruises start in Kiev, which stands on the Dnieper River and is also Ukraine’s capital city. River cruise lines will usually sail to Yalta where you can visit botanical gardens and tour the Tsar’s Imperial winery at Massandra and the White Palace.
Main Countries: China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam
Main Cities/Towns: Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap, Tra Vinh,
Cao Lanh, Ha Tien
The River Mekong is 4,909 km long and starts from the Tibetan Plateau together with the Yangtze before flowing southwest through Yunnan province. It flows through Mainland China and Indochina, running through China's Yunnan province, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Over 60 million people depend on the Yangtze River for food, water and transport as well as many other aspects of daily life.
River life at the Mekong River is truly fascinating and varied; undeniably you will get to see a huge cultural contrast as you cruise between the bustling Vietnam delta and the tranquillity of Cambodia. Viking River Cruises offer year round cruises to River Mekong for 15 nights, as you cruise this magnificent river you will visit Hanoi, Siem Reap, Kampong Cham, Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City.
Main Countries: Russia
Main Cities/Towns: Nizhni Novgorod, Kazan, Ulyanovsk, Samara, Saratov, Volgograd, Astrakhan
At 3,700 km the River Volga is the largest river in Europe in terms of length, flowing through central Russia it is widely viewed as the national river of Russia. It originates from the Valday Hill in northwest Moscow and heads east past Yaroslavi, Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan before turning South and finally flowing into the Caspian Sea.
40% of Russia’s population lives near the Volga River and its tributaries, making it the life blood of Russia. The River Volga passes through matchless wild beauty, a must see for anyone is the Volga Delta its marshland climate means it is refuge for all type of wildlife beauty from beavers to the great bald eagle. There really is no better way to experience the magnificent River Volga other then taking a river cruise in summer months on this enchanting river to introduce you to the Russian culture and the river natural beauty.