River Cruise Destinations
There's nothing like discovering classic European destinations using the natural course of the river to guide you. Soak up the ever-changing scenery, explore riverside towns and majestic cities, uncovering the rich culture, unspoilt beauty and charms of Europe's waterways, tributaries and smaller rivers.
Sailing through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, cruise past Paris' illuminated attractions at night or watch the lively grape harvest as you meander down the Douro.
Dutch and Belgian Waterways
Offshoots of the Rhine, this intricate system of canals offers a wonderful array of attractive landscapes to admire; from sleepy countryside scenery and bustling market towns to traditional windmills and tulip fields.
Cosmopolitan cities await, with their famous monuments and intriguing history, giving you a glimpse into the culture in this part of the world, a place where expansive flatlands make it feel as if you've stepped into the frame of a Dutch master's painting.
A place where jagged Alpine peaks and sleepy meadows meet dark pine forests, turreted castles and medieval towns, this is the land of the mighty Rhine River.
Sail right to the heart of ever-changing scenery, through the dramatic Rhine Valley, past the magnificent and mysterious Lorelei Rock and towering Rhine Gorge, and immerse yourself in the quaint wineproducing towns that take advantage of the river's fertile banks. Gently flowing into the pastoral scenes of the Netherlands, you'll be able to marvel at storybook towns, journey on time-honoured steam trains and visit historic cathedrals.
Tiered banks rising from its serene waters, the Moselle is one of the most northerly wine regions in the world and is celebrated for its internationally-acclaimed vintages.
And there's much more to celebrate about this historic part of the world, whether that's its proximity to the Duchy of Luxembourg, one of Europe's wealthiest and smallest countries, the Roman heritage of Trier or the Gothic Reichsburg of Cochem. Once the Moselle joins the Rhine, treats such as Rüdesheimer Kaffee, served with local brandy and sugar, are irresistible and the perfect way to immerse yourself in regional traditions.
The Blue Danube flows from the Black Forest through to the Black Sea, travelling through four of Europe's most impressive capital cities along the way. The variety of history, culture and inspiring landscapes that line its route makes for a truly memorable holiday.
Explore medieval Bucharest and Bratislava, as well as Imperial Vienna and Budapest, and enjoy a performance from Vienna's philharmonic musicians. Away from the Danube's riverside cities, experience stunning natural beauty with a boat safari along the Black Sea Delta, a visit to the Austrian Lake District and a cruise along the glorious Wachau Valley.
The Rhône's riverbanks are awash with charming wine-making villages, fascinating medieval towns and exciting culinary experiences, all set in some of the finest scenery of Provence and the surrounding regions.
Wander through medieval Avignon and the Roman town of Arles, the inspiration for Van Gogh's 'Starry Night', and spot rare wildlife in the ecologically-unique Camargue Delta, home to pink flamingoes and an ancient breed of wild horses. You'll also enjoy wine tastings in the Burgundian countryside and discover the foodie hotspot of Lyon, where all manner of French delights await at Les Halles food market.
Connecting some of France's most iconic sights, experiences and monuments, the Seine is synonymous with romance and the arts. Flowing through Paris, where cobbled streets and corner bakeries sit alongside the famous Eiffel Tower and the Baroque-style Louvre, it meanders westwards towards Normandy, passing scenes that once influenced world-famous artists.
Discover Giverny, the inspiration for some of Monet's best-known paintings, and marvel at the historic châteux, rustic farmland and seaside resorts, inaccessible to most river ships, which have flourished along this iconic waterway.
The Garonne and Dordogne
Cruise through one of Europe's premier wine-making regions, enjoying the rugged-yet-beautiful scenery of southwest France. Walled medieval towns and picturesque villages are dotted across a changing landscape of dramatic cliffs and ancient marshland.
Calling at some of the most famous vineyards in the world, savour a selection of France's best wines, sampling the delights of local vineyards as we wind our way through the Bordeaux region.
Experience local life and away from the crowds as we discover this unspoilt part of the Iberian Peninsula. Journey from the historic port town of Porto, winding through the Douro Valley and into Spain.
Take in the sights of historic cities, calling at traditional, terracotta-topped towns and villages, as well as experiencing Port wine tastings which delve into the regional viticulture. Just before it reaches the ocean, the Douro meets the UNESCO listed city of Porto. Once the very edge of the known world, labyrinthine streets meet elegant Baroque architecture and lively al fresco restaurants.
The Waterways of France
France's canals are an oasis of calm, with history, wildlife, beautiful countryside, fine food and wine all in abundance.
From opulent châteaux to cobbled, homely streets, cruising these waterways is like going back in time. Explore where larger cruise ships can't sail, discover rugged medieval castles in Burgundy, spot the longstanding wildlife of the Camargue, go Champagne tasting and visit Meaux, the birthplace of creamy brie cheese.