Guide to River Cruises & Tips for choosing a cruise
River cruises offer unforgettable, immediate, immersive and intimate travel experiences. You don’t just go into another country, you get to see sights ans scenery close up. You are surrounded in comfort with an attentive staff. Another plus is a convenient, hassle-free package that includes transportation to and through the country, or countries, on your chosen route; but also, travelling with you every day, a ‘floating hotel’ with lounge, bar and restaurant, outdoor space and leisure facilities, and all of it only a short walk from your en-suite bedroom door.
Think of it as a luxury hotel on the river!
Some river companies include drinks served with meals, some also include drinks ordered from the bar, shore excursions and gratuities in the up-front price you pay for your cruise. Others include some but not all of these; there may be optional excursions or special-menu meals served in an alternate dining venue, for which a charge is made.
Look for a river or route that features what interests you most
Tips for choosing a river cruise
List what you hope to see and do, then find an itinerary to match
Pick a ship with the level of comforts and services you’ll enjoy
When comparing prices, check what is and isn’t included – ask a travel team agent for details by calling 1-800-788-0829
Shoulder-season dates are often cheaper and mean no crowds at key sights – but some may be closed
Tips for enjoying your river cruise
Pack comfortable walking shoes for exploring
Gym on board? Take workout gear and trainers. Pool too? Pack a swimsuit
When ashore, to see and learn more join an expert-guided tour
When exploring independently research beforehand and pack a map
Give advance notice of dietary requirements
Where do river cruises go?
In Europe, you can cruise in France on the Seine, Rhône, Dordogne and Garonne; in Germany on the Elbe and the Rhine, which also goes through The Netherlands, France and Switzerland. The Danube also flows through Germany as well as Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. In Italy you can cruise on the Po; in Portugal, on the Douro; in Russia on the Volga.
Looking for culture? You might want to cruise the Seine, Rhine, Danube, Elbe, Volga and Po. Want a bit of history? Castles are all along the Rhine’s Gorge and palaces all along the Danube. Explore Russia’s pre-revolution on the Volga, where river cruises sail from Moscow to St Petersburg.
Or if you want amazing scenery, sail the Moselle or Danube. More into cities? Take a round-trip
from Paris Seine cruise; are; the Elbe, which flows through Dresden; and the Danube, most cruises include Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest, those which go all the way to the Black Sea also call at Belgrade and Bucharest.
Looking for exotic destinations?
River cruises go more places than Europe. Choose a river in Asia. You will see a different world, languages, music, foods and more! The Mekong flows through Buddhist Cambodia and busy Vietnam. The Irrawaddy captures Burma’s tranquility, temples and a rural way of life that is untouched. The Yangtze offers a glimpse of China’s bustling cities and ancient monuments and offers an insight into one of the world’s most dramatic dam structures.
We have dozens of River Cruises available on the Danube, Rhine, Seine, Rhone, Bordeaux, & Mekong Rivers – Call a Travel Team Agent today at 1-800-788-0829 for more information or to book your river cruise!
Ready to plan your dream vacation or river cruise?