Europe has so many navigable rivers that offer wonderful river cruise experiences that travellers are spoilt for choice.

The Danube is the key to river cruising in Europe as the great river crosses from Germany through Serbia, Austria and Hungary into Romania before emptying into the Black Sea. It offers the greatest range of river cruise itineraries.

The Saone and Rhone Rivers let you explore the famed region of Burgundy, the lavender-scented hills of Provence and the wild, majestic scenery of the Ardeche region.

The Seine is of course the river that Paris sits on. Cruise along the Seine from Paris, through the historic heart of Normandy, to the endless beaches of the Atlantic Coast.

The Elbe/Havel/Moldau rivers cover Czech and Germany. The Elbe rises in the mountains of Bohemia and flows via Prague through the Czech lowlands into Germany. The river continues north-westwards towards Hamburg and the North Sea. The Havel and Moldau rivers branch of the Elbe and allow river boats to travel from Prague to Berlin (Postdam).

Oder River cruises are a great way to discover the Old World charm of interesting and little-known towns in Germany and Poland.

The Rhine is one of Europe’s major arteries. It flows into the North Sea from its beginnings in the Alps, through Switzerland, Germany, France and Holland. Rhine cruise itineraries can include the Moselle and Main rivers. The Moselle branches from the Rhine at Koblenz and flows down to Trier. The main leaves the Rhine at Mainz and flows to Basle. The Main-Danube canal also allows River cruises to offer Rhine and Danube itineraries.

The Douro is one of Europe's most untouched and beautiful rivers. Rising in the hills north of Madrid the river meanders through northern Portugal to the fascinating city of Porto and then into the Atlantic. Most cruises are round trips from Porto.

The Volga river in Russia allows you to discover the stunning architecture and unique cultural heritage of Russia's most interesting cities. Moscow and St. Petersburg, can be visited on a cruise that combines the Volga River, the Moscow Canal and other waterways.

Cruise types

All cruises are on River Boats and today these are mostly luxury 5 star boats with all the comforts of top hotels and many of the facilities of cruise ships. So the cruise choice is really destination driven.

Cruise season

Cruises generally commence in Spring (March) and the main season ends in September/October, however a limited number of cruises are available up to Christmas and New Year. The Russian season is shorter and runs from April to October.

Main ports

Danube – Prague, Budapest, Passau, Bucharest, Nuremburg,
Rhone - Chalon-sur-Saône, Avignon, Arles
Seine – Paris, Harfleur (Le Havre)
Elbe – Prague, Dresden, Berlin (Potsdam)
Oder – Berlin (Potsdam), Wroclau (Breslau) and Szczecin (Stettin)
Rhine – Amsterdam, Passau, Basel
Duro - Porto
Volga - Moscow and St Petersburg

Weather

European river cruises operate from Spring to Autumn, so the weather will change with the seasons. Cruises also run from Portugal in the South, where temperatures in mid summer reach the 80’s to Russia
In the north where the daytime temperature is around 50f/10c at the start of the season and rises to the high 60’s by mid summer.

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EU Rivers Cruises

The Douro, Oporto & Salamanca River Cruise - Departs 6th, 13th Or 20th Sep 2018

Departure: 06 Sep 2018 From: Oporto (Porto), Portugal Cruise line: Riviera Travel Cruise Ship: Douro Splendour.

Cruise 7 nights on the Douro river with the NEW Douro Splendour in Portugal

From
AU$3,669

Per Person

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The Douro, Oporto & Salamanca River Cruise - Departs 6th, 13th Or 20th Sep 2018

Departure: 13 Sep 2018 From: Oporto (Porto), Portugal Cruise line: Riviera Travel Cruise Ship: Douro Splendour.

Cruise 7 nights on the Douro river with the NEW Douro Splendour in Portugal

From
AU$3,669

Per Person

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Burgundy, The River Rhone & Provence River Cruise - 17sep18

Departure: 17 Sep 2018 From: Lyon, France Cruise line: Riviera Travel Cruise Ship: Swiss Corona.

From the lush slopes of the scenic winelands to the sun-baked hills of Provence and the wild beauty of the Ardeche Gorges to the medieval splendour of Avignon, enjoy a fascinating cruise to one of the most picturesque corners of France.

From
AU$3,219

Per Person

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The Douro, Oporto & Salamanca River Cruise - Departs 6th, 13th Or 20th Sep 2018

Departure: 20 Sep 2018 From: Oporto (Porto), Portugal Cruise line: Riviera Travel Cruise Ship: Douro Splendour.

Cruise 7 nights on the Douro river with the NEW Douro Splendour in Portugal

From
AU$3,669

Per Person

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Rhine Cruise From Switzerland - Basel To Cologne - Departs 20th Sep 2018

Departure: 20 Sep 2018 From: Basel, Switzerland Cruise line: Riviera Travel Cruise Ship: William Shakespeare.

Witness the world-famous scenery of the spectacular Rhine Gorge and magical Black Forest plus the gentle pastoral landscapes and soaring majesty of the Bernese Oberland, with its iconic peaks, amongst the finest mountain scenery on earth.

From
AU$3,329

Per Person

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