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More About European River Cruises

Europe’s rivers were crucial in the development of its cities and towns. Life along the river was central to growth and, as a result, there is always something to see and appreciate from the comfort of a Europe river cruise ship. 

Europe cruise ships usually dock in the heart of town, making it easy and convenient for sightseeing, and maximizing one’s time ashore. Shore excursions with local guides are included in the price. Europe river cruise vacations are also popular because they offer a smaller complement of travelers, than on most ocean cruises, with whom to enjoy the journey, typically under 200 guests. It’s a more personal experience where you get to know your fellow travelers.

With over 200 river cruise ships in Europe, and new ships introduced each year, there is a wide range of choice available, and those we recommend provide the level of quality, service and comfort discerning travelers most appreciate.


It was as recent as 1992 that the Rhine and Danube rivers were connected, providing 2,200 miles of unobstructed waterways through over a dozen countries, most not accessible on an ocean cruise. Today, Rhine River cruises and Danube River cruises through Central Europe are the most popular European river cruise itineraries for travelers for whom the destination is as important as the journey, and the emphasis on culture, art, music, history and heritage is paramount.

From the Alps, the Rhine River stretches to the North Sea, offering the beautiful scenery of Switzerland, Germany, and France, visiting charming villages, vineyards and castles. Cruising through Holland and Belgium in the spring during Tulip Time is a special highlight!

Romantic Danube River cruises meander from Germany to the Black Sea, passing through Austria and several Eastern European countries. The enchanting cities of Vienna, Budapest and Prague are the standouts.

In addition to the Rhine and Danube river cruises, European river cruise itineraries include the Main, Moselle and Maas; the Seine, Rhône and Saône rivers in France to discover French wine and chateaux regions; the Duoro River cruise in northern Portugal, visiting vineyards and restored palaces; Russian river cruises on the Volga, Europe's largest river, Neva and Svir, exploring the Russian countryside and great cities of  St. Petersburg and Moscow; and Italy's Po River, between Venice and Bologna.

There are also theme cruises to enjoy, like the popular Christmas Markets cruises in Central Europe in fall and winter that immerse one in the spirit of the season with mulled wine, the smell of hot sausages and the laughter on the ice rink.  There are also wine river cruises with expert hosts that visit local growers and arrange special tastings onboard and ashore in private cellars. Plus, Jewish Heritage voyages. And because there's no better way to discover a region's culture than through its culinary heritage and traditions, there are culinary-voyages that can include visits to a French cooking school, tasting Dutch cheeses, or enjoying chocolate and wine pairings.

TravelStore’s river cruise experts can review the options with you, and make all the necessary arrangements, including pre- and post-cruise hotel stays.