European River Cruises 2019 - 2020

Europe's major rivers include Eastern Europe's charming Danube, France's Seine and the Germanic river Rhine. So many choices!

European Rivers
Discover Europe at its best on board a luxurious European Rivers cruise. Sail down some of the world’s most picturesque waterways to unravel the continent’s timeless beauty, enigmatic history, charismatic cultures and stunning landscapes. A European Rivers cruise is the ideal way to experience Europe’s splendor and dynamic blend of old and new in the epitome of postcard-pretty elegance. Discover the mystery behind the Iron Curtain on board a Danube river cruise to Budapest, indulge in your inner romantic with a Seine River cruise to Paris or experience the ultimate European festivity with a Rhine cruise to Germany at Christmas. Cruise European Rivers in luxury on board the Viking Jarl, Viking Tor and Viking Heimdal for your chance to explore Lyon, Bordeaux, Bucharest, Nuremberg and more.
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  Favorite Itineraries
Wonderful South Queensferry Expedition with ms Rotterdam
Wonderful South Queensferry Expedition with ms Rotterdam
21 Nights with the Rotterdam
 June 2020
p.p.from $4,274
10-Day Voyage to Sensational Marseille
10-Day Voyage to Sensational Marseille
9 Nights with the Carnival Legend
 July 2020 - September 2020
p.p.from $974
Explore Vibrant Barcelona from Rome
Explore Vibrant Barcelona from Rome
10 Nights with the Seven Seas Explorer
 October 2020
p.p.from $8,699
Stunning Sète Discovery with Royal Caribbean
Stunning Sète Discovery with Royal Caribbean
9 Nights with the Jewel of the Seas
 October 2020
p.p.from $1,175
13-Day Spectacular Journey to Invergordon
13-Day Spectacular Journey to Invergordon
12 Nights with the MSC Preziosa
 August 2020
p.p.from $1,954
  Wine & Dine
Enticing Douro
Enticing Douro
7 Nights with the AmaVida
 November 2019 - November 2019
p.p.from $3,131
Paris & Normandy
Paris & Normandy
7 Nights with the AmaLyra
 August 2019 - November 2019
p.p.from $2,731
The Majestic Waterways of Bordeaux
The Majestic Waterways of Bordeaux
7 Nights with the AmaDolce
 September 2019 - November 2019
p.p.from $2,381
Enchanting Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam
Enchanting Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam
4 Nights with the AmaSerena
 September 2019 - January 2020
p.p.from $2,181
Port Wine and Flamenco from Vega Terron
Port Wine and Flamenco from Vega Terron
7 Nights with the AmaVida
 August 2019 - November 2019
p.p.from $3,331
  Christmas Market Cruises
Christmas Markets on the Danube
Christmas Markets on the Danube
7 Nights with the AmaCerto
 November 2019 - December 2019
p.p.from $2,281
Discover the Christmas Markets Along the Rhine
Discover the Christmas Markets Along the Rhine
7 Nights with the AmaSerena
 November 2019 - December 2019
p.p.from $2,281
Magical Christmas Markets
Magical Christmas Markets
7 Nights with the AmaCerto
 December 2019 - December 2019
p.p.from $3,281
Amsterdam to Basel with Avalon Vista
Amsterdam to Basel with Avalon Vista
7 Nights with the Avalon Vista
 September 2019 - December 2019
p.p.from On Request
Romantic Danube from Budapest to Nuremberg
Romantic Danube from Budapest to Nuremberg
7 Nights with the Viking Jarl
 September 2019 - December 2019
p.p.from On Request
Top European River Ports
Marseille, Francefrom

Marseille is a bustling port city located on France’s Provencal Mediterranean coast. France’s second largest city is renowned for its dynamic multiculturalism and rich maritime history, with a wealth of historic landmarks, ancient cathedrals, edgy art museums and cultural scene to discover. The jewel of Marseille is the vibrant Vieux-Port, the city’s old town and harbor, which is adorned with lively bars, charming brasseries, and cute cafes.

Highlights of Marseille
  • Explore the elegant 17th century Centre de la Vieille Charite, gorgeous neoclassical charity shelter built by local sculptor Pierre Puget
  • Take a boat to the former island fortress-prison Chateau d’If, which has a claim to fame as the setting of Alexander Duma’s, The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Take advantage of Marseille’s Mediterranean weather and discover the city’s historic landmarks and picturesque beaches with a hop-on-hop-off bus tour
Budapest, Hungaryfrom

Budapest, a sprawling metropolis divided by the Danube River, is the capital city of Hungary. The cosmopolitan city is often referred to as ‘the Paris of the East’ due to its grandeur architecture and vivacious bohemian arts and culture scene. Visitors flock to Budapest to witness the magnificent neo-gothic Hungarian Parliament Building, soak in an abundance of hot springs and indulge in the city’s fantastic gastronomy scene.

Highlights of Budapest
  • Stroll across the romantic Szechenyi Chain Bridge, the city’s oldest bridge uniting the hills of Buda and the flats of the Pest
  • Visit the startling House of Terror to learn about Hungary’s past fascist and Stalinist regimes
  • Wander through Budapest’s old town and sample some traditional Hungarian cuisine, such as goulash, stuffed peppers and the deliciously cheesy Túrós Csusza
Vienna, Austriafrom

Straddling the banks of the Danube lies Vienna, the picturesque capital city of Austria. Fortified by the Romans in 15BC, Vienna is renowned as the residence of art and literature greats such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Sigmund Freud. Vienna is distinguished for its elegance, stunning Imperial grandeur, masterpiece-filled museums and traditional Viennese coffee houses, which hold a place in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Highlights of Vienna
  • Discover the taste of Austria with a world-famous Wiener Schnitzel, a thin breaded veal cutlet traditionally served with lemon and potatoes
  • Marvel at the spectacular, sprawling 1441-roomed Schönbrunn Palace, one of the most important cultural and architectural sites in Austria
  • Indulge in a slice of Viennese elegance with Kaffee und Kuchen at Café Central, Vienna’s most famous coffee house
Rotterdam, Netherlandsfrom

Rotterdam, situated on the banks of the Nieuwe Maas river in northern Netherlands, is the busiest port in Europe. The bustling maritime metropolis is an exhilarating blend of old and new, with stunning futuristic architecture mingling effortlessly with the city’s charming 17th century old town. The city is renowned for its multiculturalism, featuring a diverse, multi-ethnic community.

Highlights of Rotterdam
  • Marvel at one of the world’s finest collections of Dutch and European art at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen
  • Explore the intriguing Uit Je Eigen Stad (which translates to From Your Own City), an urban farm straddling the outskirts of Rotterdam
  • Visit Toko 51 and discover intriguing modern art, vintage fashion and enjoy live music events
Rüdesheim, Germanyfrom
The city of Rüdesheim is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, and is one of the most popular tourist areas of Germany. Besides the beauty of the city, Rüdesheim is known for its excellent wine, which can be tasted in one of the many wine bars.
Strasbourg, Francefrom

As the seat of the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the European Court; Strasbourg is one of the most important centers of the European Unio. The French city is located near the border with Germany therefore much German influence can be seen throughout, particularly through the architecture of the city. Of particular interest is theOld Town, which is a World Heritage site and the Cathedral Square, one of Europe's most beautiful city squares. Due to the numerous channels that meander through the city and the picturesque half-timbered houses, the city offers a unique charm to visitors.

Highlights of Strasbourg
  • Why not explore the city from the water by taking a boat tour
  • Marvel at the unique half-timbered buildings of Strasbourg
  • Enjoy a tour from Strasbourg of the Alsace wine region
Passau, Germanyfrom

Nestled in the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers lies the picturesque Neolithic city of Passau. Dominating the city’s skyline is the 11th century fortress Veste Oberhaus, which today welcomes cruise visitors as a history museum, hotel, and open-air theatre.

Highlights of Passau
  • Visit the jaw-dropping domed Dom St Stephan, renowned for its spectacular baroque interior and the world’s largest cathedral organ
  • Explore Passau’s quaint 17th century old town, filled with winding cobblestoned lanes, historic archways, leafy squares, charming churches and a spectacular gothic town hall
  • Discover the intriguing history of bohemian glass and behold 30,000 of some of the world’s most priceless pieces at the Passau Glassmuseum
Bordeaux, Francefrom

Bordeaux is located in southwestern France and is known in particular for the wine produced in the region. The city has undergone rapid development in recent years. Bordeaux is characterized by palatial architecture and has a late-baroque arrangement of its squares and streets. Place De La Bourse square, has long been a symbol of the city and is a popular visitor spot. La Cité du Vin is a popular attraction for those looking to increase their knowldge of wine and its connections to french culture. Bordeaux also offers a wide range of public parks and gardens such as the beautiful Botanical Gardens.

Highlights of Bordeaux
  • Visit Musée d’Aquitaine, for an insight into French history
  • Learn more about the significance of wine in French culture at La Cité du Vin
  • Visit Saint Pierre, where modern day Bordeaux first began to grow
Cologne, Germanyfrom

Cologne, situated in southwest Germany, is the country’s fourth largest city. Rich in history and culture, Cologne lures history buffs worldwide with an incredible variety of more than 40 museums and 110 art galleries. Dominating the skyline of the city is the magnificent gothic-style Cologne Cathedral, which has been protected by UNESCO since 1996.

Highlights of Cologne
  • Dress in your craziest costume and take part in Cologne’s iconic Carnival festival, held each year in February
  • Explore the bohemian district of Agnesviertel, renowned for its boutiques, book stores, art galleries and a vibrant bar scene
  • Challenge yourself to climb the 509 steps to reach the top of the Cologne Cathedral – the panoramic views are well worth it
Nuremberg, Germanyfrom

Nuremberg is a medieval German city situated on the banks of the Rhine-Main Danube Canal in country’s deep south. The Bavarian city is renowned for its historical wonders, including a charming medieval old town, ancient fortifications, and stunning Imperial Castle, where German kings held residence between 1050 and 1571.

Highlights of Nuremberg
  • Cruise to Nuremberg in early December to experience the city’s spectacular Christmas market
  • Visit a local brewery and sample the region’s traditional dark-smoked wheat beer
  • Enjoy the iconic Mannleinlaufen, which has been performed at the iconic gothic Frauenkirche every day at noon since 1509
Regensburg, Germanyfrom

Regensburg is situated at the picturesque confluence of the Danube, Naab and Regen rivers in the heart of Bavaria. One of the most preserved medieval cities in Germany, Regensburg was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006 for its 2 millennia of fascinating history and abundance of charming architectural gems.

Highlights of Regensburg
  • Visit the 13th century gothic St Peters Cathedral and admire its massive 328ft towers and stunning stained-glass windows
  • Marvel at the spectacular Walhalla, Regensburg’s Hall of Fame, which is architecturally reminiscent of Athens’s Pantheon
  • Wander the beautiful gardens of the 13th century Herzogspark, home of the medieval Prebrunnturm tower and the remains of the city’s moat
Koblenz, Germanyfrom
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Koblenz is an ancient central German city nestled at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers. Having been settled by the Romans in 55 BC, the city has developed a rich fascinatingly complex history which can be explored at a variety of fantastic museums, fortresses, and ancient archeological sites.

Highlights of Koblenz
  • Wander the grounds of the fairytale Stolzenfels Castle, where the king of Prussia took residence in the 1800s
  • Sample Koblenz’s traditional potato specialties, such as apple and potato salad and crispy grated potato cakes
  • Seek out the elusive historic Schänglebrunnen fountain, which according to local superstition, brings visitors luck
Hamburg, Germanyfrom

Known as the “Gateway to the World”, Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and unarguably one of the most beautiful cities in the country. A city where the old and the new fuses with the classic and the hip, and where every corner captures a different time in history. The Port of Hamburg is an attraction of its own where the famous Fish Market takes place every Sunday.

Highlights of Hamburg
  • Wander around the Speicherstadt, the largest warehouse district in the world built in the 19th century with Gothic Wilhelmine brick. While you are here visit the Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s largest model railway exhibit.
  • Visit Hamburg’s Rathaus (Town Hall), a picturesque Neo-Renaissance sandstone building housing the city’s senate and the parliament.
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Hamburg from the “Michel” a 433-foot high tower of St. Michael’s Church.
Antwerp, Belgiumfrom

In the north of Belgium, along the Scheldt river is Antwerp, a city known worldwide for the important role it plays in the processing and trading of diamonds. Antwerp has its very own Diamond District, visitors can partake in walking tours to learn more. The historic center of Antwerp is characterized by many well-preserved buildings from the late Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau periods. Antwerp is also known for the vast array of markets which take place in the city, offering items such as antiques, flowers, local produce and much more.

Highlights of Antwerp
  • Visit the Rubenshuis Museum, the former home of artist Peter Paul Rubens
  • Take a walking tour of the Diamond District
  • Experience the unique atmosphere of Market Square on market day
Honfleur, Francefrom
Honfleur is located at the mouth of the Seine, as it flows into the English Channel. The port city is known for its shimmering light. Many painters used this region in the past as inspiration for for their artwork. One of the attractions, the Pont de Normandie, connects Honfleur and Le Havre. This bridge has a span of 856 m, the largest cable bridge in Europe. Among the attractions in Le Havre are the Church of St. Joseph, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Bridge of Normandy.
European Rivers

European River Cruises

When it comes to European river cruising, the options are wide-ranging on Dreamlines. Our cruise ships primarily traverse parts of France, Germany, and the Netherlands, but you will also find itineraries in Russia and the Ukraine. No matter where you sail, you will always find traditional and diverse cultures along its river banks.

Which river will you cruise?

Europe’s major rivers include the Germanic rivers Rhine, Main, and the Moselle. Eastern Europe’s charming Danube and France’s Seine and Rhone rivers also are popular for feeding your appreciative appetite for the wonders of ancient and modern Europe. So many choices!

Cruises on the Danube

Cruising Southern Danube in summer allows you to enjoy the beauty of this historic region. The river cruise highlights the natural beauty of the fertile landscapes and the fascinating capital cities. Discover why it has long been the inspiration of music, novels, and poems. On a Danube river cruise, we offer you an unforgettable journey through time and culture. Admire the Wachau Valley, where the Danube makes its way towards Vienna. Sample the food and wine of this authentic, living cultural region. Learn the Viennese waltz and explore ancient ruins and castles in the beautiful Austrian capital. Do not forget to visit the famous baroque palace complex with museums and stroll along the famous pedestrian streets in the center. Vienna lies along this mighty river artery and a vast range of shore excursions will assure you truly get a sense of this artistic and musical place. The Danube passes through serene and beautiful Budapest, often cited as The Pearl of the Danube. Marvel at the genuine beauty and century-old grace of the capital city. Explore the Parliament Building and Crown Jewels, walk across Chain Bridge, or take some pictures of the Danube Promenade. You will see the classic sights at each stop, get familiar with lesser-known places that are often even more intriguing. Feel like you are on the greatest journey that connects different countries, cultures and inspiring natural beauties with engaging encounters at every bend. Experience it all – from the impressive landscapes to local flavors.

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For your ultimate river cruise contact our cruise experts today for more information. If you are after another destination, then we have a great range of options from last minute cruise deals to luxury cruises with flights. Call us at 1-888-403-1425 and book your next getaway.