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Choosing the Best River Cruise for You: A Guide to Europe’s Rivers

29 April 2024

Choosing the Perfect River Cruise for You

When it comes to choosing the perfect river cruise, it all depends on your interests and preferences. Whether you're a history buff, foodie, wine lover, art enthusiast, or simply seeking a scenic adventure, a river cruise could be perfect.

Once you know what you're looking for, there are several factors to keep in mind when selecting a cruise. Think about the time of year, the length of the trip, the itinerary, and the amenities available on the ship.

The Danube: A Journey Through Diverse Culture

The Danube River is one of Europe's most popular regions for river cruises. It runs through 10 different countries which means you're in for a blend of scenic landscapes and cultural delights.

From the grandeur of Vienna and Budapest to the timeless beauty of Prague, you'll be spoiled for choice as you explore the historic cities along the Danube's banks. But it's not just the cities that steal your heart - the charming towns and villages along the way are just as captivating while stunning natural wonders such as the Iron Gate Gorge offer a unique experience.

The magic of a Danube River cruise lies in its rich history and culture. Discover the secrets of ancient castles and cathedrals, indulge in the local cuisine and wine, and immerse yourself in fascinating history.

Explore something new on every bend of our Danube River cruises.

The Rhine and Moselle: A Romantic Adventure

For an enchanting getaway, look no further than the Rhine River. This region has some of the most beautiful and picturesque landscapes in Europe, complete with castles, vineyards, and charming towns.

One of the best things about a Rhine River cruise is the opportunity to explore historic areas of Germany, like Cologne and Heidelberg. But a highlight is the lovely town of Rüdesheim, filled with cobbled streets, half-timbered houses, and unique shops to explore.

When it comes to stunning scenery, the Rhine Gorge is unbeatable. This stretch of the Rhine will take your breath away as you cruise by countless medieval castles and vineyards. There's no better setting to relax onboard and recharge your batteries.

Cruise through a fairytale with our Rhine River cruises.

The Moselle: Vineyards and Scenery

The Moselle River snakes its way through the lush vineyards of Germany, France, and Luxembourg, offering a one-of-a-kind cruising experience for nature and wine enthusiasts alike. The region is famous for its wine production, with some of the world's most famous wine villages located along the riverbanks waiting for you to sample their delicious blends.

Cruising along, absorb the stunning scenery of the Moselle Valley and discover charming towns and villages along the way. Two standout ports of call are the town of Cochem, home to a stunning castle perched on a hilltop overlooking the river, and the ancient Roman city of Trier, with its well-preserved Roman amphitheatre and baths.

The real highlight of a Moselle River adventure is the chance to visit the vineyards themselves. You'll get to savour local wines and learn all about the history and production of some of the world's most famous wines. This one is perfect if you're seeking a calm river escape with plenty of opportunity to delve into history and wine.

Raise a glass on one of our Moselle River cruises.

The Rhone: A Culinary Delight

The Rhone isn't just a river, it's a culinary treasure trove filled with some of France's most exquisite flavours. From world-famous wines to decadent cheeses and chocolates, the Rhone region has it all.

It's not just about the food though - the Rhone River is also a gateway to some of France's most historic and charming cities. You can stroll through the streets of Lyon, taking in the vibrant colours and aromas of the local markets and sip on a glass of red in the delightful town of Avignon.

While sailing, you'll be surrounded by beautiful views including the dramatic Ardèche Gorge. Also known as the 'Grand Canyon of Europe', this is an area of snaking rivers and deep gorges where steep cliffs rise up to lush green forests.

Whether you're a foodie, wine enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique adventure, a Rhone cruise is the ideal way to see what France has to offer.

Indulge in one of our Rhone River cruises.

The Douro: Portugal's Wine Country

Another one for those who enjoy a glass of vinho, the Douro River runs through the heart of Portugal's wine country, offering a unique and memorable river cruising experience. The vineyards that line the banks of this picturesque region produce some of the world's most delicious port wine - sip on samples and learn about the fascinating history and production process behind this beloved drink.

You'll also have the chance to explore vibrant cities like Porto and Lisbon, and take in the beauty of the Douro Valley. From the rolling hills to the sparkling waters, you'll be in awe of the stunning scenery as you cruise through this lovely region.

Say cheers on one of our Douro River cruises.

The Seine: A Haven of Impressionist Art

The Seine River is the perfect glimpse into France's rich artistic heritage. Many of the world's most famous impressionist paintings were inspired by the region, from Claude Monet to Vincent van Gogh, these masters of art have captured the river's beauty in their works.

Along its banks, there are plenty of towns and villages that inspired these artists for you to explore. Whether it's the vibrant city of Paris, the medieval town of Rouen, or the picturesque port of Honfleur, the choice is vast when it comes to marvelling at stunning architecture, museums, and galleries.

A Seine cruise is an art lover's dream offering the chance to glide down the river, surrounded by the same landscapes that inspired the great impressionist painters.

See the world through the impressionist's eyes with our Seine River cruises.

The Garonne: Wine, Dine, and Unwind

The Garonne River flows through Bordeaux, famous for its wine production. Along the riverbanks, some of the world's most famous wine chateaux produce some of the finest wines you'll ever taste. As you cruise through the region, explore historic cities such as Bordeaux and St Émilion, each draped in unique charm and beauty.

Discover the stunning scenery of the Garonne Valley, where vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see, and sample the delicious wines that are produced from this land. You'll also have the chance to learn about the fascinating history and production of these renowned wines.

A Garonne River cruise is the perfect way to indulge your senses and explore the beauty of this remarkable region.

Sip and savour one of our Garonne River cruises.


All our river cruises come with breakfast, lunch and dinner every day along with a drinks package for your evening meal. Our luxurious ships have exceptional onboard amenities and you can even upgrade to larger suites for added comfort.

Ultimately, the key to choosing the perfect river cruise is to do your research and find a holiday that aligns with your interests and preferences. Once you've decided, you're sure to have an amazing experience cruising down your river of choice.