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Most cruise lines sail on the same rivers across Europe. The two major rivers that ALL cruise lines will have itineraries for are the Rhine and Danube. Scroll below for some information about each of these, plus the many other rivers that offer outstanding itineraries to choose from.

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The Rivers of Europe

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DANUBE RIVER

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Why Sail the Danube River?

The Danube is one of Europe's most beautiful rivers, offering breathtaking views of rolling hills, picturesque vineyards, charming villages, and magnificent cities. Sailing the Danube allows you to visit numerous historical cities and towns along its banks. From Vienna and Budapest to Belgrade and Bucharest, you can immerse yourself in the vibrant cultures, visit impressive castles, explore ancient ruins, and admire architectural masterpieces.

DOURO RIVER

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Why Sail the Douro River?

The Douro River flows through Portugal's breathtaking landscapes, including terraced vineyards, dramatic cliffs, and rolling hills. As you sail along the Douro, you'll be treated to stunning vistas and picturesque views that showcase the beauty of the region. The region is dotted with charming towns and villages that have preserved their traditional character and architectural charm. Historic cities such as Porto and Lamego offer a glimpse into Portugal's past, with notable landmarks like Porto's Ribeira district and Lamego's Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies.

DUTCH AND BELGIAN WATERWAYS

Why Sail the Dutch and Belgian Waterways?

Sailing the Dutch and Belgian waterways offers a unique and charming river cruise experience, allowing travelers to explore the rich history, cultural heritage, and picturesque landscapes of these countries. As you cruise along the canals and rivers, you'll be treated to picturesque landscapes, including charming windmills, colorful tulip fields (in season), quaint villages, and historic towns. Cities like Amsterdam, Bruges, Ghent, and Rotterdam offer a mix of architectural marvels, historic landmarks, and cultural treasures. From the iconic canals of Amsterdam to the medieval beauty of Bruges, you can explore the unique character of each city.

ELBE RIVER

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Why Sail the Elbe River?

Sailing the Elbe River in Central Europe offers a unique and scenic river cruise experience, allowing travelers to explore historically rich cities, charming landscapes, and cultural treasures. Immerse yourself in the rich cultures and traditions of the regions it passes through, from the elegant art and music scene in Dresden to the architectural wonders and vibrant atmosphere of Prague.

MAIN RIVER

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Why Sail the Main River?

The Main River flows through picturesque landscapes, including rolling hills, vineyards, and charming villages. As you cruise along the Main, you'll be treated to stunning views of the Franconian wine region, the Spessart Forest, and the scenic Tauber Valley. Cities such as Würzburg, Bamberg, and Frankfurt offer a blend of architectural gems, medieval charm, and vibrant city life. Each stop along the Main River provides an opportunity to explore fascinating historical sites and landmarks.

MOSELLE RIVER

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Why Sail the Moselle River?

Sailing the Moselle River provides a charming and scenic river cruise experience, offering a unique blend of natural beauty, historic landmarks, and renowned wine regions. Dotted with charming towns and villages that have preserved their medieval charm, places such as Cochem, Bernkastel-Kues, and Trier offer an opportunity to explore cobblestone streets, half-timbered houses, and historic landmarks. The region is also home to numerous castles, such as the majestic Burg Eltz, which adds a fairytale-like quality to the landscape.

 

RHINE RIVER

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Why Sail the Rhine River?

The Rhine River is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, including lush vineyards, charming medieval towns, and majestic castles. As you sail along the river, you'll be treated to picturesque views of rolling hills, dramatic cliffs, and charming riverside villages. The Rhine is dotted with numerous castles and historic towns, each with its own fascinating stories and architectural wonders. From the iconic Lorelei Rock to the medieval towns of Bacharach, Rüdesheim, and Heidelberg, you can immerse yourself in the rich history and fairy tale-like charm of the region.

RHÔNE RIVER

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Why Sail the Rhône River?

The Rhône River winds its way through some of France's most picturesque landscapes. As you cruise along the Rhône, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of rolling vineyards, charming Provençal countryside, and dramatic cliffs. The river is lined with historic towns and cities that are rich in history and culture. Cities like Lyon, Avignon, and Arles boast UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Lyon's Old Town, Avignon's Palais des Papes (Papal Palace), and the Roman ruins in Arles. These destinations offer an opportunity to explore ancient history, stunning architecture, and vibrant local cultures.

SAÔNE RIVER

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Why Sail the Saône River?

The Saône River winds its way through picturesque landscapes, including rolling hills, vineyards, and pastoral countryside. As you cruise along the Saône, you'll be treated to serene and idyllic views, with opportunities to enjoy the tranquility of the French countryside. The river is flanked by numerous historic towns and cities that are steeped in culture and history. Cities like Lyon, Chalon-sur-Saône, and Mâcon offer a wealth of architectural wonders, museums, and landmarks. Lyon, in particular, is known for its UNESCO-listed old town and exceptional culinary scene.

SEINE RIVER

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Why Sail the Seine River?

Sailing the Seine River offers a captivating and romantic experience, showcasing the country's rich history, cultural treasures, and picturesque landscapes. You'll be treated to the stunning beauty of the French countryside as the river winds through picturesque landscapes, rolling hills, vineyards, and quaint villages. From the majestic Château de Versailles to the medieval town of Rouen and the charming village of Honfleur, you'll have the opportunity to explore centuries of French history, architecture, and art.

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