Great River Cruise Trips in Europe

Danube River Cruise

St. George statue, Bratislava Klearchos Kapoutsis/flickr
Fly into: Budapest Fly out of: Vienna
Total Duration: 12 Days

Though the cities in this jaunt have changed affiliations and nations more times than you'd care to count, they're all united by the blue Danube. This itinerary—perfect as a river cruise—starts in vibrant Budapest's baths and shops, moves to Bratislava's castles and wine bars, through the Baroque highlights of Linz and Dürnstein, before ending in the coffeehouses and museums of Vienna.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Art and Culture
  • History
  • Great River Cruise

Rhine River Cruise

Cologne river cruise Manfred Steinbach/shutterstock
Fly into: Amsterdam Fly out of: Zürich
Total Duration: 7 days

This tried-and-true river cruise itinerary takes you through a long cross-section of Europe. Touching the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland, it allows you to experience the Rhine's best, from the leafy canals of Amsterdam to the contemporary art mecca of Basel.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • History
  • Great River Cruise
  • Architecture
  • Art and Culture

Seine River Cruise: Paris to the Normandy Beaches

Rouen Cathedral clodio/istockphoto
Fly into: Paris Fly out of: Paris
Total Duration: 7 days

This week-long river cruise will take you through Paris, the Ile de France, and Normandy. Along the way you'll see such historic places as Monet's home of 40 years, Joan of Arc's final resting place, and the World War II landing beaches at Normandy. Each stop is along the Seine, so it's perfect as a river cruise—or of course the trip can be driven instead.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • History
  • Art and Culture
  • Great River Cruise

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