For those seeking a more intimate experience, river cruising has quickly become one of the fastest growing trends in the cruise industry. With smaller ships that are able to navigate through inland waterways, river cruises often dock in the heart of cities and villages such as Vienna, Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Budapest, Paris and Passau, allowing for seamless exploration of places that large ocean carriers could never reach – including Germany’s popular Christmas Markets. Top river cruise lines include Viking River Cruises, AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways and Uniworld.
A river cruise is a relaxing way to see some of the world's most beautiful cities, and the gentle pace means that you can enjoy the changing landscapes as you pass through them.
If you're seduced by the idea of a river cruise, our team of deal experts has rounded up the best deals on cruises to beautiful cities in Europe and beyond. For added value, look out for deals that include perks such as excursions.
You'll also find options for river cruising through Asia: the Mekong is becoming a more popular destination.
Rhine River Cruise w/Tours & Cabin Upgrade
Shearings Holidays • Germany & Austria
20 Jun; 11 Jul; 15 Aug
All-Inc Danube Cruise & Deluxe Prague Stay
Imagine Cruising • Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary & Slovakia
15 Oct; +£100 24 Sep; +£200 17 Sep; +£400 3 Sep
Seine River: All-Inc 7-Nt Paris to Normandy Cruise
Imagine Cruising • Paris, Rouen, Les Andelys & Vernon
7 Oct; +£100 8 Jul; 12 Aug; 14 Oct; +£150 29 Jul